SIU in the News - January, 2022

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Burritos, inflation and privilege: As food costs rise in Chicago, a social media uproar highlights who really bears the brunt

Kevin Sylwester, interim director of analytics, finance and economics, College of Business and Analytics, discusses global supply issues and the impact on the nation’s inflation rate.

Chicago Tribune — Jan. 25, 2022

Local musician representing region in all-state orchestra

Ed Benyas, professor of oboe and conducting, will direct the 2022 Illinois All-State Orchestra in Peoria on Saturday.

WSIL-TV Jan. 26, 2022

SIU returns to in-person learning for the spring semester

Meera Komarraju, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses the measures the university is using for students to return to the classroom safely this semester.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 25, 2022

‘Finding your authentic voice’; SIU clinical center to offer transgender voice therapy

Erin Connelly, speech services coordinator, discusses voice therapy sessions for trans and non-binary individuals offered at the clinical center.

Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 25, 2022

SIU's president talks about plans for spring 2022, along with budget talks

SIU President Dan Mahony discussions precautions regarding the start of the spring 2022 semester and hopes for higher education budgets.

WSIU InFocus — Jan. 24, 2022

SIU's in-person semester off to good start, officials say

Jeffery Burgin, Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs, and other university officials discuss the return of students to campus.

Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 21, 2022

Voting rights cloud hangs over the Capitol today

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the political impact in the voting rights legislation debate.

Crain’s Chicago Business — Jan. 19, 2022

SIUC professor on inflation and interest rates

Kevin Sylwester, professor of economics, talks about rising inflation and interest rates.

WTAX-FM — Jan. 18, 2022

SIU professor brings ecosystem expertise to national climate change report

Kofi Akamani, an associate professor in the SIU School of Agricultural Sciences, discusses his goals in providing research on ecosystem effects for the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a report organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

FarmWeek — Jan. 14, 2022

Local professor reacts to inflation at 39-year high

Kevin Sylwester, interim director of analytics, finance and economics, College of Business and Analytics, discusses the nation’s inflation rate.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 13, 2022

When calling 911 is not an option: Course teaches wilderness first aid and rescue

Brian Croft, assistant director, outdoor education recreation, discusses the wilderness first responder certification course.

Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 13, 2022

SIUC’s spring 2022 begins online; Chancellor Austin Lane says, “We're watching the numbers”

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the spring 2022 semester, planning for classes and COVID-19 testing.

WSIU InFocusNews — Jan. 11, 2022

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Steven Karau

Steven Karau, professor, School of Management and Marketing, discusses the “Great Resignation.”

NewsRadio WJPF — Jan. 12, 2022

SIU professor studying 'turnover tsunami' that’s forced employers to get creative

Steven Karau, professor, School of Management and Marketing, discusses research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on jobs.

Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 11, 2022

Opinion: This Trumpish attack on the media is ridiculous, yes, but serious nonetheless

William Freivogel, professor, School of Journalism, discusses the investigation and political issues involved after a reporter alerts state education officials to internet privacy vulnerability for more than 100,000 of Missouri’s public school teachers.

Washington Post — Jan. 9, 2022

In Focus: SIU Geology Professor Ken Anderson on how get liquid carbon waste deep underground to feed microbes

Ken Anderson, professor, School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, talks about his work de-constructing waste carbon and liquifying it in order to feed microbes deep underground and helping reduce planet-warming carbon in the Earth's atmosphere.

WSIU InFocus News — Jan. 7, 2022

Ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol riot anniversary, SIU professor weighs in on political violence in the U.S.

Christopher Mullins, criminology and criminal justice, discusses the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and elements for political violence.

WPSD-TV — Jan. 5, 2022

SIU professors react to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and Sheila Simon, School of Law, discuss the political and legal consequences of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 5, 2022

Team of SIU microbiology researchers one of 23 teams chosen worldwide to reduce global warming.

Scott Hamilton-Brehm, assistant professor, microbiology, and two graduate students discuss their research proposal aimed at removing carbon from the atmosphere to reduce global warming.

WSIU InFocus News — Jan. 5, 2022

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