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A research publication on the discovery of “rewritable magnetic charge ice,” co-authored by NIU physicist Zhili Xiao, made the list of the top 2017 stories from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. The research conducted at Argonne National Laboratory was cited among the DOE’s top five research highlights—summaries of published journal articles...
While growing up in a rural area of western Illinois outside small-town Geneseo, Blake Burghgrave always had an intense interest in how things worked. It’s safe to say that interest has taken him far. First, to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a degree in engineering physics. Then on to Northern Illinois...
More campers than ever before flocked to NIU STEM Camps for hands-on engagement with science, technology, engineering and math this summer. Between June and August, 458 students age 7-18 came from as nearby as Cortland and far away as China to roll up their sleeves, experiment and explore academic and professional fields, up from 324...
Representatives of Illinois and Wisconsin universities today presented the Champion of Science Award to Congressman Bill Foster. The award is given by the Washington, D.C.-based Science Coalition to members of Congress in recognition of their commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and...
Judith Lukaszuk
NIU nutrition and dietetics professor Judith Lukaszuk wanted to find out if eliminating certain foods from a diet could affect chronic inflammation – the kind related to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. So she embarked on a study to prove it. The results were dramatic. At the study’s beginning, one participant reported his whole body ached,...
Is the day coming when knowledge of the genetics behind human diseases will point the way to cures? At the next STEM Café – “The Human Blueprint” – NIU associate professor of biology Rick Johns will explore the latest scientific understanding of how genes relate to medical conditions. Johns then will describe the challenge of...
Imagine getting lost in your own home or neighborhood. Imagine feeling disoriented, unsure of where you are or how you got there. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders or trauma – and more Americans than ever are diagnosed with these conditions each year – this “spatial disorientation” can be a daily occurrence and...
NIU’s Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies will host an upcoming public lecture delivered by renowned cancer researcher Channing Der. Der is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the RAS family of oncogenes and their role in driving cancer-cell growth. He serves as the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at the...
Our robots are getting smarter. Should we be excited or scared? At the next STEM Café, “RoboRevolution: The Future of Sentient Machines at Home and in the Workplace,” two NIU thinkers will explore the many ways cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence are changing our lives. The free talk and discussion will be held from 6:30...
Finding new ways to prevent and treat disease. Improving incubators for premature babies. Inventing a new type of solar cell. These are just a few of the exciting innovations of NIU faculty and staff who were honored recently during the Research and Innovation Partnerships Recognition Ceremony on campus. “We are pleased to highlight the incredible...
NIU International Affairs has announced a record 11 Cobb Fellowships this year. The fellowships will allow NIU faculty to establish new collaborations through travel to international destinations, including China, Kenya, Israel, Madagascar, Myanmar and South Korea. “Cobb fellowships stimulate collaboration across borders to facilitate faculty research and long-lasting partnerships,” says Brad Bond, dean of the...
Sharon Moskowitz, an NIU graduate student, and Matt Wilson, assistant professor in the NIU School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders.
According to a 2013 report released by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, the reported number of individuals aged 19 and younger treated in U.S. emergency departments for concussions and other non-fatal, sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries increased from 150,000 in 2001 to 250,000 in 2009. The report also revealed sports associated...
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