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Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

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North Central’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Fox Valley SCORE present annual Ideas to Profits Business Conference and pitch contest May 21.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at North Central College and Fox Valley SCORE will present the second annual Ideas to Profits Business Conference on May 21. It will include the Business Pitch Contest with a $5,000 grand prize and entry into a business accelerator.

Christopher Corrigan ’16 directs student cast, crew in comedy of manners without manners

Juniors Anne Lorentzen as Annette, John Bihun as Alan
North Central College presents the triple Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage” by playwright Yazmina Reza on May 5-7.

North Central College presents the triple Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage” directed by senior Christopher Corrigan May 5-7.

Three performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6 and 7 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. This production contains adult language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

North Central College students engage in research, presentations, writing contests

With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.

Several North Central College students have engaged in a variety of research, presentation and writing opportunities during the past few months. The topics have spanned business, politics, finance, trade, athletic training, rock stars and more. Here are reports about the accomplished North Central students.

Political conference

North Central College supports first-generation students in transition to higher education

North Central’s Cardinal First program fosters community among first-generation students and faculty.

In any given classroom at North Central College, it’s likely that several students are the first in their immediate families to pursue higher education. About 35 to 40 percent of North Central students are first-generation college students—meaning, their parents do not have four-year degrees. And many of their professors were first-generation college students, too.  

North Central's art faculty exhibit their recent work through May 29

North Central College presents its “Faculty Exhibition,” featuring a collection of recent artwork by 11 members of the College’s acclaimed art faculty.

North Central College presents its “Faculty Exhibition,” featuring a wide variety of recent artwork by 11 members of the College art faculty, through May 29.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The faculty will greet visitors at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8; complimentary refreshments will be served. Call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show for details.

North Central students achieve Dean’s List honors for winter term

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2016 winter term.

North Central College has named its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2016 winter term. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term, be enrolled as full-time students and have no grades of incomplete (I) or in progress (PR).

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for winter term:

Matthew McCary ’10 earns prestigious National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship

Matthew McCary ’10 has been awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship for research in Iceland through the University of Wisconsin.

Biology alumnus Matthew McCary ’10 will continue his quest to become an expert researcher in environmental biology with the help of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. McCary is completing a doctorate at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and will use the NSF support after he graduates for a research position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison starting in January 2017. The three-year fellowship is valued at more than $200,000.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Neuroscience presentations on drug addiction among 43 accepted for NCUR

Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

A new academic minor and research discipline at North Central College will be represented for the first time at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Two of the 43 NCUR presentations will involve neuroscience research into drug usage and addiction that began in summer 2015.

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