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Presidential Research Professors shine at home, abroad

April 13, 2015

Photo of a magnifying glassThis year’s Presidential Research Professors demonstrate that faculty at Northern Illinois University often work at the forefront of their chosen fields.

Professor of Psychology Anne Britt is known world-wide for research that helps illuminate the inner workings of the human mind as it reads and synthesizes information. Historian Aaron Fogleman is praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his study of immigrants in early America. Statistician Sanjib Basu is recognized internationally for methodologies that he has developed to help doctors better analyze critical data.

“All three recipients are held in high esteem by their colleagues worldwide and clearly highlight the international nature of research here at NIU,” said Lesley Rigg, vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships.

“Just as significant, this year’s winners demonstrate the tremendous breadth and depth of expertise on campus, as they represent STEM, the social sciences and the humanities. They truly reflect the full range of outstanding scholarship and artistry produced at NIU.”

The NIU Presidential Research Professorships were established in spring 1982 in recognition and support of the research and artistic mission of the university.

Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of significant and sustained scholarly or creative work, including the achievement of national or international reputation in their individual fields. Up to three such professorships are granted each year, providing budgetary support and released time for research or artistic activities.

After four years as a Presidential Research Professor, each of these eminent faculty members is designated a Distinguished Research Professor.

Click on the names below for closer looks at the 2015 Presidential Research Professors.