Chicagoland Science & Technology News
As part of the Argonne OutLoud Lecture Series, Argonne’s Cristina Negri will present “Changing the Bio-Energy Equation.” Using environmental problems as sustainable resources she will explain how plants can be used to combat water pollution, clean the environment and create new energy sources. She will also share her vision for the future and discuss how these techniques can be used locally to restore brownfields and other areas while producing biomass for energy. April 12, 7 pm at Argonne National Laboratory, APS Conference Center, Building 402, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Lemont. Free. Registration required at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1058040.
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society Chicago, Ben McCall, University of Illinois Professor of Chemistry and Astronomy will speak about, “Astrochemistry: From H3+ to C60.” His talk will describe how observations of H3+ (the simplest polyatomic molecule) have revealed the presence of a large flux of low energy cosmic rays in diffuse interstellar clouds. He will also present laboratory measurements of the most common bimolecular reaction in the universe (H3+ + H2 → H2 + H3+) and the simplest electron recombination process for a polyatomic molecule (H3+ + H2 → H2 + H3+), and discuss how these processes determine the ortho:para ratio of H3+ in these clouds. He will also report on the search for the first rotationally-resolved spectrum of C60, the largest and most symmetric molecule to be studied with high-resolution spectroscopy, including the development of two new laboratory techniques for molecular ion spectroscopy: cavity-enhanced velocity modulation spectroscopy (CEVMS) and sensitive, resolved, cooled ion beam spectroscopy (SCRIBES). April 19, 5:30 pm at the Viceroy of India, 233 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard. From 5 - 6 pm, attend a meeting of the Job Club. $30 for members; $32 for nonmembers; $15 for students, retired or unemployed. Register by April 17 at http://chicagoacs.net/register.html.
April 19 - 20, the Illinois Institute of Technology hosts ForenSecure12 - IT Forensics & Security Conference & Expo. This multi-track, technical conference attracts 200+ professionals, 50+ speakers, 20+ sponsors, representing local, regional, national, and international organizations and universities. The intensive one and a half day schedule includes discussion and debate over forensics, security, data/information governance, cyber crime and security, ethical hacking, eDiscovery, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, privacy, wireless security, cloud computing, identity theft, and more. There are sponsor/exhibitor ($500-1,500), speaker (free), and/or attendee ($1500-200) opportunities. Participants have included Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, KPMG, Computer Associates, the FBI, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, The Chicago Police Department, CompTIA, Motorola, Sungard and many others. For more information, please visit www.cpd.iit.edu/forensecure, or contact Scott Pfeiffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 682-6001.
April 2: Hooke College of Applied Sciences: Fundamentals of FTIR. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Students learn how an FTIR works and how to optimize scanning parameters to get the best results. Cost is $495.
April 2: Institute of Technology School of Applied Technology Real-Time Communications Lab: NG 9-1-1 ESInet Security and Network Management Roundtable. 6:30 - 9 pm at IIT Rice Campus, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton.
April 2: Illinois Technology Association: Irish IT Companies Present. 1:30 - 3 pm at ITA @ TechNexus, Conference Room A/B, 200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor, Chicago. A small delegation of Cork IT firms will showcase their technologies and meet with potential IT partners from our membership.
April 2: Lake County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service/Amateur Radio Emergency Service: General Meeting. 7 pm at the Lake County EOC, 1303 N Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
April 2: Society of Automotive Engineers Rockford-Beloit: The Latest in Federal Transportation Research - Natural Gas, Battery Material and the Return of the Car. 5:30 pm at Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St., Rockford.$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers; $15 for retirees and students. Register by March 30.
April 2 - 6: McCrone Research Institute: Sample Preparation and Manipulation for Microanalysis. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The course will consist of demonstrations plus hands-on training in a variety of techniques of small particle handling. Cost is $1800.
April 3: American Institute of Architects Chicago: First Tuesday Happy Hour and the Construction Specifications Institute Architectural Trivia Night. 5:30 - 8 pm at Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana, 23 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Cost is $5.
April 3: Hooke College of Applied Sciences: Sample Preparation for FTIR. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. The course covers how to analyze solids, liquids, semi-solids, polymers, and gases and offers a hands-on sample preparation practice using real FTIRs and sampling accessories. Cost is $495.
April 3: Illinois Groundwater Association: Spring Meeting. At the I-Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign. $77 for members; $113 for nonmembers; $21 for students.
