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Dr. Nikki Hoffman is conducting innovative studies at a new ISU clinic to help patients heal from concussions.

Volume 7 • Number 2 • Spring 2022

Redbird Scholar cover image showing a model brain that is half red and half blue and with a Band-Aid on the red side

Headstrong: ISU researcher Dr. Nikki Hoffman is leading expert on sleep and concussion recovery

Dr. Nikki Hoffman is conducting innovative sleep studies at a new clinic on campus in order to help patients recover faster from concussions.

President Terri Goss Kinzy

Scholar-in-Chief: Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy created a legacy in research before becoming ISU’s 20th president

A close observer can find signs of Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy’s “former” life as a researcher in her corner office on the top floor of Hovey Hall.

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Bottleneck: Dr. Rajeev Goel examines corruption, supply problems during the pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Rajeev Goel, professor of economics at Illinois State, made some projections on what would happen when a vaccine arrived. 

Dr. Justin Vickers at work in the Rosamund Strode Reading Room of the Britten Pears Arts Archive.

Reflections in an archive: The (im)possibilities of it all

Dr. Justin Vickers, professor and artist teacher in the School of Music, offers guidance on how to conduct archival research based on his experience as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Britten Pears Arts Archive.

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Intelligent solutions: ISU research team is using machine learning to help OSF HealthCare raise child vaccination rates

Redbird scholars Dr. Shaoen Wu and Evan Hazzard are creating machine learning tools that OSF HealthCare can use in its effort to raise child vaccination rates across Illinois.

Dr. David Malone

Where the dinosaurs roamed: Dr. David Malone, son develop intriguing theory for how prehistoric rocks ended up in Wyoming

Dr. David Malone ’88 is an expert on many topics, but dinosaurs are not among them. The Distinguished Professor of Geology’s academic biography points to his expertise in structural, sedimentary, and field geology. In other words, he knows an awful lot about rocks, sand, and the age and provenance of such things that date back millions upon millions of years.

Rochele Gloor in art gallery

International graduate student perseveres, explores future of art

It was March 2021, and most businesses were closed amid another surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and deaths across Brazil. Gloor, however, was continuing her work as art director and costume designer for a five-part television documentary titled Tramas da Moda (FashionNet), about the storied history of fashion in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Shariq Zaman in the laboratory where he spent the summer on a research project examining the parastic disease Leishmania.

Grant helps Redbird scholar students devote summer to research

Meet some of the Illinois State University undergraduate students who conducted research this summer through the Undergraduate Research Support Grant (URSG) program from the Office of Student Research.

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New book by Dr. Charles Bell explores cycle of fighting, punishment in public schools

Suspended: Punishment, Violence, and the Failure of School Safety looks to the culture of punishment and victimization created through decades of disciplinary policies in K-12 schools.

Dr. Gina Hunter

Edible Insects: New book looks to history, potential of insects as food

Dr. Gina Hunter’s new book, Edible Insects, delves into the historical role of insects as human food.

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Redbird media (spring 2022): Latest books from Redbird Scholars

Some of the latest publications from Illinois State faculty members.

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Dr. Aslihan Spaulding part of national team awarded $10 million USDA grant

Dr. Aslihan D. Spaulding is part of a national team awarded a $10 million USDA grant to promote alternative systems for agriculture.

Research being done with a microscope

Prasun, Sedbrook named 2021 Researchers to Know

Dr. Marilyn Prasun and Dr. John Sedbrook have been named 2021 Researchers to Know by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.

Research being done with a microscope

Dr. Jan-Ulrik Dahl awarded NIH grant to study resistant bacteria

Dr. Jan-Ulrik Dahl was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to uncover the secrets of an insidious bacteria.

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Illinois State joins national research opportunities database with SOC

The University joined the nation’s largest online database of research opportunities, internships, and scholarships.

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Two Redbird scholars receive NEH grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded grants to Department History Professor Dr. Amy Wood and Associate Professor Dr. Kathryn Jasper.