Monthly archives: April, 2016

Dr. Doubleday Honored For Teaching Excellence

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Dr. Alison Doubleday, Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has selected Dr. Alison Doubleday, Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, as the 2016 ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

According to a written statement provided by Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, President and CEO of ADEA, “each year, ADEA and the Colgate-Palmolive Co. recognize one dental educator who demonstrates exemplary standards and promotes excellence in dental education through scholarship and innovation.”

Dr. Doubleday was nominated by a UIC College of Dentistry committee consisting of Dean Clark Stanford; Dr. Richard Monahan, Head of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; peer faculty; and a student representative.

Dr. Doubleday was also required to provide a personal statement outlining her teaching philosophy, her personal educational development, and her plans for advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning.

“I am incredibly grateful to the nominating committee for their efforts, as I’m sure that I was selected as a result of their generous support,” Dr. Doubleday said.
The award brings a stipend of $2,500.

“I hope to use the funds to support learning for the biomedical sciences at the UIC College of Dentistry,” Dr. Doubleday said. “I intend to invest in resources that will help our students learn the biomedical foundations of dentistry and will allow them to review and apply the biomedical sciences to their clinical practice.”

Dr. Doubleday stressed her gratitude to ADEA and Colgate-Palmolive “for highlighting the important role that dental educators play in supporting and guiding dental students,” she said. “I believe I have a responsibility to my students to do everything I can to help them learn and to assist them along their path to academic and professional success. I take this responsibility very seriously.”

She also expressed her appreciation to her colleagues and the administration at the College, and to the students “for helping me remain curious about the world around me and for constantly inspiring me to try new things.”

Dr. Doubleday received her award at the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Denver in March.


Students Working To Eliminate Food Waste And Helping Local Nonprofit Groups

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UIC Food Recovery Network members Jullie Han (left) and Jenny Bueno pick up food from UIC Dining Services chef Maurice Hill​ to deliver to nonprofit groups.

A student organization is working hard to eliminate food waste by collecting and redistributing leftovers to nonprofit groups.

The UIC Food Recovery Network acts as a liaison between those who donate and nonprofit organizations that need the chapter’s support, said organizer Jullie Han. Members collect at least one donation a week to help those in need.

Student organizers took to the cause in 2014, fundraising and creating partnerships between UIC Dining Services and La Casa Norte and Pacific Garden Mission, two homeless shelters in the Chicago area.

“Other than being a nonprofit organization, there aren’t many requirements for who we donate to,” said Han, a junior in communication. “We try to get the healthy food and the donations need to be kept fresh or frozen until distribution.”

Coordinators of the UIC chapter said a major component of food waste is the miscalculation of a product’s expiration date.

“Just because the foods look ugly or the banana is getting brown, even though it’s still perfectly good inside, they would just throw it out,” Han said.

Food Recovery Network organizers have joined with the UIC College of Cycling to reduce their carbon footprint even further. Instead of driving donations, they attach wagons to the back of bicycles and cycle them to La Casa Norte during warm weather months.

The UIC Food Recovery Network attempts conservation in all aspects of their mission to reduce food waste. Student organizers plan to increase these efforts by continuing to work with UIC Dining Services and establishing partnerships with some restaurants near campus.

Volunteers are vital to their plans.

“I think the main thing we need is growth. If every day we had a different volunteer or a donation from a different restaurant to a different community, we’d get there,” said Jenny Bueno, senior in Earth and environmental science.

Students interested in volunteering can email Han at hhan32@uic.edu 

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Statin Use Varies Widely among Hispanics At Risk for Heart Disease

pills graphicAdults of different Hispanic/Latino backgrounds in the U.S. who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease vary significantly in their use of widely-prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins even though the drugs could reduce their chance of heart attack or stroke, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The disparities, said lead author Dima Mazen Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy, are due to differences in health insurance.

“Efforts to increase the use of statins, particularly targeting individuals that have already suffered a heart attack or stroke, should include expanding health insurance for all Hispanic/Latino adults that currently lack coverage, regardless of their heritage,” Qato said.

Heart disease is the number-one killer for all Americans, with stroke being the fifth leading cause of death. Cardiovascular disease is increasingly common in the growing and aging U.S. Hispanic/Latino population because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Statins and aspirin are two of the most prevalent treatment and preventive options.

Investigators discovered statin use was highest among high-risk adults of Puerto Rican descent (33 percent), followed by those of Dominican heritage at 28 percent. The lowest usage was found among those with a Central American background, at 22 percent.

The study is one of the first of its kind to compare the difference in statin and aspirin usage among diverse Hispanic/Latino populations in the U.S.

