Category: News-CRWG

WISE Presents at Annual WEPAN Forum

Edyta Dudek, WISE Community Outreach Director, presented at the 2015 Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) Forum in Denver, Colorado in June. In their presentation, entitled “Lessons Learned from a Year of “Girls Who Code” in a University Setting,” Dudek and Arreola shared lessons learned from hosting a beginner-level “Girls Who Code” club for middle and high school students in a university setting. Participants explored computer games designed by the young girls and practiced programming using the Scratch language.

 


2015 Dan Dissertation Research Awards Announced

 

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2015 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The winners are Molly Murphy from the School of Public Health for her research entitled, “Abortion providers’ experiences with and management of stigmatization in freestanding and hospital-based clinics;” and Cindy Veldhuis from the Department of Psychology for her research entitled, “Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with preventive care use by women in Chicago .” An honorable mention was awarded to Megan LaFrombois from the Urban Planning and Policy Program for her research entitled, “Reframing the Reclaiming of Urban Space: A Feminist Exploration of Bicycle Focused Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Urbanism.” 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. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. To support the Dan Dissertation Award, visit our Support page.


WISE program receives WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award

In June 2015, our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was honored at the annual Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) national conference in Denver, CO. WISE received WEPAN’s Women in Engineering Program Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding Woman in Engineering Program that has a long-term impact on program recipients, and serves as a model for other institutions. WISE Director, Veronica Arreola, accepted the award on behalf of WISE.


Staff Member Kristine Zimmermann presented at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting

In April 2015, Kris Zimmermann presented a poster at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Kris’s research explored barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation in rural women. .


Staff Member Leslie Carnahan Presents Research at Academy Health Meeting

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On June 14, 2015, CRWG Research Associate Leslie Carnahan presented her research at AcademyHealth’s 32nd Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been the premier forum for health services research, where attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, and sharpen research methods. Leslie’s shared lessons learned, and policy and practice implications from a community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings.


Women’s Health Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Abstract and Poster winners!  Thank you everyone for your participation.

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Abstract Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Kiran Malhotra

Graduate Student:  Pooja Solanski

Poster Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Safia Farid for “Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Markers Following Islet Cell Transplantation in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes”

Graduate Student: Vida Henderson for “Understanding Factors Associated with Postpartum Visit Attendance and Contraception Choices”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Laura Laursen for “Perspectives on long acting reversible contraception in school based health centers”


2015 Dan Award Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: 2015 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award

The 14th Annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award encourages original and significant research about sex, gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. Award(s) will range from $500-$1,000.

To apply for the award, please submit:

  1. Cover Letter:
    • A cover letter addressed to the “Dan Award Review Committee.” The cover letter should include the title of the proposal, the applicant’s contact information (email, phone, and address), and the name of the applicant’s advisor. In addition, the cover letter should briefly address the following questions:
      • How has your academic training prepared you to accomplish the proposed research?
      • How will receiving the Dan Award, which typically ranges from $500 to $1000, award help you in your research?
  1. Award Application:
    • Award applications should be no more than 5 double-spaced pages. Please use 1-inch margins and a standard 12-point font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.)
    • Applications must include:
      • Summary of research (200 words or less)
      • Significance of research for women and/or gender
      • Research methods
      • Progress to date
      • Timetable for completion
      • Budget
      • Bibliography/References cited (reference list does not count towards the 5-page limit)
  1. Additional Supporting Materials:
  • Two letters of reference (one from dissertation advisor documenting approval of dissertation research). Reference letters may be sent separately.

Review criteria include: potential for contribution to research on women and/or gender, originality and significance to the major field, research methodology, academic preparation and ability to accomplish the work, feasibility of timetable for completion, feasibility of budget.

Complete applications should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu.

The submission deadline is Monday, June 1, 2015. Winners will be announced in July 2015.

For more information contact Kris Zimmermann at (312) 413-4251 or kzimme3@uic.edu. Visit the Dan Dissertation Award web page at http://crwg.uic.edu/crwg-home/dan-dissertation-award/ to view past awardees.


2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day Call for Abstracts

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) program and other local groups, sponsors our 2nd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Call for Abstracts (Abstract deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015): Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex differences research. For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/5481083. The top two abstracts will be invited to present 15-minute oral presentations. Cash prizes will be awarded for top abstracts and top posters.

Keynote Lecture: “Women Living with HIV,” featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH,Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS,University of California, San Francisco

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS Clinic (“Ward 86″) at San Francisco General Hospital. Past research efforts focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Currently, she is investigating low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi also leads multiple HIV education and mentorship programs at UCSF. She is the principal investigator of an R24 mentoring grant from the NIH focused on nurturing early career investigators of diversity in HIV research and the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Mentoring Program.

Registration: Advance registration required. Registration coming soon!

For more information, please contact Kris Zimmermann at kzimme3@uic.edu or 312.413.4251.


Former BIRCWH scholar Julienne Rutherford’s paper inspires Society of American Archaeology to implement sexual harassment initiatives

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.”


WISE Girls Who Code featured in UIC News

This past fall, our Women in Science and Engineering program began a chapter of Girls Who Code, a national organization with a mission to provide computer science education and exposure to girls. Our Girls Who Code program was recently featured in UIC News.  Read more at: http://news.uic.edu/girls-who-code