April 3 - 4: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I Certification Testing. At 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon.
April 3 - 5: Hooke College of Applied Sciences: Infrared Microscopy. At 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Students learn through lecture, demonstrations and laboratory exercises how to prepare samples and analyze them through using FTIR microscopy in problem-solving applications. Cost is $1995.
April 4: Chicago Webgrrls: Leveraging Google+ Marketing Platform. 6:15 - 8:30 pm at the Illinois Technology Association, 200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor, Chicago. Free for members; $15 for nonmembers: $20 at the door.
April 4: Foresight Design Initiative: Green Drinks - Business Edition: State of Sustainable Business in Chicago. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Cost is $15. Preregistration required at http://april12gdbe.eventbrite.com/.
April 4: Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association: Effective Backflow Programs. 8:30 am - 3 pm at the Illinois American Water Company, Administrative Offices, 201 Devonshire Dr., Champaign. Learn how to effectively develop, implement, and enforce an effective cross-connection control program that meets all of the Illinois EPA requirements. $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers; $70 for on-site registration.
April 5: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Splitting Any Kind of Water with Global-Scale, Earth-Abundant, Light, Recyclable Metals to Make Hydrogen, Heat, and Potable Water on Demand. Noon - 1 pm at 1 Hazelwood Dr., Champaign.
April 9: Institute of Food Technologists: Dinner Meeting with the American Association of Candy Technologists: Nutrition, Health and Wellness at Kraft Foods. 6 - 8:30 pm at the Marriott, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oakbrook. Registration includes admission to AACT Suppliers Night, 3 - 6 pm. $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers.
April 9 - 13: McCrone Research Institute: Polymer Microscopy. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. After an introduction to the microscope as used by polymer microscopists, the optical “crystallography” of fibers and films is thoroughly covered. Cost is $1800.
April 10: ASM International Chicago: Student’s Night and Technical Meeting: Graphitic Carbon Lubrication of Metal Hip Joints. 4:30 - 8:30 pm at Northwestern University, Cook Hall, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston. This meeting includes a tour of the Materials Labs, student poster competition, a lasagna dinner and a technical talk. $25 with preregistration; $35 at the door; free for students.
April 10: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Illinois: Legal & Liability of Green. 1 - 8 pm at the University Center of Chicago, 525 S. State St., Chicago.
April 10: American Society of Safety Engineers Chicago: Aging Workforce. 11:30 am at Cucina Biagio, 7309 W. Lawrence Ave., Harwood Heights. Cost is $25.
April 10: Chicago Women in Architecture: Monthly Meeting. 5:30 - 7 pm at Bulthaup, 165 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
April 10: Illinois Technology Association: Transforming Healthcare Technology: Midwest Leadership. 8:30 am - noon at ITA @ TechNexus, Conference Room A/B/C, 200 S. Wacker, 15th Floor, Chicago. Free for members; $20 for nonmembers.
April 10: Metals Service Center Institute: A Vision for Winning and Other Management Techniques by Pat Fitzgerald, Head Coach of the Northwestern Wildcats Football Team. 5:30 - 8 pm at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Cost is $125.
April 10: Society of Cosmetic Chemists Midwest: Cosmetic Product and Device Combinations: Claims Testing Challenges and Opportunities. 5:30 pm at Sushi Taiyo, 58 E. Ontario St., Chicago. $35 for members; $45 for nonmembers; $20 for emeritus and retired members.
April 10 - 12: CompTIA: Annual Member Meeting. At the Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Free for members with online reservation by April 3; $99 for on-site registration; $250 for nonmembers.
April 10 - 12: GlobusWorld Conference. At Argonne National Laboratory, Building 240, TCS Conference Center, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Downers Grove.
April 11: American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois: President Elect and Student Scholarship Spring Dinner. 6 - 10 pm at Maggiano’s, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago.
April 11: American Society for Quality: Meeting. 5 - 9 pm at Manzo’s Banquets, 1571 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines. $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers by 5 pm, April 6; $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers after April 5.
April 11: Association for Computing Machinery Chicago: Opinion Spam Detection. 5:30 pm at Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Beane Ballroom, 13th Floor, Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson St., Chicago. This talk will use consumer reviews about products and services as an example to introduce opinion spamming and describe some current techniques for detecting fake reviews. Free.
