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Category: Grant Getters
Zhili Xiao
Zhili Xiao, an NIU Board of Trustees Professor of physics, has accepted an appointment as interim associate dean for research and graduate studies. Xiao is stepping into a role that was filled by Lesley Rigg, who is now serving as interim vice president for research and graduate studies. Xiao’s appointment begins in January and will...
Graphic: Rethinking the role of women in politics
What is the appropriate role of women in political life? Are women fundamentally different than men? How does “femininity” qualify or disqualify women from political participation? These questions have been debated for millennia, going back to Plato and the ancient Greeks. But award-winning NIU Department of Political Science professor Andrea Radasanu says the topic has...
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that NIU will receive $2.4 million to develop tools for process control and qualifying parts made with layer-by-layer additive-manufacturing processes. Benefits of additive manufacturing include producing goods quickly and on-demand, with greater customization and complexity and less material waste. “It is...
Doug Baker
Northern Illinois University president Douglas Baker recently joined 164 other college and university leaders in asking President Barack Obama and members of Congress to recommit to federally funded science and engineering research in order to reverse the “innovation deficit.” Federally funded basic research has been cut drastically as a result of the across-the-board budget cuts known as...
Douglas D. Baker
Greetings from our nation’s capital.  Yesterday I was busy hosting NIU’s first-ever research roundtable, which highlighted the strength and quality of faculty and student research to our nation’s leaders. Thank you to our entire delegation of researchers, students, and administrators for making the day a success. It is our goal to become the most student-centered...
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John Lewis, senior research scholar at NIU’s Regional Development Institute, moderated a panel of experts in the fiber optics industry May 30 at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. Broadband and Economic Development Technology Focus Luncheon. About 150 attendees learned about the importance of high-speed fiber and broadband to economic development in the region. Matthew...
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NIU Libraries has launched a pilot Open Access Fund that will provide small grants to faculty and graduate students to help defray the upfront costs associated with open access publishing. Grappling with the costs for expensive journal subscriptions, a number of universities nationwide, including Harvard and MIT, are promoting open access publishing. It provides unrestricted...
Glatz, Andreas
Andreas Glatz, who recently joined the NIU Department of Physics through a joint appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, has won a $4 million grant over the next five years to develop and apply novel methods of optimizing superconductors for power distribution and other energy applications. Glatz is leading a team that includes seven other scientists...
Psychology Professor Angela Grippo in her laboratory with undergraduate student researcher Wil Colburn.
In the laboratory of award-winning researcher Angela Grippo, mouse-like creatures known as prairie voles are getting an extreme makeover – habitat edition. Nothing too fancy, mind you – a running wheel, chewy toys, tinfoil balls and furnishings that include a paper towel roll and miniature igloo for cozy hiding places. By enriching the living environment...
Lynne M. Thomas and Drew VandeCreek
The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Northern Illinois University Libraries with a National Leadership Grant of $575,000 to investigate affordable digital preservation solutions for small and medium-sized college and university libraries. Because technology changes so rapidly, libraries nationwide are becoming increasingly concerned about the preservation of their digital materials, including...
NIU representatives traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where they made a strong case for the importance of federal funding for research universities and national laboratories. “We made a lot of face-to-face contacts with our congressmen and their staffs and were able to drive home the point of how vital federal funding for research is...
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The following is a list of  recent grants to NIU faculty researchers, including Richard King, James Dillon and Xueshu Song. Posted Oct. 29, 2010 Professor Richard King of the Department of Biological Sciences has received a $34,755 grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to study the degree to which reptile distributions in the...
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