• 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.


  • 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.