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Tune in tonight to watch Seth Meyers '96 host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards! He is not the only Wildcat we will be rooting for. Check out some of the Northwestern alumni nominated for awards at tonight's show:


Julia Louis-Dreyfus '83, Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy), VEEP for Best Comedy Series (producer)

Anna Gunn '90, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Drama),

David Levine '97, Game of Thrones for Best Drama Series (vice president of original programming, HBO)

Maria Ferrari '01, Big Bang Theory for Best Comedy Series (producer)

Stephen Colbert '86, Outstanding Writing, Variety Series; Outstanding Variety Series

Jill Leiderman '93, Jimmy Kimmel Live for Outstanding Variety Series (executive producer)

Seth Meyers '96, Outstanding Writing for Variety Special for the 71st Annual Golden Globes (special material)

George R.R. Martin '70 MSJ '71, Game of Thrones for Best Drama Series (producer)

Good luck, 'Cats!


Bradley Hamm, dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, released the following statement last week regarding the murder of James Foley, who received a master's degree in journalism from Medill in 2008.


Our Medill family is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the murder of Jim Foley. He was a courageous reporter who risked his life repeatedly to seek the truth around the world.


Journalists face threats in many forms as they try to report difficult stories that need to be told, but the attack on Jim was barbaric. It was, in a larger sense, an attack on freedoms necessary in a civilized society and across strained cultures. Jim endures for us as a beacon reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold.


Our thoughts today are with Jim’s parents, Diane and John, and the entire Foley family and their friends. We ask that all Medill and Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni join us in remembrance of Jim Foley. The loss of such a distinguished alum affects us all.


Bradley Hamm

Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University

More information about James Foley:


Remembrances on social media

Video of Foley speaking at Medill in 2011

A tribute from Marquette University, where Foley earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1996

Foley was fearless, former colleagues recall (Chicago Tribune)


Members of the Class of 2014 at Northwestern's 156th Commencement, on June 20.


Your gift, no matter the size, no matter the allocation, fuels Northwestern. Alumni contributions facilitate exceptional programs, robust scholarships, student life initiatives, and academic and experiential learning. When you make a gift by the end of the fiscal year on August 31, you not only show your support for the University, but you also show your dedication to changing society. Your contributions enable students, faculty, and alumni to make an impact on the world.


Wildcats accomplish the extraordinary: from the student who is setting up a health clinic in an Indian village to the student who innovates in the field of clean energy, from the student philanthropists who have raised more than $15 million through Dance Marathon to the student-athletes who lead their teams to national championships, from the faculty member honored by President Barack Obama to the researcher exploring molecular structures, from the alumna who was an activist for the National Organization of Women to the alumnus nominated for his twenty-third Emmy Award, Northwestern’s impact is real — across all areas and disciplines, across all generations, across the globe. But it would not be possible without you.


Now is the time to make your gift. Whether you are the alumnus who has been giving for 68 consecutive years or the alumna who made her first gift last week, or part of one of the more than 32,000 members of the NU Loyal giving society, every single gift from every single donor makes a difference in this effort to come together as a community and show the world what Northwestern can do. Through you, through all of us together, we will be the catalyst for change.


Northwestern’s fiscal year ends August 31. Will you join your fellow alumni and make your gift today?

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Carly Herrera-Finn (McC08) talks about choosing Northwestern, her sorority, and the exciting research happening at the University.



(Photo by Bruce Powell)

Registration is now open for Reunion Weekend 2014 (October 17-19). For more information about Reunion weekend, or to register, please visit


Upcoming NAA events


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Do your license plates show purple pride?


If so, post a photo of your ride's personalized NU plates on Northwestern's Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #nuplates, and they could be featured in the upcoming winter issue of Northwestern magazine.

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Two startup companies launched by Northwestern students won grand prizes this month at the Chicago College Startup Competition (CCSC), an event presented by Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups, 1871. The competition provides one year of free membership to 1871 for nine grand-prize winners and three months of free membership for two runners-up.

