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Reed Scherer and Ross Powell
They haven’t put NIU’s new 28-foot-long, 2,200-pound robotic submarine in the water yet, but geologists Ross Powell and Reed Scherer have already made a big splash. The submarine, which will be used to explore melting near the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, was a big hit as it was unveiled in mid-December at the American...
Reed Scherer (left) and Ross Powell
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 in San Francisco this week during the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. The...
NIU’s Convocation Center will host its first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. The event, an expansion of the popular Spooky Science Saturday, is intended to increase awareness of STEM fields and the roles they play in society. STEMfest will provide the public an opportunity...
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 funding Piot’s project. The agency’s goal is to help the U.S. Department of...
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 a female professor in one of these disciplines, and in particular, what factors...
spooky mirror
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 its first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) festival from 10 a.m. to...
Photo of wind turbines
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 of John E. La Tourette Hall. Refreshments are served at 3 p.m. The...
Assistant Biochemistry Professor James Horn
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 treating disease. Horn is receiving $294,000 from the American Heart Association over the...
fermilabaerial
by David Hedin, NIU Board of Trustees Professor of Physics NIU physicists and students played a major role over the years in the design and construction of elements of a detector at Fermilab used to identify subatomic particles known as muons. That science is now helping scientists shed new light on what the New York...
"John E. La Tourette
Northern Illinois University paid tribute to its 10th president in a ceremony today celebrating the naming of a key building on campus in his honor. The former Faraday Hall West is now known as John E. La Tourette Hall. Located in the heart of campus, the building houses state-of-the-art physics and chemistry laboratories, lecture halls,...
The NIU Supermileage Team recently took third place at the SAE International Supermileage event. Their vehicle got 1,265 miles per gallon of gasoline.
A team of four Northern Illinois University engineering students designed and built a vehicle that took third place overall at the Society of Automotive Engineers International Supermileage Competition, squeezing 1,265 miles from a single gallon of gasoline. The competition, held June 10-11 in Marshall, Mich., featured more than 30 teams from across North America and...
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