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UIC Chemical Engineering Education

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago provides students with cutting-edge research opportunities, transformative educational growth and professional development. Department faculty and industrial partners mentor students to become leaders in the diverse areas of chemical engineering, including pharmaceutical, environment, nanotechnology, complex fluids, microelectronics, energy, and biomedical engineering, among others. The department also organizes special programs to train students with soft skills needed for professional development and career advancement.

To learn mor, visit the UIC College of Engineering here.


All-Star Baseball Clinic at UIC

More than 150 kids ran onto Les Miller Field this summer, excitedly slipping off their bags before joining Major League Baseball All-Star Curtis Granderson on the turf.


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New Solar Cell Creates Fuel Using Only Sunlight

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.


Foundation Support Empowering Communities

UIC, Chicago’s largest public research university, recently thanked the foundations that are helping to drive change by empowering communities.


Pyro Paddlers Make A Splash

UIC’s dragon boat team stays in sync during summer competitions.


Endangered Peregrine Falcons Nesting on University Hall Since 1986

Peregrine falcon expert Mary Hennen strapped herself into a safety harness and was lowered onto a ledge outside the 28th floor of University Hall, wearing a protective long-sleeve shirt and helmet to keep her safe.

“Not because it’s going to do me any good if I fall,” she said. “It’s [for] protection against the birds.”

Peregrine falcons are raptors that call some of Chicago’s tallest buildings home. Their beaks, claws and high-speed dives — reaching more than 200 miles per hour — let them hunt anything from small insects to medium-sized mammals. Those features help them defend their nesting sites, too.

Hennen, director of the Chicago Peregrine Program and collections assistant in the Field Museum’s bird division, visits the UIC site every year to take blood samples and band peregrine chicks, a process that involves putting small leg cuffs on the birds that help identify males from females. Bands also allow experts and peregrine enthusiasts to track dispersal and longevity.

Because of the bands, Hennen knows that the two chicks living on the UIC ledge belong to Nitz and Mouse, now in their fourth year of nesting at University Hall. The pair had a total of four eggs, but only two hatched. Both chicks, about 24 days old at the banding ceremony May 31, are males.

The information is important for experts, institutions and programs — like UIC and the Chicago Peregrine Program — that took part in restoring the species after it was classified as endangered in 1973.

“It was a result of DDT,” Hennen said. “Its byproduct affects calcium production in the females and inhibits it. So without the calcium, shells are too thin. The way that the adults incubate crushed it.”

Peregrines were bred in captivity and reintroduced to the Midwest using psuedo-cliff locations, such as University Hall, as nesting areas in the 1980s and ’90s.

“It shows that even in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world, nature is at work,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Poser.

Pairs have nested outside of University Hall since 1986.

Falcons were successfully removed from the federal threatened and endangered species list in 1999, but they remained on the Illinois list. In 2004, they were reclassified from endangered to threatened. The species was removed from the list entirely last year.

“It’s a great program,” said Angela Yudt, associate vice provost for faculty affairs. She’s followed the UIC falcons for 23 years, since she was an undergraduate student. Her son, John Yudt, has followed them for five.

“They’re such extraordinary birds,” said Poser, a new falcon fan. She and UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis held the new chicks and welcomed them into the UIC family at the banding event.

“It’s something that brings people together,” Poser added.

The chicks are expected to fly when they’re about 40 days old.

Watch the falcon family live on the UIC falcon cam.

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UIC Training Emergency Medical Technicians

UIC Emergency Medical Services operates the only university ambulance in Illinois licensed to transport patients. Students can train to earn national certification and work as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), gaining valuable patient-care experience.


Research Examines How Charter Schools Are Evaluated In Providing Service to ESL Students

As charter schools continue expansion in urban school districts, state education policymakers face unique questions evaluating how an entirely new school, created from scratch, will serve the needs of English language learners. Check out this research from the UIC College of Education’s P. Zitlali Morales, PhD, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, and Peggie Garcia, PhD Curriculum and Instruction ’16, examining how charter school authorizers evaluate charter schools’ ability to serve this critical population.