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A new NIU series of Innovation Conversations will bring in experts from across Illinois and around the world to discuss sustainable food systems. The Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability (NICCS) and the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS) Office of Innovation are sponsoring the events. “This virtual series of conversations features some high-level...
Standing in long lines to receive the COVID vaccine is one of the major concerns facing those who are eligible for the vaccine. As many of those eligible at this time are seniors, standing in long lines may put the patients at risk of exposure to the disease while waiting in line to get the...
Joseph Flynn hoods a College of Education doctoral graduate during the 2019 commencement ceremony. Joseph Flynn is, through and through, an educator. And as the associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction viewed and absorbed the 39 pieces contained in the “Hateful Things” traveling exhibition from Ferris State University, he saw the great potential to shift its impact...
When Adejumoke Olopade was searching for a graduate assistantship, she noticed a job ad for the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement – a center that brings together educational partners from NIU and across the region to increase educational access and success from pre-kindergarten through adult learners. While the center may not seem an obvious choice...
As a review of NIU’s learning management system quickly progresses, now is the time for campus feedback. The university currently uses Blackboard as its learning management system, or LMS, to deliver web-based courses and facilitate teaching and learning. In the final year of a three-year contract with Blackboard, NIU is conducting a formal evaluation of...
NIU’s Pick Museum of Anthropology received the 2020 Award of Superior Achievement from the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) for the exhibition, Swept Under the Rug during the organization’s recent awards ceremony. The judges noted that this was an amazing example of the power of community collaboration. “Safe Passage approached the Pick Museum about doing an...
From an early age,  Jack Tierney, ’75, M.S.Ed. ’78, was keen on making good investments. As a high school senior, he had to be practical about the cost of his education. The oldest of his family’s five children in Oak Park, Illinois, Tierney was used to paying his own way. He had worked to afford...
P.J. Fleck, student-teacher! P.J. Fleck will never forget his semester as a student-teacher at Clinton Rosette Middle School. It was Spring 2004, and the wide receiver for the NIU Huskies football team had tried to postpone that classroom immersion – he was training for his shot at the NFL, after all – but Professor Pamela Farris put her foot down. Her...
NIU Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty members Dawn Brown, Nicole Bettin, Bob LeBeau and Joy Robackouski showed they’re experts in the field during a virtual competition held Jan. 15. In celebration of American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Centennial anniversary, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and APTA’s Academy of Education hosted a...
Joe Tallman, a graduate of the illustration program in the NIU School of Art and Design is one of five finalists in Pabst Blue Ribbon’s contest to redesign their cans. Tallman’s entry was one of thousands submitted and he made the cutdown to the top 25 designs and has advanced to the final five. You...
A team of students from the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders took top honors in the first-ever Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) ethics video contest. Madelynn Parrott, Megan Nordstrom, Emily Atchison, Tiffany Jacob and Gracie Strohm are executive board members of NIU’s Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA), and the creative team behind the winning...
Computer Science Professor Michael Papka, director of NIU’s Data, Devices, and Interaction Laboratory (ddiLab), was recently named among the recipients of the 2020 Secretary of Energy’s Honor Awards. The awards recognize U.S. Department of Energy employees and contractors for their service and contributions to the department’s mission and the benefit of the nation. Papka holds a...
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