CRWG Staff Present at American Public Health Association Meeting

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In November 2015, four CRWG staff members presented at the American Public Health Association meeting, held in Chicago.

CRWG director Stacie Geller discussed health policy and practice recommendations based on her research on the distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana.

Three presentations focused on the CRWG’s longstanding collaboration to promote women’s health in rural, southernmost Illinois. CRWG research specialist Leslie Carnahan presented on the feasibility and acceptability of a community-led program to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. In addition, CRWG assistant director Kris Zimmermann presented a description of a church-based model to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. Additionally, Kris discussed the results of a research study to examine facilitators and barriers to physical activity in rural women.

CRWG research specialist Pam Roesch also presented an examination of neighborhood environment and flourishing in children.






Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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Yamile Molina, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Community Health Sciences and Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender will present at the UI Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar

 Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Room 461 IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road.

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CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois

In July 2015, CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois for the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health Annual Luncheon. Staff from the CRWG have been collaborating with the local health department and health and community organizations such as churches since 2007 to implement and research health promotion initiatives in the region. During the visit, CRWG staff shared preliminary research findings with more than 60  attendees and also recognized community partners. S7---2015-Annual-luncheon


Dr. Sebalda Leshabari from Tanzania visited the CRWG

DLeslie_Dr Leshabarir. Sebalda Leshabari, Dean of the College of Nursing at Muhimbili University of Health at Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania visited the Center for Research on Women and Gender in July 2015. Dr. Leshabari served as a co-investigator with Dr. Stacie Geller and Leslie Carnahan on a grant exploring maternal health needs in urban Tanzania.

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.


FREE SciGirl Training for STEM Educators – Saturday, September 12 WISE Community Outreach Program is offering a free SciGirls training for STEM Educators on Saturday, September 12th, to learn how to use best strategies to teach STEM to middle and high school girls.

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM
  • Experience hands-on STEM activities
  • Leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM
  • Learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven
  • Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids

To learn more, or to register, visit:


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. .