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Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


Tom Williams named associate professor of biology emeritus

Tom Williams named associate professor of biology emeritus

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Associate Professor Thomas Williams was awarded emeritus status at Commencement June 12 and named Associate Professor of Biology Emeritus. Williams came to North Central in 1981 from Washington State University, where he received a doctorate in zoology. His expertise in zoology focused on salamander anti-predator mechanisms and he ignited a passion for scientific research in his students by including them in his laboratory and field projects, conference presentations and publishing.


Tom Williams recognized as emeritus at Commencement

Associate professor awarded emeritus status at North Central's Commencement ceremonies.

Retiring North Central College associate professor Thomas Williams was awarded emeritus status at North Central's Commencement ceremonies on June 12. A resident of Naperville, he was named Associate Professor of Biology Emeritus.

Williams came to North Central College in 1981 from Washington State University, where he received a doctorate in zoology. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Willamette University and master's in biology from Drake University.

Recent videos tell stories of campus life

Recent videos tell stories of campus life

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End-of-year athletics rally, courtesy of NCTV17. Concert Choir singing “River in Judea’’ at graduation concert. Cancer survivor Meagan Rowe ’12 talks about Relay for Life, her experiences.


North Central student earns National Science Foundation Fellowship

North Central College student Emily Albright of Naperville has earned a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.

North Central College student Emily Albright of Naperville has earned a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.

The three-year award carries a $30,000 annual stipend and nearly $12,000 in additional funding for educational expenses and travel. Albright, a senior majoring in biochemistry, plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology and has been accepted to several top institutions.

Nurturing the Inquisitive Mind

Kate Smith ’05 Pereda loves to teach science to her fifth-grade pupils in Addison, IL. During the one semester each year that she can even fit the topic into the schedule, she’s armed and ready to engage her students—several of whom want to pursue science in their futures—with valuable lessons and methods learned at North Central College.

Smart Boards, Clickers, Wikis & Blogs

In a computer lab in Oesterle Library, elementary education major Kristen Robledo ’11 uses an interactive SMART Board to practice a lesson she’ll give to first graders the next morning.

Nancy Peterson honored with Cleo Tanner Award

Nancy Peterson honored with Cleo Tanner Award

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Professor of Chemistry Nancy Peterson was presented with the Cleo Tanner Award by North Central's athletic department at the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon Feb. 2. Peterson, a member of North Central's faculty since 1994, has been a faculty mentor for the Cardinals’ softball program and currently serves as the faculty mentor for the women’s basketball program.


Student chapter of American Chemical Society receives award

Student chapter of American Chemical Society receives award

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[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignleft" width="76" caption="Paul Brandt"][/caption] The American Chemical Society student chapter at North Central has received an Honorable Mention Award for its activities during the 2008-2009 academic year. Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Brandt, faculty advisor of the chapter, deserves special commendation, Society President Thomas H. Lane said in a letter informing North Central of the award. "Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires.


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