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Rep. Lauren Underwood removes personal protective equipment used to keep the lab sterile after her tour Friday of the space. (Colin Kempsell | Northern Star)

NIU semiconductor lab receives $1.5 million in federal funding

By Colin Kempsell | January 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology received $1.5 million in federal funds to convert its cleanroom lab into a fabrication lab for microchip research, design and prototyping. The college’s microchip fabrication lab,...

A bridge too far? UK looks at linking Scotland, N Ireland

By JILL LAWLESS | February 10, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it is seriously studying the feasibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, an audacious idea that has been floated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack,...

Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

By LAURAN NEERGAARD | February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time.Just days after Chinese scientists shared the...

Man raises the bar and bridge with his marriage proposal

January 29, 2020

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A pair of civil engineers took their relationship to new heights atop a New Hampshire bridge.Dan Del Tufo arranged to have the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth lifted to its maximum height, and that's where he surprised Julia Kallmerten...

NIU President Lisa Freeman poses Oct. 7 with Kishwaukee College President Laurie Borowicz at the signing of the agreement.

NIU partners with Kishwaukee college for accelerated degree program

By Ahyen Labanan | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — Students can earn two degrees in three years through NIU’s partnership with Kishwaukee College and DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa-Kingston, Hiawatha, Indian Creek and Rochelle Township high schools.The “2 Degrees in 3 Years” program allows students...

Poverty Simulation helps illustrate what millions go through every day

By Payton Higgins | September 24, 2019

Live Healthy DeKalb County Food Security Council and the University of Illinois extension worked together to host a Poverty Simulation on Friday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building. The simulation taught participants about the harsh realities that...

STEMFest 2017

By Northern Star Staff | October 9, 2017

Hey Huskies, get ready to play with lasers or dissect cow eyeballs at NIU’s STEMFest. STEMFest is a free event held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 at the Convocation Center. You can check out all the activities available that promote...

Letter to the Editor: NIU should have offered goose issue to students

By Jakob Willkomm | March 31, 2014

On March 25, the headline story sung the praises of the Goosinator, a device used to humanely encourage geese to move away from campus.Now, I think everyone can agree that navigating through goose-poop land mines on the way to class or fleeing from a...

Humans, robotics peacefully coexist at new engineering club

By Sierra Lowe | September 20, 2012

NIU’s first robotics club is creating a buzz in the Engineering Building. The mission of the robotics club is to create a community for technically skilled and motivated students. The club also serves as a forum for the circulation and discussion of...

Engineering workshops start on Saturdays

By Northern Star Staff | September 16, 2012

Engineering workshops will be offered to all girls from sixth to eighth grade, according to a Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois press release. The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology are teaming...

STEM Cafe event features strengthened materials

By Northern Star Staff | September 4, 2012

The latest STEM Cafe event will feature research and theories on strengthening materials at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, according to a press release from Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies.STEM Cafe speaker Michael Haji-Sheikh, an NIU associate...

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Ticket pick-ups for graduation ceremony commence

By Juliana Leprich | December 1, 2011

While many NIU students will gear up in hats and gloves next weekend, some students will don caps and gowns. NIU's graduate commencement ceremony will take place 4 p.m. Dec. 10. According to the Convocation website, the first undergraduate ceremony Dec....