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Leaders from Northern Illinois University and the City of DeKalb gathered April 13 to express their desire to work together on improving race relations in DeKalb through the soon-to-be-launched Belonging Council. The event at NIU’s Center for Black Studies was motivated by recent instances that made national headlines in Minnesota and Virginia, where people of...
When Nutrition and Dietetics students Rose Donepanya, Dottie Blanchard and Ruby Rivera were tasked with creating a nutrition education lesson, they took it personally. “We are three minority females: Southeast Asian, African American and Hispanic,” said Blanchard. “As minority students, we noticed the lack of inclusion in the curriculum of dietetics, nutrition and wellness.” Not...
In a year filled with breaking news, television stations, radio stations and newspapers across the region have been turning to faculty from Northern Illinois University to help them stay on top of complex stories. Over the past year, tracking by the Office of Institutional Communications found that nearly 60 NIU experts participated in almost 400...
In early February, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning announced a new award to recognize excellence in online teaching. The university community responded to the call by nominating 27 faculty and teaching staff for the new Excellence in Online Teaching Award. The nominees represented 16 academic departments within six colleges. “We have many faculty...
Each year, as the Spring semester comes to a close on campus, graduating students reflect on all they have been able to accomplish. This feeling of proud achievement is only amplified within our LGBTQ+ community, where educational milestones often go hand-in-hand with very personal journeys of acceptance and celebrations of authenticity. “In addition to recognizing...
Each year NIU recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate teaching. Tenured faculty members are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and full-time instructors are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award. Undergraduate students take the lead in the nominating process and student advisory committees in each college nominate faculty members by assembling student...
While the pandemic has been keeping people apart, the City of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University and a collection of local agencies have been working to bring the DeKalb community closer together through the Belonging initiative. The initiative to develop a belonging community was sparked by a virtual conversation in October 2020, led by Dr. john...
When Leila Porter looks at Giovanni Bennardo, she sees “a world-renowned linguistic anthropologist and cognitive scientist.” The chair of the NIU Department of Anthropology sees in Bennardo someone who “clearly shapes research agendas at both the national and international level,” who receives prestigious grants for his scholarship, who helps to establish new programs and laboratories...
When Anne Hanley first traveled to Brazil as a high school foreign-exchange student, she was enthralled by the noise and colors, the ubiquitous smell of sautéing onions and garlic, and the incredible warmth of the people. But when she returned several years later while studying economics in college, what stood out most was a question...
NIU has named Communication Professor David Gunkel, an internationally acclaimed scholar of information technology, as a 2021 Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor. The award is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. It has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s research and artistic mission. Award winners receive...
NIU has named Meteorology Professor Walker Ashley, who has attracted international attention with his investigations into extreme weather and societal impacts, as a 2021 Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor. The award is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. It has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s...
Professor Melissa Lenczewski, who directs NIU’s Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (IESE), has been named recipient of the 2021 Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professorship. The professorship is awarded annually to faculty members who foster reciprocal partnerships, undertake socially responsive research, engage external communities, mentor students in collaborative projects outside the university and...
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