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Where the buffalo roam once again

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Face Time with Karen Samonds

DeKalb County Daily Chronicle

Goodwill’s ‘Give & Go!’ bins coming Dec. 8 to NIU residence halls

University’s partnership with Goodwill sees green benefits

Life’s a beach

But make sure kids wash thoroughly after playing in the sand

The problem with plastic

NIU environmentalist Melissa Lenczewski gives her take on ubiquitous shopping bags

Speak Your Mind: What’s the big deal about eating local?

Purchasing food at a grocery store is a bit of a mystery. Shoppers rarely, if ever, know where and how the food was grown, the farmer who grew it or where their money is going after it leaves their wallet.

NIU professor builds community in local backyards, abroad

Diana Swanson likes to build communities.

Where the buffalo roam (once again)

Reintroduction of bison at Nachusa Grasslands boosts research opportunities for NIU faculty, students 

Environmental studies majors travel to Mexico to work with nonprofits

When it comes to sustainable technology, NIU students are learning that sometimes what’s old is new.

Fewer antibiotics in your McNuggets is a good thing …

NIU researcher says fewer drugs in animal feed means fewer ‘super bugs’ in our water

Climate-change frontlines

NIU anthropologist leading study of how world’s small food-producing communities perceive effects

Drilling into complexities of fracking in Illinois

After years of debate and study, horizontal hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and natural gas drilling method more commonly known as fracking, is expected to begin in southern Illinois this year.

NIU Faculty Participate in International NSF Workshop

Local Knowledge and Climate Change: Fieldwork Experiences

NIU Making Connections with Myanmar

ESE Director, Melissa Lenczewski, traveled to deliver donated equipment and conduct training

Anthropology and Environmental Connections

Giovanni Bennardo wins Fulbright Scholar grant to Italy

NSF to examine cultural models of nature

Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality

Second Working Paper

Third Working Paper

Engineers Without Borders & ESE Institute return to Mexico

Five-year sustainability improvement contract for CATIS-Mexico


Lemurs in conservation crisis

ESE associate involved in efforts to save them

Catch up on fascinating research in Antarctica

Discovery NewsBBC News, or Fox News

NIU Faculty stay involved in Antarctic reseach: NPR and NIU Today.

Dr. Holly Jones one of 22 participants selected

 Summer Institute of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Green Lens Environmental Film Festival

Community members Upcycle Treasures

Philosophy professor wins Young Ethicist Prize

NIU Today

Lenczewski gets Students Enrolled in HAZWOPPER Training

NIU Today

Pohlman gets Students to Attend Sustainable Design Expo

NIU Today Article

Huskies in the Antarctic

Dirt Samples Retrieved from Antarctic Lake Whillans
NIU Today Article
Online Article 

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College Students Hold Donation Drive for Northern Illinois Goodwill
College media NIU Today and Northern Star covered the event.

Professors Kendall Thu & Melissa Lenczewski testing the water

Professor David Murphy writes on Fossil fuels: Peak oil is affecting the economy already

Scientists develop guidelines to assess risk of illness from sand at recreational sites
Articles in EurekAlert and Science Daily

Environmental Studies announced as make-a-difference major

Sen. Dick Durbin shares his insights and opinions on environmental issues with NIU students

NIU Going Green

NIU Document Services Implements Green Practices

NIU Encourages Battery Recycling

Directions in Graduate Research

Students Lining Up for 'Green' Programs

Dr. Diana Swanson volunteered at the Jane Adeny Memorial School for girls for three weeks in July 2011 and is available to give presentations to classes and organizations. 

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NIU Today Article

Dr. Reed Scherer received one of the three 2012 NIU Board of Trustees Professorship awards.

Dr. Brendon Swedlow honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Dr. Cliff Mirman and Dr. Kendall Thu named 2011 Presidential Engagement Professor.

Dr. Rich King named 2011 Presidential Research Professor.

Dr. Giovanni Bennardo earns a National Science Foundation grant to lead a conference/workshop at NIU: Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Space, Self, and Causality.  Department of Anthropology

Dr. Rich King honored by US Fish and Wildlife Service

NIU anthropologist Kendall Thu pens chapter for award-winning book on feeding operations