Phu Duong works in the lab.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Where does a Biology degree from Northeastern Illinois University lead you? Well, it could be any number of exciting career paths. Check out just one of those paths taken by recent master’s graduate Phu Duong, find out who’s speaking on the Main Campus next week and get a sneak peek at the new Fine Arts Gallery exhibition.

Around the Commons

Going big in Biology

Phu Duong’s career in Biology is well underway. After successfully defending his master’s thesis at Northeastern over the summer, he has begun a Ph.D. program in Cell and Molecular Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he hopes to become involved in the field of epigenetics, which is the study of changes in gene activity that are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence. Translation: The guy is smart.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern will be closed on Feb. 12 in recognition of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
  • Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies Assistant Professor Alison Dover will speak at DePaul University on Feb. 18 as part of a Taking a Critical Look at the edTPA panel.
  • The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education has published its Winter 2015-16 newsletter.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science William Adler published a new article on Taylor & Francis Online titled “Administrative leader as hero: Yochanan ben Zakkai and the rebuilding of post-Temple Jewish organizational structure.”

In the media

Commencement anticipation

Inside Higher Ed and the Windy City Times reported on Northeastern’s announcement that gay and lesbian civil rights leader Evan Wolfson will be the May 2016 Commencement speaker. During the ceremony, Wolfson will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

Also in the media ...

  • An Examiner column quoted Economics Coordinator Michael Wenz in a story about the January jobs report.
  • The Pioneer Press published a story about the dedication of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education.
  • The Daily North Shore reported that Christoper Dignam (B.S. ’97 Biology and Secondary Education) has been hired as superintendent of Township High School District 113.
  • My Suburban Life reported that Assistant Professor of Art Nate Mathews will jury the submissions to the West Chicago Arts Commission’s Community Banner Art Project in May.

To do

Jewel Box Series

Quintessential Irish-American band Solas will perform on Feb. 19 as part of the Jewel Box Series. Formed in 1996, Solas celebrates 20 years of recording and traveling with “All These Years,” a new recording project and tour, which sees Solas reuniting with all members of the band, past and present.

Sarah L. Hoagland Speaker Series

John Carroll University Philosophy Professor Mariana Ortega will speak on “In-Between Selves: World Traveling and Resistance” at the third annual Sarah L. Hoagland Speaker Series on Feb. 15. Ortega’s research focuses on Latina and women of color feminism, phenomenology, existentialism, and critical race theory.

Jason Dunda exhibit

The Fine Arts Gallery will showcase new works from Chicago-based artist and professor Jason Dunda from Feb. 15 through March 18. Dunda’s exhibit, “Bystander recalls various incidents with malignant enthusiasm,” will feature paintings that speak to the heroic, yet often futile, human attempts to create, control and endure our natural surroundings.

Mark your calendar!


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