Notices for Faculty and Staff at Illinois
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Announcements for the week of March 8, 2020


Spring 2020 Final Exam Information is Live

Course-by-course final exam listings are now available online on Course Explorer. This information is available to the entire campus community. Instructors can re-affirm and articulate finals assignments and students can plan their travel. All exams are scheduled based on published schedules and student code policies. Questions about exam assignments can go to  

Facility Management and Scheduling • Office of the Registrar

Parking enforcement returns to normal hours

Courtesy winter enforcement hours conclude with the return of Daylight Saving Time on March 8. Rental lot and meter enforcement hours will return to 5 p.m., unless otherwise posted. If uncertain of rules/regulations, please contact the Parking Department for additional assistance at 217-333-3530.

Maria McMullen • Parking Department

Fall 2019 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students

The draft list is at The final list will be in the DI on April 2. If your course is missing, check your instructor report against the criteria in the draft list. At least 5 students must have completed relevant item(s) and you must have filled in the relevant release bubble on the Faculty Request Form. For questions or corrections, email or call 244-3846.

ICES • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program Applications

Encourage your science and engineering students to apply to the 2020-2021 ISUR program. ISUR scholars work closely with graduate student/postdoc mentors and faculty sponsors on research projects throughout the fall and spring semesters. Participants receive benefits, attend monthly seminars, and present at the poster expo. Application Deadline: March 23. Click here for more information.

Natasha Johanna Mamaril • The Grainger College of Engineering

 This opportunity is available online.

Illinois I-Corps Cohort Application Open

Do you have an interesting research idea and want to explore commercializing it? Illinois I-Corps helps faculty and students commercialize their STEM-related ideas, research, and technologies. I-Corps team receives up to $2,000 to explore the customer discovery process of their innovation. Applications for Cohort#28 are now open and accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply. 

Catharine Ingram • Technology Entrepreneur Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Looking for EMTs and RNs for part-time paid work

Looking for registered nurses (RN certified) and EMTs to supervise exercise testing. Applicants must be ACLS certified. Duties include taking blood pressure during stress testing and assisting the MD in case of cardiac emergency. Session times: evenings (5-8pm) and/or Saturdays (8-12pm. 1-5pm). Flexible scheduling. Sessions start Feb 2020.

Exercise Psychology Lab (Freer Hall)

Emily Erlenbach • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Participate in TiMe Day Talks & Poster Session

The annual Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Day Symposium invites graduates and undergraduate students to participate in the Student Talks & Poster Competition. This event highlights tissue microenvironment research conducted in labs across campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share. Registration is free, and meals are provided to attendees. Abstracts and posters must be submited by 3/24. 

April 16, 8:15 am–3:45 pm • Beckman Institute

Jordan Goebig • Cancer Center at Illinois

Deadline Approaching: Illini Science Policy Fellowship

Gradate students interested in public service careers are encouraged to apply for the post-graduate Illini Science Policy Fellowship. Jump-start your career working on critical and emerging issues with Illinois state legislators and public agencies, including climate adaptation, STEM education, infrastructure planning, social justice, and more. View available positions or apply now.

Applications due March 16, 2020.

Deborah Seiler • University of Illinois Extension


Senate meeting on March 9

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the 2019-2020 Urbana-Champaign Senate is on Monday, March 9, at 3:10 p.m. in Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana). Materials for the meeting are posted at We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Jenny Roether • Office of the Senate

Access Illinois Accessibility Conference

Access Illinois celebrates IT Accessibility and Universal Design Learning (UDL) at Illinois. Our Keynote address will be given by U of I Alum and Trustee Kareem Dale, followed by concurrent sessions of people from across campus sharing how UDL makes online resources more accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Complementary lunch for those who register by March 16th.

March 25, 8:30 am–4:40 pm • Ikenberry Student Dining and Residential Programs Building

Christy Blew • Disability Resources and Educational Services

Secretary of State’s mobile unit - 407 Illini Union, Wednesday, March 25

Mobile unit services include: driver’s license and state ID card (renewal, replacement, corrections) - REAL DLs/IDs not available at mobile unit; vehicle stickers; passenger, B-truck, motorcycle and collegiate license plates; vehicle title and registration; organ/tissue donor registration; and parking placards for persons with disabilities. 

