#DePaul in the NEWS

January 16, 2018
ABC7 Chicago

A new ruling from an Illinois judge expands the "qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use to include intractable pain," reports ABC7 Chicago. "It would bring Illinois more in line with states with laws on the books," says health scientist Douglas Bruce, who researches patient and physician attitudes about medical marijuana. He and his students "studied a number of patients using medical marijuana and published the results last year. He said the majority of patients use medical marijuana for treatment of diseases like cancer, HIV, glaucoma and epilepsy," reports ABC 7.

January 10, 2018
Nature

The journal Nature reports: "Navigating a research career along with a chronic illness ... requires zeroing in on what is most essential." DePaul's Leonard Jason, a professor of psychology, has lived this reality. Jason stresses that for people living with chronic illness "prioritization is absolutely critical when one is in a diminished state. If it's trivial and you don't care about it, let it go."

January 09, 2018
WTTW

When most people think of microbes they think of bacteria or disease, says science writer and English professor Ted Anton. However, microbes play an important role in our bodies, he tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." "They've been around since really almost the very dawn of Earth and they also live inside of us and shape our health and our moods ... most of them do very important activities in our body, so to be nurtured and preserved as opposed to being killed off," says Anton, the author of "Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms."

January 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Video games created for people with anxiety or sickle cell anemia are just some of the projects coming out of DePaul's deep games lab in the College of Computing and Digital Media. Projects in the lab explore "the human experience and insight into ourselves," game designer Doris Rusch tells the Chicago Tribune.

January 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

In previewing "most promising jazz performances of the winter season," Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich spotlights the Dana Hall Trio. "The director of jazz studies at DePaul University's School of Music has been a dynamic presence in Chicago for years, playing more prolifically than many musicians who don't hold major academic appointments. How Hall manages to do it all remains something of a mystery, but listeners can be thankful for his large projects and small-group excursions alike," Reich writes.

January 08, 2018
WBEZ

One thing the television series "The Chi" gets right is making the South Side of Chicago universal, says Evan Moore, an adjunct journalism instructor. The characters in the show "have the same problems, goals ... and aspirations as anyone else in America," Moore tells WBEZ during a critique of the new show.

January 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

"Cozying up" with its own heritage, Swedish Covenant Hospital is opening offices in a former Swedish bakery in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. "It's about making sure that your brand is valuable enough so that it's able to be inclusive," says health care marketing researcher Andrew Gallan in Crain's Chicago Business. Gallan posits that the hospital wants to show it is "relevant in the modern age. That it's not Kodak."

January 05, 2018
Homeland Preparedness News

The United States should stay vigilant regarding biological attacks, says Barry Kellman, an authority on the legal aspects of weapons and international security. He tells Homeland Preparedness News the U.S. is "more vulnerable than we should be" despite strength in areas such as health care, scientific research and containment. "The problem is if somebody really wants to hurt us, could they? And the answer is yes, and they could hurt us through agriculture, pathogens ... I won't go into details. But we're vulnerable," Kellman says.

January 04, 2018
Chicago Reader

"Code-Switched," a Chicago-made web series by DePaul alumnus Karan Sunil, depicts "a group of main characters of color (who are) relatable to views no matter their background," reports the Chicago Reader. "The most important thing is that the show is meant to tell stories that I think are not often told but stories that are very common," says Sunil. "Code-Switched" is set to premiere this spring.

January 03, 2018
Nature

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome, is getting a closer look as research increases into the condition. Leonard Jason, a psychology professor who studies the disease, explains to Nature magazine how his research in the 1990s helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drop "rare" from its definition of the disorder.