Visionary estate gift will provide emergency funds for Redbirds in need

David DeMarini ’72, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’80, enjoyed a 36-year career as a genetic toxicologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Decades earlier, he was a high school student competing in an annual State of Illinois forensics competition. His win in comedy reading while on Illinois State’s campus inspired his Redbird journey.

Undergraduate student furthers pennycress research during summer internship experience

Portrait of Alex Hafner next to his research in a lab.

Alex Hafner, a senior from Mahomet, decided to pursue a major in molecular and cellular biology due to his interest in research. This same passion drew him to Western Illinois University’s undergraduate research experience this summer where he continued his participation in the Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm & Energy Resilience (IPREFER) Project.

Love for nature, research leads to apprenticeship at Yew Dell Botanical Garden

Allison Morgan, left, leads guided tours through the gardens' pollinator meadow at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

Illinois State alum Allison Morgan ’21 has always loved science. Morgan has been apprenticing at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens near Louisville, Kentucky, since graduating in May with a degree in biology with a conservation biology sequence from Illinois State’s School of Biological Sciences. She had transferred to the University as a junior.