Cook County ecologist protects natural areas for every generation

Kristin Pink, an ecologist for the Cook County Forest Preserve, reaches for oak leaves on the ground in Spears Woods.

By Carlyn Kranking Medill Reports Kristin Pink remembers coming to Spears Woods as a child, walking the paths with her sled in the winter. She knew what time of year the lily pads on the wetland bloomed and visited the woods to look at them. Now, she walks the same paths with her red Cook […]

Ready for 100 Coordinator calls for equitable energy transition in Chicago

Kyra Woods

By Emily Little Medill Reports Clean energy is no small feat for a city like Chicago. It’s not enough to move homes and businesses to renewable power; there must be an equitable transition that addresses systemic discrimination in marginalized communities all over the city. Kyra Woods is the Ready for 100 Coordinator for the Illinois […]

Dr. Richard Novak: The man behind UIC’s COVID-19 vaccine Phase III clinical trial

Novak Profile

By Shivani Majmudar Medill Reports As COVID-19 unraveled the world, many scientists and leaders struggled to find direction amid unprecedented uncertainty. For Dr. Richard Novak, though, the situation was all too familiar. Novak, 66, heads the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois-Chicago and has led HIV clinical care and vaccine research efforts […]

The race for COVID-19 vaccines: A deep dive into Moderna’s frontrunner candidate

COVID 19 Microscope

By Shivani Majmudar Medill Reports COVID-19’s sudden emergence as a catastrophic global pandemic, and the absence of medical treatment, left scientists grasping for any means to meet the overwhelming demand for care. In the historic race to develop a vaccine, Moderna Therapeutic’s candidate, mRNA-1273, stands out as a frontrunner. The biotechnology company went from genetic […]