Redbirds Meet in Japan

photo of Aaron Smith, Gina Panazzo, and Moriki Smith

Aaron Smith, Gina Panazzo, and Moriki Smith

Last week while spending the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family in Japan, Aaron Smith, a faculty member in English, had the opportunity to meet up with his former student Gina Panazzo. Gina is currently teaching English in Japan with the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

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New Blog Highlights Teaching and Learning

sotl-sealA new blog, the SoTL Advocate, has been established by the Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at ISU to highlight the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) projects of ISU faculty and to encourage discussion about teaching and learning amongst the SoTL community at ISU and beyond. Consistent with ISU’s definition of SoTL, this blog will support and encourage the systematic study and reflection of student learning at ISU (and beyond) made public.

It is anticipated that the SoTL Advocate will publish various types of blog posts to encourage discussion and appeal to a variety of stakeholders interested in SoTL in higher education. To this end, the blog’s focus will reflect the interests of ISU faculty, staff, and students with regard to SoTL.

The SoTL Advocate blog may be viewed at: http://illinoisstateuniversitysotl.wordpress.com/

Questions about the blog or ideas for blog topics and posts may be sent to Kathleen McKinney at sotl@ilstu.edu

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New Weapons for Lab Detectives

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Christopher Mulligan and Adam O’Leary

Christopher Mulligan, associate professor of analytical chemistry, is making strides toward developing cutting-edge instrumentation for chemical detection in his lab at Illinois State University. The application of his work is broad, ranging from detecting contamination in water – such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides – to improving crime scene forensics.

Mulligan explained, “As more and more new medicines and chemicals become available for public use, the more difficult it becomes to detect these potential contaminants in water sources and aquatic environments.” Continue reading

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Events and Deadlines

December 2 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Seminar, Carola Staedele (Stein lab), Weigel fellowship award seminar “Changing neural coding – axonal neuromodulation of a sensory neuron,” Room 121, SLB, 12 p.m.

December 3 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 131, Stevenson Hall (STV), 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

December 5 – Department of Chemistry, Kurt Tyminski, ISU Department of Chemistry, will present a seminar entitled, “Kinetic and Mechanistic Effects of Substituents on the Aldehyde Portion of N-(hydroxybenzyl) Benzamides,” Room 225, Julian, 3:00 p.m.

December 5 and 6 –  Department of Physics, ‘Tis the Season Holiday Show at Planetarium, $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. – 9:00 p.m.

December 13 – CAS Winter Commencement, Redbird Arena, 9 a.m.

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BIO Student Named Gates Scholar

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Dyrell Ashley

Illinois State University student Dyrell Ashley has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ashley, a freshman from Chicago, is the first Gates Scholar from the University. Ashley is one of 1,000 students who will be awarded a good-through-graduation scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of his or her choice.

“This was a long and exhaustive application process,” said Ashley, who is working toward a degree in biology teacher education, “but everything from room and board to books and tuition is covered.” Continue reading

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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 info@phy.ilstu.edu.

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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 senoll@ilstu.edu.

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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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