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UIC SPH Celebrates its 39th Annual Commencement
"Go out and shake up the world!" This was the message delivered by Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here and producer of “The Interrupters,” at the 39th UIC SPH commencement. Kotlowitz praised the graduates for embarking on the noble path of public health and challenged them to “make the rest of society see what you see. " Kotlowitz is a storyteller and believes that "stories are how we make sense of the world. Stories guide us," Kotlowitz believes, by helping to inform policies and create laws, ensure that we not forget the past, and inform us about the future.
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2012 SPH Student Research Day
On April 3, 2012, the UIC School of Public Health held its 7th Annual Student Research/Practice Awards Day . This event is held each year during National Public Health Week and honors students whose research addresses a variety of critical public health issues. Thirty students displayed their research, which ranged in topic from infant mortality to chemical dependency in pharmacists to sexual behavior of college freshman. All thirty graduate students were on site to present their work to a panel of judges, fellow classmates, faculty, alumni and other members of the SPH community.
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High School Senior Considers Public Health Career
Asha Binbek is one of two thousand Chicago Public School (CPS) students enrolled in the Urban Health Diversity Programs Pathway to Health Professions Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at the UIC School of Public Health. During the time that Asha has been a participant in the program, her experiences have heightened her career interest in both medicine and public health. She was one of three high school students to present at the 4th Annual Minority Health in the Midwest Conference in February, where she presented among Master’s and Doctoral students on the health disparities of breast cancer. “I had the privilege to work with Funmi Apantaku-Onayemi and Robin Mitchell on the UIC Beating Breast Cancer Project. They inspired me to do my poster on breast cancer. I feel like there is a lot that needs to be said about Breast Cancer and the only people that can help are the people that know about it. I wanted to educate more people on the topic.”
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"The Interrupters," a documentary film about CeaseFire, the anti-violence program based at the UIC School of Public Health, has been seen all across the country and world. It made its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Months later, the film is a New York Times Critic’s Pick. "Oscar material," says film critic Roger Ebert. "Mighty and heart-wrenching," writes the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips. These are just a few of the many praises received by the film that has sold out shows in Chicago and the UK. The film was broadcast as part of the PBS "Frontline" series in February 2012.
"The Interrupters," sheds light on the violence in they city of Chicago, and the men and women fighting every day to stop the violence. It follows two men and a woman who, to this day, continue to work as violence interrupters for CeaseFire. Standing in the gap between those who would want to do harm to each other. Protecting their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in themselves.
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