Awards, grants, presentations
Awards and honors
Eric Swirsky, clinical assistant professor of biomedical and health information sciences, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. This independent accrediting organization exists to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality accreditation standards for health informatics and health information management education programs.
Disability and human development student Caitlin Crabb was selected for a 2016 Summer Fellowship in Disability Policy Research at the Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy.
Second-year biomedical visualization student Carrie Shaw was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition, which attracted more than 17,000 applicants. Carrie’s research involves the creation of a virtual environment to provide those involved in elder care with the experience of age-related changes to vision, hearing, mobility and motor control.
Fatemeh Afshari, clinical associate professor of restorative dentistry, won the 2016 Claude Baker Faculty Award from the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. The Baker Award recognizes exceptional dental school junior faculty members in predoctoral fixed prosthodontics teaching.
Debra Thomas, a 2008 UIC graduate from the master of education in special education program, was awarded a Golden Apple teaching award at the high school level.
The Knowledge is Power project at the American University of Beirut has awarded Nadine Naber, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and Asian American studies, with a $10,000 grant for her project,”Sectarianism and National Emergencies: Barriers or Facilitators for Women, Sexual Minorities, and Transgender People?”
Naber’s project is an ethnographic study about whether and to what extent moments of intensified sectarianism and nationalism in Lebanon, including military invasions and civil conflicts, have opened up opportunities for creative political reconfigurations by marginalized people, including sexual minorities in Lebanon.
The KIP project grant, which is funded by the U.S. State Department, supports research that examines issues related to gender and sexuality with the aim of positively contributing to the empowerment of women and other marginalized groups.
Ijeoma Agu, a third-year medical student at the College of Medicine’s Rockford campus, was chosen to present her research at the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress in Rome, Italy. She presented her research, ”Sickle Cell Patients Experience Delay in Analgesic Administration with Respect to National Guidelines Despite Severity of Presentation,” with. Joseph Colla, assistant professor and fellowship director in emergency medicine.
Yuheng Hu, assistant professor of information and decision sciences, organized and chaired the 1st international workshop of Event Analytics using Social Media at The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The workshop brought together researchers in areas related to the problem of detecting, analyzing, modeling, understanding and predicting events using social media feeds.
Professor of occupational therapy Joy Hammel has been named one of the top featured speakers at the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research, beginning Oct. 30 in Chicago.