September 30, 2011

Ben Ramirez Representing APs on
Vice Chancellor for Research Search Committee

BEN RAMIREZ, Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, Research Resources Center (RRC) for Structural Biology, has been named the Academic Professional (AP) representative on the Search Committee that will recommend a candidate to fill the post of Vice Chancellor for Research.

“MANY APs working in research are paid salaries that are 100% grant funded,” said Michael Moss, Chair of APAC. “If an AP is converted to Civil Service and the grant money runs out, what happens to that employee? What is the impact on research at UIC? That’s why we’re glad Ben is on this committee—to represent the interests and concerns of APs to the candidates.”

RAMIREZ HAS worked for UIC for seven years. This will be the first major Search Committee on which he has served.

“I DO basic science research, and manage an instrumentation facility that works with faculty, grad students, and postdocs,” Ramirez explained. “I also work on obtaining grant support.

“THE NEXT Vice Chancellor for Research affects my lab, which is used not only by biochemistry but by chemistry, pharmacy, dentistry and a lot of other units on campus,” he continued. “It is a tremendous resource that is unique in our State and I want to see it used to its greatest extent.”

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