Emeriti Discussion Group Member Bios

Below are the names, short bios, and photos of some of the Emeriti Discussion Group members. If you are a member of the Discussion Group and would like your information posted to this page, please send it to Faizan Abid | fabid2@uic.edu.

Carl C. Bell

Carl C. Bell, M.D., is currently practicing clinical psychiatry in Chicago, Illinois at Jackson Park Hospital’s Family Medicine Center and In-patient Medicine-Surgical Psychiatric Unit.  He is the former Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research and is a former Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the University of Illinois, School of Medicine – now Emeritus. He is also former President & CEO of the Community Mental Health Council/Foundation. For over 45 years, Dr. Bell has practiced psychiatry in an inner-city community on Chicago’s Southside.

As an internationally recognized lecturer and author, he has given numerous presentations on mental wellness, violence prevention, traumatic stress and fetal alcohol exposure. In 2007, he was appointed to the National Academy of Science’s, Institute of Medicine, Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Board on Health Care Services. These two Boards sponsored the Committee on the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth, and Young Adults: Research Advances and Promising Interventions that he served on for nearly three years. That work continued until the publication of the report in 2009. The report has driven much of the prevention legislation in the nation’s Health Care Reform laws and continues to do so. Dr. Bell was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.  He is the author of The Sanity of Survival: Reflections on Community Mental Health and Wellness and co-author of Suicide and Homicide Among Adolescents.

Dr. Bell has published over 500 articles on mental health issues. His articles on mental health and violence prevention have appeared in The National Medical Association and Psychiatric Services Journal. He has addressed mental wellness and violence prevention issues on the Today Show, Nightline, 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning and Frontline; and his campaign to prevent Black-on-Black violence has been featured in several publications including Ebony, Jet, Essence, Emerge, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune Magazine and People Magazine.  In recognition of his efforts to reduce violence, he became the first recipient of the American Psychiatric Foundation’s Minority Service Award in 2004. He was presented the Special Presidential Commendation of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his outstanding advocacy for mental illness prevention and for person-centered mental health awareness and recovery and presented the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2012.  He was a Founding Executive Committee Member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention by Pamela Hyde – Administrator of SAMHSA in 2010, and he was appointed to the National Research Council’s Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education 2010 – 2012.

David Boyce

David Boyce, Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Regional Science, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, UIC.

I took Emeritus status in 2003 in order to devote my time and energies to independent research. During the past 14 years I co-authored one book on the history of urban travel forecasting (Boyce and Williams, Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future, Edward Elgar, 2015), and published research findings on travel forecasting methods with past students and colleagues. Since early 2015 I consider myself fully retired. I walk outdoors about 15 hours per week, attend many opera performances, read mainly for fun, and hike occasionally. My research interests are relatively broad and exploratory.

Suzann K. Campbell

Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is Professor Emerita and former Head, Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles. Her group’s NIH-funded research on assessment of infants with movement disorders resulted in publication of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), a functional motor scale for newborns which was normed on 990 U.S. infants and is used in more than 40 countries. The TIMP has been translated into French and Portuguese and a standard Chinese translation is in the planning stages. Dr. Campbell currently is Managing Partner of Infant Motor Performance Scales, a publishing and education group, which recently launched an e-Learning course for health professionals interested in learning the TIMP. Learn more about Dr. Campbell here: Suzann K. Campbell

Nancy Cirillo

Nancy Cirillo is an Associate Professor Emerita of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches one course a year for the Honors College.  She holds a degree in Comparative Literature and has written on the rise of fascism and the arts in western Europe and more recently has focused on Atlantic  slavery and postcolonial studies in the Caribbean context. She is also curator of the HD Carberry Collection of Caribbean Studies at the Richard J. Daley Library at UIC.

Mary Ann Cooper

Mary Ann Cooper, MD is Professor Emerita of Emergency Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received her medical degree from Michigan State University and residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati.  As an early leader in emergency medicine, Dr Cooper participated in writing the initial training and accreditation standards for the specialty of emergency medicine, was an oral board examiner for over a decade, and was the first woman to be elected president of a national society in emergency medicine. Dr Cooper has practiced clinical emergency medicine for over three decades and was active in basic and clinical research.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors, International, a support group. Dr. Cooper is an original member of the NOAA National Lightning Safety Week (LSW) working committee.  She is the first physician to be elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (2003) and received an AMS Special Award for her medical studies of lightning victims (2001).

In her ‘retirement’, she has been active internationally in raising awareness of the dangers of lightning and presently directs the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics (www.ACLENet.org). She has given hundreds of interviews to print, broadcast and other media internationally.

