7th February 2011
Rasenick Named Fellow of AAAS
Mark Rasenick, Ph.D., founding director of the neuroscience program in the College of Medicine, was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Links to story: http://bit.ly/fZG5M1;
Winer Receives Edith Sabshin Teaching Award
Jerome Winer, M.D., received the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award on January 14th at the 100th Anniversary meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association held in New York City. This award recognizes members of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) who have made outstanding contributions as educators of students who are not candidates in psychoanalytic institutes and, in particular, psychiatric residents. The late Dr. Edith Sabshin, in whose honor this award is named, was known for her abilities as a "natural" teacher, with a style and commitment to education to which others can aspire. Note: Dr. Edith Sabshin was the wife of Dr. Melvin Sabshin, former Head of the UIC Department of Psychiatry and then Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association.
Pavuluri and Passarotti on ABC TV
Research conducted by Mani Pavuluri, M.D., Ph.D. and Alessandra Passarotti, Ph.D. was featured on a "HealthBeat" segment by the local ABC affiliate Channel 7 on February 3rd. The story highlighted their use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify differences in childhood bipolar disorder and ADHD.
Davidson Quoted in State Journal-Register Op-Ed
Ronald Davidson, Ph.D. is quoted in an Op-Ed column by Mike Lawrence (formerly director of the SIU Paul Simon Institute and press secretary to Governor Edgar) in the online State Journal Register (January 30, 2011) regarding community mental health issues in Illinois. Story link: http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x517528073/Mike-Lawrence-State-must-keep-commitment-to-treat-mentally-ill.
Collection Drive for Expired Meds
This week (February 7-11) the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity is hosting an expired medication disposal drive in the College of Pharmacy. You can drop off expired medications (no controlled medications) for proper disposal at their table in the lobby of the College of Pharmacy (833 S. Wood Street) each day from 12:30-1:30.
Additional Physician Photo Dates
Additional dates are being offered for new physician photos for those who would like to update their professional “head shots.” Available dates and times are:
02/17 Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
03/15 Tuesday 8:30-9:30am
03/31 Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Library of Health Science, 1750 W. Polk St. Room B 30. Take the elevator down to the lower level and the studio is ahead to the left. Please confirm with UIC Photo Services via e-mail (
) or phone (312-413-7463).
* If these dates do not work, please contact UIC Photo Services to schedule another time.
Deb Rissing Sign-off Note to Readers
To my dear, faithful readers: Though I’ll still be working in the department until March 2nd, this is my last newsletter. I thank you for sharing your stories and achievements with me so the entire department can be better acquainted, and better connected. Thanks for your feedback; it’s a welcome assurance that you read the newsletter! Periodically over the past ten years, I have checked readership: 94-95% of you consistently opened the newsletter, and, I trust, read it. Thanks for that. It makes an editor happy.
Starting in May, my husband and I will take on an 18-month assignment as site coordinators and hosts for a mission in the Lake Titicaca region of southern Peru and western Bolivia. We’ll coordinate local and US volunteer teams working on projects involving medical, dental, and public health training and service; sustainable economic development initiatives; and building and strengthening community-based resources. Most of the indigenous Aymara and Quechua people of this region live on less than $2 a day. For more information, including photos, maps, and links, please visit www.misionfronteras.com.
With this edition of the newsletter, I am passing the torch, or keyboard, to Karen Patton, who brings abundant skills as a writer, and a keen editorial eye. Ms. Patton has years of experience producing an academic departmental newsletter. In the future, when you have a newsworthy item to share, please direct it to Karen Patton:
Best wishes, and adios, amigos! - Deb