March 25, 9:30 am–3 pm • 407 Illini Union

Tammy Carswell • Office of the Chancellor

It's Your MTD Too!

Facilities & Services and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) invites you to learn more about the community's world-class transit system. "It's Your MTD Too!" is an interactive informational session set for Thursday, March 12, that will start in National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) conference room 1040 and then move outside for a quick bus trip across campus. 

March 12, 12:30–1:30 pm • NCSA conference room 1040

Sarthak Prasad • Facilities & Services

2020 Professional Services Diversity Syposium

The Office of Procurement Diversity’s 2020 Professional Services Diversity Symposium is on Tuesday, April 14 at the UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum. Employees with responsibilities for procuring professional services should attend. Learn more and register for presentations from participating firms that may meet your procurement needs at

April 14, 11 am–7:30 pm • UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum

Office of Procurement Diversity • Office of Procurement Diversity

In Her Shoes Domestic Violence Simulation

Join the School of Social Work on Friday, 3/27, 12 pm - 2pm, 1010 W. Nevada, Urbana, Room 2018 for an interactive activity that brings awareness to the additional struggles domestic violence victims/survivors face due to poverty. Lunch will be provided, and registration is required due to the limited capacity. Register at by Wednesday, 3/25.

Sharva Hampton-Campbell • School of Social Work

Autism Awareness Month-Tuesdays at TAP

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Autism Program (TAP) at U of I is hosting Tuesday's @ TAP- a series of workshops to address hot topics in autism. April 7: Myth Busters: Truths and lies about autism. April 14: Tips and Strategies for Picky Eaters. April 21: Sleep and Autism in Youth. RSVP appreciated  

Tuesdays in April: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 6:30-8pm • Doris Kelly Christopher Hall 904 W. Nevada, Urbana

Jeanne Kramer • Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Sixth Annual International Food Security Symposium at ILLINOIS

An upcoming symposium on the Illinois campus will further the University of Illinois’ interdisciplinary work towards food security. This year's theme is “Comparative Extension Models: Perspectives from the Field.” Co-sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

March 31–April 1 • College of ACES Library

Leslie Myrick • Office of International Programs, College of ACES

 This opportunity is available online.

Asian American Studies Major-Minor Luncheon

Undergraduate students from all majors are invited to attend the AAS Major-Minor Luncheon. Students will have the opportunity to talk to current AAS majors and minors, meet our faculty, learn more about AAS degree programs, and enjoy a delicious lunch from Maize.

March 12, 12–1 pm • Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana

Kat Fuenty • Department of Asian American Studies

National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities video conference

Join us April 2 for a video conference with program directors from the NIMHD. Illinois investigators can ask questions, learn about funding opportunities, and gain insight on future research priorities. Participants include Dr. Nathan Stinson Jr., who oversees extramural scientific programs, and Dr. Larissa Avilés-Santa, who leads clinical and health services research for the NIMHD. Register now.

April 2, 8:30–11 am • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Auditorium

Brandi Barnes • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

2020 School of Art + Design TAKEOVER II Exhibition Opening

The School of Art + Design will open and close the second annual TAKEOVER, by first-year students, with a reception on Friday, March 13 from 2-4:30 p.m. The exhibition will include work from students of graphic design, industrial design, photography, studio arts, art education, art history, and crafts.  School of Art + Design, 408 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL.

March 13, 2–4:30 pm

Audra Weinstein • School of Art and Design

Talk: We now have better topography for ice than land

The science community now has better topography for ice than land. Join Paul Morin of the University of Minnesota at 1 p.m. Wed., March 11, in the NCSA Auditorium, to hear how a collaboration of universities, U.S. science and intelligence agencies, and a geospatial software company used the Blue Waters supercomputer to map the Arctic Circle and Antarctica at two meter resolution. Next: the land.