John Cullars

I have a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature and a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), both from Indiana University-Bloomington.  I joined the UIC faculty as Bibliographer for the Humanities in the University Library from August 1983 through December 2015. I chaired the Library Promotion & Tenure Committee and served as its secretary twice, and as secretary of the Library faculty and of the Library Executive Committee on numerous occasions between 1990 and 2015. I served on the University Senate for five terms between 1996 and 2015 and on the Senate External Relations & Public Affairs Committee from 2006 until retirement, chairing it from 2008 through 2015.  I have been active  in two Sections of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the West European Studies Section (WESS), serving as secretary and as chair, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), serving as secretary.  My principal research area has been citation studies in the humanities, as well as mentoring and being a co-author with junior colleagues in the Library. Upon receiving emeritus status in 2016, Provost Susan Poser appointed me chair of the newly established Emeriti Discussion Group, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Renee Taylor invited me to participate as a mentor with her in the Provost’s Mid-Career Writing Program, both of which I find very rewarding.  It is a pleasure to remain more closely involved with UIC than would have otherwise been possible.  On a more personal level, I am a great lover of the human voice, particularly as heard in opera and vocal jazz, and my favorite vacation city is Florence, which I have been visiting since 1988.

John D’Emilio

A pioneer in the field of LGBT studies and the history of sexuality, and a historian of post-World War II social justice movements, John D’Emilio has written or edited more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities:  the Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States; Intimate Matters:  A History of Sexuality in America; and Lost Prophet:  The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.  D’Emilio was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime contributions to LGBT studies.  A former co-chair of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he was also the founding director of its Policy Institute.  Intimate Matters was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, which declared state sodomy statutes unconstitutional. From 1999-2014, D’Emilio was Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently writing a “coming of age” memoir and is a co-director of the website, www.outhistory.org

Marcia Farr

Marcia Farr is a sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist who studies language and cultural diversity. She has published on language and identity, multilingualism, and literacy practices and ideologies.  Her book, Rancheros in Chicagoacán: Language and Identity in a Transnational Community , presented a long term ethnographic study of language, culture, and identity among a social network of Mexican families in Chicago and in their village of origin in Michoacán, Mexico.

She is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture and of English at The Ohio State University and Professor Emerita of English and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Steve Guggenheim

I define research problems that are of special significance in mineralogy and materials science. Generally, these problems relate to the understanding of phyllosilicate (clay mineral) stability by understanding atomic structure. I try to “re-invent” myself every 7 to 8 years, so that I work on new topics that allow a greater understanding and appreciation of phyllosilicates in general. Thus, instead of one or two research areas involving special techniques or research with two or three minerals, I have many directions of research, capitalizing on diverse techniques (e.g., XRD and high-temperature and high-pressure powder and single-crystal XRD, HR TEM, high-pressure DTA, optical harmonics, computer simulations of crystal structures, etc) to solve problems in all the phyllosilicate mineral groups.

Martin Harrow

Dr. Harrow, a former chessmaster placed in the top 7 in the U.S. Open Chess Championship three times and has two draws in two tournament chess games against Bobby Fischer, viewed by many as the best chess player in the history of the world.  He is a psychologist who is a widely-cited expert on schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. He has published over 250 scientific papers and four books on these and related areas. For 31 of the last 38 years, he has been awarded (as PI) major research grants from NIMH on schizophrenia.  In the past, he also has been awarded research grants from the MacArthur Foundation and other funding agencies. Dr. Harrow has been on the Editorial Boards of four major professional journals. As Director of the Chicago Followup Study, he has received several national awards for his research on thought disorder, psychosis, long-term adjustment, suicide, and recovery in schizophrenia. His current research is focused on longitudinal studies of the long-term effects of antipsychotic medications.  His national awards include the Gralnick Award by the American Association of Suicidology, an NIMH MERIT Award, and the Zubin Award by the Society for Research in Psychopathology for lifetime contributions to the understanding of psychopathology.  He also was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Harrow, originally from New York City, received his B.A. from the City University of New York in 1955, his Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University in 1961 and later earned a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology. He was on the faculty at Yale University for over 11 years, where he obtained the rank of Associate Professor prior to coming to Chicago in 1973 to assume positions as Director of Psychology at Michael Reese Medical Center and as Professor at the University of Chicago. In 1990, Dr. Harrow switched to the Medical College of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he assumed positions as Professor and Director of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry.

Steve Hurder

Mathematics offers endless puzzles, challenges and new ideas to learn. Almost all of my research has used in some way techniques or ideas from the theory of foliations. A foliation is like an onion: you just peel space back layer by layer to see what’s there.

My Curriculum Vitae gives a semi-complete list of my talks, which indicates the various areas of interest for my research. Learn more about Dr. Hurder here: Steve Hurder

Dennis R. Judd

Dennis R. Judd is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has published many books and numerous articles on economic development, national urban policy, and urban regeneration in Europe and the United States. For many years he was engaged in a sustained research program on tourism as an instrument for urban revitalization; notable books on this topic include The Tourist City (co-edited with Susan Fainstein; Yale University Press, 1999), The Infrastructure of Play (edited; M.E. Sharpe, 2003), Cities and Visitors (co-edited with Lily Hoffman and Susan Fainstein; Blackwell, 2004), and Building The City of Spectacle: Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Remaking of Chicago (with Costas Spirou; Cornell University Press, 2016). In 1998 he received the Career Achievement Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and in 2012 the section named its annual best book award in his honor.

