Ci3 Founder and Director co-authors research study on effectiveness of parent-daughter communication among non-pregnant adolescents. Read a summary here.

Dr. Melissa Gilliam Co-Authors New Study on Parent-Daughter Communication

Paid opportunity for male and female youth ages 15-24 - help Ci3 develop an app about contraception and STI prevention. Learn more here.

Youth Needed for Mobile App Development Assistance

Game Changer Chicago is looking for high school students to provide feedback on board, card and digital games. Learn more and sign up here.

GCC Seeks High School Playtesters

GCC's use of design and digital gameplay to engage urban teens in social and health issues featured in business media publication. Read the full article.

Game Changer Chicago Profiled in "Fast Company" Magazine

Dr. Melissa Gilliam and Lee Hasselbacher's study was published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the full press release here.

Ci3 Staff Publish Parental Involvement Study

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago is a faculty-led initiative to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice locally, nationally, and globally. Our members bring a wide range of expertise and come from diverse disciplines. Ci3 creates an intellectual hub for a network of faculty, staff and students to work collaboratively with partners from outside of the University to address critical problems in sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. With a particular focus on adolescents, women, and communities of color, our goal is to develop new research methodologies, evidence, intervention strategies, and novel solutions to advance human health and well-being.

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GCC Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Jagoda to Give 10/20 Talk

Game Changer Chicago co-founder Dr. Patrick Jagoda will give a talk on Monday, October 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Chicago's Social Science Research Building (1126 E. 59th St).

"What are Artworks for in a Networked Time?" will discuss collective collaborations with practices of failure in the alternate reality game.

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Dr. Melissa Gilliam Co-Authors New Study on Parent-Daughter Communication

Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam, has coauthored a new study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The research considers parent-daughter communication about abortion among nonpregnant adolescents. These conversations, the authors suggest, may decrease pregnancies and abortion and obviate the need for legislation forcing communication. Read a full summary.

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Ci3 Seeks Youth Ages 15-24 for Mobile App Development Assistance

Ci3 is seeking young people ages 15-24 (male and female)to assist in the development of a mobile app to help youth make healthy decisions about contraception and STI prevention. There is pay. For more information, click here or contact Dr. Lucy Hebert at lhebert@bsd.uchicago.edu.

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Game Changer Chicago Seeks High School Playtesters

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is looking for high school students (grades 9-12) to provide feedback on its board, card and digital games. 

Playtesting sessions will take place Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and every other Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. on The University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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Game Changer Chicago Featured in Fast Company Magazine

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab was profiled in Fast Company magazine. Published October 8, the article spotlighted GCC and its use of design and digital gameplay to engage urban teens with health and social issues. Read the full article.

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Game Changer Chicago Seeks Original Art for New Game

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is seeking original art to be featured in its game, A Day in the Life. Currently in development, A Day in the Life is a single-player role-playing game set in the world of a high school student. The game uses interactive storytelling to work through social and emotional health issues. All ages and art forms are encouraged to apply.

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Ci3 Founder/Director and Policy Coordinator Publish New Parental Involvement Study

Ci3 Policy Coordinator Lee Hasselbacher and Founder/Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam coauthored a study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health. The study finds that pregnant teenagers seeking abortion will turn to parents and adults in their lives and who will offer support. Read the full press release here.

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South Side Stories Featured on Be You Media

South Side Stories, Ci3's digital storytelling project supported by the Ford Foundation, has been featured on Be You Media, a collaboration of the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Mikvah Challenge. Be You Media posted the stories of Larry, a young man who ponders the ramifications of coming out to his mother, and Alexia, a young woman dealing with rumors.

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Game Changer Chicago Seeking 2014-15 Youth Fellows

Ci3's design lab, Game Changer Chicago, is now seeking Chicago-area high school students to serve as Youth Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Youth Fellows will be part of a design team, along with undergraduate and graduate students, University of Chicago professors and staff, who will collaborate to design projects using stories, art, games and technology. Click here for more information and application.

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South Side Stories "Spotlight": September 2014

Each month, Ci3's Ford Foundation-funded project South Side Stories will feature digital stories that spotlight the lives of adolescents and young adults from the South Side of Chicago.

