News Archive: March 2010 - Jan. 2010

Presentation on Faculty Diversity

UIC's Vice President for Academic Affairs Mrinalini C. Rao gave a presentation on faculty diversity at the University at the March 10 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

View the presentation (PDF)

Learn more about UIC's Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Rebecca Gordan

Chancellor joins in honoring Rebecca Gordon as UIC's 2009 Woman of the Year

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women honored Rebecca Gordon, director of UIC's Womenís Leadership and Resource Center, as its 2009 Woman of the Year at a recent luncheon.

Gordon, who joined UIC in 1991, has served as director of the Womenís Leadership and Resource Center (formerly the Office of Womenís Affairs) since 1994. She believes that UIC should be a place where women feel confident and empowered.

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Sickle Cell Acute Care Unit Opens

The UIC medical center opened a new Sickle Cell Acute Care Center that will allow UIC physicians to provide immediate treatment for pain, improving patient pain relief and reducing the need for hospitalizations. The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center has almost 40 years of experience in the management of sickle cell disease and currently provides care to over 500 adult patients and 250 pediatric patients. more > >

Ribbon cutting for new unitL-R: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Medical Center chief medical officer William Chamberlin, center patient Bobbie Lee Arnold, Ill. Rep. Arthur Turner, center patient Don Wadlington, sickle cell center director Joseph DeSimone, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, clinic outreach coordinator Bonnye Johnson and Ill. Sen. Donne Trotter.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks to UIC students about public service

Lisa Madigan, Bette Bottoms and Chancellor Allen-Meares“You don´t have to be a lawyer to have a career in public service, and you donít have to run for elective office,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told students when she recently appeared at UIC for a speech sponsored by the Honors College. Madigan urged UIC students to think about their own defining moments as they look ahead to careers.

Photo: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan chats with Bette Bottoms, dean of the Honors College and vice provost for undergraduate affairs, and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

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Illinois Public University Presidents and Chancellors Letter to Governor Quinn and Comptroller Hynes

Chancellor Allen-Meares joined Interim University President Stanley Ikenberry and the presidents and chancellors of Illinois public universities to write a letter urging Governor Quinn and Comptroller Hynes to commit to a reliable schedule for the payment of the state appropriation to the universities.

President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Speaks to UIC Audience About Encouraging Science

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Shirley Ann JacksonShirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presented “Fueling the Economy: Exciting, Inviting, and Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators” at the UIC Forum. Jackson is the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and member of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Following her presentation, Jackson was interviewed by Walter Massey, chairman of the Bank of America, in a forum sponsored by UIC and The HistoryMakers, an archival collection of African American video oral histories. more > >

UIC Presents Pecha Kucha to Board of Trustees

As host to the January meeting of the U of I Board of Trustees, UIC presented a new information series before board meetings called Pecha Kucha, to highlight campus accomplishments. The presentations, based on a Japanese practice that means “chit-chat,” features speakers who use large-projection photo images to illustrate their topic with short discussions.

Orbert Davis on trumpet with Danny Lopatka on bassOrbert Davis (pictured playing the trumpet), associate professor of performing arts and director of jazz studies, performed with student Danny Lopatka on bass (pictured) and performing arts instructor Ernie Adams on drums.

Other presenters at UIC’s reception were Dwight A. McBride, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology and executive director of CeaseFire; Kenneth Vasser, student co-founder of BRO (Brothers Reaching Out); Timothy McDonald, professor of anesthesiology and chief safety and risk officer for health affairs; Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology and executive director of CeaseFire; Kenneth Vasser, student co-founder of BRO (Brothers Reaching Out); Timothy McDonald, professor of anesthesiology and chief safety and risk officer for health affairs; Veronica Arreola, director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE);Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology and executive director of CeaseFire; Kenneth Vasser, student co-founder of BRO (Brothers Reaching Out); Timothy McDonald, professor of anesthesiology and chief safety and risk officer for health affairs; Veronica Arreola, director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); Indru Punwani, professor and head of pediatric dentistry; and alumna Kay Schwichtenberg.

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Athletic Director Schmidt, Chancellor Allen-Meares, Alderman Fioretti and Sparky D. DragonGo Flames!

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Athletic Director Jim Schmidt (left), along with Sparky D. Dragon, welcomed 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti to a recent Men's Basketball game. UIC spans several Chicago Wards including the 2nd Ward.

UIC Spirit Week 2010

I add my support to the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Student Alumni League as they make the final preparations for Spirit Week 2010 at UIC. I can't think of a better way for the campus community to bring a little warmth and sunshine into Chicago's cold winter season than a series of events that bring us together. This year, Spirit Week takes place beginning February 1, and throughout that week there will be various events that will surely capture your imagination and interest. I urge you to visit the Alumni Association's Spirit Week calendar and enjoy the week.

Paula Allen-Meares
Chancellor