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New technologies are making a permanent existence possible for temporary museum exhibits such “Lady in Red and Black: Ode to Northern Illinois,” which was created by Barbara Cole Peters in 2006. NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab recruited an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students to expand Peters’ original concept into a virtual exhibit. The resulting...
As morning dawned Saturday, Oct. 20, on the NIU Convocation Center, thousands of spectators eagerly waited to see what the third annual STEMfest would have in store. Visitors from all over Illinois and Indiana traveled to DeKalb to witness a unique experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics under one roof. STEMfest continues to grow...
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Imagine a TV screen made of flexible material that you can roll up and put in your pocket. Picture tiny robots coursing through veins to target cancers without damaging healthy cells. This isn’t a remake of “The Fantastic Voyage,” it is the future of nanotechnology, a field of materials science that is transforming the way...
The encore presentation of “The Trouble with Asian Carp” will discuss the environmental and safety concerns the fish are raising in Illinois.
They’ve invaded our rivers. They have moved north with few natural predators to stand in their way. They’re Asian carp, and if they make it to Lake Michigan, experts say that the entire Great Lakes ecosystem could be at risk. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, join Illinois Department of Natural Resources expert Vic Santucci...
NIU Robotics Club
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology soon will have a new robotics club. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 253 (the Acoustics and Vibrations Lab) of the Engineering Building. Junior electrical engineering major Ryan Riddel hatched the concept for the club when he noticed that NIU did not...
STEM Cafe logo: Feed your mind!
You might have heard that spider’s silk is one of the strongest materials in the natural world, but did you know that scientists are working to develop genetically-engineered goats that can produce a spider-like silk in their milk? That’s just one of the weird and fascinating things happening in the world of materials science, a...
STEM Café attendees will get a chance to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which occurs every August when Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Image courtesy of nasaimages.org
Question: what’s better than gazing up at a summer sky filled with shooting stars? Answer: gazing up at those same beautiful stars while drinking a cool, crisp glass of wine. On Sunday, Aug. 12, STEM Outreach invites adults to the August STEM Café: “An Evening of Shooting Stars and Chardonels.” This fun, casual event takes...
Seminar attendees will participate in high-energy activities to learn new ways to present challenging engineering concepts.
Engineers are some of the most highly paid and sought-after professionals in the workforce. Yet only about 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees in math and engineering are earned by women, according to a recent study by the American Association of University Women. Because women bring unique perspectives to engineering, the shortage of women in the...
This Fermilab image shows scientists building a prototype of the Dark Energy Camera, which will survey about one-tenth of the sky to measure 300 million galaxies and discover thousands of supernovae.
There’s no sign of a break in the heat, but amateur and expert stargazers alike can have some cool fun Wednesday, July 25. NIU’s Summer Under The Stars program, “Eyes on the Sky,” continues at 7 p.m. in La Tourette Hall Room 200 to explore astronomy, optics and telescopes. Donna Kubik will begin the evening...
They’ve invaded our rivers. They’ve moved north with few natural predators to stand in their way. They’re Asian carp, and if they make it to Lake Michigan, experts say the entire Great Lakes ecosystem could be at risk. Illinois Department of Natural Resources expert Vic Santucci will give a talk titled The Trouble with Asian...
STEM Cafe logo: Feed your mind!
NIU’s STEM Café for June promises a lively debate on the good, the bad, and the ugly of social networking. “This is Your Brain on Social Networking” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Taxco Restaurant in Sycamore. Biologist Melissa Scotti and educational technologist Kristen Brynteson will discuss what’s new...
NASA image of the Transit of Venus
We can’t all be astronauts or afford a seat on Virgin Galactic’s private shuttle to the International Space Station. So NIU STEM Outreach and the Davis Hall Observatory are offering community members a closer look at the heavens with the Summer Under the Stars program. The program offers free, family-friendly events that are open to...
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