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Chemistry Professor Tao Xu is one of the many NIU faculty members known for being an innovator. Since joining NIU in 2006, Xu has worked to develop new highly efficient solar cells, discover a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into ethanol, and create other novel materials through his lab’s nanotechnology research....
Since 2020, many of NIU’s popular summer camps for elementary through high school students have been offered online. Using imagination, ingenuity and creative problem solving, camp directors from NIU STEAM and Summer in the Arts have developed online communities of creative and curious learners. Online camps are returning this summer with an even wider variety...
“Recycling is a complex process and is not particularly efficient in terms of energy and natural resource consumption,” says Courtney Gallaher, an associate professor in the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. “Many of our recyclable products are not recycled in the ways...
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...
For his field research, NIU Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Reed Scherer has spent 10 seasons on the continent of Antarctica and has been part of five shipboard expeditions around the world. His research focuses on evaluating climate change over time, especially changes in the Antarctic ice sheet. Scherer and his team of student...
“The pandemic has created a world in which our basic human needs for belonging and connection have been difficult to quench,” says Suzanne Degges-White, chair and professor of counseling and counselor education at NIU. “We’ve had to become accustomed to social distancing, fewer get-togethers and anxiety about the risk of an airborne disease.” However, Degges-White notes...
It’s always exciting to hear from and live chat with experts from NASA, Fermilab and Argonne National Lab. But the real stars of NIU’s Oct. 31 STEM Fest Celebration might be the NIU student presenters who are majoring in diverse fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, communicative disorders, art, chemistry and math. Have you...
For more than 10 years, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Fest has introduced thousands of visitors of all ages to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. After last year’s record-breaking 8,200 visitors, the NIU STEAM team is looking forward to making STEM Fest 2020 better than ever. And they’re embracing the challenge of bringing...
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