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Body size of the extinct Megalodon indeed off the charts in the shark world

Body size of the extinct Megalodon indeed off the charts in the shark world

​​​​​​CHICAGO — A new study shows that the body size of the iconic gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, about 50 feet (15 meters) in length, is... read more

Building an antiracist lab: Scientists offer steps to take action now

Building an antiracist lab: Scientists offer steps to take action now

​​​​​​​​​​​CHICAGO — Racial and ethnic diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) remains low, continuing to raise concerns... read more

Sinai Health System and DePaul University come together to address health inequities

Sinai Health System and DePaul University come together to address health inequities

​​​​​CHICAGO — Sinai Health System and DePaul University announce today they will join forces to address critical health inequities in Chicago through... read more

Nursing during COVID: DePaul University researchers interview front-line nurses

Nursing during COVID: DePaul University researchers interview front-line nurses

​​​​ CHICAGO ​​— Nurses sharing their stories from the COVID-19 pandemic may change the health care profession, said Shannon Simonovich, an assistant... read more

DePaul University researchers address COVID-19 challenges

DePaul University researchers address COVID-19 challenges

​​​​​​CHICAGO — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul University has called on its scientific community to address challenges in the areas of... read more

Symbiotic underground fungi disperse by wind, new study finds

Symbiotic underground fungi disperse by wind, new study finds

​A new study published in the journal New Phytologist from a research team led by environmental scientist Bala Chaudhary at DePaul University uncovered previously undiscovered patterns in the dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi that could help ecologists understand how these beneficial fungi travel. ​

 Comedy, health care, theatre and law: Meet DePaul University’s Class of 2020

Comedy, health care, theatre and law: Meet DePaul University’s Class of 2020

CHICAGO — This June, DePaul University will celebrate the Class of 2020 in an unprecedented way: Online ceremonies that will provide graduates,... read more

Graduating health sciences major learns from working with patients

Graduating health sciences major learns from working with patients

​​​​​​​CHICAGO — Radhwa Ramadan is driven to help others and give back to her community. While interning at a local Chicago clinic, Ramadan learned... read more

Community psychologists: Agents of change

Community psychologists: Agents of change

​​​CHICAGO — For decades, community psychologists have used their psychology training to identify solutions to challenging problems like neighborhood... read more

Study: Ecological dipoles reveal where trees may reproduce across North America

Study: Ecological dipoles reveal where trees may reproduce across North America

​ CHICAGO — Forests in North America create a ripple effect in the ecosystem when trees occasionally reproduce synchronously en masse — a process... read more

DePaul University names cancer researcher, higher education leader as dean of the College of Science and Health

DePaul University names cancer researcher, higher education leader as dean of the College of Science and Health

​An expert in cancer biology and leader in higher education will serve as the next dean for DePaul University’s College of Science and Health. Interim Provost Salma Ghanem announced April 29 that Stephanie Dance-Barnes will join the DePaul community July 1.​

DePaul University experts available to discuss recovery, life after the COVID-19 pandemic

DePaul University experts available to discuss recovery, life after the COVID-19 pandemic

​CHICAGO — Recovery. Reentry. Reopen. Return. A new normal. Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about what... read more

Ecological dipoles: A new approach to tracking plants, wildlife

Ecological dipoles: A new approach to tracking plants, wildlife

​​​ ​ CHICAGO — For decades, climatologists have used data to predict large trends in weather, such as El Niño, that affect entire continents.... read more

DePaul University faculty, students use 3D printers to make face shields, face mask covers

DePaul University faculty, students use 3D printers to make face shields, face mask covers

​CHICAGO — Health care workers treating COVID-19 patients across the nation are facing a critical shortage of personal protection equipment,... read more

 DePaul University nurses donate personal protection equipment to local hospitals

DePaul University nurses donate personal protection equipment to local hospitals

​​​CHICAGO — As health care providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic face a national shortage of medical supplies, DePaul University’s... read more

