SIU in the News - April, 2021

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Cities in ‘solar eclipse crossroad’ gear up for 2024 – April 8, 2021

Bob Baer, specialist, physics, discusses the solar eclipse in April 2024 and how it differs from the 2017 event.

‘Caught flat-footed’: Energy experts, lawsuits claim CPS has itself to blame for $700 million in natural gas bills

KSAT-TV – April 7, 2021

Arash Asrari, assistant professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, discusses factors involved in high natural gas prices in Texas from a winter storm in February.

Illinois sees extremely low turnout for consolidated election

WPSD-TV – April 7, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses potential factors in the low voter turnout for Illinois’ April 6 consolidated elections.

Little Grassy Literary Festival goes virtual

WSIU-FM – April 6, 2021

By going virtual this year, the Little Grassy Literary Festival, April 5-9, is allowing for more writers and events.

Film festivals adapt to pandemic with new formats that could stick around

Gateway Journalism Review – April 6, 2021

Sarah Lewison, associate professor, radio, television, and digital media, discusses the benefits of this year’s virtual Big Muddy Film Festival.

Officials explain why municipal elections are important

KFVS-TV – April 6, 2021

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses why local elections are important.

How high profile police cases affect local police and community relationships

WSIL-TV – April 2, 2021

Tammy Rinehart Kochel, professor, criminology and criminal justice, discusses how the case of a former Minneapolis police officer could improve the relationship between police and the community and the impact of smartphones on policing.

SIU fashion design program gets creative for senior project

WSIL-TV – April 1, 2021

Students in fashion design and merchandising under program director Laura Kidd discuss how the pandemic created new opportunities for their senior projects.

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