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Orbert Davis and Danny Lopatka
Pecha Kucha kicks off board meetings
Orbert Davis, associate professor of performing arts and director of jazz studies, performs Wednesday with student Danny Lopatka on bass at Pecha Kucha, a new information series held before meetings of the U of I Board of Trustees.

The presentations, based on a Japanese practice that means “chit-chat,” features speakers who use large-projection photo images to illustrate their topic with short discussions. The campus hosting each trustees’ meeting presents a Pecha Kucha that highlights some of its accomplishments.

Performing arts instructor Ernie Adams accompanied Davis on drums.

Other presenters at last week’s reception were Dwight A. McBride, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology and executive director of CeaseFire; Kenneth Vasser, student co-founder of BRO (Brothers Reaching Out); Timothy McDonald, professor of anesthesiology and chief safety and risk officer for health affairs; Veronica Arreola, director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); Indru Punwani, professor and head of pediatric dentistry; and alumna Kay Schwichtenberg.

Photo: Kathryn Marchetti

Volunteer research registry online
ResearchMatch, a national volunteer research registry that brings together researchers and willing volunteers who wish to get involved in studies, is now online.

The national registry, developed by UIC and other institutions affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards, provides a secure, web-based approach to address a key barrier to advancing research: participant recruitment.

Registration does not mean volunteers are registering to participate in a study; it indicates interest in being contacted about studies that may be a good match.

Campus dining discounts
Sodexo, UIC’s campus dining contractor, will offer a 10 percent dining discount to students, faculty and staff for spring semester.

The discount applies to cash, credit card and Dragon Dollars purchases. It does not apply to meal plans.

The discount is offered every day in the all-you-can-eat dining locations: East Café, Student Center East; Centennial Room, Student Center West; and the Stukel Towers dining hall.

The discount will also be available Fridays at the Pier Café, Student Center East; Marketplace, Student Center West; Bunsen’s Café, Science and Engineering South; Skinner’s Grill, Behavioral Sciences Building; Daley Grind, Daley Library; and Grand Grounds, Clinical Sciences North.

The 10 percent discount ends May 7.

For a limited time, a discount is also being offered on departmental catering orders. For more information, call 312-413-5623.

Recognizing student service
Nominations are being accepted for three student awards for public service.

The Chancellor’s Student Service Award honors students who have made significant contributions to campus or community service organizations. As many as 300 students can receive this award.

The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award is given to two students whose volunteer efforts in a campus or community group demonstrates an outstanding level of caring, dedication and selfless commitment to others. Nominees must have made an exceptional contribution to the humanitarian needs of others. One undergraduate and one graduate student will receive the award.

Students nominated for the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award are also eligible for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards will be granted to six UIC students who have made exemplary contributions to public and community service.

Nominations are due Feb. 26.

For more information, contact Sara Spiegel at 312-996-4500 or slspieg@uic.edu

Spirit Week warms up winter
The U of I Alumni Association and Student Alumni League will sponsor Spirit Week beginning Monday.

Events include Hustle Up UH, a walk/run up the 28 flights of University Hall, on Tuesday to benefit the Brilliant Futures Campaign.

Wednesday begins the Give-A-Bear drive to collect new teddy bears for children in the Medical Center’s pediatric and intensive care unit.

The Student Alumni League will collect bears or cash donations in Student Center East. Donations can also be made at the alumni association office, 520 Student Center East, through Feb. 11.

For Spirit Day, held Thursday, the campus community is asked to wear UIC clothing or the colors. The bookstores will sell special T-shirts for $5 beginning at noon until they’re gone.

Impact of violence on youths
The College of Nursing Urban Health Program will host its spring cultural workshop Feb. 22.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell will share her stories of witnessing youth violence, and how these stories have affected her life and career.

A panel of nurses who work with Chicago children impacted by violence will address providing care for victims and the effect of violence on academic performance.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium.

For more information, contact Charese Jackson at 312-996-0810 or cjacks4@uic.edu

Clinic and Research Day for Dentistry
The College of Dentistry will hold its 23rd annual Clinic and Research Day Wednesday.

All clinics will be closed.

The program for students, faculty and alumni includes more than 100 oral and poster presentations, awards, competitions and dental products exhibits.

The keynote speaker will be Paul Krebsbach, endowed professor and chair of biologic and materials sciences and the division of prosthodontics at the University of Michigan.

Continuing education credit is available.

For more information contact Ana Lisa Ogbac, associate director of advancement and alumni affairs, at 312-996-0485 or aogbac1@uic.edu

Marathon motivation
Cellmates on the Run, a team of UIC marathon runners, will host a kick-off party for the 2010 Chicago Marathon Thursday.

Open registration for the marathon, which takes place Oct. 10, begins Monday.

The event includes a viewing of “Spirit of the Marathon,” running tips and personal success stories. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building.

Cellmates on the Run is organized by Jose Oberholzer, chief of transplant surgery and director of cell and pancreas transplantation.

Last year, the group raised more than $141,000 for the Chicago Diabetes Project, which is working to develop a functional cure for Type 1 diabetes.

For more information, call Rachel Paus, 312-996-1673.

Time for taxes
Employees who signed up to receive their W-2 forms electronically can now retrieve them online.

Employees should visit the university’s human resources site NESSIE, then select the “Compensation” tab. The form can be accessed under the “W-2 and Wage Tax Statement” link.

For more information, contact payroll at 312-996-7200.

Give blood
The UIC Blood Donor Center is hosting several blood drives for National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

Blood drives will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Wellness Center in Student Center East. Donors this month will receive a free cholesterol screening and T-shirt.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Blood Donor Center on the hospital’s first floor from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Platelet donors must make an appointment.

For more information, call 312-996-6970.

Still need a flu shot?
Free H1N1 vaccines are available to UIC employees and students while supplies last from the University Health Services.

No appointment is necessary. The clinic is located in E-144 835 S. Wolcott Ave.; hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, call 312-996-7420.

Learning the language
A new session of courses in English for International Professionals begins this month by the Tutorium in Intensive English.

The small, individualized courses are offered in their offices at 1333 S. Halsted St.

Courses include: advanced pronunciation, conversation and vocabulary, advanced grammar and writing and preparation for the TOEFL.

Discounts are offered for early registration.

For more information, contact Terrie Byrne at 312-996-8999 or tbyrn2@uic.edu

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