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North Park University is a four-year university located at 3225 W. Foster Avenue on the north side of Chicago, Illinois in the North Park neighborhood. It was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church and shares its campus with the denomination's only seminary. The university enrolls more than 3,000 students from around the country and the world and offers bachelors and master's degrees. Wikipedia.

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News Article | October 29, 2016

Leading online higher education information provider has announced it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois. A total of 21 schools were selected for excellence in online education, with the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Aurora University, National Louis University and Governors State University on top for four-year programs and Shawnee Community College and Southeastern Illinois College ranking highest for two-year programs. "Illinois has seen a steady increase in college enrollment since the mid-1990’s,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These colleges are taking learning to the next level by offering online education options that are affordable and high quality. The flexibility online classes provide is paramount when it comes to helping a growing number of students earn college degrees.” To qualify for a place on the Best Online Colleges in Illinois list, requires schools to hold public or private not-for-profit status. They must also carry accreditation and maintain specific in-state tuition standards; only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually and four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually are considered. Rankings are assigned based on analysis of a dozen different data points, including variety of online offerings, graduation rates and financial aid statistics. A complete list of schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois ranking are included below. Details on each school’s rank, specific data points and methodology used for the comparison can be found at: Aurora University Eastern Illinois University Governors State University Greenville College Illinois State University Lincoln Christian University MacMurray College Methodist College Moody Bible Institute National Louis University National University of Health Sciences North Park University Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville St. John's College of Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Western Illinois University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - March 02, 2017) - The John Marshall Law School's Fair Housing Legal Support Center will educate undergraduates during the fall 2017 semester about fair housing and fair lending laws under a grant titled Fair Housing & Fair Lending: The Next Generation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.* This is the seventh time John Marshall will offer the course. The grant provides scholarships to students to take the course, which may be counted toward the student's undergraduate degree. The Center is proactively preparing the next generation of advocates to fight the rampant discrimination that continues to exist in housing and in educating citizens about fair-housing laws. Last year, the Center recruited and selected 19 students from the following colleges and universities: Concordia University Chicago, River Forest; Dominican University, River Forest; Elmhurst College, Elmhurst; Northeastern University, Chicago; North Park University, Chicago; Robert Morris University, Chicago; Roosevelt University, Chicago; Triton College, River Grove; and the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a required part of their course work, students will assist the Center staff in making presentations at local schools and to community groups and senior organizations. These presentations are designed to educate other students, professors and community members about housing rights. This program aspect also affords the students opportunities to develop public-speaking skills and to share their knowledge with others. At the end of the course, the Fair Housing Legal Support Center will host a career night for program students and alumni to explore job and career opportunities in civil rights and fair housing. Previous career events included panelists from the U.S. Department of HUD Region V FHEO Office, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Access Living, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, HOPE Fair Housing Center, The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic, The University of Illinois at Chicago-Department of Urban Planning and Development and the law firm of Gartner & Bondavalli. The Center also assists interested students in obtaining internships with organizations that promote fair housing. Interested students must submit applications by March 31, 2017. To learn more about the Fair Housing & Fair Lending Course, please call Professor Michael Seng at (312) 987-1446, or visit *The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal government.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Although studying music can be a highly rewarding experience, some students may find the music history aspect of those studies challenging because of the sheer amount of information involved. Recognizing this, Drew Schweppe began his quest to translate centuries of essential music history facts to a mobile app that would allow students and teachers to take that information with them anywhere. The result is Informusic (, the music history app for iOS devices and smartphones, and in addition to its introductory pricing at just 99 cents, Schweppe and his team are also offering an additional special bulk discount of 50% off to educators and schools for a limited time, through February 15, 2017. Created by Schweppe and refined along with a select team of leading musicologists, performers, professors, and historians, Informusic is the all-in-one music history and composer resource that means that music students and classical music fans alike will now be able to access a wealth of detailed musical history facts and information with just the swipe of a finger. To celebrate its launch, Schweppe will also be making appearances at schools, colleges and groups in several U.S. cities to demonstrate Informusic and talk about music history, app development, music industry careers, and tips for music educators. Informusic offers an expansive amount of detailed yet quickly accessible information on Western Art Music’s greatest composers and compositions, from the Medieval era, through the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras – and with more expansions yet to come. At the swipe of a screen, users can browse Informusic for such useful and fascinating information as composer biographies, quick facts, and complete works, along with program notes, sheet music, audio samples, and suggested further scholarship. Informusic also features interactive timelines that allow students to make connections between the music they learn in Band, Orchestra, Chorus & Music Appreciation/Theory with what they’re learning in Social Studies, Art, English, Science, and more. Users can also search with ease, by year, event type, or specific keywords. The app is constantly updated with ever-expanding content and composers as well. Informusic founder Drew Schweppe is a dynamic and polished speaker who will be appearing in several cities in the coming weeks to discuss Informusic and to demonstrate its uses for educators and students firsthand. He will be in Ithaca, New York, from February 6-10, in New Orleans, LA (February 20-24), Oklahoma at the end of February, Denver (March 1), in several major cities in California (still to be announced, March 6-7), Seattle (March 9-14), Chicago (from March 16-22), and in Pittsburgh during the week of March 23, 2017. Schweppe created the app as a result of his studies while pursuing Master’s degrees in Music and Music Industry Leadership from City University of London and Northeastern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from Ithaca College. With successful recent speaking appearances including Indiana University, Ithaca College, North Park University, and Classic Chicago, Schweppe would welcome the opportunity for additional speaking or appearance opportunities -- to set up an appearance today, or to inquire about fees, availability, or abstracts, contact Drew Schweppe directly at (215) 896-7193 or via drew(at) Informusic is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and requires iOS 8.0 or later. Informusic is currently available for a limited time through February 15, 2017 for just $.99 at the Apple iTunes Store, at While Informusic currently features only Western Art Music, expansions for other genres are already in the works now. Informusic is the essential classical music history app for iOS that was created and founded by Drew Schweppe. Informusic provides a wealth of music history information that was specially created by experts in musicology, history, and performance. Its advisory board of PhD musicologists chaired by Dr. Mark A. Radice (Professor, Music Theory, History, and Composition at Ithaca College) ensures the app’s quality and accuracy as an invaluable learning tool for all. Learn more about Informusic at For more information on Informusic, or to review the app, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043 or news(at) To reach Informusic directly, or to inquire about bulk purchases for your class, school, or organization, please e-mail hello(at)

