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Archive for December, 2012

Jan 10 – Book Club “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Hello friends,
To go along with our focus on mass incarceration as a social determinant of health, Radical Public Health would like to invite you all to join us in reading Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
This book is a brilliantly written condemnation of the US system of mass incarceration, a system that, according to Alexander, functions more like a racial caste system than one of crime prevention or control. Here is a brief passage from The New Jim Crow.
We are planning to host one book club-style meeting on January 10, 2013 to discuss The New Jim CrowWe’re able to offer a limited number of copies (~7) of the book for people to borrow for this meeting (please email us at, as these are first-come, first-served). Also, if you plan on reading the book, please drop us a line to let us know!
As with our other discussions on this topic, we are interested in exploring two overarching questions:
  1. How does the U.S. system of mass incarceration, as a group of social conditions faced by different populations, manifest as a social determinant of health?
  2. What should be the public health response to the many problems associated with mass incarceration?

Whether you’ve already read the book or only have time for a portion of it before our meeting in January, we want you there! You can email us be added to our listserv and to receive details on meeting location. Be sure to mark January 10 in your calendar, pick up the book, and to “like” our Facebook page:


Radical Public Health
Probe. Provoke. Praxis.

“A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots.” ~ José Martí


Chicago Blue Star Banner Campaign Seeking Volunteers

Hi graduate students,

Chicago Blue Star Banner Campaign is seeking volunteers from UIC students!
Blue Star Banner Campaign is aimed at providing support for military families in communities. If you are eager to help these heroes and their families; to practice your communication skills; to meet more people in the community including UIC community that you would probably not meet otherwise, it is the chance NOW! Please DO NOT hesitate!
Besides, we are seeking military families in UIC communities including all of the students and staffers. If your mother, father, brother or even uncle are serving in our Armed Forces, please let us know and we will provide support as much as we can.
If you are interested in volunteering or you can provide military families information, please contact:
Chandler Li: or
Thank you!
Chandler Li
UIC Representative of Blue Star Banner Campaign
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Dec 14 – Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Graduate Student Excursion

*You are invited to the  Graduate Student Excursion to Lincoln Park Zoo Lights!*

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Invite

As the semester comes to a close, the UIC Graduate College would like to
invite you to come out for a fun social outing to the Lincoln Park Zoo
Lights this Friday, December 14th 2012.  Come meet other graduate students
and enjoy the festive luminous displays.

*What:    Graduate Student Excursion to Lincoln Park Zoo Lights*

*When:  Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 5:00 PM.*

*Where:  Meet at the Graduate College Conference Room 650 University Hall 5:00 PM.*

*Holiday treats will be provided.  We will head to the zoo by CTA at 5:15.*

*Time:    5:00 PM – 8:30 PM*

*RSVP:  Please reply to to RSVP with your name, department and number of  attendees.  Children and partners are welcome to attend.*

*Reindeer ears, tacky holiday sweaters, Santa hats and all other holiday attire is encouraged.

** If you do not have a UPass and need assistance with the cost of public transit make sure to state this in your RSVP.  *Only students who let me know they need a pass will receive one.*

For any questions or concerns, or if you need any special accommodations, please email

*Hope to see you Friday!*

Deadline Jan 21 – Institute of International Education (IIE) Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS PROGRAM (current graduate students would apply for “Fellow” grants)

Targeted Fields
School of Engineering. Biomedical engineering or bioengineering.
Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest
and background in Biomedicine.

Open To
Prospective/Current Graduate Students. Postdoctoral Scholars.

Open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Eligibility Requirements
Fellows: Must be either a graduating senior, recent recipient of a BS,
in an MS program or recently completed one, in a PhD program, or
currently employed with most recent degree no higher than an MS.
Scholars: Must have completed PhD or will finish PhD before taking a
Whitaker grant.

Competitive stipends and benefits offered to all fellows.


Program Description
Approximately 50 grants for projects in biomedical engineering or
bioengineering overseas. Awards will typically be one academic year in

For More Information
Sabeen Altaf
Program Manager
Science & Technology Programs
+1 212.984.5442

(212) 984-5442

Deadline Jan 22 – Inter-American Foundation (IAF), Grassroots Development Fellowship Program


Targeted Fields
Health Sciences. Physical Sciences. Social Sciences. School of Education
and Information Studies. School of Engineering. School of Management.
School of Nursing. School of Public Health. School of Public Affairs.
IAF Fellowship Program Institute of International Education 1400 K
Street, NW; Tenth Floor Washington, DC 20005

Open To
Students Working on Doctoral Dissertation.

Open to U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American or
Caribbean (except Cuba) countries.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. university, be advanced to
candidacy before initiating research, and speak and read the language(s)
appropriate to the research proposal.

Stipend of $1,500 per month for period between 4 to 12 months, plus a
research allowance of up to $3,000, international roundtrip
transportation to research site, health insurance and attendance at a
mandatory mid-year conference.


Program Description
UP to 15 fellowships for dissertation research in independent countries
in Latin America or the Caribbean (except for Cuba, Puerto Rico, or the
Dutch, French and British territories) on topics related to grassroots
development. Awards support four to 12 months of research.

For More Information
Senior Program Manager
IAF Fellowship Program
C/O Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW; Suite #650
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 326-7796 <>

Deadline Mar 25 – 2013 Student Research Forum Information

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The university is once again hosting the Student Research Forum, an annual student research event organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (OVPUA), and UI Alumni Association.

This important campus-wide event showcases undergraduate, graduate and professional student research. This year’s forum will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16. Abstracts are due March 25.  Please see  for more information (keeping in mind that we will continue to update this website as more information becomes available).

UIC Student Research Forum

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1:00pm – 5:00pm
UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road

The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.

Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in various categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call (312) 413-0075 at least one week prior to the event.

Wellness Center Presents: Interactive Stress Relief Website

Stressed out?

Visit the UIC Wellness Center’s interactive “Your Stress Relief Place.”  It’s a virtual “pause” for your stressors that gives you a much needed break from the hectic pace of life.  Just for you, a variety of soothing music, nature, and meditation videos were selected. If you want to play a game or assess your stress level, you can do that too!

Need a visual vacation? You can calm your world by watching waves, waterfalls, tropical fish in deep blue waters, or gentle rain fall on a leaf.  You can fly through the cosmos or watch clouds float by from the window of a plane.

Are you feeling anxious?  Go to the “Breathe” section of this webpage, click on the Cosmic Flower, and use this visual breathing exercise to gain control of your breathing and calm it down.

Need to be distracted from a worry?  Go to the “Play” section of this webpage, click on the “Build your own kaleidoscope” link and give your brain a chance to engage its creative side.

Managing your stress is an important key to managing your health.
So in the midst of the chaos don’t forget to take a moment…and breathe.

The UIC Wellness Center