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SMaRT summer intern developing an iPhone App on Tribocorrosion Research

Andrew Hasse, an undergraduate student (computer science) from Northwestern University, was a 2016 SMaRT summer intern at the Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research lab and was mentored by Dr. M.T. Mathew, associate professor in the department of biomedical science at UICOM-R. He worked to develop an iPhone app on Tribocorrosion Research. The project was successful due to the valuable contributions from Dr. Divya Bijukumar and Dr. Dmitry Royhman, postdoc research associates, and Dr. Ramaswamy, professor and chair, department of biomedical sciences.

During the last ten years, there has been significant progress in the area of tribocorrosion research for biomedical implants, as it is one of the main causes of early failure and a dominating degradation mechanism. Tribocorrosion is characterized by synergistic interactions between mechanical and electrochemical degradation. Hip implants are at risk for tribocorrosion due to the constant motion of the hip and the presence of synovial fluid. As a result, the average life of a hip implant is 15 years with many failing earlier. Similar failures can be observed in dental implants, such as TMJ and dental implants. Even though tribocorrosion research is progressing in the orthopedic and dental community, there is little information available to clinicians, the biomedical industry, and the patient community about this critical phenomenon. As a result, many do not have a sufficient understanding of the tribocorrosion processes or even basic background information about what it is and how it affects the performance of biomedical implants.

Currently, smartphones are considered to be the most popular method of communication and an easy platform for spreading information. So the main goal of this project was to create an iPhone app that can provide clinicians (orthopedic and dental), patients, and implant manufacturers with basic knowledge in tribocorrosion focusing on orthopedic and dental implants.

The project also benefitted from the collaborative efforts with Ortho-Illinois at Rockford, the Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center at Chicago and UIC-College of Dentistry at Chicago. The project is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Community Foundation and DUCOM, Ltd.

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Information Technology Security Program

If you are a person covered by the newly-implemented UIC Information Technology Security Program, you are required to complete Security Awareness Training by September 30, 2016.

This training is expected to take less than an hour, and can be split across multiple sessions.

To start your training, please log in to https://uic.securingthehuman.org. Use your usual UIC NetID and password.

For more information about the UIC Information Technology Security Program, please visit http://policy.security.uic.edu.

UIC NetID and Password Changes

In October 2016, the University of Illinois at Chicago will be moving to a new unified password management system for your UIC NetID and Enterprise ID accounts as part of the University of Illinois Identity and Access Management (IAM) Project. The first phase of this project coming online at UIC in October is the One ID and Password phase (OIDPW) – Urbana and Springfield already went live with OIDPW last year.

A goal of the OIDPW phase of the project is for all University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff to have the same password for their campus NetID and Enterprise ID accounts, and to manage it from a single place, the IAM One ID and Password system. The benefits to this transition include one ID and password to access most major university systems, and increased security.

These are some of the new features and changes that will occur once UIC transitions:

  • New password management frontend
  • New tool to manage password recovery, and new password recovery options
  • Extending the maximum password length to 127 characters
  • Allowing passphrases for passwords exceeding 15 characters
  • New NetID activation frontend for admitted students and external affiliates
  • Integrating employee NetID creation with the UI New Hire process

Your experience in managing your NetID and Enterprise ID will change in a few ways:

  • Using a new IAM password manager as the single point to manage your password for both your NetID and Enterprise ID, which will always be synced
  • Setting up new password recovery options (text and phone options)
  • Reviewing/updating password recovery options with each password change
  • Using the same password for authentication across most university systems and services

No action is required at this time. Further details about the project will be shared as the implementation date approaches. 

 
 

Network: Towards Unity for Health

The annual meeting of the Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), a WHO affiliated organization, was held in Shenyang, China, July 25-29. The theme of the conference, which had over 360 participants, was ‘Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform’.  Hana Hinkle, MPH, presented the poster ‘The Native American Pathways Program: Supporting the Pipeline Trajectory by Responding to Tribal Community Needs’, authored by Jenna Vater, MA, and Hana Hinkle.  Dr. Michael Glasser participated as a member of the executive committee of Network: TUFH and convened a session entitled ‘Meet the Editors’ to discuss writing papers for publication in the journal Education for Health.