April 11: Construction Specifications Institute Chicago: Technical Roundtable: Innovations in Glass Technology. Noon - 1 pm at Daltile, 316 W. Hubbard, Chicago. Learn about some of the up and coming advancements in glazing including new concepts in photovoltaic glazing and glass coatings. Free for members.
April 11: Economic Development Council: Twitter and RSS Feeds: Settings and Getting the Most Out of These Platforms. 7:30 - 8:50 am at DePaul University Loop Campus, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., 7th Floor, Room 704, Chicago. Cost is $25.
April 11: Foresight Design Initiative: Green Awards. 6 - 8 pm at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago. Free. Mix and mingle with Chicago Magazine’s Green Award 2012 honorees at a reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Registration required by April 3 at http://greenawards2012.eventbrite.com/.
April 11: Illinois Science Council: Your Addicted Brain. 6 - 7:30 pm at Dave & Busters, 1030 N. Clark St., 1st Floor, Chicago. T. Celeste Napier, Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University, will explain the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of addiction, how scientists study it, and what can be done about it. Free.
April 11: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers North Suburban Chapter: Mathcounts Pizza Party. 6 - 9 pm at Giuseppe’s LaCantina, 1062 Lee St., Des Plaines. $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers with dinner; $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers with buffet.
April 11: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society Chicago: Transformer Bushing Failures. 11:30 am - 1 pm at S&L Employees Services, Suite 2709, 55 E. Monroe St., Chicago. Register by noon, April 9 at www.ece.iit.edu/~flueck/chicago_pes/2011/reserve.html.
April 11: Society Radio Operators: Spring Auction. 8 pm at the Edgebrook Field House, 6100 N. Central Ave., Chicago.
April 11: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois: Seismic Design of Bridges. 8 am - 5 pm at UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers by April 4; $400 for members and $475 for nonmembers after April 4.
April 12: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Architecture & Design Film Festival Opening Event: Unfinished Spaces. 8 - 10 pm at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists. Register by noon, April 10 for discounted price of $5.50.
April 12: Argonne OutLoud Lecture Series: Changing the Bio-Energy Equation. 7 pm at Argonne National Laboratory, APS Conference Center, Building 402, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Lemont. Using environmental problems as sustainable resources Argonne’s Cristina Negri will explain how plants can be used to combat water pollution, clean the environment and create new energy sources. Free. Registration required at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1058040.
April 12: Association of Energy Engineers Illiana: 2012 Illinois Energy Market Update. 11:30 am at Mon Ami Gabi, Spring Road and Commerce Dr., Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook.
April 12: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electromagnetic Compatibility Chicago: Radiated Spurious Emissions (RSE) Testing for Wireless Devices: A Tutorial on the History of the Test and How to Perform It. 6:30 - 8:30 pm at ETS-Lindgren, 400 High Grove, Blvd., Glendale Heights. Free. Preregistration required.
April 12: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance: Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summitt. 8 am - 5 pm at the Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago. Cost is $70.
April 12: Lake Michigan States Air & Waste Management Association: Lunch and Learn Sustainability Series: How are Companies Benefiting from Sustainability? Noon - 1:30 pm at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 565 W. Adams, Room 580, Chicago. $40 for members; $55 for nonmembers.
April 12: Society of American Military Engineers Chicago Post: Young Member Happy Hour. At Jimmy Figs, 160 N. Franklin, Chicago.
April 12: Society of Women Engineers: Dinner. 6 - 8 pm at Eleven City Diner, 1112 S. Wabash, Chicago. Register by 5 pm, April 11.
April 12: U.S. Green Building Council Chicago: Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit. 8 am - 5 pm at the Arturo Valasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago. Cost is $70.
April 13: American Society of Safety Engineers Northeastern Illinois: Student Day - NIU Student Presentations, Chapter Elections and Member Recognition Awards. 11:30 am - 3 pm at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $25 with preregistration; $30 at the door.
April 13: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers: Sustainability in the Urban Environment. 9 - 11:30 am Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento, Chicago. Experts in permeable pavements, rain water harvesting, low impact development methods and traditional methods of storm water management will share ideas on sustainability in an existing urban infrastructure. The seminar will also include a tour of the Center for Green Technology itself. $85 for members; $115 for nonmembers.
April 13: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Reliability Society Chicago: Presentation by Professor David He, University of Illinois at Chicago. 6 - 9 pm at the Engineering Research Facility at UIC, 842 W. Taylor St., Chicago.
