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Week of March 06, 2017

Mumps cases in Barrington
Contact: Sharon Parmet (312) 413-2695;

Lake County Health Department officials Friday confirmed two cases of mumps at Barrington High School and 18 suspected cases at other schools in the area. Dr. Susan Bleasdale, medical director of infection control at the University of Illinois Hospital, can talk about how mumps is spread, treated, and the importance of vaccination at a young age, which can help prevent the infection.

Travel ban
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

President Trump signed a new executive order today that temporarily bans the issuance of new visas and thus travel to the United States for citizens of six countries with majority Muslim-populations. Alexandra Filindra, UIC assistant professor of political science, can comment on the latest edition of the travel ban and discuss U.S. immigration policy, immigration decisions, and racial prejudice and its effects on policy preferences.

E. coli outbreak tied to soy nut butter
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Illinois company SoyNut Butter Co. has recalled batches of its soy nut butter after at least 12 people, mostly children, became ill from E. coli that may have contaminated the products. Six of the patients have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Susan Bleasdale, medical director of infection control at the University of Illinois Hospital, can discuss how E. coli spreads, the symptoms of E. coli infection, and what people can do to prevent infection. 

Public-private partnerships: good or bad?
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The State of Illinois' use of public-private partnerships, such as Gov. Rauner's Intersect Illinois Corporation, will be reviewed by a bipartisan committee re-formed by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan. Evan McKenzie, UIC professor and head of political science, says the real long-term costs, tax breaks, charges to the users, and performance guarantees are among the issues that need to be resolved before the public can judge whether a public-private arrangement is good or bad. McKenzie, who has studied the privatization of public infrastructure, can comment.

Panel: 'The Future of African American Studies'
06, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina-Charlotte and president and founder of the African American Intellectual Historical Society, and Aisha Finch, UCLA. Moderated by Roderick Ferguson, UIC professor of African American and gender and women's studies. 4:30 p.m. Residents' Dining Hall, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

07, Tuesday | Free - RSVP at | Call: (312) 996-6339

UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and campus partners present "Generation Revolution." The documentary chronicles the personal and political awakenings, breakthroughs and disillusionment of a new generation of black and brown activists in London as they struggle for personal, social, and political liberation. Panel discussion with the filmmakers and local activists will follow. 5 - 7:30 p.m. Gallery 400, Lecture Room, 400 S. Peoria St. RSVP at or online.

13, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6339

William A. Darity Jr., Duke University, will draw on the critical research from his forthcoming co-authored book, "From Here to Equality." 3 - 5 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, , 750 S. Halsted St.