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April 2016


  • Listen to the soundtrack of the universe.
  • Discuss molecular-level scientific breakthroughs with scientists from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering.
  • Discover new antibiotics with chemical synthesis.
  • Analyze popular music with physical sciences thinking.
  • Explore the chemical and physical wonders of science with your young scientists.


April 1: Illinois Water Environment Association Student and Young Professionals: Tour of the Fox River Water Reclamation Facility. 10 am - noon at 1957 N. LaFox St., South Elgin.

April 1: Product Development and Management Association Chicago: Breakfast Club Downtown. 8 - 9:30 am at Troquet River North, 111 W. Huron St., Chicago.

April 2 - June 4: The University of Chicago Enrico Fermi Institute: Compton Lecture Series: The Soundtrack to the Universe: LIGO and the Detection of Gravity Waves. 11 am - 1pm, Saturdays at the Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Ave., Room 106, Chicago. No lecture on May 28. Free.

April 3: Lederman Science Center: Ask-a-Scientist Guided Tour of Fermilab: “News from the LHC” by Don Lincoln. 1 - 4 pm at Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Batavia. Free. Register by noon, April 1.

April 4: American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois: Design Build Symposium. 9 am - 2:30 pm at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Cost is $100.

April 4: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Environment Conference. 8:30 am - 6:30 pm at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. 1st St., Champaign. Cost is $40; $20 for students.

April 4: Lake County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service / Amateur Radio Emergency Service: How to Operate Low Earth Orbit Satelites. 7 pm at the Lake County EOC, 1303 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

April 5: Oakton Community College: A Cure for Sickle Cell Disease. 1 pm at 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Free.

April 5 - 7: Hooke College of Applied Science: Transmission Electron Microscopy. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Cost is $1895.

April 6: American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois: IDOT Phase 1 Training. 8 am - 4 pm at Crowne Plaza, 1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn.

April 6: Illinois Science Council: Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact. 6 - 8 pm at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. A panel of scientists from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering working in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory will present molecular-level scientific breakthroughs. Free.

April 6: Society of Women Engineers Chicago: Choking Under Pressure. 5:30 - 8 pm at continental Automotive Systems, 21440 W. Lake Cook Road, Deer Park. Free.

April 6 - 7: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I Certification Testing. 8 am - 5 pm at 30W114 E. Butterfield Road, Suite D, Warrenville. Cost is $625; $425 for recertification.

April 7: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Career on the Rise: Three Award-Winning Young Architects Discuss Their Paths to Success. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 100, Chicago. Free.

April 7: American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute: Luncheon Event featuring Rebekah Scheinfeld, Chicago DOT Commissioner. 11:30 am - 1:15 pm at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago. $45 for members; $55 for nonmembers; $35 for government; $25 for students.

April 7: Electric Association of Chicago Young Electrical Professionals: SPiN Chicago: Ping Pong Social Club. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 344 N. State St., Chicago. Cost is $60.

April 7: Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics: How an Astrophysicist Came to Work in a School of Art & Technology. 11 am at McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Dr. Evanston. Free.

April 7: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois: Practical Design of Post-Tensioned Buildings. 8 am - 5 pm at University Center, Lake Room, 525 S. State St., Chicago. $375 for members; $475 for nonmembers.

April 7: WTS Chicago: Building a New Chicago. 11:30 am - 1:15 pm at Maggiano’s, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago. $45 for members; $55 for nonmembers; $35 for government; $35 for students.

April 7 - 8: Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Spring Assembly. At the Chicago Marriott Hotel, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. $185 for members; $235 for nonmembers; $155 for students.

April 8: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Certification Open House. 3:30 - 7:30 pm at 650 W. Grand Ave., Suite 106, Elmhurst.

April 8: Illinois Water Environment Association: Illinois Water Day. 1 - 5 pm at the NCSA Auditorium and Lobby, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. Free.

April 9: National Society of Black Engineers Chicago: Wilber Milhouse, President and CEO of Milhouse Engineering. 10 am - noon at Blue1647, 1647 Blue Island, Chicago.

April 10: College of DuPage Astronomy Program: Pluto Revealed: First Results from the Historic First Fly-By of the Pluto System. 3 - 5 pm at the Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center, Fawell and Park Boulevards, Glen Ellyn. Free.