April 14: Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals: Student Career Seminar. 9 am - noon at DePaul University, McGowan Science Building, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 20, Chicago. Free.
April 14: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Lake County: Meeting. 9:30 am at the Grayslake Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake.
April 15: Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section: Scholarship Application Deadline. For area freshman, re-entry or transfer student accepted into an engineering or computer science program at an accredited college or university for the fall 2012 semester.
April 16: The Chicago Farmers: Land Values. 11:30 am at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 200 S. LaSalle St., Chicago. $25 for members; $50 for nonmembers. Register by April 13 at www.chicagofarmers.org/MeetingRegister.asp.
April 16: Chicago Printing Ink Production Club: State of the Industry. At Pescatore Palace, 3400 N. River Road, Franklin Park.
April 16: Foresight Design Initiative: University of Common Sense: What is the Future of Nuclear Energy? Capacity, Safety, and Greenhouse Gases. 10 am - 1 pm at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., #100, Chicago. Free. Registration required.
April 16: U.S. Green Building Council Illinois North/Northwest Suburban Branch: A New Energy Approach in a Cold Climate: Manitoba Hydro Place Case Study. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at CETCO, 2870 Forbs Ave., Hoffman Estates. $15 for members with preregistration; $30 for nonmembers and members at the door; $10 for students.
April 16 - 20: McCrone Research Institute: Indoor Air Quality: Fungal Spore Identification. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The goal of the week is for the participants to be able to place virtually all visible particles into meaningful categories and also to relate those particles to problems in buildings and to human health. Cost is $1600.
April 17: Foresight Design Initiative: Green Drinks: Green Town Hall Meeting with Chicago’s Transportation Commissioner. 5:30 - 8:30 am at Jefferson Tap & Grill, 325 N. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor, Chicago. Cost is $9; $5.50 for students/low-income; $20 with friends of Foresight donation. Registration required at http://12aprgreendrinks.eventbrite.com/.
April 17: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago and Calumet Sections: Engineering Ethics. 5:30 pm at Gino’s Steak House, 1259 U.S. 30, Dyer, IN. Discounted price for registration by April 13.
April 17 - 18: American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois: Springfield Legislative Drive Down. www.isasce.org/web/section/calendar.html
April 17 - 19: American Society for Microbiology Illinois: Spring Meeting. At the White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Dr., Naperville.
April 18: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Dinner Meeting. 5:15 - 8 pm at the Erie Cafe, 536 W. Erie St., Chicago. $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.
April 18: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Salt Creek: Village of Riverside Dam Removal Project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 6:30 pm at Glen Prairie, 1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn. $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers.
April 18: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fox Valley: Recent Developments in International Electric Vehicle Charging Standards - What Lies Ahead for Electricity as Vehicular Fuel. 6:30 - 9 pm at IIT Rice Campus, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton.
April 18: Northwestern University Transportation Center: Business Advisory Committee Workshop: The Electrification of Transportation. 1 - 5 pm at the James L. Allen Center, Tribune Foundation Auditorium, Northwestern University, 2169 Campus Dr., Evanston. Free. Registration required at www.eventbrite.com/event/3110602897.
April 18: Society of American Military Engineers Chicago Post: Using a GIS Model to Systematically Prioritize Potential Wetland Mitigation Banks. 11:30 am at the River Center Building, HNTB Conference Room, 111 N. Canal, 9th Floor, Room 955, Chicago. $12 for members; $15 for nonmembers.
April 18: Society of Automotive Engineers Chicago: Tactical Vehicle Development. 5 pm at Northern Illinois University, Naperville. Register by April 13.
April 18: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois: Designing Aluminum Structures. 8 am - 5 pm at the Chicago Renaissance O’Hare, Salon DE, 8500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers by April 10; $375 for members and $475 for nonmembers.
April 19: American Chemical Society Chicago: Astrochemistry: From H3+ to C60. 5:30 pm at the Viceroy of India, 233 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard. $30 for members; $32 for nonmembers; $15 for students, retired or unemployed. Register by April 17 at http://chicagoacs.net/register.html.
April 19: Chicago Council on Science and Technology: Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink. 5:30 pm at Northwestern University Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago. Leading area marine scientists will discuss ocean acidification and commercial fishing and what we as consumers can do to have a positive impact in addressing these problems. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers in advance; $15 at the door; $5 for students.
