Eric A. Gislason, a distinguished research chemist and University of Illinois at Chicago professor and administrator, has been named UIC's vice chancellor for research.
Gislason's appointment was announced today by Chancellor Sylvia Manning.
"Dr. Gislason has done a fine job as the interim vice chancellor since 1999," Manning said. "Under his leadership, UIC will continue its robust development in research and scholarship."
"I am honored by this appointment," said Gislason, who as interim vice chancellor presided over a substantial increase in funded research at UIC and an overhaul of its system for protection of participants in research trials. "It's a privilege to serve a campus with so many great researchers expanding the frontiers of knowledge in so many fields."
UIC is a major academic research center, with external grant and contract research expenditures of $135 million in fiscal year 2000 and total research expenditures of almost $200 million. In 2000, UIC's funding from the National Institutes of Health rose 25 percent, and the campus now ranks 45th in the country in NIH funding. In overall federal research funding, UIC stands at 58th nationally out of 547 research universities.
The vice chancellor for research is responsible for the enhancement of excellence in research throughout the campus. The vice chancellor is also responsible for assuring academic integrity in research endeavors and compliance with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to research. Units reporting to the vice chancellor include the Office of Technology Management, the Office for Protection of Research Subjects and the Office of Research Services.
Gislason joined the UIC faculty in 1969 and served as head of chemistry from 1993 to 1999 and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University.
Gislason was named interim vice chancellor for research in July 1999, just before the federal Office for Protection from Research Risks placed UIC research involving human subjects on restriction. The OPRR found deficiencies in the system of oversight for protection of human participants in research trials and ordered new training and other measures designed to ensure the safety of such participants. Under Gislason's leadership, UIC completely revamped its oversight procedures and the campus was removed from restriction in 2000.
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