April 11: The Chicago Farmers: Land Values. 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Dr., 4th Floor, Chicago.

April 11: Society of Fire Protection Engineers Chicago: Consequence Models: Storage Tank Applications. 8 - 9 am at Egg Harbor Cafe, 140 N. Robert T. Palmer Dr., Elmhurst. $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers; $15 for fire fighters; $10 for students.

April 11: University of Chicago: Stieglitz Lecture: Bringing the Full Power of Chemical Synthesis to Bear on the Discovery of New Antibiotics. 4 - 5:30 pm at 1020 E. 58th St., Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 120, Chicago.

April 11 - 13: Hooke College of Applied Science: Freeze Drying: Lyophilization: Practical Applications Utilizing Latest Equipment. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. This freeze-dry training course covers aspects of freeze drying as it relates to the pharmaceutical, biological, and food industries. Cost is $2995.

April 11 - 15: McCrone Research Institute: Forensic Dust Analysis. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cost is $1875.

April 12: Northern Illinois Science Educators: Mini-Workshop. 5 - 9 pm at Hinsdale South High School, 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien. Free.

April 12: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Stuart Smith: Arup Projects in the UK and Around the World. 5:30 - 7 pm at AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #250, Chicago. Free.

April 12: Chicago Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group: A Protein Biomarker Study in Niemann-Pick Disease, type C1. 6:30 pm at The University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, 2nd Floor Learning Center, Room 204/208, 833 S. Wood St., Chicago. Free.

April 12: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Structural Engineers Foundation: Structural Engineering at Mid-21st Century: Reengineering Our Roles. 5:15 - 7:30 pm at University Center, 525 S. State St., 2nd Floor, Chicago.

April 12 - 13: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Aggregate Testing Technician Level 1. 8 am - 5 pm at 2600 Warrenville Road, Suite 203, Downers Grove. Cost is $625; $425 for recertification.

April 12 - 14: Hooke College of Applied Science: Gunshot Residue Identification. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Students learn the theory of the SEM and EDS systems, how to setup and operate SEM and EDS instruments for GSR analysis. Cost is $1995.

April 12 - May 24: Illuminating Engineering Society: Fundamentals of Lighting. Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm at Lightology, 215 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. This course provides comprehensive instruction on state-of-the-art lighting practices. $300 for members; $350 for nonmembers; $195 for students. Register by April 6.

April 12 - 13: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Disaster Management for Water/Wastewater Utilities. 7:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Springfield City Water, Light & Power, 200 E. Lake Dr., Springfield. Cost is $20. Register by March 31.

April 13: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Fly Ash Availability and Use Considerations: Rumors of its Demise are Greatly Exaggerated. 5:15 - 8 pm at the Erie Cafe, 536 W. Erie St., Chicago. Cost is $60.

April 13: American Society for Quality Chicago: “Risk Analysis, Sustainable Manufacturing & LCA” and “DMAIC & Autism; A Sample Size of One.” 5:30 - 9 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 6600 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers.

April 13: Association of Women in the Metal Industry Chicago: Metallurgy. 6 - 8:30 pm at the Lost Marsh Golf Club, 1001 129th St., Hammond, IN. $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers with preregistration; $85 at the door.

April 13: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago EMC Society: Achieve By Communication. 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton Free.

April 14: Association of Licensed Architects Illinois: The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Update. 8 - 11:30 am at Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant, 798 W. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. $75 for members; $95 for nonmembers.

April 14: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago Technical and Engineering Management Society: Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics High-Performance Computing Facility. 6:30 - 8 pm at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Meeting Room A&B, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn.

April 14: Society Radio Operators: Meeting and Spring Auction. 7:30 pm at the Salvation Army, 8354 W. Foster Ave., Norridge.

April 14: WTS Chicago: Spring Happy Hour. 5 - 7 pm at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Cost is $10.

April 14 - 15: Illinois Institute of Technology: Forensecure Conference. At IIT Rice Campus, 201 E. Loop Road, Room 138, Wheaton. Cost is $200.

