The spring issue of the Redbird Scholar is out. Our biannual magazine focused on the research, scholarship, and creative expression of Illinois State faculty and students was published Thursday online and in print.

Here are five things you will discover in the fall issue of the Redbird Scholar:

  1. Nursing Professor Teresa Valerio reveals the secrets of sleeping well and why you may have trouble sleeping in our Redbird Scholar Q&A.
  2. English Professor Gabriel Gudding, a nationally acclaimed poet, explains why he wrote his latest book for a unique audience—nonhuman animals.
  3. Get a primer on the 2016 presidential election from faculty experts across campus who weigh in on whether you should trust political polls, the history of female presidential candidates, the unprecedented response to the Supreme Court vacancy, the meaning behind political art, and  other campaign topics.
  4. An Illinois State doctoral student is using a prestigious national fellowship to research how to better educate students who are blind, deaf, and autistic.
  5. Is there weather in space? Our faculty experts answer this and other questions submitted by our readers in the “Ask a Redbird Scholar” section.

We printed 8,000 copies of the 20-page print publication. Copies have been mailed to graduate students, faculty, staff, other members of the Illinois State community, peer institutions, and select business, government, and nonprofit officials. A limited number of copies are also available at Hovey Hall’s east entrance, near the entrances to Milner Library and Stevenson Hall, and inside the Bone Student Center (near the information desk on the first floor). All of the magazine’s content and a PDF of the magazine can be accessed online at

The biannual magazine publishes each fall and spring. It features stories, profiles, and Q&As on the most interesting and impactful researchers at the University. Other sections highlight research grants procured by the University, and books produced by Illinois State faculty. Readers can interact with the magazine by submitting questions to our faculty experts.

Share your research

Are you engaged in interesting research? Do you have an upcoming art exhibition or concert? Are you coming out with a new research paper, book, audio recording, or film? Please tell us. We want to hear about it.

Contact Editor-in-Chief Kevin Bersett at or (309) 438-4329 with research projects that we can feature in the magazine or on our website. You can also tweet your research to us at @ISUResearch by using the hashtag #RedbirdScholar.

To keep up with research news between issues, be sure to follow @ISUResearch on Twitter and look for more research stories at