Results were from 4,139 patients living in the Bronx, New York; Chicago; Miami; and San Diego between 2008 and 2011. Their average age was 52, and about half were women. All were at high risk for heart disease, having already had a heart attack, stroke or diabetes.

Participants underwent a medical examination prior to enrollment and were required to complete a questionnaire about medication use and heart disease history.

According to Qato, one-fourth of Hispanic/Latino adults at high risk took statins and fewer than half (44 percent) took aspirin. Seventeen percent took both. The use of aspirin, which is available without a prescription, was comparable among all Hispanic/Latino groups.

“Efforts to improve statin prescribing in patients likely to benefit are particularly important in patients with a history of heart disease,” Qato said. “Healthcare providers and policy makers should be aware of the role of insurance in the underuse of preventative cardiovascular medications in specific Hispanic/Latino populations.”

Co-authors of the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, are Todd Lee, Jocelyn Wilder, Donghong Wu and Dr. Martha Daviglus of UIC; Ramon Durazo-Arvizu of Loyola University Chicago; Samantha Reina of the University of Miami; Jianwen Cai and Franklyn Gonzalez of the University of North Carolina; Dr. Gregory Talavera of San Diego State University; and Dr. Robert Ostfeld of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos was a collaborative study supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), the University of Miami (N01-HC65234), the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01-HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), UIC (HHSN268201300003I) and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237).

The following Institutes/Centers/Offices contribute to the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos through a transfer of funds to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease; the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; and the NIH Institution-Office of Dietary Supplements.

By:  Same Hostettler
samhos@uic.edu


Dentistry Students Score Big With ACP Awards

Out of 129 presentations at the recent American College of Prosthodontists Annual Session in Orlando, FL, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry representatives took three of the six awards.

In the table clinic competition, third-year prosthodontic resident Dr. Craig Sikora took first place. The title of his project is “Wear and Corrosion at the Titanium-Zirconia Implant Abutment Interface.”

“My project garnered a great deal of attention because it ushers in a new school of thought towards abutment materials,” Dr. Sikora said. “We used an innovative way of testing materials, which incorporates electrochemical effects into the equation. The results challenge the current opinions and shed light on the importance of corrosion in implant dentistry.”

In the future, Dr. Sikora hopes “to be able to work in private practice while maintaining a role in dental education,” he said. “In particular, I have gained a great deal from my mentors in the Prosthodontics Department, so I would like to be able to give back to the field in a similar way.”

He thanked his mentors and research team in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Maria Alfaro-Coto, Assistant Director of Digital Oral Health Science and Technology; Dr. Aristotelis Marinis, Clinical Assistant Professor; Dr. Mathew T. Mathew, Visiting Associate Professor; Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professor.

D-4 Jeri McCombs finished second in the dental student poster section for her project, “Utilizing Digital Workflow to Restore Single Tooth Implants in a Pre-Doctoral Setting.”

The poster was based on the case of the first implant restored with CAD-CAM technology in a predoctoral clinic in the College.

“Along with the Prosthodontics faculty, we’re aiming to create a digital workflow on how to restore single tooth implants with CAD-CAM technology, blending together the implant program’s curriculum with the digital dentistry program,” McCombs said, noting she hopes to create “a streamlined layout for future students to use for a new, more time-efficient, esthetic way to restore implants.”

She will attend the General Practice Residency program at Advocate Illinois Masonic after graduation.

McCombs thanked the faculty who mentored her on the project, particularly Dr. Alfaro-Coto; Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Sukotjo; Dr. Yuan.

Uvoh Onoriobe, DMDAS-2, finished third in the dental student poster section for his project. “Assessing the Impact of Limiting Adult Dental Medicaid Benefits on Prosthodontic Procedures Completed at the UIC College of Dentistry Predoctoral Clinic.”

“Results from this research will help policy makers in decision making on health coverage for the citizenry,” Onoriobe said. “Specifically, the decision to eliminate health coverage should be based on the possible effects on the vulnerable population.”

Onoriobe plans on training in Advanced Prosthodontics. “My long-term plans are to influence the policy and practice of restorative dentistry on national and global levels through research activities and outreach programs,” he said.

He thanked his mentors from the Department of Restorative Dentistry Dr. Afshari; Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head; Dr. Sukotjo; and Dr. Yuan; and Dr. Linda Kaste, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry; and Dr. Susan Rowan, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

“This all occurs because of a caring faculty that provides the critical mentorship that makes a difference, as well as the vision we share to transform dental education and practice,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Department of Restorative Dentistry.


“State of the University of Illinois at Chicago” Address Delivered by Chancellor Michael Amiridis

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Chancellor Michael Amiridis delivering the State of the University of Illinois at Chicago Address on March 30th. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin

Chancellor Michael Amiridis highlighted UIC’s accomplishments, discussed its challenges and outlined his vision for creating a stronger university during his State of the University of Illinois at Chicago address March 30 in front of a crowd of about 600 people at the UIC Forum.

