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You're the Chef cooking contest

Team Education Hungry took top prize in the 2012 contest: (from left) Case Green, Dining Services chef, and education majors Barbara Lesnicka, Widad Hussein and Stephanie Perez. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services

Cooking up a storm 

Teams of student chefs will compete today in the sixth annual “You’re the Chef” event.

The competition, sponsored by dining services, begins at 4:30 p.m. in the East Café in Student Center East.

The winning team’s menu will be featured at All-You-Care-To-Eat dining areas Nov. 21.

‘Washington, In or Out?’

“Washington, In or Out? Regional Governance and Development from Below,” a panel discussion with policymakers and scholars on the urban economy, will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Illinois Room, Student Center East.

The discussion focuses on a new book by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution, The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.

Panelists include Katz, vice president and director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, Mary Sue Barrett, president of the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Michael Mullen, Illinois chair of the Tri-State Alliance for Regional Development.

The discussion will be moderated by Michael Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and professor of public administration.

Admission is free. For information, call 312-413-3354.


Time for 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 their 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.


Careers in business academia

Thinking about enrolling in a business doctorate program? The Liautaud Graduate School of Business will host the DocNet Forum Nov. 20 to present information on careers in business academia.

A faculty and student panel starts at 5:30 p.m. and a recruiting forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., all in the UIC Forum.


Examining AIDS epidemic

A new exhibit at the Library of the Health Sciences examines the history of the AIDS epidemic.

“Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture” will be on display through Nov. 16 in the library lobby. Exhibit curator Jennifer Brier, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, will talk about AIDS as a medical and political event during a presentation at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Library of the Health Sciences’ special collections department.


Researcher of the Year

Nominations are due Nov. 18 for 2013 Researcher of the Year, awarded to five faculty members chosen from the research categories of basic life sciences, clinical sciences, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities.

The award includes a $5,000 prize.


Global conference

UIC co-hosts an international conference next month on the role of research universities in addressing global challenges.

Delegates from 25 research universities from around the world will be in Chicago Nov. 18 to 20 for the “Global Urban Challenges” conference. The final day of the conference takes place at Student Center East.

U of I President Bob Easter will co-host a plenary session with the presidents of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. UIC and UIUC faculty members will speak at several conference events.


Free flu shots

Free seasonal flu shots for employees and retirees will be offered Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in 302 Student Center East and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 in Michele M. Thompson Rooms A and B, Student Center West.

Employees and retirees enrolled in the Quality Care Health Plan or a state-sponsored managed care plans can receive the free flu shots by showing their health insurance card and driver’s license or state ID.

The event is sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, University Payroll and Benefits and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

For more information, call 312-996-6300.


Jennifer Brier

Jennifer Brier, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, is curator of a new exhibit, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture,” in the Library of the Health Sciences. Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC Public Affairs (click on image for larger size)

Going to grad school?

Thinking about continuing your education? Look for opportunities this week at the Graduate and Professional School Fair.

The fair, from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the UIC Forum, includes representatives from more than 200 graduate and professional programs. The event is free and open to all UIC students.


Breast cancer screenings

UIC employees can receive same-day mammography screenings from the radiology department during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Screenings are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Suite 2C, 1801 W. Taylor St., throughout October. Call 312-996-0267 to confirm eligibility.


Honorary degrees

Dec. 2 is the deadline for nominations for honorary degree recipients. Information on eligibility, nomination procedures and timelines is online. For more information, email


Health history

The Hull-House Museum hosts two events Oct. 24 for its series “One Hundred Years of Sexual Health in Chicago.”

Historians, activists and educators will join in a conversation about sexual health in Chicago over the past century at a lunch symposium, from noon to 1 p.m. in the School of Public Health auditorium.

“Ben Reitman’s Hobo College,” which includes readings, micro-talks and musical performances, takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Residents’ Dining Hall. Events celebrates the life and work of former U of I medical student Ben Reitman, who founded Hobo College — an educational institution for migrant working class men in Chicago from 1907 to the 1930s.

Reserve a free ticket


Women, gender talks

Two upcoming lectures highlight Alice J. Dan Dissertation recipients and others doing innovative work on women and gender.

Ashe Dryden, author of The Diverse Team: Healthy Companies, Progressive Practices, will discuss why diversity is necessary for success in technology at 2 p.m. today, 1250 University Hall.

Rachel Allison, doctoral student in sociology and 2013 Alice J. Dan Dissertation award winner, discusses professional women’s soccer at noon Nov. 13, 4105 Behavioral Sciences Building.

Lectures are sponsored by the Center for Research on Women and Gender. For more information, contact 312-413-1924.


Course accessibility

Faculty members can find out if their course content is accessible to everyone — including students who have disabilities — at an upcoming lecture.

The Digital Accessibility Lecture, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in 1-470 Daley Library, discusses the definition of accessibilities, which educational technologies are accessible, which document formats support accessibility and more. Speaker is Terrill Thompson, technology accessibility specialist at the University of Washington.

The lecture will also be available on Blackboard Collaborate.

RSVP to Kevin Price,, by Oct. 21.


Crime report

UIC’s annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes statistics for 2010 through 2012, is now available.

The report includes information on reported crimes that occurred on campus; in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UIC; and on public property within or near campus. It also has fire safety information, crime notification procedures, emergency procedures, institutional policies related to campus security, and crime prevention and safety information.

View the report online  or request a copy from the Office of the Dean of Students, 3030 Student Services Building.


Technical tips

Want to improve your technology skills? ACCC hosts several workshops and webinars each week that are free for students and employees.


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 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.


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:

• Friday: “Reform of Cook County Government,” Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president

• Monday: “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.


Looking back

Former Illinois Senate president Emil Jones Jr. reflects on his 40 years of public service during a campus lecture today 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.


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: survey design considerations, Thursday; field interviewing, Oct. 24; and sampling hard-to-reach populations, Nov. 7.


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