Campus News: careers in science writing

Robert Sloan

Robert Sloan, head of computer science, is among speakers at a free conference on science writing April 17.


UIC’s Chicago Institute for Voice Care presents the workshop “Contemporary Commercial Singing Styles” this weekend with singing specialist Jeannette Lovetri and H. Steven Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology and specialist in voice care.

The workshop is open to professional and amateur singers, voice teachers, speech pathologists and others. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Eye and Ear Infirmary. Cost is $95 National Voice Foundation members, $150 nonmembers and $50 students.



A free conference on science writing, aimed at students and professional writers, will be held April 17, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Institute for the Humanities in Stevenson Hall.

Sessions include how to correctly use statistics, with Robert Sloan, head of computer science, and Bill Burton, senior director of public affairs; an introduction to science writing as a career, with local writers and authors; and innovations in science communications with writers and producers from WBEZ’s “Curious City,” the “Nerdette Podcast,” the Illinois Science Council and Argonne National Laboratory.


Monica Gandhi, medical director of the HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, will present “Women Living with HIV” April 21 at Women’s Health Research Day.

The free conference, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Thompson Room, Student Center West, highlights new developments in women’s health and showcases research by faculty, staff and students.

The second annual event also includes research poster presentations and a lecture by Leah Rubin, assistant professor of psychiatry, “When Enough is Enough: Stress and Brain Functioning in HIV-infected Women.”

Sponsors include the colleges of Medicine and Nursing, School of Public Health and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.



A town hall on the Human Resources job analysis project, focusing on the appeals process, will be held April 21 and April 30.

The job analysis project is a review of positions categorized as academic professional, to determine whether they should be converted to civil service.

The town hall will present an update by Robert Crouch, assistant vice president for human resources, and Ron Puskarits, director of compensation.

Sessions will be held 10 a.m. April 21, School of Public Health auditorium, and 10 a.m. April 30, 1-470 Daley Library.

The event, coordinated by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee, will be webcast.



Plans to construct the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, a proposed privately funded rail network serving connecting to short lines around metropolitan Chicago, will be discussed at a presentation April 29.

“Building the Great Lakes Basin Railroad,” noon to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 217 at the Student Residence Hall, is hosted by the Urban Transportation Center.

The 275-mile railroad would operate between Janesville, Wisconsin, and Michigan City, Indiana, adding capacity to the Chicago Freight Rail Hub, the largest in the world.

Frank Patton, managing partner of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, LLC, will lead the presentation.



University President Bob Easter will present “Global Food Safety: The Roles of Agriculture, Health and Biological Sciences in the 21st Century” for UIC’s commemoration of World Health Day April 22.

Easter, former dean of the Urbana-Champaign campus College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will speak at noon in the 227 College of Medicine West.



UIC’s dragon boat team, the Pyro Paddlers, is looking for new members —students, alumni, faculty and staff — to participate in the St. Charles Riverfest June 13 and Chicago Chinatown’s Dragon Boat Race for Literacy June 27.

In dragon boat racing, long boats with 20-person teams paddle in head-to-head competition.

Though paddling experience is not required, team members should be in good physical shape, with the endurance to paddle in sync with other team members.

Paddlers will be selected from two open practices, May 3 and May 16.

The team is supported by the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.



Sorting through your closets for spring cleaning? Donate men’s and women’s business apparel and accessories in good condition to a clothing drive for clients of Goldie’s Place, a nonprofit social service organization for people who are homeless.

Collection boxes are located in 104 College of Dentistry, first floor Disability, Health and Social Policy building, 1728 University Hall and 3343 Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building.



Friday is the deadline to register for the April 28 2015 IT Pro Forum, a day of presentations, exhibits and networking opportunities for campus IT professionals.

This year’s theme, “Informational Technology’s Interchangeable Role in a High Tech World,” will showcase collaborative IT projects at UIC.

On-site registration will also be available.



The Urban Transportation Center and Office of Sustainability are leading a local effort to support Stand Up for Transportation, a national initiative to encourage use of public transit and help ensure funds are appropriated to repair and expand the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

On Thursday morning, student volunteers will distribute fliers at CTA Blue and Pink line rapid transit stations that serve UIC. Members of the UIC community are invited to log their mode of travel April 9 to be entered into a contest to win prizes.

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