Dr. Annie Simon (R) and Physical Therapist Aide Suzanne Finucane (L) remove sensors from Hailey Daniswicz's leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine April 13, 2011 Daniswicz was flexing muscles in her thigh as electrodes attached to her leg instructed a computer avatar to flex its knee and ankle -- parts of her own leg that have been missing for 12 years. Daniswicz, a sophomore at Northwestern University who her lost her lower leg to bone cancer, is training the computer to recognize slight movements in her thigh so she can eventually be fitted with a "bionic" leg -- a robotic prosthesis she would control with her own nerves and muscles. REUTERS/John Gress

Bionic Woman

Today, Reuters released a set of photos that I shot and a story about researchers in Chicago working with electromyography — electrical signals produced by muscles — and pattern recognition computer software to control and develop a new generation of robotic limbs.

Blackhawks-Canucks Playoff

I have had a very busy stretch the last four days. I have photographed three professional games, made several website updates and hosted a small gathering of friends. Here are some images from last nights Blackhawks-Canucks game. Chicago vanquished Vancouver, winning the playoff game 7-2. Chicago now trails in the first round series the-games-to-one.

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Flash From The Past: April 16, 2006

Five years ago today I met reporter James Kelleher. He had come up with a story to feature a truck stop preacher in rural Illinois. After a few hours of driving, the two of us found our selves in the back of a semi trailer, which served as a church for road worriers of the 18-wheel variety. On a personal note, I am not a very religious person and this may very well have been the only church service I attended in 2006.

John Gress Chicago Photographer

Flash From The Past: April 15, 2007

On April 15 2007, I began a two day project photographing illegal immigrant Elvira Arellano who has spent eight whole months inside the Adalberto United Methodist church in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago, which maintained it was a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. On August 19, 2007, having traveled to California to make appearances, Arellano was arrested by outside of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles and deported to Mexico. It was an interesting assignment made even more difficult by my poor spanglish and Arellano’s inability to speak English. Only today did I learn that her son Saul, was born in my native Oregon.