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2012 Chicago Marathon

UIC’s Cellmates on the Run team raises money for diabetes research while running the Chicago Marathon. Photo: Joshua Clark/UIC Photo Services

Run for a good cause

Sign up to run the Chicago Marathon and raise money for diabetes research with UIC’s Cellmates on the Run team.

The team, organized by Jose Oberholzer, chief of transplantation surgery, raises money for the Chicago Diabetes Project. Last year’s marathon team raised about $200,000 for diabetes research.

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a 26.2-mile race through 26 Chicago neighborhoods, is scheduled for Oct. 12.


Civic engagement projects

Applications are due Friday for the Civic Engagement Research Fund Awards.

Awards up to $20,000 are available. UIC faculty, research faculty and research staff can apply for the awards, given by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.

Projects should help citizens better understand the policymaking process and become more engaged in policy debate, and/or help government become more responsive to citizens and use technology to connect with citizens.

For more information, call 312-355-0098.


Nominate outstanding staff

Nominations are due this month for the Janice Watkins Award for Distinguished Civil Service and the Award of Merit.

The Watkins Award is presented each year to one or more support staff employees. Nominations are due June 27 for the award, established in memory of Janice Watkins, president of the Staff Advisory Council, who died in 1974.

The Award of Merit recognizes excellence in work performance and leadership for up to 30 academic professional and support staff employees. To be eligible for the $2,500 award, employees must be at least 50 percent time and have worked at UIC for at least three years. Nominations are due June 28.


Woman of the Year

Nominations will be accepted through July 1 for UIC’s Woman of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. 

Nominations should include a CV or résumé and at least three supporting letters describing the nominee’s service to UIC women as part of her job. Send nominations by email to


What’s the latest WoRD?

The WoRD (Women’s Reading and Discussion) book club meets July 23 to discuss its latest selection, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS, by Elizabeth Pisani.

The group, which is open to all employees and students, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in 507 Disability, Health and Social Policy building, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.

The book is available for purchase at a 20 percent discount at the UIC Bookstores or can be checked out of the UIC Library.

The book club was started by members of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women and meetings are approved as official events for employee participation. For more information, contact Kris Zimmermann at

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