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When students show up to their Introductory geology class, they likely are expecting a typical lecture format, but Nicole LaDue, assistant professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, has something else in store. With the help of her graduate student, Zo Kreager, the duo is transforming the way Introductory Geology is taught at NIU. Instead of...
Bill Cassidy, associate professor in the Department of Communication, has been awarded a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant of $500. Cassidy will use the grant to continue his study of the coverage of gay and lesbian athletes in sports journalism, including how coverage has evolved in the eight years between the coming-out announcements...
Researchers at NIU are investigating ways to boost the power of compact electron accelerators, with potential applications for homeland security and pollution cleanup. In a new research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, faculty in the departments of physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and under the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector...
The 2017-18 cohort of Research Rookies has been named! The NIU Research Rookies Program links undergraduate freshmen, sophomore and first-semester transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research or artistry project. A total of 44 NIU undergraduate students have been named as Research Rookies for the...
Two NIU technology professors are creating a realistic online lab to equip undergraduates with the skills to develop renewable energy systems and to interest high school students in renewable energy. Associate professor Liping Guo and Professor Andrew Otieno of the Department of Technology were awarded a grant in June by the National Science Foundation to...
History Professor Andrea Smalley’s new book reinterprets the nature of human-animal encounters in the colonization of America. Smalley will deliver a talk on the book—titled Wild by Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization (Johns Hopkins University Press)—at a reception held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28 in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery of...
An NIU accounting major spent his summer researching and creating a database and web site that he hopes will help immigrants find access to health care. The son of immigrants from Mexico, Yosue Perez, 21, was born in Chicago and is currently a junior. He said the project started out as summer research and quickly...
If science is having a moment in the sun, it may as well put that solar energy to use. Engineering students at Northern Illinois University are reaching out to the business community seeking sponsors for a solar-powered car they intend to build and race in a national road rally next year. The MillenNIUm Solar Car...
How do self-driving cars drive and park without hitting anything? The answer is augmented optics: tools and imaging systems that can provide extremely precise measurements for use in a host of hot applications. At the next STEM Café, Dr. Federico Sciammarella, from NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, will present “Augmented Optics:  Micro-Measuring to...
National Nutrition Month has ended, but NIU professors, students and alumni continue to work to understand and address food insecurity through their research at home and abroad. One of those NIU community members is Courtney Gallaher, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality....
NIU and four high school districts have teamed up as part of a larger state pilot program to develop new graduation requirements which measure a student’s skills and abilities, not just the number of years spent studying subjects such as English and Math. The Illinois State Board of Education announced the Illinois Competency-Based High School...
For two NIU students, discovering medical laboratory science (MLS) was the right degree path for them was like conducting lab research. “I was doing research and stumbled across the MLS program by accident, and I’ve been on that track ever since,” said Nicole Dispensa, a senior from Stillman Valley, Ill. For Reilly Steidle, a senior...
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