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Northwestern basketball co-captain Drew Crawford was named to the Capital One Academic All-America ® First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is Crawford's second Academic All-America Award after he garnered second team recognition as a junior in 2012.

 

Including Crawford, eight Northwestern men's basketball players have earned the distinction of Academic All-America. Crawford, a native of Naperville, Illinois, is the fourth member of the NU men's basketball fraternity to receive first-team honors, joining Jim Burns (1967), Mike Campbell (1980), and Shon Morris (1987 & 1988).


A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Crawford graduated from Northwestern in spring 2013 with a 3.31 grade-point average and a degree in economics. With one more season of eligibility available, Crawford remained at NU under first-year head coach Chris Collins and enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies to obtain a master's degree in sports administration. He has excelled in that program, maintaining a 3.9 GPA.


On the court, Crawford is second on NU's all-time scoring list and is among the University's all-time leaders in blocked shots and rebounding. He also played and started more games than any player in program history.


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A new video released as part of the public launch of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern features students, faculty, and alumni discussing what it means to have "Purple Pride."


A $40 million unrestricted gift from Mark '85 JD and Kimbra Walter '85 will be used to fund initiatives pertaining to We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, including significant support for Northwestern Athletics and Recreation and scholarships for the School of Law.


Among the Campaign initiatives is a new lakefront athletics and recreation complex, which will be located on the north end of the Evanston campus.


With spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the complex will include more than 500,000 square feet of new or renovated athletics and recreation space. It will serve intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports, as well as other recreational activities.


The complex — located close to many residence halls and academic buildings — will also provide space for major University-wide events, such as Dance Marathon and the new student convocation.


The Walters’ gift also will be used by the University to support scholarships at the Law School.


Both scholarships and athletics and recreation will play important roles in the implementation of Northwestern’s strategic plan, which aims to build a diverse, inclusive community and provide an exceptional educational experience regardless of students’ financial resources. 


Visit SupportTheCats.com for more details about the lakefront athletics complex. Visit law.northwestern.edu/campaign for more information about the Law School initiatives.

Northwestern publicly launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history last week, a multi-year effort that will raise $3.75 billion in support of the University’s strategic plan. The Campaign will fund initiatives across all of Northwestern’s schools, as well as Northwestern Medicine and a range of University units and programs.

 

We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern was announced on March 14, or “Purple Friday.” Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni on campus and around the world wore purple to show their pride in the University.

 

Preview events for students, faculty, and staff were held on the Evanston and Chicago campuses that afternoon. An evening event welcomed University leaders and benefactors at a transformed Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.

 

“This monumental campaign seeks to amplify Northwestern’s local and global impact — in everything from breakthrough research discoveries to innovations in creative expression to preparing the global leaders of tomorrow,” said University President Morton Schapiro. “We will unite as a university community to build an even better Northwestern and to address society’s most critical challenges.”

 

Gifts will fund new and renovated facilities on the Evanston and Chicago campuses; endowed professorships; student scholarships and fellowships; laboratories and research support; new academic centers and institutes; curriculum expansion and academic program support; global initiatives; and other areas that will solidify Northwestern’s position among the world’s leading research universities.

 

“The Campaign is called ‘We Will’ because it reflects the strong confidence we have in Northwestern and all that we are poised to accomplish,” Schapiro said.

 

The University has already raised $1.52 billion toward the Campaign dollar goal, Schapiro said.

 

The Campaign has a second goal to broaden the University’s base of annual support among alumni, parents, and friends — as reflected by 140,995 donors making a gift during the Campaign. A total of 85,832 donors have made a gift during the early phase of the Campaign.

 

Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University School of Law will publicly launch their own campaigns later this year. Northwestern Medicine’s public launch is scheduled for May 28, while the Law School’s is scheduled for September 18.

 

Visit the Northwestern News Center for the full story.

 

To learn more about the “We Will” Campaign, visit wewill.northwestern.edu


To learn more about Northwestern Medicine’s campaign, visit feinberg.northwestern.edu/giving/about/campaign.html


To learn more about the Law School’s campaign, visit law.northwestern.edu/campaign

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Dr. Jerry Juska (KSM68, GJ69, GSESP88) discusses the career impact his education had and Northwestern's role in the world.

 

The Northwestern Alumni Association and several regional clubs are hosting a wide variety of events in the Chicago area and across the country in March and April. Check out the links listed below for more information.


        March 30, Washington, DC

        April 8, Houston

        April 10, Chicago

        April 15

        April 22, Chicago

        April 24, Washington, DC

        April 29, New York City

A Day with Northwestern, an annual all-day seminar featuring prominent faculty and alumni speaking on a variety of topics, will be held Saturday, April 26, on the Evanston campus.

