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CHHS fosters transdisciplinary research during inaugural fall showcase

November 8, 2021

Dozens of people gathered in Wirtz Hall Atrium on Oct. 27 for the inaugural College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) Research and Scholarly Activity Showcase. With presentations about health and human science, engineering and the fine arts, the event was a celebration of faculty and student researchers from across the university.

“It was an awesome opportunity to see the work of some of NIU’s best and brightest researchers,” said Michael Kushnick, CHHS associate dean for academic affairs and showcase coordinator. “Moving forward, I believe that this event will provide more opportunities to engage in collaborative activities that embrace diverse perspectives.”

Kushnick said the college is currently planning additional showcases, which provide important opportunities for both faculty and students.

“It’s an excellent way to promote the college’s research enterprise,” Kushnick said. “Plus, it was great to celebrate with many of our colleagues and students and enjoy the season.”

And celebration it was. Along with presentations by faculty and students, attendees embraced the fall spirit by showing up in costume.

“Presenters, CHHS faculty and staff didn’t disappoint,” Kushnick said. “There was a sighting of a T.rex, a witch, a 1980s leg warmer-wearing, rad fitness enthusiast, along with a chicken and waffle and a pickle.”
Additional showcase events are being planned for the spring semester.