College of Arts and Sciences
Su Named Distinguished Professor
Q. Charles Sue

Q. Charles Su

Professor of Physics Q. Charles Su has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University. The honor will be awarded at the Founders Day Convocation at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

The Distinguished Professor designation honors faculty who have achieved national recognition for scholarly research or leadership; been clearly identified by students, colleagues, or external agencies as an outstanding teacher; and have contributed significant public service within the academic discipline. Distinguished Professors are invited to deliver a public lecture or presentation, receive $1,000, and hold the title throughout their service to Illinois State.

Su began his career in Illinois State’s Department of Physics in 1994 and became a full professor in 2002. He has been recognized numerous times during his tenure at Illinois State, both for teaching and research, receiving the Teaching Initiative Award in 1998, the Outstanding College Research Award in 2002, and the Outstanding University Researcher Award in 2003. He has also been a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer and is a Million Dollar Club inductee. In 2011, he was named as a University Professor. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012. In 2006, he and Distinguished Professor of Physics Rainer Grobe shared the Undergraduate Research Prize presented by the American Physics Society.

Su has pioneered the numerical approach to study how particles interact with very intense laser fields. The model 1D atom that he invented with his colleagues has now been copied by hundreds of groups worldwide and his work on this subject alone has been cited by others more than 1,000 times. His research includes the discovery of the atomic stabilization phenomenon during photo-ionization of atoms, discovery of the cycloatom states, creation of computational quantum field theory, the investigation of particle creation, localization, and the resolution of the so-called Klein paradox.

Su has been an invited presenter at more than 50 international conferences in more than 19 countries. He has published more than 150 research articles and his research program has received over $2.4 million in external grants.

Su’s focus on undergraduate research has made an incredible impact. He has supervised more than 60 undergraduate students who have produced over 300 conference presentations and 66 co-authored publications. His students have won numerous national awards and have been accepted into top-ranked graduate programs. In the classroom, Su has taught at every level, from introductory general education courses to senior level, advanced physics courses.

Find out more about the Founders Day celebration.

News from the College

Anderson to Receive Rives Award
David Anderson

David Anderson

David Anderson, Department of Philosophy, is the recipient of the Stan and Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award. He will be honored at the Founders Day Convocation on February 18.

The award is given to a member of the Illinois State University community to recognize outstanding teaching or significant contributions to the undergraduate experience, with special attention given to the first-year experience. (more…)

New Book Analyzes Image Repair

Image-RepairA new book by Illinois State University’s Dr. Joseph Blaney is turning the repair of damaged images into a science. A professor of communication, Blaney is the editor and an author of the recently released Putting Image Repair to the Test: Quantitative Applications of Image Restoration Theory. The book shines new light on repairing tarnished images, and public perception of scandals.

“So much of what image practitioners do is based upon folk wisdom and examples,” said Blaney, who has dedicated research to public perception of image for the past 20 years. “With this book, we have data and quantifiable evidence that will empower people in the field to make predictions. This takes the field in a whole new direction.” (more…)

Poet, Author Percival Everett to Give Reading

Celebrated author and scholar Percival Everett will give a reading of his work at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Percival Everett

Percival Everett

There will also be a Q&A session at 2 p.m. in Stevenson Hall, room 401.

Everett is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of more than 25 novels and collections of poetry. His works include the award-winning Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. (more…)

Freedom Fighter Featured in President’s Series
Hamou Amirouche

Hamou Amirouche

Three departments in the College of Arts and Sciences–the Department of History, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Department of Politics and Government will cosponsor the next speaker in the Spring 2016 President’s Speaker Series. On Wednesday,  February 10, former Algerian freedom fighter, Hamou Amircouche, will speak at 7 p.m. in Room 242, Schroeder Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.


More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

Feb. 2 – School of Biological Sciences Integrative Biology Seminar, Carola Stadele (ISU), “Flexibility in the Nervous System: Regulation of Axonal Spike Initiation in a Sensory Neuron Fine-Tunes Signal Integration,” Stein Lab, Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided and free and open to the public.

Feb. 2 – Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Professor Kevin Pitts (UIUC), “The Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab,” Moulton Hall, Room 214, 4 p.m. refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior in adjoining hallway or in the room and free and open to the public.

Feb. 3 – International Studies Seminar Series, Professor Mary F. Price (IUPUI) and Professor Stephanie Leslie (IUPUI), “Global and International Service Learning: Prepare Students for a World That is Not Flat,” Prairie Room Center, Bone Student Center, Noon to 1 p.m.   Lunch provided.  Free and open to the public.

Feb. 5 – The Department of Psychology & CBS Colloquium Series, Professor Jean E. Pretz (Elizabethtown College), “Use of Intuition and Analysis in Clinical Decision Making in Nursing,” DeGarmo Hall, Room 48, 2 p.m – 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.