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The NIU Graduate Council has named Francois Lemery, for his work in accelerator physics, and Catherine Ausland, for her research in plant biology, as winners of the annual most outstanding dissertation and thesis awards, respectively. The awards are for dissertations and theses completed during the 2015-16 academic year. “NIU continues to produce students who really...
Is the day coming when knowledge of the genetics behind human diseases will point the way to cures? At the next STEM Café – “The Human Blueprint” – NIU associate professor of biology Rick Johns will explore the latest scientific understanding of how genes relate to medical conditions. Johns then will describe the challenge of...
NIU’s Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies will host an upcoming public lecture delivered by renowned cancer researcher Channing Der. Der is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the RAS family of oncogenes and their role in driving cancer-cell growth. He serves as the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at the...
Finding new ways to prevent and treat disease. Improving incubators for premature babies. Inventing a new type of solar cell. These are just a few of the exciting innovations of NIU faculty and staff who were honored recently during the Research and Innovation Partnerships Recognition Ceremony on campus. “We are pleased to highlight the incredible...
Karen Samonds
NIU biology professor Karen Samonds has spent more than two decades piecing together a mystery. Samonds’ field research aims to shed light on the origin and evolutionary history of Madagascar’s modern fauna – and to close a gap in the fossil record. In more than 20 years of researching Malagasy vertebrate species, she has discovered...
Most of the Midwestern tall grass prairie vanished in the 19th century with the rise of the steel plow, but researchers say that prairie restoration is essential for maintaining native plant and animal habitats, improving water and soil quality and reducing erosion. Here in Illinois, NIU professors are fighting to save the prairie ecosystem at...
Former NIU student Erik Curry (now in medical school at SIU) and Barrie Bode pipette samples from cancer cells for analysis.
Cancer is something we hear about every day, and nearly everyone has had a family member or friend affected by it – but what exactly is it? Why have we not cured the disease after decades of intensive research? These are some of the important questions that will be addressed by Barrie Bode at the...
Jack Andraka
The American Cancer Society predicts that the United States will have 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in this year alone. Experts agree that the best way to fight cancer is to stay healthy and active and to get recommended screening tests, but early detection can be difficult because of expensive, outdated...
Karen Samonds
The fieldwork of an NIU professor will be showcased in a documentary slated to air later this year on the Discovery Channel. In June of 2013, Karen Samonds, assistant professor of biological sciences, was filmed for a documentary series titled “Voyage of the Continents,” depicting how, over many millennia, geology and evolution have interacted to...
NIU student Lizzy Mack has gained some celebrity status in Canada. Mack, a graduate student in the laboratory of biological sciences professor Rich King, is featured in an episode of the documentary-style mini-series, Great Lakes Wild, which aired across the Great White North this week and can be viewed online. Mack is seen throughout the...
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...
Photo of a person holding a stack of research papers on a laptop
Students in biological sciences and psychology have won the NIU Graduate Council best thesis and ...
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