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.
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.
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
Christmas is coming soon, but there is still time to participate in Operation Santa. The School of Communication is once again sponsoring Operation Santa, a non-profit organization, which sends needed items to members of the armed forces who are deployed around the globe. There is a box for donations in the College of Arts and Sciences office (141 Stevenson Hall), and there are also boxes in several locations in Fell Hall. Donations will be collected from September 22 through October 30. Those wishing to support the program financially may send their tax deductible donations to: Operation Santa, P.O. Box 1975, Bloomington, IL 61702.
The climate science outreach program of the Illinois Heartland Local Section of the American Chemical Society is going strong. Two workshops on Climate Science will be held in the next three weeks–one at Illinois Central College (ICC) in East Peoria on October 25 and a second at Benedictine University in Springfield on November 8. The primary audience for these workshops is teachers and naturalists, but there is also an opportunity for interested students to enroll. The registration is through CeMaST, and the registration fee ($12) includes snacks, lunch, and a kit for doing climate science demonstrations. To register, visit http://chemistry.illinoisstate.edu/climate_workshop.shtml
In advance of Halloween, prepare to be frightened by Ghostly Tales Under the Stars at the Illinois State University Planetarium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and midnight Friday, Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
Ghostly Tales Under the Stars presents frightening stories of the supernatural. The afternoon and early evening presentations are family oriented and appropriate for all audiences. The midnight showing will be more intense and is recommended for mature audiences.
Admission to Ghostly Tales Under the Stars is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3 to 4. The Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science at the intersection of School St. and College Ave. in Normal. For more information, call the Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~trw/planet.html
Illinois State University’s student radio station, WZND, earned a total of eight Silver Dome awards at this year’s Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Convention on Friday, October 10 at Loyola University Chicago. WZND’s awards came in the categories of Best Radio Aircheck, Best Radio News Story, Best Radio Longform Programming, Best Radio Promotion, Best Sports Play-By-Play, and Best Radio Newscast. “While I am never surprised by the accomplishments of TV-10 and WZND, this year’s Silver Domes competition reminds us that our broadcasting students and faculty are, hands-down, the best in the state,” said Dr. Joseph Blaney, Associate Dean and Professor of Communication.
October 21 – Department of Physics Alumni Lecture Series, Mr. Jim Karch, Director of Bloomington Public Works, will present “A Life in Public Service,” Room 214, Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.
October 21 – Women’s and Gender Studies Program, “Take Back the Night,” Old Main Room, Bone Student Center (BON), 6 p.m.
October 22 – Office of International Studies and Programs, Dr. Peter Alegi, Professor of history at Michigan State University and Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, will present, “International Seminar Series: World Cup Cities For Whom?,” 1st Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center (BON), 12 p.m.
October 22 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Study Abroad Fair, Prairie Room, Bone Student Center (BON), 2:30 p.m.
October 22 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 131, Stevenson Hall (STV), 5:30 p.m.
October 23 – School of Biological Sciences, will present a seminar, Room 210 Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.
October 23 – Department of English, Dr. Roberta Trites, ISU Distinguished Professorship Lecture, “Twenty-First Century Feminisms in Adolescent Literature,” Prairie Room, Bone Student Center, 7 p.m.
October 24 – Department of Chemistry, Dr. Jon Scaffidi, Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH), will present a seminar, Room 225, Julian, 3 p.m.
October 24 – Department of English, “Job Market Mini-Conference,” Room 103, Publications Unit, Williams Hall Annex, 10 a.m.
October 24 – Department of Philosophy, Thomas Blanchard, will present, “Why Do Causes Explain Their Effect? A Unificationist Answer,” Room 401A, Stevenson Hall (STV), 4 p.m.
October 24 – Department of English, David Giovagnoli and K. Aaron Smith, will present a screening of “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia,” Room 401, Stevenson Hall (STV), 4 p.m.
October 24 – Department of Physics, Professor Rex J. Rowley, Department of Geography-Geology, will present, “Place geography and GIS,” Room 309, Moulton Hall (MLT), 12 p.m.
October 30 – College of Arts and Sciences Main Street College Event, Dr. Fred Smith, ISU University Professor of Anthropology, “Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals,” Illinois State University Alumni Center, Room 116, 1101 North Main Street, Normal, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.