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NIU’s Dan Gebo named ‘Illinois Professor of the Year’

Dan Gebo
Having been a key member of research teams that announced discovery of the world’s smallest primate fossil in 2000 and the oldest primate skeleton in 2013, Northern Illinois University Professor Dan Gebo has made more than his share of headlines worldwide. He also has won every award that NIU has to offer for great teaching and…

NIU Jazz Ensemble to play Duke Ellington Ballroom Nov. 20

Photo of a trombone
The NIU Jazz Ensemble, under the tutelage of new director Reggie Thomas, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The concert is free and open to the public. Alongside the Jazz Ensemble will be international jazz trombonists Michael Dease and Tom Garling. Dease has emerged as one…

Harnessing the sun

Nickel and gold solar cells under development in Tao Xu's laboratory.
How can you beat the power of the sun? NIU chemistry and biochemistry professor Tao Xu thinks you can’t. He believes solar power will be a big player on the energy scene in the future. “Eventually, we’re going to use up the fossil fuels, which are not recyclable,” Xu says, noting that some predict known oil…

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