DePaul University experts available to discuss coronavirus issues

DePaul University experts available to discuss coronavirus issues

​​CHICAGO — Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars who research... read more

Study finds many youth living with undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome

Study finds many youth living with undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome

​​​​​​​​CHICAGO — Most youth living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) have not been diagnosed, according to a new... read more

NIH funds Chicago-based study of chronic fatigue syndrome and mono in college age students

NIH funds Chicago-based study of chronic fatigue syndrome and mono in college age students

​CHICAGO — Pathophysiological underpinnings of the development of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are still poorly... read more

DHGE and DePaul University collaborate to offer custom-designed online education programs for healthcare professionals

DHGE and DePaul University collaborate to offer custom-designed online education programs for healthcare professionals

​CHICAGO — In its most ambitious partnership to date, Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE), the leading healthcare workforce development company, is... read more

Dinosaur-era shark fossil discovered in Kansas; researchers name it Cretodus houghtonorum

Dinosaur-era shark fossil discovered in Kansas; researchers name it Cretodus houghtonorum

​Excavation of a partial skeleton of the newly described, 91-million-year-old fossil shark, Cretodus houghtonorum, in central Kansas in 2010,... read more

NIMH funds youth violence prevention research at DePaul University

NIMH funds youth violence prevention research at DePaul University

CHICAGO — Psychology researchers at DePaul University have received a $6.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to reduce... read more

​Paleobiologist clarifies scientific record of the size of extinct megatooth shark

​Paleobiologist clarifies scientific record of the size of extinct megatooth shark

​CHICAGO — The iconic extinct megatooth shark, Otodus megalodon, is an impressive gigantic shark, but new research shows scientifically justifiable... read more

Students help DePaul University earn ‘Tree Campus USA’ recognition; plan Earth Week activities

Students help DePaul University earn ‘Tree Campus USA’ recognition; plan Earth Week activities

CHICAGO — DePaul University will be celebrating Earth Week this year as a newly recognized Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the... read more

DePaul University ecologist receives NSF CAREER grant to study dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi

DePaul University ecologist receives NSF CAREER grant to study dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi

CHICAGO — Mycorrhizal fungi are among the most common beneficial fungi for plants, mining soil nutrients and delivering them to plants in exchange for... read more

DePaul University announces 2019 commencement speakers

DePaul University announces 2019 commencement speakers

CHICAGO — DePaul University’s 120th commencement will celebrate an estimated 6,600 graduates during seven separate ceremonies May 18 and June... read more

Study links segregation, low birth weight in US cities

Study links segregation, low birth weight in US cities

CHICAGO – A recent study finds a strong association between low birth weight and racial and ethnic segregation in four U.S. cities — Chicago,... read more

Research: The more ‘stuff’ you have, the more likely you are to be a procrastinator

Research: The more ‘stuff’ you have, the more likely you are to be a procrastinator

CHICAGO — An overabundance of “stuff” can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mental health and disrupt their sense of home,... read more

Mental health advocacy, game design drive DePaul University grads

Mental health advocacy, game design drive DePaul University grads

CHICAGO —More than 6,700 DePaul University students are graduating this year and many will gather this weekend at five commencement ceremonies to... read more

Marine with a heart for mental health studies the brain

Marine with a heart for mental health studies the brain

CHICAGO — The brain’s primary function is to send messages and make connections between different parts of the body. For Alysa Bloodsworth,... read more

Researchers examine link between traumatic brain injury and domestic violence

Researchers examine link between traumatic brain injury and domestic violence

CHICAGO — Loss of memory, trouble concentrating and an unstable mood are among the indicators of traumatic brain injury and a research focus... read more

‘Beasts at Bedtime’ reveals environmental lessons in children’s books

‘Beasts at Bedtime’ reveals environmental lessons in children’s books

​​CHICAGO — How can favorite children’s books, from “Peter Rabbit” to “The Hunger Games,” teach valuable lessons about nature and... read more

