Stritch Student Receives Leadership Award from AAMC

by Mariah Evely

Ray Mendez. Photo from Newswise.com

Ray Mendez. Photo from Newswise.com

Ray Mendez, a third-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was named a 2013 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship recipient. The Nickens awards are administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The five scholarships, amounting to $5,000, are given to students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. To read more about how Mendez received the award click here.

Loyola hosts Jesuit Jam 2014

by Mariah Evely

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The Loyola University Chicago Jesuit Community’s annual Jesuit Jam will be held on February 6, 2014. The Loyola Ramblers will face the Bradley Braves at 7 p.m. at the Gentile Arena. The first 500 students to arrive at the game will receive free Jesuit Jam 2014 t-shirts.

Free pizza and a chance to meet members of the Jesuit community will be held on the second floor of Norville after the game.

Video uploaded on YouTube by Martin Ngo

Loyola professor receives prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

by Mariah Evely

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Katherine Radek, PhD, of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was awarded a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The PECASE is the highest award the U.S. government bestows on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers, Dr. Radek is among 102 researchers to receive the honor.

To read more about Dr. Radek and the award bestowed upon her click here.

Loyola expert believes E-Cigarettes Encourage Youth to try Nicotine

by Mariah Evely

E Cigarettes Become Popular Alternative

Philip McAndrew, MD, is a physician and smoking cessation expert at Loyola University Health System as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“As physicians we have seen progress in getting kids not to smoke, but with e-cigarettes we are seeing the numbers rise. In 2011-2012 twice as many middle and high school students tried e-cigarettes. They are new, they are techy and seem fun. E-cigarettes are a real danger because not only can they lead to addiction to nicotine, with no FDA regulation we don’t now all the other chemicals in e-cigarettes that could cause harm. And, they are most easily accessible to kids,” said McAndrew in a Newswise article.

Train derailment causes delays on Red Line

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A train derailment Tuesday afternoon on the CTA’s Yellow Line is causing “significant delays” on the Yellow and Red Lines, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

There were no reported injuries.

A southbound Yellow Line train derailed near the Howard station in Rogers Park at about 2:10 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

The CTA website listed the derailment as the cause of “significant” delays on the Red Line, which connects with the Yellow at the Howard station. Purple line trains that also connect there could also be affected, the Sun-Times reports.

The incident could affect the commute of Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff riding the Red Line between the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and the Water Tower Campus downtown.

Click here for the complete Sun-Times story: DERAIL

Divvy bike rentals to hit road again Saturday

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Loyola University Chicago students, staff and faculty will be able to rent Divvy bikes beginning at noon Saturday after the bicycle rental program shut down for two days due to blizzard conditions.

Divvy bike rental stations at located near Loyola’s downtown campus at Water Tower Place and State and Pearson streets. Divvy is coming to Rogers Park in the spring.

The blizzard, which has dumped more than a foot of snow on Chicago, forced Divvy to shut down at noon Thursday. It was the first time Divvy shut down since its introduction to the city earlier this year.

Of course, below zero degree weather is forecast for Monday and Tuesday, so we’ll see how many game riders there will be.

Here is the message from Divvy:

First of all, we want to thank everyone for their understanding yesterday as we closed the system. While we know the closure meant interrupting some riders’ regular routines using Divvy, we felt it was necessary due to the snowy conditions of the roads and stations. We appreciate those of you who have supported our decision as well as those who have given us feedback on how we can do better.

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The good news is that we’ll be re-opening the system on Saturday, January 4 at 12:00 PM, unless the weather worsens significantly.

Given that this is the first time we’ve closed the system, we want to ensure stations are clear of snow and fully operational.

We continue to strive to be the most convenient, fast, fun, and affordable way to get around in Chicago. Certainly closing the system doesn’t help us achieve that, but we also want to look out for our riders and our staff when conditions might make riding and serving the system dangerous. We aim to keep the system operational except under severe circumstances.

If you have any further feedback, please email our team at info@divvybikes.com and let us know what you think we can improve on. We’ll review every email and keep getting better.

- The Divvy Team and the Chicago Department of Transportation

Snow shuts down Divvy bike rental

timthumb.phpBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago students, staff and faculty will be unable to rent Divvy bikes Thursday after the bicycle rental program shut down due to blizzard conditions.

Divvy bike rental stations at located near Loyola’s downtown campus at Water Tower Place and State and Pearson streets. Divvy is coming to Rogers Park in the spring.

The three-day blizzard, which has dumped nearly 18 inches of snow on Chicago, forced Divvy to shut down for the first time since its introduction to the city earlier this year.

Here is the message from Divvy:

Due to the weather, we will temporarily close Divvy at 12:00PM on Thursday, January 2, 2014 to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun, though any bikes in use at the time can be returned to any Divvy station with an available dock.

If you have any question about whether the system is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889). You can also find the latest updates on the Divvy website, Facebook, and Twitter. Members will also be informed of closure and re-opening via email.
In December, we served nearly 45,000 trips, and we’re looking forward to serving many more this winter.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.