April 19: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers DuKane: ResuMAYDAY. 6 - 9 pm at Claddagh, 1702 Commons Dr., Geneva. ResuMAYDAY provides quick, expert and strategic job search tools to help you develop an effective job search strategy with guest speaker Lauren Milligan, founder and CEO of ResuMAYDAY. $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.
April 19: U.S. Green Building Council Fox Valley and West Suburban Branches: Tour and Volunteer Event at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. 5 - 8 pm at 273 Dearborn Ct., Geneva. Enjoy a tour of the facility led by the project managers and LEED administrator from Ryan Companies which will focus on construction elements and LEED building attributes. You will also have the opportunity to contribute your skills as a volunteer to this worthwhile mission if you desire. Free for volunteers; $15 for non volunteering attendees.
April 19 - 20: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago: Forensecure12: IT Forensics and Security Conference and Expo. 8 am - 6 pm at IIT Rice Campus, 200 E. Loop Road, Wheaton. Cost is $200. Advance registration is required.
April 20: Harrington College of Design: When Computers Look at Art: Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts. 7:15 - 8:45 pm at 200 W. Madison St., Chicago.
April 20: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers: Water Resources Management & Local Codes Symposium. At the DoubleTree Hotel, 800 National Parkway, Schaumburg. Join code drafters and officials from MWRD, Lake, DuPage and Will Counties as well as Bob Newport with the USPEA to discuss the newly adopted (or soon to be adopted) codes, the intent behind the codes and a variety of methods available to designers in achieving the goals outlined in those ordinances. $65 for members and $95 for nonmembers by April 2; $85 for members and $115 for nonmembers after April 2.
April 20: State Microscopical Society of Illinois: Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Pigment Identification. 6:30 pm at McCrone Research Institute, 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cost is $12.
April 20: Structural Engineers Political Action Committee: Principals’ Luncheon. 11:30 am at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago. The Principals’ Luncheon brings together the leaders of the structural engineering community to exchange ideas and discuss current issues facing the engineering business.
April 20 - 21: Illinois Dietetic Association: Spring Assembly. At the Marriott Hotel, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook.
April 21: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Tour: Growing Home’s Wood Street Urban Farm. 10 - 11 am at 5814 S. Wood St., Chicago. The mission of Growing Home is to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development. Learn about its farming methods, crop rotations and community involvement. Cost is $10.
April 21: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago: Awards Dinner. 5:30 - 9:30 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel, Skokie. Register at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/10587.
April 23: Society of Women Engineers: Outreach Event. 6 - 8 pm at A. N. Pritzker Elementary, 2009 W. Schiller St., Chicago. A. N. Pritzker Elementary will be hosting their annual Science Night on April 23rd. SWE has been a supporter of this in past years, and we are again looking for volunteers to come to the event and help students with a fun science project. Register by 5 pm, April 20.
April 23 - 27: Hooke College of Applied Sciences: Hair Comparison. At 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. The course concentrates on practical use of stereomicroscope, polarizing microscope and comparison light microscope for the forensic comparison of human hairs for the purpose of individualization. Cost is $1995.
April 24: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Growing Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Bulthaup, 165 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Latrobe Prize recipients Martin Felsen, AIA, and Sarah Dunn of UrbanLab will present a brief overview of Growing Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid, an effort to develop a tool that makes it simpler for individuals and local governments to work together to reduce environmental impacts associated with energy and water consumption Free.
April 24: Association of Licensed Architects Illinois: Green Roofs - Tour and Presentation at CETCO. 5:30 - 8:30 pm at 2870 Forbs Ave., Hoffman Estates. This dinner program includes a presentation on Greenroofing, followed by a tour of CETCO’s LEED Silver Certified Building.
April 24: Construction Specifications Institute Chicago: Spring Building Tour: Blue Cross Blue Shield Building. 5:30 pm at 300 E. Randolph, Chicago. Free for members; $40 for nonmembers. Register by April 17.
April 25: Illinois Computing Educators: Webinar: Decoding QR Codes. 5:30 - 6:30 pm. This webinar will provide participants with background information on QR codes, how to create and read codes, and examples of how they can be used in the classroom. Free for memebers.
April 25: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Reducing Water Supply Vulnerability in the Chicago Metro Region: Water Pricing as an Adaptive Climate Change Strategy. Noon - 1 pm at 1 Hazelwood Dr., Champaign.