“We have much to be proud of, much to be daunted by, but even more to be excited about,” Amiridis said. “This is a great institution and I’m confident that we are on the road to become the model urban public research university for the 21st century.”

During his first year as UIC chancellor, Amiridis has met with thousands of students, faculty and staff members to hear their suggestions for enhancing the campus.

“After listening to and speaking with so many of you in and around our university, I have no doubt in my mind that collectively we have the foundation needed and the will to build this model university,” he said.

Amiridis emphasized campus accomplishments over the past year, such as recruiting two strong leaders: Robert Barish, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Susan Poser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“In a very short period of time, both have made their presence known and I’m hearing from you that their impact is already visible,” he said.

Despite the state budget crisis, UIC enrollment continued to climb this year to a record 29,000 students.

“This number speaks volumes of the quality of our undergraduate, graduate and research programs,” he said. “Our recruiting efforts have been improving constantly as we expand beyond Chicago and beyond the state of Illinois.

“We need the diversity of perspective— and let’s be honest we also need the financial support — that out-of-state students bring to our campus and we can attract them to UIC and Chicago without compromising our mission of serving our primary constituency, which is the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.”

Other highlights of the past year include:

  • Establishing the Center for Teaching and Learning, which promotes new pedagogical methods
  • Creating new programs under the direction of the Center for Student Success Initiatives that improve summer session accessibility, reform the first-year math program, create a new block schedule and more
  • Beginning new campus traditions with the inaugural December Commencement ceremony and Flames Homecoming week in the spring
  • Renewing UIC’s partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago and expanding scholarship opportunities
  • Launching UIC ENGAGE, which sends UIC student volunteers to schools and community faith centers on the city’s West Side to provide tutoring and mentoring
  • Establishing stronger partnerships with the City of Chicago

Despite fiscal challenges because of the state budget impasse, the university decided to keep in-state undergraduate tuition flat for the second year in a row, Amiridis said.

“We understand the difficulties faced by many of our students and their families in the current state environment,” he said. “In the spirit of openness and transparency, starting this spring we will engage student and faculty representatives in the budgeting process for the university, so future decisions regarding new revenue streams and fund allocation are clearly understood and supported by our community members.”

The state budget crisis continues to be a challenge for the university, Amiridis said.

“As I have told legislators repeatedly in the past few weeks, we are running out of time and we are now facing the consequences of reputational damage and significant opportunity costs,” he said. “If a compromise is not reached soon, operational damage will follow.

“UIC is in a strong position because of the collective efforts of our students, faculty and staff, but the absence of the state budget allocation is severely limiting our ability to move forward.”

Looking to the future, Amiridis said he plans to implement a broad faculty hiring program, which will include senior faculty hires and improve demographics.

“The budget impasse has not allowed us to move forward with these goals during the past year,” he said. “As soon as our financial situation becomes clear, we will move forward this year with such a hiring program.”

The budget impasse has also created challenges for the campus infrastructure, Amiridis said. The average campus building is 50 years old, and a decline in state funding for the past several years has caused a deferred maintenance backlog of about $800 million, he said. The campus is spending about $30 million each year on renovations and repairs.

“We have no choice but to change the financial options for funding capital facilities,” he said. “This does not mean that we will not continue to lobby vigorously in Springfield. But it also means that we should build what we can with our own funds and we should do everything we can to bring private funds to campus.”

The campus will move ahead with projects to build basic science labs in the College of Medicine, modernize some classrooms, complete the Mile Square building, improve the hospital’s aging infrastructure and construct a modular-designed Engineering lab building, he said.

Public-private partnerships will fund the construction of a new classroom and residence hall building on Halsted Street, as well as a new soccer stadium on South Campus.

Amiridis said he is optimistic about the future.

“We have a new leadership team in place that fully understands the potential of this university to set the standard for higher education in this century,” he said. “Our students are the faces of the future of this country and our highly accomplished faculty and staff are fully dedicated to the students’ success and to creating the knowledge that fuels our economy and our culture. This is a combination that will not only prevail, but will triumph in the end.”

A video of this event can be viewed here.

By: Christy Levy
Christyb@uic.edu


32nd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 8-21

Latino Film FestivalThe 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 8-21 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street.

A preview of the movies being showcased can be found here.

Movie show times and dates will be posted on the website.

ABOUT THE ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Latino Music Festival, which will celebrate its 11th anniversary in the fall; Film in the Parks, now in its 11th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 7th year; and many others.

All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to close to 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.