NIU STEM Café: Artistic Process and Scientific Principles: Art as a Process of Investigation

Virtual

We often think of art and science as very different processes. But for Kelly Gross and Jolien Genus, art and science share the same processes of investigation, research and relationship building. At the next STEM Café, hear from these two artists and educators about how they engage in hypothesizing, documentation and interpreting scientific principles in […]

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NIU STEM Café: Skyscapes: Using Time-lapse Photography to Unlock the Mysteries of Storms

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Learn about severe and hazardous weather and how time-lapse photography can unlock the mysteries of storms. Walker Ashley, NIU professor of meteorology and atmospheric sciences, will share time-lapse imagery captured from storm chasing, satellites and radar to demonstrate thunderstorm formation, rainfall patterns and tornado vulnerabilities. We’ll gain an appreciation for the beauty of storms and […]

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NIU STEM Café: The Labor Shortage Legal, Gender, Economic and Management Perspectives

Virtual

Why is there a labor shortage right now, and how is the nature of work changing in these turbulent times? Hear from a panel of experts who will weigh in about the legal, economic, gender, and talent-development issues that are impacting workers now and into the future. Carl Campbell III, chair of the NIU Department […]

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STEM Café: The Labor Shortage

Virtual

Legal, Gender, Economic and Management Perspectives Why is there a labor shortage right now, and how is the nature of work changing in these turbulent times? Hear from a panel of experts who will weigh in about the legal, economic, gender, and talent-development issues that are impacting workers now and into the future.

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BioBlitz: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Join NIU STEAM as we explore the plants, animals, and other species around the NIU lagoon. We’ll collect observation data with the iNaturalist app, identify species and determine whether the area is biodiverse. Then we’ll chat with experts about career pathways in the biological sciences. Free pizza for attendees will be available.

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NIU STEM Café: Biomedical Technology: Engineering Better Health

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

From wearable devices to robotic surgeries, biomedical engineering is advancing quickly and has the potential to improve human health. Join NIU Assistant Professor Mohammad Moghimi to learn about current research and novel technologies in biomedical engineering. He’ll discuss new technologies his lab is developing, including wearable sensors that monitor the progression of cardiovascular disease. He’ll […]

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NIU STEM Café: Inflation Nation: Causes, Consequences and Mitigation

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Inflation numbers are well above the Federal Reserve target, at the highest rate in 39 years. What caused this inflation, and what can consumers and investors do to mitigate its negative effects? Find out from NIU Professor of Finance Lei Zhou. He’ll discuss what factors contributed to the recent run-up of inflation and what government […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

Recurring

STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

Recurring

STEAM Summer Camp- Exploring Drones

Lorado Taft Field Campus 1414 N River Rd, Oregon, IL

Experiment and push the limits of your NIU-supplied drone in this week of flying fun! You’ll get to code drones and create obstacle courses for them to navigate, design drone attachments to solve problems such as transporting supplies to a stranded team, practice drone photography, and enjoy flying the drone over the fields, forests, and […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

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STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

Recurring

STEAM Summer Camp- Photography

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Welcome, all aspiring photographers! Come learn the technology and art behind one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Discover how the pros work as you create your own photographs in preparation for a group exhibition, and find out how much fun photography can be when you work with others who love it as much as […]

NIU STEM Café: Canine Science and the Power of Dog-Human Bonds

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

We know dogs are “human’s best friend,” but what makes dogs uniquely suited to fulfill that role? This STEM Café explores the rise of canine sciences, the power of positive reinforcement training and what dogs can teach us about being human.Keri Burchfield, Ph.D., NIU professor of sociology, will discuss the Lifetime Bonds program she runs […]

NIU STEM Café: Mechatronics: From Robots to Self-Driving Vehicles

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

From washers and dryers to drones, conveyor systems and self-driving cars, the results of mechatronics are part of our current lives and a high-tech future. Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary engineering field that integrates mechanical, electrical, computer and information systems throughout the design process to create a final product that’s better than the sum of its […]

NIU STEM Café: Happy, Healthy Holidays: Tools for Successful Communication

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

The holidays can be a stressful time, but understanding emotions and biases can help us successfully navigate conversations and increase positive interactions.At this STEM Café, hear from NIU Assistant Professor of Psychology Randy McCarthy about the different ways in which victims and perpetrators understand aggressive behavior, and learn how understanding these biases can improve interactions.From […]

NIU STEM Café: The Science Behind Flirting

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Why do people flirt? Flirting is more complex than we might imagine, and it’s characterized by ambiguity. Some people flirt just for fun, others to explore a romantic relationship, and still others to increase their own sense of self-worth.At this STEM Café, hear from communication scientist David Henningsen about the scientific research on flirting. Learn […]

NIU STEM Café: Why an Acre Matters: How Digital Technology is Transforming Agriculture

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

John Deere was founded in 1837 with the invention of the steel plow, which revolutionized agriculture. Now the agricultural revolution has gone digital, with technologies such as GPS, yield monitors and cloud-based data management reshaping the way farmers work. As the global population increases, farmers need to produce more crops with fewer resources – and […]

NIU STEM Café: Neutrinos: Building Blocks of the Universe

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

The goal of this experiment is to better understand neutrinos, one of the fundamental particle building blocks of our universe — and one of the least understood. Neutrinos may hold the key to answering fundamental questions about the universe in which we live, such as why the universe today is made up almost entirely of […]

NIU STEM Café: Drones: Uses and Impacts Today

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Learn more about drones at the next STEM Café with NIU Associate Professor of Engineering Sachit Butail and Bob Myers, owner and operator of Hawk Aerial Imagery. They’ll talk about different types of drones (with a focus particularly on aerial drones), their various uses, and the process of operating and repairing drones.

NIU STEM Café: Holiday Foods for Health and Pleasure

Novak Room at Fatty's 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL

Many holiday traditions revolve around food. Our favorite seasonal foods can bring us together and be the highlight of family celebrations. But for many people, holiday eating can also cause stress and anxiety. How can you enjoy holiday celebrations and eat the foods you love, while avoiding the negative feelings that often result from overeating? […]

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NIU STEM Café: Quantum Computing: Next Big Thing or Next Big Flop?

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Quantum computing has experienced tremendous growth in the last ten years. But will it be the next big thing – or the next big flop? Join us to learn the basics of quantum computing, find out where the field stands today and learn what else needs to happen before quantum computing can live up to […]

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NIU STEM Café: Good Food: Gardening, Preserving and Sustainable Food Systems

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

What does sustainability look like in your home, community and the wider world? Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint through growing and preserving your own food and find out about the innovative work being done to develop sustainable food systems in our community.You’ll walk away with some practical ideas to grow and preserve your […]

NIU STEM Café: Theatrical Special Effects: Engineering Spectacle

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

As you watch a live performance, every minute of entertainment represents hours of work behind the scenes by entertainment engineers. Technical directors and designers use mathematics, engineering and artistry to keep performers and audiences safe while producing seemingly death-defying feats.Join to learn more about this fascinating process from Professor Tracy Nunnally, a full professor, technical […]

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