As a Health and Science reporter for Medill News Service, I covered mental health and psychology, gender issues and diagnosis beat. Through pitching story ideas and reporting, I pursued enterprise stories, researching with a psychological lens.  Before beginning this position in January 2016, I was published as an Arts and Culture reporter for the course "Journalism Methods: News Reporting and Writing." I am particularly satisfied that Medill News Service published pieces from this course, as it is not customary to publish first quarter students.

Exercise Boosts Brain Activity

Heart thumping, sweat dripping, neurotransmitters surging. “This is your body on exercise,” according to the findings of a new imaging study. Your heart and lungs work harder, of course. But the real surprise is how the exercise produces surges of more neurotransmitters that rev up brain function.

From Dingy to Delightful – Vibrant Lights Glow Under the Loop El

The shadows beneath the el tracks – the underbelly of the city –are starting to glow with multi-colored lights on Wabash Avenue. And the lights may soon become part of a personalized light show that people can program from an app.

Comedy Spotlights the Battle of the Sexes

Three women donning animal ears dance to music as the character Waldo from “Where’s Waldo?” slinks between them, attempting to keep rhythm as he approaches each woman from behind. Once in position, Waldo extends his hands to grope his target and is deterred by each startled actress who jumps away.


Charlotte Moorman: Shattering Barriers Between Art and Technology

Can a television and a topless cellist wearing a pair of them be art? To Charlotte Moorman—the Julliard-trained cellist commonly known as the “topless cellist”— a television is art.

Auto Show Accelerates Into the Future Lanes of Technology 

While Back to the Future’s Doc Brown might be disappointed by the lack of flying cars at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, he’d likely be impressed by the breadth of technology packed into this year’s event.

Prozac Trial to Assess Prenatal Treatment of Down Syndrome

Paul Watson is a father, a husband and a Southwest Airlines pilot. But as an explorer, he searches each city he lands in for the labs of local scientists studying Down syndrome. He’s also the “ideas man” behind the first human trial to test fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, as a prenatal treatment for Down syndrome. 

“It comes on and I wish I could figure out how to control it, that I could stop it, but I can’t. I’ve tried,” said retired sales associate Cheryl Moran said.

What is “it”? Uncontrollable diarrhea.

“It” is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — diarrhea along with abdominal pain, bloating and constipation on the long list of ailments that IBS patients like Moran face. 

Japanese Photographer Uses "Cult" Camera to Tell a Chicago Story

Satoki Nagata, who moved to Chicago in 1992, exclusively used a Leica camera to capture the photographs that compose the December-long exhibit “Lights in the City” at the Rangefinder Gallery. Located within Tamarkin Camera, 300 W. Superior St., the gallery displays 21 images from two different projects: “Lights in Chicago” and “Frances Cabrini Rowhouses.”

At first glance, the Leica camera strung around Nagata’s shoulder appears old and out of date, but behind the unassuming lens is a digital screen that has allowed Nagata to document the city in a modern manner.

Blissful Ignorance Can Be Deadly: Students Pass on HIV/AIDS Event

It’s been five years since a study found that 50 percent of HIV-positive youth under the age of 24 did not know their diagnosis. Are you shocked? Surprised?

Virtually wearing a red ribbon of awareness, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400 participated in Day With(out) Art in hopes of raising HIV/AIDS consciousness amongst students, but attracted only a few.