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Week of June 29, 2015

Social Media and Marriage Equality
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Following last week's historic Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, many people expressed their thoughts via social media. Facebook users were given the option to overlay their profile photo with a rainbow, and Twitter added a rainbow heart to #LoveWins hashtags. These platforms serve as an important tool for news reporting and political expression, says Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication. Papacharissi, author of “Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, and Politics,” can comment (via Skype or email) on how people connect and show support via social media. 

Care for Aging LGBT Population
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

While the Supreme Court ruling is truly a landmark decision, there is still much to do, says Jesus Ramirez-Valles, professor and division director of  community health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health. "The demand for non-traditional models of care for older LGBT people will grow as the population ages, and new options must be developed to meet their unique needs," says Ramirez-Valles, who is studying how gay men experience aging and the specific challenges they face when it comes to needing care later in life.

Joni Mitchell Aneurysm
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Folk singer Joni Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm that required her hospitalization in March. Dr. Fady Charbel, professor and head of neurological surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, is a leading expert on the surgical treatment of aneurysm, and can speak on their occurrence, treatment and outcomes for patients.

ADA Anniversary
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be marked by the release of a new book next month by UIC professor Lennard J. Davis. In his book, "Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights," Davis, distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences, examines the groundbreaking ADA's formation, successes and shortcomings. Davis, an award-winning author and noted disability scholar, can discuss the unlikely alliances that led to ADA's establishment, its domestic and global impact, and contemporary issues surrounding disability rights in America.

Now Hiring: Class of 2015
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

More private-sector employers are hiring summer and seasonal workers this year than at any point since 2008, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast. But without understanding the right approach, candidates could undermine their chances of scoring a good-paying gig. Thy Nguyen, director of Career Services at UIC, can give some expert advice on how to be successful from the get-go.