Chicagoland Science & Technology News
The U.S. Green Building Council of Illinois, the International Interior Design Association Illinois and the American Institute of Architects Chicago are all sponsors for an annual Networking Boat Cruise. Aug. 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Mystic Blue Cruises www.MysticBlueCruises.com, which boards on the south side of Navy Pier (2nd to last boat). There will be an optional walking tour of some of the city’s finest LEED Buildings at 1 pm. Cost is $85 for members and $105 for nonmembers (walking tour is not included).
The Northwestern University Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction will assemble design and construction researchers, academics, and practitioners to discuss the present state-of–the-art and the prospects for future advancements in this ﬁeld. The primary focus is to improve project efﬁciency by reducing costs, accelerating delivery, improving quality, minimizing risks, and leveraging resources. Aug. 15 - 17, at the Thorne Auditorium of the Northwestern University Law School, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Cost is $350 and $25 for students.
The Fox Valley Operator’s Association holds its annual Mini-Conference on Aug. 16, 7:30 am at the Algonquin Village Public Works, 110 Meyer Dr., Algonquin. The nine technical sessions include a range of topics to interest wastewater operators and professionals. The four technical workshops are aimed at providing training and professional collaboration on issues of interest to wastewater professionals. Cost is $25 for members and $45 for nonmembers by Aug. 13; $35 for members and $55 for nonmembers after Aug. 13.
On Aug. 28, the Illinois Section American Water Works Association hosts a tour of the City of Rockford Water Treatment Plant. Water treatment basics will be discussed along with historical and current technologies utilized in municipal water systems. A case study focusing on the City of Rockford’s water treatment processes will be reviewed and discussed. The City of Rockford utilizes various water treatment facilities to treat its source water for iron, manganese, and radium. Proper preventative maintenance of water treatment equipment and the steps required for a full system evaluation will be reviewed in detail.7:30 am - noon at 1111 Cedar St., Rockford. $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers preregistered; $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers with on-site registration.
Aug. 1 - 3: Lederman Science Center: QuarkNet Workshop: Beyond Human Error. 8 am - 4 pm at Fermilab, Batavia. For high school science teachers. Participants will meet and work with scientists from Fermilab and University of Chicago to look at how error analysis takes place at Fermilab and bridge that idea into high school labs. Free.
Aug. 2: Society of American Military Engineers Chicago Post: Charity Boat Cruise: A Fundraiser to Benefit Veterans & Military Families Support Organizations. 7 - 9 pm at the Willis Tower River Taxi Dock, across from Union Station at Adams St., Chicago. $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers; $45 for government and military.
Aug. 3: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chicago: Fundraising Cruise Event. 7:30 - 11:30 pm aboard the Anita Dee II at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Cost is $60; $80 for a VIP ticket.
Aug. 5: Lederman Science Center: Ask-a-Scientist Guided Tour of Fermilab: Fermilab: A Microcosm for Ecological Research and Restoration. 1 - 4 pm at Fermilab, Batavia. Free. Register by noon, Aug. 3.
Aug. 5 - 8: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Statistical Signal Processing Workshop. At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Aug. 6: Lake County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service / Amateur Radio Emergency Service: General Meeting. 7 pm at the Lake County Emergency Operation Center, 1303 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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.
Aug. 6: Metal Service Center Institute: Executive of the Year Celebration honoring Michael H. Hoffman, Kloeckner Metals. 6 pm at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. Free.
Aug. 6 - 7: Central Fabricators Association: Meeting. At Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State St., Chicago. Includes a Chicago Architectural Foundation River Tour and two general sessions: “Moveable Roofs” and “Modernization of Welding Process through Automation.”
Aug. 6 - 10: McCrone Research Institute: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave. Students study crystallographic and optical properties of asbestos minerals, the various substances likely to occur (and often confused) with asbestos and the procedures for sample preparation and fiber identification. Both serpentine and amphibole asbestos types are included. Cost is $1600.
Aug. 7: American Institute of Architects Chicago: First Tuesday Happy Hour at DIRTT Green Learning Center. 6 - 8 pm at 325 N. Wells St., #1000, Chicago.
Aug. 7: Foresight Design Initiative: Foresight Green Drinks: Sustainable Innovation: Projects from Immersion ‘12. 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Jefferson Tap & Grill, 325 N. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor, Chicago. Register at http://12auggreendrinks.eventbrite.com/. Cost is $9; $5.50 for students/low-income; $20 with friends of Foresight donation.
Aug. 7: U.S. Green Building Council Illinois West Suburban Branch: Tour of Cadence Health’s Central DuPage Hospital. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 25 N. Winfield Road, Winfield. $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers or members with same-day registration.
Aug. 8: Illinois fire Inspectors Association: Fire Alarm Summit. 8 am - 4:30 pm at Medinah Banquet Hall, 550 Shriners Dr., Addison. Cost is $30.
Aug. 8: Society Radio Operators: Self Healing Fuel Tanks in Combat Zones. 8 pm at the Edgebrook Field House, 6100 N. Central Ave, Chicago.
