Thomas Parisi

Students spearhead Peer Mentor Summit

NIU College of Business students study together at Barsema Hall.
NIU has nearly 40 peer mentoring programs on campus, but participants rarely talk to each other to compare notes and successful strategies. That’s about to change, thanks to the efforts of NIU students Lauren Nale and Luis Lopez. The two honors students, who coordinate the University Honors peer mentoring group, are now spearheading a Peer Mentor Summit…

Strong showing for NIU student researchers

Lauren Grabstanowicz
NIU students fared quite well, thank you very much, in the recent poster competitions held during the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. Lauren Grabstanowicz, who is pursuing her pursuing Ph.D. in nanochemistry, and Robert Rickard, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, won first…

DNA-sequencing in full bloom at NIU

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On a bitter cold day this past January, professor Tom Sims is surrounded by signs of spring – hundreds of delicate blossoms in shades of purple and pink and white sprouting in an old greenhouse on campus at NIU’s Montgomery Hall. This is petunia central, and the spadework done here could help usher in a new…

A super (collider) lesson

Inken Michael of Germany, an exchange student at Sterling High School, was among the participants in the masterclass Friday.
Seventeen high school students from across the region visited NIU Friday to learn about the mysteries of particle physics and what goes on in some of the world’s leading scientific laboratories. NIU Physics professors Dhiman Chakraborty and Michael Eads, along with science teacher Elisa Gatz of Sterling High School, led a daylong lesson on Wednesday as part of the…

NIU to host Novice National Forensics tourney

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NIU plays host this weekend to the 32nd annual Novice National Forensics Tournament, a three-day event that will serve as a stepping stone for competitors, a homecoming for many coaches and an intense learning experience for two NIU students. Students and coaches from 10 states and 25 schools will compete in intercollegiate debate and individual events. Open…

NIU to boost secondary science, math education

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NIU this semester is launching a new Center for Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, aimed at strengthening the university’s support of science and mathematics education throughout the region. The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently approved center status for a duration of five years, after which it could become permanent. The center will be housed in…

English Department curls up with Top 10 salute

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Graduateprograms.com has named the NIU Department of English to its “Dean’s List” of top English graduate programs for “career support.” NIU’s program was ranked ninth nationwide. The career support category takes into account the quality of career planning resources and support received both during and after graduate school studies. Using a 10-star system, rankings were compiled from…

Summer research: get paid, have a blast

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NIU is seeking college students who are interested in environmental issues to work on research projects this summer with university scientists. As many as eight non-NIU undergraduate students will be selected for participation, along with two or three NIU students who will serve as peer mentors. To be eligible to apply, students must have at least…

Reasonable doubt

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Even subtle features of language can have profound effects on how we think and feel, which in a legal context might affect legal decision-making, according to NIU postdoctoral student Andrew Sherrill and psychology professor Joe Magliano. The two blog on the topic today in the online edition of Psychology Today, discussing research on how language nuances…

NIU tapped for role in $320 million Digital Lab

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Northern Illinois University officials are excited about the university’s developing role in a planned $320 million Digital Lab for Manufacturing, announced today by President Obama in an event at the White House. To be built on Goose Island in Chicago, the Digital Lab will bring together industry, academia and government partners. Obama envisions the Digital Lab…