University of Notre Dame Professor of Physics Mark Caprio will give a talk titled “Nuclei from Scratch: Ab Initio Calculations and the Emergence of Rotation” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in Moulton Hall, room 214, as part of the Fall 2015 Physics Colloquium.
Caprio’s current research emphasizes nuclear structure theory, including the collective structure of nuclei, ab initio computational methods, and the nature of phase transitions in quantum many-body systems. He is interested in fundamental problems in the many-body physics of nuclei and other mesoscopic systems, especially the microscopic origins of collective phenomena. Continue reading
Dean of Students Art Munin and Student Laureate Maureen Christensen
Illinois State University’s Maureen Christensen of Normal has been named a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner. The Academy recognized students November 7 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
“Civic engagement, as exemplified by President Lincoln, is crucial to our democracy and the process of our government,” said Gov. Rauner. “The young men and women receiving this recognition today embody the spirit of President Lincoln through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.” Continue reading
Dr. Heidi Harbers, a professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has been named one of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ISHA) 2016 Fellows of the Association. Fellowship Awards recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service within the profession and the state of Illinois. Recipients must have been active in the profession and ISHA for at least five years. “We are delighted that ISHA has selected Dr. Harbers for this honor,” said Dr. Ann Beck, Chair of the ISU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Heidi is an effective, dedicated speech-language pathologist and has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to serving the profession and ensuring that our students and other professionals have access to current, evidence-based knowledge that allows clients to have access to the most effective therapy available.” Continue reading
Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins at noon.
Nov. 30 – Fall semester classes resume.
Nov. 30 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Festival, “Confusion Na Wa,” 7 p.m., Room 138, Schroeder Hall. Due to copyright restrictions, this film is open only to members of the Illinois State University community with valid university ID.
James E. House, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University, and Kathleen A. House, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, have just had the third edition of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry published by the Academic Press Division of Elsevier, Amsterdam. The hardcover book was released on October 1, and it is intended to be a textbook for a one-semester inorganic course that is usually taught at the sophomore level. Continue reading
Cheri Simonds, Amy Wood, and Nerida Ellerton
The College of Arts and Sciences has announced its 2015-2016 Outstanding College Researchers: Dr. Nerida Ellerton, Department of Mathematics; Dr. Cheri Simonds, School of Communication; and Dr. Amy Wood, Department of History. “The College congratulates these fine researchers,” said Dean Simpson. “Their extraordinary research contributes greatly to the body of knowledge in their respective fields, and their students benefit from having such well-informed and talented professors.”
Nov. 16 – Department of Geography-Geology, 2015 Geography Awareness Week Keynote Speaker, Dr. Shannon O’Leary, University of Kansas, “Climate Science and Slow Violence: A View from Political Geography and STS on Mobilizing Technoscientific Ontologies of Climate Change,” Room 208, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Nov. 16 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Oak Park Stories,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Nov. 17 – Department of Physics Colloquium Series, Prof. Mark A. Caprio, University of Notre Dame, “Nuclei from Scratch: Ab Initio Calculations and the Emergence of Rotation,” Room 214, Moulton Hall, 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room. Free and open to the public.
Dr. Jennifer Howell, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has published The Algerian War in French-Language Comics: Postcolonial Memory, History, and Subjectivity (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015).
The decolonization of Algeria represents a turning point in world history, marking the end of France’s colonial empire, the birth of the Algerian republic, and the appearance of the Third World and pan-Arabism. Algeria emerged from colonial domination to negotiate the release of American hostages in Iran during the Carter administration. Radical Islam would later rise from the ashes of Algeria’s failed democracy, leading to a civil war and the training of Algerian terrorists in Afghanistan. Continue reading
Latino Heritage Month will wrap up November 11 with a talk by author Lilia Fernandez on Latinos living in Chicago.
Author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago Lilia Fernandez will give a talk titled “Was the City Black and White? A History of Latinos in Mid-Century Chicago” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, in Stevenson Hall, room 101. Continue reading
Tim Lash and his students are on the hunt for what some call the impossible, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). A professor of chemistry at Illinois State, Lash recently received a three-year NSF grant for $320,000 to continue the exploration of the building blocks of nature, known as porphyrins. Continue reading