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NIU geologists appear on Chicago Tonight

Having just returned from a highly successful research expedition in Antarctica, NIU geologists Ross Powell and Reed Scherer appeared as guests during Tuesday evening’s broadcast of Chicago Tonight on WTTW11. See the video here.


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  • NIU student Lizzy Mack has gained some celebrity status in Canada. Read more.
  • Antarctic adventure: For NIU student researchers, upcoming expedition is opportunity of a lifetime. See more.