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    'Finish Line' Fund Established to Help LAS Students Graduate

    Mar 25, 2015
    In the fall of 2014, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences established the Finish Line Fund to support LAS students in good academic standing who are within one semester of graduation, but who have a financial hold on their account, which prevents registration for their final classes. Regardless of the specific reason for the financial hold, these talented, hard-working, and promising LAS students are within sight of their Finish Line—their college degrees. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is excited to ask for support for the Finish Line Fund so that we can help more LAS students cross the finish line, get their diploma, and begin their journeys as college graduates who will change the world. If you are interested in donating to the Finish Line Fund or would like more information about the fund, please contact either Katherine Veach, Assistant Dean for Advancement for LAS, at katveach@uic.edu or 312-413-3469, or Christopher Phillips, Director of Alumni Relations, at cphilli@las.uic.edu or 312-413-3281.


     
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    Assistant Professor of English Roger Reeves Receives Whiting Award for Poetry

    Mar 10, 2015
    UIC LAS Assistant Professor of English Roger Reeves is a recipient of the $50,000 Whiting Award. This prestigious award is given to ten emerging and talented fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama writers annually. Of the Whiting Award honor, Reeves said it was "amazing and humbling." “It affirms, for me, that I must risk and risk and risk–not to get comfortable,” he said.


     
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    Four LAS Faculty Receive 2014 UIC Researcher of the Year Awards

    Jan 19, 2015
    Four LAS faculty members have been selected for 2014 UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) awards. Wonhwa Cho was selected for a Distinguished Researcher award and Roger Reeves, Robert Klie, and Stewart Shankman were each selected for a Rising Star Award. These honors recognize the efforts and commitment of scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly achievements to advance the knowledge in their field of expertise.


     
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    English Faculty Roger Reeves Named Finalist for 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

    Jan 19, 2015
    Roger Reeves, an assistant professor of poetry in the English department, has been named one of five finalists for the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his poetry book, King Me. The award is presented annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise. Winners will be announced in late February.


     
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    LAS Faculty Henrik Aratyn and Sally Sedgwick Selected as 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholars

    Jan 19, 2015
    Two LAS faculty members are among five UIC faculty recently awarded 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholarships. Henrik Aratyn, professor of physics and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, works in theoretical particle physics and mathematical physics. Sally Sedgwick, distinguished professor of philosophy and affiliated professor of Germanic studies, specializes in the history of 18th- and 19th-century thought, particularly the practical and theoretical philosophies of Immanuel Kant and G. W. F. Hegel. They are among 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the flagship international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


     
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    Economics Head Steven Rivkin Named One of the Most Influential Education Scholars in the U.S.

    Jan 19, 2015
    UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ economist Steven Rivkin is one of the 200 most influential education scholars in the U.S., according to an annual ranking in Education Week.


     
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    CBS 2 Chicago Cites Study by LAS Communication Department Faculty

    Oct 20, 2014
    A CBS 2 Chicago report on Chicago's speed and red light cameras references a recent exploratory study by Rajiv Shah, UIC adjunct assistant professor of communication, that finds no evidence Chicago's red light camera network offers drivers a significant safety benefit.


     
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    John D’Emilio Speaks at Chicago Bookstore LGBT History Month Event

    Oct 20, 2014
    The Daily Northwestern reports that John D’Emilio, professor emeritus of gender and women’s studies and history, spoke at an event organized by the Bookends & Beginnings bookstore on October 16.


     
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    UIC News: Latin American and Latino Studies Program Celebrates 40 Years

    Oct 20, 2014
    The Latin American and Latino studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a series of events that includes a scholarship fundraiser, a film screening and panel discussions.


     
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    Communication Professor Steve Jones Panelist at Chicago Ideas Week

    Oct 20, 2014
    Steve Jones, UIC distinguished professor of communication, was a featured panelist during a Chicago Ideas Week presentation Thursday, Oct. 16.


     
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    History Professor Susan Levine Receives Planned Parenthood Honor

    Oct 20, 2014
    The Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina's Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership has named among its inaugural recipients Susan Levine, LAS associate professor of history and director of the Institute for the Humanities.


     
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    Communication Head Zizi Papacharissi Named High Impact Scholar

    Oct 20, 2014
    LAS Communication Professor and Department Head Zizi Papacharissi has been honored with the High Impact Scholar award from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism.


     
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    UIC News: Historian Shares Stories of the ’60s

    Oct 20, 2014
    In his upcoming book, Kevin Schultz uses the friendship of a political odd couple, Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley Jr., as a lens through which to view the tumultuous 1960s. "Mailer was a noted lefty, while Buckley was a man of the right," he said.


     
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    Dick Simpson: Expert in the News

    Oct 20, 2014
    Dick Simpson, professor in the Department of Political Science and former Chicago alderman, frequently appears as a featured expert in news stories covering state and city government, politics and corruption.


     
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    UIC News: Lecturer’s Novel a ‘Spiritual Detective Tale’

    Oct 20, 2014
    Jay Shearer’s first published novel, Five Hundred Sirens, has been called "utterly engaging," a work that "will shake you even as it keeps you smiling." A lecturer in the English department, where he got his Ph.D. in 2011, Shearer teaches first-year composition, media and professional writing, and fiction and nonfiction writing workshops.


     
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    Crain’s Chicago Business Interviews LAS Professor Beth Richie

    Oct 20, 2014
    Crain’s Chicago Business interviewed Beth Richie, director of the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, about her appointment to a National Football League expert panel addressing issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.


     
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    Professor Maria de los Angeles Torres Guest on NPR History Program

    Oct 20, 2014
    In the latest episode of the nationally syndicated public radio program "BackStory with the American History Guys," Maria de los Angeles Torres, UIC professor of Latin American and Latino studies and executive director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, is one of several guests who share their personal stories of leaving their families at a young age to start new lives in America.


     
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    Essay by LAS Professor Emerita Judith Kegan Gardiner in Today's Chicago Woman Magazine

    Oct 20, 2014
    The October issue of Today's Chicago Woman features an essay from Judith Kegan Gardiner, UIC professor emerita of English and gender and women's studies, on the future of relationships.


     
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    Mac Weekly Reports on Incoming Head of African American Studies Department Head

    Oct 13, 2014
    The Mac Weekly, student-run newspaper of Macalester College, reports on the news of Jane Rhodes’ new position as incoming professor and head of the African American Studies Department in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


     
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    Crain's Chicago Business Quotes Economics Professor Robert Kaestner

    Oct 13, 2014
    Robert Kaestner, professor of economics, was quoted in a Crain's Chicago Business article (9/29) about Chicago's Roseland Community Medical District. Read the full piece care of Crain's Chicago Business.