Hirth J.P.,Los Alamos National Laboratory | Pond R.C.,North Park University | Hoagland R.G.,Los Alamos National Laboratory | Liu X.-Y.,Los Alamos National Laboratory | Wang J.,Los Alamos National Laboratory
Progress in Materials Science | Year: 2013

The physical basis for the Frank-Bilby equation is considered. Dual descriptions in terms of interface physics and mechanics are introduced. Natural (NDP), commensurate (CDP) and rotated (RCDP) dichromatic patterns are introduced. Burgers vectors are defined by symmetry operations or circuits in the CDP and RCDP. Structures are described for misfit arrays, tilt arrays, twist arrays, disconnections and combinations of these defects. The concepts of partitioning of elastic distortions, array energies, node formation, and the lateral spreading of defects within interfaces are considered. Examples with analytical solutions, numerical solutions and iterative solutions are presented. We elucidate some principles that emerge from the solutions and present reasons why some results differ from other methods of analysis. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Zeller J.M.,North Park University | Levin P.F.,Rush University
Workplace Health and Safety | Year: 2013

Workplace stress within health care settings is rampant and predicted to increase in coming years. The profound effects of workplace stress on the health and safety of nursing personnel and the financial impact on organizations are well documented. Although organizational modification can reduce some sources of stress, several unique stress-producing factors inherent in the work of nursing personnel are immutable to such approaches. Mindfulness training, an evidencebased approach to increase situational awareness and positive responses to stressful situations, is an inexpensive strategy to reduce stress and improve the quality of nurses' work lives. Several approaches to training, such as mindfulness- based stress reduction, can be tailored to health care settings. Considerations for occupational health nurses in incorporating mindfulness training as an aspect of a comprehensive work site health promotion program for nursing and other hospital personnel are discussed. Copyright © American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.

Stephens J.R.,North Park University
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition | Year: 2016

