Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program at UIC


For more information about UIC BIRCWH events and seminars, contact Abby Koch by phone at 312-413-7817 or by email.

BIRCWH Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Information about upcoming seminars will be available soon.

Archived Seminars

“Why are John and David More Likely to Become Department Head than Joan or Jamal?”
Molly Carnes, MD, MS
Professor in the Department of Medicine (Geriatrics), Psychiatry, and Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, Moss Auditorium.

The overall goal of Dr. Carnes research is to develop, implement, and study interventions that ensure the opportunity for participation and advancement of talented individuals from groups that have been underrepresented in academic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) ─ particularly at the leadership levels.

“Social Determinants of Mental Health Disparities among Sexual Minority Women”
Tonda Hughes, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Interim Executive Director of the Global Health Leadership Office, UIC College of Nursing & Adjunct Professor, UIC School of Public Health

Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, Conference Room 5175.

Dr. Hughes is an internationally recognized researcher with nearly 25 years of funded research on women's mental health and substance use.


“Work/Life Balance Seminar” (Flyer)
Susan R. Johnson, M.D., M.S.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Iowa

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, First Floor.

This session presented core principles for managing the responsibilities of your career with those of your personal life, focusing on:

  • Specific strategies for organizing time and work
  • Best uses for the calendar
  • Best practices for keeping lists
  • Managing email
  • Planning the day and the week
  • Planning methods to keep focused on high priority work

A closed workshop for BIRCWH scholars, mentors and affiliates followed the general session. This workshop focused on making decisions about which work is "Important and Urgent" and setting boundaries (how to choose the right work and saying no), delegation and outsourcing, and a more in-depth discussion of completing high priority works. A copy of Susan Johnson's presentation from the closed session is available for download here.

"Improving Maternal Health Across the Globe--The Case for Misoprostol Translating Research into Policy and Practice" (Flyer)

Dr. Stacie Geller
2012 UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year in Clinical Sciences
G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender
Director, Center of Excellence in Women's Health

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, Room 5175
909 S. Wolcott

UIC BIRCWH Program Women's Health Research Day Seminar 2012. (Flyer)

"Research on Sex/Gender Differences: Lessons from Drug Abuse Research" (PPT)
Cora Lee Wetherington, PhD, Women and Sex/Gender Differences in Research Coordinator, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, First Floor

Dr. Wetherington's talk highlighted research findings on male-female differences in drug abuse across a range of topics including epidemiology, animal model research, vulnerability factors, brain imaging, prevention and treatment. These findings served to highlight the importance of taking a sex/gender-based approach to drug abuse research and the scientific pitfalls of failing to do so.

BIRCWH Women’s Health Research Day! (Flyer)

Scholar PanelScholars




To enter your research in the 2010 UIC Women’s Health Research Directory, use the submission form.

Date: April 14, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: College of Medicine Research Building
Speakers: BIRCWH Scholars and Dr. Carole Heilman, PhD, Director, DMID, NIAID

The Role of Mentoring in Career Development
Lunch and Panel Discussion with BIRCWH Scholars (PPT)

Infectious Diseases and Women’s Health: Impact Over The Lifespan
Lecture and Q&A by Dr. Carole Heilman, PhD, Director, DMID, NIAID (PPT) (Podcast)

As Director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Carole Heilman provides scientific direction, oversight, and management of all extramural research programs on infectious diseases, except AIDS, within the NIH. Most recently, Dr. Heilman has spearheaded the Institute's 2009 novel H1N1 influenza vaccine clinical trial effort. She has received numerous awards for scientific management and leadership, including two DHHS Secretary Awards for Distinguished Service for her efforts on pertussis vaccine and AIDS vaccine development. Dr. Heilman has a particular interest in women’s health.

Sex and Gender Seminar photoSex & Gender: Conceptual Confusions (Flyer) (PowerPoint)

Date: December 3rd
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: College of Medicine Research Building (COMRB) Room 3175
Speakers: Barbara Risman, PhD, Professor and Head of Sociology and Georgiann Davis, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Barbara J. Risman, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition (Yale, 1998), edited books, and over two dozen journal articles in venues including American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She has been editor of the journal, Contemporary Sociology, and is currently one of the editors of a book series, The Gender Lens, a feminist transformation project for the discipline of sociology. She is also the Executive Officer of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. Professor Risman has a current research project focusing on the development of gender and sexual identities among white and black middle-school children. Professor Risman is currently working on her new book about gender structure theory.

