College of Arts and Sciences
Biologists Receive Grant
Rachel Bowden and Ryan Paitz

Rachel Bowden and Ryan Paitz

Professor Rachel Bowden and Post-Doctoral Researcher Ryan Paitz, School of Biological Sciences, are recipients of a $425,000 grant from the National Institutes of  Health. The grant will be funded through 2017. 

The grant will further the research of BP-A, a chemical commonly found in plastic water bottles and other plastics, and its effects on the metabolism of estrogen and embryo development in turtles. Drs. Bowden and Paitz hypothesize that the chemical is interfering with the normal metabolism of estrogen by developing organisms. Results of the research will also help facilitate additional theories concerning the effects of BP-A on humans.

This is the first grant co-written by Dr. Paitz and the fifth that Dr. Bowden has received. She will be inducted into Illinois State University‘s Million Dollar Club in the near future. Most recently, she was the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in 2010.

Bowden was awarded a University Research Initiative award in 2007 and was named an Outstanding College Researcher in 2012. In 2013, she was recognized as an Outstanding University Researcher. She earned an Outstanding Teaching Initiative award in 2007 as well.

News from the College

Lippert Wins Service Award
Lance Lippert

Lance Lippert

Associate Professor of Communication Lance Lippert has been named the winner of the Outstanding University Service Award. He was presented with the award at the annual Founders Day Convocation on February 19. Lippert has worked diligently with service toward the American Democracy Project (ADP), developing an interdisciplinary minor and two courses. He has also served as an advisor for the minor and received grants to support pedagogy in civic engagement.


Physics Department to Host Colloquium
Jessie Shelton

Jessie Shelton

The Illinois State Physics Department’s Spring Colloquium Series kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a talk from Professor of Physics Jessie Shelton of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shelton will be delivering the first of a seven-part series of colloquia at 4 p.m. in Moulton Hall, room 214. The talk is titled Looking for Structures in the Dark.


Writing Program to Present Spring Colloquium

grassrThe Illinois State University Writing Program will present a colloquium on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. The Grassroots Writing Research Spring Colloquium promotes student research in the study of writing practices, taking its name from the Grassroots Writing Research Journal, the core text for ISU Writing Program courses. Four speakers, Stephanie Behnke, Kayla Scott, and Thaddeus Stoklasa and Scott Pyrz have been invited to present.


LALS, WGS to Co-Sponsor Lecture
David Glisch Sanchez

David Glisch-Sanchez

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will co-sponsor a lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 27 in Room 313, Williams Hall. The talk, titled “Unfortunate Victims or Sex Revolutionaries? Trans* Latin@s, Sex, Work, and Complex Personhood,” will be given by David Glisch-Sanchez from the University of Texas at Austin and is free and open to the public.


More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

Feb. 23 – Department of English, HapPenInk and Festival collaboration, Steve Halle, Duriel Harris, Jeff Jarot, Eric Longfellow, Ted Morrisey, Marion Sakaluk, John Schulze, and James D Sullivan, Publications Unit in the Williams Hall Annex at 5:00 p.m.

Feb. 23- Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ethnographic film series, “Maqbool”, Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 24 - Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Looking for Structures in the Dark, Professor Jessie Shelton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Room 214, Moulton Hall at 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 24 – Department of Mathematics Presentation, “How To Build Your LinkedIn Profile,” Mr. Mark Fauble, ISU Career Center/Actuarial Program/Actuarial Club, Room 101, Stevenson Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 25 – Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Internship Informational Meeting, WGS Resource Center, 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 25 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 25 – ISU Speaker Series, Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, Laverne Cox, Braden Auditorium in the Bone Student Center, 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 26 – Department of English, The Grassroots Writing Research Spring Colloquium, Stephanie Behnke, Kayla Scott, Thaddeus Stoklasa and Scott Pyrz, Room 401, Stevenson Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Weigel fellowship award seminar: Neuromodulation to the rescue: compensation of temperature-induced breakdown of rhythmic motor patterns via extrinsic neuromodulatory input”, Carola Städele, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building, Noon.

Feb. 27 – Department of Chemistry Seminar, Mead:  A Modern Chemist’s View on an Ancient Alcoholic Beverage, Joshua Jarodsky, Room 225, Julian Hall, 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 – Department of Geography-Geology Talk, “Large scale climate variability and US winds in observations and climate models”, Dr. Justin Schoof, Room 133, Felmley Hall of Science Annex, 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Parasite infections, toxic milkweeds and medication behavior in monarch butterflies”, Dr. Jaap de Roode, Emory University, Room 210, Moulton Hall, 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 – Department of English, Annual Creative Writing Program Alumni Reading, University Galleries, 7:00 p.m.