One of the winning companies launched by Northwestern students, Timing and Racing Around the Clock (T.R.A.C.), seeks to simplify the running experience through innovative radio frequency identification timing equipment.

The other winning NU startup, Share Transport, is a cloud-based service for maximizing a company’s transportation efficiency. Relying on analytics to optimize the logistic operation, Share Transport uses an extensive database to find matches for everyday transportation requirements.

In addition to receiving free membership to 1871, winners gain access to frequent mentorship opportunities, specialized education programs, and access to potential partners and investors. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership.

CCSC was launched by 1871 in conjunction with and in support of the efforts by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to attract and retain businesses in Chicago and Illinois. Both the mayor and the governor have identified young business owners, especially those from colleges around the nation, as a key group to attract and retain in Chicago.

To read the original story, please visit the Northwestern News Center.

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Northwestern will donate more than $229,000 to area agencies that provide services and protection to children.


For the second year in a row, Northwestern will donate funds that would have been Penn State University’s football bowl revenues from the past season but instead were relinquished to Big Ten Conference members. Each Big Ten school will distribute those funds to youth-focused organizations selected by the universities.

Northwestern will provide funding to seven youth protection and service agencies in Evanston and Chicago. The organizations and Northwestern’s corresponding donation are:


  • Connections for the Homeless, which provides housing, employment, and support services to individuals and families ($36,000).
  • The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, which acts as an advocate for children in the courts and in the community ($36,000).
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore, which provides a comprehensive domestic violence program that serves approximately 1,000 women and children annually ($36,000).
  • Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), which offers after-school and summer enrichment programs for youth, as well as counseling and crisis intervention programs ($36,000).



  • Metropolitan Family Services, which empowers families to heal through services that address family conflict, children’s mental health, and the prevention of abuse and violence ($45,000).
  • The Night Ministry, which provides services to homeless youths, including a youth shelter program and street outreach efforts ($17,500).
  • Northwestern Settlement, which serves children and families in the West Town area of Chicago with preschool and after-school programs, summer camps, and an award-winning children’s theater program ($25,000).


“All of these organizations help protect and assist children in our home communities,” President Morton Schapiro said. “Northwestern is pleased to be able to provide this financial support to help them carry out their important missions.”

Northwestern made similar donations in 2013 to six of the seven groups listed above. Connections for the Homeless was added to this year’s recipient list. The organization targets homeless families with children as a priority of its latest strategic plan. More than 400 Evanston children from two school districts are reported as homeless by their families.

Last year Northwestern provided funds to Metropolitan Family Services in the Evanston/Skokie area. However, this year’s funds will go to the organization’s main service area in Chicago.

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The new Northwestern University Sailing Center is open for summer fun on the Evanston campus. Just feet from Lake Michigan’s shore on the south end of campus, the $2.5-million project replaces a small wooden building that served as the University’s boathouse since the 1970s.

The Sailing Center is open to the campus community and the public for lessons, rentals, and memberships. Activities offered at the center include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and stand-up paddle board yoga. The center is also home to Northwestern's sailing team, a club sport with 50 to 70 student participants who compete in the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association.

The old boathouse lacked creature comforts such as bathrooms, a classroom, heat, and air conditioning. The new building has all those amenities, plus changing rooms and lockers. Purple garage doors make it easy to move equipment in and out while keeping sails, boards, paddles, and life jackets clean and secure.

Aside from the purple doors, the 5,000-square-foot concrete structure is sand-colored and blends in with the beach. The building officially opened in late June and is expected to have more than 1,000 visitors by the end of summer, said Tadhg Martin, the center's director. Many of those visitors will be children from the Evanston community.

For more information about lessons, membership, camps, and more, contact the Sailing Center at 847-491-4142 or

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Fifty-seven Northwestern student-athletes from 15 different teams received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards in July, marking yet another achievement during a record-setting academic year for the Wildcats.


The award-winning student-athletes have majors ranging from engineering to economics. Four of the award-winners are pursuing graduate degrees.


The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award was established by the conference's faculty representatives six years ago to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Like Academic All-Big Ten honorees, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners who are enrolled in at least their second academic year at their institution.


