Campus News: green for green

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UIC’s Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects,offers discounted Divvy memberships and more.


The first step for student proposals to help make UIC a greener campus are due Feb. 16 to the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board.

The Sustainability Fee, $3 per semester paid by all UIC students, funds small, short-term projects, helps subsidize larger, long-term projects, offers discounted Divvy memberships to students and helps fund student travel to related conferences.

The advisory board includes students, faculty and staff.

All UIC students and student organizations are eligible to apply.



Applications are due Monday for the 2015-16 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition, which honors students who excel in academics and athletics.

Full-time students, including incoming freshmen, graduate and transfer students, are eligible. Academic and athletic competence will be considered over financial need.

Undergraduate and transfer student applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college. Freshmen must rank in the upper 25 percent of their incoming class. Graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing.

Students must show athletic ability in an amateur sport for personal development, not preparation for professional athletics. Previous winners represent a variety of sports, from archery and tennis to swimming and wheelchair basketball. Last year, 16 winners were awarded $2,500 each.



The film “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison” will be shown on campus Feb. 11.

The 4 p.m. screening in the School of Public Health auditorium will be followed by a panel discussion at 4:45 p.m. with Christopher Boyer, professor of Latin American and Latino studies and history, film producer Jason Glaser and director Diego Lopez.

The event is sponsored by the School of Public Health Global Health Program, the department of criminology, law and justice, anthropology, College of Medicine Center for Global Health and the Food Chain Workers Alliance.



The Survey Research Laboratory is hosting six webinars on methodology this semester.

All seminars begin at noon. Registration is required.

Topics include: cognitive pretesting of questionnaires, Feb. 11; sampling hard-to-reach populations, Feb. 18; nonresponse bias assessment, Feb. 25; ethics in survey research, March 4; questionnaire design clinic, March 11; and agree-disagree response formats, March 18.



The Academic Computing and Communications Center is looking for volunteers to give feedback in redesigning its website at a Feb. 17 workshop.

Deadline to RSVP is Friday for the workshops held throughout the day at the Benjamin Goldberg Research Building.



The Fund 2040 Proposal drafted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning outlines the need “to support prioritized infrastructure investments that help the region meet its goals for quality of life and economic prosperity.”

Learn more about this ambitious plan Feb. 18 at the presentation “Presenting the Fund 2040 Proposal,” with agency principal planner Erin Aleman. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 pm at the Great Cities Institute, Suite 400 CUPPA Hall.

Lunch will be provided.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Great Cities Institute and Urban Transportation Center at UIC. For more information call 312-996-8700.



Next up for WoRD, UIC’s campus book group, is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander.

The group, open to all UIC employees and students, will meet to discuss the book at noon March 18, 507 Disability and Human Development Building, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.

The book is available at a 20 percent discount in the UIC Bookstores and from the UIC Library.

For more information, contact Kris Zimmermann,



Deadline is Feb. 20 to apply for awards from the Office of International Affairs to encourage international program development.

Six awards are available and all UIC academic units can apply. Proposals typically involve presentations or discussions with an international aspect, either in Chicago or abroad.



Free dental screenings are available Feb. 21 by dental students taking their licensing exam.

Screenings are 9 a.m. to noon at the College of Dentistry.

Patients must be 18 years or older and have one form of ID and current list of medications. Patients who don’t speak English must bring an interpreter. Patients cannot be allergic to latex.



Deadline is March 7 to apply for the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy’s policy and social engagement fellowship.

The fellowship, up to $10,000 per year, is given to faculty members who work with community organizations on community action projects related to race, ethnicity and policy. All adjunct, clinical, research, tenure-track, tenured and visiting faculty members are eligible.

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