April 8 2015 For the community of the University of Illinois at Chicago VOLUME 34 / NUMBER 27 uicnews.uic.edu 2 THE FUTURE OF RESEARCH more on page 9 DON KLUEMPER IS FRIENDS WITH FACEBOOK 3 ‘IT’S ON US’ TO GET EDUCATED, INVOLVED 5 CHICAGO CUBS’ GOLDEN AGE ON WEST CAMPUS 6 BUSINESS CENTER SEES THE FUTURES (AND DERIVATIVES) INSIDE: CAMPUS NEWS 4 CALENDAR 8 STUDENT VOICE 9 POLICE 10 PEOPLE 11 SPORTS 12 PUZZLES 10 Facebook / uicnews Twitter / uicnews YouTube / uicmedia Flickr / uicnews Instagram / thisisuic — Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin uicnews.uic.edu 2 I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 send profile ideas to Gary Wisby, [email protected] PROFILE DON KLUEMPER Facebook profile as important as résumé? By Gary Wisby — [email protected] Facebook users show their faces. How they use the social network service reveals their personalities. Don Kluemper, assistant professor of management, decodes the clues. In one study, Kluemper (rhymes with temper) and two students looked at Facebook profiles of 56 college students with jobs. They looked for these “Big 5” personality traits: Were the students conscientious — and to what degree? Were they emotionally stable? Introverted? Disagreeable? Open to experience? After spending about 10 minutes looking at each profile, including photos, wall posts, comments, education and hobbies, the researchers answered a series of personality-related questions, such as “Is this person dependable?” and “How emotionally stable is this person?” Six months later, they matched their ratings against employee valuations from each of the students’ supervisors. Their findings show that Facebook can be used as a reliable job-screening tool, said Kluemper, especially since candidates have a hard time faking their personalities in front of their friends. They also found something else interesting. “Facebook ratings were a better predictor of GPA than other self-ratings and ratings on IQ tests put together,” he said. News media picked up on the job performance part of the study and before they knew it, their work was on 1,500 media outlets. “The Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and it exploded from that point,” Kluemper said. He’s learned that employers turn to social media to get answers about prospective employees that they’re legally Facebook can be used as a reliable job-screening tool because candidates have a hard time faking their personalities on social media, says Don Kluemper, assistant professor of management. — Photo: Jenny Fontaine forbidden to ask, such as queries about marital status or sexual orientation. His students reported that after job interviews, they sometimes receive “friend” requests from their interviewers. “It’s a very trendy recruitment source,” he said. Among the most useful findings of his research is evidence of deviant behavior by employees who harm others or steal from the company, for example. “Incivility, a form of deviance, can be something subtle like giving cold looks, making others feel unwelcome, unwanted or uncomfortable,” Kluemper said. People who are poorly treated are more likely to quit, and may reciprocate with deviant behavior of their own. “Deviant workers cost companies billions of dollars a year,” he said. Kluemper grew up in southern Indiana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in criminology, both from Indiana State University, “Our goal is, for patients with sickle cell disease, who now on the average don’t live until 50 years of age, we want them to have the same life expectancy as everyone else in the population and not have the severe pain episodes that they go through now.” Victor Gordeuk, director of the Sickle Cell Center, on the effect of state budget cuts that would eliminate funding to the center, April 5 Fox 32 News and a doctorate in organizational behavior from Oklahoma State University. Over the next nine years he taught at Oklahoma State, Louisiana State and Northern Illinois University before joining UIC in 2013. Recently he was named co-director of the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (ILEAD) in the College of Business Administration. Kluemper lives in Aurora with his wife, Maria, a challenge course facilitator who runs team-building courses for companies, and their sons, Nicholas, 10, and Alexander, 8. A 30-year martial arts enthusiast, he participates several times a week in Seizan Ryu Kempo Jujitsu. Professor, rate thyself: “I am highly conscientious, highly emotionally stable, moderately introverted, moderately disagreeable and moderately open to experience,” Kluemper replied. “Most of all, they must possess the sense of duty, responsibility and compassion that go with managing and leading organizations that care for people at some of their most vulnerable moments.” John DeNardo, director of the health care administration master’s degree program in the School of Public Health and former CEO of UI Health, on careers in health care administration, April 5 Chicago Tribune He added parenthetically, “However, being high in conscientiousness and emotional stability is socially desirable, so even if I was low, I might report being high.” To clarify, do you mean you might falsely report being high in conscientiousness and emotional stability, when you’re actually low, just to make yourself look better? “You get it perfectly (though I was not implying that I am actually low in conscientiousness or emotional stability),” Kluemper said. “I study personality test faking. Yes, some people fake personality tests and falsely report being high in socially desirable traits. So, if someone says they are conscientious, they are either conscientious OR not conscientious but giving you a socially desirable answer. “Some of my work is in developing ways to tell the difference.” “If we’re not all united with this, it’s only going to show one face and it’s only going to show the experiences of one university. It’s a statewide issue, not just a UIC issue.” Natalie Cruz, UIC student and president of the UIC group Fearless Undocumented Alliance, on the push by Illinois college students to allow undocumented residents access to financial aid, April 4 USAToday.com APRIL 8, 2015 I UIC NEWS I uicnews.uic.edu Benefit raises money for Pop-Up Pantry By Nicole Cardos — [email protected] There's a can opener in the gift bags for Monday's Pop-Up Benefit: A Call to Action. That's because the fundraising event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room of Student Center East, benefits the Pop-Up Pantry, which provides food to UIC students in need. “This benefit will educate people on what is homelessness, how it looks and how