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Volume 6 • Number 1 • Fall 2020

Dr. Craig C. McLauchlan (left) has taken over as associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies from fellow Department of Chemistry colleague Dr. John Baur.

Changing of the guard

Redbird Scholar interviewed Dr. John Baur and Dr. Craig McLauchlan via Zoom last spring about the former’s tenure as the associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies and the latter’s plans for his time in that post.

View of Mount Merbabu in Indonesia.

The Q&A with Shelby Putt: Piecing together human evolution and communication through stone tools

This issue’s Q&A is with Dr. Shelby Putt, a biological anthropologist, in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Graduate student Joel Lockhart talks to President Larry Dietz about the former's athletic training research.

GradBird Scholar: New initiative to recognize graduate students

The Graduate School created the GradBird Scholar initiative, which aims to recognize graduate students for their scholarly endeavors.


Powerful pennycress: Dr. Sedbrook’s research team is transforming a weed into a crop

Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics Dr. John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself.

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