Illinois State University has published the fall issue of the Redbird Scholar, a magazine focused on the research, scholarship, and creative expression of faculty, staff, and students.  The biannual magazine publishes each September and March and features stories, profiles, and Q&As on interesting and impactful researchers at the University. There are also sections highlighting research grants procured by the University, and books and recordings produced by Illinois State faculty. 

Print copies of the magazine are available in kiosks across campus. All of the stories can be found on the Redbird Scholar website,

Here are some highlights from this issue: 

  • Dr. David Lane explores the under-researched world of tattoo artists in a book that looks at the other end of the needle. 
  • Momentum is building once again for the new Innovation Hub. This university-led project seeks to drive economic growth in Bloomington-Normal through the establishment of a business incubator and community makerspace for local startups and aspiring entrepreneurs. 
  • Dr. Tina Williams researches underemployment and examines what it means for outcomes in the workplace and how it connects to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • A multimillion dollar donation by artist Wonsook Kim and her husband, Thomas Clement, is having a huge impact on three art professors and their students.  
  • Chemistry Professor Dr. Jeremy Driskell’s love for basic science research is leading to important applications in areas such as forensic evidence and virus detection. 
  • Talking with children about death and racism isn’t easy. In this Q&A, Dr. Chang Su-Russell discusses her research on how parents decide to talk about or avoid difficult topics.