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March 9, 2017

 Faculty Seminar Poster

Cancer Community at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series Resumes April 6

Today is the first session of the Cancer Community at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series.

Thursday, April  6 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC), Room 1232
(HCESC is in the lower level of the North Campus Parking Deck Building at 1206 W Clark Street, Urbana, IL)


  • Rohit Bhargava (Bioengineering)
  • Rex Gaskins (Animal Sciences)
  • Edward Roy (Pathology)
  • T. Kesh Keshavadas (HSESC)

Please RSVP at


Request for Faculty Achievements and Publications

The Cancer Community at Illinois is publishing a list of faculty achievements from June 2016 to present in the next issue of Pathways. As you know, our community members have a very active record of achievement and publication, which we aim to celebrate.

Please send us the following information for you or your lab:

  • Selected Honors and Awards
    • Provide the name of the award and the honor granting organization.
  • Selected Grants
    • Provide the name of the granting organization, the title of the proposal, and the dates indicating the length of the grant.
  • Publications
    •  In order to render the list manageable, we are allotting no more than five (5) entries per faculty member. If you would like your work to appear in the next Pathways, please select the five publications you would most like to highlight among those you have published during the academic year. Please note that forthcoming publications are not eligible for inclusion this round.

If you have received ANY awards/acknowledgements/honors and/or published books or articles during this time, send the information/citation(s) to




Graduate Mentoring for Diversity

As campus efforts for diversifying Illinois' graduate student body increase, faculty in predominantly white institutions are provided little resources for advising and mentoring underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students in their programs.

Join faculty colleagues for a round-table discussion on the institutional challenges and opportunities for effective intercultural strategies for graduate student success. The round-table discussion will include:

  • Mikhail Lyubansky, Teaching Associate Professor in Psychology
  • Isabel Molina-Guzmán, Associate Professor in Media and Cinema Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies and Associate Dean in the Graduate College
  • Steven Zimmerman, Professor in Chemistry

Dr. Mikhail Lyubansky will lead the roundtable with a discussion on institutional conflict and restorative justice, especially around race, providing perspectives on institutional challenges and strategies. Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzmán and Dr. Steven Zimmerman will share their thoughts on the experience of mentoring URM students at Illinois.

There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required and seating is limited. If you have questions, contact the Graduate College at


Graduate Mentoring for Diversity


March 10, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Urban Outfitters Building, Room 411 (507 E. Green St, Champaign)

 Save the Date CSTAR

Save the Date! CSTAR Reception, April 19

The CSTAR program will be holding a reception April 19, 2017. This is a great opportunity for faculty, students, and physicians to learn more about the exciting research happening in the CSTAR program.

Carle and Illinois Reception
April 19, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Mills Breast Cancer Center
Carle Houseworth Conference Center (2nd floor)

An agenda will be coming soon!

 Dr. James J. Choi
 Dr. James J. Choi

BioE Spring Seminar Series

The Department of Bioengineering, as part of its Spring Seminar Series, will host Dr. James Choi, Noninvasive Surgery and Biopsy Lab, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College of London. On Monday, March 13, Dr. Choi will present “Noninvasive Microsurgery Using Ultrasound and Acoustic Particles.”


Noninvasive Microsurgery Using Ultrasound and Acoustic Particles


James Choi
Noninvasive Surgery and Biopsy Lab, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College of London


March 13, 2017
12:00 p.m.


1265 Digital Computer Laboratory


Carle Cancer Research Update Meeting

Join the discussion at the Carle Cancer Research Update Meeting. This week University of Illinois faculty and staff will present “Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Food Insecure Cancer Survivors.” Lunch is not served, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would like.

Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Food Insecure Cancer Survivors.


Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Food Insecure Cancer Survivors


Dr. Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director, Family Resiliency Center & Professor, Human Development & Family Studies

Brenda Davis Koester, MS, Assistant Director, Family Resiliency Center


March 3, 2017
Noon-12:30 p.m. CST


Carle Cancer Center/MBCI-2nd Floor
Houseworth Conference Room



 Grand Challenges

$100K for Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges.

Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1,200 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Deadline: Applications on the following four topics will be accepted until May 3, 2017:

Deadline: May 3, 2017

You are invited to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings Will Save Lives.

For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges website.



 Princess U II Imoukhuede (Photo credit: Department of Bioengineering)
 Princess U II Imoukhuede (Photo credit: Department of Bioengineering)

Imoukhuede receives NSF CAREER Award

Princess U II Imoukhuede, an assistant professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal, “Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”

“A critical challenge in biomedical engineering is a need to control the process of blood vessel formation, also known as ‘angiogenesis’,” explained Imoukhuede in her proposal. “Directed control of angiogenesis remains a pressing need due to its involvement in the pathology of over 70 diseases.”

Read the full story here.


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