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Northern Today - February 1, 2010

Screen capture of Kendall Thu videoGoing green

New academic program, center
to focus on environmental studies

NIU is gearing up to launch a new interdisciplinary environmental studies program that will provide students with broad-based knowledge of key 21st century environmental issues, such as climate change, water conservation and development of alternative energies.


Dennis CesarottiNIU mourns CEET’s Dennis Cesarotti,
funeral service planned for Wednesday

Dennis Cesarotti’s mastery as a teacher of all things related to occupational safety was known nationwide.

Today, however, those who learned from and worked with him were much more eager to talk about his excellence as a friend, a mentor and a colleague.


Brianno CollerColler: The game’s the thing

Some might think that by incorporating video games into his mechanical engineering courses, Brianno Coller has given in to the mentality of, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

Of course, it is difficult to argue with the positive results he has achieved since making that switch.


Andrea KarpatiFulbright scholar will remain connected
to School of Art after return to Hungary

Andrea Kárpáti will return to Eötvös Loránd University later this month with new insights into art education and plans for continued collaboration.

Most notably, she and NIU professor Kerry Freedman are involved in a project to better understand “new learning communities” where children and adolescents form groups through the Internet to collaborate and teach themselves.


James YounkinNIU grad student wins $40,000 fellowship

Physics James Younkin will contribute
to Large Hadron Collider experiment

Following a nationwide competition, NIU Ph.D. student James Younkin has won a $40,000 graduate fellowship to contribute to the study of particle interactions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located within the CERN research facility near Geneva, Switzerland.


Photo of jet in skyFeb. 12 is application deadline
for faculty travel fellowships

The NIU Division of International Programs has extended the application deadline for Lillian Cobb Faculty Travel Fellowships to Friday, Feb. 12.