UIC Names Researchers Of the Year

The Researcher of the Year Award recognizes UIC scientists who are advancing knowledge in their fields. The 2016 Distinguished Researcher Award honors four researchers with a record of outstanding achievement. The 2016 Rising Star Award honors five early-career researchers who show promise as future leaders.

This year’s honorees include:

ART, ARCHITECTURE & THE HUMANITIES

Jennifer Reeder, Distinguished Researcher

Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder: “My writing is my research, and it’s like simultaneously inventing and solving a puzzle.”

Alexander Eisenschmidt, Rising Star

Alexander Eisenschmidt

Alexander Eisenschmidt shares his research on Chicago’s development at exhibitions and conferences around the world.

 

BASIC LIFE SCIENCES

Richard van Breemen, Distinguished Researcher

Richard Van Breemen

Richard van Breemen: “I hope that my research in natural products will benefit public health.”

Douglas Thomas, Rising Star

Douglas Thomas

Douglas Thomas: “I’ve always been inquisitive in nature. I feel I’m making a small contribution to human health.”

 

CLINICAL SCIENCES

 Geri Donenberg, Distinguished Researcher

Geri Doneberg

Geri Donenberg: Behavior changes must “address the broader individual, interpersonal and structural determinants of health.”

 Andrew Boyd, Rising Star

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd studies the difficult transition between versions of the International Classification of Diseases.

 

NATURAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING

Lawrence Ein, Distinguished Researcher

Lawrence Ein

Lawrence Ein “has been one of the foremost algebraic geometers in the U.S. and worldwide for the past 30 years.”

Ying Liu, Rising Star

Ying Liu

Ying Liu: “I’m very positive, very optimistic, that engineers can make anything, as long as we listen and understand what it is we should make.”

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Shannon Zenk, Rising Star

Shannon Zenk

Shannon Zenk hopes her work inspires environment and policy approaches to improve people’s health.