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Accomplished criminalist John DeHaan establishes COP’s Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science
John DeHaan ’69 LAS has tested theories his whole life. A self-defined science fair nerd, he was a “Mr. Wizard” fan as a kid
“Joe was a forward thinker who led by example,” says DeHaan, who studied under Nicol while attending UIC. “He was blunt and cynical, but improved fire investigation by relying on testing to challenge a number of theories on which the practice was based.”
Nicol supported and guided DeHaan while he was a student UIC and through his early career. DeHaan has since authored the industry’s benchmark textbook on fire and arson investigation, started his own consulting company.
Thanks to DeHaan, the UIC College of Pharmacy will be able to establish the Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science. DeHaan hopes this will solidify a world-class educational program for aspiring criminalists.
Criminalistics attracted not only the scientist in. DeHaan, but also the part of him that wanted to have a positive impact on his world. His bequest to UIC is one example, among the many throughout his impressive career, of doing just that.
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Beloved pharmacognosy professor establishes the College’s Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Endowed Professorship
Edward Mika had a passion for teaching.
It was exactly this fervor that inspired Mika and his wife, Josephine, to establish a bequest creating the Edward S. and Josephine E. Mika Endowed Professorship—the first endowed professorship at the College.
Edward graduated from the University of Chicago in 1942 and earned a master’s degree from Washington State University in 1950 and a doctorate in botany from the University of Chicago in 1954. He also earned the equivalent of a doctorate in chemistry there. Before joining UIC faculty in 1961, he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory as a radiobiologist and at the University of Chicago as a research associate in botany and pharmacology.
He was among the first group of pharmacognosy faculty hired at UIC in the early 1960s. Edward research focused on the chemical composition, growth and development of medicinal plants and was recognized for his work as a recipient of the prestigious Newcomb Award in Pharmacognosy. A beloved teacher, Edward’s classroom demeanor earned him the Golden Apple and the UIC Silver Circle teaching awards during his tenure. He passed away in 1998.
Josephine, who resides in Munster, Ind., is a retired executive secretary of Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. She worked at Ford for 36 years.
The Mikas also have a commitment to endow a scholarship fund that helps pharmacy students at UIC.
“We wanted to give to someone worthy and give them the incentive to go on with their studies,” says Josephine. “We felt very proud to have done our part in this worth endeavor.”
Concerning the Mika Professorship, Josephine says, “He and I spoke about this for some time. We don’t have a family and wanted to bequeath for the purposes of education, particularly in pharmacognosy. As a member of the College of Pharmacy faculty for so many years, Dr. Mika’s desire was to remember UIC with a generous monetary gift to carry on with the curriculum in the field of pharmacognosy. He enjoyed his work immensely, loved the environment and loved the people.”
Masooma Razvi recalls the application process for her Astellas USA Foundation scholarship as exciting but intense. With the largest annual scholarship UIC’s College of Pharmacy awards on the line, covering 25 percent of her PharmD tuition, Masooma envisioned the healthy balance of family, education and service it would allow her. Now, as the first Astellas Scholar, Masooma feels she can’t say enough to express how grateful she is.
“I am married, have a young daughter, own a home, work and volunteer, but still wanted to fulfill my personal desire to serve others,” says Razvi. “This led me to pursue my PharmD, but without scholarship support the increased work and debt would draw me away from what was important in achieving my goals.”
The Astellas USA Foundation shares Masooma’s passion for research, and chose UIC’s College of Pharmacy to invest in tomorrow’s innovators. The organization believes strongly in helping future science leaders realize their full potential, and assists them by funding continuing education for students of diverse backgrounds.
“Masooma has a passion for the profession, and her experience, maturity and drive represented UIC well and matched the potential Astellas was looking for,”
says Brad Cannon, PHARMD ’94, the college’s scholarship committee chair. Norman Katz, emeritus pharmacology professor and Razvi’s advisor, agrees. “Masooma is a skilled researcher, excellent communicator, shows a strong work ethic and commitment to professional growth and finds time to serve others,” says Katz. “She represents the type of student that any pharmacy college would be proud to have.”
A fascination with how medicines work in the body piqued Razvi’s interest in pharmacology. While pursuing her PhD, she discovered a strong desire to serve others. This led to a revision in her plans, refocusing on becoming a pharmacist. Now, with the help of the Astellas scholarship, she has found the balance she envisioned.
Razvi serves as the Student National Pharmaceutical Association Diabetes co-chair, volunteers at a free clinic for the underserved and expects to complete her master’s degree this year. She dedicates the time she would have spent working to her family and community. As she moves on to pursue her PharmD and looks forward to a career as a pharmacist, Razvi hopes to make pharmaceutical care safer by reducing medication errors and adverse drug reactions and intends to promote preventative care to help patients lead healthier lives.