Accomplishments - April, 2021

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Mark Stoffel, digital media specialist, and H.D. Motyl, interim dean, Mass Communication and Media Arts, presented “In the Shadow,” at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa on April 20. The one-hour documentary looked at the run-up to the Great American Eclipse in Southern Illinois on Aug. 21, 2017.

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, will present a webinar “The First 100 Days of the Joe Biden Administration: The Future of the Republic and of the Democratic and Republican Parties” at noon Thursday, April 29.

Jyotsna Kapur, professor, cinema studies and director of the University Honors Program, will join a virtual panel discussion at 11 a.m. April 29 on award-winning filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s work. The discussion will center on Patwardhan’s work as it relates to recent events in India and the social, economic, environmental and political unrest in the face of rising authoritarianism, nationalism and religious fundamentalism around the world. Hosted by Docuseek, the webinar registration is free.

Gary Kelly, clinical assistant professor, educational administration and higher education, recently received a Distinguished Service Award from AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The national award recognizes Kelly’s lifetime of contributions to the field of education.

Jennifer Brobst, associate professor, SIU School of Law, recently provided advice on “How to Access and Afford Mental Health Treatment During the Coronavirus” for

Cindy Buys, professor, School of Law, was recently appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to a two-year term on the state’s 21-member Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. The commission’s mandate includes working with community partners to identify and uproot sources of discrimination and bias; assisting in the development of educational and training materials on issues concerning discrimination and hate-related violenceand making recommendations to the governor and the Illinois General Assembly to adopt legislative and programmatic changes to eliminate discrimination and hate-related violence.

“Evaluation of US and Taiwan Health System Performance,”co-authored research by School of Health faculty Serdar Aydin and Sandy Collins and Master of Health Administration students Puja Jha and Jacqueline Nash,was published recently in the International Journal of Health Management and Tourism.

“Sustainable Community Transportation,” a paper written by Shannon Sanders McDonald, associate professor, School of Architecture, will be included in the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Transportation and Development, June 8-10.

Seung-Hee Lee, professor, fashion design and merchandising, will receive the 2021 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Service Excellence Award during a virtual conference in November. The ITAA is considered one of the most prestigious, significant and influential worldwide associations in fashion and textiles since 1944.

Susan Patrick Benson, associate professor, theater, recently played the role of Harriet in “Her Tennessee Waltz” in a radio show for an off-Broadway production. Theater for the New City hopes to produce the show in November. The performance was live March 28 and a recorded version is available on demand through April 11.

Lisabeth DiLalla, professor, psychology and SIU School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, recently provided “Insight From Experts on Teaching Your Children About Money” for

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