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UI Health and Get Covered Illinois, the official state health insurance marketplace, will have certified health insurance application counselors available for extended hours to help people sign up for health insurance during the final three days before the Feb. 15 deadline.

The free consultations are on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis.

Counselors can answer questions about insurance options, assist with navigating health insurance websites and help with enrollment forms.

Counselors are available noon to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 and noon to 11 p.m. Feb. 15 at the hospital, 1740 W. Taylor St.

Feb. 15 is the deadline for enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to avoid paying a penalty. Those who don’t enroll by the deadline will pay a penalty on their 2014 income taxes based on income or number of children in their family. Coverage begins on March 1. For more information, call 866-600-CARE, or visit or



A discussion on societal disparities and the disability community will be presented today at noon for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement’s Civic Engagement Lunch Talks.

Joy Hammel, professor of occupational therapy, will speak at the brownbag, 1-470 Daley Library.



Molly Doane, associate professor of anthropology, speaks about chocolate and fair trade today, 3 p.m., in the latest session of “Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals,” a lecture series at the Latino Cultural Center.

The event, in Lecture Center B2, is free and includes refreshments.

Doane’s research includes environmental politics, alternative markets and commodities, and social movements in Mexico and the United States. She is co-editor of the publication Critical Green Engagements: Investigating the Green Economy and Its Alternatives.



Students, faculty, and staff use copyrighted materials obtained online for scholarship, research and university business, but understanding how to use content legally can be a challenge.

Michael Harte, University Legal Counsel, and Pia Hunter and Sandy DeGroote, University Library, will discuss best practices for using copyrighted text, images and media at noon Feb. 26 in 1-470 Daley Library.

“Copyright, the Internet and You” is co-sponsored by the University Library, University Legal Counsel and Digital Communications.

The session will be presented live on Blackboard Collaborate.

For copyright questions, email



UIC faculty in French, Francophone studies and political sciences will consider issues related to the January attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at a roundtable discussion Feb. 18.

The discussion begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall.

Scheduled participants include Jane Weston Vauclair, Paris-based translator and independent researcher, and faculty members Nina Dubin, art history and French; Yann Robert, John Ireland and Jennifer Solheim, French and Francophone studies; and Khalid Madhi, political science.



Deadline is March 6 for letters of proposal for the Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research.

The funding program supports new multidisciplinary partnerships between young researchers at UIC to create projects for outside funding.

Awards range from $30,000 to $40,000 over two years.

Application deadline is March 23 and the funding begins in June.

For more information, or email



Friday is the deadline to nominate outstanding students for the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize undergraduate, graduate and professional students for campus or community service.

Awards include the Chancellor’s Student Service Award for volunteer service, the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award for humanitarian commitment, the President’s Volunteer Service Award for creativity, innovation or length of service, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association Activities Honorary Society.

Submit nominations by 5 p.m. Friday.

Winners will be recognized at the 43rd Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards program April 9.

For more information, contact Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services at 312-996-4500 or




The Survey Research Laboratory is hosting six webinars on methodology this semester.

All seminars are held begin at noon. Registration is required.

Topics include: cognitive pretesting of questionnaires, today; sampling hard-to-reach populations, Feb. 18; nonresponse bias assessment, Feb. 25; ethics in survey research, March 4; questionnaire design clinic, March 11; and agree-disagree response formats, March 18.



The Fund 2040 Proposal drafted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning outlines the need “to support prioritized infrastructure investments that help the region meet its goals for quality of life and economic prosperity.”

Learn more about this ambitious plan Feb. 18 at the presentation “Presenting the Fund 2040 Proposal,” with agency principal planner Erin Aleman. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 pm at the Great Cities Institute, Suite 400 CUPPA Hall.

Lunch will be provided; RSVP is required.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Great Cities Institute and Urban Transportation Center at UIC. For more information call 312-996-8700.



Deadline is Feb. 20 to apply for awards from the Office of International Affairs to encourage international program development.

Six awards are available and all UIC academic units can apply. Proposals typically involve presentations or discussions with an international aspect, either in Chicago or abroad.



Free dental screenings are available Feb. 21 by dental students taking their licensing exam.

Screenings are 9 a.m. to noon at the College of Dentistry.

Patients must be 18 years or older and have one form of ID and current list of medications. Patients who don’t speak English must bring an interpreter. Patients cannot be allergic to latex.



The first step for student proposals to help make UIC a greener campus are due Feb. 16 to the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board.

The Sustainability Fee, $3 per semester paid by all UIC students, funds small, short-term projects, helps subsidize larger, long-term projects, offers discounted Divvy memberships to students  and helps fund student travel to related conferences.

The advisory board includes students, faculty and staff.

All UIC students and student organizations are eligible to apply



Deadline is March 7 to apply for the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy’s policy and social engagement fellowship.

The fellowship, up to $10,000 per year, is given to faculty members who work with community organizations on community action projects related to race, ethnicity and policy. All adjunct, clinical, research, tenure-track, tenured and visiting faculty members are eligible.

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