Aug. 9: Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Chicago: Awards and Installation Dinner with David St. Pierre, PE, Executive Director of the MWRDGC. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Harry Caray’s, 33 W. Kinzie St., Chicago. $65 for members and unemployed engineers; $75 for nonmembers.
Aug. 9: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Central Chapter: Trade Show and Symposium. 7:30 am - 5 pm at Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield. $60 for members; $100 for nonmembers; $25 for students; $195 including Central Chapter membership.
Aug. 9: U.S. Green Building Council Chicago: Testa Produce - The Greenest Industrial Building Ever Built. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 4555 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. A comprehensive look into the multi-faceted approach to green-lighting the first LEED Platinum industrial building in the country. We’ll uncover and discuss the owner’s perspective, goals and objectives and share different challenges, obstacles and success stories along the way. $15 for members; $30 for nonmembers and members with same-day registration; $10 for students.
Aug. 10: Chicago Astronomical Society: “The Neutrino Sky” with Albert Stebbins, Head of the Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group. 7 pm at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago.
Aug. 10: Illinois Section American Water Works Association and American Public Works Association Suburban Branch: Arlington Family Day. 2 pm at 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Cost is $15.
Aug. 10 - 19: American Chemical Society Illinois Sections: Cooperative Science Tent Project at the Illinois State Fair. For further information on volunteering to help in this fun and worthwhile public outreach activity, contact the Chicago section office at (847) 391-9091 or go to http://chicagoacs.net/statefair/index.html.
Aug. 13 - 17: McCrone Research Institute: Advanced Asbestos Identification. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave. In this advanced course, students learn to identify and differentiate among all asbestos fibers and fibrous substitutes through review of basic theory and inclusion of more advanced methods. Immersion techniques for refractive index measurement are emphasized, including the construction and interpretation of dispersion staining graphs. Various sample preparation and quantitation techniques are introduced including gravimetric methods. Heated and chemically altered samples, floor tiles and other complex matrices are covered. Cost is $1600.
Aug. 14: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Tour of The National Hellenic Museum of Chicago. 6 - 7 pm at 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago. Drawing upon its Greektown location, the National Hellenic Museum is a multi-generational building that synthesizes elements from Classical and Byzantine Greek architectural history, together with the ever evolving path of modern Greeks here in America. Cost is $7.
Aug. 14: U.S. Green Building Council of Illinois, International Interior Design Association Illinois and American Institute of Architects Chicago: Networking Boat Cruise. 5:30 - 8 pm at Mystic Blue Cruises, Boarding at Navy Pier (2nd to last boat), Chicago. $85 for members; $105 for nonmembers.
Aug. 15: Chicago Drug and Chemical Association: Wendella Wine and Wave Tour. 5:45 pm at 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cost is $65; $68 by credit card. Register by Aug. 8.
Aug. 15: Great Lake Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable: Annual Meeting. 8:30 am - 2 pm at U.S. EPA Region 5 Headquarters, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago or via webinar.
Aug. 15: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Chemical Properties, Safety & Security. 7:30 am - noon at Aqua Illinois, 1300 W. Fairchild St., Danville. The program will discuss properties, safety, equipment, PPE, security and some regulatory issues relating to liquid chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, fluoridation chemicals, and others related to water treatment. $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers preregistered; $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers with on-site registration.
Aug. 15: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago: A Conversation About Proactive Reliability. 6 - 9 pm at Electro-Motive Diesel, Customer Service Conference Room, 9301 W. 55th St., La Grange.
Aug. 15 - 17: Northwestern University: Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction. At the Thorne Auditorium of the Northwestern University Law School, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. This symposium will assemble design and construction researchers, academics, and practitioners to discuss the present state-of–the-art and the prospects for future advancements in this ﬁeld. The primary focus is to improve project efﬁciency by reducing costs, accelerating delivery, improving quality, minimizing risks, and leveraging resources. Cost is $350; $25 for students.
Aug. 16: American Institute of Architects Chicago: Quality Control for Masonry. Noon - 1 pm at AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #250, Chicago. Scott Conwell, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Illinois Director of Market Development for the International Masonry Institute, will analyze a masonry wall from the vantage point of quality control in both design and construction. Scott will covers ASTM standards, brick and block selection, mortar types, and a detailed discussion of movement control for masonry, as well as grouting masonry walls. Free.
Aug. 16: Fox Valley Operator’s Association: Mini-Conference. 7:30 am at the Algonquin Village Public Works, 110 Meyer Dr., Algonquin. Technical sessions include a range of topics to interest wastewater operators and professionals. Technical workshops are aimed at providing training and professional collaboration on issues of interest to wastewater professionals. $25 for members and $45 for nonmembers by Aug. 13; $35 for members and $55 for nonmembers after Aug. 13.
Aug. 17: Illinois Institute of Technology School of Applied Technology: Chemistry and Material Science. 5 - 9:05 pm at 3300 S. Federal St., Chicago. 3-hour review sessions designed for engineers who plan to register as a professional engineer and wish to prepare for the examinations required to achieve this status. Cost is $139.
