Thomas Parisi

NIU undergraduates show off their research skills

2014 McKearn Fellows-feature
Lazy days of summer? Think again. For nearly 30 undergraduate students on campus at NIU this summer, the season provided opportunities to work alongside professors and delve deep into research projects. Shekinah Bergmann, for example, worked with mechanical engineering professor Behrooz Fallahi and several graduate students, designing and building a robot, nicknamed “Nightwing.” It has six legs and…

Anthropology professor wins prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant to Italy

Giovanni Bennardo
NIU anthropology professor Giovanni Bennardo has won a highly competitive Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research this coming semester in Italy. Bennardo, who was named a Presidential Research Professor this past spring in recognition of his scholarship, is more than a little bit familiar with Italy. He was born and raised in the city…

Politics on the rocks

Tommy
In the name of free speech and democracy, NIU English instructor Dan Libman is going bar hopping. In anticipation of the November elections, Northern Public Radio (WNIJ and WNIU) decided to go beyond its usual in-depth coverage of the issues and candidates. So the radio station invited Libman, a Pushcart Prize-winning author, to visit places where…

Big science—big opportunities for NIU students

Feature
An upcoming high profile experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is already proving to be a boon for Northern Illinois University students in physics and engineering. On Saturday, July 26, Fermilab moved a 50-foot-wide superconducting electromagnet across its campus to a newly constructed experimental building. Made of steel, aluminum and superconducting wire, the magnet is easily…

NIU, Fermilab land noted physicist in joint appointment

Swapan Chattopadhyay
Renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay, currently director of the Cockcroft Institute in England, has accepted a joint appointment to Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The appointment is effective Sept. 1. Chattopadhyay has helped break new ground in the fields of accelerator and beam physics, having made significant contributions to the development of accelerators worldwide for…

Historian’s research doesn’t stop with retirement

Part of cover: British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
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…