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Silverstein emphasizes the importance of science education

View a segment of Silverstein's lecture to C2ST (Windows Media Player)

On March 11, 2010, Samuel Silverstein, MD, the John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, met at the research center with program administrators from Illinois universities, consortia, corporations and non-profit entities to discuss the possibility of launching a training program.

In 1990, Silverstein started the Summer Research Program for Science Teachers at Columbia to give middle- and high-school science teachers in New York City experience in research laboratories. His intention was to provide teachers with experience that would improve the quality of science teaching and ultimately lead to an increase in student interest and achievement. In addition to being mentored by bench scientists, the teachers participate in a rigorous professional development series.

So far, the program has been a success: To earn a high school diploma in New York state, students must pass several Regents exams, one of them in science. Teachers who participated in the Columbia program for more than one year saw their students’ passing rates go from about 45% to over 50%. The pass rate jumped to 10% higher for students of teachers who were in the program for three or more years compared to students of non-participating teachers.

A lively discussion among the meeting participants probed the challenges of obtaining buy-in from key parties (Chicago Public Schools administrators, teachers and universities), attracting funding and measuring outcomes. Silverstein argued that Chicago has an invaluable, unvalued resource in its rich array of institutions and faculty. He proposed that these resources be utilized to develop a Chicago program.

The meeting was followed by a public lecture at C2ST, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, which “works to enhance public understanding of important science and technology issues critical to the health and well-being of our community”.

D. Woodrow Benson Biomedical Research Symposium 2009 Children’s Memorial Research Center held its first Biomedical Research Symposium on September 18, 2009. Organized by members of the research center’s Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Program and its director, Hans-Georg Simon, PhD, the all-day event featured talks by trainees, a keynote speaker, poster session with an awards presentation and a reception. D. Woodrow Benson, MD, PhD, Director of Cardiovascular Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, presented the Bernard L. Mirkin, PhD, MD Honorary Lecture. Northwestern University students, scientists from several Chicago universities and Children’s Memorial Hospital clinicians were among the attendees at the event.

Mirkin portrait unveiling

Mirkin portrait unveiling

Celebrating Bernard L. Mirkin, PhD, MD
The memory and special contributions of Bernard L. Mirkin, PhD, MD, were celebrated during the unveiling of his portrait at Children’s Memorial Research Center on May 6, 2009. Dr. Mirkin, the founding director of the research center, was remembered by his colleagues, family and friends. Speaking to the audience, Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, President and Scientific Director of the research center, commented on his career, vision and humanitarian work. “He left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals whom he helped,” Hendrix said. Patrick Magoon, President and CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital, spoke of Dr. Mirkin’s exceptional attitude of caring towards his colleagues, demonstrated by his willingness to share personal stories and ask questions about others, and by his insistence that colleagues be inquisitive about their own lives and work. Thomas Green, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and a former mentee of Dr. Mirkin, called him “one of the original translational scientists,” committed to excellence in science and to improving the care of children. Dr. Mirkin’s widow, Sarah, emphasized the importance he placed on scientists’ abilities to operate not in silos but across areas of investigation. She stressed that the research center would not have existed without the vision of the Children’s Memorial Hospital leadership combined with Dr. Mirkin’s determination to make it a reality.
Following the remarks, Hendrix introduced the artist, Richard Halstead and the frame designer, Christopher Cismesia. A reception followed the unveiling. The portrait has been hung in the Wolfson Conference room at the research center’s Halsted Street building. 
 For more photos from this event click here.  
Research Scholars Day 2009

Research Scholars Day 2009
The Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in association with Children’s Memorial Research Center, hosted the 5th annual Research Scholars Day on May 11, 2009. Postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, graduate students and staff members showcased their research with poster presentations. Posters were evaluated by a team of judges, and winners were presented with awards at a reception:
    1ST YEAR FELLOW: Monica Shah, MD – Neonatology (Mentor: Kathryn Farrow, MD, PhD) 
    2ND YEAR FELLOW: Kerri Machut, MD – Neonatology (Mentor: Raye-Ann deRegnier, MD) 
    3RD YEAR FELLOW: Jennifer Desireddi, MD – Neonatology (Mentor: Paul Schumacker, PhD) 
    MEDICAL/GRADUATE STUDENT: Kelly Bergmann – Neonatology (Mentor: Isabelle De Plaen, MD) 
    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: Aleksandra Glavaski-Joksimovic, PhD – Neurobiology (Mentor: Martha C. Bohn, PhD)

Research Scholars Day 2008 Research Scholars Day 2008
Children's Memorial Research Center and Children's Memorial Hospital hosted the 4th annual Research Scholars Day on May 13, 2008. Postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, graduate students and research technicians showcased their research with poster presentations. Peter F. Whitington, MD, director, Siragusa Transplantation Center; Sally Burnett Searle Professor of Pediatrics and Transplantation, and professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, presented the keynote address. Posters were evaluated by a team of judges, and the winners were presented with awards at a reception.
Many thanks go to the event's organizers:
Denise Goodman, MD
Daniel Abbott, MD
Sara Ahlgren, PhD
Caleb Bailey, PhD
Denise Lilly
Yolanda Palmer 
 Read about Research Scholars Day award winners. 

The Children's Memorial Research Center's Research Progress Reports and Distinguished Lecturer Seminar series have been approved for Continuing Medical Education credits by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Review Committee. Each participant will receive a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM per lecture.

The Seminars and Research Progress Reports are scheduled for Wolfson Lecture Hall at 2430 N. Halsted St.

To view scheduled seminars, refer to the events bar on the right side of the Research Center's website

Please contact Yolanda Palmer at
 or 773 755-6384 if you have questions about the CME program.

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