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Representatives of Illinois and Wisconsin universities today presented the Champion of Science Award to Congressman Bill Foster. The award is given by the Washington, D.C.-based Science Coalition to members of Congress in recognition of their commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and...
Mike Syphers
Michael Syphers, a senior research professor of physics at NIU, received quite a surprise when he traveled recently to the University of Texas, Austin, to teach a course for the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS). Syphers has taught similar USPAS courses for nearly three decades with little fanfare. During the school’s opening night ceremonies Jan....
Nigel Lockyer
NIU will award an honorary doctoral degree Friday, May 8, to acclaimed physicist Nigel Lockyer, director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Lockyer will earn his honorary doctorate during the NIU Graduate School commencement ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. “Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics research,” said NIU President Doug...
The plastic scintillator extrusion line, shown here, produces detector material for export to experiments around the world. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Courtesy of Fermilab Today Small, clear pellets of polystyrene can do a lot. They can help measure cosmic muons at the Pierre Auger Observatory, search for CP violation at KEK in Japan or observe neutrino oscillation at Fermilab. But in order to do any of these they have to go through Lab 5, located in...
Harsha Panunganti
Lasers are cool, except when they're clunky, expensive and delicate.
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...
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...
McKearn Summer Fellow Patrick Price presents his artwork at the 2013 Summer Research Symposium.
Participants from summer research programs will present their work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in Altgeld Hall. Both NIU and non-NIU students have participated in three formal research programs on campus this summer, including Research Experience for Undergraduates, McKearn Summer Fellows and the Summer Research Opportunities Program. Each eight-week provides students...
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...
U.S. Capitol
Proton Computed Tomography. STEM education. Aerospace job creation. NIU’s significant accomplishments in advancing the creation and application of knowledge will move into the spotlight today in Washington, D.C., where federal lawmakers and their representatives will participate in the university’s first Research Roundtable. Led by President Doug Baker, Board of Trustees Chair John Butler and immediate...
Accompanied by their teachers, a dozen high school students visited DeKalb this week to participate in the 2013 QuarkNet Summer Institute hosted by the NIU Department of Physics. QuarkNet, founded in 1995, is a professional teacher development program funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Its goal is to involve...
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