Events and Deadlines

November 18 - Department of Physics Seminar, Prof. Timothy Gay, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Why Isn’t God Ambidextrous?” Room 309, Moulton Hall, 10 a.m.  Free and open to the public.

November 18 – Department of Physics Colloquium, Prof. Timothy Gay, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “The Physics of Football,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

November 19 – International Studies Seminar, Dr. Barbara Ribbens, ISU College of Business, “Global Business Cities,” Noon to 1 p.m., First Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center.

November 21 – Department of Physics Informal Seminar, Prof. David Sanson, ISU Department of Philosophy, “Passage of Time,”   Room 309, Moulton Hall, Noon to 1 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

November 24 – 28 – ISU Thanksgiving Break. There will be no CASNews on Nov. 24.

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What’s So Great about the Family?

photo of bookDr. Harry Brighouse, Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, will present “What’s So Great about the Family Anyway?” at a colloquium on Thursday, November 20 at 4 p.m. in Room 401A, Stevenson Hall. This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and is free and open to the public. Brighouse is the co-author of Family Values: The Ethics of Parent Child Relationships.

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Colloquium to Explore “The Physics of Football”

51mlJ9R6MiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Department of Physics will host Professor Timothy Gay, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, for a colloquium exploring “The Physics of Football,” on Tuesday, November 18 at 4 p.m. in Room 214, Moulton Hall. His talk will discuss a series of one-minute physics lectures given to the ῀ 8 x 104 fans that attend the University of Nebraska home football games. The lecture topics range from gyroscopic motion to ionizing collisions between linebackers and I-backs. The problem of simultaneous edification and amusement of the fan in the stands is considered. Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room. Moulton Hall is located on School Street in Normal, south of the College Avenue intersection. For more information, contact the Department of Physics at 309-438-8756 or

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New Solar Car Unveiled

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Solar Car Team

The Illinois State University Solar Car Team held an unveiling of the Mercury IV solar car on Sunday, Nov. 16, at noon in the foyer of the Science Laboratory Building. Members of the crew were available to answer questions about the car.

The car will be shipped Nov. 17 to Abu Dhabi, to prepare for the first-ever Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. The team will be competing with “Merc IV” from Jan. 15 to 19, 2015, with 20 other solar car teams from around the world in a 1,200-kilometer race that will start and end in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Illinois State students will be traveling to Abu Dhabi for the race, driving the student-designed vehicle that has seen more than a thousand miles in solar car races in the U.S. Learn more about the solar car and the race in Abu Dhabi.

For more information, contact Illinois State Solar Car Team President Sarah Noll at Sarah Noll

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STEM Fair for Underrepresented Students

STEM posterThe first-ever Charles Morris Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.

This inaugural fair aims to educate students about majors in the STEM fields. “We have a lot of complex problems in science right now – from medicines to clean water to renewable energy – and we need diverse opinions and ideas to solve them,” said Professor of Chemistry Lisa Szczepura, who is helping to organize the fair along with Associate Dean of Students Rick Lewis and Christa Platt of University College. “Think of it as you would an investment portfolio. You don’t want all of the same investments.”

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Wenning Consults in Brazil

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Carl Wenning

Dr. Carl J. Wenning, a semi-retired instructional assistant professor and former director of the Physics Department’s teacher education program (1994-2008), has just returned from a two-week stint in Brazil. While there, he spent time giving six invited presentations and consulting at Universidade Estadual Paulina (UNESP) branch campus in Bauru, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) in São Carlos, and the branch campus of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) also in São Carlos. Though he retired in 2008, Wenning remains active in the physics teacher education movement both nationally and internationally. Continue reading

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German Consul General to Speak at ISU

Herbert Quelle

Herbert Quelle

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Chicago) Herbert Quelle will present “Turning Points of the 20th Century- 1914/1939/1989: Reflections on 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall” at Illinois State University in Room 401, Stevenson Hall at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Dr. Elke Segelcke, Professor of German, said, “Growing up in West Germany without a national holiday or strong national feelings, meant for me to believe in the idea of a united Europe. But I never imagined that East and West Germany would reunite.” This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Dr. Elke Segelcke at

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Author of The Other Wes Moore to Headline MLK Dinner


Wes Moore

Wes Moore is an Army combat veteran, a Rhodes Scholar, a former White House Fel­low and the host of the PBS show about returning veterans, Coming Back with Wes Moore. Yet what intrigued him was another Wes Moore.

Moore will present The Other Wes Moore for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Reservations are required. Seats are $15 for students and $35 for non-students. Reservations can be made until Jan. 9 by calling (309) 438-8790 or online at

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South China Sea Disputes Focus of Talk

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, will present “The South China Sea Disputes: Politically Volatile And Legally Intractable?” in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Professor deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations.

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Community Peace Prize Nominations Sought

cas emblemThe Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program at Illinois State University is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize, which is named for Joseph L. Grabill and Gerlof D. Homan, Illinois State University emeritus professors of history who helped establish the interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program.

The Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize recognizes individual achievements in peacemaking, leadership, community service, and activism. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque at a reception in the spring of 2015, and a gift of $250 will be made to an established program or scholarship at ISU selected by the recipient in his/her honor.

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