BIRCWH News

  • BIRCWH Scholar Kristine Molina’s co-authored manuscript, “Health Issues in Hispanic/Latino Youth,” was recently published by the Journal of Latina/o Psychology. Click here to access the manuscript.
  • BIRCWH Mentor, Geri Donenberg, PhD, Professor in Medicine and Public Health, was announced as a 2015 Distinguished Researcher of the Year in the Clinical Sciences by UIC’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The award recognizes the efforts and commitment of individuals who are advancing knowledge in their area of research and scholarship. Dr. Donenberg received the award due to her innovative HIV-related intervention and prevention programs for adolescents both nationally and internationally, and for her commitment to underserved and underrepresented populations. Congratulations!
  • Former Scholar, Michelle Kominiarek, welcomed a baby boy, Luke Wilmer Hollinger, on January 12 at 7:57am. Although Luke was a little ahead of schedule, he weighed in at 8lbs 7oz.  Luke and the entire family are doing well. Congratulations!
  • 9/4/09 - Alan Schwartz, medical education 976 CME, 996-2070, alansz@uic.edu Teaching Excellence Award 2009BIRCWH Mentor and Advisory Board member, Alan Schwartz, PhD, recently published a book on how physicians frequently prescribe the wrong treatment for their patients by not paying attention to important clues during medical visits. The book, Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care, was written with Dr. Saul J. Weiner, MD, and published by Oxford University Press. For additional information, see the book overview and description here.
  • BIRCWH Scholar, Kristine Molina, was selected as one the 2015 Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) Rising Stars. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions. Congrats Kristine!

 

 

  • The UIC BIRCWH program is pleased to announce the acceptance of two new BIRCWH Scholars and a Cancer Center Associate. Drs. Aerika Brittian, Laura Sanchez, and Yamile Molina will be joining the BIRCWH program starting January 1, 2016.  Go to the Current Scholars page to see detailed bios on these new scholars. Welcome to BIRCWH, Aerika, Laura, and Yamile!
  • BIRCWH Scholar Kristine Molina’s manuscript was recently published by Annals of Behavioral Medicine: Molina, K.M., Jackson, B., & Rivera-Olmedo, N. (2015). Discrimination, racial/ethnic identity, and substance use among Latina/os: Are they gendered? Annals of Behavioral Medicine. [Published online ahead of print]. Access the article here!
  • Nuria FIGO 2015BIRCWH Scholar, Nuriya Robinson, presented the work she conducted with Stacie Geller on intrauterine device access in Ghana at the 2015 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) World Conference in Vancouver.  The title of her presentation was “Progress in Increasing Awareness and Availability of the Intrauterine Device in Bonsaaso, Ghana”. See a photo of Nuriya presenting to the right.
  • Former BIRCWH Scholar Kirstie Danielson’s article “Enumerating b-Cells in Whole Human Islets: Sex Differences and Associations With Clinical Outcomes After Islet Transplantation” has been accepted for publication in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care journal. See the article ahead of print at the journal’s website.
  • Former BIRCWH Scholar, Bethany Everett, and current BIRCWH Scholar, Faith Fletcher, were recent recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Awards (8/1/15-7/31/17). The purpose of the Health Disparities Research LRP award is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on minority health and/or other health disparity issues. For more information about LRP awards, go to the LRP website.
  • BIRCWH Scholar, Sadia Haider, was also a recent recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award (8/1/15-7/31/17). The purpose of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals as contraception and/or infertility investigators. For more information about LRP awards, go to the LRP website.
  • Congratulations to BIRCWH Scholar Nuriya Robinson who got married on July 25, 2015 in Memphis, TN.  UIC BIRCWH Principal Investigator, Stacie Geller, and fellow BIRCWH Scholar, Sadia Haider, were also able to join the wedding festivities.

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  • BIRCWH Scholar Faith Fletcher has been invited to serve on the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF) (2015-2016).  A goal of the task force is to revise the current APHA ethics code to align with new and emerging public health ethical challenges.
  • BIRCWH Scholar Faith Fletcher was a recent recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Renewal Award (8/01/2015-7/01/2017).
  • BIRCWH Scholar Faith Fletcher was also invited to be a guest speaker on women, HIV, and ethics at Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences Spring 2016 Brown Bag Series.

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  • Congratulations for former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford who got married (see above picture) on July 18th, 2015.
  • Congratulations to former BIRCWH scholar Bethany Everett (see below picture) who got married on July 11th, 2015.

