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STEM Cafe Presents Predictings the Primaries: How Math Shapes Presidential Elections

Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant 214 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115
Polls can turn the tide of an election and sway voter opinion on a candidate’s viability, but what numbers and processes are really involved in generating polling statistics?

Folks from both sides of the aisle are invited to join Dr. Matthew Streb, NIU’s Political Science Chair, to discuss the role of math in polling, predictions, and voter decision making.

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 815.753.4751 or


Boone County Conservation District Nature Center 603 Appleton Rd. Belvidere
Coyotes have to be one of the most misunderstood species in Illinois and the U.S. they conjure up mixed feelings of fear, anger and for some wild beauty. There are many stories about coyotes and some circles believe them to be the jokester of the wild. Many of these feelings depend on who you are, where you live, and even what you do for a living. Coyotes get blamed for many things they do and don't do in our spaces. they none the less should get the award for best survivalist despite the human population. We have all but paved the road for the coyote's historical expansion. Join Peggy Doty, U of I Extension Environmental & Energy Stewardship Educator for an informative program about this incredible animal and what you can expect from them in your neighborhood.

The cost of this program is $5 per person. Registration can be done by visiting our website at or by calling the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office.

Judy Hodge

"Saving our common wealth" Scott Russell Sanders, Ph.D.

Fisher Memorial Chapel, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Dr. Scott Russell Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University.


Rockford University Box Office,, 815-226-4100

Scripturalization: A theory of the politics of language" Vincent Wimbush, Ph.D.

Fisher Memorial Chapel, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Dr. Vincent Wimbush is an internationally recognized scholar of religion, intellectual leader, and academic gadfly, with more than thirty years of advanced graduate-level teaching and research experience. He is the author/editor of more than 12 books and numerous articles and essays. His general teaching and research interests focus on the trans-disciplinary and comparative study of “scriptures” as sharp wedge for critical research and theorizing in the politics of language, social formation, consciousness, and orientation.


Rockford University Box Office,, 815-226-4100

Vermilion River Mussel Projects – From Reintroductions to Dam Removal

Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
North American freshwater mussels have undergone drastic decline during the past century, and subsequently have become one of the most imperiled groups of animals. Of the approximate 350 species of freshwater mussels native to North America, nearly three-quarters are extinct, federally–listed as endangered or threatened, or are in need of conservation status. The first project is Steps Taken During the Reintroduction of Two Federally-Endangered Mussels, which will reflect how a salvage project in Pennsylvania has provided an opportunity for the translocation of two federally-endangered freshwater mussels back into Illinois. The second project is Effects of Lowhead Dams on Freshwater Mussels, which will discuss the two upcoming dam removals occurring in the basin and how these dams appear to have affected the freshwater mussel assemblage.

Jeremy has been a Field Biologist / Aquatic Zoologist specializing in stream ecology with the Illinois Natural History Survey since 2002. As a farm kid growing up in northeastern Kansas, he traipsed through streams in his free time chasing various critters. This passion led him to a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1998 and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Emporia State University in 2002.
His professional research interests include stream ecology and life history of non-game fishes and freshwater mollusks.

7:00 p.m., Tuesday March 15. Call 1-815-335-2915 to register.

Don Miller 1-815-335-2915

RVC First Tuesday Lecture Series: Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone

Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium
May 3, 2016

Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone

Commonwealth Edison plans on launching Smart Grid Technology to our region in 2016. Consumers need to understand how this will affect their billing and why it will become very important to manage their own electrical energy usage. Appliances will form part of a wireless Home Area Network (HAN) using ZigBee. The improvements to the grid reliability need to be understood as well as the available scrutiny of our individual electrical energy usage by the power utility.

Presented by Dr. Tom Lombardo and Stephen Fleeman - Professors, Engineering & Technology Division
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

Kathy McCarty

RVC First Tuesday Lecture Series: Down to the Sea in Ships: The 15 Most Significant Naval Battles in World History

Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium
April 5, 2016

Down to the Sea in Ships: The 15 Most Significant Naval Battles in World History

Continuing Dr. Quirk’s popular military history series, the 15 most significant sea battles in World History will be examined using visual sources and an analytical mode. The presentation follows Dr. Quirk’s exploration of aerial and land warfare.

Presented by Dr. Martin Quirk, Professor of History
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

Kathy McCarty

RVC First Tuesday Lecture Series: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium
March 1, 2016

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A discussion of the causes and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the underlying physiological mechanisms, and what the current research says about the best treatments. Dr. Fisher will also discuss the results of her study on PTSD.

Presented by Dr. Erin Fisher, Professor of Psychology
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

Kathy McCarty