However, only student-athletes with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are eligible for the Distinguished Scholar award. The minimum GPA required to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors is 3.0.


Northwestern student-athletes earned a school-record 220 Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2013-14 academic year, topping 200 such awards for the fourth consecutive year.


For a list of all Northwestern student-athletes who received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards in July, visit


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Northwestern's women's lacrosse team will spend 10 days in Italy in September, where they will mix sightseeing with several training sessions and three exhibition games against European women's lacrosse all-stars.


The journey is the team's first overseas trip in 14 years under Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. Northwestern has won seven NCAA championships during her tenure.


"This is an unbelievable opportunity for our student-athletes and one that they will remember forever," said Amonte Hiller, a five-time National Coach of the Year. "We are extremely grateful for the support of (Vice President for Athletics and Recreation) Jim Phillips, (Deputy Director of Athletics) Janna Blais and everyone else who had a hand in making this a reality for our program. A shared experience like this among our returners and our 14 true freshmen will give us an incredible foundation for the 2014-15 year and the journey we'll be on together once our season begins next spring."


After landing in Milan on the morning of September 7, the Wildcats will travel to the scenic coastal city of Vorno, where they will stay at a private villa. While in the region, the team will enjoy sightseeing opportunities in La Spezia, Cinque Terrre, and Florence. The team will then travel to Siena before heading to Rome.

The Wildcats will visit several of Rome's highlights, but they will also play three exhibition games there against a European all-star team, with one game each day from Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14.


Northwestern will return to the US on September 15, one week before the start of fall classes.


Fans of the Wildcats should check the team's official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for real-time updates and images from the trip.


For more information about the Wildcats' upcoming trip to Italy, visit


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A rendering showing Ryan Field's new high-definition videoboard and one of the stadium's new LED ribbon boards. The new boards will make their debut at the Wildcats' home opener August 30 against Cal.

Are you ready for some football? The Wildcats' 2014 season gets underway August 30 against Cal at Ryan Field!

Visit for the latest Northwestern football news, from profiles of the some of the newest Wildcats to all the information you'll need to maximize your fun at Ryan Field on game day. For ticket information, visit

Ryan Field's new high-definition videoboard nearly triple the size of the old videoboard and the stadium's new LED ribbon boards will make their debut at the home opener against Cal, promising a more in-depth experience for all fans.

Meet the Wildcats' senior leaders

Northwestern seniors Trevor Siemian (quarterback), Ibraheim Campbell (safety), and Collin Ellis (linebacker) were in the spotlight July 28 at the Big Ten's Football Media Day at the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Avenue.


View the video posted above for a behind-the-scenes look at the football team's leaders in action on Media Day, and to hear their thoughts on gearing up for the 2014 season.


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Do you listen to music when you work out, or when you need to focus at work? Do you ever wonder if doing so actually has an effect?


Five researchers with ties to Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management contemplated the same question and designed a series of studies to arrive at an answer.


Indeed, the researchers found that listening to so-called "high-power" music does make people feel more empowered and act in a more powerful way. They also found that the heavier the bass in a song, the more empowered people felt after listening to it.


“Just as professional athletes might put on empowering music before they take the field to get them in a powerful state of mind, you might try [this] in certain situations where you want to be empowered,” said Derek Rucker, a professor of marketing at Kellogg who was involved in the project.

To read a complete feature story about the studies and their results, please visit Kellogg Insight, Kellogg's official online magazine.

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Chad Mirkin

For the second time, Northwestern's Chad A. Mirkin, a world-renowned leader in nanotechnology research and its application, has been selected by the US Department of Defense as a fellow in its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program.


Mirkin, who thrives on collaboration across disciplines, is one of 10 distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers from around the country forming this year’s class. He also was one of six individuals selected in 2008 for the program’s inaugural class and is the only person to win the prestigious award twice.

Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a professor of medicine, of chemical and biological engineering, of biomedical engineering and of materials science and engineering. He also is founding director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern.

The highly competitive NSSEFF program provides grants to top-tier researchers from US universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research in core science and engineering disciplines that is of strategic importance to the Department of Defense.

