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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.

My Talk on Web 2.0 at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/5/09 (10:52am)

I'd like to thank Scott Dixon and his class from the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC for their eager reception and interest in my talk on 'Web 2.0 - Origins, Directions & Methods of Evaluation'.

Slides from the presentation are available below or from GoogleDocs directly here...

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Flu-Shot Day at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/29/09 (1:05pm)

The sticker reads, "I Got My Flu Vaccine! Did You?"

Normally I don't bother but this year, it seems like there's a heightened awareness. Judging by the larger crowd even at 10 in the morning, I'd say a lot of people were feeling the same way.

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Back to School at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/24/09 (9:07pm)
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Today was the first day of school at UIC. The weather was great.

The first picture is of the East Campus at around noon. The second picture is later in the day of new student Alex (son of friend Aaron) sampling local delicacies -- including a polish sausage with grilled onions and fries from Jim's Original Maxwell St Polish and an authentic piece of original baklava from the Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop on Halsted.

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UIC Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/27/09 (10:37pm)

Actually it's really the 'Richard J. Daley Urban Forum' (hence the annual attendance of son, Richard M.

This year, the consistent theme seemed to be what to do during hard times.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address at the UIC Urban Forum this year which also featured Mayor Daley and a number of other mayors from cities around the world.

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First Sign of Spring (Finally)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/20/09 (2:11pm)
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The trees -- they are a-blooming (even in the 40 degree weather).

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MPOW: Fear of Shooting Leads to UIC Building Evacuation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/6/09 (11:18pm)
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It was a normal Friday afternoon. I heard a police siren outside. In fact, I heard a number of police sirens. I looked outside the window and more than half a dozen squad cars came to a screeching halt just outside.

Someone remarked that it might be a bank robbery from across the street. Then suddenly, one of the admin assistants came running in first telling us that someone was running around our building with a gun and that we should duck into one of the private offices for cover. Next came someone running in saying we should vacate the premises immediately.

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OneWebDay 2008

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 9/21/08 (8:03pm)

OneWebDay OneWebDay is Monday. Here's a link to the spiffy event site:
http://www.onewebday.org/

The idea is to celebrate the benefits we derive from the Web. The hope is the more we appreciate it, the more we'll be protective of it. You can read more on the OneWebDay's About Page...

Last year I did a video of UIC students talking about how they use the web. This year I've got a ton of committments so I'll just have to replay last year's effort. See below.

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Back to School at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/25/08 (8:27pm)
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Today was the first day of classes at UIC. It was a nice summer but I'm happy to see the students back.

They had people at all the entrances giving out information. You can just make out the "UIC Orientation" table in the distance.

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Leo Kline in the Onion!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/6/08 (10:29am)

Workplace environment: I've been on the receiving end of this from my co-workers since yesterday. From the most recent edition of The Onion:

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