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Category: Science and Technology
Richard Alley. Photo Credit: Penn State University.
Richard Alley, a riveting speaker and one of the most famous climate scientists of our time, will visit NIU this month to give a public talk on the impact that fossil fuels have had on climate and the potential for a bright future of sustainable energy usage on the planet. Alley, who hosted the PBS...
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The new Apple Watch might be an exciting accessory for techies, but it’s only the tip of the technological iceberg compared to what the future has in store for consumers wanting wearable computers. So says award-winning NIU professor David Gunkel, who specializes in the study of information and communication technology and is author of the...
For NIU senior Octavio Escalante-Aguirre, life is beautiful, as the Italians like to say. His life has been a series of journeys, beginning at age 3 when his family moved from his birth home of Monterrey, Mexico, to Aurora, Ill. During high school, he made the trek on Saturday mornings to nearby Fermilab for lectures...
Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker was among the leaders discussing the potential impact the new the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII or Digital Lab) will have on the Rockford region and throughout Illinois with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos in Rockford Tuesday morning. “The revitalization of American manufacturing will be...
NIU biologist Rangaswamy “Nathan” Meganathan works with Debarati Ghose, a graduate student in biology.
First, the good news: Five NIU professors this summer snagged three prestigious grants that total nearly $1 million. Now for the better news: the funding also provides cutting-edge research opportunities for NIU students, allowing them to work alongside top scientists in their disciplines. “These are impressive research projects by an extraordinary group of faculty scientists...
Lazy days of summer? Think again. For nearly 30 undergraduate students on campus at NIU this summer, the season provided opportunities to work alongside professors and delve deep into research projects. Shekinah Bergmann, for example, worked with mechanical engineering professor Behrooz Fallahi and several graduate students, designing and building a robot, nicknamed “Nightwing.” It has...
Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) poster
When the Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) begins Sept. 28 in Brazil, NIU students and faculty will join in the conversation – that is, if Anna Quider has anything to say about it. Quider, NIU’s new director of federal relations, is spreading the word about the conference that aims to scientifically drive economic development in Latin...
An upcoming high profile experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is already proving to be a boon for Northern Illinois University students in physics and engineering. On Saturday, July 26, Fermilab moved a 50-foot-wide superconducting electromagnet across its campus to a newly constructed experimental building. Made of steel, aluminum and superconducting wire, the magnet is...
Swapan Chattopadhyay
Renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay, currently director of the Cockcroft Institute in England, has accepted a joint appointment to Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The appointment is effective Sept. 1. Chattopadhyay has helped break new ground in the fields of accelerator and beam physics, having made significant contributions to the development of accelerators...
A book penned by Northern Illinois University professor David Gunkel provided inspiration for a new featured video on the PBS Idea Channel. Hosted by Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel is a weekly web series with a focus on technology. Gunkel’s book, “The Machine Question,” helped inspire the July 2 Idea Channel episode, titled “When Will...
Sanjib Basu
Professor Sanjib Basu, director of NIU’s Division of Statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, ASA President Nathaniel Schenker has announced. To be recognized by the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society as a 2014 ASA Fellow, each honoree must make outstanding professional contributions to, and have exhibited leadership in, the field...
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