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Dr. Melissa Gilliam Featured in AP News Story on Birth Control Access

Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam was featured and quoted in an Associated Press news story, regarding Illinois' recent effort to ensure comprehensive and continuous birth control coverage for those with Medicaid.

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Ci3 Welcomes New Executive Director: Dr. Brandon Hill

Ci3 is pleased to introduce its new Executive Director, Brandon Hill, PhD.

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Game Changer Chicago Profiled in UChicago News

The University of Chicago News recently profiled Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and its second summer STEM program, S.E.E.D. 

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South Side Stories "Spotlight": August 2014

Each month, Ci3's Ford Foundation-funded project South Side Stories will feature digital stories that spotlight the lives of adolescents and young adults from the South Side of Chicago.

This month, we feature digital narratives by four young women who share stories of belonging. These stories relate to the physical spaces and the groups of people that make them feel safe and secure.

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Family Planning Action Plan Announced at Summit Featuring Dr. Melissa Gilliam

Director Julie Hamos of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced the launch of the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan at yesterday's Illinois Contraceptive Equity Summit. The event was co-sponsored by EverThrive Illinois and the University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research. Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam, who also serves as Section Chief, gave opening remarks.

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Ci3 Researcher Comments on Transgender Servicemember Mental Health

Dr. Brandon Hill, Ci3 and University of Chicago Family Planning researcher, made a comment in this month's issue of JAMA Psychiatry, responding to the high rates of depression and suicidal ideation and behavior reported in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).

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Game Changer Chicago in Chicago Sun-Times and Hyde Park Herald

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and its second summer STEM program, S.E.E.D., have received coverage this summer in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Hyde Park Herald. Click on the name of each publication to read the full articles.

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"S.E.E.D." Maker Faire and Closing Ceremony Aug. 8

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab invites you to attend the Maker Faire and Closing Ceremony for its second summer STEM program, S.E.E.D. The event will take place Friday, August 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the School of Social Service Administration (969 E. 60th St.) on The University of Chicago campus. 

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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South Side Stories "Spotlight": July 2014

Ci3's South Side Stories, a digital storytelling project for youth supported by the Ford Foundation, is proud to share its July South Side Spotlight.

This month, we feature digital stories by four young women from the South Side of Chicago, who convey tales of betrayal, bullying and inner resourcefulness.

View and read about July's stories.

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Game Changer Chicago Receives Chicago Innovation Fund Grant

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab has received a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Innovation Fund at The University of Chicago. 

The grant will be used for continued development, play testing, and curriculum and distribution planning. GCC is one of four recipients of the spring 2014 grant. Twice a year, the Innovation Fund invests in proof-of-concept and early business develompent work for new ventures created by University of Chicago faculty, students and staff.

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Ci3 - Flight MH17

Last Thursday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine. We have since learned that among the 298 victims were leading AIDS researcher Joep Lange, as well as World Health Organization staffers and other activists en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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Ci3/Game Changer Chicago Launch Summer STEM Program, "S.E.E.D."

On July 7, Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC), launched S.E.E.D., its second summer STEM program on The University of Chicago campus.

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Dr. Melissa Gilliam Publishes Article on Waiting Room "App"

Ci3 Founder and Director Melissa Gilliam has published a research article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology called Development and Testing of an iOS Waiting Room "App" for Contraceptive Counseling in a Title  X Family Planning Clinic.

Read a summary of the article on our Chicago Family Planning blog.

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Game Changer Chicago Unveils Brand New Logo!

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab has a brand new logo! Click here to view the logo on Facebook, and make sure to "like" GCC for updates on its upcoming summer program, S.E.E.D.!

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South Side Stories at the Hideout - June 20

Join South Side Stories for its first North Side event, on Friday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hideout Inn (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago).

View and discuss digital stories - short videos combining narratives, images and music - created by youth from the South Side of Chicago, at this special presentation facilitated by digital storyteller and artist Seed Lynn.

