NIU student collaborate in the Founders Memorial Library

Annual Assessment Expo returns March 20

It’s an opportunity to celebrate the present, reflect on the past and improve the future – together. Participants in the eighth annual NIU Assessment Expo, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 20, will learn more about 10 university programs and

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NIU announces Forward, Together Forward Scholarship winners

            Northern Illinois University announces the selection of five Forward, Together Forward Scholars who will receive a $4,000 non-renewable scholarship for the coming academic year. The 2015 scholarship recipients are: Courtney Crutchfield of Manchester, Mo., a sophomore

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NIU students collaborate with EIGERlab to build robot

Mechanism design and analysis students at NIU’s College of Engineering & Engineering Technology were  recently assigned a challenging project—create a six-legged walking robot complete with a Hoeckens Linkage to compete with fellow student teams. Post-design, they enlisted the services of Rockford-based EIGERlab to print

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NIU students ‘spring’ into consultant roles for businesses

Northern Illinois University is getting results for businesses by connecting them with a team of student interns. Springboard was launched last year to provide customized assessments to small and midsized companies while providing internships to students. The program helps businesses develop international

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NIU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society to host brown-bag talk

Martin Kocanda, visiting assistant professor in the NIU Department of Electrical Engineering, will talk at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, during a brown-bag talk in Room 354 of the Engineering Building. He will discuss “A Microscopical Analysis of Electrolytic Fractured Aluminum” at the

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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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