Georgiann Davis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently in the field collecting data for her dissertation which is an in-depth analysis of intersexuality, also referred to as disorders of sex development or "DSDs" for short. To date, Georgiann has completed over 32 in-depth interviews with intersexed individuals/those that identify as having a DSD, parents of children with intersex/DSD conditions, and medical professionals that are experts of intersex/DSD conditions from across the country. Focusing on understanding the linguistic shift from "intersexuality" to "disorders of sex development," Georgiann is committed to her research agenda that promises to tackle gender inequality, heteronormativity, and homophobia in unique ways.

Picture Cherly Kitt EventEnhancing Peer Review at the NIH

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: College of Nursing Auditorium
Presented by Dr. Cheryl Kitt is the Deputy Director of the Center for Scientific Review. In her scientific career in comparative neuroanatomy, Dr. Kitt has authored more than 150 research articles and book chapters for publications such as Science, Nature, Brain Research, and Neuroscience. She has delivered numerous lectures and presentations on neurodegenerative disorders, exploring the brain and NIH peer review for the public at regional and national universities, at the NIH, and on National Public Radio.
About the Center for Scientific Review: The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. CSR receives nearly 80,000 applications a year and recruits over 17,000 external experts to review them in its study sections. For nearly 60 years, this peer review system has enabled NIH to fund cutting-edge research. To keep scientific advances coming, CSR is initiating new efforts to streamline the peer review process that will affect all applicants.

An issue came up during Dr. Cheryl Kitt's presentation about New/Early Stage Investigator status and grants with Multiple PIs, specifically, whether it was beneficial to New/Early Stage Investigators to partner with more senior researchers as Principal Investigators. If a grant uses the Multiple Principal Investigator model, all PIs have to be New/Early Stage Investigators to be considered as an ESI submission. Researchers who have previously competed successfully as PI for a significant independent NIH research grant (e.g. R01) are excluded from consideration as a New Investigator, but may be named as Key Research Personnel in the application. You can read more FAQs about the New/Early Stage Investigator status here. For more information about Multiple Principal Investigators, please look here.

Strategies for Re-Submission of Federal Grant Proposals

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Location:School of Public Health, Room 932
Panlists include Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf, MD, ScD, DrPH, Dean, UIC School of Public Health; Dr. Robin Mermelstein, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy,Director, Center for Health Behavior Research, Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences; and Dr. Thomas Prohaska, PhD, Professor of Community Health Sciences, Co-director, Center for Research on Health and Aging

Creating Connections and Building a Foundation for International Research

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, Room 4175
Presented by: Dr. Stacie Geller, PhD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UIC College of Medicine & Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Dr. Donna Baptiste, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UIC College of Medicine.
This presentation explored strategies in conducting international research, provided guidelines on starting a research career with global health partners, discussed challenges in international research collaborations, and discussed ethical issues in international research.

Donna Baptiste's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader Required)

Avoiding Savior Syndrome in Academic/Community Partnerships for Research

Date: Friday, October 17, 2008
Time: 10:30-12:00
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott 5th floor, Room 5175

Presented by: Cynthia Barnes Boyd, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Great Cities Neighborhoods Initiative, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; Assistant Dean, Community Initiatives, UIC College of Nursing; & Director, UIC Health City Collaborative
This discussion considered behaviors and communication mishaps that arise from inequitable academic/community research partnerships. Using a case study approach, participants identified symptoms and outcomes of "savior syndrome," a phenomenon where well meaning individuals on both sides of the relationship fail to appreciate and utilize the expertise of partners. Participants examined the attributes of authentic community engagement for research and will identify potential barriers to productive relationships in community engaged research.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader Required)
Cynthia Barnes-Boyd's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader required)

Mentoring in Early Academic Careers

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott 5th floor, Room 5175

Presented by: Stevan Weine, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UIC College of Medicine & Director, International Center on Responses to Catastrophes, UIC
The special energy of mentoring comes from a concentrated interaction of the mentor's desire to transmit knowledge and the mentee's ambitions to become something. Mentoring requires care and discipline to maintain the relationship and to keep it vital and productive as the early career mentee's needs evolve.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader Required)

How, where, and when does gender make a difference in research?
Why gender doesn't mean WOMAN...

