Northern exterior of Lech Walesa Hall at dusk

Friday, April 6, 2018

Northeastern Illinois University faculty, students and alumni are regularly publishing their research in journals—and now a professor from the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education has been appointed editor of a journal.

Read about Professor of Special Education Gerardo Moreno’s journal appointment, a new journal article by an Earth Science student and professor, this year’s Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor and much more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Professor of Special Education Gerardo Moreno

Multiple Voices editor

Professor of Special Education Gerardo Moreno has been appointed editor of the journal Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners. The appointment is a two-year term. Multiple Voices is one of the leading publications in disseminating research and best practices for all educators working with students with exceptional needs from diverse backgrounds. While the field of education has several scholarly journals devoted to exceptional populations, Multiple Voices is unique as it examines the intersectionality between disability and social identities, such as racial, ethnic and sexual/gender.

Earth Science senior Jessica Lartey at work outdoors

USDA-funded research results

Earth Science senior Jessica Lartey (pictured above) and Professor of Earth Science Laura Sanders are the second and third authors, respectively, on a new article in the journal Agricultural & Environmental Letters titled “Isotopic (δ18O and δ2H) Integrity of Water Samples Collected and Stored by Automatic Samplers.” The article is based on work that Lartey did as an intern at a USDA-Agricultural Research Service national lab last summer. Lartey worked at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in West Lafayette, Ind., under the direction of mentor scientist Mark R. Williams. Her research was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institutions education grant, which is directed by Sanders.

Brommel award

Professor of Physics Paulo Acioli has been honored with Northeastern’s 2018 Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor award. Acioli’s research is in the frontier of chemistry and physics—specifically computational atomic and molecular physics. The Brommel award is being presented this year for the 12th time, and will be formally presented at the May 2018 Commencement ceremony.

Professor of History Patrick Miller

Appointment in Germany

Professor of History Patrick Miller has been appointed to the (international and interdisciplinary) advisory board of the Graduate School Practices of Literature (GSPoL) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany. In the fall of 2017, as part of his “Memory Projects,” Miller spoke both at Northeastern and at the Freie University in Berlin on the politics of popular memory and public history. In June, he will present a public lecture at the University of Münster titled “How the Past Haunts the Present in the Time of Trump.”

A prestigious fellowship

Recent alumna Alma Mendoza (B.S. ’16 Biology) has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Mendoza, who is now in the National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Georgia, also earned multiple research grants for her work as an undergraduate at Northeastern.

And there’s more!

In the media

Aspiring English teacher Becca Peterson

The Linguist List

Becca Peterson is an aspiring English teacher with a passion for linguistics. That interest earned Peterson a Rising Star honor by The Linguist List, an academic service run by linguistics students and faculty members. “Languages naturally evolve in order to reflect the people who speak it as well as their morals and values, so the power is not in the language itself but in the speakers of the language,” Peterson said in her essay. “I intend to instill in my students a sense of awareness and mindfulness regarding language.” (We, of course, already know Peterson is a rising star and published a story about her last year.)

The eastern exterior of the Sachs Building

Continued international attention

Associate Professor of Biology Aaron Schirmer’s research that was published last week on the relationship between sleep cycles, class schedules and student success continues to draw international coverage from outlets such as, Education Week and Newser. He even appeared on Canadian TV. The research ranks in the top 5 percent of research outputs ever followed by media tracking service Almetric.

Also in the media ...

  • Inside Higher Ed reported on Northeastern’s creation of the M.A.T. in Secondary Education program.
  • WTTW hosted Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart to discuss the recent trade tensions with China and other countries.

To do

Poetry Slam at CCICS

The Carruthers Center will host a student Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. April 13. The free event will be held in Donn Bailey Legacy Hall. Pizza and refreshments will be served to NEIU students between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room. To reserve your ticket, email Linda Williams at or call (773) 256-2031.

150 Selfie Challenge

We’re celebrating Northeastern’s 150-year anniversary with the 150 Selfie Challenge, a weeklong game with GPS check-ins, trivia questions and selfie challenges. The challenge will run April 9-13. Players who collect the most points win $150! Complete details can be found online, and the game will be played on the free mobile app GooseChase (game password is NEIU150). Only current students are eligible to win prizes, but everyone can participate in the fun!

All Access With Bob Jordan

The NEIU Alumni: All Access series continues April 9 with evening with journalist, producer, writer and author Robert Jordan. He will share his success story in news as a journalist and news anchor as well as many other adventures in investigating, producing, filming and more. Jordan will also talk about his college memories and the impact that Northeastern has had on his life. Following the evening talk, Jordan will be available to sign books.

Dr. Lawrence Frank Lecture

The Annual Dr. Lawrence Frank Lecture will host Northwestern University Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies Adia Benton at 3 p.m. April 10 in SU 215. Benton will deliver a lecture titled “Between Survival & Security: Ebola as a Political and Diagnostic Category.” Benton’s body of work addresses transnational efforts to eliminate health disparities and inequalities, and the role of ideology in global health.

Computer Science Career Day

The NEIU Computer Science Society, Department of Computer Science and Office of University Technology Services will host guest speakers, a job fair, alumni panel and a reception during Computer Science Career Day on April 12. The alumni panel will feature successful Computer Science alumni who will discuss their educational backgrounds and experience in the computer science and technology field followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Mark your calendar!


Carruthers Center

The Carruthers Center will host a student Poetry Slam next week—but that’s not the only event. Keep up with all of the events and news from CCICS on Facebook!

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