Reed Scherer (left) and Ross Powell

NIU and DOER Marine unveil robotic submarine that will explore beneath Antarctic ice shelf

Northern Illinois University and DOER Marine today unveiled a new 28-foot long, cigar-shaped robotic submarine to be used in exploration beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Bristling with high-tech instrumentation, the submarine is among the exhibits at the Moscone Convention Center

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Physics professor receives $591,000 federal grant to develop device to bolster homeland security

Professor Philippe Piot in the Department of Physics is working on a plan to build a portable device that could be taken to airports, sports stadiums or subway stations to detect radioactive material. A $591,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is

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NIU wins grant to promote career success for female faculty in sciences, engineering

The national press daily carries articles about how few women in the United States choose careers in science, engineering or math. Educators worry about how to keep girls and young women from dropping out of these fields. But what is it like to be

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spooky mirror

NIU will transform Spooky Science Saturday into mega-science festival at Convocation Center

Two years ago, NIU’s popular Haunted Physics Laboratory was supersized into Spooky Science Saturday. Now the event, which uses Halloween themes to teach young people about the wonders of science, is about to get exponentially bigger. NIU is gearing up to hold

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Fermilab scientist to speak Friday on fossil fuels, sustainable energy during physics colloquium

G.P. Yeh, a division scientist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will visit NIU to speak at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, on “The Energy Transformation.” Yeh’s lecture comes as part of the NIU Department of Physics colloquium and takes place in Room 200

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Assistant Biochemistry Professor James Horn

Biochemistry professor James Horn awarded grants from American Heart Association, NSF

NIU assistant biochemistry professor James Horn is reaping a windfall of grants that will help him and his students study how proteins interact with other molecules—work that could have far reaching benefits from improving our understanding of biological regulation to detecting and

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