Child psychologist in Chicago discusses gun violence, youth and stress

Child psychologist in Chicago discusses gun violence, youth and stress

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March Madness: DePaul University math prof talks longshot odds of picking perfect bracket

March Madness: DePaul University math prof talks longshot odds of picking perfect bracket

​CHICAGO — As college basketball fans get set to fill out their brackets this March Madness, DePaul University mathematics professor Jeff Bergen... read more

Environmental experts at DePaul University offer insight on Hurricane Harvey

Environmental experts at DePaul University offer insight on Hurricane Harvey

CHICAGO — As Americans absorb the news of suffering and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many have questions about the roles of... read more

Camera system to hitch ride on high altitude balloon to video total solar eclipse from above

Camera system to hitch ride on high altitude balloon to video total solar eclipse from above

CHICAGO — While many Americans will be looking skyward Aug. 21 during the total solar eclipse, if all goes according to plan, a camera system device... read more

Military veteran overcomes hardships to obtain math degree

Military veteran overcomes hardships to obtain math degree

CHICAGO —  Lucas Estelle always loved math. He invented coin-flipping games as a child, toying with probability before he ever understood the... read more

Refugee scholar, Army veteran and theatre advocate among DePaul University graduates

Refugee scholar, Army veteran and theatre advocate among DePaul University graduates

CHICAGO — This weekend some 6,500 graduates will gather for DePaul University’s 119th commencement ceremonies and reflect on their... read more

Anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean to speak at DePaul University April 19

Anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean to speak at DePaul University April 19

CHICAGO — The current debate over capital punishment is the backdrop for a panel discussion on the ethics of execution at DePaul University April... read more

DePaul University announces 2017 commencement speakers

DePaul University announces 2017 commencement speakers

CHICAGO — Speakers for DePaul University’s 119th commencement ceremonies are leaders in their respective fields including education, broadcast... read more

Cognitive neuroscientists use systems level approach to search for cause of chronic fatigue syndrome

Cognitive neuroscientists use systems level approach to search for cause of chronic fatigue syndrome

CHICAGO — A team of researchers from the Center for Community Research at DePaul University are on a mission to better understand why the brain... read more

The perfect bracket: DePaul mathematician talks longshot odds of predicting March Madness

The perfect bracket: DePaul mathematician talks longshot odds of predicting March Madness

CHICAGO -- As college basketball fans get set to fill out their brackets this March Madness, DePaul University mathematics professor... read more

Singles’ Day in China, Black Friday, Cyber Monday: DePaul University experts discuss facets of global consumer holidays

Singles’ Day in China, Black Friday, Cyber Monday: DePaul University experts discuss facets of global consumer holidays

CHICAGO — DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight and commentary on approaching consumer holidays: Singles’ Day... read more

Researchers describe new large prehistoric shark

Researchers describe new large prehistoric shark

CHICAGO — Megalolamna paradoxodon is the name of a new extinct shark described by an international research team who based their discovery on... read more

Cutting through the clutter: Study examines 'dark side of home'

Cutting through the clutter: Study examines 'dark side of home'

CHICAGO — The phrase “make yourself at home” seems innocuous but there is a significant psychological element to... read more

Meet DePaul University’s class of 2016

Meet DePaul University’s class of 2016

CHICAGO — Beneath the sea of mortarboards at DePaul University’s 118th commencement ceremonies, some 6,500 graduates will reflect... read more

Chicago native works to make a difference among minority youth

Chicago native works to make a difference among minority youth

CHICAGO — Growing up in Chicago, Bella Mucino volunteered in her mother’s kindergarten classroom with bilingual students. Mucino could relate to the... read more

Why to talk about death at dinner

Why to talk about death at dinner

CHICAGO — Death is not a topic people usually bring up at the dinner table, but it should be, says medical anthropologist and bioethicist... read more

DePaul University 2016 commencement speakers: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and business, education, technology and humanitarian thought leaders

DePaul University 2016 commencement speakers: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and business, education, technology and humanitarian thought leaders