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Ci3/Section of Family Planning Launch Online Access Guide

Ci3 and its partner, The University of Chicago Section of Family Planning, have launched the online guide Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Healthcare and Social Providers. According to the website, the guide is meant to help social service and healthcare providers advise pregnant women who may be seeking abortion care in Illinois.

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Dr. Melissa Gilliam Co-Edits New Book on Contraception

Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam has co-edited (with Dr. Amy Whitaker of the University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research) the forthcoming book Contraception for Adolescents and Young Adult Women. Published by Springer, the book provides evidence-based and up-to-date information for clinicians, as well as resources to pass on to patients.

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"Cookies and Conversation with Ci3" May 13

The next "Cookies and Conversation with Ci3" will be held Tuesday, May 13 from noon-1 p.m. at the Institute of Politics (5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. on The University of Chicago campus).

Ci3 invites students from all disciplines to join us on the first Tuesday of every month for an informal discussion about sexual and reproductive health issues appearing in the news and where they intersect with current research here on campus.

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South Side Stories at "Open Sunday" Event April 27

South Side Stories, Ci3's digital storytelling project for youth, will be featured at the next "Open Sunday" event for the Rebuild Foundation. The event will take place this Sunday, April 27, from 2-5 p.m. at Black Cinema House (6901 S. Dorchester Ave.).

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Dr. Brandon Hill Moderates "God Loves Uganda" Screening/Discussion May 13

Ci3's Dr. Brandon Hill will moderate a discussion with filmmaker Roger Ross Williams following a screening of Williams' documentary God Loves Uganda on Tuesday, May 13 on The University of Chicago campus. The film itself will be screened at 4:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall's Max Palevsky Cinema (1212 E. 59th St). The discussion will run from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Community Room (105) of the Centers for Gender/Race Studies (5733 S. University Ave).

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GCC Co-Founders Receive 2014 Faculty Collaboration Grant

Dr. Melissa Gilliam and Dr. Patrick Jagoda, co-founders of Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, have been awarded the 2014 Faculty Collaboration Grant from UChicago's Arts|Science Initiative. Read the full press release here.

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South Side Stories Receives Write-Up in Windy City Times

South Side Stories, Ci3's youth digital storytelling project, has received an article in the Windy City Times from Windy City Media Group. Read the full article here.

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Sexual and Reproductive Justice Graduate Student Working Conference - April 11

Ci3 will co-sponsor the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Graduate Student Working Conference on Friday, April 11 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S. University Ave., Chicago). 

During this one-day conference, graduate students from UChicago and area universities will present works-in-progress on sexual and reproductive justice.

Speakers include:

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Game Changer Chicago Design Lab in the News

Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab has recently received press coverage in two separate outlets.

GCC co-founder Dr. Patrick Jagoda was profiled by the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

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"Play as Inquiry" Article in UChicago News

UChicago News covered last November's "Play as Inquiry" symposium opening event, presented by Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. Read the full article.

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Women Ages 18-35 Wanted for Oral Contraceptive Research Study

Are you interested in a research study regarding investigational estrogen-free birth control medication?

Subjects will receive compensation after each clinic visit.

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March "Cookies and Conversation with Ci3" Canceled - Next Event April 8

This month's "Cookies and Conversation with Ci3", originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, has been canceled. The next "Cookies and Conversation" will take place Tuesday, April 8 from noon-1 p.m. in the Living Room space of the Institute of Politics (5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., on The University of Chicago campus). The discussion of the April "Cookies and Conversation" will revolve around emergency contraception, on a local, national and international level.

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Dr. Melissa Gilliam Featured on Latino USA Podcast

Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam was featured on the February 7 edition of NPR's Latino USA, the only English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. The episode, entitled "Control", explores teen condom use, the GOP immigration platform, and anchor Maria Hinojosa's own personal abortion story. Click here to listen to the full episode. Listen to Dr. Gilliam's segment on IUD use among the Latina population.

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Call for Submissions: Sexual & Reproductive Justice Conference

The 2nd Annual Sexual & Reproductive Justice Graduate Student Working Conference invites submissions on questions concerning sexuality, reproduction, and justice. This conference is co-sponsored by Ci3 and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS).

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