Weekly Advisory: December 3, 2012

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UIC Experts

Domestic Workers: The exemption of domestic workers from workplace regulations has led to predictable results, especially among immigrant workers, says Nik Theodore, UIC associate professor of urban planning and co-author of a national study of domestic workers. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

Same-Sex Marriage: The U.S. Supreme Court could soon review challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples. LGBT movement expert John D’Emilio, UIC professor of gender and women’s studies and history, is available to address issues related to the campaign for marriage equality. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

School Closings: A later deadline to announce closings will force parents to find new schools over the summer, says Pauline Lipman, UIC professor of educational policy. Lipman does not favor closings but points to “other, richer pots of money” available for CPS. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

Digoxin Deaths: Individuals who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation were more likely to die if they had been prescribed digoxin, a drug used to help control abnormal heart rates, according to a new study. Jerry Bauman, professor and dean of the UIC College of Pharmacy, can comment. Contact Sam Hostettler, (312) 355-2522; samhos@uic.edu

Chicago Wi-fi: The most populous cities are most likely to innovate through municipal broadband, potentially spurring the competition that has been lacking and has left the U.S. with slower, more expensive service, says Karen Mossberger, author of “Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity.” Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

Medication Safety: Four leading antipsychotic drugs, used off-label in patients over 40 diagnosed with schizophrenia, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or dementia, were found to lack safety and effectiveness, according to a new study. Jeffrey Bishop, UIC assistant professor of pharmacy practice, can comment. Contact Sam Hostettler, (312) 355-2522; samhos@uic.edu

TB Treatment: An FDA advisory panel ruled that a new experimental drug used to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is effective and should be approved, which would make it the first such drug on the market. Scott Franzblau, director of UIC the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, can comment. Contact Sam Hostettler, (312) 355-2522; samhos@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

4, Tuesday: Re-Thinking Soup. “Open Feast” with Irina Zadov and Abraham Epton. Noon – 1 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

4, Tuesday: Tuesdays-at-One concert. UIC Jazz Combo. 1 – 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Performing Arts and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St. Free. Call (312) 996-2977.

5, Wednesday: “The Future of Chicago Public Schools.” Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president. Noon. Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 413-3780.

6, Thursday: UIC Urban Forum. Mayors and others on “Metropolitan Resilience during Economic Turmoil.” 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. $25. Call (312) 413-2194.

10, Tuesday: “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics.” Museum opening. Workshops, performances, discussions and projects on domestic labor, consumption, nutrition and child care. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

11, Wednesday: Sex Positive documentary series. “A Good Man.” 7 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Free Call (312) 413-5353.

Thru Dec. 15: “Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora.” Art exhibition. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday; noon – 6 p.m., Saturday. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-6114.

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