April 15: American Chemical Society Chicago: Statistics and the Shirelles: How Physical Sciences Thinking Informs Popular Music Analytics. 5 - 9:30 pm at Angelo’s on York, 247 N. York Road, Elmhurst. $30 for members; $32 for nonmembers; $20 for students, unemployed or retired. Register by noon, April 13.

April 15: American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois: Great Lakes Conference Network and Chill Event. 8 - 10 pm at McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 S. State St., Chicago. Cost is $10.

April 16: Illinois Computing Educators ICE-COLD: Spring Mini-Conference. 8 am at the Clarendon Hills Middle School, Clarendon Hills. Cost is $5.

April 16: Northern Illinois Science Educators: Mini-Workshop. 8 am - noon at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Free.

April 16 - 20: International Concrete Repair Institute Chicago: Concrete Convention and Exposition. At the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. $603 for members; $757 for nonmembers; $20 for students.

April 17: Lederman Science Center: Wonders of Science.1 pm at Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall, Batavia. A fast-paced series of demonstrations on chemical and physical phenomena that will involve you and your young scientists. Cost is $4.50.

April 18 - 20: Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators: Annual Conference. At the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield. $190 for members; $230 for nonmembers.

April 18 - 22: McCrone Research Institute: Advanced Indoor Air Quality: Advanced Fungal Spore Identification. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Participants learn important morphological characters necessary for fungal identification at genus level and, to a lesser extent, at species level. Cost is $1675.

April 18 - 22: McCrone Research Institute: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy / Forensic Microscopy. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Students will acquire the basic knowledge and practical skills to apply polarized light methods in their areas of interest and will appreciate the potential contribution of more advanced methods and techniques. Cost is $1875.

April 19: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Annual Water Distribution Conference. 7 am - 3 pm at Medinah Banquets, 550 Shriners Dr., Addison. $48 for members and $75 for nonmembers by April 4; $10 more by April 14; $20 more after April 14.

April 19: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Architect & Design Day at the Coverings Conference. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago. Free.

April 19: International Concrete Repair Institute Chicago: A Little More Background About Moisture in Concrete As It Relates to ASTM F3010. 5 pm at The Erie Cafe, 536 W. Erie St., Chicago. Cost is $55.

April 19: Northern Illinois University STEM Cafe: Renewable Nation: How Plug-In Cars and the Smart Grid Will Change America. 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Free.

April 19 - 20: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I Certification Testing. 8 am - 5 pm at 5001 Lake Land Blvd., West Building, Room 115, Mattoon. Cost is $625; $425 for recertification.

April 20: Society of American Military Engineers Chicago: Life Extension and Uprating Engineering at USACE Facilities. 11:30 am at One S. Wacker Dr., Suite 900, Chicago. Register by April 18.

April 21: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Canstruction Chicago: Interested Teams Meeting. 5:30 - 6:30 pm at AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 250, Chicago. Free.

April 21: Northwestern University: Graduate Student Speaker Series. 5 pm at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St., Lombard. Northwestern PhD candidates from chemistry, chemical and biological engineering, physics and astronomy departments will give talks about their research and suggest ways to bring it into High School science classrooms.

April 21: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Chicago: New 3-Dimensional (3D) Siloxane Defoamer Technology for Aqueous Metalworking Fluids. 5:15 pm at Ashton Place, 341 75th St., Willowbrook. $30 for members; $40 for nonmembers; $20 for retirees; $5 for students.

April 21 - 24: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Regional Leadership Development Conference. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. Cost is $75; $120 with lodging.

April 22 - 23: Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Spring Meeting: From High School to College - Bridging the Gap. At the University of Illinois, Department of Physics, Urbana.

April 22 - 24: Aldler Planetarium and WBEZ: Earthfest. At Museum Campus, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. Free with general admission to the Planetarium.

April 23: Edcamp217. 8 am - 12:30 pm at Williamsville Junior High School, Williamsville. Free.

April 26: Association of Licensed Architects Chicago: Design Considerations for the Building Envelope. 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Pella Luxury Showroom, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, Suite 100, Chicago. $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers.

April 26: Construction Specifications Institute Chicago: Carpenter Training Center Tour and Hands-On Carpentry Training. 2:45 - 6 pm at 1256 Estes Ave., Elk Grove Village. Free for members; $35 for nonmembers.

