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Reliving a nightmare: Music Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum creates performances that force audiences to confront what life was like for women in Africa’s slave dungeons.

Volume 5 • Number 1 • Fall 2019

Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum

Redbird Scholar video: Walking with her ancestors

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum, professor of music and ethnomusicology, has examined what her ancestors in Ghana experienced during the slave trade to create impactful performances.

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Revolutionizing how farmers fertilize

Assistant Professor Maria Boerngen is participating in a $4 million grant-funded study examining farm pollution.

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When the abhorrent becomes normal: Examining shifting beliefs and values through cultural history

Events from the past can spark amusement, wonder, or horror when seen through the lens of the present day. Often the past can prompt the question, “How could they have thought that?”

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Who will take care of us? Nurses for the elderly in short supply

For the first time in modern American life, a couple will likely spend more time caring for their aging parents than their children.

University Galleries Director Kendra Paitz

The Q&A with Kendra Paitz: New director is no stranger to University Galleries

Last year, Kendra Paitz, MBA ’06, M.A. ’11, became University Galleries’ first new director since 1987.

Professor Gina Hunter is leading the new Office of Student Research.

New Office of Student Research opens on campus

Launched this fall at the behest of the University Research Council, the Office of Student Research (OSR) aims to encourage and facilitate student research across campus.

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Research Spotlight: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

During the 2018 fiscal year, Illinois State faculty and staff brought in more than $24 million in external grant funding.

Lavender Ntaoti

Lavender Ntaoti’s education provides critical health services to Kenyan tribe

Redbird graduate student Lavender Ntaoti is using her Illinois State education to provide health services to a community that desperately needs them.  

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Ask a Redbird Scholar: How much of our recycling is not recycled?

Technology Associate Professor Pranshoo Solanki answers the questions, How much of our recycling is not recycled, and why is contamination such a problem? 

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Ask a Redbird Scholar: What do you do when a parent has dementia?

Assistant Professor Susan L. Hovey answers the question, What do you do when a parent has dementia?

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Grants to fund big data research and CTE programs

Here is a roundup of recent grants received by Illinois State faculty and staff.

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Redbird media: Latest books from ISU faculty

Here are a few of the latest books and media from Illinois State University faculty.