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November 17, 2021

Winning Health Make-a-Thon Team Aspires to Remove Barriers to STEM Education

  • By Beth Hart

Computer science student Ayesha Kazi was in her first-year at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019, when bioengineering student Mona Jawad inspired Kazi to leverage technology to help deaf students overcome obstacles in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Stemming from her work researching cochlear implants with College of Applied Health Sciences professor Justin Aronoff, Jawad recognized that there was a tricky barrier present for deaf students as they tried to engage with STEM […]

December 9, 2020

Research to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment Receives $2 Million NCI Grant

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

New ultrasound technology research by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor could change how fast breast cancer patients find out if their initial chemotherapy is working. Some breast cancer patients wait months to learn if their tumors are responding to initial chemotherapy, but Michael Oelze’s new research could shorten the wait to a week. Professor Oelze and his Canadian research partners were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study […]

November 9, 2020

Carle Illinois Pursues Multi-Faceted Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

  • By Charlie Simpson

Manaka Sato has experience navigating barriers. Born in Japan and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, she is the translator for her mother, who doesn’t speak English. “I’ve seen firsthand the many disconnects between patients and healthcare providers when there are language barriers and communication difficulties,” she says. Bara Saadah knows about barriers, too. Growing up, he had a strong interest in science, but the son of Arab immigrants had little exposure to the […]