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NEW! Congratulations to Abstract and Poster Winners from Women's Health Research Day!

Abstract Winners
Student:  Nanci Alanis, Department of Psychology and Honors College, for “How do different stressors relate to body mass index among U.S.-born and immigrant Latinas?”

Faculty:  Heather Sipsma, Assistant Professor of Women, Children and Family Health Science, College of Nursing, for “Mental health of young parents from pregnancy through 1 year postpartum”

Poster Winners
Undergraduate Student:  Beelet Dawood, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, for "The association between vasomotor symptoms and sleep disturbance among menopausal women: a comparison of physiological and self-reported measures"

Graduate Student:  Hitisha Patel, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmocognosy, College of Pharmacy, for "Estrogen receptor partial agonists as therapeutics for tamoxifen resistant breast cancer"

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Susan Magasi, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, for "Screen-ABLE: A mixed methods study examining disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening among women with disabilities in Illinois"

Congrats to Kris Zimmermann in Winning the CAPE Award! The CRWG congratulates assistant director Kris Zimmermann on being named a 2013 recipient of the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award. The annual CAPE Award honors excellence demonstrated by academic professional employees in the areas of leadership, teamwork, contributions to the employee’s department and to the University, and contributions to the employee’s community and professional field.

2013 Dan Dissertation Award Winners Announced! The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2013 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The first place winners are Amy Brainer and Rachel Allison from the Department of Sociology, and Camille Quinn from the College of Social Work. The second place award was given to Smita Das from the Department of English. The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. To learn more about the Dan Dissertation Award, visit Dan Award.

CRWG Director Discusses Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention
In a recent talk at Northwestern University, CRWG Director Stacie Geller used her research on international prevention of postpartum hemorrhage as an example of translating research into policy in the developing world.

Policy change is necessary to improve global women's health
CRWG director Stacie Geller's work to reduce global maternal mortality is described in the Women's Health Research Institute blog. Visit the article at

CRWG Research Director Interviewed on Today Show! Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology and CRWG research director, was interviewed for a segment on the Today show about her recent study that found menopausal women with more severe, frequent hot flashes performed poorly on memory and thinking tests. The segment is available at:

Work/Life Balance Seminar Video Now Online
On April 25, 2013, our Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program welcomed Susan R. Johnson, M.D., M.S., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Iowa, for a discussion of work-life balance, organizing time, keeping lists and calendars, and planning for the day and week.  The video of her presentation is available for viewing at:

Veronica Arreola Honored by New Leaders Council!
Congratulations to Veronica Arreola, CRWG assistant director and WISE director, a 2013 “40 Under 40 Leadership Award” honoree! Each year, New Leaders Council presents the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards as a way to honor the work of young, professional leaders who have exemplified our organization’s ideal of political entrepreneurship.  The awards recognize achievements in political leadership, media leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.

CRWG Director Stacie Geller Named a UIC Researcher of the Year!
Each year, UIC honors outstanding researchers, innovators and inventors in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, the humanities and natural sciences/engineering. Dr. Stacie Geller was named this year’s Distinguished Researcher in Clinical Sciences for her research to reduce global maternal mortality and morbidity.

Research of the Year

Fall 2012 Building Research Connections 20th Anniversary Edition Newsletter is Available!

The new Building Research Connections (BRC) newsletter is now available. Read it here!

CRWG WISE Program Receives Presidential Award

Presidential Award winners in the Oval Office

The CRWG's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program received the 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award, announced by President Obama January 21, 2011 honors WISE's mentoring initiatives and includes a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science or engineering - particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in those fields.

CRWG Director Honored for Work in Ghana

Nana Akosua Kannin I with King Nana Bi-Kusi Appiah II and Queen Nana Nyarko Aborah II

In a ceremony held on January 24, CRWG Director Stacie Geller was installed as Development Queen Mother of the Manso Nkwanta Traditional Area in Ghana by the Queen Mother and King of Manso Nkwanta. She is now known in the area as Nana Akosua Kannin I. The King asked Stacie to contribute to the area by helping to improve education and decrease teenage pregnancy. Congratulations, Stacie!

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