do you define it,” said Brandon Gaskew, co-founder and co-director of the Pop-Up Pantry, vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government and a senior in political science. The idea for the benefit started with Gaskew and pharmacy student Myron Laban. Laban's group Men of Dance will put on a performance at the benefit that includes singing, rap, dance and spoken word. The event includes a silent auction and a showcase of art made by UIC students on the subject of homelessness. “Regardless of who you are, you deserve fundamental needs of life," Laban said. "Everyone’s entitled to food, shelter and sleep.” Tickets, $5 for students and $10 for others, can be purchased at the UIC Bookstore. Those who can’t afford tickets can bring canned goods to the event for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Homelessness is a large issue," Gaskew said. “We should help out city-wide.” The next Pop-Up Pantry events will be April 16 and 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 604A Student Center East. Current i-card is required. 3 STOPPING SEXUAL VIOLENCE By Christy Levy — [email protected] participate in campus Get educated and get involved. safety programs. Those are the goals of the It’s on “We provide some Us initiative, launched last fall as talking points if you’re a part of a national campaign to stop family member talking sexual violence on campus. to someone you love, or “We want to engage all members a staff member talking of the campus community to help to a student,” Smith said. prevent sexual assault,” said DuJuan Sexual violence Smith, assistant dean of students. should be reported to “We’re asking everyone to make a the UIC Police. The personal commitment to step off Office for Access and the sidelines and be part of the soluEquity performs an tion.” investigation into inciUIC’s ongoing campaign is highdents of sexual lighted this month at events for misconduct and the Sexual Assault Awareness Month to Office of the Dean of “shatter the silence” around sexual Students conducts violence and start conversations on a formal hearing if campus. misconduct is found, Events include a bystander interSmith said. vention workshop, a talk on sexual At an April 30 harassment in the STEM fields, a UIC’s initiative to stop sexual violence asks program, mandated dialogue on reimagining masculinity the campus community to “be part of the reporters will explain and more. View a complete list of solution,” says DuJuan Smith. what happens during events on the Campus Advocacy an investigation into Network website, can.uic.edu. Particsexual misconduct, Smith said. ipants can pick up a teal ribbon at any event to show “I hope people use these events as an opportunity to their support. really educate themselves,” he said. “Students, faculty and staff can take the pledge saying The nationwide It’s on Us tagline has been modified to they are committed to standing against sexual assault make it unique to UIC: “It’s on us to make a difference. on college campuses,” Smith said. Stop sexual violence.” Last fall, UIC launched a new website — “We wanted to honor the national campaign, while still sexualmisconduct.uic.edu — where students and employthinking about UIC and our population,” Smith said. ees can learn how to report an incident, find support and Raising retirement age could widen disparities By Sharon Parmet — [email protected] Based on the overall increase in lifespan, the age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70 — but increasing the retirement age would mean groups with lower life expectancy would suffer, says a UIC researcher on aging. “We’re living longer and healthier than ever before, but the statutory age of retirement for receiving Social Security benefits doesn’t reflect that,” says S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology and lead author for a report published in Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “But raising the age of retirement would further exacerbate disparities in Social Security entitlements and place increased financial burdens on populations with lower life expectancies.” When Social Security was enacted in 1935, the age of full retirement was set at 65. Back then, a 25-year-old had a 62.4 percent chance of living to retirement age, and a 65-year-old retiree lived, on average, for another 12.6 years. “If we calculated retirement age using the same ratio of retired to working years present in 1935, the age of eligibility for full benefits today would be close to 70 years old, and the age for early retirement would be 66.5 years old,” Olshansky said. Previous research has shown that level of education and longevity are linked. In 2008, only 74.4 percent of 25 year olds who had less than a high school education survived to age 65, while 92.1 percent of their peers with a college degree or its equivalent years of education would do so. The age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70, but increasing retirement age would cause groups with lower life expectancy to suffer, says epidemiology professor S. Jay Olshansky. Higher levels of education are associated with higher income, access to better health care and nutrition, better odds of survival to age 65 and longer post-retirement life expectancies. If the retirement age went up, people in population groups with lower life expectancies would continue to pay into Social Security the same as anyone else, while becoming even less likely than they already are to live to see retirement. Those who do reach retirement would draw benefits for even fewer years, as compared to other groups. From the beginning of Social Security, the age of retirement was intended to be adjusted periodically as life expectancy increased. But, Olshansky said, the few adjustments that have been made have been “too little, too late.” Olshansky says he and his co-authors do not recommend an adjustment in Social Security based solely on recent changes in longevity. “Additional reforms would be needed to minimize disparities that would be worsened if the age of retirement were increased,” he said. uicnews.uic.edu 4 I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 send information about campus news to Sonya Booth, [email protected] CAMPUS NEWS ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ with UIC Theatre By Anne Brooks Ranallo — [email protected] Original music, dance, bicycles and pingpong — it’s all there in the season’s final production by UIC Theatre, a play based on the 1946 classic film “Stairway to Heaven.” “A Matter of Life and Death” (the film’s alternate title) opens Friday and runs through April 19. It is directed by Heidi Stillman, Lookingglass