Aug. 20 - 24: McCrone Research Institute: Asbestos Fiber Counting [NIOSH 582]. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave. At the conclusion of the course, students are able to: properly calibrate and use the sampling equipment; align and calibrate the microscope and apply the NIOSH 7400 protocols; prepare samples for analysis; and apply the procedures for collection and quantitation of ambient dust samples. Cost is $1275.
Aug. 21: Construction Specifications Institute: Product Life Cycle Assessment. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at USG, 550 W. Adams St., Chicago. Free for members; $35 for nonmembers.
Aug. 21: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Management of Water and Wastewater Treatment Residuals Containing Radium IEPA #5220. 7:30 am - noon at Algonquin Public Works, 110 Meyer Dr., Algonquin. $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers preregistered; $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers with on-site registration.
Aug. 21: Illinois Technology Association: Golf Outing. Noon - 6:30 pm at Ruffled Feathers Golf Course, 1 Pete Dye Dr., Lemont. $200 for members; $250 for nonmembers.
Aug. 21: Institute of Food Technologists Chicago: Golf Outing. 8:30 am at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 12294 Archer Ave., Lemont. Dinner at 4:30 pm. Cost is $150; $50 for dinner only.
Aug. 21: U.S. Green Building Council Illinois Rockford/Northern Illinois Branch: Reclaiming Used and Waste Water via the Use of Constructed Wetlands. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. This program will review how to reclaim Black, Gray, Rain, and Storm water to be re-used in a building for non-potable uses. Included in the discussions will be why, where, and how this water can be used, the initial monetary investment, and possible cost savings. Case studies will be used to illustrate specific challenges and solutions. $10 for members and students; $20 for nonmembers and members with same-day registration.
Aug. 21 - 23: McCrone Research Institute: Fluorescence Microscopy. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave. Students will acquire the basic knowledge and practical skills to apply fluorescence methods in their areas of interest. The majority of the course will be hands-on demonstration and training in the practice of sample preparation for epifluorescence microscopy. Cost is $1350.
Aug. 22: Association of Women in the Metal Industries: Member Appreciation Night: White Sox Game. 7:10 - 10 pm at Cellular Field, Chicago. Cost is $40.
Aug. 23: Illinois Math and Science Academy: Community STEM Festival. 5 - 7 pm at Frances Willard Elementary School, 2503 9th St., Rock Island.
Aug. 24: Association of Licensed Architects: Golf Outing. 11 am - 8 pm at the Golf Club of Illinois, Algonquin. Cost is $175.
Aug. 25: Chicago Astronomical Society: Saturday Skywatch. 7:30 pm at Triton College, Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.
Aug. 25: Chicago Astronomical Society: Public Observing Session: Featuring: Hercules, Albireo, M57 and the Summer Triangle (Altair, Vega and Deneb). 7:30 pm at the Little Red School House, 9800 S. 104 Ave., Willow Springs.
Aug. 27: American Society of Safety Engineers Stateline: Golf Outing. 1 pm at Prairie View Golf Club, Route 72 and German Church Road, Byron. Cost is $75; $25 for dinner only. Register by Aug. 21.
Aug. 27 - 31: McCrone Research Institute: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis. At 2820 S. Michigan Ave. The 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. Students are welcome to bring samples and problems for their course project. Cost is $1800.
Aug. 28: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Tour of the City of Rockford Water Treatment Plant. 7:30 am - noon at 1111 Cedar St., Rockford. Water treatment basics will be discussed along with historical and current technologies utilized in municipal water systems. A case study focusing on the City of Rockford’s water treatment processes will be reviewed and discussed. $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers preregistered; $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers with on-site registration.
Aug. 29: Economic Development Council: Chicago From the Sky: A Region Transformed. Noon - 1:30 pm at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago. $48 for members; $65 for nonmembers.
Aug. 30: Illinois Section American Water Works Association: Hands on Basic Water Quality Testing. 7:30 am - noon at American Water Central Laboratory, 1115 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Learn how to run chlorine, phosphate, pH, turbidity, hardness, alkalinity, fluoride, iron, and conductivity.
Sept. 7: Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals: Golf Classic. 10:30 am at White Deer Run Golf Club, 250 W. Gregg’s Pkwy., Vernon Hills. Dinner at 5 pm. Cost is $210; $50 for dinner only. Register by Aug. 17.
Sept. 11 - 12: Chicago Society for Coatings Technology: Coating Trands and Technologies Conference. At the Double Tree Hotel, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Cost is $425.
Sept. 18: Radiant Professionals Alliance: Membership Meeting and Conference: Experience Matters. At the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg. $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers by Aug. 15; $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers after Aug. 15.
Sept. 18 - 21: Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies: Annual Meeting. At the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Normal.
Sept. 20: Illinois Environmental Council: Environmental Leadership Dinner. 5:30 - 9 pm at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago. Cost is $150.
Sept. 24 - 25: Illinois Water Resources Center: Illinois Water Conference. At Illini Union, University of Illinois, Champaign. Cost is $90; $35 for students.