Justin Vickers and Benjamin Britten

One of Great Britain’s best-known and most respected composers of classical music is the muse of one of Illinois State’s more prolific scholars.

Student carrying buckets in a bar

Illinois State Department of Agriculture researcher Justin Rickard is partnering with Normal’s Destihl Brewery on an ongoing research project to determine whether the craft brewer’s grain could be an economical and dependable option for Central Illinois farmers.

Illinois State Physics Professor Allison Harris standing in front of a whiteboard containing her research.

A jumble of letters and numbers fills the computer screen. To an untrained onlooker, the lines may look like gibberish, but it is actually a computer code key to understanding the smallest pieces of the universe.

Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice Ralph Weisheit outside on campus

In the last four years, Illinois, like many states, has been loosening its drug laws: legalizing medical marijuana, allowing universities to research industrial hemp, and decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana.

Anthropology Professor Maria Smith is working with students like Katharine Woollen to study remains unearthed from the Schroeder Mounds in order to answer questions about a mysterious pre-Columbian people. (Editor’s note: The bones in this photograph are replica skeletal remains.)

In the 1970s, the skeletal remains of about 120 Native Americans were retrieved from an ancient mound complex on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley in Western Illinois.

photo of the universe NASA/ESA

Can you tell us about the fractal features/structure of our galaxy/universe?