Campus News: Woman of the Year

Mary Ashley

Mary Ashley, professor of biological sciences, is the 2013 Woman of the Year. Nominations are due next week for this year’s award. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin

Woman of the Year

Nominations will be accepted through July 1 for UIC’s Woman of the Year Award.

The award is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. Nominations should include a CV or résumé and at least three supporting letters describing the nominee’s service to UIC women as part of her job. Send nominations by email to


Looking for a lunch spot?

Employees who have parking assignments can park for free on South Campus during the lunchtime hours.

Employees can use their valid UIC standard parking assignment to park for free at the Maxwell Street Parking garage for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Nominate outstanding staff

Nominations are due this month for the Janice Watkins Award for Distinguished Civil Service, the Award of Merit and the Inspire Award. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony Nov. 4

The Watkins Award is presented each year to one or more support staff employees. Nominations are due June 27 for the award, established in memory of Janice Watkins, president of the Staff Advisory Council, who died in 1974.

The Award of Merit recognizes excellence in work performance and leadership for up to 30 academic professional and support staff employees. To be eligible for the $2,500 award, employees must be at least 50 percent time and have worked at UIC for at least three years. Nominations are due June 28.

All UIC employees are eligible to receive the Inspire Award, which recognizes long-term, consistent and outstanding service to the university. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the award recognizes eight employees. Nominations are due June 27 to


Support for researchers

Investigators can apply for support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research’s Bridge Funding program.

The program provides short-term financial support to sustain research programs and laboratories during funding gaps. The awards are given to investigators with established projects that have a high probability of continued support from extramural sources.


Run for a good cause

Sign up to run the Chicago Marathon and raise money for diabetes research with UIC’s Cellmates on the Run team.

The team, organized by José Oberholzer, chief of transplantation surgery, raises money for the Chicago Diabetes Project. Last year’s marathon team raised about $200,000 for diabetes research.

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a 26.2-mile race through 26 Chicago neighborhoods, is scheduled for Oct. 12.


What’s the latest WoRD?

The WoRD (Women’s Reading and Discussion) book club meets July 23 to discuss its latest selection, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS, by Elizabeth Pisani.

The group, which is open to all employees and students, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in 507 Disability, Health and Social Policy building, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.

The book is available for purchase at a 20 percent discount at the UIC Bookstores or can be checked out of the UIC Library.

The book club was started by members of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women and meetings are approved as official events for employee participation. For more information, contact Kris Zimmermann at

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