Theatre artistic director of new works. The UIC Theatre production is the North American premiere of an adaptation by Emma Rice and Tom Morris. Set in World War II, the plot concerns a doomed British pilot (played by David Niven in the film) who contacts an American radio operator named June (Kim Hunter) just before he’s about to jump without a parachute. He survives and finds himself before a celestial court of law, which must decide whether he lives or dies. UIC’s production features original music by a band made up of six theatre students, with lyrics from the play. There’s a big dance number, characters riding bikes throughout the action, a magical pingpong match and a 14-foot “stairway to heaven.” “The set pieces will be manipulated to imply setting, location and specific wartime imagery,” said stage manager Dina Klahn. “The play bounces between the real and surreal, and between war and love.” A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH SINGING WORKSHOP UIC’s Chicago Institute for Voice Care presents the workshop “Contemporary Commercial Singing Styles” this weekend with singing specialist Jeannette Lovetri and H. Steven Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology and specialist in voice care. The workshop is open to professional and amateur singers, voice teachers, speech pathologists and others. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Eye and Ear Infirmary. Cost is $95 National Voice Foundation members, $150 nonmembers and $50 students. Register at openmindopenbody.com CAREERS IN SCIENCE WRITING A free conference on science writing, aimed at students and professional writers, will be held April 17, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Institute for the Humanities in Stevenson Hall. Sessions include how to correctly use statistics, with Robert Sloan, head of computer science, and Bill Burton, senior director of public affairs; an introduction to science writing as a career, with local writers and authors; and innovations in science communications with writers and producers from WBEZ’s “Curious City,” the “Nerdette Podcast,” the Illinois Science Council and Argonne National Laboratory. For more information, visit facebook.com/ RewritingScience WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH Monica Gandhi, medical director of the HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, will present “Women Living with HIV” April 21 at Women’s Health UIC Theatre’s final production of the season includes original music and dance in a retelling of the 1946 classic film “Stairway to Heaven.” SHOWS TICKETS April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. $12 Students/Seniors April 12, 15, 19 at 2 p.m. $10 Other attendees Research Day. The free conference, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Thompson Room, Student Center West, highlights new developments in women’s health and showcases research by faculty, staff and students. The second annual event also includes research poster presentations and a lecture by Leah Rubin, assistant professor of psychiatry, “When Enough is Enough: Stress and Brain Functioning in HIV-infected Women.” Sponsors include the colleges of Medicine and Nursing, School of Public Health and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. Register at go.uic.edu/whrd_registration JOB ANALYSIS UPDATE A town hall on the Human Resources job analysis project, focusing on the appeals process, will be held April 21 and April 30. The job analysis project is a review of positions categorized as academic professional, to determine whether they should be converted to civil service. The town hall will present an update by Robert Crouch, assistant vice president for human resources, and Ron Puskarits, director of compensation. Sessions will be held 10 a.m. April 21, School of Public Health auditorium, and 10 a.m. April 30, 1-470 Daley Library. The event, coordinated by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee, will be webcast at ustream.tv/ channel/uic-apac For more information, visit uicapac. blogspot.com WORKING ON THE RAILROAD Plans to construct the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, a proposed privately funded rail network serving connecting to short lines around metropolitan Chicago, will be discussed at a presentation April 29. “Building the Great Lakes Basin Railroad,” noon to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 217 at the Student Residence Hall, is hosted by the Urban Transportation Center. The 275-mile railroad would operate between Janesville, Wisconsin, and Michigan City, Indiana, adding capacity to the Chicago Freight Rail Hub, the largest in the world. Frank Patton, managing partner of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, LLC, will lead the presentation. For more information visit utc.uic.edu CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH UIC celebrates Earth Month in April with Bike to Campus Week, EcoJam, workshops and more. Today, participate in 50-minute wellness workshops including yoga for desk-workers and meditation and mindfulness, 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in 713 Student Center East. The Conscious College Road Tour will visit UIC April 13 to talk about the benefits of a conscious, sustainable lifestyle. From April 20 to 24, 12 Chicago area universities will compete for the title of Bike 2 Campus Week Champion. The April 22 EcoJam in the Quad offers free food, live performances, activities and more. For more information on Earth Month, visit sustainability.uic.edu go.uic.edu/theatre UIC Box Office 312-996-2939 WORLD HEALTH DAY University President Bob Easter will present “Global Food Safety: The Roles of Agriculture, Health and Biological Sciences in the 21st Century” for UIC’s commemoration of World Health Day April 22. Easter, former dean of the UrbanaChampaign campus College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will speak at noon in the 227 College of Medicine West. For more information, visit globalhealth. uic.edu BENEFITS OF CLOSET-CLEANING Sorting through your closets for spring cleaning? Donate men’s and women’s business apparel and accessories in good condition to a clothing drive for clients of Goldie’s Place, a nonprofit social service organization for people who are homeless. Collection boxes are located in 104 College of Dentistry, first floor Disability, Health and Social Policy building, 1728 University Hall and 3343 Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building. IT PRO FORUM Friday is the deadline to register for the April 28 2015 IT Pro Forum, a day of presentations, exhibits and networking opportunities for