Monday, February 27, 2012

Announcements from the Public Affairs Committee -February 27th 2012

Academic Women at the University of Chicago
An organization can only be as successful as the talent, passion and determination of their faculty, post-docs. and students. Furthermore, cultivating an environment that is rich in resources and support for both men and women is critical. More relevantly; women in academics face an unparalleled challenge due to many factors that simply do not confront men. To start an objective discussion into how important women are to academics, how we can improve support mechanisms for women in academics and how we can begin a rationale conversation for cultivating a rich environment that satisfies the needs of women, please view the “Report on the Status of Academic Women at The University of Chicago”, below.

Special Awareness Issues for Women at UoC
As post-docs., women can face an up-hill battle in performing the same level of high-impact, important and exciting research as men do, due to motherhood, lack of similar compensation as men or other female-related issues that do not confront men. As colleagues, teammates and responsible community members, we must remember this in the world of academics. To help support equality between academic men and women, we have appended several resources for women post-docs., below. The first web-link is a guide, tailored especially for women that, aides in the complicated decision-making and health-related choices that women post-docs. face on a constant basis. The second web-link is a link to funding opportunities that especially tailor to the interests of women post-docs. The third and final link is a source for the family resource center, which is especially helpful for those post-docs. (including both men and women) with children.
Women’s guide to UoC:

Strong women encourage a positive post-doc. experience at UoC
Strong academic women at University of Chicago are making a positive impact on our collective future. To honor their commitment and importance, as well as to thank them for their service, we highlight some of the many women at UoC that are constantly striving to increase the prestige, knowledge and collective good for us all. Below, you will find several biographies of women at UoC, drawn from a long list of academic women making a huge impact on post-docs.
Dr. Nancy E. Schwartz: Associate Dean of Post-Doctoral Affairs. Dr. Schwartz is an extraordinary advocate for post-docs and is the founding Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral affairs at the University of Chicago. She has served as chair of both the Graduate Research and Education Deans, the Postdoctoral Leaders Group at the Association of American Medical Colleges, is on the board of directors of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and is a founding advisory board member of the National Postdoctoral Association.

Dr. Melissa Gilliam: Associate Dean of Diversity of the BSD. Dr. Gilliam is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Professor of Pediatrics. Her recent appointment as Associate Dean of Diversity will play a critical leadership role with regard to increasing the diversity of UoC faculty through retention, career development and recruitment, as well as fulfilling an important role in attracting a diverse student- house staff- and fellow-based community.

Dr. Anne I. Sperling: Associate Director of the MSTP Curriculum. Dr. Sperling is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the respiratory biology training grant, Director of the immunology applications facility, Associate Director of the MSTP curriculum and member of several graduate programs. Dr. Sperling has a strong commitment to postdoctoral training and has served on over 40 thesis committees.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

NPN event in Hyde Park

Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) is hosting events in Hyde Park and South Loop!

From their newsletter:
Our South Side Neighborhood events are here to help you make new connections and get must-have parent information.

Saving for College & Estate Planning @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
When: Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago, 60615
Parking: Neighborhood parking available.
Cost: Free
Who: Members & non-members - Adults only.
RSVP:  RSVP today!

We know financial plannng, college costs, and estate planning are topics that weigh heavily on the minds of new and growing families.  Let Hyde Park Parent Support Network and NPN help you take a big step forward, now matter where you are starting from! Read more...

Infant Crying & Sleep @ Daystar Center
When: Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Daystar Center, 1550 South State Street, Chicago, 60605
Parking: FREE parking behind the Daystar Center or metered street parking.
Cost: Free!
Who: Members & non-members - Adults only.
RSVP:  RSVP today!

Getting a handle on infant crying and sleeping can be a challenge, especially when you are sleep deprived and feeling stressed.  You are not alone! Read more...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Postdoc funding

We have assembled a document showing potential postdoc funding sources. Please comment or contact if you have anything to add or change.
The document is here

2% increase in postdoc stipends

From the bulletin January 23rd 2012

Announced January 20th: NIH stipends increased 2%. 2012 starting salary for postdocs is now $39,264.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Update on Childcare Facility

Dear Colleagues:

We write to let you know that our first child care center will open in Spring 2013. Delays associated with receiving the required municipal approvals have pushed back the scheduled opening from the originally announced date of Autumn 2012. We realize that some parents anticipated enrolling their children this fall. We regret the inconvenience, share the disappointment, and look forward to Spring 2013.

Operated by Bright Horizons, the child care center will occupy a new building designed by Ross Barney Architects in the 5600 block of South Drexel Avenue. As many of you know, the facility will accommodate 124 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A second, similarly sized child care center on Stony Island Avenue is in the design stages, with an anticipated opening in Autumn 2013.

In collaboration with the University and the Medical Center, Bright Horizons has begun developing its program and specific policies for our center. Once additional details are available, we will host some information sessions to introduce Bright Horizons to our community and invite everyone to ask questions.

A website dedicated to child care can be found at It gathers information about policies and resources related to young children and links to the websites of the Baby Ph.D. Network and the Chicago Child Care Society, our neighborhood child care partners. The new website also will connect people to Bright Horizons' enrollment information and program details once that information becomes available in the coming weeks on Bright Horizons' website.

Please be kind enough to share this information with all who may be interested. We thank you for your continuing interest and patience and look forward to a quickening pace of progress.


Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost
Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean, BSD and EVP of Medical Affairs