Blazer Foundation of Rockford Nanomedicine Laboratory
The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford unveiled the new Blazer Foundation of Rockford Nanomedicine Laboratory on January 6 where researchers will pursue treatments for disabling conditions using innovative nanotechnology needed for discoveries at the smallest, molecular level. The laboratory is part of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is located in Room E300 on the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford at 1601 Parkview Ave.
Funding for research personnel, equipment and supplies for the laboratory came from a $500,000 gift from The Blazer Foundation of Rockford and an additional matching grant from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago of $150,000. This new lab is an outgrowth of the college's Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research Laboratory that opened in 2016 following a previous $3 million Blazer Foundation gift.
Divya Bijukumar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, is the director of the new laboratory and will continue to expand upon her research, which includes investigations for treatments of vision loss from diabetes and the disabling side effects of some joint implants. She is joined by Vishal Khatri, Ph.D., a researcher studying potential treatments for the digestive disease colitis
CFNIL Research Grant Promotes Cancer Research
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has given a research grant ($100,000 over two years) to Dr. Neelu Puri. This proposal promotes Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) screening and tests for novel biomarkers to be used in the early detection of lung cancer.
Dr. Divya Bijukumar Selected as the Recipient of 2020 ORS Harris Award
Dr. Divya Bijukumar is selected as the 2020 recipient of The William H Harris, MD Award by the Orthopedic Research Society for the scientific achievement in her manuscript titled “In Vitro Evidence for Cell Accelerated Corrosion within Modular Junctions of Total Hip Replacements” that was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. This is a prestigious National Award and comes with a $5,000 cash award.
Lactation Room Now Available
A private lactation room is now available for students, staff and faculty in the Clinical Skills Center (A234) in the Standardized Patient Lounge, in Room A234A. If you wish to use the space, make a request to Physical Plant to program your ID/key card to permit access to the area. You can visit Physical Plant in room M115 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
Cybersecurity Is Always Important
With the increasing tensions in the Middle East, cyber-attacks may become even more widespread. Please scrutinize all emails before clicking on any links. Do not hesitate to contact the IT Department if you have any questions or concerns about a particular email.
IT Department: Ext. 5570
Tax Exemption Letter
According to the Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS), the system's tax exemption letter and/or tax exemption number are not allowed to be posted on websites available to the general public. The tax exemption letter and/or tax exemption number may only be used when purchasing goods and/or services for official system business. Personal or other unauthorized use of the tax exemption letter and/or tax exemption number may constitute a crime and may result in disciplinary or legal action.
The system is a governmental entity and its tax exempt status does not expire, nor is it required to file an application for renewal of the exemption. The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) automatically updates the system's exemption number every five years (35 ILCS 120/1g). The January 2, 2015 exemption letter will be updated, indicating the new exemption number, no later than March 1, 2020.
The last two numbers of the tax exemption identification number on the exemption letter indicate the number of times the exemption letter has been renewed, not the year that the exemption is valid. These numbers are not changed every year; the numbers change only when the exemption letter is updated (every five years by March 1st of that year).
If a vendor requests an updated letter with a more current date, inform them that the system has a governmental exemption, and if additional verification is necessary, a vendor can contact the IDOR at 217-782-8881.
Apply Now for NIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences
Now beginning its sixth year, this National Institutes of Health-sponsored training program accepts 14 MD or PhD scholars each year to enhance their mixed methods research skills through a state-of-the-art curriculum that includes interactive webinars, working with nationally recognized mixed methods mentors and consultants, and attending a three-day summer retreat in Baltimore in June. Scholars bring a mixed methods research project they are working on, preparing to apply for, or preparing for publication, which will form the basis of their experience. Expenses for travel, lodging and most meals during the retreat are paid by the program.
Women's Self-Defense Class Offered to UIC Health Sciences Campus Faculty, Staff and Students
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: E120 and Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center
This free four-hour course (2-hour classroom setting and 2-hour gym setting) is designed to introduce adult women (18 years old and older) to the strategies, tactics, and techniques needed to win a confrontation against an attacker. This course focuses on building the student’s confidence in her ability to defend herself, and in encouraging a defiant and aggressive attitude toward an attacker. This class is a one-day course.
We are going to learn ALL the facets of self-defense, not just the physical fighting.
- Understand the mindset of predators.
- Situational awareness.
- Mindset of physical fighting. Physical techniques.
At the end of the four-hour self-defense course, the student will achieve:
- Increased awareness of general violence prevention skills.
- Increased confidence in her ability to fight back successfully against an attacker.
- Established mindset of “no one has the right to put their hands on me.”
- Strategies and tactics that can be used to potentially prevent an attack.