Required use of UIC email

Compliance with University policies related to information security requires all staff and faculty to use “uic.edu” email  to conduct University business.  That means emails related to University business must be sent from and received into a uic.edu email address.

If you have not activated your uic.edu email, you may do so using the following link:  https://accountportal.uic.edu/token/manage?dispatch=activate_panel.

To have your UIC email routed to a personal email account, use the following link:  http://accc.uic.edu/answer/how-do-i-update-my-uic-email-forwarding

See the full IT Security Program at the link below:
http://security.uic.edu/files/2014/10/20141007UIC_ITSecurityProgramFull.pdf

Online parking registration

Please remember to submit your parking registration for FY17 on the intranet at: https://web.rockford.uic.edu/departments/phyplant/parking/Default.cfm

Visitors and Campus Security

As our campus and programs continue to grow, we all need to be thoughtful about our space.  While many programs use common or shared spaces, some rooms and labs are designated to be used only by the specific program. This ensures the well being and security of our resources and materials.  Please respect these programs and their resources by refraining from entering or using rooms that you are not familiar with or do not have permission to be in. 

In addition, all visitors should enter through the main entrance (east/rear of building).  This allows them to be signed in and appropriately escorted to their destination. Please do not allow visitors into the building through other entrances. If you do open a door and allow a visitor in, please escort them to the reception desk at the main entrance.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 

UIC branding and logo - College of Medicine at Rockford

Attached is the approved logo for the College of Medicine at Rockford. Please begin using this on materials once existing supplies are depleted.  A campus-specific logo is expected next fiscal year. If you have questions about the logo or our brand standards or need a copy for your use, please contact Cynthia at cyhall1@uic.edu or Linda at lindav@uic.edu.

If you see something, say something

The University of Illinois Rockford is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors. The Behavioral Intervention Team (B.I.T.) was formed to help identify behaviors of concern and to offer help to those in need. For information, visit https://web.rockford.uic.edu/campus/bit/Default.cfm.

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Memorial dedication for Kathy A. Norman

Kathy Norman served as assistant dean of student and alumni affairs until her passing in 2008. On Thursday, July 28, Kathy’s family, friends and former students gathered on campus to dedicate a memorial established in her honor. Just outside of the campus’ South entrance, a tree, bench and plaque were installed in remembrance of the lasting impact Kathy made at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and on our faculty, staff and students.  Thank you to all who contributed to the fund in Kathy’s honor. It was because of your generous contributions that we were able to ensure her legacy lives on through this memorial on our campus. 

The memorial plaque reads:

In Memory of Kathy Ann Norman
July 25, 1964 – December 31, 2008
Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

We are forever grateful for Kathy’s wisdom, guidance and compassion as an inspirational leader and passionate student advocate. Her unforgettable laugh, cheerful personality and dedication to students’ success had a lasting impact at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

Bringing Docs to the Rock Campaign – Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Doctors

The arrival of our first-year medical students (M1s) is quickly approaching! In August 2017, we will officially welcome M1 students to the Rockford campus at the same time the College launches its updated inter-campus collaborative curriculum.  Preparations for these changes have already begun with the recruitment of new basic sciences faculty and staff and the renovation of campus spaces to create a new anatomy laboratory and a state-of-the-art team-based learning classroom.  Through this transformation, a bold new vision for medical education in Rockford is happening here!

The impact of this transformation for our campus, students and community will be significant. We need your support and advocacy as a member of our campus community.  Help us inspire the future of medicine in Rockford by making a gift today to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s M1 Expansion Fund.  Make a gift today!

Every gift, regardless of size, makes an impact. Thank you in advance for helping us achieve our bold new vision by improving the foundation of medical education in Rockford.  We appreciate your generosity and support.

