Dr. Anne Sperling, a researcher at the University of Chicago and an Oak Park resident, is the recipient of a $100,000 asthma grant from the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation and the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

The biomedical research grant awarded to Dr. Sperling provides funding of $50,000 for two years to investigate promising therapies designed to suppress asthma and allergies.

The American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago funds a broad program of grants and awards designed to further both basic and applied research in lung function and lung disease. The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation was founded in 1984 with the proceeds of the sale of Chicago’s Ridgeway Hospital, a nonprofit psychiatric facility focusing on low-income adolescents. One of its primary funding areas is the support of nonprofit agencies which provide medical and psychological services to economically disadvantaged children and adolescents, thereby continuing the original mission of the hospital.

A Peach of a Fulbright

Richard Peach, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, neurological sciences, and communication disorders and sciences at Rush Medical Center, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture and conduct research in neurologic communication disorders at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, sending 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 150 countries to lecture and perform research in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Becoming a Fulbright scholar is a highly detailed process, which involves many steps.

As a visiting professor to Trinity College, Peach will provide advanced lectures in neurologic communication disorders, and will advise and mentor students regarding their research projects within the School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. He will also study at the Trinity Institute for Neuroscience in the area of cognitive neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, and at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Peach leaves for Ireland Dec. 31, 2006, and will return in June 2007.

Razzle-dazzle ’em

R.M. Proce, artist and Oak Park resident, will hold an exhibition to display a painting called “Into the Abyss” from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4 at the Zhou B. Art Center Gallery, 1029 W. 35th St. as part of the Chicago Art Open. Proce will exhibit a companion piece to “Abyss” at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph St. from Oct 2 to Nov 2.

Sullivan goes Symphonic

Oak Parker Katherine Sullivan was selected as a member of Millikin University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble for the 2006-2007 season. She’s a music performance-instrumental major and will play clarinet. The wind ensemble and Millikin’s concert band will perform a concert at 4 p.m., Oct. 8, at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, Ill.

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