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Kendle Fraley
NIU alumnus Kendle Fraley and his former adviser, geology professor Mark Frank, published research together this month in the journal, Economic Geology. It’s just one accomplishment of many for Fraley, who earned his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s degrees (2012) in geology and environmental geosciences. He’s a prime example of what President Doug Baker terms “student...
Lauren Grabstanowicz
NIU students fared quite well, thank you very much, in the recent poster competitions held during the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. Lauren Grabstanowicz, who is pursuing her pursuing Ph.D. in nanochemistry, and Robert Rickard, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, won...
On a bitter cold day this past January, professor Tom Sims is surrounded by signs of spring – hundreds of delicate blossoms in shades of purple and pink and white sprouting in an old greenhouse on campus at NIU’s Montgomery Hall. This is petunia central, and the spadework done here could help usher in a...
Seventeen high school students from across the region visited NIU Friday to learn about the mysteries of particle physics and what goes on in some of the world’s leading scientific laboratories. NIU Physics professors Dhiman Chakraborty and Michael Eads, along with science teacher Elisa Gatz of Sterling High School, led a daylong lesson on Wednesday as part of...
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NIU’s Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society will host the 11th annual Graduate Student Presentation Competition in April in coordination with the Graduate Student Research Association conference. Judging takes place Saturday April 19, in the Holmes Student Center. Awards – $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place – will be presented...
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NIU this semester is launching a new Center for Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, aimed at strengthening the university’s support of science and mathematics education throughout the region. The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently approved center status for a duration of five years, after which it could become permanent. The center will be housed...
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NIU is seeking college students who are interested in environmental issues to work on research projects this summer with university scientists. As many as eight non-NIU undergraduate students will be selected for participation, along with two or three NIU students who will serve as peer mentors. To be eligible to apply, students must have at...
Thirteen NIU students displayed posters of their research recently during the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The AAAS is an international non-profit organization with a mission to promote cooperation among scientists, defend scientific freedom, encourage scientific responsibility and support scientific education and outreach. Every year,...
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Using parasitic wasps to fight the fly population might sound like something out of the latest sci-fi film, but entomologists are actually researching this bug battle to find environmentally friendly solutions for pest control. At the next STEM Café, NIU professor Bethia King and Ph.D. candidate Ted Burgess from NIU’s Department of Biological Sciences will...
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A group of the world’s top lemur conservationists and researchers, including NIU anthropology professor Mitch Irwin, has published a “Policy Forum” article in the Feb. 21 issue of Science, urging emergency action to prevent extinctions of these unique primate species, found naturally only in Madagascar. The 19 article authors note that the country’s five endemic...
Northern Illinois University student Francois Lemery (right) talks with NIU President Douglas Baker (left) and Congressman Randy Hultgren. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Northern Illinois University and Fermilab have enjoyed a strong relationship in accelerator science for a long time. Fermilab operates state-of-the-art accelerator facilities that provide valuable hands-on experience and research opportunities for students from NIU. The laboratory also has many world-expert accelerator scientists, engineers and technicians who share their savoir-faire on a daily basis and help educate...
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Warning: Brainiac alert! The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), among the largest yearly gatherings of scientists in the world, will be held this week in Chicago, and NIU expects to be well-represented. NIU students, faculty and outreach staff will be attending various events at the meeting, held Thursday,...
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