Campus News: Recognizing innovation

Craig Niederberger

Craig Niederberger, the 2013 Inventor of the Year. This year’s recipient of the award will be honored April 30. Photo: UIC Photo Services

Innovation at UIC

Celebrate UIC’s Innovator and Inventor of the Year at a reception April 30.

The cocktail reception and networking event begins at 5 p.m. in the East Terrace, Student Center East.

The event will also celebrate the launching of a new initiative, Innovate@UIC, sponsored by the Office of Technology Management.


Stopping violence

Participate in a campus dialogue on community violence April 15.

The discussion focuses on what students, parents, educators and community leaders can do to decrease community violence — the exposure and witness to violence.

The event, sponsored by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 613 Student Center East. Lunch will be provided.


Dissertation award

June 1 is the deadline to apply for the 13th annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award.

The award encourages research about sex, gender and-or women. UIC doctoral students who have an approved dissertation proposal can apply. Awards range from $500 to $1,000. For more information, email Kris Zimmermann at


Women in transportation

A lecture April 17 focuses on the role of women in the transportation industry.

Patricia Berry, a principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will speak on ways women can play a bigger role in transportation. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that women hold only 13 percent of jobs in transportation. The event, sponsored by the Urban Transportation Center, takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in 418 CUPPA Hall.


Agree or disagree?

The Survey Research Lab will host a webinar Friday on the use of agree-disagree questions in surveys. The webinar, which focuses on problems and alternatives, takes place at noon.


Airport leader

Chicago aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino will speak at UIC April 17. “Chicago Department of Aviation: Connecting Chicago to the World” will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Student Center East.

Andolino oversees the needs of about 85 million passengers and 55 airlines at O’Hare and Midway airports, as well as a $1 billion operating budget. She is a leader in airport sustainability.

The lecture is part of the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Registration is required; email


Falcon cam

Be on the lookout for falcon chicks hatching on a University Hall ledge – the falcon cam is now live. UIC’s peregrine falcons have begun digging their nests.

Last spring, Nitz, a falcon who hails from Wisconsin, produced three eggs in her nest on the top floor of University Hall. Rosie, the peregrine falcon who made her home at UIC from 1999 to 2013, hatched 32 chicks on the ledge during her years nesting there.


Shuttle changes

The UIC Shuttle Service has made a change to the Intracampus and East Side shuttle service.

For the Intracampus Shuttle, Stop E, on the west side of Halsted Street, north of Roosevelt Road, will be relocated around the corner onto Roosevelt Road, about 125 feet west of Halsted Street. The East Side Shuttle will no longer stop at Stop E.

The changes were made in response to traffic and safety concerns for bicycle lanes along Halsted Street.


Celebrating Puerto Rico

The Union for Puerto Rican Students will host the 20th anniversary Pa’Lante Conference this week.

Events, which take place at the Latino Cultural Center, include:

  • Community activist Edwin Cortés reflects on youth activism at UIC, 8 to 9 a.m. today
  • Rapper Pinqy Rinq — UIC alumna Marisol Vélez — and Puerto Rican singer Emanuel Cruz performance, 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Puerto Rican author, lawyer and historian José Enrique Ayoroa Santaliz presents “Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos and the Nationalist Plan for Independent Puerto Rico,” 8 to 9 a.m. Friday.

For more information, email


Comedic struggles

Scott Dikkers, a founding editor of The Onion, discusses his early struggles in the comedy business during a talk Friday.

His presentation “Leadership and Creative Risk” takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in 302 Student Center East. For more information, call 312-413-2260.


IT collaborations

The IT Pro Forum, set for April 23, highlights collaborative IT efforts across campus. “Partnering with Your Peers: Reach for the SummIT” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum.


Thinking about retirement?

UIC will host a free retirement planning conference April 26.

The event, held in Student Center East, includes information on steps to complete before retirement, preparing for retirement, protecting benefits, financial planning and more. Presentations run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required.


Electronic security fellowship

Applications are due May 1 for fellowships for doctoral candidates in electronic security and privacy. The UIC IGERT Program in Electronic Security and Privacy provides its fellows with $30,000 a year for two years, plus full tuition and fees.


Departmental honors

Applications are due Friday for the 2014 Departmental Teaching Excellence Award.

The award recognizes group excellence and teaching. One award of $20,000 will be given to an academic unit that demonstrates outstanding collective commitment and performance in teaching.

The award is sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. For more information, email


Metro strategies

Through its Real Time Chicago lecture series, the Great Cities Institute urges metro Chicago residents to think regionally.

All discussions are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are at 2 p.m. at the Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Upcoming talks include:

  • April 18: “I-90 Expansion Project”
  • May 7: “Regional Economic Development Roundtable.”


Promotion, tenure

The Office of Faculty Affairs will host the Promotion and Tenure Seminar series this spring.

The seminars are focused on pre-tenure faculty, but open to all members of the UIC community. They will explain the review process, policies and other professional development information.

Seminars include:

  • “Junior Faculty,” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, 603 Student Center East
  • “Promotion and Tenure Seminar for Underrepresented Faculty,” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 18, 603 Student Center East
  • “Promotion and Tenure Seminar for Post Mid-Probation Pre-Tenure Faculty,” noon to 1 p.m. May 2, 401 University Hall.

For more information, email or call 312-996-2706.

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