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Northern Today - November 9, 2009

T-rexDinosaur story makes global news

Millions of readers, viewers and listeners tuned in last week to a very old story – prehistoric, in fact.

NIU geologist Joe Peterson’s research shows adolescent T-Rex dinosaurs fought with each other in the same way that many young mammals do today.

The discovery made worldwide headlines thanks to the expert writing and news-pitching skills of Public Affairs science writer Tom Parisi.


Bicycle Dreams coverBicycle-loving department chair to screen
documentary on Race Across America

As NIU’s Paul Carpenter prepares for the Race Across America, called the “second-toughest sporting event in the world,” he wants to give the campus community a glimpse into his pending adventure: “Bicycle Dreams,” a documentary about the 2005 race.


David Schroer / Diane SchroerNIU alumna to discuss
sex discrimination case

Diane Schroer graduated from NIU in 1977 – as David Schroer – and went on to a decorated career as an airborne ranger who was hand-picked to head up a classified national security operation.

But when David Schroer retired as a colonel after 25 years of distinguished service in the Army, he transitioned from male to female, and as Diane Schroer faced one her biggest challenges yet.

International Education Week 2009 logoFull slate of activities planned
for International Education Week

A reception recognizing the Outstanding International Educator and a keynote speech by a Turkish government official headline International Education Week.