Accomplishments - May, 2023

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For her work as president of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society, Jan Thompson, director, School of Journalism and Advertising, will attend an invitation breakfast in commemoration of Memorial Day at the White House hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Monday, May 29. Thompson attended the same event in 2022 for her work with the U.S. Department of State sending former World War II POWs back to Japan for reconciliation.

Southern Illinois University Press recently earned seven awards, including the Russell P. Strange Book of the Year Award, as the Illinois State Historical Society announced the 2023 recipients of its “Best of Illinois History” awards. SIU Press earned six of the nine awards given in the “Books, Scholarly” category, including Book of the Year, and an award in the “Books, Other” category.

Karla Gage, associate professor, weed science and plant biology, will participate in a panel discussion on “University Research Roundup: The Latest in Cultivation Science” at the 2023 Cannabis Conference in August in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey T. Burgin, Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs, has been chosen as one of 27 participants in the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education for the class of 2024. Participants will begin by attending an in-person symposium in Washington, D.C. in September. The institute is designed to prepare higher education leaders for advanced leadership roles. Eighteen past participants have become presidents or chancellors of higher education institutions, with others making upward career moves.

Ahmad Fakhoury, professor, crop, soil and environmental management, School of Agricultural Sciences, will discuss his research during a May 23 meeting of the Illinois Wheat Association’s annual Wheat Plot Tour on May 23 at SIU Carbondale’s Belleville Research Center.

An article co-authored by Tamara Kang, assistant professor, School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected as the “Editor’s Choice” for the American Psychological Association’s scientific director newsletter, PsycNet. The article, “Tracking Dynamic Intervention Needs as a Vehicle for Mitigating Risk Among Juveniles with Sex Offenses” can be found in the May issue of the APA journal Psychology, Public Policy and Law. The paper highlights research by Kang and colleagues that indicates that the Youth Needs and Progress Scale (YNPS) they created is more effective and beneficial than current risk assessments for juvenile sex offenders and society.

David Sutton, professor of anthropology, in collaboration with former SIU Ph.D. student Leonidas Vournelis, published a chapter in The Handbook of Food and Material Culture, Bloomsbury Publishing earlier this year. The chapter, “When the Numbers Prosper, The People Suffer: Robust Food Cultures, Tacit Knowledge and the Abstractions of Contemporary Neoliberal Culture,” explores some of the key symbolic oppositions of Neoliberalism in Greece.

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