Date: Friday, May 30, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: University Hall, 601 S. Morgan, Room 950
Presented by:  Judith Kegan Gardiner, PhD, Director, Gender and Women's Studies Program & Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies, UIC; Elena Gutierrez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies, UIC; & Barbara J. Risman, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, UIC
This seminar covered: Gender as a stratification system, the inclusion of men in gender research, paying attention to gender, implications of gender for research, and intersectionalities in women's health.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader Required)
A Short History of Women's Studies at UIC (Adobe Reader Required)
Barbara Risman's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader Required)

Grantsmanship 101: How to Write an Effective Grant Application

Date: Tuesday May 13, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott 6th floor, Room 6175
Presented by:  William T. Beck, PhD, Professor and Department Head, Biopharmaceutical Sciences & Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, UIC College of Pharmacy
The seminar aimed to help scholars: learn how to craft a potentially successful application for federal or private funds, understand the basic elements of a grant application, and understand the peer review process.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader Required)
William Beck's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader Required)

Participating in Community Based Participatory Research

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor St., Room 932
Presented by: Barbara L. Dancy, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, UIC College of Nursing; Cynthia Barnes-Boyd (Cee) PhD, FAAN, Director, Neighborhoods Initiative, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs & Assistant Dean, Community Health, UIC College of Nursing; & Michele A. Kelley, Sc.D., M.S.W., M.A., Associate Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, UIC School of Public Health
The seminar covered: Locating community based participatory research in a translation research paradigm; Working with an interdisciplinary academic and community team; Balancing goals of social justice, community well-being, and first rate science; and, Developing a "community of practice" and other strategies for advancing community based participatory research.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader required)
Michelle Kelley's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader required)
Cynthia Barnes-Boyd's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader required)

Working with Vulnerable Populations

Presented by: JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN, Rush University College of Nursing & Julie Zerwic, PhD, RN, UIC College of Nursing
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Location: UIC College of Nursing, 3rd Floor Lounge
The presentation covered: the role of translational research in vulnerable populations, why particular populations are vulnerable in the context of health care, and issues and strategies that can be used in translating research to vulnerable populations.
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader Required)
Julie Zerwic's Powerpoint Slides (Adobe Reader required)
Article by JoEllen Wilbur and Colleagues on Recruitment to a Walking Program (Adobe Reader Required)
Article by JoEllen Wilbur and Colleagues on Neighborhood Environment and Adherence to Walking Program (Adobe Reader Required)

Bridging Scientific World Views: Translation from Cells to Society

Presented by: Dr. Joan Shaver, UIC College of Nursing & Dr. Karen Colley, UIC College of Medicine
Date: January 28, 2008
Location: UIC College of Nursing, 3rd Floor Lounge
This seminar presentation provided for dialogue on how health sciences disciplines differ in their world views and what it takes to create mutual appreciation in the interest of interdisciplinary scientific collaboration, and reveal inspiring examples of translating knowledge from basic bench science (cells) to clinical applications (society).
Printable Flyer (Adobe Reader required)

BIRCWH Mentor & Scholar Meetings

Monthly meetings for BIRCWH Mentors, Scholars, and Affiliates for the Fall 2013 semester are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of every month from 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) Conference Room (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 5th floor).

2014 BIRCWH Meeting Dates and Topics:

January 16th
Topic: Budget Ledger Reports

February 20th
Topic: NIH Progress Reports and Final Reports by Pauline Maki and Melissa Lamar. Download Melissa Lamar's PPT here

March 20th
Topic: Reviewing Bethany Everett's R21 submission

April 17th
Topic: Grant Review Study Sessions by Karen Colley

May 15th
Topic: A Review of Lisa Tussing-Humphreys’ R21 resubmission and a presentation by CCTS Bioinformatics Core on UIC Collaboratory and UIC EMR abstraction services


2013 BIRCWH Meeting Dates and Topics:

January 3
Topic: Letters of Recommendation.

February 7
Topic: Presentation by Abigail Goben on NIH's new enforcement initiative for the Public Access Policy and Review of Bethany Everett's grant application for the Chancellor's Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research. Download Abigail Goben's PPT presentation here.

March 7
Topic: Preparing a Well-Crafted CV.
Examples of CVs presented during the meeting are available for your reference below:
Handler CV
Hughes CV
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April 4
Topic: Negotiation.
PPT presentation from Bethay Everett available for download here.
Slate Negotiation Academy article, NY Times article "How to Attack the Gender Wage Gap? Speak Up," NY Times article "A Toolkit for Women Seeking a Raise," Margaret Neale negotiation podcast.

May 2
Topic: Review of Lisa Tussing-Humphrey’s K Application and Julienne Rutherford’s new R01 Application.

