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Flag with rainbow stripesLGBTQ career conference

UIC hosts the ninth annual National LGBTQ & Ally College Student Career Conference Sept. 27 through 29.

The event, which focuses on workplace equality and inclusion for LGBTQ students and job seekers, takes place in Student Center East.

Mona Noriega, UIC alumna and chair of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, will deliver the keynote address Sept. 28.

The event brings people from college campuses, organizations and corporations around the country for a variety of job-related programs, including workshops, networking meetings and a career fair.

The conference will conclude with the PRIDE Career Fair, featuring 30 companies from various industries promoting career and internship opportunities.

The conference is presented by OUT for Work, a nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ students and allies entering the workplace, and co-organized by the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center and UIC Office of Career Services.


Looking into the past

A lecture Sept. 26 compliments an exhibit on display at the African-American Cultural Center highlighting historical accounts of black Americans’ feelings and experiences related to Chicago’s Worlds Fair.

“The Reason Why: a Lecture and Discussion on Why African-Americans Were Not Included in the World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893,” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place.

Speakers include Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University; Robert Rudell, Montana State University; Temple Tsenes-Hills, Benedictine University; and Alaka Wali, Field Museum.

The event, part of the fourth annual lecture and event series presented by UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, is organized with support from the Illinois Humanities Council. The exhibit, “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition,” is on display through Dec. 20.

For more information, call 312-996-9549.


Research extravaganza

Graduate students, post-doc residents and faculty will present their research today from 1 to 5 p.m. in Student Center West at the UIC Department of Psychiatry 4th Annual Research Extravaganza 2013.

John Greden, the Rachel Upjohn professor and chair emeritus in psychiatry at the University of Michigan, is the keynote speaker. He will present “Biosignatures and Personalized Treatments for Mood Disorders: How Close Are We to This Destination?”

Faculty speakers include UIC psychiatry faculty David Gavin, Melissa Lamar and Steve Weine. The event includes more than 120 poster displays; three awards will be presented for the best posters.


Need a new license?

The mobile Illinois Secretary of State office will be on campus today from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center East concourse.

Students and employees can renew driver’s license or state ID, buy vehicle license plate stickers, register to be an organ or tissue donor, and buy specialty UIC license plates to support student scholarships.


Welcome home

The UIC Black Alumni Advisory Council celebrates its past, present and future at a homecoming reception Oct. 5.

The event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Illinois Rooms, Student Center East.


Job analysis update

An update on the process of converting academic professional jobs to civil service positions will be sponsored by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee Sept. 26.

The presentation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Molecular Biology Research Building’s Herman Auditorium.

Speakers will include Maureen Park, executive director and associate vice president of human resources, Robert Crouch, associate vice president for human resources, and Ron Puskarits, director of compensation in human resources.

Presenters will address questions submitted through the registration form and a Q&A session following the presentation.


Humanities talks

UIC’s Institute for the Humanities hosts four upcoming lectures.

All talks take place in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall.

  • Noon today: “The Diminutive Homologue to the Penis,” Sarah Rodriguez, medical humanities and bioethics, Northwestern University
  • Sept. 26, 4 p.m.: “Visual Cultural Studies,” Clark Hulse, professor emeritus of English and art history, and Peter Erickson, theater and African American studies, Northwestern University.
  • Oct. 7, noon: “The Materiality of the Brand:  Form, Function, and the Pharmaceutical Trademark,” Jeremy Greene, medicine, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Oct. 8, 4 p.m.: “Reviving the Jordan River:  Islam, Judaism, Ecology, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” directors of the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Friends of the Earth Middle East.

For more information, email


Successful students

George Kuh, a national expert on undergraduate student success, is the keynote speaker at a town hall meeting Thursday.

Kuh’s talk — from 2 to 4 p.m. in Student Center East’s Cardinal Room — is part of the UIC Student Success Initiative, designed to increase college completion rates.

Kuh is the chancellor’s professor emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington and director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes and Assessment.


Engaging the community

Applications are due Sept. 30 for Civic Engagement Discourse Fund grants.

Funding from the Institute for Policy and Civil Engagement will support events that facilitate public discourse on policy issues or the policy implications of university research. Eligible events include public forums, dialogues, town hall meetings and small conferences or workshops.

Grants of up to $4,000 are available for events hosted through May 31.

For more information, call 312-355-0095.


Research methods

UIC Survey Research Laboratory is hosting six seminars on methodology this semester.

All seminars are held from noon to 1 p.m. in 139 College of Nursing. Registration is required.

Topics include: ethics in survey research, Sept. 26; cognitive testing, Oct. 3; survey nonresponse, Oct. 10; survey design considerations, Oct. 17; field interviewing, Oct. 24; and sampling hard to reach populations, Nov. 7


Fall forum

UIC United’s annual fall forum focuses on “Illinois Politics and the Public University.”

Panelists include U of I President Bob Easter; Christopher Mooney, director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs; and political science professor Dick Simpson.

The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Michele Thompson Rooms, Student Center West.

Registration is required.


What’s for dinner?

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum’s “Re-Thinking Soup” series has moved to dinnertime.

The event, which includes a free bowl of soup and discussion, will be held the third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Residents’ Dining Hall. Upcoming dates include Oct. 15 and Nov. 19.

For more information, call 312-413-5353.


Continents apart

A seminar Oct. 3 highlights new research on menopause in sub-Saharan African women.

“Menopause, Continents Apart: Similarities and Differences in the Menopause Experience in African and American Women,” is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building. Speaker is Nicole Jaff, menopause counselor at the Wendy Appelbaum Institute for Women’s Health in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Women and Gender and National Center of Excellence in Women.

To register, email


Need help?

Not sure how to use computer software? Ask Lynda., a collection of online tutorial programs available free to UIC students and employees, offers more than 1,000 video tutorials on software topics such as Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft products; web publishing; video and audio editing; operating systems, and more.

Tutorials are available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.


Give blood

UIC is now partnering with LifeSource for its campus blood drives.

LifeSource personnel will staff all campus drives, and students and employees can schedule their blood donation appointments online. Donors should fill out a health history questionnaire on the day of the blood drive.

For more information, email


Humanitarian food aid

Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, will speak Oct. 11 on “Delivering Food Assistance in a Shrinking Humanitarian Space.”

The UIC alumna will talk at 2 p.m. in 302 Student Center East.

Cousin was executive vice president and COO of Feeding America (then called America’s Second Harvest) and led its response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She was head of government communications and community affairs at Albertson’s Foods and president of Albertson’s Foundation.

The lecture is part of the 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Initiative in the Humanities on food studies at UIC.


Tech-assisted learning

The TechTeach@UIC Conference, set for Oct. 9, will showcase successes, challenges and opportunities in technology-assisted teaching and learning.

Curious about using iPads in classrooms? About setting up an online or blended course? About MOOCs?

Register by Oct. 1 to receive lunch and a printed nametag.


Grants to get going

Deadline is Friday to submit letters of intent for research awards of $20,000 from the 2013 Campus Research Board Pilot grant program.

The awards help investigators develop preliminary data or other materials necessary for research projects in the basic life sciences, clinical sciences, natural sciences and engineering and the social sciences.

The 2013 competition is for tenure-track and tenured faculty.

Oct. 15 is the deadline for full applications.


UIC Open House

UIC will welcome prospective students, families, friends, alumni and community members at UIC Open House, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

Visitors will drop in at various venues to learn about undergraduate majors and programs, explore student life and housing, find out about financial aid and tour the campus.


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