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Barbara Ransby

Barbara Ransby is among the feminist scholars who will talk about their recent books Oct. 30. Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC Public Affairs

Book celebration

A panel of scholars will talk about their recent books on gender and race at the UIC Feminist Book Celebration Oct. 30.

The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.

Speakers include:

• Claire Decoteau, assistant professor of sociology, Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa

• Lorena Garcia, associate professor of sociology, Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity

• Anna Guevarra, associate professor and director of Asian American studies, and Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies, editors of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age

• Nadine Naber, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and Asian American studies, Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

• Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy

• Barbara Ransby, professor of history, African-American studies, and gender and women’s studies, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson.

For more information, call 312-996-6339.


Concert benefits students

John McDermott, a founding member of The Irish Tenors, will headline the 13th annual S.E.E. Benefit Dec. 6.

The event will also feature the Dee Alexander Trio.

The event, hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, funds scholarships for UIC students who demonstrate strong leadership skills.

A reception, dinner and concert are included in the $225 ticket price ($125 is tax-deductible). The event begins at 5 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m. in the UIC Forum.

For information or tickets, call 312-413-0077 or e-mail


Importance of work

Historian James Livingston examines the psychological and social functions of work during a talk Oct. 30.

Livingston, a history professor at Rutgers University, presents “After Work: What is to be Done When Work Disappears?” at 2 p.m. in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall. UIC history professor Leon Fink is the commentator.

A reception follows.

For more information, email

Open access

Scholars can find out their h-index and ask copyright questions this week as part of Open Access week.

Librarians will search the Web of Science and Scopus to determine scholars’ h-index — a measurement of scientific productivity and impact.

Drop-in clinics take place from 9 to 10:20 a.m. today in the Daley Library lobby and Friday at the Library of the Health Sciences reference desk.


A greener campus

Higher education expert Leith Sharp will share tips for helping universities improve green efforts at a lecture Thursday.

“Sustainability in Higher Education: How is Change Happening,” takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 320 Douglas Hall. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Sharp established one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability and founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network.

For more information, email

Health history

The Hull-House Museum hosts two events Thursday 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.

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.


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.


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 at 

For more information, email


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. Thursday 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.

For more information, email


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:

• Today: “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.


Research methods

UIC Survey Research Laboratory is hosting 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: field interviewing, Thursday, and sampling hard-to-reach populations, Nov. 7.


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