UIC Summer College Lecture Day

Summer College Lecture Days are designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience a college lecture from UIC faculty before the start of the semester! Students participating in Summer College are required to attend.

Students may report to Student Center East Tower, Atrium Room located on the first floor. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am.  Students will be asked to begin migrating to BSB 250 by no later than 12:20. 


Professor Claudio Ugalde, Department of Physics

"The Synthesis of the Chemical Elements in Stars"

Claudio Ugalde is a faculty member at UIC’s Department of Physics doing research and teaching nuclear astrophysics.

Have you ever asked yourself where did all the stuff around us and in our bodies actually come from?  The question is not about chemistry. It is about nuclear astrophysics. The Big Bang was able to produce only the lightest of the elements of the periodic table; hydrogen, helium, and very small amount of lithium and beryllium were made. Everything else was made inside a star. In this presentation we will venture to the center of these fascinating objects. We will discuss how they are born and how they die.  We will also discuss how scientists can study them without the need to travel across the galaxy. While a lot has been understood by scientists in the last century, most of the big questions in this field remain unanswered. But why? What is wrong with nuclear astrophysics? How could you help?

Location: BSB 250
Monday, July 16, 2018
12:30 – 1:30 pm
No registration required – students will be assigned to a lecture based upon program enrollment.


Dr. Amalia Pallares,  Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity
Professor and Director, Latin American and Latino Studies
Professor, Political Science

Urban Migrations: Learning and Belonging in a Public University

Amalia Pallares is a Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also Associate Provost and Vice Chancellor for Diversity at UIC.   Her books include “Family Activism: Immigrant Struggles and the Politics of Non-Citizenship”; Marcha: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement” (co-edited with Nilda Flores Gonzalez) and “From Peasant Struggles to Indian Activism: the Ecuadorian Andes in the Twentieth Century.” She teaches courses on social movements, immigrant activism, Latino politics, race and ethnicity in the Americas, and qualitative research methodologies.   She was born in Ecuador and has also written extensively on Ecuadorian ethnic and regional politics.

Location: BSB 250
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
12:30 – 1:30 pm
No registration required – students will be assigned to a lecture based upon program enrollment.