campus IT professionals. This year’s theme, “Informational Technology’s Interchangeable Role in a High Tech World,” will showcase collaborative IT projects at UIC. On-site registration will be available. For more information, visit itproforum.uic. edu APRIL 8, 2015 I UIC NEWS I uicnews.uic.edu 5 Book recounts Cubs’ golden age on West Side By Justin Mendoza — [email protected] peated itself about 100 years ago. There was The Chicago Cubs celebrated Opening a court battle with rooftops as there still is Day at Wrigley Field Sunday, but the team today. It was fun to see very little is new.” didn’t always play at the North Side ballPernot isn’t a native park. Chicagoan but his love for The last place the the city and its baseball Cubs played before history began when he Wrigley Field was the spent a year at Elk Grove West Side Grounds, High School as a foreign where UIC’s College of exchange student. Instead Medicine stands today. of returning to his homeThe Cubs played in the town of Montbeliard, block bordered by WolFrance, Pernot enrolled at cott Avenue, Polk, UIC, double-majoring in Wood and Taylor English and political scistreets from 1893 to ence with an internship at 1915. They appeared in UIC News. four World Series “I liked Chicago and during that time, winUIC alumnus Laurent Pernot. learning from smart peoning titles in 1907 and — Photo: Pascal Bailly ple,” he said. “I got into 1908. the Honors College. I just The Cubs’ connechad a great time.” tion to UIC is highlighted in the book BeAfter he finished his undergraduate fore the Ivy: The Cubs’ Golden Age in Prestudies in 1993, Pernot returned home to Wrigley Chicago, written by UIC graduate serve in the French army as an interpreter. Laurent Pernot. “The book started as a chapter on the old He came back to UIC for graduate school in 1997 and became associate editor of ballpark near where UIC’s College of UIC News, later working in media relations Medicine is today,” he said. “It was interin the Office of Public Affairs. esting finding out how much history re- The Cubs played at the West Side Grounds from 1893 to 1915. The College of Medicine stands there today. — Photo courtesy of Brian Bernardoni He wrote an article for UIC News about the Cubs’ connection to campus, then a graduate paper that expanded into his book, published in February by the University of Illinois Press. “It took about four or five years to turn it into a book,” Pernot said. After working at UIC, Pernot worked at communications firms such as Hill & Knowlton Strategies. Since 2011, he’s been at the City Colleges of Chicago as executive director of communications, vice chancellor for institutional advancement and now executive vice chancellor. His responsibilities include overseeing marketing, student recruitment and external relations. “It is very rewarding and fulfilling to work here,” he said. “Reminiscent of UIC.” His advice to current students on finding success after graduation: network. “It is the best way to connect with jobs,” he said. “Hands-on experience is a big part of networking.” And if you want to write a book, pick a topic you truly enjoy. “It was a fun and humbling process,” he said. “Touching history is a lot of fun.” uicnews.uic.edu 6 I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 INSIDE TRADING A new UIC Business lab immerses students in the world of high finance By Paul Engleman — UIC Alumni magazine From his office on the 24th floor of University Hall, Gilbert Bassett has a breathtaking view of downtown Chicago. More importantly, he can see the futures. And the derivatives. Bassett, founding director of UIC’s International Center for Futures and Derivatives, likes gazing upon the Loop headquarters of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The CME Group Foundation provided initial funding to launch the UIC center in 2007, then $1 million in 2011 to establish its centerpiece: the CME Foundation Market Training Lab in Douglas Hall. The lab, a research center for faculty, prepares students for the rapidly evolving world of commodities and futures. “Trading today is a different animal than 20 years ago,” says Bassett, professor emeritus of finance,0 who joined UIC in 1973. “It requires a completely different skill set.” EXCHANGE FLOOR REINVENTED Not long ago, trading involved “open outcry.” Traders down on the exchange floors shouted orders to buy and sell while waving their arms and motioning with their hands. To the uninitiated, the practice resembled controlled chaos. Today’s system is every bit as esoteric, but it relies on sophisticated high-speed software and instant access to real-time information from enormous volumes of data. Negotiating new systems and protocols is what the International Center for Futures and Derivatives and its lab are all about. The lab harnesses software and proprietary real-world data from Bloomberg Terminal, Tick Data and others to simulate a variety of real-world trading scenarios. Software program Xtrader, for instance, allows students to simulate trading in futures markets, and monitor profits and losses. “We’re taking the math off the blackboard so that students not only have an understanding of theory, but how theory works in practice,” says John Miller, clinical assistant professor of finance who commandeers the complex process of constructing and customizing the lab’s digital infrastructure — a task that requires uploading state-ofthe-art software and inputting large volumes of critical historical data. “We’re populating the lab at the micro level,” he says. “In addition to trades and quotes coming directly off stock exchanges, we have a rich array of data from Bloomberg on collateralized mortgage obligations, futures contracts, all types of currencies — the type of data you really can’t access anywhere else.” Miller and colleagues have begun adapting their curricula to fully leverage the lab’s data and capabilities. Four lab-oriented courses were introduced for the fall 2014 semester. For Miller’s classes in Fixed Income and Futures and Derivatives, students use the lab to learn both the mechanics and application of financial practices. The former involves replication of analytics from Bloomberg “as a first step toward building a financial calculator” and the latter, “a series of Q&As pertaining to how the analytics work,” he explains. “Financial markets need professionals who not only understand theory, but are capable of performing analysis.” With 30 workstations, each with a computer terminal and two monitors, Miller says students can apply what The brain trust of UIC’s International Center for Futures and Derivatives (left to right): John Miller, clinical assistant professor