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Foundation Awards Funding for Chem Research

The UW System Technology Foundation, Inc., recently awarded Northland College and UW-Eau Claire $27,270 award to support their collaborative faculty-student research on the hydrogenation of used plastics to produce useful chemicals. This award provides Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nick Robertson and Professor and Department of Chemistry Michael Carney and their student research assistants with funding…  Read More

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Lake Superior is the Classroom

Studying, researching & touring Lake Superior By Beth Dooley, For the Star Tribune Updated: September 5, 2014 “Everyone has a listening point somewhere. It does not have to be in the north or even close to the wilderness, but some place of quiet where the universe can be contemplated with awe.” — Sigurd F. Olson…  Read More

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Keep Wilderness Act's Flame Burning Bright

By Mark Peterson and David Zentner Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5-6 | Duluth, MN Rarely is federal legislation passed today with such unanimity as happened with the Wilderness Act 50 years ago this week. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Act 373-1. The Senate approved it 73-12. President Lyndon Johnson signed the…  Read More

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"A Dreamer and a Doer" Cleans the Ravine

By Sean Devlin, ’15 Northland College forestry student Tim Koski is on his way to making the campus Bay City Creek ravine look like it should. Since March, Koski has been working on his senior project identifying and removing invasive species that pose a threat to the native plants in the ravine. The Renewable Energy…  Read More

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Chem Students Recognized for Research

Transforming plastic into useful chemicals Combating pesky crustaceans and a method that could one day turn plastic into useful chemicals are two of the exciting discoveries headlining a statewide technology gathering in Eau Claire. The seventh annual Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium drew more than 150 researchers, entrepreneurs and students. Each year the event showcases…  Read More

Stroud Selected to Give Last Lecture

Northland College students have chosen Angela Stroud, assistant professor of sociology and social justice, to provide the last lecture of the school year and the last lecture seniors will hear before graduation. Sponsored by the Northland College Student Association in cooperation with the College’s commencement committee, Stroud will present “Learning and Liberation: The Power of…  Read More

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Braiding Sweetgrass 2013 SONWA Winner

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College announced today that Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is the winner of its nature writing award. Kimmerer will receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to visit Northland College next fall for an award ceremony and reading.…  Read More

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From Pop Bottles to Pharmaceuticals

By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune What if we could turn millions of plastic pop bottles back into chemicals, and then reuse those chemicals in things such as pharmaceuticals or cosmetics? Turns out that’s exactly what students at two Wisconsin schools have shown can be done. Research teams of undergraduate students working with Nick Robertson,…  Read More

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The Princeton Reviews Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

Northland College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. “We’ve been establishing sustainability standards for over 40 years,” said Northland’s Regional Sustainability Coordinator Nathan Engstrom. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by Princeton Review for our ongoing dedication and vision to be the nation’s…  Read More

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Graphic Design Emphasis

Northland College in 2014 added a graphic design emphasis to its art program. The emphasis is an opportunity to expose students to another form of visual communication, said Associate Professor of Art Jason Terry, who is coordinating the program. Graphic design explores graphic solutions for visual problem solving through project-based curricula in both traditional and…  Read More