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First Day of New School Year at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/23/10 (2:12pm)
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Today was the first day of the Fall 2010 Semester.

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UIC Gets New Bus Stop Signs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (5:24pm)
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This jumped out at me as I was walking to work yesterday. They changed all the routes and people may be unhappy with that but the new signs look great.

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I Dunno - You Tell Me!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/15/10 (2:04pm)

Things I find waiting for me when I walk into the office.

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Taking Spring Pix at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/4/10 (2:41pm)
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It's near the end of classes -- in fact, we're in finals week -- and I always like to go around campus taking pictures of students -- which I can then use for the UIC OAR website. Here I am on the West Side in the Medical District -- looking for someone, anyone, in scrubs or a white jacket.

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2010 UIC Richard J. Daley Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/27/10 (1:38pm)

The annual UIC Urban Forum took place today. Mayor Daley spoke at the opener and then took part in one of the panel discussions later on. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel also was there -- participating in a lively discussion along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Motorola CEO Greg Brown and moderator Judy Woodruff.

Discussion at these things tends to lead to platitudes ("collaboration", "shared resources" -- and considering the venue -- "more support for education"). My favorite moment came when Woodruff went on and on about people's "anger" and Rahm pointed out that it might have something to do with the economic situation. "But why does the press focus on it then," Woodruff asked. Rahm looked at her and smiled: "that's the subject for another panel".*

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* Quoted from memory.

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Springtime at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/6/10 (9:23pm)
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It's that precious moment in Chicago when the trees start to bloom.

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Strange Photo Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/16/10 (10:57pm)
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PHOTO 1. Inclusive? Depressing? Neither? Both? Sign on Chicago El reads: "Depressed? Diabetic? Depressed and Diabetic? Neither one?"

PHOTO 2: Effective messaging (if you happen to be a lawyer). Sign on doors at UIC warning, "These doors are for A.D.A. Use Only".

PHOTO 3: Strange marketing juxtaposition. Preparation H on clearance at the Dominicks normally full of college students near DePaul University.

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New Website: UIC Office of Admissions & Records

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (10:29am)
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So the site I've been losing sleep over for the past couple of weeks months is finally up. I had set a deadline for the beginning of the year and, by golly, I made it -- even if the thing kind of put a damper on my holiday activities: http://oar.uic.edu

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Big Project over the Holidays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/22/09 (11:21am)

No break for me. Sometimes when people are off, it's the best opportunity to do big systems changes.

I'm redesigning the template for our site at MPOW and I've been telling everyone for months that I'll have the thing up by the beginning of the year. So it's time to put up or...

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Here's something fun that I did for Prof. Taffy Raphael from the College of Education at UIC.

The idea was to present a series of (fake) Google searches that ultimately would reveal the winner of an award that Taffy would be announcing at the annual meeting of the National Research Conference in Albuquerque.

Since I had content of all kinds related to the winner (photos, video, bibliography, etc.), I just appropriated whatever corresponding Google interface there was. For example, for the bibliography I used something that looked like a combination of Google Books and Google Scholar; for the video I used something that looked like Google Video. I even managed to work in a Google Map or two.

Judging by the tittering in the audience during the presentation, it seems to have been a success.

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