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We often think of art and science as very different processes. But for NIU art education faculty member Kelly Gross and artist, STEAM teacher and NIU alumnus Jolien Genus, art and science share the same processes of investigation, research and relationship-building. At the next STEM Café, these two artists and educators will present “Artistic Process...
This past month, The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps in preschool through college, released a report about the quality of school funding data provided by all 50 states. Illinois was the only state to earn a perfect score for providing clear, comprehensive, and easily accessible data about K-12 school...
Outreach and engagement come naturally to Rena Cotsones, M.P.A. ’04, Ph.D. ’13. Growing up in Kankakee, Illinois, Cotsones’ dad was a Greek immigrant and owned a restaurant, which served as a local gathering spot for lots of different kinds of people. “My dad loved nothing more than connecting people for employment, supporting fellow small business...
STEM Fest is back in person on Oct. 23, with interactive learning fun for all ages. NIU STEM Fest started more than a decade ago as a festival to celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and math. The free annual event has now become a family tradition that welcomes visitors of all ages to hear...
There is dramatic evidence that the population is aging nationwide. There will soon be more older Americans than children for the first time in U.S. history. Illinois’ population is no exception to this trend, with residents aged 60 and older growing at a much faster rate than other age groups. As the population ages, communities...
Local artists are invited to share their vision as the station looks back on three decades and forward to the future of public radio. Vani Subramony doesn’t fully remember why she entered the WNIJ 20th anniversary design contest ten years ago (she was only seven years old at the time), but she does remember embracing...
Ashley Hines learned that she loves conducting research. Michelle Nuñez Salas discovered that she wants to commit herself to activism. Emma Hazen discovered an affinity for community outreach, Chenaire Barmore is convinced that data is the future, and Kirk Williams learned that he could make a big difference in the community through nonprofit consulting. These...
After surviving a crash course in comedy, a cohort of NIU researchers will perform their stand-up comedy talks on June 11 and 18. The STEM experts from NIU and Argonne National Laboratory have been working with Science Riot, a nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists harness the power of laughter to connect with broad audiences and...
A collaboration between public radio station WNIJ and students in NIU’s data visualization courses helps to build student portfolios and improve reporting in the region. In early 2016, local public radio station WNIJ obtained a data set related to overdose deaths in a northern Illinois county. WNIJ reporter Jenna Dooley (who has since become the station’s...
For the past four years, NIU senior Alex Kramer has witnessed the growth of collegiate esports firsthand as a player, a student worker and a community ambassador, and through lectures and academics. Esports – the field of organized, competitive video gaming – is a multimillion-dollar industry with the same opportunities for coaching, marketing, management, data...
“Mini disk recorder slash player.” “The old cassette recorder.” “DAT tape, known for failing miserably and getting lots of crackles as you play them back.” “Ooh. That is a… What is it? …. Tube transformer?” A lot has changed in the 30 years since WNIJ 89.5 signed on the air, as Reporter Susan Stephens and...
NIU STEM Read is known for mind-blowing field trips that use games to bring to life the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts behind popular fiction books. In a normal year, each field trip would gather 400 to 1,000 students in a ballroom, gym or even the convocation center to design costumes, practice their...
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