​CHICAGO — Speakers for DePaul University’s 118th commencement ceremonies are thought leaders in their respective fields including education,... read more

Odds of a perfect NCAA bracket are near impossible: DePaul University mathematician

Odds of a perfect NCAA bracket are near impossible: DePaul University mathematician

​​​​​CHICAGO — The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than... read more

Fossil discovery: Extraordinary ‘big-mouthed’ fish from Cretaceous Period

Fossil discovery: Extraordinary ‘big-mouthed’ fish from Cretaceous Period

CHICAGO — An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called... read more

Valentine’s Day: DePaul University experts discuss ‘broken heart syndrome,’ consumer behavior, religious symbolism and cinema

Valentine’s Day: DePaul University experts discuss ‘broken heart syndrome,’ consumer behavior, religious symbolism and cinema

CHICAGO — DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight into different aspects of Valentine’s Day, including its religious... read more

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Singles’ Day in China: DePaul University experts discuss facets of consumer holidays

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Singles’ Day in China: DePaul University experts discuss facets of consumer holidays

CHICAGO — DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight and commentary on the consumer holidays of Black Friday and Cyber... read more

Physicians, social scientists team up to reduce health disparities in Chicago

Physicians, social scientists team up to reduce health disparities in Chicago

CHICAGO - Individuals are born with their own personal health potential, yet social factors like a lack of access to quality care can negatively... read more

Study: Advance directives are about more than refusing care

Study: Advance directives are about more than refusing care

CHICAGO — A new study finds that nearly a third of people who fill out advance health care directives — documents that lay out a patient’s... read more

Real Martians: Researcher talks movies, NASA and team composition

Real Martians: Researcher talks movies, NASA and team composition

Fictional astronauts coping with drama in deep space make for a great movie. In real life, researchers are helping NASA better understand... read more

Researchers discover new lineage of prehistoric, plankton-eating sharks

Researchers discover new lineage of prehistoric, plankton-eating sharks

DePaul University paleobiologist Kenshu Shimada’s rendering of a Pseudomegachasma shark hypothesizes it had a large mouth with many small teeth.... read more

Substance abuse recovery odds increase in a community setting

Substance abuse recovery odds increase in a community setting

CHICAGO — Following substance abuse treatment, individuals who live in a collaborative housing setting with community rules and responsibilities... read more

Foodie fest: DePaul University experts chew over impact of food on health, wine, culture

Foodie fest: DePaul University experts chew over impact of food on health, wine, culture

CHICAGO – From “Travel and Leisure​” to the “Travel Channel​,” Chicago has been named as one of America’s best cities for food and foodies. This... read more

A decade after Hurricane Katrina: Experts discuss climate change, race relations and social enterprise

A decade after Hurricane Katrina: Experts discuss climate change, race relations and social enterprise

CHICAGO — This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,200 people and crippled the city of New Orleans. While... read more

Meet DePaul University’s class of 2015

Meet DePaul University’s class of 2015

CHICAGO — Some 6,700 students will graduate from DePaul University this academic year and among them are Fulbright scholars, veterans, educators,... read more

Psychology graduate aims to impact youth in her community

Psychology graduate aims to impact youth in her community

For Benita Figueroa, the definition of success is not about how much money or how much power she has; it’s about how many young lives she can... read more

Earth Day: Sustainable business management experts discuss why companies are placing more importance on running a sustainable business and the impact of those decisions on the environment

Earth Day: Sustainable business management experts discuss why companies are placing more importance on running a sustainable business and the impact of those decisions on the environment

CHICAGO — DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide commentary and insight on Earth Day topics, including the importance of... read more

Study: Art helps nursing and medical students strengthen observation skills

Study: Art helps nursing and medical students strengthen observation skills

CHICAGO — Gazing at a painting or examining a sculpture can aid nursing and medical students in improving their observation skills, according to... read more

Perfect NCAA bracket? Near impossible: DePaul University mathematician

Perfect NCAA bracket? Near impossible: DePaul University mathematician

CHICAGO — The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than... read more