Barbara Jewett • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Workshop on Integrated Design of Active Dynamic Systems (IDADS)

Sponsored by NSF, this event brings together diverse scientific and technical expertise from the dynamics and controls, the engineering design research, and other communities to craft and engage fundamental research questions at the interface of physical and control system design ("control co-design"). Kathryn Jablokow with NSF will be on-site and will hold office hours for workshop participants.

March 26–27 • I Hotel and Conference Center

Michelle Marquart • Conference & Event Services

Information and Partnering session for DPI Seed Funding Call

Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has recently released a call for 2020 DPI Seed Funding Program. NCSA is interested in putting together the strongest possible seed grant proposals and are inviting all members of the campus research community to an information session on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30am-12:00pm in NCSA auditorium. RSVP by March 10 at 5 p.m.

National Center for Supercomputing Application

Melanie Moore • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

Mr. Apfelbaum will tell us about his life-long project to restore his land on the border of Wisconsin, taking it back to its original state, before the changes brought about by farming, described in detail in his book Nature’s Second Chance. Having carried out ecological restorations world-wide, he is presently working in Urbana, restoring the Stone Creek golf course to its natural state. 

March 12, 6:30 pm • Stone Creek Golf Club (Formerly known as Attie's), 2560 Stonecreek Blvd Urbana, IL

Amanda Christenson • Cooperative Extension Service

Register for FSI

"FSI: At the Intersection of Teaching, Learning, and Technology" features keynotes, concurrent sessions, roundtables, posters, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and technologies in education. Register by April 3 to get the $59 early bird rate, and consider adding one of four exciting pre-conference workshops.

May 20–21 • I Hotel and Conference Center

Michelle Marquart • Conference & Event Services

Learn about AI and careers in tech through AI4ALL Try AI!

AI4ALL Try AI offers a hands-on introduction to computer science and artificial intelligence, ethical issues surrounding AI implementation, and tech careers. Students will walk away with ideas for next steps to take in pursuing an academic or career path related to AI. Meals will be provided. No program fees. Open to all undergrads. No prior computer science or AI experience required. 

March 29, 12:30 pm • 3/29, 4/5 and 4/19; 12:30-5 pm • 0218 Siebel Center

Jancie Philippus • Department of Computer Science

Bill Weppner: Apollo at 50

Learn about Bill Weppner's experiences as a flight controller at NASA during the Apollo Era. Light refreshments will be served.

March 10, 5–6:30 pm • Room 1310 Digital Computer Lab, 1304 W Springfield Ave, Urbana

Debra Larson • Department of Aerospace Engineering

Awuyicecebule ("let's peel it"): Broadcasting & Archiving with Musical Bows

Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, at noon, in room 101 ISB (910 S. Fifth St., C) to hear Cara Stacey--South African musician, composer, and researcher. She will discuss how musical bow songs and music serve as a way to understand oral testimony and gendered experiences in southern Africa. After the talk, the speaker will answer questions and respond to comments. All are welcome!

March 11, 12 pm • Wednesday, March 11, noon • Room 101 ISB; 910 S. Fifth St.; C

Terri Gitler • Center for African Studies

Bookstore Spring Clearance Sale

The Illini Union Bookstore has a Spring Clearance Sale happening this week. This is a great time to grab that t-shirt or gift you have been eyeing. All sale prices are marked and you can get items while supplies last. This sale is only available in the store. Exclusions do apply. 

Illini Union Bookstore

Erik Riha • Illini Union

Join us for the Health Make-a-Thon

Twenty finalists from across Illinois have been selected to pitch their ideas to improve human health at the Carle Illinois Health Make-a-Thon. In this “dolphin tank" style event, everyone is invited to hear the finalists’ pitches—and contribute to the results by casting your vote—on March 28. Join us from 4-7 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium to witness health innovation in the making. Learn more.

