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Giovanni Bennardo
NIU anthropology professor Giovanni Bennardo has won a highly competitive Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research this coming semester in Italy. Bennardo, who was named a Presidential Research Professor this past spring in recognition of his scholarship, is more than a little bit familiar with Italy. He was born and raised in the...
A book penned by Northern Illinois University professor David Gunkel provided inspiration for a new featured video on the PBS Idea Channel. Hosted by Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel is a weekly web series with a focus on technology. Gunkel’s book, “The Machine Question,” helped inspire the July 2 Idea Channel episode, titled “When Will...
Part of cover: British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Retirement apparently can’t stand in the way of Stephen Foster’s quest to uncover the American past. Foster, a Distinguished Research Professor of history who retired in 2002 after an illustrious career at NIU, hasn’t slowed down a bit. Foster this summer was a special guest lecturer at Oxford University as Oxford University Press launched his new...
NIU psychology professor Lisa Finkelstein found love at a professional conference. You can, too, she says. She is not talking about romantic love, but the kind of love that emanates from shared positive experience. And you can find it almost anywhere. In a newly posted Psychology Today blog, Finkelstein discusses how this type of love,...
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An employee in the office receives a flexible time schedule, much to the irritation of her coworkers, who must stick to the 9-to-5 regimen. Because she often arrives an hour or two after everyone else, peers are forced to re-arrange daily meeting schedules. They feel it’s unfair and inequitable. What this woman’s coworkers don’t know...
Former Northern Illinois University first lady Barbara Cole Peters recently published the second volume of a four-part book series titled “Women at Northern, The First Fifty Years, Our Witnesses to History.” It is now available at the University Bookstore inside the Holmes Student Center. The series is the product of Peters’ research of student newspapers,...
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More than one in six people in the United States experience anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorders. Could marijuana, which is now being used more widely and legally for medical purposes, help relieve the stress? NIU psychology professor David Valentiner and graduate student Sara Wyman tackle that topic in a new blog entry this week in...
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International Affairs has announced the recipients of this year’s Cobb Fellowships: Marc Adler of chemistry and biochemistry; Kikue Hamayotsu of political science; and Holly Jones of biological sciences. Each fellow will receive a grant of $1,333 to facilitate research collaboration with an international colleague. The Cobb program is funded through an endowment that was established...
NIU adjunct anthropology professor Katharine Wiegele took a cue from the old saw: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Only Wiegele went the extra mile – or make that about 8,200 miles. She worked with family, friends,...
Official poster of the International Conference on Viriginia Woolf. Poster art and design by Chicago artists Ginny Sykes and Ruby Barnes.
NIU has received a grant of $4,500 from the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) to support cultural events affiliated with the 24th annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, co-sponsored by the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Loyola University Chicago. The grant from the IHC will enable students, clients, and staff of northern Illinois...
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According to the American Psychological Association, people who identify as LGBT utilize mental health services more than their heterosexual counterparts. They also experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality at disproportionate rates, and are more likely to be homeless, suffer abuse and experience feelings of loneliness. Forty-two percent of LGBT youth say their communities are...
University Honors student and Research Rookie presented “Total Synthesis of Rottlerin” with Theodore J. Litberg
NIU junior Linnea Scherer hopes to change the way women are portrayed in video games, and she already has developed an impressive game concept thanks to the McKearn Summer Fellows program she participated in last year. “The McKearn Fellows Program was amazing. It was what got me to this point,” says Scherer of Elburn, a...
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