The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 Outstanding College Researchers: Dr. James E. “Jed” Day, Department of Geography-Geology; Dr. Cynthia Huff, Department of English; and Dr. T.Y. Wang, Department of Politics and Government. “On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, I am delighted to extend congratulations to these professors,” said Dean Simpson. “They make valuable contributions to the body of knowledge in their respective fields and to Illinois State University.” One recipient is selected from each of the College’s three divisions—the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences/mathematics.
Two graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences are the winners of Illinois State University James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Awards. Melinda S. Harrison, an alumna of the Department of English, is the winner of the University’s 2014 James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Competition. Her thesis is titled U.S.-Educated Multilingual Students in Community College: Transitioning from ESL to English 101. Dr. Lisya Seloni chaired Harrison’s committee. Stephen M. Mitchell, an alumnus of the Department of History, was named runner-up in the University competition. His thesis is titled Modernism on Trial: An Analysis of Historic Preservation Debates in Chicago. Dr. Alan Lessoff directed Mitchell’s thesis. The Fisher awards honor theses of the highest quality. Read the rest of this entry »
The Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Department of Psychology, will present a brown-bag talk with Dr. Harald Atmanspacher, Head of the Department of Theory and Data Analysis Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health in Frieburg, Germany. His talk “The Potential of Quantum Concepts for Models of Cognition,” will be free and open to the public. The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29 in room 401A, Stevenson Hall.
Dr. Fred H. Smith, University Professor of Anthropology, will be the featured speaker at a Main Street College event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in Room 116 of the Alumni Center. His talk, “Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals,” is free and designed for the public. Main Street College was created by Dr. Greg Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to share with the public the exciting and often entertaining work being across the College of Arts and Sciences. “My hope is that people from throughout the community will join us on October 30,” said Dean Simpson. “Dr. Smith’s work is extraordinarily interesting, and he is a most engaging speaker.” Read the rest of this entry »
Tara L. Lyons joins the Illinois State University Department of English as an assistant professor. Professor Lyons is looking forward to teaching courses in British Literature, Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, and Book History. Since earning her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011, Lyons has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Innovative Teaching Award in 2012.
October 28 – Department of Physics, Prof. Mats Selen, University of Illinois, will present “Interactive Online Laboratories,” Room 214, Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.
October 29 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 131, Stevenson Hall (STV), 5:30 p.m.
October 29 – Office of International Studies and Programs, Dr. Oleksandra Wallo, will present, “International Seminar Series: Ukrainian Cities Between East and West,” 1st Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center (BON), 12 p.m.
October 30 – College of Arts and Sciences Main Street College Event, University Professor of Anthropology Fred H. Smith, will present “Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals,” Alumni Center, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
October 30 – Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures/Spanish Club, “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Cultural Presentation and Halloween Party,” 104 Kong Room, Hewett Manchester Residence Halls, 6 p.m. Costumes are optional.
October 30 – School of Biological Sciences, Dr. Viktor Kirik, School of Biological Sciences, will present a seminar, Room 201, Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.
October 31 – Department of Chemistry, Eric Grabowski, Department of Chemistry, will present, “Synthesis and Characterization of Monocarbaporphyrins,” Room 225, Julian, 3 p.m.
October 31 – Department of Physics, Dr. Namrata Tripathi, will present “The physics of lithium batteries,” Room 309, Moulton Hall (MLT), 12 p.m.
October 31 – Department of Physics, “Timothy Ferris’ Galaxies at ISU Planetarium,” Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3 to 4, Planetarium, 7:30 p.m.
October 31 – Department of English, Undergraduate English Studies Symposium, Room 401, Stevenson Hall (STV, 9:30 a.m.