In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.
Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.
Dr. Jeffrey Bjorklund oversees the nuclear medicine technology major at North Central. He prepares students for graduate studies and medical careers, giving them the personal attention that students at larger institutions lack. “At North Central, you can’t hide,” he says. “We ask questions that are specific to you, because we know you personally.”
Bjorklund has published his work in scholarly journals and enjoys teaching students how to conduct research and present their findings at conferences. “The student/faculty research relationship at North Central is collaborative,” he says. “Faculty don’t treat students as lab techs; our students make decisions for themselves. Their choices may not be ours, but we know that they’ll learn more if they do things on their own.”
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.
From the science labs of Goldspohn Hall in the early 1940s came a scientist who was featured in Time magazine and honored in Washington D.C. Dr. Mildred Rebstock was given much of the credit for finding a synthetic form of chloromycetin. At the time, antibiotics had to be grown slowly from molds and the rarity of chloromycetin (discovered in 1947) limited its widespread use in combating diseases like typhoid fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That changed with Rebstock’s discovery in 1949.