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Week of April 20, 2015

E-cig Use
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Three times as many middle-school and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2014 than in 2013, according to an annual survey on youth tobacco released last week. The findings do not surprise Sherry Emery, a senior scientist in the UIC Institute for Health Research and Promotion. Her research on e-cig advertising on social media showed that e-cigs are commonly advertised on Twitter and the tweets often link to commercial websites promoting e-cig use or providing coupons. More regulations by the FDA on e-cigarette marketing are needed, Emery said.

Highway Investment
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

After long opposing a Route 53 extension, Lake County communities developed their own proposal and agreed to taxes in areas that would most benefit from it. "It's an example of value capture, the right way to plan and fund a major highway investment," says Steve Schlickman, executive director of the UIC Urban Transportation Center.

Business Pitch Competitions
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Universities continue to stage business-plan competitions as a way to foster entrepreneurial activity needed to expand the startup sector. Following UIC's 10th Annual Concept2Venture Challenge Competition, Nancy Harvey, executive director of the UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, can comment on the importance of these pitch competitions to the region.

Making Entrepreneurship Easier
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

People with disabilities often overlook -- or are overlooked -- by the business world. But researchers at UIC are using a new training program to teach disabled aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. Sarah Parker Harris, associate professor of disability and human development, and Maija Renko, associate professor of managerial studies, can talk about why the trainings may be a solution for joblessness among people with disabilities.

International Student Recruitment
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

UIC is among eight Chicago-based institutions selected by the U.S. Department of State for this year’s EducationUSA Training Institute, which will take place April 26 – May 1. Hosted by UIC, the intensive professional development program for experienced college advisers will address the diversity of U.S. higher education, application processing, recruitment strategies, communication streams, community college pathway and financial aid. Oscar Rodriguez, UIC director of recruitment and outreach, can comment on the program and international student recruitment.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Government officials, organization leaders and environmental experts from the U.S., Canada and the Middle East will convene April 23-24 for a UIC summit addressing water issues in the Great Lakes and Jordan River Valley. Leaders from both regions will sign a "Sister Waters" agreement and take part in a joint panel session. Residents and community leaders from both regions have much to learn from one another, says conference organizer Rachel Havrelock, UIC associate professor and founder of The Freshwater Lab, a new UIC-based think tank on water issues. 

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

UIC faculty member Zvonomir Tot performs new compositions bridging jazz and classical with Daniela Ionescu-Bisenius, Carmen Llop-Kassinger, Rob Kassinger, Paula Kosower and Cheryl Wilson. 1-1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

21, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

Industrial mineral extraction, pollution, climate change and corrupt environmental policies threaten traditional life ways. Representatives from Alaska’s Big Village Network and the Buffalo Field Campaign will discuss the sacred role of buffalo and salmon and how communities respond to urgent issues with resilience and creativity. Noon - 1 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

23, Thursday | Free | Call: (773) 848-1303

Reception for "Water in Art," an online exhibition of contemporary art focused on society's relationship with water, to showcase a combination of original art, video projections, printed or projected reproductions and artist-produced books. 7:30 p.m. Doug Fogelson Studio, #208, 1821 W. Hubbard St.

23-24 | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352 or

Government officials, non-governmental organization leaders, researchers and students from the U.S., Canada and the Middle East will discuss trans-border water systems, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes and Jordan River. Room 605, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

29, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-8619

Lavender Graduation is a culminating celebratory event that honors the academic achievements of LGBTQ students and their allies at UIC. Keynote speaker is Angelica Ross, executive director and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises. Ceremony 5 - 6:30 p.m.; dinner 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; after party & entertainment 7:30 -10 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road. 

29-30, Wednesday-Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Officials and urban planners from around the world will discuss spatial planning, economic restructuring, displacement and mobility, safety and security, international trade and neoliberalism in a roundtable format. April 29, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. April 30, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.

Thru June 30 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Showcase of objects, images and texts exploring the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. Open Monday -  Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall, Room 200, 830 S. Halsted St.