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Stories - Spring 2021

President's Message
Written by Dr. Wendy Rheault

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be vigilant. New cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dipped, leveled off and, in some places…

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Editor's Note
Written by Dan Moran

As the second week of December 2020 wound down, the days were growing shorter, and a long winter of rising COVID-19 infections was taking hold. Hope was…

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Our Future with Vaccines
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

In the year since the novel coronavirus ignited a pandemic, Rosalind Franklin University clinicians and researchers have provided frontline services to…

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RFU Board Chair's Matching Fund Targets Economic Barriers

As chair of the RFU Board of Trustees and a former faculty member of physical therapy, Elizabeth Coulson, PT, MBA, is passionate about the importance of…

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Scholl College Faculty Member Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, Joins RFU Board of Trustees

Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, is the new faculty representative on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Fleischer, who has been with RFU since 2004, is a…

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The Future and our Community
Written by Yadira Sanchez Olson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

Nurse practitioner Lupe Rodriguez, Community Care Connection (CCC) director, uses her bilingual skills to build essential relationships with Spanish-speaking…

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Represent the Field
Written by Yadira Sanchez Olson, Photo by Michael R. Schmidt

A medical mystery plaguing her family that was solved by a thorough doctor/ patient conversation provided the impetus for the journey that has taken Laurine…

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The Future is Nursing
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

Dr. Sandra Larson was recently appointed interim dean of the planned College of Nursing. Here she reflects on her profession, the crucial role nursing…

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RFU/LFC Partnership Moves Forward With Horizon Scholars Initiative

RFU’s Health Professions Program (HPP) collaboration with Lake Forest College — and the cause of building bridges for underserved students — received a…

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Supporting RFU Partners with Advanced Learning Environments
Written by Sara Skoog, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

Rosalind Franklin University’s Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital in Huntley, Illinois, provides a…

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Innovation and Research Park Ribbon Cutting

Resilience and optimism were dominant themes on Jan. 28 when the RFU community pushed through the COVID-19 pandemic to cut the ribbon — in appropriately…

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Barrier-Breaking Scientist Speaks to RFU

Namandjé N. Bumpus, PhD, spoke on “How Racism and Sexism Squash Talent and Slow Progress in STEM” on Feb. 10. Hosted by Women in Science and Healthcare…

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COVID and Traumatic Stress: CHP Student Explores 'How the Brain Functions in the Context of Illness'
Written by Margaret Smith

As she explored the depths of brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, Erin Kaseda, CHP ’24, said she was intrigued to discover not only that…

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Acknowledging the Unhealed Wounds of the Past
Written by Julie Atkins Waites, PsyD

Through the Microscope is a reoccurring Helix column that poses an issue to our community of experts. We asked Dr. Julie Atkins Waites to address how…

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Building a Diverse Community that Strengthens and Serves All
Written by Max Loh, PhD '21

Through the Microscope is a reoccurring Helix column that poses an issue to our community of experts. We asked Max Loh to address how sectors such as…

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Boxer Library Shifts to Digital-First Model
Written by Sara Skoog, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

Charlotte Beyer, MSIS, AHIP, was a month into her promotion as Library Director of RFU’s Boxer Library when the coronavirus pandemic required major changes…

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From the Archives: 60 Years Ago, CMS Was on the Move
Written by Kelly Reiss

Sixty years before RFU held the grand opening of the Innovation and Research Park, the Chicago Medical School Institute of Medical Research opened its…

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'I Feel It's My Responsibility': CHP Distinguished Alumnus Awardee Seeks Increased Diversity
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Sean Proctor

Leython Williams’ father always told him “never forget where you came from,” advice that has taken on deeper meaning as Dr. Williams gains personal and…

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Searching for Another Helix in 'The Eye of God'
Written by Sabreen Alfadel

There are a multitude of connections across the universe. Stuart Meyer, CMS ’60, first of three generations of RFU alumni, understands this even more with…

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