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Meet the Mutant: ISU scientists are hoping an all-female, self-cloning crayfish species holds the genetic key to unlocking mysteries in the human brain.

Volume 4 • Number 1 • Fall 2018

Up close and personal with one of the self-cloning marbled crayfish from Neurophysiology Professor Wolfgang Stein’s research laboratory.

Decoding the mutant, all-female, self-cloning crayfish

Illinois State scientists are sequencing the genome of the marbled crayfish so neuroscientists can use the unique species to unlock mysteries in the human brain.

two women and two men standing and smiling

The Fulbright connection: Changing the world through shared knowledge

Over the Fulbright Program’s 70-plus-year history, more than 370,000 scholars have taken part in the prestigious program, including at least 50 who teach at Illinois State University today.

Q. Charles Su and Rainer Grobe have forged a long-lasting partnership at Illinois State. The work shown is from “Quantum-Mechanical Approach to the Laser-Assisted Vacuum Decay.” (Q. Z. Lv, S. Dong, C. Lisowski, R. Pelphrey, Y. T. Li, Q. Su, and R. Grobe) Physical Review A (2018).

Dynamic duo laser in on physics’ deepest questions

Rainer Grobe and Q. Charles Su have become more than colleagues. For the last 23 years, the Distinguished Professors of physics have worked side by side on the cutting edge of laser research while mentoring scores of undergraduate students at Illinois State University.

Drawing of a wine trail

Wine trails: A lesson in cooperation

It made no sense to Peter Foreman that wineries would partner with their rivals, sending customers down the road, crowding onto the same website, and planning wine and cheese events together.

John Tovar onstage talking to an actress

Lights, camera, risers—Friends of the Arts grant helps bring audience center stage

Out of all the places on Illinois State’s campus to spend the last few weeks as a student, John Tovar ’99, M.F.A ’18, chose a small, dingy diner.

Andrew Hartman standing in front of shelves of books

The Q&A with Andrew Hartman: Did the culture wars ever end?

Andrew Hartman could hardly have known in 2008, when he began writing his history on America’s culture wars of the late-20th century, how timely the book would turn out to be.

Nobuko Adachi on Quad

Research center spotlight: Ethnicity and Ethnography Laboratory and Research Center

The launch of one of Illinois State University’s newest research centers is due in large part to the hard work and vision of a single professor.

Banks of thousands of computers, some filling warehouses, run continuously around the world to mine bitcoins.

Ask a Redbird Scholar: What is bitcoin?

Glen Sagers, a professor in Illinois State University’s School of Information Technology, explains bitcoin.

Dr. Stephen Hawking, a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, delivers a speech entitled "Why we should go into space" during a lecture that is part of a series honoring NASA's 50th Anniversary, Monday, April 21, 2008, at George Washington University's Morton Auditorium in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul. E. Alers)

Ask a Redbird Scholar: What exactly did Stephen Hawking contribute to our understanding of the universe?

Stephen Hawking contributed more to our understanding of gravity than anyone else since Albert Einstein, according to Illinois State Assistant Professor of Physics Neil Christensen.

The Quad at Illinois State University.

Ask a Redbird Scholar: Why is higher education so liberal?

Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University professor of history, offers a nuanced answer to the question, Why is higher education so liberal?

Photo of the White House

Ask a Redbird Scholar: What does it take to impeach a president?

Redbird scholar Kerri Milita explains the process its takes to impeach a president.

Ashley Farmer

Protecting pets and their owners during natural disasters

A $94,085 National Science Foundation grant is helping Criminal Justice Sciences Assistant Professor Ashley Farmer improve the way pets and their owners are evacuated and minimize loss of life during natural disasters and emergencies.

ISU professors Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack play in their band Poster Children.

Redbird media: Latest creative works by ISU faculty

Here are the latest creative works by Illinois State faculty.