Public leaders

U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and

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Particle physics

NIU physicists are playing key roles in the world’s most ambitious physics experiment: The “D-Zero” project at Fermilab explores the subatomic universe using the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. NIU professor Gerald Blazey has served as spokesman for the project, which involves

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Frozen clues

NIU Geology Professor Ross Powell is one of the lead researchers on a $30 million drilling project known as ANDRILL, an international effort to recover geologic records buried beneath the Antarctic sea in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary global

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Climate change

NIU’s Geology Department received $2.5 million in recent years to boost research into worldwide climate changes, including global warming. NIU scientists are using a remotely operated submarine to look for causes of global warming under rapidly-melting glaciers in Antarctica.

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All in the family

The Chicago Tribune featured a front-page story on members of the Sereno family after they were awarded the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding alumni award. All six siblings are college alumni. And all now have flourishing scholarly careers—from the

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Moot (court) points

NIU Law students not only participate in external competitions, but excel at them.  Student teams reached the semi-finals in the 2009 John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, and in 2008 placed second at the

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Engineering outreach

The NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is becoming a leader in promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and technology to women and minorities. The college has created several camps aimed at middle school students, including becoming one of 30 universities

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Green innovation

A team of students from NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology placed first among U.S. Universities, and third among universities from across the globe, in the 2010 SAE Supermileage Challenge, creating a vehicle that squeezed 1,265 miles out of a single

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Innovative vehicles

Students from the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology took first place in the Spring 2007 Basic Utility Vehicle Competition hosted by the Institute for Affordable Transportation in Indianapolis. The Institute challenges teams to design and build simple, durable and affordable transportation

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