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North Central College student attends Archaeological Field School, uncovers burial sites

North Central College anthropology major Jessica Pantel spent the summer excavating and researching ancient civilization and burial sites in Peru.

Anthropology major Jessica Pantel ’13 spent six weeks this past summer participating in anthropological research in the Ancash region of the Andes Mountains in Peru.

A co-worker of a different feather

An interview with Naomi Roots ’05 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium includes her favorite penguin sidekick, “405.” The curious bird seems to enjoy exploring the shoes of her visitors and a camera lens by pecking with her beak. Later she tries to arrange a towel—her “security blanket”—into a nest and settles on Roots’ lap. After about 30 minutes, Roots knows that 405 would rather be swimming in her environment with her penguin friends.

Gregory Ruthig joins faculty in biology department

Gregory Ruthig, assistant professor of biology
North Central College appointed five full-time, tenure-track faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year, including Assistant Professor of Biology Gregory Ruthig.

North Central College appointed five new full-time, tenure-track faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year, which starts Sept. 12. Among the new faculty is Gregory Ruthig, assistant professor of biology.

Summer Research

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Kari Nelson

As a freshman, Kari Nelson was already conducting research with a biology professor, using E. coli bacteria to study the aging process.

“I just wanted to get my feet wet in the field,” she says.  

“Everyone helps each other out—including professors. They are very connected with their students.”

Also during her first year, she worked for a chiropractor and learned about the health field by assisting in blood draws, X-rays and various therapies.

“A lot of opportunities early on helped me realize what I do and don’t want to do,” she says. “I realized I love science, but I also love being with people and applying the science.”

Kari wants to become either a high school teacher or a chiropractor. “Either way, I want to educate people about science. “

Kari is considering a number of graduate programs where she could earn her teaching certification. At North Central, she served as secretary of the Pre-Heath Organization and as membership chair for the Blue Key Honor Society. She also played intramural volleyball and basketball, which helped her gain an appreciation for the spirit of community on campus.

American Scientific Affiliation holds annual meeting at North Central College

Delegates will convene at North Central College July 29-Aug. 1 for the 66th annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation.

Delegates will convene at North Central College July 29 through Aug. 1 for the 66th annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, jointly hosted by Wheaton College.

The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a fellowship of men and women of science and related disciplines who share a common fidelity to the word of God and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Science-Faith Synergy: Glorifying God and Serving Humanity.”

Plenary sessions are as follows:

In Honor: The Max Lacewell & Brianna Sharp Memorial Scholarship

This is a story of coincidence, long odds, a rare disease, friendships, grief and the generous alumni who have channeled their emotions into helping support the educations of future physicians and medical researchers.

Dr. Isaac Einsel ’19: Generous Underwriter of Dr. Koten’s Laboratory

Among the many extraordinary North Central College teachers of science was Dr. Irvin A. Koten, professor of chemistry, whose active research lab gave dozens of chemistry, zoology and biology majors a head start in their quest for medical and graduate school admission.

The Legacy of Dr. Albert Goldspohn

As the flourishing young campus of North-Western College needed more space, President H. J. Kiekhoefer (1889-1910) pushed for the building of a new science hall. In his 1899-1900 report to the Board of Trustees, Kiekhoefer recognized the need for a “special building for the study of science.”

His appeals were first answered by the area church conferences, but by May 1903, only $1,438 had been raised. The science hall finally became a reality when Dr. Albert Goldspohn,

New offerings for science majors

Recent developments signal the College’s ongoing commitment to its science curriculum and career preparation with an eye toward construction of a new science center on campus.

Students will be able to pursue degrees in additional areas of study beginning fall 2011. They can complete a new major in the field of chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems. Minors will be offered in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to the field of molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system.

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