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NIU named a host site for the Chicago Symposium Series

February 18, 2019

NIU’s Division of Statistics is proud to be a host site for the upcoming Chicago Symposium Series Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Research and Practice.

The event, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. has sessions scheduled at NIU-Naperville and Loyola University Chicago.

Breakout sessions at NIU-Naperville include presentations featuring NIU faculty members Shupei Yuan, Communication; Karen Samonds, Biological Sciences; Heather Bergan-Roller, Biological Sciences; Barbara Gonzalez, Statistics; Daniel Olson, Biological Sciences; Paul Dawkins, Mathematical Sciences and Nicole D. LaDue, Geology and Environmental Geosciences. 

This is the first time NIU has hosted the event. Gonzalez, director of the Division of Statistics and a member of the symposium’s planning board, said the sponsorship raises the profile of the statistics program at NIU, which is slated to become a stand-alone department in fall 2019.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the excellence found in our program,” Gonzalez said. “The Symposium provides a broader opportunity for those teaching in a variety of STEM fields to keep current with teaching and research. Its value extends beyond my program.”

The event has a long, rich history. Over the course of 20 years, more than 1,000 faculty and graduate students representing over 150 institutions have participated in the symposia.

The cost to attend the symposium is $40 per person. Interested persons should complete the online registration.