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John Damascus

John Damascus
Senior Laboratory Manager
Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences

John Damascus, former President of RU Green, collaborated with the student organization Colleges Against Cancer to create the Garden of Hope in a Schaumburg campus courtyard. Since the Garden of Hope was founded, Damascus has expanded it to include plants which are used by science students for research.  This research includes isolation of compounds from plant matter with potentially medicinal value; such plants have been included in traditional medicine practices throughout the world.

Damascus is a lifetime steward of the environment and social causes.   During an event called Daffodil Days, he sold daffodil bulbs, planting them at Roosevelt on Earth Day and donating proceeds to the American Cancer Society.