Thomas Parisi

Need super technology for your research?

An aerial view of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Argonne National Lab representatives will visit NIU April 17for workshop to promote use of lab’s world-class user facilitiesDo you have a great scientific research concept in mind but lack the high-powered tech facilities to get it done? If so, here’s a workshop for you. Northern Illinois University will host a one-day Argonne User Facility Awareness and Utilization…

American Museum of Natural History curator to present free talks at NIU

David Hurst Thomas
How should archaeologists and museums handle Native American materials? Twenty-five years after the Native American Graves and Protection Repatriation Act, have Native American and scientific communities learned to work together? David Hurst Thomas, curator in the Anthropology Division at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will explore these topics in two upcoming lectures…

What kinds of pooches did the ancient Maya favor?

Professor Jeff Kowalski standing in front of the jaguar throne in the Lower Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Learn that answer and more about daily life of ancient Mayansduring NIU’s March 28-29 public conference on MesoamericaIs that the Maize God or an ancient image of Elvis? What kinds of dog breeds were common to the ancient Maya area? How did the diets of the high and mighty differ from that of the hoi polloi…

St. Patrick’s Day fun continues for NIU Chemistry Club

NIU Chem Demo Night
The NIU Chemistry Club invites the public to its spring 2014 chemistry demo night at 7 p.m., Friday, March 28, in Faraday Hall 143. The theme of the night will be “green chemistry,” in post-celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, featuring chemistry with fire, colorful reactions and creative changes and effects. “This semester’s chem-demo night will display the…

Why student research, internships matter

Kendle Fraley
NIU alumnus Kendle Fraley and his former adviser, geology professor Mark Frank, published research together this month in the journal, Economic Geology. It’s just one accomplishment of many for Fraley, who earned his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s degrees (2012) in geology and environmental geosciences. He’s a prime example of what President Doug Baker terms “student career success,”…

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

petunia-illustration
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

Photo of an auditorium with four chairs and a lectern on the stage
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…