 

The event — a highlight of the Northwestern Alumni Association’s educational programming — draws about 500 alumni, parents, friends, and current and prospective students to campus every year.


“The day showcases the incredible breadth of expertise we have at Northwestern, with fascinating talks by faculty, distinguished alumni, and even students,” said Bob Cox ’75, past chair of A Day with Northwestern’s Executive Board. “Many attendees come year after year because each new lineup of speakers is so varied and the topics so timely.”


Attendees can choose from two keynote presentations and 12 breakout sessions. The featured speakers include experts in the fields of politics, medicine, art, economics, law, journalism, and more.

 

Geoffrey Baer ’85 MS will deliver the early afternoon keynote, a look at architecture in Chicago, the city that invented the skyscraper. Rikki Klieman ’70 will deliver the late afternoon address, an inside look at the media’s coverage of high-profile trials and legal proceedings.

 

A Day with Northwestern will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. The event is open to the Northwestern community and the general public, but registration is required. For more information, including a list of speakers and a registration link, please visit alumni.northwestern.edu/ADayWithNU

Elizabeth Larsen, a junior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, won this year’s Circumnavigators Travel-Study Award, enabling her to travel to eight countries this summer to investigate childhood malnutrition.


The $9,000 award, offered jointly by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club, funds a 10-week global summer research trip. The recipient must visit at least five countries on three continents.


Larsen, an economics and global health major, plans to model a global nutrition initiative after studying the effects of eight community programs. Her project, “Tackling Childhood Malnutrition: A global study of scaling up grassroots approaches to catalyze world progress,” will compare the successes and failures of malnutrition programs in Guatemala, Peru, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Rwanda, and Cameroon.


After attending the 2013 GlobeMed East Africa Forum in Uganda and researching a nutrition recuperation program in Guatemala last summer, Larsen decided to apply for the Circumnavigators grant.


The selection committees were impressed by the lifesaving potential of Larsen’s project and her previous academic, research, and travel experiences.


Larsen is a student in the Honors Program in Medical Education, an integrated BA/MD program with the Feinberg School of Medicine. She was also the first undergraduate student ever to win an award from the Global Health Initiative, a fund that supports Feinberg students abroad.


“Northwestern has proven to be a university full of endless opportunities,” Larsen said. “From the professors that are always willing to advise and mentor students, to the research office on campus that provides endless support on ideas, proposals, and applications, there is seemingly no limit to what students can pursue.”

 

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A team of Northwestern students won the business phase of the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge – one of 10 winning teams chosen from around the world for the invention they selected. The students developed a winning business plan for a patented, personalized therapy that stimulates the immune system to fight breast cancer.

 

Over the next four months, the Northwestern team (six students from the Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, and the Law School) will launch their startup – Orpheden Therapeutics – and pursue a license for the invention.


On June 27, they will have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to interested seed funders in New York with the potential of receiving $100,000 to $10 million to grow their startup. The funders have already committed to evaluate the new startups for seed funding.


The project is an entirely new business model to commercialize inventions from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that have been languishing on the shelves. Big pharmaceutical companies have little interest in taking risks in early-stage technologies. Startups have the ability to take more risk.


The challenge is a partnership between the Avon Foundation for Women, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the NIH, and the Center for Advancing Innovation.


The investigational cancer therapy the Northwestern team selected was invented by Alan Krensky, M.D., a professor in pediatrics and microbiology-immunology, and Carol Clayberger, a professor in microbiology-immunology, both at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Krensky and Clayberger are husband and wife. Krensky also is the dean for development and alumni affairs at Feinberg and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.


The invention was chosen for its commercial viability, market attractiveness, medical and scientific merit, operational feasibility, and ability to attract funding.


The therapy being examined uses the naturally-occurring protein granulysin to activate a specific type of immune cell to target and fight cancer while ignoring healthy cells. Immune cells are taken from a patient’s body, stimulated with granulysin, exposed to the patient’s tumor cells to aid in targeting, and then reintroduced into the body to fight the cancer.


This investigative approach has showed promising results in cell and animal research. The Northwestern team will be doing additional preclinical research to evaluate this therapy as a potential treatment option for underserved groups of cancer patients, which initially includes those with triple-negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Their goal is to launch a clinical trial for ovarian cancer in 2015.


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It was another historic year for Northwestern’s Dance Marathon. Not only did NUDM celebrate its 40th anniversary, but the annual student-run event also raised a record-breaking $1.39 million in cash and in-kind donations.


