Events and Deadlines

Feb. 23 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Biology Seminar, Amanda Wilson Carter, Bowden Lab, “Let’s Talk About Sex (Determination),” Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided and free and open to the public.

Feb. 23 – Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Professor Karen Marais, Purdue University, “Data Driven Analysis of General Aviation Safety,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m.  Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior in adjoining hallway or in the room and free and open to the public.

Feb. 24 – International Studies Seminar Series, Professor Joe Zompetti, ISU School of Communication, “Grassroots Democracy Promotion in Myanmar,” Old Main Room Center, Bone Student Center, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch Provided. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 25 – President’s Speaker Series, Mr. Michael Keane, Business consultant, “The Journey to a Sustainable Future,” Illinois State Universities Center for Performing Arts, 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 26 – Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Professor Colleen Murphy, University of Illinois, “Justice in Transitional Contexts,” Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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Elizabeth Chupp Wins the Herb Sanders Award

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Elizabeth Chupp

Elizabeth Chupp, director of advisement for the School of Communication, is the 2016 recipient of the Herb Sanders Award for Outstanding Academic Advisement. Chupp began her advising career in the School of Communication at Illinois State in March 2011. After earning her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Illinois State, she worked in the corporate sector before returning to ISU to earn a master’s in communication. Continue reading

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Biological Sciences Students Host Research Symposium

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Biological Sciences student Katelyn Genenbacher and Dr. Ben Saad

On February 19 the Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma sponsored its annual research symposium on the Illinois State University campus. The event provided undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the School of Biological Sciences, as well as students from Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University, with an opportunity to share ideas and present their research findings in a collegial environment. Dr. Craig Gatto, Director of the School of Biological Sciences, noted, “The symposium is a very special opportunity for students to showcase their independent research and learn to succinctly explain and defend their results to fellow scientists. In many cases, these students are using our symposium as a trial run for subsequent presentations they will be giving at national scientific meetings.”

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Paitz Receives NIH Grant to Study Pre-natal Stress

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Ryan Paitz

Illinois State University’s Ryan Paitz received a more than $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how the stress of pregnant mothers impacts their offspring.

Paitz, a post-doctoral student working in the School of Biological Sciences, will continue his studies of what long-term effects the “stress hormone” corticosterone has on quail eggs. Continue reading

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Ciani Wins 2016 Strand Diversity Award

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Kyle Ciani & David Strand

Kyle Ciani, Department of History, and Pamela Hoff of the College of Education were named joint recipients of the 2016 David A. Strand Diversity Achievement Award at the Founders Day Convocation. The award recognizes current faculty or staff members who are instrumental in extraordinary curricular or program activities that assist Illinois State University in responding to its commitment to diversity. Continue reading

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QUEERtalks Colloquium Series Continues

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Christopher Breu

QUEERtalks returns to campus with lunchtime speakers dedicated to the scholarship of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)/queer studies. The talks, running from noon-1 p.m. at Illinois State University, will include Q&A sessions. Professor of English Christopher Breu of Illinois State will begin the series with “Identity vs. Embodiment: A Materialist Rethinking of Intersex and Queerness” on Friday, February 26, in Schroeder Hall, room 236. Continue reading

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ISU to Host Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) Regional Meeting

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Illinois Geographic Information Systems

ISU will host a regional meeting of the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) on Monday, February 22 in the Prairie South room of the Bone Student Center. Conference sponsors and organizers at ISU include the Department of Geography-Geology and GEOMAP. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) refers to the use of digital maps and related geospatial technology to analyze, interpret, and visualize data to understand geographic patterns in our world. GIS applications span many disciplines, including business, health/medicine, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

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Events and Deadlines

Feb. 15 – President’s Speaker Series, Professor Carlos Figueroa, Ithaca College, “Bayard Rustin: Black Gay Quaker Thinker and Civil Rights & Labor Activist,” Prairie Room Center, Bone Student Center, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Feb. 16 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Biology Seminar, Taylor Joray, “Summer Origins of American Kestrels Wintering in Central Illinois,” Capparella Lab, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided and free and open to the public.

Feb. 16 – Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Professor Mark Hersam, Northwestern University, “Processing & Properties of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterial Heterostructures,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m.  Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior in adjoining hallway or in the room and free and open to the public.

Feb. 17 – International Studies Seminar Series, Professor Jim Jones, ISU College of Business, “Resilient Communities in Ghana Through Social Entrepreneurship,” Old Main Room Center, Bone Student Center, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch Provided. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 18 – Founders Day Convocation, Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center, 2 p.m.

Feb. 19 – Dean’s Brown Bag, Room 401, Stevenson Hall, Noon to 1 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their lunches and discuss current issues with Dean Simpson.

Feb. 19 – Department of Physics Informal Seminar, Professor Eric Hodges, ISU, “Emergency Management Program,” Room 309, Moulton Hall, Noon to 1 p.m.

Feb. 19 – Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, Professor Daynali Fores-Rodriguez, “Trans-Caribbean Narratives of Dictatorship and the Latin American Imaginary,” Room 314, Williams Hall, 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 19 – Seminar in Biological Sciences, Bill Kemp, McLean County Museum of History, “John Wesley Powell, Stephen Alfred Forbes, and the Illinois Natural History Society at Illinois State (Normal) University,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Capparella Lab.

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Sublett Class Surveys Join Museum Archives

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Michael D. Sublett

From the file cabinet of a professor comes a small treasure—more than three decades of insights into life in Normal. That treasure, carved from 36 years of student legwork and writings, arrived in the fall at the McLean County Museum of History Archives as the Michael D. Sublett Collection.

The collection contains more than 1,000 student essays from Sublett’s geography classes, almost all based on interviews with residents. The collection explores topics such as the quality of life in rural subdivisions, the attitudes toward public transportation, and thoughts of residents in Old North Normal. Most essays create a unique picture with photographs, maps, diagrams, and interviews. Continue reading

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Gudding, Harris, to be Honored for Creativity at Founders Day

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Gabriel Gudding

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Duriel Estelle Harris

Gabriel Gudding and Duriel Harris of Illinois State University’s Department of English are the recipients of the Outstanding University Creative Activity Award, and Kevin Rich of Illinois State’s School of Theatre and Dance is the recipient of the Creative Activity Intiative Award. The three will be honored at the University’s Founders Day Convocation on Thursday, February 18.

The Outstanding University Creative Activity Award recognizes outstanding, sustained, and widely recognized creative contributions to fields such as painting, sculpture, film, drama, musical composition, choreography, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and creative media programming. Continue reading

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