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North Central cohosts “A Magical Chemistry Extravaganza” Oct. 17

Jeff Hepburn, award-winning chemistry teacher
Area teachers, students and budding scientists of all ages are invited to free lecture and chemistry demonstration by award-winning teacher Jeff Hepburn.

North Central College invites area teachers, students and budding scientists of all ages to attend a free lecture and demonstration on Oct. 17 by award-winning chemistry teacher Jeff Hepburn.

Titled “A Magical Chemistry Extravaganza,” the free program will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. It is cohosted by North Central College’s chemistry department and ChemWest, a nonprofit networking group for chemistry teachers.

Bryan Taylor earns award for outstanding service to residence life at Honors Convocation

Bryan Taylor received the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Bryan Taylor, son of Sheryl Taylor of Cary, Ill., was awarded the Carleen Verstraete Outstanding Resident Student Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes a student for outstanding service to residence life and is named in honor of Verstraete, a former resident assistant who was killed by a drunk driver shortly after her graduation in June 1990.

A senior, Bryan is majoring in chemistry with a minor in secondary education at North Central College. He is a graduate of Prairie Ridge High School.

James Davidson earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

James Davidson received the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

James Davidson, son of Paul and Corinne of Lemont, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College.

A senior and a student-veteran, James is majoring in chemistry at North Central College. He is a graduate of Lemont Township High School and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

On campus, he has been involved in Student Members of the American Chemical Society. His name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

North Central honors Priscilla Ferch ’80 Gallagher with Outstanding Alumni Award

Priscilla Ferch ’80 Gallagher, Outstanding Alumni Award
North Central College to honor legal expert Priscilla Gallagher with a 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award during Homecoming Convocation Oct. 26.

North Central College is honoring Priscilla Gallagher of Chicago with a 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Gallagher and five others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Chemistry demo featuring Bob Becker, open to campus and community

North Central College co-presents a free chemistry demonstration by award-winning high school chemistry teacher and Yale graduate Bob Becker Sept. 18.

North Central College and ChemWest co-present a free chemistry demonstration by award-winning high school chemistry teacher Bob Becker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Pfeiffer Hall.

Students, faculty collaborate in summer-long research

Associate Professor of Biology Jonathan Visick and Juan Perez ’13
This summer, North Central College students participated in hands-on research on campus, working one-on-one with faculty and collaborating with other students.

For eight weeks this summer, North Central College students participated in hands-on research on campus, working one-on-one with faculty and collaborating with other students. Some 38 students and 12 faculty advisors took part in the College’s Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC). Their work represented a range of academic disciplines with students majoring in biology, computer science, biochemistry, psychology, chemistry, English literature, radiation therapy, athletic training, theatre, human resource management and Spanish.

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.

Tellabs Foundation helps science teachers through North Central College and ChemWest

A Tellabs Foundation grant will help educators develop exciting new science demonstrations for children through a partnership with North Central and ChemWest.

Dec. 6, 2011—A Tellabs Foundation grant will help area educators develop exciting new science demonstrations for children through a partnership with North Central College and ChemWest.

North Central College and ChemWest—a nonprofit networking group for chemistry teachers—will use the $30,000 Tellabs Foundation grant to develop and share demonstrations and other practices to enhance the study of science for up to 10,000 children in area elementary, middle and high schools.

D-Term Verandah courses offer experiential learning

North Central College offers a record 17 Verandah experiences during D-Term, including four for first-year students only. Register on Merlin; space is limited.

During 2011 D-Term, North Central College is offering a record number of Verandah course offerings for students. These experiential learning opportunities connect faculty and students in informal environments outside the classroom around topics of interest.

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.

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