OBJECTIVES:: (1) To examine the prevalence of diagnosis and treatment for constipation among children receiving Medicaid. (2) To compare healthcare utilization and spending for constipation among children based on number of complex chronic conditions (CCCs). METHODS:: Retrospective cohort study of 4.9 million children aged 1 to 17 years enrolled in Medicaid from 2009–2011 in 10 states in the Truven Marketscan® Database. Constipation was identified using ICD-9 codes for constipation (564.0x), intestinal impaction (560.3x) or encopresis (307.7). Outpatient and inpatient utilization and spending for constipation were assessed. CCC status was identified using validated methodology. RESULTS:: 267,188 children (5.4%) were diagnosed with constipation. Total constipation spending was $79.5 million. Outpatient constipation spending was $66.8 million (84.1%) over 406,814 visits, mean spending $120/visit. Among children with constipation, 1,363 (0.5%) received inpatient treatment, accounting for $12.2 million (15.4%) of constipation spending, mean spending $7,815/hospitalization. Of children hospitalized for constipation, 552 (40.5%) did not have an outpatient visit for constipation prior to admission. 6.8% of children in the study had?>?1 CCC; these children accounted for 33.5% of total constipation spending, 70.3% of inpatient constipation spending, and 19.8% of emergency department (ED) constipation spending. Constipation prevalence was 11.0% for children with 1 CCC, 16.6% with 2 CCCs and 27.1% with ≥3 CCCs. CONCLUSIONS:: Although the majority of pediatric constipation treatment occurs in the outpatient setting, inpatient care accounts for a sizable percentage of spending. Children with CCCs have a higher prevalence of constipation and account for a disproportionate amount of constipation healthcare utilization and spending. © 2016 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,

Herzberg D.,North Park University
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences | Year: 2011

In 1955 Carter Products launched its new tranquilizer Miltown with a huge marketing blitz; Miltown soon became one of America's earliest " blockbuster" celebrity drugs. In 1981, federal agents shut down a network of " stress clinics" and arrested the owners, medical staff, and other personnel for illegally trafficking in the sedative Quaalude; Quaalude soon became a " Schedule I Controlled Substance." Both of these stories are familiar, indeed archetypal, moments from America's postwar medical system. As the Miltown example reminds us, this fundamentally commercial system was built on the creation and courting of consumer demand for medical products and services, particularly drugs. As the Quaalude example shows, however, this system also incorporated tools for reining in excessive consumer demand. Together the two episodes affirm an enduring irony of the American medical system: the need for regulatory campaigns to tame lively markets for drugs that had become popular, in part, because of advertising campaigns. This article uses the Miltown and Quaalude sagas to explore the issue of consumer demand for prescription medicines, arguing that efforts to stoke or quash that demand have shaped (and linked) America's medical system and its drug control regimes. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Lin J.W.-B.,North Park University
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | Year: 2012

The article makes the case that Python is the next wave in Earth sciences computing for one simple reason: Python enables users to do more and better science. The article also describes how these features provide abilities in scientific computing that are currently less likely to be available with existing tools, and highlight the growing support for Python in the Earth sciences as well as events at the upcoming 2013 AMS Annual Meeting that will cover Python in the Earth sciences. A number of other languages have some of Python's features: Fortran 90, for instance, also supports array syntax. Python's unique strengths are the interconnectedness and comprehensiveness of its tool suite and the ease with which one can apply innovations from other communities and disciplines. The Earth sciences community has begun to recognize the unique benefits of Python, and as a result its population of users is growing.

RESULTS: In 11 of 67 subjects, cholestyramine treatment resulted in ALT elevation by >3x ULN (mean 6.9 fold; range 3-28 fold). In these 11 subjects, there was a 22.4-fold mean increase in serum levels of miR-122 relative to baseline, supporting a liver origin of the serum ALT. Significant elevations were noted in mean levels of necrosis biomarkers sorbitol dehydrogenase (8.1 fold), cytokeratin 18 (2.1 fold) and HMGB1 (1.7 fold). Caspase-cleaved cytokeratin 18, a biomarker of apoptosis was also significantly elevated (1.7 fold). A rise in glutamate dehydrogenase (7.3 fold) may support mitochondrial dysfunction.CONCLUSION: All toxicity biomarkers measured in this study were elevated along with ALT, confirming the liver origin and reflecting both hepatocyte necrosis and apoptosis. Since cholestyramine treatment has no clinical liver safety concerns, we conclude that interpretation of the biomarkers studied may not be straightforward in the context of assessing liver safety of new drugs.BACKGROUND: There are currently no serum biomarkers capable of distinguishing elevations in serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) that portend serious liver injury potential from benign elevations such as those occurring during cholestyramine treatment. The aim of the research was to test the hypothesis that newly proposed biomarkers of hepatotoxicity would not significantly rise in serum during elevations in serum ALT associated with cholestyramine treatment, which has never been associated with clinically relevant liver injury.METHODS: In a double-blind placebo-controlled trial, cholestyramine (8g) was administered for 11 days to healthy adult volunteers. Serum from subjects with elevations in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) exceeding three-fold the upper limit of normal (ULN) were utilized for biomarker quantification.

News Article | December 6, 2016

North Park University and Illinois State Legislative Black and Latino Caucuses come together as a community in a time of political polarization.

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