April 25: Institute of Technology School of Applied Technology Real-Time Communications Lab: Project Presentations and Demonstrations by IIT Students. 6:30 - 9:30 pm at IIT Rice Campus, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton.
April 25 - 27: Illinois Fire Inspectors Association: Fire & Life Safety Education Conference. At the Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena. Cost is $225.
April 26: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois: Midwest Bridge Symposium. 7:30 am - 5 pm at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. $250 for members and $350 for nonmembers by April 14; $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers after April 14.
April 26: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Young Engineers Committee: Whirly Ball. 6 - 8 pm at 1880 W. Fullerton, Chicago. Free.
April 26: U.S. Green Building Council Illinois: Tour of the Driehaus Museum. 5 - 8 pm at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago and the Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., Chicago. The Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. Register at http://shop.asidillinois.com/.
April 26 - 27: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I Certification Testing. 8 am - 12:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 1550 E. Dundee Road, Palatine and 1 - 5 pm at UCT, 236 E. Gidi Dr., Suite D, Wheeling.
April 27: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers: Metro East Mini Conference. 8:30 am - 4 pm at the Casino Queen Hotel & Casino, 200 S. Front St., East St. Louis. $35 for members; $70 for nonmembers.
April 28: Chicago Astronomical Society: Public Observing Session: The Moon, Venus and Mars. 7 pm at the Little Red School House, 9800 S. 104 Ave., Willow Springs.
April 28: Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Helping your Students Learn Physics and Think Like Scientists. 7:30 am - 3 pm at Thorton Township School, 15001 S. Broadway, Harvey. $20 for online registration by April 26; $25 at the door.
April 28: U.S. Green Building Council Illinois Emerging Professionals: National Rebuilding Together Day. 8 am - 5 pm at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St., Chicago. thousands of volunteers come together to complete home repair projects for low‐income, disabled, and elderly residents. $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers.
April 30: Friends of the Chicago River: Tour of the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. 9 am, 11am and 1 pm at 6001 W. Pershing Road, Cicero. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is opening its doors and leading special “mini” tours of the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world.
April 30: Structural Engineers Foundation: Scholarship Deadline.
April 30 - May 1: Central Fabricators Association: Meeting. At the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
April 30 - May 4: McCrone Research Institute: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. This course is geared towards preparing the student to successfully handle the imaging and compositional analysis requirements of nearly any material (e.g. metals, polymers, minerals, trace evidence, pharmaceuticals, etc). Strategies are presented for analyzing insulating, beam sensitive or vacuum sensitive samples. Cost is $1800.
April 30 - May 4: McCrone Research Institute: Microscopy of Explosives. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Organic, inorganic, military, commercial and improvised explosives are included. The identification techniques are based on morphology, optical crystallography, microchemical tests and visual thermal methods. Proficiency in polarized light microscopy is assumed and necessary. Cost is $1800.
April 30 - May 4: North America Quality Engineered Software and Testing Conferences (QUEST). An IT conference, EXPO, and classroom training experience designed by software professionals seeking proven methods and new technologies for quality software.
May 1: Chemical Industry Council of Illinois: Luncheon and Legislative/Regulatory Affairs Meeting. At the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield.
May 1 - 2: Illinois Paint Council: Annual Reception and Breakfast Meeting. May 1: Evening Legislative/Regulatory Reception: 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams, Springfield. May 2: Breakfast Meeting: 8:30 - 10:30 am at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center, 701 W. Adams, Springfield.
May 3: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers: The Latest in Sanitary Treatment Methods. 9 - 11:30 am at the Northfield Inn and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., Springfield. $65 for members and $95 for nonmembers by April 19; $85 for members and $115 for nonmembers after April 19.
May 11 - 12: Chicago Council on Science and Technology: Women in Science Symposium: Big Ideas, Big Impact. May 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor Ballroom, Chicago. May 12, 8:30 am - 4 pm at Northwestern University, Lurie Medical Center, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago.
May 15: Lake Michigan States Section Air & Waste Management Association: Waste Conference. At Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
June 11 - 13: Society of Women Engineers Northwestern University: Summer Technology and Engineering Program (STEP). For girls going into 7th - 9th grades.
Aug. 6: Lake Michigan States Section Air & Waste Management Association: Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals. 7:15 pm at U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago. $6.50 for members; $13.50 for nonmembers. Registration opens April 1.