Karen Samonds and her daughters, 6-year-old Ann (left) and 4-year-old Evelyn

National Geographic features Karen Samonds during International Women’s Day celebration

National Geographic Magazine’s website singled out NIU biologist Karen Samonds for recognition as part of its March 8 observance of International Women’s Day. Explorers Journal salutes Samonds for both her work at filling in the 65-million-year gap in the fossil record of

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Photo of a canal in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy Christopher Jones.

New Study Abroad program in Netherlands will focus on peace, justice, international courts

The NIU Study Abroad Office, in partnership with the NIU University Honors Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science, is launching “Peace, Justice, and the International Courts: The Hague and Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland),” a short-term

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Political science professor emeritus Ladd Thomas, left, one of the founders of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 1963, with art historian and professor emeritus Richard Cooler, founder of NIU’s Center for Burma Studies.

Ambassador visit, keynote lecture, gala dinner, cultural performances cap CSEAS anniversary

The new Thai ambassador to the United States, who happened to be in Chicago on Saturday, March 2, honored NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), by being among the center’s distinguished guests at its 50th anniversary gala dinner in Altgeld Hall

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Corn was crop that powered rise of Peruvian civilization 5,000 years ago, new study finds

A new study by a team of archaeologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Winifred Creamer provides convincing evidence that the earliest civilization of South America relied heavily on agriculture – specifically the large-scale production of corn. For decades, researchers have debated

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Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper elected to board of directors of International Reading Association, sets goals

Laurie Elish-Piper is a model of multi-dimensional success. At NIU, she is a Presidential Teaching Professor of Literacy Education, director of the Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. She also was recently elected

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Part of a map of the Andes Mountains

Archaeologists to gather this weekend at NIU for forum on Andean, Amazonian ethnohistory

NIU will host the 41st annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory this weekend. The meeting will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, in Cole Hall, recently remodeled to include the NIU Anthropology Museum. In conjunction

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Top: Mark Schuller and Sue Russell. Bottom: Alicia Schatteman and Abu Bah.

NGOLD to launch research-themed brown bag series Feb. 27, Mark Schuller plans talk on Haiti

The Northern Illinois University Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) is offering a research-related brown bag series that will kick off this month. Presenters are NGOLD faculty associates from departments across campus. “As an interdisciplinary center, one of NGOLD’s focal

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