- Basic techniques that she can use to defend herself physically and to win a fight in a dangerous or potentially lethal situation.
Students are encouraged to arrive 10 to 15 min early, wear comfortable clothing (preferably active wear), bring snacks (if your facility allows it during the classroom portion), water, and possess an ID. The students must sign two liability forms, which includes but not limited to, requirement to carry personal health insurance as a condition of their participation in the course.
Please contact Carrie Hermanson, Director of the Office of Communications and Engagement, at email@example.com or 815-395-5601 with any questions.
Faculty, students and staff interested in attending this class can sign up by clicking the following link: go.uic.edu/selfdefense
There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign-up early.
SURS Individual Counseling Sessions for Employees Offered in Rockford March 18
A State Universities Retirement System (SURS) representative will be visiting our campus on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Parkview and clinic employees are welcome to request an appointment for an individual retirement counseling session with a SURS retirement counselor. Everything discussed in the session is held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with the employer. Employees must be within four years of retirement eligibility and meet the minimum requirements within those four years by:
Tier I – Participant prior to 1/1/11
Being age 55 and having 8 or more years of service
Being age 62 and having 5 or more years of service
Having 30 or more years of service at any age.
Tier II – Participant on or after 1/1/11
Traditional & Portable - Being age 67 and having 10 or more years of service (or age 62 with age reduction)
Self-Managed (Same as Tier I)
Appointments are scheduled directly with the SURS office in Urbana. Appointments for March 18, can be scheduled from 1/17/20 through 2/18/20 (or until appointment slots are full)
as the SURS counselors need time to complete the individual calculations. For more information and instructions for scheduling an appointment, please click here
. Appointments are set on a tight, 45 minute schedule. Therefore, employees must be on time. If the appointment must be cancelled, the employee is urged to call SURS at 1.800.275.7877 as soon as possible.
Additional questions can be directed to Brett Ruiz in Human Resources at (815) 395-5863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New to Campus
Moved into a new position or is a new employee:
Dr. Smita Vinjamuri, email: email@example.com,
ext. 5699, Room E531 in Dr. Gnanasekar’s lab
Dr. Ravindra Badhe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
ext. 5865, Room E409 in Dr. Mathew T. Mathew’s lab
Jessica Giles is the new contact person in Animal Quarters. Her extension is 5796.
Emily S. Bellows, Staff Nurse II, Correctional Health Care Services
Kim O. Taylor, LPN II, Correctional Health Care Services
The Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center
It's Time to Get Fit! Take a Class or do Your own Routine at the Wellness Center.
Crawford Library of the Health Sciences
Office of Human Resources
Satellite Human Resources Office Hours
Human Resources has a schedule of regular office hours at our clinic locations. This is to provide employees with a convenient opportunity to meet directly with an HR staff member. Please check with your clinic manager for the specific room location at each clinic.
Wednesday, January 8, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, January 27, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, February 17, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, March 16 Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, April 20, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, May 18, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, June15, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, July 20, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, August 17, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, September 21, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, October 19, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, November 16, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2, Winnebago County Justice Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, December 21, Family Health Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Office of Research, led by Assistant Dean for Research Dr. Sherry Falsetti, offers the following research funding mechanisms for University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford (UICOMR) faculty, residents and students:
Bridge Funding is intended to provide short term financial support to sustain the research programs, laboratories, and momentum of productive researchers during funding gaps to give them a chance to regain extramural funding. Bridge funding is targeted to all members of the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford who have established projects that demonstrate high probability of securing extramural funding.
Clinical, Educational & Community Health Research Grant
The purpose of the Clinical, Educational and Community Health Research Grant is to fund clinical, educational and community research that will improve health care delivery or expand the body of knowledge in an area of clinical research, educational research and/or improve the health of the community. The program is also intended to foster collaboration across disciplines, amongst faculty and students and with community organizations. (We understand this may vary greatly depending upon the project.) The types of projects sought are those that will provide the foundation for development of larger grants and/or develop, enhance, or expand clinical, educational or community research. These grants are available to both faculty and students.
Student/Resident Research Travel Award
The purpose of the Student/Resident Research Travel Award is to provide Rockford medical students and residents the opportunity to share their research at a national/international forum and network with researchers from around the country/world who are involved in similar research. Medical students are eligible for $1,500 grants and residents $500. Grants are available through the UICOMR Office of Research for medical students and residents who meet the following requirements:
- Are in good academic standing.
- Are the first author on the presentation.
- Are the individual who will be presenting the oral presentation or the poster at the meeting.
- Were a student/resident at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford when research was done.
Application forms for all of the above can be found on the College’s Intranet site.
Jan. 22 Women's Self-Defense Class, E120 & Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center