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Rosalind Franklin University Celebrates Centennial
Rosalind Franklin, PhD Tribute Wall


Centennial Recap

During Centennial Weekend, the University welcomed hundreds of guests, including alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners, to numerous events from Sep. 6-8. The weekend kicked off with the dedication of the Rosalind Franklin, PhD Tribute Wall with special guests Dr. Franklin's brother, Sir Roland Franklin and his wife, Lady Nina; Dr. Franklin's nephews, Martin Franklin and Jonathan Franklin; and Dr. Franklin's niece and University Trustee, Rosalind Franklin Jekowsky. The ceremony was capped off with the announcement of a $500,000 gift to the Centennial Scholarship Campaign from Dr. Franklin's family. Special exhibits throughout the university, tours, special lectures, an alumni reception, and speakers forum were held during the weekend, which culminated with a sold out, formal gala attended by more than 640 guests.
As part of its gala, the University paid tribute to four distinguished guests. The Rosalind Franklin, PhD Life in Discovery Awards were presented to three women who have had a transforming influence in our world. The honorees were Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, a former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Mrs. Henrietta Lacks (posthumously) whose story was chronicled in the best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; and RFUMS Board of Trustees Chair Mrs. Ruth Rothstein for her contributions to the world of health care in Chicago. The fourth honoree was UCLA Health System President and UCLA Hospital System President and CEO David T. Feinberg, MD '89. On behalf of UCLA, he accepted the first President's Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership Award which recognizes the critical nature of team-based health care delivery. 

On Sep. 26, Mr. Colin Franklin, Dr. Rosalind Franklin's brother, visited the University to deliver a special presentation as part of the institution's centennial celebration. He read from a recent essay he wrote about his sister and answered questions from faculty, students and staff after the reading. Mr. Franklin had an opportunity to tour the campus and view the Rosalind Franklin, PhD Tribute Wall that was unveiled earlier this month. 

Centennial Recognition
  • Congressman Robert Dold recognized the University's centennial with a brief speech on the House Floor which was submitted to the Congressional Record.
  • The University received proclamations from the State of Illinois, the Lake County Board and the City of North Chicago for its many social, civic  and educational contributions to the city, region and state. 

Centennial Media Coverage

  • The Chicago Sun-Times showcased the University's Centennial Gala in its special society and events section, Splash.
  • The Lake County News-Sun highlighted the University's centennial and tribute wall dedication.
  •  ABC 7 Chicago profiled Mrs. Ruth Rothstein, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, for her life-long commitment to the Chicagoland community and meeting their health care needs.
Photo Gallery - Centennial Events
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           Wall Dedication            Alumni on Campus          Speakers Forum                      Gala                  Mr. Colin Franklin's
                 Sept. 6                           Sept. 7                            Sept. 8                          Sept. 8                    visit, Sept. 26

  University News


  • On Sep. 14, more than 300 members of the university community attended the annual talent show that showcases student vocal and music performance, comedy, and video production. This year's show included the participation of approximately 40 students who entertained the audience.
  • Christine Wellington, MS, RD, and Hope Bilyk, MS, RD, LDN, from the Department of Nutrition, will present "Gender Identity: A Culture with Unique Nutrition Concerns" at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national meeting in Philadelphia.
  • David Mueller, PhD, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received a four-year NIH grant entitled, "Structure and function of the ATP synthase" in the amount of $1.3 million. 
  • Adam Fleischer, DPM, Associate Professor in the Department of Podiatric Medicine and Radiology, received a one-year grant from the American Podiatric Medical Students' Association entitled, "Effects of Hallux Valgus Surgery on Balance and Gait in Older Adults." 
  • Gulam Waris, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, received a one-year grant from the American Cancer Society entitled, "Role of Inflammasome Complex in HCV-induced Liver Fibrosis" in the amount of $100,000.
  • Stephanie Wu, DPM, Associate Dean of Research and Director of CLEAR, received two grants from the American Podiatric Medical Students' Association entitled, "Influence of Muscular Fatigue on Postural Contral and Postural Control Strategy Using Innovative and Wearable Technology" and "Assessment of Postural Control with Custom Skate Orthoses in Advanced Skaters."
  • Myrna Gongora has been selected by the Staff Recognition Awards Program (SRAP) as the September 2012 Staff Member of the Month. We also recognize the other staff members who were nominees.

  University in the News


  • Robert Joseph, DPM '03, was interviewed by NBC 5 Chicago on the subject of foot health and barefoot running.
  • The Lake Forester profiled a local high school student who spent her summer working at the University with a medical research team headed by Gulam Waris, PhD.

  Alumni News


  • Malcolm Dorman, MD '67, presented "30-Year Follow-Up Defines Clinical Benefits of Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery Grafting in Propensity-Matched Cohorts" during Grand Rounds at RFUMS.
  • Neil Yeston, MD '70, was appointed to the board of directors for MiMedx Group, Inc.
  • Frank Opelka, MD '81, was named to the newly-created position at Louisiana State University System Executive Vice President for Health Care and Medical Education Redesign.
  • John Connors, DPM '87, attended the 2012 Olympics where 19 of his patients competed, including medalists from the United States, Kenya, Brazil and Ethiopia.
  • Daniel Murphy, MD '88, has been named Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Catholic Health Services of Long Island.
  • Mildred Olivier, MD '88, contributed to an article about ophthalmology in Haiti for Advanced Ocular Care magazine.
  • Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM '94, was an invited lecturer at the Australian Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society meeting in Tasmania, Australia.
  • Lawrence Sweet, PhD '02, joined University of Georgia as the inaugural Gary R. Sperduto Professor of Psychology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

  Advancement News


  • The University is happy to announce that it received a donation from the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Foundation for the Kids 1st Health Fair.  Through the support of the Foundation and other generous donors, we are able to provide no cost state required immunizations, dental exams, health exams and school supplies to low-income children prior to their first day of school.
  • The University is pleased to announce an in-kind donation of podiatric products from Blaine Labs, a company that develops and distributes dermatological products for the medical industry. The company's donation will assist in serving approximately 4,000 uninsured, underinsured, low-income and homeless patients through the efforts of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Community Outreach Program.

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