Mirkin will receive up to $3 million in direct research support for up to five years for his project “Functional Crystals Through Encodable Hard and Soft Matter.” The project focuses on using building blocks chemically modified with DNA to program the formation of single crystals that can be used in a variety of applications.

Mirkin has had an enormous impact on nanoscale manufacturing and applications of nanotechnology in medicine, including cancer detection and treatment. He is the founder of numerous companies that are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science industries. To date, Mirkin has more than 960 patents and applications, which are the basis for more than 1,800 commercialized products.


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Mark Ratner (Photo by Sarah Plumridge)

Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer sent the following letter to the University community on July 17.


I am very pleased to announce that Mark Ratner, the Lawrence B. Dumas Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for the 2014-15 academic year, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Weinberg College Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf, who will become provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mark is a true “university citizen,” and he will be an excellent leader of Weinberg College as we continue the deanship search. He earned his PhD at Northwestern in 1969 and then began a remarkable career here as an internationally renowned scholar in seven major areas of chemistry, including environmental chemistry, energy science, and nanoscience.

Mark is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and the American Physical Society. Among his many honors are the Feynman Award in Nanoscience and the Langmuir Award from the American Chemical Society. He has received honorary doctorates from Hebrew University and the University of Copenhagen.

During his 44 years at Northwestern, Mark has achieved a remarkable record of service, serving two terms as chair of the chemistry department, as associate dean in Weinberg College, and currently as co-director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). He has served on numerous college and University committees throughout his career and has received multiple faculty teaching awards at Northwestern, including the University Distinguished Teaching Award.

The national search for the next dean of Weinberg College is underway with the expectation that a new dean will be hired during the upcoming academic year. As an integral part of the process, the WCAS search committee will host an open forum in the fall quarter to provide an opportunity for those in the community — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — to offer input regarding the desired attributes of the next dean.

Please join me in welcoming Mark as interim dean.


Dan Linzer

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Rob Warden, right, the co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern's School of Law, poses with exoneree Willie Raines, center, and Karen Daniel, the center's co-director, at a symposium honoring Warden in May. Warden is retiring at the end of August. (Raines was wrongfully convicted of a double murder in 1978.)

Rob Warden, executive director and co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern's School of Law, is retiring at the end of August after a career dedicated to exposing and overturning wrongful convictions.

The center, which opened in 1998, has contributed to the exoneration of dozens of innocent men and women, produced several groundbreaking articles on the causes of wrongful conviction, and blazed a trail of revolutionary reforms.


Most notably, the center played a major role in influencing the moratorium on Illinois executions declared by former Gov. George Ryan in January 2000 and his decision to commute all Illinois death sentences in January 2003.

Daniel Rodriguez, dean of the School of Law, commended Warden and his "dedicated, countless contributions to our center, to our law school, and to educating the public about the prevalence and causes of wrongful convictions" at a symposium honoring Warden in May.

Please visit the Northwestern News Center to read more about Warden's career and the legacy he will leave at the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

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President Barack Obama greets Northwestern history professor Darlene Clark Hine at a White House ceremony July 28. (Photo by Jocelyn Augustino, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities)


Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and professor of history in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2013 National Humanities Medal for outstanding achievements in history.


President Barack Obama presented the award to Hine at the White House July 28. She was one of 10 recipients of the award, which recognizes work in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizen engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand access to important resources in the humanities. The medals were presented in conjunction with the National Medals of Arts at the White House ceremony.

Hine is a leading historian of the African American experience and a pioneer in African American women’s history. She received the National Humanities Medal for her efforts in enriching the understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the nation today.

In an interview with Weinberg magazine, Hine said she wanted to write a new, more inclusive history of the United States.

“I have devoted the last four decades to excavating the past — trying to find records and documents and stories from those who are not ordinarily included as significant participants in the making of America,” she said.

“Part of my obligation as a professor is to share what I’ve learned not only within the University, but also with people outside the gates, from all different walks of life," said Hine, who teaches both African American studies and history at Weinberg.

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