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Northern Today - November 16, 2009

Jennifer Schmidt and M Cecil SmithGirls ‘disengage’ from high school science, NIU study shows

High school girls are bored, disengaged and stressed in science classes when compared to boys, NIU researchers say.

And teachers might not be doing enough to change the situation.


Joan Fenstermaker, Eric Johnson and Paul BauerSchool of Music choirs win grant from local foundation to help bring composer for three-day residency

Internationally celebrated composer Morten Lauridsen will hold a three-day residency at the NIU School of Music next semester thanks in part to a $1,800 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation.


Larry Bolles and Chris CargerCommunity Foundation grant,
P-20 center help NIU bilingual literacy project ‘roar’ back to life

As funds for literacy education professor Chris Carger’s Project ROAR dwindled over the years, its reach simultaneously shrank until the program ultimately disappeared.


SuperComputing Confernce 2009 logoSuperComputing Conference participants to watch tonight's
Jazz Lab Band show via Internet2

Music professor Rodrigo Villanueva and the NIU Jazz Lab Band are playing for two special audiences tonight.

One will fill the seats in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall for the free 8 p.m. concert. The other will sit 2,100 miles west of DeKalb at the 21st annual SuperComputing Conference in Portland, Ore.


Pam Smith, Rebecca Shortridge and Linda MatuszewskiAccountancy professors add
three awards to department’s renowned ledger of honors

When it comes to innovations in teaching accountancy, the NIU College of Business’ Department of Accountancy cornered the market this year with a trio of professors sweeping the major honors.


Chris CargerLiteracy Education professor revisits subject
of 1996 book for story of ‘Dreams Deferred’

Chris Carger finally has found a happy ending, even if it’s not the one she wanted.


Photo of satellite over EarthGeography will stage night of GIS demonstrations

NIU’s Department of Geography will showcase a wide array of uses for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – from virtual 3D tours of the university campus to an exploration of Martian valleys – as part of a celebration of Geography Awareness Week.


Photo of NIU Family Health, Welness and Literacy CenterPublic invited to open house tours of clinics
at Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center

NIU will host an open house and offer tours of clinics from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center.