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Winter biking

A workshop Thursday gives tips for riding bikes in the winter. Photo: S.K. Vemmer/UIC News

Riding in winter

Hear tips on riding and maintaining bicycles in winter at a workshop Thursday.

No need to bring your bike to the workshop, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Commuter Student Resource Center, second floor of Student Center East, behind the Inner Circle.

Participants receive free reflective tape and prizes.

Sponsored by Office of Sustainability and West Town Bikes.



Check it out

Be sure to check out UIC’s new science blog, UIC Science. The tumblr blog features everything and anything science at UIC including biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine and more.

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Welcome to campus

The Office of Academic and Enrollment Services invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to a reception celebrating the opening of the new UIC Visitors Center Friday.

The center, in 2350 Student Services Building, will be a hub for prospective students and applicants who visit campus. Managed by the Office of Admissions, it includes presentation space for up to 80 people, waiting areas, two offices for one-on-one admissions counseling and staff for group and individualized programs.

The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief presentation at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, email


Impact of pension law

Learn how the changes to the state pension system could impact employees now and after retirement at a presentation Jan. 29.

The event, sponsored by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee and State Universities Annuitants Association, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thompson Room A, Student Center West.

Speakers include Jeff Houch, legislative liaison for the State Universities Retirement System, and Brenda Russell, president of the UIC chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association.



Research grants

Letters of intent are due Feb. 6 for the Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research.

The pilot grant program was established to foster multidisciplinary collaboration, nurture the research careers of early stage investigators and leverage extramural funding.

The two-year awards will be granted for up to $40,000 for principal investigators in the humanities. Researchers in other disciplines are eligible for awards of up to $30,000, with an additional $10,000 with a 1:1 cash cost share from their department or college.

Applications are due Feb. 21.


IT Forum
Proposals are due Feb. 10 for technology-related presentations at the 2014 UIC IT Professionals Forum.
The event is set for April 23 at the UIC Forum.
Presentations are 45-minute sessions that could include interactive discussions, question/answer sessions or demonstrations. Presentations that connect information technologies to teaching and learning, research, clinical and
administrative/business uses at UIC are welcome.
For more information, email


Share your culture

Help UIC celebrate its diversity by contributing to the UIC World Fair, scheduled for March.

Individuals, organizations and departments can give performances, host cultural workshops and more. Submissions are due Jan. 31.

The UIC World’s Fair takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. March 13 at the Student Recreation Facility. The event is sponsored by Campus Programs, Campus Recreation and the Office of International Services.

For more information, email


Vacation, sick leave payouts

UIC employees can defer vacation and compensable sick leave payouts to their 403(b) and 457 retirement accounts when they retire or leave the university.

For instructions, call the Benefits Services office at 312-996-6471 on or before 60 days before the last day of employment.

The benefits office is located on the first floor of the Marshfield Building. For more information visit NESSIE, the university’s HR website.


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