This year’s 30-hour dance party, held March 7–9, marked the fourth consecutive year that the fundraising total surpassed $1 million. Cash fundraising topped $1 million for the first time ever this year, representing an increase of more than $210,000 from 2013 — the largest increase in cash fundraising in NUDM history.


This year’s NUDM beneficiaries were a Michigan-based organization that battles a devastating muscular disease and a local foundation that strengthens Evanston through grant-making and community engagement.


President Barack Obama even joined in the fun, recording a surprise video message of encouragement to the students that kicked off the evening.


“Your hard work has made this one of the biggest student-run philanthropies in America,” Obama said in the video. “Chicago is proud of you, and I’m proud of you. And I know Michelle would be proud of you, too.”


“Thank you for making a difference to the life of your community and your country,” he went on to say. “And now, after months of effort, here’s the fun part. Get dancing, good luck, and Go ’Cats!”


More than 1,000 Northwestern undergraduates danced this year, supported by more than 300 committee members, fundraising events that were held throughout the year, and thousands of generous local and national donors, including alumni.


Thanks to that effort, Dance Marathon executive co-chairs Josh Parish and Anna Radoff presented a check for $931,289.21 to Team Joseph founder Marissa Penrod. The nonprofit organization funds cutting-edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal degenerative genetic muscle disease affecting 1 in every 3,500 boys. The life expectancy for those afflicted is in the early 20s.


The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), NUDM’s secondary beneficiary for the 17th consecutive year, received a check for $103,476.58 – 10 percent of this year’s net proceeds.


The foundation builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge for the common good through local organizations.

 

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Northwestern freshman Lauren Abruzzo made a fast mark on campus during her first swimming season. Now her postseason continues, as her freshman season earned her a bid to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.


Abruzzo finished fourth in the 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships, with an NCAA “B” Cut time of 16:15.29.


On the season, the freshman from Denver, Colorado, set Northwestern records in the 1,000 free (9:48.17) and the 1,650 free (16:40) during the TYR Invitational on Nov. 24 in Evanston.


She also scored points for the Wildcats at the conference meet with a 4:46.37 time in the 500-yard free to finish 14th.


The NCAA Championships take place March 20–22 at the University of Minnesota.


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Redshirt freshman Jason Tsirtsis made his mark during his first Big Ten Championships tournament, earning the 149-lb. crown March 9 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.


Tsirtsis clinched the title with a wire-to-wire 6-2 decision over the Big Ten’s top seed, Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska.


The performance also earned Tsirtsis the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award and a spot on the 2014 All-Big Ten Team.


I knew I was going to have a battle on my hands,” Tsirtsis said. “I just embraced it and went out and stuck to the game plan.”


Under head coach Drew Pariano, Tsirtsis becomes the second consecutive NU wrestler to win a Big Ten Championship after Jason Welch brought home the 157-lb. conference title in 2013. The ’Cats have recorded a Big Ten champion in six of the last 10 seasons, and Tsirtsis is the 31st different Wildcat to win a Big Ten championship in school history.


Tsirtsis, a freshman from Crown Point, Indiana, led Sueflohn 2-0 one minute into the first period. After an escape by Sueflohn to make it 2-1, Tsirtsis kept the pressure on to rack up the points and close out the match with a 6-2 decision.


As a team, the ’Cats finished No. 9 in the conference with 57 points. Tsirtsis is one of five Northwestern wrestlers to reach the podium in the conference championships. All five will compete at the NCAA Championships.


Other ’Cats to place at the Big Ten Championships are Dominick Malone (No. 8 at 133), Pierce Harger (No. 4 at 165), Alex Polizzi (No. 4 at 197), and Mike McMullan (No. 5 at 285).


The NCAA Championships take place March 20–22 in Oklahoma City.


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If you’re 60 or older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to a 50 percent greater risk of being disabled — regardless of how much moderate exercise you get, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study.


The study is the first to show sedentary behavior is its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate vigorous physical activity. In fact, sedentary behavior is almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate exercise.


If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day, the second woman is 50 percent more likely to be disabled, the study found.


“This is the first time we’ve shown sedentary behavior was related to increased disability regardless of the amount of moderate exercise,” said Dorothy Dunlop, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “Being sedentary is not just a synonym for inadequate physical activity.”


Disability affects more than 56 million Americans. It’s defined by limitations in being able to do basic activities such as eating, dressing, or bathing oneself, getting in and out of bed, and walking across a room. Disability increases the risk of hospitalization and institutionalization and is a leading source of health care costs, accounting for $1 of every $4 spent.


The study was published February 19 in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.


