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Augustana College will be hosting a free public lecture by noted paleoanthropologist Dr. Louise Leakey from the Koobi Fora Research Project in Kenya, Africa. Louise is the granddaughter of famous paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey and the daughter of paleoanthropoloigsts Richard and Meave Leakey. She will be giving a lecture titled "A Human Journey: What Fossils Tell Us." The lecture will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7:30-8:30pm. For more information, please follow the links: http://www.augustana.edu/x11824.xml?eventid=8646 http://www.roycecarlton.com/speaker/profile/Louise-Leakey.html
On Saturday, April 7th, the NIU Student Subunit of Illinois Lakes Management Association organized a River/Lake Walk to clean up the East Lagoon and the Kishwaukee River. Turnout for this event was excellent! About 15 students, faculty/staff members, and their friends showed up, eager to help our environment and conserve water resources. We met at Montgomery Hall at 9:00 a.m. and after enjoying some donuts, we worked our way around the lagoon and along Kishwaukee River in small groups, picking up trash and recyclables along the way. In total, the individual groups removed approximately 150 pounds of garbage from the water and surrounding shorelines. Keeping trash and other debris out of the waters and shores of the East Lagoon and Kishwaukee River is imperative to preserving our beautiful campus for future generations of NIU students and the DeKalb community.
The NIU Student Subunit meets every Monday at 4:30 In Davis Hall room 103. We will be doing monthly clean-ups of the Lagoon as well as water quality testing, screening environmental films, presentations by guest speakers in water quality related fields, and many other activities each week. Next Monday, April 16th, we will be having a guest speaker come in to give a talk about Rain Gardens, so please make sure to attend!
(post submitted by Evan Bing; pictures by Wei Luo and Melissa Burlingame)
The NIU Student Subunit of the Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) is a student organization seeking to enhance students' knowledge of preserving our valuable national water resources, such as lakes, ponds, rivers, and watersheds. The Illinois Lakes Management Association (http://www.ilma-lakes.org/) established the NIU Student Subunit with the intent of reaching students currently persuing an education in environmental sciences.
We have fun and interesting activities planned throughout the semester such as water quality sampling of the Lagoon and Kishwaukee river using radiosondes, volunteer-based lake clean-ups, and the ILMA annual conference March 1-3 at the Holmes Student Center that will provide a great opportunity for those seeking to network with professionals in water quality-related fields. We aim to not only help maintain the Lagoon and Kishwaukee River, but also to involve the Dekalb community so we may work as a team to restore and preserve their quality for future generations.
The goal the the NIU Geography Club is to expand on the interest of the subject outside the classroom. We are a relatively small and new club, but we are looking to expand and become recognized by the university. Anyone with any interest in geography is encouraged to join the Geography Club. A meeting will take place Tuesday, February 21st at 6pm in Davis Hall. We will be discussing club events for the end of the spring semester. Derek Bus can be contacted at Derek.N.Bus@Gmail.com for questions concerning upcoming club meetings and events. (post submitted by Derek Bus)
Our undergraduate programs include B.A. and B.S. degrees in geography as well as a B.S. degree in meteorology. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in geography offer students opportunities to develop greater spatial understandings of a variety of social and environmental phenomena. And with the proper selection of elective courses, students can meet federal civil service qualification standards and/or earn certificates in GIS or Homeland Security.
The Department's B.S. degree in meteorology was the first atmospheric science degree program offered by a public university in the State of Illinois and is one of the largest programs in North America. More information about this program can be found at the NIU meteorology webpage and the NIU meteorology blog.
For individuals seeking graduate education, the Department offers a Master of Science degree program with specialization in natural environmental systems, urban/economic geography, or geographic information science. The mission of the M.S. in Geography is to provide a quality graduate education that prepares students to contribute to society in roles as scientists, analysts, managers, and educators. We are also in the final stages of developing a Ph.D. program in Geography which is anticipated to begin fall of 2009.
Producing meaningful academic work requires a knowledge of literature in one's field of research. Below is a list of peer-reviewed articles recently published in journals that are of interest to NIU Geography faculty and students.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers: Articles recently published in