A Chicago-based Turkish artist explores changing identities and gender-based art.

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Hale Ekinci’s portraits don’t have faces. Her life-size paper images depict blank-slate figures surrounded by collages of Turkish culture: military lineups, women’s protests, wedding celebrations. In other pieces Ekinci obscures already blurred faces in textile-mounted family photos with small black dots. And in more than a dozen of her creations, a traditional Turkish embroidery style called “oya” colorfully traces the borders. When brought together, these artworks leave Northwestern University’s Norris University Center exhibition room filled with people surrounded by cultural symbols yet without clear identities. To Ekinci, that’s the point.

In “Oya: Borders of History,” Ekinci observes social developments and conflicts in Turkey and explores how she — a Turk who has lived in the U.S. since 2002 — sees her own identity evolving as it spans two continents. Here, the North Central College professor of art and design discusses the inspiration behind her exhibit and what she has learned about possessing a “transcultural” identity. The exhibit opened on Jan. 9 and runs until Feb. …


World-leading Earth scientists remember the late geochemist, who popularized the phrase “global warming” and is known as an inspiring mentor.

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Wallace Broecker in 2018 at Leeward Farms in Casper, Wyoming. (Jasmin Shah/Comer Family Foundation)

The locked office of the late climate scientist Wallace “Wally” Broecker displays a wooden ship’s wheel, mounted on a window-paneled wall behind his former desk. The wheel overlooks the forested campus of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where Broecker conducted research for nearly 70 years. It originated from one of LDEO’s first vessels used for ocean chemistry testing in the 1960s, and the choice of its current home is no accident: The captain’s wheel is symbolic of Broecker’s leadership at the institution, says paleoclimatologist and LDEO professor Jerry McManus.


New geologic research may explain recent glacier break-up

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Paleoclimatologist Brendan Reilly and Ph.D. student Anna Glueder collect rock and sediment samples near the Petermann Glacier in northwest Greenland. (Brendan Reilly/Oregon State University)

A 30-mile-long strip of sea ice in northwest Greenland, once thought to be a permanent structure, didn’t exist until 2,000 years ago, according to newly published research from researchers at Oregon State University. The findings suggest that some of the Arctic may melt more quickly in today’s warming climate than previously expected.

The sea ice, known as the Petermann ice tongue, stretches across a narrow valley where the large Petermann Glacier meets the Arctic Ocean. The ice tongue captured media attention in 2010 and 2012 when enormous icebergs, each many times larger than Manhattan Island, broke off into the ocean. …


Isabella Johnson organized thousands of students this year to pressure Chicago lawmakers into climate action.

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Isabella Johnson shows the phrase “climate emergency” written on her hands after leading the Oct. 7 protest. (Zack Fishman/MEDILL)

“The oceans are rising, and so are we!” chanted a group of more than 50 teenagers marching toward Chicago City Hall. Clad in black, the high school protesters took over sidewalks on Oct. 7, walking the half-mile from Trump Tower to Daley Plaza as they demanded the city declare a climate emergency. Many held up their palms to display written-in-marker messages, like “Our future is in your hands” and “Save us.”

At the group’s front and center was Isabella Johnson, a 17-year-old senior at Benet Academy from Naperville, Illinois. As one of three students holding the main banner — which read, “Climate change strikes hard, we strike harder” — she guided the march’s path and led chants echoed by its members. That evening, she brandished a megaphone on her waist and a pin above her heart. …

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Science journalist-in-training at Northwestern University, writing about science and its intersections with policy, politics and society.

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