College of Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences to Host Rilett Lecture

grahamThe 2015 Rilett Public Lecture will be presented by Dr. Andrea Graham at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. Graham, an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, will discuss the molecular and evolutionary underpinnings of diseases, including as multiple sclerosis, with examples from her own work and the medical literature. Her talk, “Why do immune systems harm their bearers? The evolutionary biology of friendly fire,” is free and open to the public.

Dr. Graham uses molecular, immunological, and ecological methods to understand the immune system in wild animal populations.

For other information regarding the lecture or to make an appointment with this speaker, please contact Dr. Ben Sadd, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease Ecology, at

News from the College

An Invitation to @Salon
Dr. Duriel E. Harris

Duriel E. Harris

On March 21, the Illinois State University Creative Writing Program and the Department of English will be presenting an event, @Salon, at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington (601 N. East St.). This interdisciplinary arts event, which will be free and open to the public, will showcase local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.


Crothers Named Fulbright Chair

crothersProfessor of Politics and Government Lane Crothers has long been interested in how American popular culture influences the culture of other nations. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he will have the opportunity to study how the Finns interpret American culture as he serves as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki.


Physics Department Nationally Commended

cas emblemThe Department of Physics has been commended by the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for its outstanding contributions to the education of future physics teachers. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Illinois State graduated seven highly qualified physics teachers, a number that fewer than twenty institutions in the United States equal.


Simmons Wins AP Award
Soemer Simmons

Soemer Simmons

Soemer Simmons of the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures is the recipient of the 2015 A/P Council Esprit de Corps Award. Each year, the respective A/P and Civil Service Councils may determine that one individual is deserving of special recognition for their work on behalf of the membership and University. (more…)

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

March 4 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 401A, Stevenson Hall, 5:30 p.m.

March 5 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Why do immune systems harm their bearers? The evolutionary biology of ‘friendly fire,'” Dr. Andrea Graham, Princeton University, Room 210, Moulton Hall at 4:00 p.m.

March 3 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Unanticipated results of a long-term study of the invasive plant garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata),” Roger Anderson, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at Noon

March 4 – School of Biological Sciences Special Alumni Seminar, “Structure and function analysis of plantazolicin, a Bacillus anthracis specific natural product,” Katie Molohon, Doug Mitchell Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at Noon

March 6 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, “Utilization of Antibody-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles, Dynamic Light Scattering, and SERS in Influenza Virus Detection, Yen Lai, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3:00 p.m.

March 3 - Department of Physics Colloquium, CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ISSUES

March 4 - Department of Geography-Geology Talk, “Mapping a Monastic Network,” Dr. Kathryn Jasper, Room 133, Felmley Hall of Science Annex (FSA) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

March 6 – Department of Physics Seminar, “Cryptography and mapping,” Brian Franklin, Room 309, Moulton Hall at Noon

March 5 - Department of Mathematics, COUNTRY Financial Night, Room 401, Stevenson Hall at 6:00 p.m. (All students welcome; pizza and soft drinks provided)

March 5 - Department of Mathematics Research Event, Tom Terry, Room 336, State Farm Hall of Business at 5:00 p.m.

March 6 - Deadline: Last Day to Drop a Full-Semester Course (Report to Room 107, Moulton Hall with a photo ID no later than 4:30 p.m. to drop, contact the Office of the University Registrar with any further questions)

March 6 - Deadline: Last Day to Drop a Pass/Fail Option from a Full-Semester (Report to Room 107, Moulton Hall with a photo ID no later than 4:30 p.m. to drop.) Contact the Office of the University Registrar with any further questions)

March 16 – Deadline for submission of papers and detailed descriptions of other types of presentations for the 20th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium.