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Macular degeneration, a common eye disease that affects the retina, is the leading cause of blindness in Americans older than 50. Scientists at NIU are at the forefront of research on the human retina and are seeking new treatment to protect and preserve vision. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, NIU STEM Outreach invites community...
Gaylen Kapperman and Jodi Sticken
Jodi Sticken and Gaylen Kapperman, both of the NIU College of Education’s Vision Program, were awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train teachers and orientation and mobility instructors to work with children who are blind. Kapperman said the grant – which will be dispersed over the next five years – enables...
Gaylen Kapperman
The ranks of the visually impaired are expected to rise dramatically in the United States during the next few decades. According to a 2008 Centers for Disease Control study, some 3.4 million Americans are either legally blind or visually impaired. The National Eye Institute projects that by 2030 that number will more than double, to...
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Eyes get old, just like other parts of the body, but people can take steps to preserve vision. “Eventually, we all develop cataracts,” says James Dillon, an NIU expert on eyes. At the next STEM Café, Dillon will speak on how the eye changes with age and what people can do to slow the deterioration...
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The journey Northern Illinois University undertook during the past six months to revise its institutional mission and vision is over, as the Board of Trustees approved the university’s new vision and mission statements during its regular business meeting on May 10. “This is an extremely challenging task – putting a university as diverse and large...