Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008
|NMU faculty involved in the Merck/AAAS research are Osvaldo Lopez and Leslie Putnam (left front and left back) and Mark Paulsen and John Rebers (right front and right back). They are pictured in Lopez's lab with some of the students who will participate.
Northern Receives Merck/AAAS Grant
NMU has received a grant for research that could lead to a more effective influenza vaccine and a better understanding of autoimmune diseases. Fifteen universities nationwide were selected for funding through a competitive program sponsored by the Merck Institute for Science Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The NMU project involves undergraduate students and encourages collaboration between the biology and chemistry departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Marquette General Hospital. Full Story
NMU Studies New Class of Schizophrenia Drugs
NMU has secured a three-year, $185,000 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health for research on a new class of medications that might offer a better treatment for schizophrenia.
Adam Prus (Psychology) will lead the study. He said schizophrenia medications are generally effective in controlling paranoia and hallucinations—the most common symptoms associated with the disease—but they are less successful in targeting cognitive deficits. Full Story
Peer-Assisted Learning Helps Students Succeed
The Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program at NMU, which began as a pilot last semester, offers intensive tutoring for the more challenging introductory courses – those with the highest percentage of Ds, Fs and withdrawals. Preliminary data suggests that students who elected to participate had a higher success rate than those who did not. Full Story
Education Aligns with TEAC
Northern’s teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Instead of proceeding with the next scheduled NCATE review in the spring of 2009, Northern plans to seek accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Full Story
Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs Planned
Several faculty-led study abroad experiences are scheduled for this spring and summer. They provide students with a wide range of opportunities to add an international dimension to their academic careers. Most are relatively short in duration – three to four weeks, on average – but the meaningful impact on students and the memories they generate last much longer.
A recent example involved a group of students who took a field trip to Greece last March and spent two nights at Rafti, a mountain village in the middle of the Peloponnese (pictured). Wildfires ravaged the area in August, killing more than 60 people. The students were so moved by the destruction and motivated to help because of their positive experience there months earlier, that they raised money to help any Rafti resident directly affected by the fires. Full Story