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Global Visionaries: Dr. Funmi Olopade
Tuesday, December 8, at 7 pm
Dr. Funmi Olopade is a geneticist at the University of Chicago and an expert in assessing who is most likely to develop cancer and why. Find out why Olopade believes that the place we call home is a big factor in our risk for the disease- whether we hail from the South Side of Chicago or from Nigeria.
Global Visionaries: Ali Emadi
Tuesday, November 24, at 7 pm
Professor Ali Emadi heads one of the most trailblazing research programs in the United States focusing on electric hybrid vehicles. Among the lab's creations is a plug-in Hybrid Ford F-150 conversion pickup truck. Take a look at the work of Dr. Emadi and his students, as they help pioneer the next generation of sustainable vehicles.
Global Visionaries: Adrian Holovaty
Tuesday, September 15, at 7 pm
Were introduced to Adrian Holovaty, a Naperville native and Founder of everyblock.com, a local neighborhood web site that presents information, news, and data at the neighborhood level. The site was recently sold to MSNBC.
The U.S. now gets more crude oil from Canada than any other country. The majority of that oil is processed here in Midwest refineries. Elizabeth Brackett tells us why some critics say the environmental costs of the heavier, dirtier Canadian crude are much too high.
Global Visionaries: Jeanne Gang
Tuesday, June 23, at 7 pm
Have you noticed the Aqua Tower, the latest 82-story addition to the Chicago skyline? Its chief designer Jeanne Gang discusses that building and her other structures that are reshaping not only the skyline, but the way many think about architecture.
Chicago Tonight examines a new city ordinance that allows the reuse of construction soil and rubble. The Chicago Department of Environment believes the ordinance will save the taxpayers money and reduce carbon emissions, but some environmentalists believe that the debris could be contaminated with chemicals that could be harmful to the environment, as well as residents. The ordinance has created an alliance between those environmental groups and waste haulers.
What role will wind energy plan in the region’s future? Right now, the industry is enjoying remarkable growth—but not without growing pains. Rich Samuels will have that story.
Correspondent: Rich Samuels
Global Visionaries: Dr. Carla Pugh
Tuesday, April 28, at 7 pm
Dr. Carla Pugh was frustrated with the lack of hands-on training in medical school so decided to do something about it. She created simulators so medical students could hone their skills without fear of injuring patients. Now she is the director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Education at Northwestern University where she uses innovative methods to train residents. Dr. Pugh holds a patent on the sensor and data acquisition technologies used to measure and characterize the sense of touch. Currently, more than 100 medical and nursing schools use her sensor enabled training tools.
Housing Deconstruction, Tuesday, April 14, at 7 pm
In this week's Chicago Matters, we‘ll look at how to preserve the environment by deconstructing homes piece-by-piece. We will speak with a contractor who takes apart old homes, so that the materials can be re-used. Correspondent Christian Farr will also visit a newly established warehouse that stores used housing materials. And we’ll take a closer look at a program that is teaching a new workforce how to properly deconstruct old homes.
WTTW's first Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham episode spans a full hour on Chicago Tonight. Christian Farr will introduce us to the Starlight project—the "internet of the future"—and explain why its hub is located here. And Rich Samuels will look at calls to modernize the infrastructure of the Illinois Waterways system. Watch all of the segments of this special Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham episode below:
Everyblock.com provides block-by-block 'hyper-local' coverage of Chicago's neighborhoods through rounding up previously-difficult-to-access information on zoning and development changes, crime stats and public health issues.
Selected as a Visionary for: Creating an innovative, game-changing approach to local news coverage in Chicago and other American cities.
Dr. Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade, Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Director of the Cancer Risk Clinic, University of Chicago Medical Center
An expert in cancer risk assessment and treatment, particularly in breast cancer research and treatment.
Selected as a Visionary for: Bringing a unique inter-disciplinary and international approach to the prevention and treatment of cancer and extending high-end care to typically underserved populations at home and aboard.
Maxine Brown, Associate Director, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, Co-Developer of the Starlight Project, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago's Starlight Project is the largest North American hub of an international fiber optic network that allows scientists to store, see and communicate visual and other cutting-edge research data in real-time.
Selected as a Visionary for: Taking our city's reputation as a communications hub into the twenty-first century by helping to build North America's largest digital hub in downtown Chicago.
You Matter…and we want to know what you have to say.Join the Public Forum Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham's Public Forum is where you can engage in discussions and information sessions around this year's topic of environmental sustainability: