Campus News

394887788_640Extreme by design

The School of Public Health hosts a screening of the PBS documentary “Extreme By Design” Nov. 7.

The documentary follows a group of Stanford University business, engineering and medical students who travel to Bangladesh and Indonesia to build affordable medical devices and fresh water storage systems as part of the Design for Extreme Affordability course.

A workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m. asks students to complete a design challenge. The film screening takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include filmmaker Ralph King, School of Public Health dean Paul Brandt-Rauf and UIC Innovation Center executive director Peter Pfanner.

Workshop registration is required.


Recognizing employees

Celebrate award-winning employees Tuesday at the Employee Recognition Awards Program.

The event honors the 2013 recipients of the Award of Merit, CAPE Award, WOW, INSPIRE Award, Luminary Award, Woman of the Year Award, Janice Watkins Award and UI Health’s Class Act and Academy Award. Employees with 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service will also be recognized.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and a formal reception follows at the UIC Forum.

For more information, email


Citizen vs. person?

What are the conceptual distinctions between citizenship and personhood?

Ralph Cintron, associate professor of English and Latin American and Latino studies, examines that question in a talk Nov. 14.

“Citizenship Versus Unauthorized Immigration,” the Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow Lecture, takes place at 3 p.m. in the lower level of Stevenson Hall.

A reception follows.

For more information, email


Women in sports

Doctoral candidate Rachel Allison examines the role of women’s professional soccer in the American sports landscape Nov. 6.

“Are You Ready for Some Football?” takes place at noon in 4105 Behavioral Sciences Building.

Allison is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and the 2013 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Awardee. The talk is part of the Center for Research on Women and Gender’s Speaker Series.


Book celebration

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

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.


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:

• Monday: “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 Tranter, executive director, Friends of the Parks

For more information call 312-413-3780.


Irish tenor 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. Alexander is an award-winning jazz vocalist and UIC employee in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

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 today.

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


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.


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


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