The plastic scintillator extrusion line, shown here, produces detector material for export to experiments around the world. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Scintillator extruded at Fermilab detects particles around the globe

Courtesy of Fermilab Today Small, clear pellets of polystyrene can do a lot. They can help measure cosmic muons at the Pierre Auger Observatory, search for CP violation at KEK in Japan or observe neutrino oscillation at Fermilab. But in order to

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NIU researcher: Prolonged tablet typing may lead to shoulder problems

Prolonged use of a tablet’s touch-screen keyboard can cause shoulder discomfort. That’s according to a group of researchers, led by Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor Jeong Ho (Jay) Kim, who compared the musculoskeletal impact and typing productivity differences between desktop, notebook and

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STEMfest celebrates five-year anniversary with record crowd

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that STEMfest is a blast for children of all ages. With a record crowd of more than 7,500 visitors, NIU’s annual mega-sized science fair celebrated the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math in

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Health Justice Project attorney to speak at NIU Social Justice Conference

Building on the success of last year’s event, the University Honors Program will host a second Social Justice Conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Barsema Hall. Keynote speaker Allyson Gold will talk about her work with the

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NIU to celebrate five years of STEMfest fun Oct. 18

Prepare to be amazed! NIU’s annual STEMfest will once again wow visitors of all ages at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. This free family event spurs students, families, and educators to explore hot new technologies

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NIU engineers grant for study in the Americas

Northern Illinois University and its partner, Universidad de La Sabana, were among eight winners of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants announced at the Partners of the Americas’ 50th Anniversary Convention. U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde announced the winners

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Rockford aerospace initiative wins national award

A program aimed at accelerating the engineering and high-tech workforce for Rockford’s burgeoning aerospace industry won a national award this week at the University Economic Development Association’s annual summit in Santa Fe, N.M. JiET-A, or the Joint Institute for Engineering and Technology

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