of finance; Gilbert Bassett, professor emeritus of finance; and Dale Rosenthal, assistant professor of finance. — Photo: Jeff Dahlgren they’re learning in an environment that simulates the trading room at a big investment firm. “John is a ‘been-there, done-that,’” says Bassett, explaining that Miller enjoyed success on Wall Street and with Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, before joining UIC. “Most ‘been-there, done-thats’ still work downtown. We’re lucky to have him.” ACADEMICS BASED IN REALITY Both graduate and undergraduate students began using the lab for research projects last year. “What’s interesting is how much they’re already using it to evaluate data independently,” says Dale Rosenthal, assistant professor of finance and another “been-there, donethat” who spent five years at a hedge fund and another three at an investment firm. “It’s blossoming right now, and it’s just going to get better.” “The center provides us with a whole ecosystem — servers, data, software — the same tools and analysis packages you’d find at a trading firm,” he says. The lab’s data system is supported by 20 terabytes of storage capacity and open-source R software, used for statistical computation and graphics. “Open-source is of huge benefit because it allows students to instantly download those programs,” Miller explains. “Statistical R, for example, will allow them to manipulate data, create statistical models, perform estimates and plot results.” Although students who use this program and others like it won’t necessarily pursue careers in finance, “the value is they’ll understand risk management and pricing of assets,” Miller says. Futures and derivatives, he notes, play significant roles in fields ranging from agriculture to pharmaceuticals to energy. INTERNATIONAL PLAYER The lab supports the center’s broader mission as “a global source for scholarship, collaboration, quality education, and cutting-edge, innovative research on futures, derivatives and financial markets,” Bassett says. The center sponsors the International Symposium on Financial Engineering and Risk Management, an annual conference in China, with UIC’s U.S./Asian Executive Development Program, which has graduated thousands of MBA students from mainland China. “We may be better known in Shanghai than we are in Palatine,” Bassett says. The center launched R/Finance in 2009. The two-day event on campus focuses on Statistical R, the premier, open-source software system for statistical computation and graphics, used to manage financial risk and construct portfolios. Besides attracting high-profile sponsors such as Google, Lemnica and Revolution Analytics, R/Finance has become an international event that draws some 300 researchers from business and academia. Kassie Davis, executive director of the CME Group Foundation, says the organization views its financial support of UIC not as a donation, but as an investment. “We see education as the engine of economic development,” she says. “Our mission is to enhance economic opportunity by supporting academic initiatives and activities that promote research, teaching and learning in financial markets, futures and derivatives. “UIC is a trusted, long-term grant partner, one with whom we invest to achieve our mutual goals. It also is an important institution that enables many low-income students to achieve college success. We look forward to continuing our support of the university.” To Bassett, that means a bright future in futures, and another reason to sit back and enjoy the view. APRIL 8, 2015 I UIC NEWS I uicnews.uic.edu 7 Researchers create tiny robotic germ to test humidity By Jeanne Galatzer-Levy — [email protected] It’s a far cry from Robocop. But UIC researchers have engineered a new nanobot — basically a robotic germ — that could be used as a humidity sensor to prevent food spoilage or keep space travelers safe. Called NERD, for Nano-Electro-Robotic Device, it’s an electromechanical device on a bacterial spore. “We’ve taken a spore from a bacteria, and put graphene quantum dots on its surface — and then attached two electrodes on either side of the spore,” said Vikas Berry, associate professor of chemical engineering and principal investigator on the study. “Then we change the humidity around the spore,” he said. When the humidity drops, the spore shrinks as water is pushed out. As it shrinks, the quantum dots come closer together, increasing their conductivity, as measured by the electrodes. “We get a very clean response — a very sharp change the moment we change humidity,” Berry said. The response was 10 times faster, he said, than a sensor made with the most advanced man-made water-absorbing polymers. There was also better sensitivity in extreme lowpressure, low-humidity situations. “We can go all the way down to a vacuum and see a response,” Berry said. The device could be useful in applications where humidity must be kept low, for example, to prevent corrosion or food spoilage. “It’s also important in space applications, where any change in humidity could signal a leak,” he said. Currently available sensors increase in sensitivity as humidity rises, Berry said. NERD’s sensitivity is actually The Nano-Electro-Robotic Device (NERD) can be used as a humidity sensor to prevent food spoilage and detect leaks in space applications, researchers say. — Illustration: Megan Strand higher at low humidity. “This is a fascinating device,” Berry said. “Here we have a biological entity. We’ve made the sensor on the surface of these spores, with the spore a very active complement to this device. The biological complement is actually working towards responding to stimuli and providing information.” The report is online at Scientific Reports, a Nature open access journal. T. S. Sreeprasad and Phong Nguyen of UIC were lead co-authors on the study. Sreeprasad, a postdoctoral fellow, is now at Rice University in Houston. Ahmed Alshogeathri, Luke Hibbeler, Fabian Martinez and Nolan McNeiland, undergraduate students from Kansas State University, were also co-authors on the paper. uicnews.uic.edu 8 Send information about campus events to Christy Levy, [email protected] CALENDAR I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 APRIL 14 ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE AND CULTURAL CENTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Retrospective on center¹s 10 years at UIC with personal tributes, video/slideshow and refreshments. Welcome for new director Mark Martell and performance by Ashley Ruano 3–5 p.m. / Conference Rooms B&C, SSB go.uic.edu/aaamonth EXHIBITS APRIL 8 THROUGH APRIL 11 House of Cards: Rebuilding The Uncanny Valley Roberta