Taking on the Mountain

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Lisa Tranel

Mother nature’s recipe for making a mountain could be broken down into a few simple steps:
1) Take two pieces of earth
2) Press slowly together
3) Add heat
4) Let rise for about 250 million years

Lisa Tranel devotes her research to studying that slow rise, and what it does to the surface of a mountain.  An assistant professor of geology, Tranel will return to the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas to study the connection between mountain uplift and erosion.

With landmarks bearing names such as Dog Canyon, McKittrick Ridge, Nickel Creek and Tejas Trail, the area sounds like the location for a 1930s Western movie rather than a geological exploration. Yet the region holds millions of years of formations that continue to evolve. “There has not been a recorded surface earthquake since the early 1930s,” said Tranel of the Guadalupe Mountains, “but there’s a lot going on underneath.” Continue reading

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New Faculty Profile: Qiliang He

Qiliang He

Qiliang He

Qiliang He joins the Illinois State University Department of History as an assistant professor. His area of expertise is the history of China. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Shanghai Jiaotong University (China). Continue reading

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Welcome Back From the Dean

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CAS Dean – Greg Simpson

I am pleased to welcome all of our faculty, staff, and students to an exciting academic year. I want to extend a special welcome to those who are new to the University. I hope our new colleagues will be made to feel as welcome as I have since joining ISU in 2011.

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Cleeton Appointed to Fulbright Committee

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David Cleeton

Dr. David Cleeton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, has received a 3-year appointment from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to the Economics Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program.  His previous Fulbright experience includes serving as a member (2003-06) and chair (2005-06) of the CIES-Fulbright Regional Review Committee for Benelux, France, and the European Union. During the Spring 2002 semester he held the Fulbright-Schuman Chair of US-EU Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
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Parry Wins Outstanding Service Award

Associate Dean, Sally Parry with Award

Associate Dean – Sally Parry

Dr. Sally Parry, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is the 2014 recipient of the College of Education’s Outstanding Service Award to a member of the University community. Parry won the award, which was presented on August 14, for extraordinary service, which includes currently serving as vice chair of the Council for Teacher Education (CTE) and as chair of its subcommittee on curriculum. She also serves on the CTE’s Teacher Education Review Board and an edTPA working group. In addition, she is the CAS representative to the Council for General Education and co-chairs its subcommittee on Humanities. Continue reading

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Events and Deadlines

August 29 – Department/School Nominations for Fisher Thesis Award due to the CAS office.

September 9 - Dean’s Fall Address. Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, 3:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

September 9 – Department/School Nominations for Outstanding University Service, Service Initiative, and Outstanding College Service Awards are due to the CAS office.

September 12 - Department/School Nominations for Outstanding College Researcher, Research Initiative, and Outstanding University Researcher due to the CAS office.

September 16 – Department/School Nominations for Outstanding University Teacher, Outstanding College Teacher, Teaching Initiative, and Graduate Teaching Awards are due to the CAS office.



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Smart Grid Education Gets $450,000 Boost

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Illinois State University received a $450,000 grant to train K-12 teachers through the University’s Smart Grid for Schools program, which offers schools an opportunity to learn about the smart grid technology being rolled out by investor-owned utilities throughout Illinois. Continue reading

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Solar Car Team Launches July 12

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Solar Car Team Vice President Mike Rose talks about the Mercury V during construction in the workshop at Illinois State.

Illinois State’s Solar Car Team is taking to the road for the American Solar Challenge (ASC), a multi-day, 1,700-mile cross-country road race across North America

Open to teams from around the world, the ASC is an annual competition for college students to design, build and race solar-powered cars. This year’s event will stretch from Austin, Texas, to St. Paul, Minnesota. Faculty and staff can follow the progress of the team with daily posts on their Facebook page.



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Redbirds Go to the Ends of the Earth to Represent ISU

Dr. Carl Wenning and Rebecca Wenning Vieyra

Dr. Carl Wenning and Rebecca Wenning Vieyra

A father-daughter team returned recently from nearly three weeks in Indonesia where they lectured, consulted, held seminars, and conducted workshops – all related to the teaching of high school physics. The goal of their work is the improvement of teacher preparation and science teaching at the secondary level. Representing the Redbirds were Dr. Carl Wenning and Rebecca Wenning Vieyra. Continue reading

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Students Study Abroad in Italy

new1Assistant Professor of History Kathryn Jasper and Assistant Professor of Art History Lea Cline are currently leading a study abroad program this summer in Orvieto, Italy. Students from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts are spending four weeks in Italy learning about Italian language, culture, art, and history. Continue reading

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