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Archive for October, 2010

GSC digest – Oct 27

Seminar: SAFETY MATTERS! – Don’t become the next statistic!
: Commuter Student Resource Center, Student Center East 245
: October 27 at Noon

Did you know that in 2009 there were over 1600 CTA-related thefts?

Join the UIC Police to learn the best ways to commute with confidence in your safety around the city. Whether you pedal, walk, ride, or drive, we will have tips for you to stay safe and feel comfortable!

Contact the CSRC for more information or for special accommodation to participate:
Phone: 312-413-7440
Facebook: Search UIC Commuter Student Resource Center


GSC Thirsty Third Fourth Thursday

When: Thursday, Oct 28 2010, 5pm-7pm
Where: Stanley’s on Racine
Social/Happy hour – free to all graduate students! Come by for some food, beverages and games.
See the awesome flyer.


GSC Digest – Oct 18

GEO Tuition Differential Forum

When: Tuesday, October 19, at 5:00 PM
Where: Student Center WEST (828 S Wolcott), Chicago Room C.
Light refreshments will be served.

This will be a great way for everyone from across campus to come together and discuss how we will build a campaign to end tuition differentials. This is your chance to get involved and finally do something about tuition differentials.

These fees are really outrageous, they can range from $400 to $4600 per semester, are NOT waived by tuition waivers, and can increase at any time with little advance notice.

For the first time ever, graduate employees have a voice in tuition differential fees. If we work together, we can put a stop these unfair fees. Please come out to the Tuition Differentials Forum to share your experiences about differentials, and to get plugged into the next stage of our campaign to end them.

Are you an international student? Read our information about your legally protected rights to participate in your union:

PS: If you are interested in getting the word out for the Forum there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Even if you just have an hour or two on Monday, drop us a note at or call us at 312-733-9641 and we’ll get you set up.

General Town Hall meeting
When: Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Student Services Building Conference Room C, 1200 W. Harrison Street.
This Town Hall meeting will focus on all components of the proposed revisions to the Statutes and General Rules.

Second Town Hall meeting
When: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on
Where: Moss Auditorium, Room 1020 in the College of Medicine Research Building (909 S. Wolcott Street).
The October 27 Town Hall meeting will include a panel of the health profession college deans along with the CEO of the UIC Healthcare System and will focus on the impact of the creation of a Vice President for Health Affairs, which is one of the proposed revisions to the Statutes and General Rules regarding administrative restructuring of the University of Illinois (ST-75/GR-44).

The UIC Senate has scheduled two Town Hall meetings to gather feedback from the campus community on the proposed revisions to the Statutes and General Rules regarding administrative restructuring of the University of Illinois (ST-75/GR-44)(documents available at:

The UIC Senate is meeting with President Hogan on October 28 to discuss the proposed revisions and would like to get feedback from members of the UIC community about the proposed administrative restructuring of the University of Illinois prior to that Senate meeting.

2010 Frank Armitage Lecture
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Morning Session, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
UIC Student Center West, Chicago Room (second floor)

10:00-11:00, Christine Young, Principal, Young & McKenna
11:00-12:00, Vanessa Ruiz, Art Director, Abelson-Taylor; Creator, Street

12:00-2:00, Lunch Break

Gerald Moss Auditorium, UIC College of Medicine
2:00-3:30, The 2010 Frank Armitage Lecture, Jane Hurd, Founder & President, Hurd Studios
3:30-5:00, Reception for Jane Hurd, UIC Alumni Center, College of Medicine

Friday, October 29, 2010
UIC Engineering Research Facility, East Campus, 842 W. Taylor Street (second floor)

9:30-11:30, Dr. Luc Renambot, Assistant Professor, EVL & BVis

Please join us for the 2010 Frank Armitage Lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 28, 2010. This year, we are proud to feature Jane Hurd as our Armitage Lecturer, as Jane will share her insights and thoughts on a legendary career and what the future may hold for us. From her days at Georgetown University and beautiful work for National Geographic to pioneering work in New York in medical animation, digital technology and pharmaceutical advertising, Jane Hurd is one of the premier practitioners in our profession. As in the past, all lectures are free and we welcome everyone in this free exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Christine Young will speak about professional complexity and how to think about what we do under the umbrella of “medical illustration”. Vanessa Ruiz will discuss the creation and vision of her award winning blog, Street Anatomy, and a current exhibition she has organized at the International Museum of Surgical Science in art in anatomy.

On Friday, October 29, Dr. Luc Renambot of the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and Biomedical Visualization’s Virtual Reality in Medicine Laboratory (VR Med Lab) will demonstrate state of the art visual integration of the latest digital technologies in surgery, global communication, the sciences and emerging markets. This will begin at 9:30 AM in the EVL facility on UIC’s East Campus. Faculty at EVL created the special effects for the first Star Wars movie (you will see the actual models created), and has interactive virtual journeys to the surface of Mars, the ice layers of Antarctica, scientific touch table applications, haptic simulators, the first CAVE, and robotic surgery. You might even get a peek at some work with Disney-Pixar…..

Contact Scott Barrows (off list at with any questions.

GSC Thirsty Third Fourth Thursday
Date/Time: Thursday, Oct 28 2010, 5pm-7pm
Location: Stanley’s on Racine
Social/Happy hour – free to all graduate students!
See the awesome flyer.


GSC Digest – Oct 6

Neighborhood & World: The Global and Local City
FRI Oct 8th.
This is the symposium that won the first GSC Project award for Fall 2010.
Details are here.
Free entrance to UIC students.

GSC Announcements – Sept 28

Serving on GSC Committees
GSC committees provide an opportunity for GSC reps. and other graduate students to come together in small groups to focus efforts to:
– raise awareness about issues that impact the UIC graduate student community
– create events and outlets that benefit the UIC graduate student community.
We have 5 committees described here.

These are open to ALL graduate students and are great ways to connect with the larger graduate student community, gain leadership/extra-curricular experience, network with administrators and serve our university.


UIC SMS Emergency Notification System

UIC offers an Emergency SMS system – an optional service that sends text messages (sms) to your cell phone (or any sms-capable device) in the case of an urgent campus-wide emergency. This will allow UIC officials to quickly contact all participants with a short text message.

More info. on signing up is here

GSC Announcements – Sept 7th

GSC & GC 2nd Annual Graduate Student BBQ
Date/Time: Thursday, Sept 16 2010, 4pm-6pm
Location: SCE 302 (Student Center East tower)
Sponsored by the GSC and the Graduate College.
Mark your calendars for an afternoon of food, fun and games!
See the flyer.
Open to ALL graduate students but you must show a print-out of a ticket.

SIGMA XI Annual Meeting and International Research Conference: Call for Student Participation

The 2010 Annual Meeting will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 11 – 14 with Student Conference events on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th.
Registration is currently online. Abstracts should be submitted by October 15, 2010.
Awards will be given for outstanding student poster presentations in all fields of science and engineering.

GSC@UIC: Blogging!

This blog is used to keep track of upcoming events sponsored by the Graduate Student Council at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It will also be used to publicize other events and opportunities that might be of interest to the graduate students at UIC.