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Daily Chronicle Daily-Chronicle.com LEARNING Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Page C3 Grant helps NIU study climate change, farming The National Science Foundation awarded a $218,000 grant to Northern Illinois University anthropologist Giovanni Bennardo to lead an international team of scholars in a research project that examines the cultural models of nature held by primary food producers in world regions affected by climate change. The project involves 15 scholars and six graduate students from 10 universities in the United States, Europe, China and Middle East. They will conduct research at 15 different sites across five continents. Whether a farmer running an industrial agricultural operation in Pennsylvania, vineyard owners in the Upper Rhine valley of southwestern Germany or fishermen in a coastal Polynesian village, primary food producers feel the impact of climate change more acutely because it affects their daily interaction with the environment, Bennardo said. "Attempts to deal with climate change typically don't take into consideration local knowledge, as if it were just a nuisance compared to the available 'scientific' knowledge," he said in a news release. "But if we want to implement any policy about corrective efforts in dealing with climate change, primary food producers are the ones who will be asked to change their behavior first and most profoundly." Researchers will visit small-community field sites and investigate cultural models of nature held by different populations of food producers. Cultural models contribute to how people interpret, reason about and behave in their environments. Field sites include Pennsylvania, Germany, the Italian Alps, Lithuania, Qatar, Japan, the Philippines, Tonga, Amazonian Peru, Ecuador, Kenya, Namibia, China and Pakistan. "The cultures chosen are representative of areas very sensitive to climate change, such as small islands with rising water levels, drought-prone regions, settlements affected by retreating glaciers, and areas where precipitation patterns have dramatically changed in recent times," Bennardo said in the release. The first phase of the research is expected to be completed by September 2014. NIU anthropology professor Giovanni Bennardo KC's Young receives national business award Provided photo Beth Young, dean of Business Affairs at Kish-waukee College Beth Young, dean of Business Affairs at Kishwaukee College, has been named as a recipient of the Outstanding Business Officer Award from the Community College Business Officers, a national organization of business professionals in higher education. "I am truly honored to be nominated and to receive such a prestigious award. I really did not think I had a chance of winning, so this is truly a pleasant surprise," she said in a news release. As dean of Business Affairs, Young directly manages all Business Office functions for Kishwaukee College as well as the Copy Center and Mail Services. Her role involves not only typical business office functions that involve college finances, but also directly impacts students at the college who pay their tuition and fees through the Business Office. Rob Galick, vice president of Finance and Administration, is Young's direct supervisor. He nominated her for the CCBO Award at the state level - which she received in the summer. Individual state winners were then automatically nominated for the national award. "It feels great to know that Rob noticed all the hard work and dedi cation that I have for my responsibilities," she said in the release. "I also have to thank Rob for believing in me and for being my mentor at Kishwaukee College. I am able to do what I do today due to the leadership of Rob and the hard work of the Business Office staff." Earlier this year, Young was recognized as being the primary person responsible for the creation of the college's first-ever Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2012. The college received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada in April for the CAFR. Young is active in the Community College Chief Financial Officers professional community and is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and Community College Business Officers. Young also serves on the board of directors of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and she and her husband are active in St. Mary Parish in DeKalb where they have coordinated the annual September Fest fundraiser. BRIEFS NIU Law ranked nationally for value Northern Illinois University College of Law was ranked among the top public law schools in the nation based on value by the National Jurist magazine. As part of their 2013 Best Value Law Schools study, NIU Law was named among the top 45 public schools featured on the list, receiving a B as the overall rating by the magazine. NIU Law continues to be at the forefront of addressing the important concern of afford-ability of legal education and reduction of law school debt. On the ranking for public law schools, NIU Law was the only Illinois law school to make the list. "I am proud when NIU Law is recognized for what we have always done extremely well - provide an excellent legal education that prepares students for career success whichever path they choose, while remaining affordable," NIU Law Dean Jennifer Rosato said in a news release. As the only public law school in the Chicago area, NIU Law allows students to obtain their J.D. degree without the weight of incurring as large a debt at the end of their legal education. The average indebtedness of NIU Law students from the Class of 2012 was just over $73,000, compared to a na tional average of $125,000. There are just over 200 American Bar Association-approved public and private law schools in the United States. The 2013 Best Value Law Schools study generated its rankings by meeting certain criteria based on bar passage rate, average indebtedness, employment rate, and tuition for in-state residents. Hicks named Global Ambassador Shelby Hicks, a senior English education major from DeKalb, has been named a 2013-14 Global Ambassador at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. These ambassadors help students from 37 different countries become more comfortable with campus life. "Global Ambassadors are more than just leaders on campus. They have a strong desire to help people," said Alicia Haley, associate outreach specialist at the Center for Global Education, said in a news release. "The ambassadors are constantly organizing social events and answering questions from international students, showing their interest and motivation in improving the UW-Whitewater experience for students from different parts of the world." In order to become a global ambassador, candidates must be current students at UW-Whitewater with a minimum 2.75 GPA, must be enrolled at the university two semesters prior to applying and must possess a strong desire to assist international students with their transition to academic and co-curricular life at UW-Whitewater. Flanigan earns aviation scholarship Jeff Flanigan of Sycamore and eight other Lewis University aviation students were recently awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships from the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association. Lewis University students received nine out of 12 scholarships offered by CABAA the organization of aviation business professionals. Flanigan was one of seven students who received a $4,000 scholarship awarded to students with a devotion to the business aviation industry and high levels of achievement. Leland student on award-winning team For the fifth time in six years, the Lewis University Mediation team performed exceptional at the national championship competition. Sophomore Bridgette Ferreira of LeLand is on the team. The team of Matt Vasquez, Shannon Lukowski and Ashley Patek finished third and the team of Jake Garringer, Lexi Austring and Olivia Estrada finished fourth. Ferreira, a Paralegal Studies student, took fifth place in Advocacy and earned earned Ail-American honors. Coaches Angela Henderson, Joseph Volin, and Dr. James Houlihan were awarded Ail-American too. The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution awarded Dr. James Houlihan as Coach of the Year for the performance of the Lewis teams and quality of the students both in the competition matches and in general. In the past five years, Lewis has competed in the England and Scotland Law School tournament and came into this year's competition ranked eighth in Advocacy and 10th in Mediation nationally. InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution hosted the competition at Drake Law School in Des Moines and invited international teams for the first time. More than 40 teams competed. International participants were from Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Dubai and British Colombia. TTHfrnnnra BIRTHDAY CLUB j Levi Grych Age 7, Nov. 13 Hometown: DeKalb Parents: Tim and Erin Grych Siblings: Ben, Teddy and Kate Grandparents: Dan and Nancy Grych and John and Becky Smith, all of DeKalb Great-grandmother: Doris Nydstrom of DeKalb Owen Thomas Adler Age 1, Nov. 16 Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Parents: Jon and Kristin Adler Grandparents: Don and Karen Finn of DeKalb and Richard and Mary Adler of Las Vegas Great-grandparent: Victoria Finn of DeKalb Call to start your subscription today! 800-589-9363 Bail" Chronicle aw? 360 E. Lincoln Hwy (Rt. 30), Waterman, IL 815-264-3086 Mon. - Sat. 9-3 COMPANY STOKE Apothecary of Fragrant Goods i Unique little shop filled to the brim with our own handmade goods made right in our tyuilding; soy jar candles, wax melters, soap, diffusers, scented botanicals. Our cupboards are filled with other needful -goods for the home, garden and spirit. www.l803candles;com .

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