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Alumni talk with science students about their careers, experiences

2005 alumni Naomi Roots and Zach Pratt, Ph.D.
Science faculty invite 2005 alumni Naomi Roots and Zach Pratt, Ph.D., to talk with students about post-graduate research, real-world career experiences.

A new tradition—inviting alumni back to campus to talk informally with students—was incorporated as part of programming for Honors Day and the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research this year.

“Our alumni are an untapped resource for our students and I’m excited about inviting them back to share their experiences with our science students,” said Professor of Biology and Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Stephen Johnston as he welcomed two North Central College alumni from the class of 2005.

Heather Carlson ’91 delivers keynote address at Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Heather Carlson '91
Heather Carlson '91 delivered the keynote address at North Central College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

May 15, 2012—If you want to succeed at scientific research, you’ve got to be able to work well with others.

That was the advice North Central College students and others heard May 15 during the keynote address at the College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research from professor, pharmaceutical researcher and North Central alumna Heather Carlson ’91.

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.

Dr. Mildred Rebstock ’42 feted for important antibiotic discovery

The North Central Now will continue to profile distinguished science division alumni as the College shapes its vision for a 21st century science facility.

High school students meet for science, engineering contest

Some 450 students from 45 area high schools will match their academic skills against their peers for the WYSE academic challege at North Central College.

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

March 2, 2010--Some 450 students from 45 area high schools will match their academic skills against their peers during the annual World Youth Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge at North Central College.

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.

A Legacy of Science: College shapes vision for a 21st century science facility

For a college which numbers among its graduates many nationally and internationally recognized doctors, scientists, engineers and teachers of science, it’s hard to believe that four decades ago the future of science at North Central College was very much in doubt. The merger of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and Methodist churches in 1968 dramatically affected the EUB church’s historic role in supplying North Central with students and financial support.

Scientist Honored with Outstanding Alumnus Award

K. Darrell Berlin ’55, a distinguished scientist, inventor and author, was recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award at the Homecoming awards ceremony. A cancer researcher, Berlin is the first Regents Professor named at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is also a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health.

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