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David Letterman asks Naperville science kid, “Do you go to North Central?”

A Naperville "Science Kid" prompts David Letterman to ask about North Central College.

North Central College made an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday, May 10.

Jack Brandt, son of North Central College chemistry professor Paul Brandt, was one of three Naperville students selected for the show’s annual Science Kids segment. Jack is a seventh-grader at Kennedy Junior High School.

Jack wore a North Central College sweatshirt on the show. Letterman pointed to his shirt and asked, “Where do you go to school, is it North Central?” Jack proceeded to illustrate the power of atmospheric pressure using the “Can Crush” experiment.

2012 Goldwater Scholar, Maria Gommel

Maria Gommel ’13 has been named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar, the highest national undergraduate award for achievement in math, science and engineering. Gommel is majoring in actuarial science and mathematics and intends to pursue a doctorate in mathematics after graduation.

Study Abroad Programs

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Mary Lou Puttkowa Lipscomb '66

Mary Lou Puttkowa Lipscomb is a science curriculum and professional development specialist for IMSA FUSION, an outreach program of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She writes curriculum and provides professional development to teachers who are part of this after-school math and science program for talented, motivated middle-school students.

Chemistry club holds demo day for National Chemistry Week

Chemistry major James Davidson ’13, far right
North Central College’s chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society hosted a demo day Oct. 20 as part of National Chemistry Week activities.

North Central College’s chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) hosted a demonstration day as part of its National Chemistry Week activities Thursday, Oct. 20.

Students in SMACS and faculty advisor Paul Brandt (photo, left), professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, performed 12 different experiments for the event in front of a handful of North Central College students.

North Central, Hooke College of Applied Sciences first to offer degree in chemical microscopy

North Central College and Hooke College of Applied Sciences are partnering to offer the nation’s first four-year degree in chemical microscopy.

Aug. 22, 2011—North Central College in Naperville and Hooke College of Applied Sciences in Westmont are partnering to offer the nation’s first four-year degree in chemical microscopy.

Kirsten Coffman

Kirsten Coffman chose to study at North Central College because of the winning cross country and track team legacies and because the College is close to her home. When she came to North Central, however, she was undecided about her academic major. She soon learned the College offered a pre-engineering program that incorporates her physics, math and chemistry interests.

The summer between her sophomore and junior years, Kirsten conducted research on particle physics under the direction of Paul Bloom, assistant professor of physics. As an upperclassman, Kirsten has taken on a leadership position by helping in different sections of physics courses.

When she completes her studies at North Central, Kirsten plans to pursue graduate work in biomedical engineering. Her goal is to develop prosthetic advancements.

“The professors here are impressive, and I’ve been able to build good relationships with them,” Kirsten says. “A good thing about being a physics major is that the science department here is a community.”

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:

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.


Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

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.

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