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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of November 17, 2014

Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

"Outpatient surgical centers aren't appropriate for all patients and all procedures," says Dr. H. Steven Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology and director of the UIC Chicago Institute for Voice Care. Sims says that older patients and those with multiple health problems may be better served in a hospital setting where, if complications occur during surgery, the patient does not need to be transported to a hospital for emergency resuscitation or other life-saving meaures.

Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

UIC's Movember team is growing moustaches throughout the month of November to raise awareness for men's health issues. Dr. Michael Abern, assistant professor and director of urologic oncology at UI Health, started the team to bring attention to the importance of prostate cancer screening for black men, who are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease than white men, and develop prostate cancer earlier. Abern is working on validating biomarkers for prostate cancer in African American men and developing PSA screening guidelines that take into account the increased risk of this population. 

Great American Smoke Out
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

On Nov. 20, the same day that the American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smoke Out, UI Health Mile Square Health Center will launch its MI-QUIT smoking cessation program. The free program helps people who want to quit smoking use resources provided by the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The program is supported by the March of Dimes and the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community-based practice at UI Health and interim director, University of Illinois Cancer Center, can discuss the benefits of quitting and how community-based programs like MI-QUIT can help.

Less Car Commuting?
Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Recent research shows that fewer Americans are commuting to work by car, especially younger people. P.J. Sriraj, director of the Metropolitan Transit Support Initiative, can comment.

18, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6068

Mixed-chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring new sounds. 1-1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

18, Tuesday | Donation | Call: (312) 996-6068

UIC Jazz Combos. 7 - 9 p.m. Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson Blvd. Suggested donation: $10, $5 for students and seniors.

19-23, Wednesday-Sunday | $12-17 | Call: (312) 996-3991

Yasen Peyankov, head of UIC's acting program, directs Chekhov's earliest classic. Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 p.m. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.

21, Friday | Donation | Call: (312) 996-6068

Jubilate Deo by Michael Fink, Sinfonia Sacra by Daniel Pinkham, Jubilate Deo by Giovanni Gabrieli, and more. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Notre Dame Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St. Suggested donation: $10, $5 for students and seniors.

Family Thanksgiving Party
22, Saturday | Free |

Children's Hospital University of Illinois will host a Thanksgiving party for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Guests can enjoy face painting, crafts, food and games at this untraditional pre-holiday celebration. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave.

22, Saturday | Free | (312) 422-5580

A panel convened by Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda of the UIC architecture faculty will focus on Chicago's catalytic potential for architectural and urban speculations. Speakers include Stanley Tigerman, Frances Whitehead and UIC faculty members Sarah Dunn, Sean Lally and Andrew Moddrell. 4 - 6 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St.

24, Monday | Donation | Call: (312) 996-6068

UIC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andy Baker, performs Benny Carter's quintessential big band suite, written for Count Basie's orchestra. Also introducing UIC's newest jazz group, the Jazz Workshop. 7:30 p.m. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St. Suggested donation: $10, $5 for students and seniors.