Feldman, professor emerita of architecture, opens an exhibition she curated with the National Public Housing Museum that features photos and videos on Chicagoans struggling with eviction, foreclosure and homelessness, and the organizations that assist them. MFA thesis exhibition featuring work by students Curt Miller, Ellen Nagel and John Szczepaniak on display at Gallery 400. Reception, 5–8 p.m. April 10; artists’ talks, 5 p.m. April 10 Hours: Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat. noon–6 p.m. 6:25–9 p.m. Art Works Projects, 625 N. Kingsbury St. Gallery 400, ADH Photo: Maren Wickwire LECTURES APRIL 8 APRIL 9 APRIL 15 Black Lives Matter Lecture Series Immigrant Inclusion in the Safety Net Social Justice as Professional Responsibility Reading and conversation with poet Claudia Rankine, author of “Citizen,” winner of 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Alexandra Filindra, assistant professor of political science, and Meghan Condon, Loyola University, present research on policies that target immigrants. Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities Immigration Working Group Paul Brandt-Rauf, dean of the School of Public Health. University of Common Sense series sponsored by UIC Energy Initiative, Office of Sustainability and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Noon–2 p.m. / 613 SCE Noon–2 p.m. / lower level, SH 4 p.m. / 1001 SPHPI SPECIAL EVENTS APRIL 10–12, 15–19 A Matter of Life and Death UIC Theatre’s production is the North American premiere of the classic film, originally released under the title “Stairway to Heaven.” Directed by Heidi Stillman of the Lookingglass Theatre 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 2 p.m. April 12, 15 and 19 UIC Theatre, ETMSW APRIL 13 APRIL 14 Call to Action Tuesdays-at-One: All-Faculty Concert Cultural showcase raises money for UIC’s Pop-Up Pantry. Guest speakers on homelessness and food insecurity, spoken word, performances 5:30–7:30 p.m. Illinois Room, SCE Tickets: $5 for students; $10 for others Contemporary concert, led by José Oliver Riojas, features the funky, visceral compositions of Jacob TV and UIC’s Marc Mellits 1–1:50 p.m. L060 ETMSW FOR MORE UIC EVENTS, VISIT EVENTS.UIC.EDU APRIL 8, 2015 I UIC NEWS I uicnews.uic.edu 9 Want to contribute a story? Email Christy Levy, [email protected] STUDENT VOICE STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM BY NICOLE CARDOS [email protected] I’ve never been much of an athlete, but I played the part Thursday. The event? The Student Research Forum. The arena? Academia. The skill? Speaking proficiently and repeatedly about a year’s worth of research to judges and curious people passing by. Nearly 300 students were at the UIC Forum Thursday, fighting for the No. 1 spot in their academic category. Being an English major, I was grouped with humanities and social sciences. The title of my project was “Representations of Feminism on the Small Screen: From ‘Sex and the City’ to ‘Girls.’” Pregame lasted between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., when my peers and I made our way to the Forum to sign in and hang our posters. I warmed up by anxiously practicing my speech. Then it started. At 1 p.m., the judges began to roll in. The first few minutes were dreamlike for me; I couldn’t imagine myself speaking calmly to a judge. Yes, I was nervous, but even more so, I was excited to speak about the research I’ve done this past year, and the great points I’ve found on the two series. The first judge came by, followed by two more. I quickly gave my speech and forgot to mention a few aspects of my research. Thankfully, the judges asked enough questions to help me recount the information I missed. By halftime I was in the zone, pointing out key aspects of my project. I made an effort to look people in the eye and be proud of my work. The final quarter was the last judging period. Just when I thought I was done, a final judge came by. Worn out by explaining, I thought I’d lost my enthusiasm — until I realized: this could be one of the last times I’ll be presenting, let alone researching, an academic topic. I persevered and made the final speech as impactful as possible. I don’t know for sure, but I assume my peers felt the same way that day. Some were graduate students, already thinking about their careers. Others, like me, are about to finish our first round of higher education. Although I kept imagining the nostalgia I’ll feel for this day and event in the future, I told myself to be in the moment and proud of my work. The day ended at 5 p.m. when awards for the top three in each category were handed out. Not everyone earned awards, but we all won the opportunity to present the work we’ve accomplished. Nicole Cardos presents her work at the Student Research Forum. “I persevered and made the final speech as impactful as possible,” says Cardos, a senior in English. — Photo: Joshua Clark STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM WINNERS GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL NON-LIFE SCIENCES First: Vishal Varma, pathology, bioengineering and nephrology Faculty adviser Michael J. Walsh Second: Amanda Robinson, museum and exhibition studies Faculty adviser Therese Quinn Third: Modhi AlSobeihy, computer science Faculty adviser Lenore Zuck LIFE SCIENCES First: Thao Pham, biopharmaceutical sciences Faculty adviser Debra Tonetti Second: Rand Akasheh, kinesiology and nutrition Faculty adviser Giamila Fantuzzi Third: Sandra Gomez-Peres, kinesiology and nutrition Faculty adviser Carol Braunschweig UNDERGRADUATE ART/DESIGN/HUMANITIES Mallery Lutey, anthropology, Faculty adviser Sloan Williams BUSINESS/COMPUTER SCIENCE/ MATHEMATICS Michael Perlman, mathematics, statistics and computer science Faculty adviser Kevin Tucker ENGINEERING/PHYSICAL SCIENCES Zubair Vhora, biological sciences Faculty adviser Randal Dull LIFE SCIENCES First: Navika Shukla, biochemistry and molecular genetics, faculty adviser Karen Colley Second: Kevin Li, physical therapy, faculty adviser Mark Grabiner Third: Ralph Griffiths, kinesiology and nutrition, faculty adviser Karrie Hamstra-Wright SOCIAL SCIENCES First: Rhiday Pandy, psychology, faculty adviser Eric Leshikar Second: Olivia Santiago, psychology, faculty adviser Omar Jamil Third: Laura Cuevas, psychology, faculty adviser Michael Ragozzino SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Palak Patel, Spanish Faculty adviser Diana Gonzalez-Cameron uicnews.uic.edu 10 I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 $1M gift to update pharmacy lab By Sam Hostettler — [email protected] Sudoku Puzzler by Ian Riensche, www.sudokupuzzler.com SUDOKU: HARD Use logic and process of elimination to fill in the blank cells using the numbers 1 through 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and 3x3 block. Find the answer to this week’s puzzle online at go.uic.edu/puzzle408 WORD SEARCH: UIC SPORTS BEFORE AFTER A donation to the College of Pharmacy will improve the compound laboratory, which has been almost unchanged since the building was constructed in 1953. A $1 million donation to the College of Pharmacy will turn its old compound laboratory into something new. The Foglia Family Foundation provided the gift to renovate the college’s aging laboratory, where students learn how to develop and test combinations of active pharmaceuticals and delivery systems for new formulations so that the ingredients are effective, stable, easy to use and acceptable to patients. