North Central College - Naperville, IL

Aaron Langer

When he began his studies at North Central College, Aaron Langer knew he wanted to prepare for a career administering radiation treatment to cancer patients as well as earn a bachelor’s degree. He intended to major in biology until he learned about North Central’s radiation therapy program.

The program, which combines three years at North Central with a 14-month internship at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allowed Aaron to enjoy a variety of courses as a first-year student.

“This year has been a crash course on everything,” Aaron said during his freshman year.

Aaron likes the learning environment at North Central. “When I first visited North Central, I liked the campus,” Aaron says. “It feels big and has small class sizes, and I felt I would do better here than in a large lecture setting.”

National Geographic expert to give talk on medical uses for snake venom

Professor and National Geographic expert Zoltan Takacs will give a free talk May 9 about how venom from dangerous snakes can be used for medicinal purposes.

April 13, 2011—Professor and National Geographic expert Zoltan Takacs will give a free talk May 9 at North Central College about how venom from dangerous snakes can be used for medicinal purposes.

Takacs, a professor at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine who studies venoms and reptiles, will deliver the presentation, “Biodiversity is Good for Your Health: Exploring the World’s Most Toxic Yet Lifesaving Creatures.”

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.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Majors Minors and Programs : Radiation Therapy

Jeffrey Bjorklund

Dr. Jeffrey Bjorklund oversees the radiation therapy major at North Central. He prepares students for graduate studies and medical careers, giving them the personal attention that's lacking at larger institutions. “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 they’ll learn more if they do things on their own.”

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.


A Legacy of Science-Mildred Rebstock

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.

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