Timothy A. Keiderling

Born 1947; BS, Loras College, 1969; PhD, Princeton University, 1974; Postdoctoral Fellow University of Southern California,1973-76; Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Munich, 1984; University of Illinois Scholar, 1991-1994; Senior Visitor, Oxford Centre for Molecular Sciences, Oxford University, 1994; Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Professor, University of Freiburg, Germany, 2004-05, University of Padova, Italy,. 2005. Learn more about Dr. Keiderling here: Timothy A. Keirdeling

Chris Keys

Chris Keys is a Professor Emeritus who was the Chair of the Psychology Department, Director of Clinical Training and founder of the Doctoral Program in Community Psychology. He also did research and intervention part-time in the Department of Disability and Human Development for 34 years. His research has focused on organizational approaches to community psychology, organizational change in schools, community research methods and the positive community psychology of disability. Presently he teaches a course or two a year, advises doctoral students and conducts research at DePaul from which he retired formally a few years ago. Chris enjoys mentoring doctoral students and faculty very much and is delighted to be involved in the mid-career mentoring program at UIC.

Andrew McFarland

Andrew McFarland is Emeritus Professor of Political Science. His regular appointment at UIC was from 1984-2015. Since then he has taught one graduate class a year in the Political Science Department, serves on six dissertation committees, and on the graduate admissions committee. His field is American politics, and he has published about public interest lobby groups, theories of power structure, and American social movements. His current research regards the meaning of the concept of representation.

John T. Ramsey

Emeritus Professor of Classics, AB (Harvard), BA, MA (Oxford), Ph.D. (Harvard)

Areas of Research and Publication: Roman Republican prose authors (Cicero and Sallust) and Roman history and law; ancient comets as reported in the Greco-Roman tradition and in classical Chinese sources. Learn more about Dr. Ramsey here: John T. Ramsey

Stephanie Riger

Stephanie Riger, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, where she continues her research on intimate partner violence..  While at UIC, she taught a graduate level course on writing in the Social Sciences and she would be happy to mentor Mid-Career Faculty.


Brenda Russell

Dr. Brenda Russell is Professor Emerita of Physiology and Biophysics, and formerly Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has ongoing NIH funding and an active research group. Dr. Russell (formerly Brenda Russell Eisenberg) received her Ph.D. in Physiology, 1971 under the direction of Professor Sir Andrew Huxley (Nobel Laureate), at the University of London, England. She has done research into muscle adaptation at Duke, UCLA, Rush University and UIC. and has served on Study Sections for NIH and the American Heart Association. She was the recipient of the 2010 Illinois Biotechnology Institute iCON Innovation Award, considered by many to be the region’s most prestigious honor for life sciences educators and researchers. Dr. Russell is a former editor of The American Journal of Physiology: Cell Section; Cell & Tissue Research and editorial board member of many journals, including Circulation Research and The Journal of Applied Physiology. She has written reviews, book chapters and well over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Some of her material was incorporated into textbooks – including the widely used Gray’s Anatomy and Berne and Levy’s Physiology. Learn more about Dr. Russell here: Brenda Russell

Simon Silver

Previously Editor in Chief: Journal of Bacteriology, 10 years and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 3 years. Editorial Board or Editor about 10 additional journals over 40 years time. Currently Editor, FEMS Microbiology Letters and BioMetals. Author of over 200 publications and editor of 10 scientific monographs. Learn more about Dr. Silver here: Simon Silver

Lynda Slimmer

Dr. Lynda Slimmer, Ph.D., RN, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita, earned a BSN, MSN in Mental Health Nursing, and PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  For twenty-nine years Dr. Slimmer was a faculty member at Elmhurst College where she was a Professor of Nursing, the Director of the College Service-Learning Program, and the recipient of the Buik Endowed Chair.  She is presently Professor Emerita at Elmhurst College and a member of the College’s Professional Advisory Committee.

Dr. Slimmer’s research scholarship has focused on the prevention of depression in the elderly and the promotion of mental health in children.  In 2002, she expanded her research focus to include human subject protection activities when she became the Coordinator of the Research Subject Advocacy Program at the UIC Clinical Research Center. In 2006, Dr. Slimmer accepted the position of Associate Head for Teaching and Learning in the UIC College of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Science.  In this role, she designed and implemented a teaching mentorship program to facilitate excellence in teaching and learning.  In 2012, she served as the College’s Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Slimmer’s honors have included the Elmhurst College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Sears Roebuck Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership, the Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Beta Chapter Award for Clinical Excellence, and the Illinois Power of Nursing Leadership Sage Award.

Since her retirement from UIC in 2013, Dr. Slimmer has served as a mentor in the Elmhurst College Center for Professional Excellence, participated as a member of the Hektoen Nurses and Humanities Advisory Committee, and facilitated faculty development workshops for the UIC College of Nursing.

Stephen D. Smith

I am interested in finite groups, with connections to finite geometry, combinatorics, algebraic topology, and computer science. Learn more about Dr. Smith here: Stephen D. Smith