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A robotic hand developed by a team of NIU engineering students has the potential to change the lives of amputees – at about one percent of the cost of similar prosthetics currently on the market. The team of three students set out in summer 2016 to develop a functional, low-cost prosthetic hand that could benefit...
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have appointed Michael Syphers, a senior research professor of physics at NIU, to serve as a member of the national High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). HEPAP, which meets three times a year, has advised the federal government on the national program in experimental and...
Anna Quider, NIU’s director of federal relations, is taking on two new service posts that will help expand the university’s profile as a leading research institution. Quider has been elected vice president of The Science Coalition, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization of more than 60 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. She...
It’s no secret that stressful life events can exert any number of changes on the human body. Most noticeable among these is premature graying of scalp hair—as even a cursory examination of “before-term” and “after-term” photos of past U.S. presidents will attest. Now, a new study authored by NIU alumnus Camille King and NIU professor...
While growing up in a rural area of western Illinois outside small-town Geneseo, Blake Burghgrave always had an intense interest in how things worked. It’s safe to say that interest has taken him far. First, to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a degree in engineering physics. Then on to Northern Illinois...
Far too many students walk onto college campuses unprepared for what it takes to earn degrees. Within six years, about half of those who enroll with high hopes will have failed to graduate and bid farewell to their dreams, some for financial reasons and many others simply because they weren’t ready. It’s not helping them....
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...
NIU’s PI Academy series will wrap up from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, with a mock NIH review panel in Altgeld Hall 315. The panel will highlight the deliberations that take place during a review session and will be led by a team of NIU investigators who have experience as peer reviewers. Professors...
Eric W. Ford
Eric W. Ford, professor and associate chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will visit NIU at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to present “The Innovation Imperative: Regulation and Realities.” Strategic management, health information technologies and their combined effects on performance (both financial and population...
Phillippe Peycam
Phillippe Peycam, director of the International Institute of Asian Studies, will visit NIU at noon Wednesday, March 30, to present “Rethinking Asian Studies in the Global Perspective.” His talk takes place in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building. Sponsors include the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,...
Ian D. Walker
Ian D. Walker, a professor or electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University, will visit NIU at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, to talk on “Biologically Inspired Continuum Robots.” Walker’s presentation will take place in Room 354 of the Engineering Building. His research interests are in robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is...
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