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Northern Today - October 5, 2009

A graphic rendering of the robotic submarine.NIU will use robotic submarine
to explore melting occurring below Antarctic ice

NIU geologists are helping to lead a multi-million-dollar, five-year investigation of melting near the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) using a 24-foot-long robotic submarine that will be lowered through more than a half-mile of ice into ocean water.

The National Science Foundation already has awarded $10 million in support of scientists at nine U.S. institutions involved in the research.


Photo of a magnifying glassBaccalaureate Review reports posted to gather more feedback

NIU’s Baccalaureate Review Task Force is seeking additional feedback from the university community regarding the proposed goals for undergraduate education.


Annette S. Lefkowitz and Ann M. HartNursing celebrates 50 years

The black sign hanging from the post outside Hopkins House stated simply, in white letters, “Offices. School of Nursing. Coordinator – T.V.”

As the original and humble home of the School of Nursing, Hopkins witnessed many of its firsts.


Pam SmithCOB gets first endowed professorship

One of the NIU College of Business’ oldest and strongest partners has created the college’s first-ever endowed professorship.

The KPMG Endowed Professorship in Accountancy was formally announced during the Sept. 28 football game between NIU and Idaho.


James T. CollinsSoutheast Asian high school students
will visit NIU for leadership training

NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies has won a U.S. Department of State grant totaling $275,000 to conduct two upcoming leadership training institutes, including one this fall for young people and educators from Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

A total of 32 high school students and educators from those countries are expected to arrive Nov. 21


Thailand Foreign Minister Kasit PiromyaThailand foreign minister gives
funding support to NIU center

Thailand Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya brought a gift along on his visit to NIU last week: a check for $96,000.


Photo of U.S. Capitol buildingStudents invited to apply for congressional internships

With the student-centered leadership and strong support of President John Peters, NIU established in 2009 an annual summer congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital.


Jonathan SpenceYale historian Jonathan Spence
to give W. Bruce Lincoln Lecture

Yale historian Jonathan Spence, among the world’s leading authorities on the shaping of modern China, will visit NIU to deliver the sixth annual W. Bruce Lincoln Lecture.

Photo of 'on-air' lightNIRIS to fill reading gaps

Hundreds of print-impaired listeners of the Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS) might find their tune-in routines revised in the coming weeks.