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September 21, 2009

Debbie Smith Shank

Debbie Smith-Shank, professor of art education, has been chosen as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. She will be inducted during the first general session of the 2010 NAEA convention, scheduled April 14 to April 18 in Baltimore, Md.

Established in 1982, this title is conferred on NAEA members who have made distinguished contributions to the work of the Association. Presently, there are about 80 NAEA Distinguished Fellows. According to the NAEA, responsbility comes along with this honor: “This an opportune time for you to offer your services to the NAEA membership.”

“I am so honored to have selected to be part of this very special group of art educators,” Smith-Shank said.

Smith-Shank joins NIU’s other senior art education faculty member, Douglas Boughton and Kerry Freedman, as NAEA Distinguished Fellows.

Milijove M. Kostic

Milivoje M. Kostic, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, delivered a seminar lecture earlier this month at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kostic’s seminar, “The Second Law of Energy Degradation, Including Biological and Intelligent Processes,” discussed one of the most fundamental laws of nature. The Second Law of Thermodynamics made its appearance around 1850 and, almost a century later, physicist and philosopher Percy Williams Bridgman still complained that “there are almost as many formulations of the Second Law as there have been discussions of it.”

Kostic’s teaching and research interests are in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and related fluid-thermal-energy sciences. He recently published several articles in prestigious energy encyclopedias and presented a number of invited plenary lectures at international conferences and several institutions.

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The Lockean Commonwealth

NIU political scientist Ross Corbett has a new book out through SUNY Press titled “The Lockean Commonwealth.”The tension between executive prerogative in times of emergency and the importance of maintaining and preserving the rule of law has been a perennial concern for modern democratic states. In his book, Corbett reappraises John Locke’s contribution to this timely topic, paying careful attention to the arguments put forward in Locke’s famous “Two Treatises on Government.”