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Northern Today - September 8, 2009

Ray Alden, Brian Hemphill, Steve Cunningham and Murali KrishnamurthiDiversity Initiatives Web site lists
NIU’s promises, policies, projects

NIU is proud of its work to augment, enhance and celebrate diversity on campus, clearly evidenced by a new Web page that posts a comprehensive list of the university’s initiatives.

Created by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, the page includes information on NIU’s efforts regarding diversity as well as links to policies, scholarship prospects, support programs, professional development opportunities and more.


Zhili XiaoDepartment of Energy funds Xiao’s work
to probe nanoscale superconductivity

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded NIU Physicist Zhili Xiao a three-year grant totaling $486,000 to continue his investigations of superconductivity at the nanoscale.


Actress Midori KanazawaDiverse group of performers to create
‘Woman in the Dunes’ for NIU stage

Despite the word “Woman” in the title, the story is told from the perspective of a man.

Well, the original story bore that viewpoint, at least.


Jeffrey ChownThe Iraq War in the classroom

Presidential Teaching Professor Chown helps
students explore how war is portrayed on film

It can be difficult for curricula to keep up with fast-breaking world events such as war, but courses taught in recent years by Presidential Teaching Professor Jeffrey Chown provide a shining example of how faculty can tie in current events in ways that are deeply meaningful to students.


NIU's Avalon QuartetAvalon Quartet to perform
pair of September concerts
with violinist Rachel Barton

NIU’s Avalon Quartet will open its third season as the university’s string quartet in residence with a pair of concerts featuring renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine.


Rigoberta MenchúNobel Peace Prize winner Menchú
will deliver Sept. 22 talk at NIU

Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, an activist for indigenous Guatemalans whose personal story of triumph brought their plight to the world’s attention, will visit NIU this month for a public lecture.


Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of CollegeGardner, Barefoot to speak at NIU conference on first year

The last time John N. Gardner visited the NIU campus in 1987, he came on a mission.