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September 30, 2000 Contact:Jeffron Boynés (312) 413-8702; jboynes@uic.edu


The University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Institute announced the appointment of nine UIC faculty members as its 2000-2001 Great Cities Scholars. They will study issues ranging from how new immigrants are changing the nature of American cities, to studies of battered women and urban violence.

The 2000-2001 Scholars are a vital component of the Great Cities Institute's goal of addressing urban issues through partnerships among community, civic and government organizations, and university faculty, staff and students, said institute director David Perry.

"Throughout their year at the Great Cities Institute, faculty scholars interact with each other, with faculty fellows, and with our team of graduate research assistants, bringing a consistently high level of scholarship and synergy," said Perry, who also serves as interim dean of UIC's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, which houses the institute. "When they return to their home departments next year, the Scholars will bring with them new understanding of research that fellow faculty members are doing across the university."

Great Cities Scholars are chosen from the entire UIC faculty through a competitive peer review process. Faculty Scholars relocated to the institute to work on their research projects, confer with other Scholars and Fellows, and share progress of their work through a series of Great Cities Institute lectures and more informal forums.

The 2000-2001 Great Cities Scholars and their research projects are:

  • Marc Atkins, associate professor of psychology, department of psychiatry, College of Medicine - "Effective Mental Health Service Delivery in Low-Income Communities"

  • Cynthia Blair, assistant professor, departments of African-American studies and history, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - "Vicious Commerce: African Women's Sex Work and the Transformation"

  • Jonathan Dombrow, assistant professor, department of managerial studies, College of Business Administration - "Rental Housing in Chicago"

  • Lisa Frohmann, associate professor, department of criminal justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - "Battered Women's Spatio-Temporal Dimension of Safety"

  • John Hagedorn, associate professor, department of criminal justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - "The Political Economy of Urban Violence"

  • Michael Lieber, professor, department of anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - "Conceptualizing Community: Joining Social Theory and Community Initiative"

  • Silvia Malagrino, associate professor, School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts - "Chicago-Buenos Aires Project"

  • Anthony Orum, professor, department of sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - "America Transformed: New Immigrants and How They are Reshaping Modern America"

  • Rachel Weber, assistant professor, urban planning and policy program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs - "TIF and the Changing Financial Governance of Cities"

The Great Cities Institute serves as the University of Illinois at Chicago's focal point for new initiatives in interdisciplinary, applied urban research, summarized in UIC's metropolitan commitment as the Great Cities Initiative. For more information, visit their Web page at www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci/

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