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October 12, 2009

Brianno Coller

Brianno Coller, a professor in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

The event is intended to create a unique venue for engineering faculty members to share and explore interesting and effective innovations in teaching and learning.

Participants selected for this event are engineering faculty members in the first half of their careers who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches. Coller has been recognized as an innovator for incorporating video game design into a class on engineering computation, compelling students to apply what can be otherwise dry concepts in an engaging way. His research indicates that those students learn the material faster and retain it better.

The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will be held Nov. 15 to Nov. 18 in Herndon, Va.

Pam Smith

The American Accounting Association has named NIU Professor of Accountancy Pam Smith as one of three recipients of the 2009 Innovation in Accounting Education.

Smith was honored for work she did in collaboration with Mark J. Kohlbec, of Florida Atlantic University, titled “Accounting for Derivatives and Hedging Activities: Comparison of Cash Flow versus Fair Value Hedge Accounting.”

The annual Innovation in Accounting Education Award is intended to encourage innovation and improvement in accounting education, and submissions are judged by their innovation, demonstrated educational benefits and adaptability by other academic institutions or to other situations.

The award, which is sponsored by the Ernst and Young Foundation, was presented in August at the AAA annual meeting in New York City.