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(Top) SIU researchers Ila Mostafa, left, and Calli Willett, right, play with blocks with Moe Jahn in the Social Cognitive Lab in preparation for a research study (Photo by Russell Bailey). (Middle) Mostafa and Youjung Choi, assistant professor, attend a Cognitive Development Society conference in Pasadena, California, where Mostafa presents a poster highlighting her ongoing study “Is My Friend Lying?” (Bottom) Working in the lab during the 2023-2024 academic year are, front: Ella Chapman and Ila Mostafa; middle row: Prachi Patel, Assistant Professor Youjung Choi, Zarria Williams-Walker and Caitlyn Kleiss;. back row, left to right: students Tori McNary, Lane Frost, Alyssa Cooley, Marie-Claire Diehl and lab coordinator Calli Willett; Bottom photo: Photos by Russell Bailey and provided.

SIU lab works with ‘tiny psychologists’ to learn how babies and children get social skills

How do newborns evaluate, develop and reason as they grow, and how do they become children with the skills to navigate the social world? By working with countless “tiny psychologists,” as they call their infant and children volunteers, the student and faculty researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Social Cognitive Development Lab (SCD) are exploring these questions and more.

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SIFest’s 20th season features D-Day concert, opera, ballet and more

The nationally recognized Southern Illinois Music Festival (SIFest) will start its 20th season this week by providing the region an opportunity to enjoy the finest professional singers and instrumentalists from the United States and Europe, along with a mix of select Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty and students.

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SIU researchers mitigate two problems by transforming waste plastic into food

In the 1970s, it was Tang, the orange-like drink of astronauts, that found its way into the Earth-bound consumer market. Sometime during the next few years, it could be µBites – created by a team of researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale – that splashes down on dinner tables and helps solve an ecological problem.

Saluki Pride: Camille M. Davidson earns Women of Distinction Award

In her four years on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus, Simmons Law School Dean Camille M. Davidson has led efforts that have resulted in a historic $10 million gift to the law school, a six-figure gift to rename the courtroom, increased applications while maintaining high standards, and improvements in the ultimate bar passage rate and career placement.

Submit proposals now for new Saluki Success Scramble

A new event is coming to Saluki Startup 2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Student Center, courtesy of Student Affairs, and organizers are asking faculty, staff, graduate students and returning undergraduates to submit proposals for the Saluki Success Scramble sessions by May 31.

SIU’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders changes lives and communities

Colleen, a Southern Illinois mother, knew something about her adorable son George was a little different by the time he was about 9 months old. Around his 1st birthday, George’s early interventionist suggested the boy might have autism. The possibility brought many fears and questions. George’s nurse practitioner suggested they check out Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Colleen said it has been a life-changing decision for the family.

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