Category: Community Health

Village of DePue receives response from IEPA about lake cleanup

The Village of DePue received last Monday a response from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to many comments it had made on the ongoing Superfund cleanup project at Lake DePue. The lake, which has been designated a Superfund site for 12 years now, is better known for its annual boat races. But though the

NU students unite for global health

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Northwestern medical students came together to share their work in global health with colleagues, peers and professors. At the Feinberg School of Medicine’s Global Health Poster Session, students presented posters that showcased projects from around the world, and offered first-year med students a glimpse of what they too can achieve in

Andes to Amazon: Bringing water to Peru

I returned this week from Peru, one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen and home to the much-touted Machu Picchu, an Inca holiday retreat of massive proportion.  Wandering through the ruins, imagining the decadent excess that once filled the walls of each house, I couldn’t help but contrast the visions with those of

A Q&A with McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann

Dirk Brockmann, an associate professor in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, is changing the way we track the spread of human infectious diseases. He uses modern technology, such as social networking websites, to examine human mobility. His work, with colleague Lars Hufnagel, analyzing data collected from the website Wheresgeorge, which

Sexual network models to fight HIV

Let’s call him Naskar. Naskar grew up in a small village outside Calcutta, and moved to the city when he was 22. He is homosexual, and quickly developed a likeminded group of friends. He doesn’t do drugs, though he sometimes drinks. He sees his family infrequently, and spends most of his time inside the city