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Ertharin Cousins speaks Oct. 11.

Ertharin Cousin speaks Oct. 11.

Technical tips

Want to improve your technology skills?

ACCC hosts several workshops and webinars each week that are free for students and employees.


Community forum

Share your thoughts on current issues affecting Asian Americans at the UIC Asian American Forum today.

The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Conference Rooms B and C in the Student Services Building.

The discussion includes issues such as undocumented students at UIC, Asian American staff and faculty positions, disaggregated ethnic data, the impact of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions grant and more.

For more information, email


Finding funding

Learn tips for using the Pivot search engine to find research funding Oct. 30.

Three hands-on training sessions are offered to help faculty and staff learn how to use the global database of funding opportunities from government, foundations, corporations, professional associations and more.

“Finding Funding for your PI,” intended for business managers and other staff members seeking funding on behalf of a principal investigator, takes place from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in 1603 School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute.

Sessions for principal investigators are scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 1603 School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute and 1:45 to 3 p.m. in 408 Student Center East.

Registration is required.


What’s in your backpack?

UIC Campus Programs is inviting students to unpack their sense of identity at several upcoming Identity Backpack workshops.

The workshops include guided dialogues about diversity and sense of identity. Learn more at an information table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 14-15 near the Pier Room, Student Center East. First 200 visitors receive a free backpack.

Workshops take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15, noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, and noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 17.


Vote on tenure committee

Tenured and tenure-track faculty can vote through Oct. 11 for faculty members to serve on the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Eighteen faculty members who hold the rank of professor are elected to the committee. Elected members serve three-year terms.

Vote online. For more information, call 312-996-2926.


Future of Chicago

Civic and political leaders will speak on campus this semester for the department of political science “Future of Chicago” lecture series, which focuses on the social, economic and political conditions of the Chicago area.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They are held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 230 Science and Engineering South.

Scheduled lectures include:

  • Oct. 9: “Corruption in Chicago,” Joe Ferguson, City of Chicago inspector general
  • Oct. 18: “Reform of Cook County Government,” Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president
  •  Oct. 21: “Planning the Future of the Metropolitan Region,” Randy Blankenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Oct. 23: “Corruption in Chicago,” James Laski, former Chicago city clerk and alderman
  • Nov. 4: “First Son,” Keith Koeneman, author of First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley
  • Nov. 6: “The Future of Illinois,” former Illinois governor Jim Edgar
  • Nov. 13: “Public Space in Chicago,” Erma Trantor, executive director, Friends of the Parks

For more information call 312-413-3780.


Humanitarian food aid

Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, 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.


Looking back

Former Illinois Senate president Emil Jones Jr. reflects on his 40 years of public service during a campus lecture Oct. 16 for the Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture Series sponsored by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.

Jones retired from the Illinois General Assembly in 2009 after 36 years. He is president and CEO of the Strategic International Group and chairman of the Illinois Sports Facility Authority.

He will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. in 302 Student Center East. A reception follows.


Peace in Middle East

The Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian directors of Friends of the Earth Middle East, an environmental peacemaking organization, will be on campus Oct. 8 to discuss a faith-based initiative to engage Muslims, Jews and Christians in efforts to restore the Jordan River, currently at 3 percent of its historical flow.

Featured speakers Gidon Bromberg (Israeli director), Nader Khateeb (Palestinian director) and Munqeth Mehyar (Jordanian director) will address fairness in resource distribution and collective conservation efforts as a path to peace and the role of religious traditions in ecological peacemaking.

The talk takes place at 4 p.m. in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall.


Working for the world

The Center for Global Health hosts a benefit event Oct. 10.

“Working for the World” includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, global trivia and door prizes. Tickets, which are tax deductible, cost $100.

Proceeds benefit students working on international service projects through the Global Medical Educational program.

Buy tickets or make a donation online.


Reading together

UIC’s WoRD book club will discuss its latest selection at a meeting Oct. 10.

The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. in 507 Disability Health and Social Policy Building to talk about Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism.


 Research methods

UIC Survey Research Laboratory is hosting six free 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: cognitive testing, Thursday survey nonresponse, Oct. 10; survey design considerations, Oct. 17; field interviewing, Oct. 24; and sampling hard-to-reach populations, Nov. 7


Welcome home

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

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


Humanities talks

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

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

• 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


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 Thursday 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.


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?


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. Saturday.

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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