Park Ridge news briefs: Oncologist, molecular biologist named to Maine South’s alumni Wall of Honor – Chicago Tribune

Posted: August 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Names added to 2017 Maine South Wall of Honor

Maine South High School has announced that Dr. Ravi Salgia and the late Dr. Susan Lindquist are the 2017 inductees to the school’s alumni Wall of Honor.

Salgia, a 1977 Maine South graduate, is a medical oncologist, researcher and professor, specializing in lung cancer. In 2016, he joined City of Hope, a cancer research hospital in Duarte, Calif., as a professor and chairman of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research, according to the hospital’s website.

The University of Chicago, where Salgia has also spent time as a professor, called Salgia “an expert in thoracic oncology” the treatment of lung cancer. Maine South, in a news release, reported that Salgia’s life’s work “has led to a variety of therapies that are matched to and most effective for any particular stage of lung cancer.”

A 1967 graduate of Maine South, Dr. Susan Lindquist was a molecular biologist, professor and researcher. She died in 2016 at age 67.

According to her obituary in the New York Times, Lindquist’s work with yeast proteins “opened new avenues to understanding gene functioning and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.” Maine South noted that Lindquist’s career “is all the more noteworthy because it was launched in an era when women in science research were few and far between.”

Both Salgia and Lindquist will be honored during a Sept. 21 dinner at Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines.

Maine South’s Wall of Honor was launched in 2013, and new names are added every two years based on nominations.

Other alumni who appear on the Wall of Honor are Hillary Clinton, Pulitzer Price-winning journalist Patricia Callahan, climate scientist Nathan Hultman, attorney and former federal judge Mark Filip, and former Microsoft executive Ray Ozzie.

District 207 superintendent named ‘Champion of the Year’

Ken Wallace, superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207, was recently named 2018 Champion of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education and its board of directors, the district announced.

According to ACTE, the Champion of the Year Award is given to individuals who have contributed to “the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education.”

ACTE’s announcement of Wallace’s selection referenced District 207 as the first school district in the world to partner with Google and use Google applications and email for educational purposes; Tech Insider’s naming of District 207 as “one of the 14 most innovative school districts in America;” and Wallace’s emphasis on career exploration for students, which has included an expanded student internship program (reportedly growing by 126 percent over the past two years) and the hiring of a career coordinator.

“Schools offer students flexibility in their schedules that allows them to take advantage of shadow days, job fairs, career panels and non-traditional internships,” the district said in a statement. “[Wallace] has also integrated career readiness into the district’s counseling programs, grading system and curriculum development.”

Wallace will be recognized with other national ACTE award winners on Dec. 6 during the annual ACTE Awards Banquet in Nashville. The banquet is taking place during ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2017, which features thousands of career and technical education professionals from around the country.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital ranked on ‘Best Hospitals List’

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge was ranked 8th within the top 10 hospitals in the state on a new “Best Hospitals List” published by U.S. News and World Report.

Lutheran General tied with University of Chicago Medical Center for the 8th spot out of more than 200 Illinois hospitals, and was ranked 7th among hospitals in the Chicago metro area, according to the publication.

Nationally, the hospital was ranked 42nd in gastroenterology and GI surgery, and given a “high performing” rating in colon cancer surgery, hip and knee replacements, heart failure treatment, and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the top hospital in the state, followed by Rush University Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center.

An explanation of how hospitals are ranked can be found on the publication’s website.

Changes made to police ‘Text a Tip’ program

The Park Ridge Police Department has announced changes in its anonymous “Text a Tip” program due to the selection of a new vendor.

To provide an anonymous tip to police, enter the number 888777 in the phone number area and start the text message with TIP ICARE, the police department said. In the text field, tipsters are asked to provide “as much information as possible,” including exact locations.

All tips remain anonymous, according to the department.

Emergencies and in-progress crimes should continue to be reported by calling 911, police said.

For more information, visit http://www.parkridgepolice.org.

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