March 28, 4–7 pm • Foellinger Auditorium

Health Maker Lab • Carle Illinois College of Medicine - Administration

Succulent Terrarium Workshop

Join Delight Flower Farm farmer and floral designer, Amanda, for this fun and funky terrarium making workshop! Design your own unique, succulent planter using multi-colored sands to bring a bright and layered base to your plant environment. Learn about basic succulent care and how to keep your tiny garden happy and thriving. All supplies will be provided. Learn more here!

March 14, 1–2:30 pm • Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Myisha Howard • Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Workshops on Virtual Exchange and Curriculum Development

GianMario Besana, a leading expert on virtual exchange, will present two workshops on how to integrate virtual exchange more regularly into curricula. Dr. Besana's visit is intended to help faculty and administrators imagine new forms of collaboration with colleagues abroad that are accessible to the most diverse population of students, implementable in periods of instability, and carbon-neutral. 

March 10, 9 am–12 pm • The first workshop (9-10:30am) is designed for faculty and student leaders. The second workshop (11am-12pm) is designed for administrators. • Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

Fluorescence course offered April 7-10 at Beckman Institute

Register by March 21 for the Principles of Fluorescence Techniques course at the Beckman Institute. The course will provide participants a deep understanding of the theoretical aspects of fluorescence. Lectures are complemented by optional hands-on experiments on commercial instrumentation. See the Fluorescence Foundation website for more information and to register.

April 7–10 • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Marina Marjanovic • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

How to Land on Mars

This TED-style talk by aerospace engineering's Zachary R. Putnam is designed to share STEM topics with non-STEM audiences. Putnam will describe how spacecraft landing on Mars must decelerate from over 13,000 mph to 0 mph in about 5 minutes after travelling millions of miles through deep space and how current Mars landing systems work.

March 10, 12–1 pm • Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, corner of Mathews & Nevada

Debra Larson • Department of Aerospace Engineering

CU Community Fab Lab-Summer Camp 2020 Registration Open

Our technology and arts-based summer camps excite young minds and prepare them for a future of creative and collaborative work and play. Staff are committed to helping each camper reach their potential, and most importantly, have fun. Camps run June 1-August 14 and are geared towards ages 8 and up.

Lara Orr • Illinois Informatics Institute

Moms Weekend April 3-5, 2020

Moms Weekend is just around the corner! During this special weekend the entire family is invited to campus to enjoy the weekend with their student.  With so many different activities planned, there will be something of interest for everyone; from the annual IUB Craft Fair to musical performances to sporting events.  For more information and a list of the events happening click above.

April 3–5

Zuri White • Parent and Family Programs Office

Dean's Diversity Lecture: Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles

At 12 pm, March 26, 2020, in 314A Illini Union, Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles will present, "Racial Realities and Gendered Games: Navigating Career Advancement for Women and People of Color in Academia".  This event is sponsored by the College of Education, OCCRL, and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.

March 26, 12–1 pm • 314A Illini Union

Amy Summers • College of Education, OCCRL, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs & Provost

Research Participation

Seeking Beta Testers for Captioning Course

We are looking for Beta Testers for "Accessible Media Through Captioning Course" designed to teach participants how to do their own captioning in YouTube, and MediaSpace/Kaltura. If interested, please complete the form located at:

Register as Beta Tester Online

Christy Blew • Disability Resources and Educational Services

Seeking Pregnant Women for Paid Research Study (IRB#19694)

Looking for pregnant women to participate in the HAPPIMOMs Study examining the relationship between nutrition and weight changes during and post pregnancy. Participation involves up to 4 sessions to assess carotenoid status, complete surveys, and for collection of stool samples at home (kit provided). Compensation will be provided (up to $150). If interested, please email:

Shelby Keye • Naiman Khan

Looking for a grader for creative writing ($15/hr)

Looking for a grader to grade short creative stories (approx 150-400 words) according to a predetermined rubric for an hourly rate of $15/hour.  We expect about 10 hours of work for the grader. Ideal candidates will have prior experience writing/grading creative writing. Please contact Sneha Krishna ( if interested.

Sneha Krishna Kumaran • Computer Science