Accomplishments - May, 2022

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The Gateway Journalism Review’s special police accountability issue“Legal Roadblocks to Police Accountability” with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, earned honorable mention in the magazine category for the American Bar Association’s 2022 Silver Gavel Award for Media Arts.

Father Joseph A. Brown, professor, Africana and Multicultural Studies, will be honored Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, during a Sankofa Celebration/Symposium and Mass at the SIU Edwardsville East St. Louis Center. The event will honor Brown’s impact and work. He is celebrating his 60th anniversary of entering the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood and his 25 years of service at SIU Carbondale. A dinner featuring SIU President Dan Mahony is Friday, and a symposium featuring Sheila Caldwell, SIU’s vice president for antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, is Saturday. Additional details, including reservation information for the dinner and symposium, are available here.

Professor Mark Byrd and Assistant Professor Wenchao Ge, both of the School of Physics and Applied Physics, are part of QuSTEAM, a multi-university effort aimed at developing undergraduate quantum information science and engineering curriculum throughout the United States. The QuSTEAM team consists of 18 faculty members across five universities and partners with industry and national laboratory collaborators, including Applied Materials, HRL Laboratories, IBM and Argonne National Laboratory. With a goal of creating a diverse, capable and effective quantum workforce, QuSTEAM team members are experts in subjects cutting across traditional STEAM disciplines, pedagogical practices and workforce development. The initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator.

Gretchen Dabbs, professor, anthropology, received a $13,721 grant from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for her project, “Preservation Through Education: Protecting Ancient Settlements Through Outreach at Amarna, Egypt.” The grant focuses on the same site and cemetery project as a previously funded $253,817 National Endowment for the Humanities project. The grant is also in association with Anna Stevens of Monash University in Australia and Gemma Tully of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. This project seeks to build community relations to foster a sense of ownership and engagement among the area’s residents toward the goal of overall site preservation. 

“Power grab in a Pandemic: Media, lawfare and policy in Myanmar,” by Lisa Brooten, associate professor, School of Media Arts, recently appeared in the Journal of Digital Media & Policy. Brooten also organized and moderated a virtual panel, “New Generation Media Leaders,” at the Myanmar Media Update Conference at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, March 28-29.

The Gateway Journalism Review posthumously honored Bill Recktenwald, a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism, for his more than four decade career in journalism with the organization’s Freedom Fighter Award during the First Amendment Celebration on April 27. Recktenwald, 79, taught at SIU Carbondale for 22 years before his retirement in 2021. He died in August 2021 following a short, non-COVID-19-related illness.




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