On the Move - M1 Update
The Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center

Fitness Challenge winners

The winners for the July Fitness Challenge were Sarah Hays and Arianna Calkins.

 
 
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Human Resources

College of Medicine Employee Recognition Award Program

The College of Medicine at Rockford is pleased to announce a new employee recognition program to recognize outstanding work performance by both individuals and teams.  Distinguished Staff Awards (up to 5 recipients), a Dean’s Award, and a Team Award (up to 10 members) will be presented to those selected at our employee recognition dinner in November.  College of Medicine civil service and academic professional staff are eligible for the Distinguished Staff Awards.  Both faculty and staff are eligible for the team awards.  Nominators should submit a letter and nomination cover sheet outlining the nominee’s qualifications for the award based on the following suggested criteria categories:  Attitude, Commitment, Leadership, Job Performance and Teamwork.  These are only suggestions, not mandatory requirements; however, the nomination letter will be a major source of information for the selection committee’s decision.  Please do not use the nominee’s name, job title, or department in your narrative.  Nominations are due to Brett Ruiz by September 16, 2016.  In addition to an engraved remembrance, recipients of the Distinguished Staff Award will receive $250 each and the recipient of the Dean’s Staff Award will receive $500.  Each member of the team receiving the team award will receive a certificate and $50 gift card.  Full details along with the nomination forms are available in Human Resources or on the HR intranet page.

Title IX coordinator to be on campus

Danielle Earls is the new Title IX coordinator at the Chicago campus.  She has arranged to be at the Rockford campus on the following dates and will have office hours open for any student or employee who would like to meet with her to discuss any concerns related to Title IX. 

August 18, 2-5 p.m.

September 27, Time TBD

November 8, Time TBD

January 31, Time TBD

Satellite Human Resources

Human Resources has established a schedule of regular office hours at our clinic locations.  This is intended to provide employees with a convenient opportunity to meet directly with a staff member from HR.  Please check with your clinic manager for the specific room location at each clinic. 

Wednesday, September 7, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, September 19, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, October 17, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 2, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, November 21, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, December 19, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Anniversaries

ONE YEAR
Chester Dela Cruz, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Sangita Deveshwar, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Denise Nichols, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/gynecology, 8/16
Catherine Rogers, clinical instructor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16

TWO YEARS
Mir Alikhan, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Mona Clor, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16
Marconi Deladisma, clinical assistant professor, MSP administrative operations, College of Medicine, 8/16
Karen Gellada, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16
Rockton Hill, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16
Marc Ovadia, clinical assistant professor, department of pediatrics, 8/16
Christel Tecarro, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16

THREE YEARS
Ivan Aurelian, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Megan Fleischman, clinical assistant professor/clinical pharmacist, College of Pharmacy, clinical assistant professor (FHC), department of family and community medicine, clinical assistant professor, department of biomedical science, 8/16
Paul Munger, adjunct instructor, department of biomedical science, 8/16
Kim-Doan Nguyen, clinical assistant professor, department of pediatrics, 8/16
Eugene Vortia, clinical instructor, department of pediatrics, 8/16

FOUR YEARS
Pratik Parikh, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16

FIVE YEARS
Jeremy Ebersole, class coordinator, College of Pharmacy, 8/16
Marianne Miller, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, clinical assistant professor/clinical pharmacist, department of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacist, College of Pharmacy, 8/16
Karin Nitiss, research assistant professor, department of biomedical science, research assistant professor, department of biopharmaceutical sciences, 8/16

SIX YEARS
Geoffrey Tsaras, assistant professor of clinical medicine, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16

SEVEN YEARS
Michael Fumo, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16
Christopher Gibbs, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Robert Kohn, clinical assistant professor, department of radiology, 8/16
John Braddock Whitehurst, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16

EIGHT YEARS
Thomas Brefeld, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Steinar Gudmundsson, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Chandrashek Thukral, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16

