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Noteworthy at Northeastern: A home for Dreamers

Friday, November 1, 2019

Northeastern Illinois University has graduated 10 scholars in TheDream.US program since beginning a partnership in 2015. This fall, 10 more have arrived. Read more about the program for undocumented students, newly published research from the Department of Biology, and a grant that will bring teachers into Computer Science classes as students. It’s all in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

More Dream.US Scholars

Northeastern welcomed 10 new TheDream.US scholars to the University this fall, joining another 22 scholars who are continuing their studies. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and are ineligible for federal financial aid. The term is based on the DREAM Act, which was proposed but never passed in Congress.

Biology research

Northeastern students and faculty members have published an article describing a new way to study Werner syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by the early onset of aging, increased risk of cancer and other age-related conditions such as diabetes. The article, “Evidence for premature aging in a Drosophila model of Werner syndrome,” is published online now and will appear in the November 2019 issue of Experimental Gerontology.

A grant for Computer Science

Northeastern will serve as a partner on a five-year, $3.5 million Education Innovation and Research grant that the United States Department of Education has awarded to boost student interest, motivation and access to STEM opportunities in Waukegan Community Unit School District #60. The grant will assist the school district in developing an improved STEM-Computer Science Engineering Design Program (STEM-CSED) in high-needs schools by funding teacher training, professional development and high-tech equipment.

In the media

  • Crain’s Chicago Business mentioned that Northeastern has waived application fees for Chicago Public Schools students in a story about the teachers strike.

To do

Genocide symposium

Northeastern will host the 6th Annual Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Golden Eagles Room on the Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the symposium is titled “Prevention and Repair” and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jermaine McCalpin from New Jersey City University. McCalpin will deliver “Dignifying Suffering: Reparations and Restorative Justice in Deeply Divided Societies.”

‘Handmade by Robots’

The Fine Arts Center Gallery will open the “Handmade by Robots” exhibition on Nov. 4. Running through Nov. 27, the exhibition showcases artists who utilize new technology either in conceptual ideation, fabrication, or augmentation of the work. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 15.

First Generation College Celebration Day

Northeastern will celebrate First-Generation College Celebration Day on Nov. 8. This national event highlights and recognizes the academic and personal journeys of first-generation students, faculty and staff. The schedule for the university-wide celebration includes a Maker Activity and Selfie Stand in Village Square, first-generation display in the Library, panel discussion featuring first-generation NEIU students, faculty and staff in Alumni Hall South, and the screening of an award-winning documentary in the Pedroso Center.

Coming next week!

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