topic: science


  • Umi Visits the HIC

    Umi Visits the HIC

    When Umi passed away at the tragic age of around 5 years old, his parents couldn't have known that the young Egyptian would, some 2,000 years later, make news in a Kentucky university.


  • The Bridge Between Science and Practice

    The Bridge Between Science and Practice

    How does a small-town girl from Oregon, Ohio, end up working for two of the most well-known companies in the world and on a “Women to Watch in Tech in 2017” list? Just ask Tiffany Poeppelman (’10), whose work as an internal consultant to LinkedIn’s sales team in London, lies at the intersection of psychology and technology.


  • Outside In

    Outside In

    Nearly obscured by trees and a sloping hill, a nature trail runs a snaky path through the prairie behind Honors College. The area, full of weeds and tall grass, runs along the university’s southern edge and on any given day, it’s a lonely space, unknown to much of the Northern Kentucky University community. But a recent mural inspired by the nature trail aims to bring this outside secret in—and give the unsung space prime real estate in NKU’s new, and very high-traffic, Health Innovation Center (HIC).


  • STEM #LikeAGirl

    STEM #LikeAGirl

    Females with careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—are vastly outnumbered by their male co-workers. That’s just a fact—according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only some 20 percent of women in the U.S. workforce are in STEM fields. STEM pervades every part of our lives, but included fields lack the perspectives of roughly half of the world’s population. What’s going on here? Are STEM education programs inhospitable to women? Is there a dearth of encouragement? A lack of opportunities? Gender bias? There are several environmental and social barriers to blame—many women have children in the middle of their careers, and care for ailing family members often falls to them—but STEM jobs are among America’s most rapid-growth sectors for middle- and upper-income careers. Including women in what many regard as a ladder to income stability isn’t an option—it’s a responsibility.


  • NKU Magazine Spring-Summer 2018

    NKU Magazine Spring-Summer 2018

    Warm weather is here, and so is the Spring-Summer issue of NKU Magazine. This issue's cover feature introduces readers to NKU's sixth president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya—born and raised across various parts of India, Vaidya made his way to the California during his own university years. From grad student to economics professor to administrator, Vaidya’s path to the presidency has been driven by a desire to tackle tough challenges. This summer, he arrives at NKU to begin the adventure of leading the university into its bright future.


  • Q&A with Matthew Howard

    Q&A with Matthew Howard

    My interest in health care comes from strong sense of duty and service. I feel this has been instilled in me by my family. Many in my family are in some sort of service-related industry, from teachers, social workers, charity workers and lay parishioners. I had a calling to do something to help others and I am the first in my family to be in the healthcare field.


  • Rocket Man

    Rocket Man

    On certain dates of the year, you may, upon gazing into the creeping darkness of the early evening or pre-dawn sky, see a large ball of light—star0like, but brighter—emerge from one corner of the horizon, steadily glide across the heavens for a minute or two, then wink out in completion of its overhead journey.


  • NKU Magazine Fall-Winter 17-18

    NKU Magazine Fall-Winter 17-18

    The Fall/Winter 2017-18 issue of NKU Magazine features a look back at the people, places and things that made NKU’s first half-century “The Big 50.” And, looking to what’s ahead for the university, we introduce you to NKU’s new, incoming president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya, who ponders identity in the modern age, discusses the need for collaborative vision-development moving forward and tosses up an enthusiastic set of horns for his inaugural "Norse Up.”


  • Return to Chimkhola

    Return to Chimkhola

    What does a 30-year research project look like? Ask John Metz. Metz, an associate professor and director of the Geography program at Northern Kentucky University, spent the last three decades researching human-environment relationships, both locally and internationally.


  • Houston, We Have an NKU Intern

    Rose Pendley never really thought about working for NASA until her sophomore year of college while taking an astronomy class. The course covered NASA, its history, and its many endeavors.

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