NINE YEARS
John Johanson, clinical associate professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Kevin Peifer, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
Mitul Vakharia, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16
Joseph Welty, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16

TEN YEARS
Donna Johnson, reimbursement coding specialist I, College of Medicine, 8/16
Phillip Higgins, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/ gynecology, 8/16
Georgiann Homuth, adjunct instructor, department of biomedical science, 8/16
Daniel Houlihan, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16

ELEVEN YEARS
Ronald Burmeister, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/ gynecology, 08/16
John DeGuide, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
David Deutsch, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, department of pediatrics, 8/16
Richard Field, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/gynecology, 8/16
Bruce Jasper, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/gynecology, 8/16
Mitchell King, professor of clinical family medicine, department of family and community medicine, assistant dean for academic affairs, College of Medicine, 8/16
Jack Lenox, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/gynecology, 8/16
Helen Link, teaching associate, department of psychology, 8/16
Michael Manley, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16
David Moore, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics/gynecology, 8/16
Joseph Orthoefer, clinical associate professor of public health, department of biomedical science, 8/16
Douglas Roegner, clinical assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, 8/16
Christopher Schriever, clinical assistant professor/clinical pharmacist, College of Pharmacy, 8/16
Aaron Shiels, clinical assistant professor, department of medicine/medical specialties, 8/16

TWELVE YEARS
Gary Anderson, chair/associate professor of clinical pathology, department of pathology, 8/16
Masud Malik, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16
Margaret Provenza, clinical assistant professor, department of surgery/surgical specialties, 8/16

TWENTY-THREE YEARS
Michael Potts, associate professor (CT), department of pediatrics, 08/16

TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS
Helen Gulley, program administrative assistant, College of Medicine, 8/22

Job postings

Upcoming CMEs

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Upcoming College Events
 
 

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September 7
The History Club of Health Sciences at the U of I College of Medicine, Rockford

First Wednesday of the month at noon in A317, light lunch provided.

The Doctors Bag (a history of some of the simple tools used in physical diagnosis)

Students, faculty, and history enthusiasts welcome.

 
 

September 12, 2016
Coffee coming to campus

In the Spring of 2014 during the development of the strategic plan, 66% of campus staff, faculty and students who responded to a survey indicated that they would like to have “fresh brewed coffee and other hot drink options” when asked what campus development enhancements they would like to see.  We are pleased to announce a collaboration with Rockford Roasting Company that will bring these services to the campus.

The grand opening will be September 12, 2016. A barista will be providing coffee, tea, hot chocolate and specialty coffee drinks as well as breakfast pastries from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Rockford Roasting Company, established in 2014 at 206 N. Main Street, is committed to delivering the ultimate coffee experience.  They provide customers with a large range of specialty coffee beans including seasonal estate, origins, reserves and a complete menu of espresso-based beverages such as espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, and affogatos.

October 5
The History Club of Health Sciences at the U of I College of Medicine, Rockford

First Wednesday of the month at noon in A317, light lunch provided.

Edmund James, Medical Reformer (the story of the early years of the U of I College of Medicine at Chicago)

Students, faculty, and history enthusiasts welcome.

 
 

College of Medicine staff are being offered a discounted rate and a limited number of medical students have the opportunity to volunteer at the event and attend at no charge.  Please contact Laura at x5921 for details.

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October 25 - SAVE THE DATE
Fall Faculty Dinner

The College of Medicine at Rockford is beginning preparations for its annual Fall Faculty Dinner which will honor authors and award recipients and welcome new faculty on October 25. 

If you have published in the last academic year, please send your citations to Cynthia at cyhall1@uic.edu by September 15 to be included in the authors' listing.

If you wish to nominate a faculty member for an award, please forward brief letters of nomination via e-mail to: teresaj@uic.edu, by fax to: 815-395-5891, or by mail to: The Dean’s Office, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107, by August 15, 2016. The Executive Committee will vote on these awards at their September meeting. 

