Frank Chaloupka Named UIC Researcher of the Year


UIC has named Frank Chaloupka the UIC 2008 Researcher of the Year Award for Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Chaloupka, distinguished professor of economics, directs IHRP’s Health Policy Center. His research focuses on the impact of economic, policy and other environmental influences on health behaviors, including tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use, physical activity, diet, and related outcomes; the economics of tobacco and tobacco control, particularly in developing countries.

One of his largest studies is Bridging the Gap, which examines policy and environmental factors that influence health behaviors among teens. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 1997, the $39 million study aims to provide comprehensive and definitive research to enable legislators to develop effective health policies.

Chaloupka joined the UIC faculty in 1988 after earning his doctorate in economics from the City University of New York.

Other faculty named as UIC Researchers of the Year for 2008 are Alexander Mankin, professor of pharmaceutical biotechnology; Robert C. Bailey, professor of epidemiology; and Vladimir Gevorgyan, professor of chemistry. 

The award recognizes the efforts and commitment of tenure-track faculty who are advancing the field of knowledge in their area of expertise and to inspire and promote continued excellence in research at UIC.

A reception hosted by Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Danziger honoring the award recipients will be held Wednesday, February 11, at 4 p.m. in the UIC Student Center West.

Read more about Chaloupka in the Jan. 28, 2009, issue of UIC News, "Economic analysis of unhealthy behaviors 'has impact in real world'."