Jamila R. Rashid

Jamila Rashid is the new executive director of the Urban Health Program.


Jamila Rashid was appointed executive director of the Urban Health Program. Rashid was associate director for research and policy and senior adviser to the deputy assistant secretary for minority health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.

Rashid received her master’s in public health and doctoral degree in philosophy with an emphasis on policy studies and analysis at UIC.


Salvador Nares, a practicing periodontist, was named associate professor and head of periodontics and director of periodontics research in the College of Dentistry.


Michael Glasser, associate dean for rural health and research professor of medical sociology at the College of Medicine at Rockford, was named the George T. and Mildred A. Mitchell endowed professor. The position, funded by the George T. and Mildred A. Mitchell memorial fund, is the first endowed professorship at the National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Rockford campus.


Marcio da Fonseca was named associate professor and head of the department of pediatric dentistry and director of oral health for special needs children.


The Society for the Study of Social Problems appointed Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies, and Pamela Quiroz, professor of educational policy studies and sociology, as co-editors for Social Problems.


Still Alice

“Still Alice,” a Lookingglass Theatre production, earned Christine Mary Dunford, School of Theatre and Music, a Jeff Award nomination.

Robert Johnston, associate professor of history and director of the teaching of history program, was named co-editor for The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, a publication of the Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.



Victoria Chou, former dean of the College of Education, received a Trailblazer in Education Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at its International Women’s Luncheon July 8 at the coalition’s 42nd annual international convention.


Joshua Padovano, a fourth-year DMD/Ph.D. candidate in dentistry, received a National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Individual National Research Service Award, known as an F30 Fellowship. The goal of Padovano’s research is to better understand the relationship between the biology of mineralized tissues and how they function mechanically.


Ana Bedran-Russo, associate professor of restorative dentistry, was elected president of the International Association for Dental Research Dental Materials Group for 2013-2014.


Kayci Bohlen, certified public purchasing buyer, and Vicki Clements, executive assistant to the university president, received the University Administration’s Distinguished Employee and Leadership Team Award.


David Scalzitti, Michael Doyle and Jean Ragalie received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences.

A board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, Scalzitti is an assistant professor of physical therapy and health care sciences at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Doyle is the founder of Eolas Technologies Inc., which brings to market bioinformatics technologies. He’s CEO of Eolas’s research and development subsidiary, Iomas Research LLC.

Ragalie, president of the National Dairy Council, is driving multiple initiatives focusing on nutrition and activity education in children, including the Fuel Up to Play 60 partnership with the NFL.


Blase Brown, clinical assistant professor of oral medicine and diagnostic sciences, received the 2013 Dr. Jon Daniel Teaching Award. The Daniel Award was established in 2010 in memory of a longtime faculty member to honor exceptional instructors.



Alexander Eisenschmidt, assistant professor of architecture, curated “City Works,” an exhibition on display through Sept. 29 at the Chicago Expo 72 gallery, 72 W. Randolph St. He collaborated with David Brown and Sarah Dunn, associate professors of architecture.



Christine Mary Dunford, director of the School of Theatre and Music, was nominated for a Jeff Award for her Lookingglass Theatre stage adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice, about a professor experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. The nomination is in the category of new adaptations.


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