June 3: Additional Mentors & Scholars meeting
Topic: Scholar Abstract Review

June 6
Topic: Karen Colley (Dean of the Graduate College, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics) will talk about her career history followed by a discussion of 3rd year Promotion & Tenure Reviews.

July 11
Topic: The BIRCWH Experience from Two Former Scholars: Lessons Learned

August 8
Topic: Salary Negotiations.

September 12
Topic: A mock review of Bethany Everett's R03 proposal and practicing "elevator speeches".

October 10
Topic: Review of scholars' posters for the NIH BIRCWH meeting.

November 14
Topic:OVCR toolbox for Good Clinical Practices and IRB issues in research presented by Patricia Fischer, RN, CCRP (ppt)

December 12
Topic: Post-award issues by Stephanie Thompson, CRA

2012 BIRCWH Meeting Dates and Topics:

January 23
Writing a Budget for NIH Proposals.
(Budget Justification, Budget Template, Budget Worksheet, Percent Effort Sheet, Consortium template letter, Consultant template letter)

February 28
Using Endnote to Organize your References.

March 28
Preparing for BIRCWH Research Day presentations.

April 23
Review of Michelle Kominiarek's K23 Application and Julienne Rutherford's R01 Application.

May 21
Revisit of Michelle Kominiarek's K23 Application.

June 25
ORWH Strategic Plan & Cindy Veldhuis of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.

July 23
New Initiatives in the Grant Renewal

*Additional Scholars and Mentors Meeting- August 2
Special Session on Promotion & Tenure

August 27
Review of Leah and Thasarat's Campus Research Board Proposals

September 24
Review of Michelle Kominiarek's R21

October 8 - *Additional Meeting from 12:00- 1:30 PM
Additional BIRCWH Scholars and Mentors meeting to welcome new scholars, mentors and associates to the group and discuss creating career development plans.

October 17 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Review for November NIH Meeting: Leah (oral); Michelle, Julienne and Thasarat (poster)

December 5 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Presentation by Jacquelyn Jancius from OVCR about NIH's new financial conflict of interest policy followed by a review of Julienne's next R01 application.

2011 BIRCWH Meeting Dates and Topics:

January 24
"Elevator Talks"

February 28
CVs with Debbie Rissing
(Power Point Slides and CV Template)

March 28
Letters of Recommendation

April 25
Definitions of Independence

May 23

June 27

July 25

August 22

September 26
Review of Angela Black's ACS grant; Discussion about recent NIH study on Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards published in Science.

October 24
Review of Michelle Kominiarek's oral presentation and scholar posters for the Annual BIRCWH PI and Scholar Meeting.

November 28
Mock Review of Leah Rubin's K Application.

December 19
Mock Review of Thasarat Vajaranant's K Application.

2010 BIRCWH Meeting Dates and Topics:

January 25
Revising the NIH Biosketch and Facilities & Other Resources sections of the grant application

February 22
Dr. Colleen Corte's Grant Application

March 29
Illinois Women's Health Registry with Sarah Bristol-Gould, PhD, Coordinator (Registry paper)

April 26 (Room 250 in Ob/Gyn)
Corresponding with Editors for Journal Article Submission (Discussion Notes)
Dr. Hyunyoung Jeong's Grant Application

May 24
Mentoring in Partnership with CCTS Scholars Program

June 16 (2 - 3:30 pm)
Review Abstracts for NIH Meeting in November

July 26

August 23
Dr. Patricia Hershberger's Grant Application

September 20
Poster Presentation Review

October 25
Review Dr. Angela Black's oral presentation for APHA
General tips for effective PowerPoint presentations

November 22
Promotion and Tenure with Debbie Rissing and Eileen Martin
(PowerPoint slides).

Presentations from 2009 BIRCWH Meetings:

Research Budget with Sue Littau, College of Nursing
How to develop a budget (Higdon, 2004)

Using the Media with Sherri McGinnis, UIC Office of Public Affairs
Working with the UIC News Bureau Power Point

Promotion and Tenure with Gillian Coombs, Director of Faculty Affairs, College of Medicine
Resources: Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Process Power Point

BIRCWH Advisory Board Meetings

Date & Time: December 9, 2013, 10:00-11:30 AM

Location: COMRB, Room 5175

Topics: Program accomplishments in the 6th year of funding, program evaluation report, updates on current scholar's research and career developments, and future program directions

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Other UIC Events

Translational Research Seminar Series 2010-2011 Schedule
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Professional Development Workshop Series 2010-2011 Schedule
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science/Clinical Research Training Program

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