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Tiny wonder: Dr. Matthew Dugas is researching how subtle cues, like a wiggle, hold the key to understanding how poison dart frogs and their offspring communicate.

Volume 6 • Number 2 • Spring 2021

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ISU Biologist Matthew Dugas explores early lives of poison dart frogs

Illinois State University Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Matthew Dugas and his students are studying the early lives of poison dart frogs to better understand which survive and thrive.

Portraits of researchers

ISU scholars show how kids of underrepresented communities have unequal access and opportunities in school

Through their research, Assistant Professors of Elementary Education Dr. Shamaine Bertrand and Dr. Erin Quast; Assistant Psychology Professor Dr. Brea Banks ’10, Ph.D. ’15; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Sciences Dr. Charles Bell have shown that there is a chasm between the American dream and American reality.

Dr. Phillip Hash

Redbird Scholars track the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on education

Last spring, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upended education in the United States.

Jim Applegate

The Q&A with Dr. James Applegate: Higher ed faces critical time due to wealth gap and pandemic

Dr. James Applegate has championed equitable access to higher education his entire career. He came to Illinois State University in 2017 as a visiting professor for the Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP).

Khyati Verma and Dr. Brea Banks

Graduate student examines implicit bias and colorblind racial attitudes

As the movement for social justice and racial equity reached a critical point following the death of George Floyd last May, Khyati Verma, M.S. ’20, completed her master’s thesis on the impact of colorblind racial attitudes and implicit bias.

Ashley Tauber feeding a baby wren

#RedbirdScholar students use grants to spend summer researching

This summer, 27 students received the new Undergraduate Research Support Program grant provided by the Office of Student Research. To honor the inaugural summer of the grant, we have featured five student researchers and their projects.

Dr. Aondover Tarhule

Research spotlight: Q&A with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Aondover Tarhule

In this #RedbirdScholar Q&A, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Aondover Tarhule talked about his academic background, research, and his plans for Illinois State.

Dr. Andrés Vidal-Gadea

Dr. Andrés Vidal-Gadea named 2020 Researcher to Know

Dr. Andrés Vidal-Gadea, an assistant professor of molecular neuroethology in the School of Biological Sciences, was named a 2020 Researcher to Know by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

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Redbird media: Latest #RedbirdScholar books

Here are the latest books by #RedbirdScholars.