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Noteworthy at Northeastern: Fourth of July edition

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Let the fireworks begin early with these updates about Northeastern Illinois University’s latest trip abroad, the Kane scholarship fundraiser and more.

Around the Commons

Teaming up against cancer

Northeastern faculty members Hardik Marfatia, Shan Wang, Amanda Dykema-Engblade and Cindy Voisine have had projects selected as grant recipients by the ChicagoCHEC Catalyst & Incubator Grant Program. The investigative teams were selected for proposing novel approaches to addressing cancer disparities and their devotion to advancing cancer health equity through cross-collaboration, high-quality research and unwavering dedication to training and education.

Back from China

Under the direction of Art Professor Shencheng Xu and Accounting, Business Law and Finance Professor Rasoul Rezvanian, 10 Art students and two Business students recently made a 16-day trip to China as part of a collaborative design course with Jiangnan University School of Design in Wuxi. Art students created models of bike racks and park benches for a functional public art sculpture for a local middle school, while the business students created proposals for prospective clients. The group visited art galleries, museums, sculpture parks and historical sites in Shanghai, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuzhen and Beijing. They met with local artists, businessmen and students to see their projects and companies, and to ask questions.

Make your tee time

Goldie is getting ready for the 44th Annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event on Monday, Aug. 8. Be sure to sign up now and support student scholarships!

Lots of Linguistics

Northeastern’s Department of Linguistics was well represented at the International Society for Language Studies Conference, which took place from June 23-25 in Normal, Ill. Professor Richard Hallett presented a paper titled “A safe destination for international visitors including women tourists: A CDA of Indian tourism.” Instructor Jill Hallett presented a paper titled “Making a great kill: Influencing public education and public opinion through metaphor.” And master’s candidate Patrick Baldwin presented a paper titled “The perceptions and comprehension of high school students in a non-native English speaking taught online classroom.”

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
  • Department of Mathematics Chair Lidia Filus attended the 4th Stochastic Modeling Techniques and Data Analysis International Conference from June 1-4 at the University of Malta. A paper that Filus co-authored, “Stress Dependence and Enforced Regression Paradigm,” was presented during the Data Analysis Methods special session.

In the media

Leading the farm sustainability effort

Sandra Williams is an associate professor of Human Resource Development, so naturally she’s in the news for ... conservation in agriculture? Yes, Williams and her brother, Scott, are featured in CountrySpirit magazine for their sustainability efforts. “Most recently they began a new conservation venture called Fields Restored that aims to stabilize 17 acres of highly erodible land while simultaneously turning it into a diverse, perennial, specialty-crop venture,” the story reads. “They’ve planted more than 30 species of perennials, including chestnuts, hickories, apples and raspberries.”

Also in the media ...

  • The Northwest Herald interviewed former Northeastern athlete Andy Jakubowski (B.A. ’95 Speech and Secondary Education Certification: Speech), the newspaper’s Baseball Coach of the Year.
  • Splash magazine featured Ensemble Español’s dance discussion event at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater.
  • WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” invited Economics Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart to discuss the effect of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union.
  • Inside Higher Ed published Northeastern’s list of newly tenured faculty members.
  • Time Warner Cable News quoted Associate Professor of Economics Ryan Gallagher in a story about casino growth in New York.

To do

'Lounging'

“Lounging,” a play written by former Communication, Media and Theatre Professor Jim Blair, begins a monthlong run at Chicago's Filament Theatre on July 7. Several people with Northeastern connections have roles in the play: Sasha Gerritson, Dan Wirth, Jeff Wade, Dwan Buetow, Jill Matel, David Montalvo and Zanneta Smith. The play follows an unforgettable day in an inner-city high school teacher’s lounge.

Mark your calendar!

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Mike Hines, Director of Public Relations, m-hines@neiu.edu, (773) 442-4240