X’s and O’s: Changnon to diagram roles of students in research success

Suzy and David Changnon
NIU Board of Trustees Professor David Changnon
(with his wife, Suzy) loves his Huskie football.

Climate affects almost everything we do.

And while climate and climatic events might seem unpredictable, it’s the ability to understand them that helps decision-makers make adjustments – and better decisions.

In a Board of Trustees Professor seminar scheduled Thursday, April 9, David Changnon will highlight the important role NIU students have played in his research of applied climatology, which examines the effects of climate on physical, biological and cultural environments.

Changnon will address his academic successes in research, teaching and service, and their direct link to his efforts to engage undergraduate meteorologists in this field.

The presentation takes place in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Refreshments are served at 11:30 a.m. No registration is required, and all are welcome.

Changnon joined NIU’s Department of Geography in 1992, earning a Presidential Teaching Professorship in 2008 and a Board of Trustees Professorship in 2010.

In addition to participating in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and on a National Research Council (NRC) panel, he has published more than 50 scientific articles and given more than 100 presentations since his arrival at NIU.

Throughout his career, Changnon has conducted numerous projects with student collaborators, examining applied climate issues that affect agri-business, energy, transportation and insurance sectors in the upper Midwest. These efforts have helped to positively alter how others in the field conduct research efforts.

Changnon is currently examining how those impacted by the varying frequency of climate extremes are changing their decision-making processes.

Changnon’s seminar is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email facdev@niu.edu.

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