#DePaul in the NEWS

May 24, 2017

Some of Chicago's health disparities can be attributed to the environment, says public health expert Julia Lippert. "There's older housing with different lead exposures, not necessarily in your water, but in your environment," that can create issues, she tells "The Morning AMp" on Vocalo radio. Lippert and public health student Briana Lemon spoke about environmental contaminants and how DePaul is cohosting a June 9 health fair in the Austin neighborhood to help residents test their water and soil for lead.

May 23, 2017

Terror struck Manchester, U.K., Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert, as a suicide bomber killed at least 22 and injured many more. "From the beginning I thought it was very likely that it was a cell or a network kind of attack. It was too sophisticated, too well-planned," terrorism expert Tom Mockaitis tells WGN-TV. "I think we are going to see that this was a plot and so far the evidence supports that," he says.

May 23, 2017
DNAinfo Chicago

DePaul is celebrating its outgoing president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M, in several ways, reports DNAinfo. "In recognition of Father Holtschneider's appreciation for all things musical, the new music building will be named in his honor," says Bill Bennett, immediate past chair of DePaul's board of trustees. "We will always be grateful to Father Holtschneider for his broad and effective commitment to music and all the arts," says Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the School of Music.

May 18, 2017
The San Diego Union-Tribune

A new American Cancer Society study estimates that 20 percent of new cancer cases are preventable, yet fear can prevent people from getting tested, says psychologist Leonard Jason. "It's scary to get screened for cancer. There is a certain amount of psychological denial where many people will say 'well, I've already got too many other problems going on in my life right now,'" he tells The San Diego Union-Tribune.

May 17, 2017
The Hechinger Report

Animators, computer scientists and sign language experts in the College of Computing and Digital Media have teamed up to create Paula, an avatar who translates written and spoken words for the deaf by signing. "You would think it would be easier, with all the amazing animation in movies," says Rosalee Wolfe, professor of human-computer interaction. "But once a movie is made, it's frozen in time. The avatar must respond to the immediate situation. You can't just make an animated phrase book," Wolfe tells The Hechinger Report.

May 10, 2017
Chicago Reader

How have President Donald Trump's actions on immigration affected the U.S. in his first 100 days? It's all about data, says journalist Maria Hinojosa of DePaul's Latin American and Latino Studies Department. "You have to look at what happens when you have a shrinkage of the immigrant population and of their engagement with the daily economy," she tells the Chicago Reader

May 08, 2017

Citing cities including Copenhagen and Vancouver, activists are making the push for safe consumption sites for drug users in the U.S., reports VICE. "There's no absolutely safe drug use. That doesn't exist. There are just degrees of risk and safety, and I think we can do a much better job with this idea of safer consumption spaces to address those needs in particular," says DePaul sociologist Greg Scott. 

May 05, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

"I've always said that kids, people, should be able to turn on the TV and see someone that looks like themselves," says Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News." While Holt was at DePaul to receive an award from the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, he talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika about race, journalism and his Windy City roots.

May 05, 2017

Corporations are moving away from traditional press releases and embracing online platforms like Medium for certain announcements in hopes of connecting with consumers, public relations expert Matt Ragas tells WVTF. "Corporations are trying to seem less corporate and more personal, more human, for lack of a better word, and more conversational."