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2016. The existing 7,000-square-foot lab is almost unchanged since the pharmacy building was built in 1953. The compounding lab has “required decades of effort and creativity to overcome its shortcomings,” said College of Pharmacy dean Jerry Bauman. “We are extremely appreciative of the Foglia family’s gift, as it will not only allow us to bring the lab up to date, but it lays the groundwork for generations of new pharmacists,” he said. Besides extensive infrastructure work, plans include compounding stations for 50 students, modular elements to encourage collaboration between students and faculty, and a complete overhaul of technology, including videoconferencing and digital recording for pharmacy students on the Rockford campus. Vince Foglia, co-founder of Sage Products and head of the foundation named for his family, has worked with UIC faculty since 1971. Since he started Sage Products, a health and personal care company in Cary, Foglia has collaborated with pharmacy professors Angel Arambulo and Fred Siegel and former faculty member and UIC alumnus Dennis West. “Now the Foglia name will formally be a part of our college forever,” Bauman said. POLICE UIC Police emergency: 312-355-5555 Nonemergency: TDD: 312-996-2830 312-413-9323 Visit the UIC Police crime map uiccrimemaps.org/map and the Chicago Police CLEAR Map gis.chicagopolice.org MARCH 30–APRIL 5 CRIMES REPORTED TO UIC POLICE Theft: 4 Assault: 1 Battery: 1 Public indecency: 1 Harassment by electronic means: 1 Criminal damage ARRESTS BY UIC POLICE April 4: A man was arrested for public indecency at 12:16 a.m. at 1421 S. Morgan St. UIC News Staff Published on Wednesdays during the academic year (monthly during summer) by the Office of Public and Government Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago. 601 S. 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The eventual result: a nonprofit group, Global Spine Outreach (globalspineoutreach.org), founded in 2013 by Siemionow, 1996 College of Medicine graduate Tony Rinella and Washington University spine surgeon Lawrence Lenke. The organization’s mission is to surgically treat patients around the world who have complex spinal problems and train local spine surgeons on the advanced techniques needed for complex cases, including severe scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. The volunteer surgeons and health specialists worked with other organizations in Cali, Colombia, before founding Global Spine Outreach. The organization recently expanded its work to Siemionow’s hometown of Poznan, Poland. They just returned from Dega Hospital in Poznan, where they evaluated and Siemionow (left) discusses plans with fellow surgeons to help a patient with a complex spinal deformity through Global Spine Outreach. treated children and adults with spinal deformities caused by fractures, scoliosis, congenital defects and other conditions. “The surgeries we performed involved correction of severe spinal deformities by removing the malformed bones and placing spinal implants to maintain those corrections,” Siemionow said. “Local spine surgeons often don’t have access to new technologies and therefore have less experience with using these implants in the setting of advanced spinal de- formities. Our team helped local surgeons gain experience in these kinds of advanced surgeries.” Siemionow’s team provides the surgical expertise and equipment, including technology that allows surgeons to monitor neurological function in realtime during surgery. Siemionow plans to visit Poland twice a year through Global Spine Outreach and expand the organization’s work to Mexico and North Africa. Fighting health disparities across the globe By Sharon Parmet — [email protected] Max Brito has strong connections to his homeland, the Dominican Republic. These connections, from work in HIV prevention to exchange programs in medical education, are supported in part by the Urban Global Health initiative, which fights health disparities worldwide. The annual benefit to help the initiative will be held Friday at the Willis Tower’s Metropolitan Club. Tickets are $150 to $200 and available online at go.uic.edu/ globalgala As associate professor of medicine and vice chair for urban global health in the department of medicine, Brito takes medical students and UI Health residents to the Dominican Republic for two weeks every year as part of a course in tropical disease. “The goals are to expose students to how medicine is practiced in resourcepoor settings, and to give them a chance to learn about tropical infectious diseases that are relatively uncommon in the United States,” Brito said. In return, Dominican medical residents — 30 so far — come to UI Health for two-month rotations. Brito recently completed a public health project that circumcised 454 men in the Dominican Republic to help prevent the spread of HIV, modeled on research in Kenya by Robert Bailey, professor of epidemiology. UIC is working to establish a clinic in the Dominican Republic for the treatment of tropical diseases and sexually transmitted infections. “The clinic will be multidisciplinary, and will welcome faculty and students from other UIC colleges who will bring their own perspectives to addressing clinical problems affecting poor Dominicans,” Brito said. In addition to the benefit Friday, donations to the Urban Global Health initiative can be made online at go.uic.edu/ globaldonate Max Brito, with medical residents enrolled in the Dominican Republic tropical infectious disease elective, at Robert Reid Cabral Hospital in Santo Domingo. – Photo courtesy of Max Brito 12 uicnews.uic.edu I UIC NEWS I APRIL 8, 2015 SPORTS BASEBALL SECURES FIRST PLACE SPOT By Mike Laninga — [email protected] The Flames remain in first place in the Horizon League after the team (13-11-1, 9-3 