April 26: Electric Association of Chicago Communication Technologies Forum: Spring Conference. 7 am - 12:30 pm at Lindner Conference Center, 610 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard. $45 for members; $75 for nonmembers.

April 26: Engineers Without Borders Chicago: Monthly Meeting. 6 - 7:30 p at Duane Morris, 190 S. LaSalle St., 37th Floor, Chicago.

April 26 - 28: Hooke College of Applied Science: Sample Preparation Techniques. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Cost is $1895.

April 26 - 28: McCrone Research Institute: Introduction to Basic Human Body Tissues. 8 am - 5 pm at 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cost is $1425.

April 28: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Sustainable Seminar Series: Evaluation of Zero Blowdown Cooling Towers with Soft Water Makeup. Noon - 1 pm at ISTC, 1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign and as a webinar. Free.

April 28: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois: Midwest Bridge Symposium. 8 am - 5 pm at Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. $250 for members and $350 for nonmembers by April 21; $50 more after April 21.

April 29: Hooke College of Applied Science: Printing Process Identification Workshop. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Cost is $399.

April 29: 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. $40 for members; $80 for nonmembers.

April 29: State Microscopical Society of Illinois: Gold Micro-inclusions in Natural and Laboratory Grown Minerals. 7 pm at McCrone Research Institute, 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $15 for dinner at 6 pm.

April 30: American Association of Physics Teachers Chicago: Spring Meeting: Developing the New AP Physics 1 & 2: A View from Inside the Machine. At Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr., Chicago. Cost is $20 and $5 for students with preregistration; $5 more at the door.

April 30: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Volunteer with Rebuilding Together. 7 am - 5 pm in Blue Island. Volunteers will patch and paint, caulk and weather strip windows and doors, and clean and plant the yard for the home of a mother who cares for her daughter who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy.

April 30: Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals: Malta Continuing Education. 8 am - 4 pm at 21193 Malta Road, Malta.


May 1: Lederman Science Center: Ask-a-Scientist Guided Tour of Fermilab: “Exploring Inner Space with the Dark Energy Survey” by William Wester. 1 - 4 pm at Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Batavia. Free. Register by noon, April 29.

May 2: Electric Association of Chicago: Consulting Electrical Engineers Technical Forum & Tradeshow. 3:30 - 8 pm at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

May 2 - 3: Central Fabricators Association: Spring Meeting. At the Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

May 2 - 3: Hooke College of Applied Science: Identifying Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Cost is $895.

May 2 - 6: Hooke College of Applied Science: Hair Comparison. 8 am - 5 pm at 850 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont. Cost is $1995.

May 2 - 6: McCrone Research Institute: Asbestos Fiber Counting. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cost is $1350.

May 3 - 4: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago EMC: MiniSymposium. At the Holiday Inn, 860 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca. $50 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

May 4 - 6: Illinois Water Environment Association: WEFMAX. At the Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

May 5: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Small Projects Awards and Exhibit. 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago. Free.

May 5: Chicago Council on Science & Technology: Science in the City Gala. 5 - 9 pm at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Ave., Chicago. Cost is $250.

May 10: Central States Water Environment Association: Laboratory Pre-Treatment Seminar. 8:30 am - 2:15 pm at Suburban Laboratories Auditorium, 2000 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. $60 with preregistration; $65 at the door.

May 10: Chemical Industry Council of Illinois: Legislative Day. At the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield.

May 10 - 11: Illinois Society for Microbiology: Spring Meeting. At the White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Country Club Dr., Naperville. Register by April 26. $120 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $35 for students for one day; $180 for members, $210 for nonmembers and $65 for students for two days.

May 12: Chicago Paint and Coatings Association: Annual Dinner and Election. 6 pm at Chama Gaucha, 3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove. Cost is $85.

May 14: American Concrete Institute Illinois: Annual Dinner at Willis Tower. 6:30 pm at the Skydeck of Willis Tower, 99th Floor, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago. $125 for dinner; $165 for dinner and networking. Register by May 7.

May 17: Lake Michigan States Air & Waste Management Association: Waste Conference: Changing Landscape of Waste Management. 8 am - 5 pm at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate Dr. West, Lisle. $275 for members; $325 for nonmembers; $175 for government; $100 for students.

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