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  • BIRCWH scholar Kristine Molina is the 2015 recipient of the Award for Excellence by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network. The award is presented to a new investigator for outstanding research and/or publication in the field of Hispanic drug abuse.
  • Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford won the Best Midwifery Teaching award from the American College of Nurse Midwives (nominated from UIC students). Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to BIRCWH associate Judy Schlaeger who won the Best Research Oral Presentation of the Year award from the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • BIRCWH scholar Nuriya Robinson’s abstract “Progress in increasing awareness and availability of the Intrauterine Device in Bonsaaso, Ghana” has been accepted as an oral presentation at FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) 2015 World Congress which will be held in Vancouver, BC in October 2015.
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher has been invited to guest lecture for Justice and Global Medicine Course through the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL June 22. The title of her presentation is “Ethical Issues Related to Women Living with HIV/AIDS”
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher has been invited to present in the RACE Affinity group for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 2015 Annual Meeting in October. Title of the presentation is “Perceptions of Barriers and Benefits to Adolescent Participation in Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinical Trials among African American Women and Their Adolescent Daughters: For Our Daughters Study”
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher has also been invited to present in the RACE Affinity group for the American Society for Bioethics and Co-Presenter for paper entitled “Identity Complexities: Unpacking Concordance in the Medical Workforce” for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 2015 Annual Meeting in October.
  • BIRCWH associate Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, MS, RD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine has been selector for the Dannon Institute’s 2015 Academic Early Career Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute, supported by the Dannon Corporation, is a “boot camp” that will be held June 11-16, 2015 in Queenstown, MD. Only 20 participants are selected annually from an international pool of applicants. The program is designed to equip outstanding nutritional scientists at an early stage in their career with the leadership skills and broad perspective necessary to achieve their personal potential.
  • Congratulations to former BIRCWH scholar Michelle Kominiarek who won the Departmental (Obstetrics & Gynecology) Rising Star award at UIC’s College of Medicine 2015 Faculty Awards ceremony.
  • BIRCWH scholar Kristine Molina was selected as a Scholar for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s one-week Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI), focused on increasing the number of minority investigators engaged in health disparities/health equity research and funded through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
  • BIRCWH scholar Kristine Molina was also selected as a Scholar for the University of California-San Francisco’s two-week Summer Institute on Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) Program as part of the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), a national research and training initiative funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
  • Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s SAFE study was featured in a Nature article about sexual harassment and assault in the science and Julienne gives the closing quote. Updates on the SAFE study can be found searching #safe13 on Twitter.
  • The UIC BIRCWH program, in partnership with the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender /National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and other local groups, sponsors the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance understanding of new developments in women’s health.  Please click here for more information!
  • The President of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) sent an email to their entire membership about the sexual harassment initiatives that were inspired by the SAFE study written by former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford and colleagues:

Here is an excerpt from the email:

“…SAA initiated three actions. First, The Board of Directors directed the Ethics Committee to consider sexual harassment of all kinds in the current revisions to the SAA ethics principles. This review is underway. Second, the Board of Directors passed a motion requiring organizations sponsoring SAA fieldschool scholarships to have written policies and procedures relating the sexual harassment. All such scholarships now have these stipulations. Third, as a sponsoring organization, SAA requested that the Register of Professional Archaeologists issue a statement regarding a RPA’s obligations with regards to eliminating sexual harassment in archaeological settings. I am pleased to announce that the Register has completed its statement, which is included below. The President and Board will keep you posted as the Ethics Committee works on this, and other matters come to fruition later this year.”

  • BIRCWH associate Terry Moore was named Teacher of the Semester by the College of Pharmacy PharmD Class of 2018.
  • Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s Cusp Conference presentation about the placenta and developmental origins of adult health is available to watch at the above link.
  • BIRCWH associate Terry Moore, Geof Greene (U of C), and Jonna Frasor (UIC COM) were awarded a Catalyst grant from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for their proposal, “A Photoaffinity-based Protein Profiling Approach to Discover Estrogen Receptor/Coactivator Inhibitors.”
  • BIRCWH associate Kristine Molina received a 2014-2015 UIC Office for Social Science Research Seed Grant for her project, “Discrimination, Psychological Mechanisms, and Obesity among Latinos: Testing a Risk and Resilience Model.”
  • Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s SAFE study was ranked #38 in Altmetric’s Top 100 list of papers that received the most online attention.  It is the only paper from UIC in the list, and 1 of 3 in the entire University of Illinois system.
  • BIRCWH associate Laura Hirshfield was chosen as the 2016 Chicago Area Study Faculty Investigator for her research proposal “Does Cultural Competence Really Impact Minority Patient Satisfaction and Care?”  The Chicago Area Study (CAS) is a biennial study that collects social science data on issues of importance to the Chicago metropolitan area funded by various UIC departments and programs while providing hands-on training in survey methods to UIC graduate students.
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher has a new grant that has been funded–

Principal Investigator: Faith Fletcher, PhD, MA; Co- Investigator: Alicia Matthews, PhD

Targeted Smoking Cessation Intervention for Women Living with HIV/AIDS

Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) and Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher was honored at the Faculty Awards Reception on October 22nd and recognized by the School of Public Health for the following external awards: Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Award and Fellow, and Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Fellow.
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher has received a full scholarship to attend Institute for Health Care Improvement Conference on Quality Improvement in Health Care which is occurring December 7-10 in Orlando, Florida.
  • BIRCWH scholar Faith Fletcher had a manuscript (co-author) published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs: “A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Barriers to Postpartum Retention in Care among Low-Income, HIV-Infected Women”.
  • BIRCWH associate Laura Hirshfield’s paper “’She’s not good with crying’: the effects of gender expectations on graduate students’ assessment of their principal investigators” was published in the most recent issue of Gender and Education. Copies available upon request.
  • BIRCWH associate Kristine Molina received a Foundation for Child Development grant entitled “The effects of discrimination on social, academic, and mental health outcomes of Puerto Rican children: An inter-generational and multi-wave study”.
  • Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford will be presenting this week at the annual Cusp Conference, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The theme of the conference is “The Design of Everything” and she will be discussing the womb to womb nature of development and health.