Horizon League) split its home doubleheader with Wright State (20-9, 8-3 Horizon League) Saturday afternoon at Curtis Granderson Stadium. UIC begins a three-game series at Milwaukee Friday, with other games set for Saturday and Sunday. UIC had 12 hits, including three doubles and a triple, en route to a 7-4 comeback victory in game one. UIC starter Ian Lewandowski (3-2) earned his third win while Trevor Lane and Ryan Hinchley provided three innings of scoreless relief. Lewandowski lasted six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked four and struck out one batter. Carl Sugihara and Jeff Boehm led the Flames with two RBIs. Sugihara, Cody Bohanek, Mickey McDonald and Alex Lee all had two hits for UIC. Wright State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on two hits. The Raiders added three more runs on three hits in the fourth to take a 4-0 advantage. The Flames tallied five hits and tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom half of the inning. Bohanek singled on a bunt and advanced to third on Tyler Detmer’s fifth double of the season. Boehm drove in both runners with his first triple and McDonald brought him home with a single up the middle. Lee drove in McDonald with a twoout double down the right field line, his sixth double of the season. Gabe Dwyer’s leadoff single in the fifth inning turned into the winning run. Sugihara’s seventh double of the season advanced Dwyer to third and Bohanek walked to load the bases. Dwyer scored on Detmer’s fielder’s choice to give UIC a 5-4 lead. UIC’s two-run sixth inning featured four more hits. Conor Philbin and Lee singled before two strike-outs brought Sugihara to the plate. Sugihara brought both runners home with a single to right field. Lane relieved Lewandowski in the seventh inning and tossed two scoreless innings. Hinchley took over for Lane and earned his third save of the season. Jack Andersen (3-3) got the starting nod for the Flames in the second game and allowed seven runs on 11 hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked one batter. Noah Masa relieved Andersen and tossed two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and walked a batter in his sixth appearance of the season. Lane was nearly spotless in relief of Masa as he only allowed one hit over three scoreless innings. He struck out three Raiders and threw 26 strikes in 34 overall pitches. Detmer led the Flames with three RBIs while Bohanek, Philbin and Lee also drove in runs. Philbin had three hits while Bohanek and Lee tallied two hits apiece. UIC totaled 14 hits in game two and 26 hits during the doubleheader. The first two innings featured 11 hits and seven runs between the two squads. The Raiders had five hits and three runs in the first inning before the Flames responded with six hits and four runs in the bottom half. A highlight of UIC’s half was Detmer’s three-run home run, his second of the season. UIC took a 5-3 advantage in Tyler Detmer led the Flames with three RBIs in the second game of a the third with a two-out rally. doubleheader versus Wright State Saturday. — Photo: Steve Woltmann McDonald singled and stole second before Philbin drove him home with a single up the middle. through the left side. The Raiders tied the contest with two runs and two WSU took a 7-6 lead with two more runs and three hits in the top of the fourth before the Flames regained hits in the fifth inning. UIC put two runners on base in the lead in the bottom half. Dwyer led off with a groundthe fifth, three in the sixth, one in the seventh and two in rule double and was brought home by Bohanek’s single the eighth but could not push across another run. Softball sweeps series at Detroit By Laura White — [email protected] The softball team (13-14, 4-2 Horizon League) secured the series sweep by defeating Detroit (2-28, 0-6 Horizon League) in a doubleheader at Buysse Ballpark. The Flames picked up a 7-2 victory in game one before taking out the Titans, 11-6, in game two. UIC out-hit Detroit by a combined margin of 20 to 14. The Flames tallied seven doubles, one triple and two home runs. Tiana Mack-Miller led the Flames with four hits and Kaleigh Nagle, Eleni Polites and Paige Peterson contributed three each. Mack-Miller also had six RBI. The Flames head to Northwestern today for a 4 p.m. game, then travel to Valparaiso for a three-game series Friday and Saturday. UIC came back from a 1-0 deficit against Detroit in the first game to score six runs in the sixth for the win. The Flames had seven walks and six hits, with MackMiller adding two doubles to increase her season total to 10. Bridget Boyle pitched her fourth complete game of the season and earned her fourth win. The thrower struck out seven, a season high, while allowing five hits and two runs. In the top of the fourth, as Erica Hampton ripped her first homer of the season over the fence in right center. The Flames broke away in the sixth with six runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Savannah Soppet entered to pinch-hit and singled, scoring one. Dana Capocci picked up the eventual game-winning RBI as she was in to pinch-hit and hit a sacrifice fly. After Taylor Cairns walked to load the bases again, Polites and Mack-Miller hit back-to-back two-RBI doubles for the final runs of the inning. UIC went back and forth with Detroit in the second game of the doubleheader before the Flames pulled out the win with a season-high 11 runs and 14 hits. Five players had multi-hit outings, led by Nagle with a career-best three hit performance. Elaine Heflin received the start and went five innings to receive the win while striking out six batters. Boyle pitched the final two innings for her second save of the season after holding Detroit to one hit and no runs. The Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead and the Titans responded with a run in the bottom of the second and the third. In the fourth, UIC went up 3-2 after Mack-Miller hit a two-RBI single with two outs and the bases loaded, but Detroit came back to tie the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning. The Flames reclaimed the lead in the fifth by scoring five runs with five hits. With two outs, Peterson scored on a wild pitch, then Cairns and Mack-Miller hit a twoRBI double and two-RBI single. Three runs came across the plate for the Titans in the bottom of the fifth. Amanda Mener led off the sixth by blasting her first career home run over the fence in right center to give UIC a 9-6 advantage. Two more scored in the seventh as Nagle hit an RBI triple, the first of her career, and Peterson had an RBI double, her second of the game.
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