Thomas Parisi

Historian’s research doesn’t stop with retirement

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Retirement apparently can’t stand in the way of Stephen Foster’s quest to uncover the American past. Foster, a Distinguished Research Professor of history who retired in 2002 after an illustrious career at NIU, hasn’t slowed down a bit. Foster this summer was a special guest lecturer at Oxford University as Oxford University Press launched his new book, “British…

Paula Meyer named to coordinate CLAS communication efforts

Paula Meyer
Christopher McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently announced several administrative changes in the college, including a new director of communications. That post will be filled by Paula Meyer, currently a marketing communications coordinator at Indiana State University. Meyer was selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates. She has 13…

Making inroads in Myanmar

NIU graduate student Nan Yan Oo
About 10 years ago, Nay Yan Oo was working toward a degree in computer science at the Government Computer College in Pathein, Myanmar. But he kept running into a major snafu – access to a computer. “I got a degree in computer science but didn’t get many chances to use the computer lab,” says the 28-year-old Nay…

NIU professor Sanjib Basu named Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Sanjib Basu
Professor Sanjib Basu, director of NIU’s Division of Statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, ASA President Nathaniel Schenker has announced. To be recognized by the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society as a 2014 ASA Fellow, each honoree must make outstanding professional contributions to, and have exhibited leadership in, the field of…

Finding ‘Love 2.0’ at a professional conference

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NIU psychology professor Lisa Finkelstein found love at a professional conference. You can, too, she says. She is not talking about romantic love, but the kind of love that emanates from shared positive experience. And you can find it almost anywhere. In a newly posted Psychology Today blog, Finkelstein discusses how this type of love, illuminated by…

Why some workers don’t disclose their disabilities

Photo of an employee under stress
An employee in the office receives a flexible time schedule, much to the irritation of her coworkers, who must stick to the 9-to-5 regimen. Because she often arrives an hour or two after everyone else, peers are forced to re-arrange daily meeting schedules. They feel it’s unfair and inequitable. What this woman’s coworkers don’t know is…

Baker appointed ISTC board chair

Logo of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), a not-for-profit organization focused on growing the state’s innovation economy, today announced that NIU President Doug Baker will serve as chairman of the ISTC Board of Directors. Baker replaces outgoing board chair Eric Isaacs, provost of the University of Chicago and former director of Argonne National Laboratory and president…

June 18 STEM Café explores green alternatives to pesticides

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Could something as simple as aspirin be the key to controlling harmful insects? That’s the question NIU Biological Sciences Professor Jon Miller asked when he began his research on insect cellular immunity. His discoveries could eventually lead to safer, greener pest-control practices for agriculture. Miller will be the guest speaker at the next STEM Café, “Infecticide:…

Super(conducting) discovery

A neutron diffraction image giving evidence for the new magnetic phase in iron-based superconductors discovered by Argonne scientists. It shows the scattering results from a sample of barium iron arsenide with sodium ions added to 24 percent of the barium sites. Nematic order sets in below 90 K but four-fold symmetry is restored below 40 K. The resulting atomic and magnetic structures are illustrated in the figure on the right, in which the blue spheres represent iron atoms and the red arrows show the direction of their magnetic moments. Image by Jared Allred.
Northern Illinois University physics professor Omar Chmaissem, an NIU alumnae and a current postdoctoral student are key members of a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory shedding light this week on the mysteries of superconductivity. In a study published today in “Nature Communications,” the team announces the discovery of a…

American Public Works Association recognizes MPA alumnus Joseph Fennell

Joe Fennell
An alumnus of NIU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is being recognized nationally for his leadership in public works projects. Joseph Fennell, executive director of the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, was named to the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) list of 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. APWA annually recognizes 10…