Dr. Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, leading neurosurgeon from University of Illinois at Chicago, joins University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

CLEVELAND – A leading neurosurgeon from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, has joined University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center as the new Director, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery and the Warren R. Selman Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery. She is also Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UH. CLEVELAND … Read more

Biologists trying to combat fungal disease being found in Blanding’s turtles; DuPage testing to be done this summer – Chicago Tribune

Biologists have been working for three decades on a recovery project for the endangered Blanding’s turtle throughout the state, including DuPage County, as numbers declined due to an increase in predators and habitat destruction. Now the species faces a new threat: a fungal disease that eats through the shell creating a Swiss cheese effect. Recently, … Read more

Undergrads begin summer quantum research with support from Moore Foundation, Chicago region universities, national labs – BIOENGINEER.ORG

More than a dozen college students from underrepresented backgrounds will be spending the summer conducting quantum information science and engineering research in labs across the Midwest thanks to the Open Quantum Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship, a new program that seeks to make the burgeoning quantum workforce a more diverse and inclusive community from the start. More … Read more

Illinois Now Has an Official State Rock. Here’s What It Is – NBC Chicago

For decades, Illinois has had a state bird and even a state tree, but a rock state had never been designated, despite more than 30 other states having an official rock or stone. However, that changed Monday. At Lisle’s Morton Arboretum, surrounded by a group of middle school students who played a pivotal role in … Read more

Fremont trustee faces former research biologist in District 2 Democratic Lake County Board primary – Chicago Tribune

Two Democratic candidates are campaigning for an open Lake County Board seat in the District 2 Democratic primary on June 28. Fremont School District 79 Board of Education secretary Shawn Killackey of unincorporated Mundelein and former research biologist and volunteer court-appointed child advocate Linda Troester of Round Lake are making the rounds to voters before … Read more

Data Portal Highlights Internet Inequities in Chicago

Percent of Chicago households with Internet access, by community area. Data sources: American Community Survey (2015–2019) and City of Chicago Data Portal. Credit: University of Chicago Data Science Institute In an effort to reduce disparities, the[{” attribute=””>University of Chicago Data Science Institute launches a data portal to guide research, policy, and community action. The Infrastructure … Read more

Data highlights internet inequities in Chicago – BIOENGINEER.ORG

In 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized $ 65 billion to expand broadband access and adoption, and address disparities highlighted by the COVID pandemic and the shift to remote work, school and health care. But to invest that funding most effectively for improving digital equity in the United States, new and deep data … Read more

Author and American Writers Festival presenter John Scalzi writes science fiction because of a coin toss – Chicago Tribune

John Scalzi, appearing at the American Writers Festival on May 15 (in conversation with the terrific Chicago science-fiction writer Michi Trota), once brought 13 ideas to a major publisher, hoping for a handful to sound like new books. The publisher bought all 13. Which has been cushy for the past few years. He’s on book … Read more

Science News: Fossil Could Rewrite History of Evolution; Birds Laying Eggs Earlier | Chicago News

Chicago-area birds are nesting and laying eggs earlier than ever before. A mysterious meteor burns up over Papua New Guinea. A fossil could rewrite the history of the evolution of life on Earth. And a disturbing finding about microplastics. Joining “Chicago Tonight” to give us his take on all of the latest science headlines is … Read more

Shedd Aquarium research biologist Austin Happel lays out the connection between water quality improvement and fish improvement on the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) along with some hopes and dreams for more improvement.

Austin Happel finds brook silversides in his studies of the Chicago River system. You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of them. I had to look them up, too. They are usually found in clear-water lakes with vegetation. Which made Happel wonder, “What habitat are they finding in the South Branch. What are you doing … Read more