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Dan Gebo
Having been a key member of research teams that announced discovery of the world’s smallest primate fossil in 2000 and the oldest primate skeleton in 2013, Northern Illinois University Professor Dan Gebo has made more than his share of headlines worldwide. He also has won every award that NIU has to offer for great teaching...
How can you beat the power of the sun? NIU chemistry and biochemistry professor Tao Xu thinks you can’t. He believes solar power will be a big player on the energy scene in the future. “Eventually, we’re going to use up the fossil fuels, which are not recyclable,” Xu says, noting that some predict known...
Snow on the NIU campus
With the unseasonably frigid air this week, memories resurfaced of last winter’s biting cold, brought on by the dreaded polar vortex. But as NIU climatologist David Changnon points out, it’s not simply the cold that makes us miserable. Changnon, who has been studying the impacts of last winter for an upcoming publication, can describe the...
Telepressure!
[vsw id=”R4c0CO4NmfI” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Here’s a new techno-term that will likely resonate among many modern-day office employees: “workplace telepressure.” Northern Illinois University psychology researchers, who coined the term, define it as an urge to quickly respond to emails, texts and voicemails – regardless of whatever else is happening or whether one is even...
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Students in biological sciences and psychology have won the NIU Graduate Council best thesis and ...
Omron Chairman of the Board Fumio Tateishi visited the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology for several hours on the morning of October 30, meeting with the college’s leadership and faculty, staff and students in addition to receiving a tour of the college’s facilities, including the Omron Robotics and Mechatronics Lab. “In every...
Tim Hodson
[vsw id=”oVtlIB-EbXg” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] The coastline, or grounding zone, where the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet atop land meets the Ross Sea, is considered an important piece of the puzzle for scientists working to predict the effect of climate change on rising seawaters, which threaten coastal cities worldwide. Yet researchers have never laid...
Northern Illinois University and its partner, Universidad de La Sabana, were among eight winners of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants announced at the Partners of the Americas’ 50th Anniversary Convention. U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde announced the winners to more than 400 leaders and volunteers from the Association of Bi-National Centers...
A program aimed at accelerating the engineering and high-tech workforce for Rockford’s burgeoning aerospace industry won a national award this week at the University Economic Development Association’s annual summit in Santa Fe, N.M. JiET-A, or the Joint Institute for Engineering and Technology – Aerospace, is an innovative partnership among aerospace businesses, higher education institutions, and...
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NIU student Angela Burke hails from blue-collar Burbank, Ill. With its prevalence of mom-and-pop restaurants and the regular roar of low-flying passenger jets from Chicago’s Midway Airport nearby, the southwest suburb certainly seems more city. So, for a week in August, it must have seemed to Burke like she was on another planet – or...
They say that the world meets in Brazil, and four Northern Illinois University students are among those doing just that. Ashlyn Shellito, Jamison Thorne, Nicholas Thomson and Anusha Ravva are among those attending the Industrial Physics Forum’s (IPF) conference on Industrial Physics in Emerging Economies, September 28 – October 3 at University of Campinas (UNICAMP),...
Harsha Panunganti
Lasers are cool, except when they're clunky, expensive and delicate.
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