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Environmental conference appeals to youth

By Brandon Smith

November 19, 2012

Nature enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Chicago on Nov. 15 to exchange ideas about how to make the citymore eco-friendly.The Chicago Wilderness Alliance, a group of regional environmental organizations, held its biannual congress at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, where it hosted hundreds of panels on topics ranging from climate change and sustainable design to K-12...

Revolutionizing global vaccine distribution

By Brandon Smith

October 8, 2012

The inaccessibility of vaccines kills 21,000 children every day in underdeveloped countries, accordingto the World Health Organization.Many of these countries and the United Nations lack the means to pay for the distribution of lifesaving treatments they desperately need, according to the U.N. Children’s Fund, and the vaccines that are paid for are often damaged during the transportation process. The question has been ra...

Former Rep. Derrick Smith seeks reelection in wake of federal investigation

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 1, 2012

After he was caught on tape allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe, Rep. Derrick Smith (D-10th) was arrested and voted out of the Illinois House of Representatives 100-6 on Aug. 17. Despite the charges against him, Smith plans to run for re-election, leaving policy makers divided.During a Sept. 26 pre-trial status hearing, Smith’s representation sought additional time between future hearings to allow his client more time to o...

Gender bias affects female scientists

By Brandon Smith

October 1, 2012

Science has proven that gender bias is affecting the pay disparity between men and women working in scientific fields, according to a recent study.Erin Cadwalader, a public policy fellow of the Association for Women in Science, believes there is a problem with the general atmosphere of scientific institutions.Cadwalader noted a recent Yale University study, “Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students,” ...

Multitasking: a college epidemic?

By Brandon Smith

September 24, 2012

There are a million things to do in any given day. Writing papers, studying for tests, working, socializing and keeping up with the Kardashians can consume anyone’s time. But research suggests that trying to accomplish all of these things at once isn’t worth the time it purportedly saves.According to Susan Weinschenk, a behavioral psychologist with more than 30 years of experience, our brains can become accustomed to switching between tasks. She said multitasking changes the chemistry of the brain and drives it...

Cyborg insects may be tomorrow’s heroes

By Brandon Smith

September 17, 2012

The idea of cyborg-like “biobots” has the allure of a science fiction novel, but they are real and may one day save your life.Researchers at North Carolina State University at Raleigh have artfully adorned Madagascar hissing cockroaches with radio transmitting “backpacks,” hoping that one day they will be able to navigate earthquake rubble and explore areas exposed to radiation.Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor o...

Adolescent cannabis use may affect adult IQ

By Brandon Smith

September 17, 2012

Researchers at Duke University have found a possible link between IQ deterioration and smokingmarijuana at an early age.The study, which asserted that persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from adolescence to middle age, was published Aug. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academyof Sciences.Lead author Madeline Meier said she focused on a 25-year-long study conducted in Dunedin, New Zealand. The study fo...

Featured Athlete: Megan Pyrz

By Brandon Smith

September 10, 2012

Megan Pyrz, a sophomore at DePaul University, started playing goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team as a freshman. She was recently named Big East Goalkeeper of the Week, based on the outstanding season she has recorded so far. In six games, she has allowed only three goals and has made 27 saves, the second most in the Big East conference. The Chronicle met with the Minnesota native before she went home for the Minnesota Gold C...

Students drunk on friendship

By Brandon Smith

September 4, 2012

Many hungover mornings have been spent lamenting a lost phone or reminiscing about how funny it was when it took that one guy 30 minutes to put his shoes on the night before. But there are serious implications associated with drinking to keep in mind before heading out to a party.First, the good news: research shows there are positive aspects to drinking, much to the delight of college students.Michael Sayette, a professor of psy...

Activists find strength in collaboration

By Aviva Einhorn

February 13, 2012

Occupy el Barrio members and community activists came together Feb. 4 to voice concerns about issues faced by Chicago’s Latino immigrant population and to discuss upcoming events.Occupy el Barrio, a Pilsen-based branch of the larger movement dedicated to addressing economic and other issues faced by the community, held a town hall meeting at Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine Ave. Occupy el Barrio members Crystal Vance Guerra a...

City takes up trauma center crisis

By Darryl Holliday

November 15, 2010

After public outcry from residents, Chicago aldermen introduced a resolution on Nov. 3, that urges public health officials to address the lack of trauma care on Chicago’s South Side.The resolution, sponsored by Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) and others, calls for the city’s Committee on Health to take public comment and testimony from the Chicago Department of Public Health and other sources addressing the need for...

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