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Murawska receives mathematics education research award

Jaclyn Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics
Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received an award from Northern Illinois University for her recent research.

Jaclyn Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, received the Merlyn J. Behr Award in Mathematics Education from Northern Illinois University and its Department of Mathematical Sciences. The award recognizes Murawska’s significant contribution to the field of mathematics education for her dissertation research, “Preservice Elementary School Teachers’ Conceptual Understanding of Place Value Within a Constructivist Framework.”

Kim publishes paper, co-authored with former student, in business journal

Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor of economics and finance
Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, publishes paper, co-authored with recent graduate Eric McKee ’12.

Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor of economics and finance, co-authored a paper titled “The Effectiveness of Commodities in Hedging Inflation—Is It Still Valid During Low Inflationary Period?” which was published in the fall/winter edition of the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. His co-author is North Central graduate Eric McKee ’12, who triple-majored in actuarial science, finance and classical civilization.

Kevin Harrington '93 M '99

Kevin Harrington M ’99 is the new junior varsity boys water polo coach at St. Charles North High School. He elected to leave the boys track program after 12 years. He recently completed his 23rd season of coaching basketball and served as a Naperville Central High School assistant coach for three seasons while attending North Central. Several concepts from basketball and soccer, which Harrington coached as an assistant for a handful of seasons, also overlap with water polo. “All of my coaching jobs are so similar,” Harrington says.

David Smith '87

David Smith was appointed vice president of operations at HealthTell, a developer of early screening tests for cancer and other chronic diseases. He will oversee all of HealthTell’s diagnostic chip manufacturing and technical infrastructure development. Prior to this position, Smith served in senior leadership positions across multiple biotechnology companies, including Affymetrix, 454 Life Sciences and Codon Devices. Smith earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Nicholson’s presentation emerges as chapter in book

Neil Nicholson, assistant professor of mathematics
Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics, was coauthor of a chapter in a book on service learning in higher education.

Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics, was a coauthor of a chapter in the book titled “Service-Learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local.” The book emerged from presentations at the Fourth International Symposium on Service-Learning held in China in September 2011, where Nicholson co-presented with colleagues from the University of Indiana-Bloomington and William Jewell College.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

Curtis Herink '72

Curtis Herink is a professor of mathematics at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He has been teaching college mathematics full time since completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.

Anna Zahn '09

Anna Zahn is a full-time mathematics teacher at Geneva High School. She accepted the full-time position in August 2012 after serving one year as a long-term substitute.

Bhavini Shah '98

Bhavini Shah was promoted to senior director of project management for Siemens Diagnostics in Deerfield, IL. She is responsible for managing the portfolio of strategic projects for the executive office and key communications to Siemens executive teams. She may be reached at s_bhavini@hotmail.com.

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