The finding — that being sedentary was almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate vigorous activity — surprised Dunlop.


“It means older adults need to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting, whether in front of the TV or at the computer, regardless of their participation in moderate or vigorous activity,” she said.


Visit the Northwestern News Center for the full story. Visit the Journal of Physical Activity & Health to read the study.

Northwestern has received a significant gift from the estate of alumna Marie A. Quinlan. The gift will benefit University Library’s preservation department and will help protect fragile and distinctive research assets in many formats, including books, archival materials, textiles, art, audio, film, and digital collections. The library’s preservation program is nationally known for its conservation work, research, and training initiatives.


The gift also established an endowed position within the library. Scott W. Devine, the head of the library’s preservation department, was awarded the “Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation and Conservation” title at an investiture ceremony March 13 in Northwestern’s Deering Library.


Both Quinlan and her husband, George, graduated from Northwestern in 1933. He passed away in 1990 and she in 2010. She was a mathematics teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 25 years.


Quinlan was an active member of the Northwestern University Library Board of Governors for two decades and was made a Life Member in 2000. She and her husband donated annually to Northwestern for decades, including a period of 31 consecutive years.


“We are extremely grateful for Marie’s dedication to the Northwestern University Library over many years,” said Sarah M. Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian. “Her passion for education was a driving force in her work with the library. She had a sincere commitment to preserving and protecting the library's collections for the benefit of all Northwestern users. She helped build the library into the extraordinary resource it is today.”

 

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Five Northwestern undergraduates will conduct experiments in zero gravity next month on a NASA airplane that enables people to experience weightlessness without leaving Earth’s atmosphere.


The five students who will fly on the plane — plus two others who will work on the ground and another who will serve as an alternate flyer — are part of the Northwestern University Microgravity Team. The team is one of 18 selected to participate in this year’s NASA Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunities Program. More than 100 teams from schools across the country applied for the program.


The students will spend about a week in Houston beginning April 4, with two days of flight at the end of the week. Their experiments aboard the plane will focus on how people’s bones are affected by being in space.

 

Three students will be aboard the plane for the team’s first flight, and two will be aboard for the second. On each day, the students will have 30 different opportunities to experience zero gravity in flight. They’ll use 25 of those to perform their experiments, while the other five will be pure fun.


The plane is a modified Boeing 727-200 that flies high-altitude parabolas to create short periods of zero gravity, simulating the weightlessness of space flight. It’s known as the “Vomit Comet.”


Despite the nickname, the students can’t wait to take off.

 

“As a chemical engineering major, working on this project has been a push and pull for time, but every minute is 1,000 percent worth it,” said Kat Dhiantravan, a sophomore in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science who will be flying on the plane. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and incredibly excited that this is a part of my college experience.”


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A $70 million federal grant will help position Chicago as a national hub for digital manufacturing and bring cutting-edge research and innovation opportunities to the Northwestern community.


The grant was awarded to UI LABS, a Chicago-based consortium of researchers that includes Northwestern faculty. The government funds will be matched by contributions from more than 500 companies, organizations, and academic, government, and community partners that worked together to bring the opportunity to Chicago.


Northwestern was one of the founding partners in the initiative, which is regionally anchored in the Midwest but also has partners in states throughout the country.


“Once again, Northwestern is playing a significant role in a large consortium that is based in Illinois but with national collaborators,” said Jay Walsh, vice president for research at Northwestern. “We worked closely with the UI LABS-led team in developing the winning proposal. This now-funded grant will give our faculty and students tremendous opportunities to advance design and manufacturing via partnerships both with academic peers and — importantly — with a set of industrial partners whose products and processes have impact broadly across society.”


The goal of the five-year, US Department of Defense (DoD) grant, announced Feb. 25 by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, is to reinvigorate US manufacturing, create new jobs and economic development, and spur future innovation through the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute.


Combined with an expected $250 million in additional funding from 40 industry partners and some 30 academic, government, and community partners, including 23 universities, the project will fund a DMDI institute with $320 million in all.


The research for this project will be centered at a new space called the Digital Lab, under the direction of UI LABS. The Digital Lab will be the nation’s flagship research institute for digital manufacturing and design innovation, applying cutting-edge technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the US supply chain, and reduce acquisition costs for DoD.


The Digital Lab will establish new projects on applied research with industrial partners, course development, and workforce development through a competitive process, which provides opportunities for Northwestern faculty to become involved in their areas of interest.


Digital manufacturing is the use of an integrated, computer-based system comprised of simulation, three-dimensional (3D) visualization, analytics, and various collaboration tools to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously.


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