UIC Photo Rosters
I'm extremely poor at recognizing faces - it goes way beyond having difficulty with remembering the name that goes with a face. I'll often not be sure if I've ever met a person before. Sometimes, I can't even tell if a person that just showed up is the same person that I spoke to 5 minutes ago. If a movie has two male white actors with short brown hair, I have to rely on my wife to tell me which one is which. As you can imagine, I'm a strong proponent of diversity, particularly in easy-to-distinguish visual attributes like gender, skin color, hair color, size, and hair style!
Once, I mistook one of Prof. Venkatakrishnan's (female, indian) students for his (female, indian) wife, and started asking her about their new baby, with Venkat standing right there! Yeah, it can be a problem.
So, since I started here in January 2009, I've always wanted to have a photo roster of each class that I teach, so that I can try to learn the names of my students. After much poking around, convincing, paper-form-filling, reverse-engineering and screen-scraping, I've figured out how to generate student photo rosters. It's a little rough around the edges, but it does the job.
The end result looks like a longer version of this:
How can you get one?
If you are UIC faculty, and you would like a photo roster like this for your class, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, with the UINs you would like to have included in the roster in plaintext, one UIN alone on each line
, and I'll send it to your UIC email address. Below is an example of what you need to send me, to get a roster back: