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NIU communication professor Mary Larson isn’t out to frighten parents, but she is urging them to “watch it” when it comes to the amount of time their children and adolescents spend in front of TV sets, video games and computers. She identifies and examines the effects of “screen time” on children and teens in her...
Malta, Ill. — Officials from Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College today announced that starting this fall the university will offer a bachelor of science in applied management degree with an emphasis in computer science at the Kishwaukee campus in Malta. The new bachelor of science in applied management (BSAM) degree, recently approved by the...
DeKalb, Ill. — Two weeks at the Exxon-Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, held at NIU, have made a group of Northern Illinois middle school students excited to return to class. They are ready to learn more about math, science, energy and their own potential. They had a good start in June when the 48...
By Gerard Dziuba The NIU campus recently got a little quieter, a lot greener and much, much cooler. A new chiller plant brought on-line this spring is replacing noisy, outdated air conditioning units across the east side of campus, switching them over to cooling systems that utilize chilled water instead of ozone depleting fluorocarbons. The...
NIU’s School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders tests the hearing of an average of 900 newborn babies a year at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
NIU’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic treats more than 3,500 people each year with innovative assessments and treatment for a wide array of speech, language, reading, and hearing problems.
NIU is a partner with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Resource Center in a federally funded initiative to recruit and train bilingual teachers. Students will need two-and-a-half years to complete the rigorous curriculum. The first cohort graduated in May 2008.
NIU is creating an ultra-fast, fiber-optic communications network that will bring next-generation technology to the northern Illinois region.  Dubbed “NIUNet,” the 175-mile fiber optic loop is expected to be a huge boon to research and economic development efforts. The network also could advance state-of-the-art health care technology, benefit area schools and help keep sought-after high...
NIU is home to the Interactive Illinois Report Card, a Web-based tool NIU created and maintains that helps teachers, school districts and parents make sense of mountains of materials on student performance. The IIRC helps schools identify problems earlier, and helps families understand how their schools stack up against others in the state.
NIU leads the statewide “P-20” initiative that promotes better teacher training and higher student achievement from pre-school through graduate school.
NIU is a leader in Illinois in the creation of academic programs dedicated to preparing students for careers related to homeland security. Currently the university offers certificates that train students how to help businesses and communities prepare for, react to and recover from acts of terrorism or natural disasters. Specialties include cyber security, biochemical sciences,...
The School of Theatre and Dance has one of only three academically-based Meisner training programs available nationally. Through SummerNITE, its resident professional company, the School is a member of the elite University Resident Theatre Association. One of 33 theatre programs with ties to Actors Equity Card.