CRITERIA FOR DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD - Nominee demonstrates outstanding interest and commitment to the College of Medicine by providing special support and/or activity for teaching of undergraduates, graduates or in continuing education. 

CRITERIA FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD - Nominee demonstrates outstanding organization and leadership qualities in committee service, administration, health care and medical education at the College of Medicine, the College level and/or nationally.

CRITERIA FOR DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY AWARD - Nominee enhances the stature or growth of the College of Medicine with contributions of a special nature. Cannot be a faculty member of the College of Medicine. (Individual or Organization)

November 2
The History Club of Health Sciences at the U of I College of Medicine, Rockford

First Wednesday of the month at noon in A317, light lunch provided.

LP Johnson and the story of the early days of the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford

Students, faculty, and history enthusiasts welcome.

December 7
The History Club of Health Sciences at the U of I College of Medicine, Rockford

First Wednesday of the month at noon in A317, light lunch provided.

Family Medicine in Old and New Times (the history of the specialty of Family Practice in England and the U.S.)

Students, faculty, and history enthusiasts welcome.

Upcoming Community Events
 
 

U of I Extension Program Trains Adults to Become Volunteer Naturalists

University of Illinois Extension is looking for individuals who are passionate about nature and interested in becoming more active in our community. If this describes you or someone you know, Extension invites you to check out the Illinois Master Naturalist Program. The Master Naturalist program is a volunteer training program designed to educate participants about our local plants, animals and ecosystems while connecting them to meaningful volunteer opportunities in our region. More than 100 individuals have completed the program within the last five years and have collectively volunteered over 4400 hours to the benefit of our local natural areas and educational programs. Examples of volunteer projects performed by current Master Naturalists include butterfly monitoring, natural areas restoration, plant inventories, adult and youth educational programming, bird banding, prairie burns, native plant and pollinator garden construction, and much more.

If you can envision yourself helping out with these types of projects, please consider joining us this fall! Master Naturalist training will be held on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning on September 8 and ending November 17. In order to showcase our rich natural heritage, all classes are held at a different park or preserve within Winnebago County and taught by local experts. A $250 fee includes a training manual, over 40 hours of instruction, and ongoing volunteer support for as long as you remain active. For more information and to register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call (815) 986-4357.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office.

 
 

September 22
Are You Eating to Enjoy Retirement?

Aging is more than the passing of time. It is a subtle and quiet process that occurs each and every day, which often goes unnoticed. Those first few strands of gray hair are a sign of the inevitable – you’re getting older and your body is changing. You may have noticed you’re growing a little rounder around the waistline, or awaken more frequently during the night, or perhaps you simply wake with a few more aches and pains.

We all age. And while we slowly adapt to the new realities of aging, it is important to understand the daily choices you make play a role in determining just how you age. Intentionality is key when it comes to aging well.

Whether you are being intentional about staying connected to friends and family, being physically active, keeping your mind sharp or eating healthy, all are important. These healthy behaviors can make a big difference in not only how you feel, but also in what you are able to accomplish. Understanding why we need to be intentional about these behaviors can go a long way in helping us to see the need for change in our lives.

Our nutritional needs change as we age. For example, we need to consume fewer calories due to decreased levels of activity and loss of muscle. However, at the same time, we need to consume more nutrient-rich foods because as we age, our body’s ability to absorb many key nutrients decreases. This paradox of consuming fewer calories while consuming adequate nutrients can be a challenge.

What are nutrient-rich foods? What nutrients do you need to be intentional about consuming as you age? Join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold, to learn answers to these questions and more.

This 90-minute workshop, Are You Eating to Enjoy Retirement, will be held on Thursday, September 22  at the Rockford Public Library Main Branch located at 215 North Wyman Street in Rockford.  The workshop will be from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in Classroom B.  Preregistration is required as seats are limited. For more information or to register, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call the Winnebago County Extension Office at 815-986-4357. There is a $5.00 fee to cover the educational session.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the Winnebago County Extension Office at 815-986-4357.

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