Weekly Advisory January 27, 2014

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Chicago Pension Deficit: New revenues and spending cuts could help raise the needed $590 million in pension payments, says Michael Pagano, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. “The city provides millions of dollars worth of city services — police, fire, transportation — to accommodate commuters who are in Chicago every weekday, but do not pay Chicago taxes,” he says. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

The Beatles & TV: The Beatles’ U.S. arrival 50 years ago was perfectly timed for a television generation reaching its teen years, says Walter Podrazik, UIC visiting lecturer in communication. Podrazik, a co-author of three Beatles books and a Museum of Broadcast Communications curator, can talk about the role of television in band’s initial U.S. splash. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Beyond Beatlemania: The Beatles’ cultural impact was made by using media as a promotional platform and by pioneering recording practices, which influenced consumer listening habits, says Steve Jones. Jones, UIC distinguished professor of communication, who has written about popular music, recording technology, and posthumous fame for musicians, can comment. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

DOE Urges SEL: A new U.S. Department of Education resource guide recommends that states, districts and schools use social and emotional learning practices to improve school settings and prevent problem behaviors. Roger Weissberg, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning at UIC, can comment on the guidelines, latest research, and how related programs can improve discipline. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Material World: A UIC researcher warns that impoverished youngsters are more prone to becoming materialistic. Lan Nguyen Chaplin says teens living in poverty are more materialistic than their more affluent peers due to lower self-esteem. Contact Jeffron Boynés, (312) 413-8702; jboynes@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

28, Tuesday: Re-Thinking Soup. Jazz artist Kahil El’Zabar and filmmaker Dwayne Johnson-Cochran. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

29, Wednesday: “How Does Financialization Affect Manufacturing Investment?” Susan Christopherson, Cornell University. 3 – 4:30 p.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-8700.

31, Friday:  Urban Innovation Symposium.  John Norquist, Congress for the New Urbanism, keynote speaker. 9 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m.  Room 302, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-8088.

Feb. 1: Free Dental Screenings. For patients ages 18 and older. UIC College of Dentistry. 9 a.m. – noon, 801 S. Paulina St. No appointment necessary. Screenings will also be held Feb. 15.

Feb. 4: Black History Month Opening Reception. Talk by David Stovall, UIC associate professor of educational policy studies and African-American studies; items from the Chicago Blues Museum; and trivia contest. 4 – 6 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5070.

Feb. 5: “Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions.” Richard H. Thompson, Jones Lang LaSalle, on the expanded Panama Canal’s impact on logistics. Noon – 1 p.m. Great Cities Institute, 4th floor, 412 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-8700.

Feb. 5: “Give Kids a Smile Day.” The UIC College of Dentistry will provide free oral health exams and education to students at the Illinois Center for Education and Rehabilitation. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1950 W. Roosevelt Road. Contact Sam Hostettler, (312) 355-2522; samhos@uic.edu.

Feb. 12: “History of Racism in Popular Music.” Performance and discussion featuring acoustic hip-hop band Scratch Track. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5070.

Thru March 1: “Ghost Nature.” Group show on extreme interaction between humans and nature. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday; noon – 6 p.m., Saturday. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-6114.

Thru May 9: “Chicagoaxaca.” Exhibition. 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pop Up JUST Art Center, 729 W. Maxwell St. Free. Call (312) 355-5922.

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