SIU in the News - May, 2023

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SIU’s president weighs in on higher ed pressures in Florida, other states

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses higher education initiatives in Florida and other states and his priorities for antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion and more.

WSIU InFocus – May 22, 2023

SIU softball returns home following amazing experience in Utah at NCAA regionals

Saluki softball Coach Jen Sewell discusses SIU’s season, which included its first NCAA appearance since 2021 and a look toward next year.

WSIL-TV – May 21, 2023

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Harvey Henson

Harvey Henson, director, STEM Education Research Center, discusses the Hicks Dome geological feature in Hardin County, three seismic fault zones in the region and the research center.

NewsRadio WJPF — May 19, 2023

Possibility of US debt default and potential Social Security impact concerns

Kevin Sylwester, professor and interim director, School of Analytics, Finance, and Economics, discusses the possibility of the nation defaulting on its debt.

WPSD-TV – May 19, 2023

Researchers investigate dormant volcano in Southern Illinois

Daniel Hummer, assistant professor, geology, discusses a dormant volcano in Hardin County.

WSIL-TV – May 15, 2023

SIU working to solve the need for more early childhood education teachers

A grant-funded project that aims to enrich early childhood education and address the state's teacher shortage is highlighted.

WSIL-TV – May 15, 2023

IDPH Director Sameer Vohra returns to SIU to give the keynote address at the law school graduation

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Sameer Vohra, an SIU School of Law and School of Medicine alumnus, discusses his return to SIU to provide the keynote address.

WSIU News – May 12, 2023

IDPH director visits SIU ahead of commencement ceremony

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Sameer Vohra discusses how his agency and public health departments will address COVID-19 now that the public health emergency has ended.

KFVS-TV – May 12, 2023

More than 1,800 SIU Carbondale students celebrate graduation Saturday

Commencement ceremonies for more than 1,800 SIU Carbondale students on May 13 is highlighted.

WPSD-TV – May 13, 2023

SIU Leaders discuss ADEI accomplishments, priorities

SIU President Dan Mahony, SIU Board of Trustees Chair J. Phil Gilbert and SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane discuss their work on antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

WSIU InFocus – May 9, 2023

Fears over scores of zoo animals caught in Sudan crossfire

Kamal M. Ibrahim, associate professor, zoology, College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences, discusses the fate of zoo animals resulting from fighting between rival forces in Sudan. The article appeared in numerous outlets throughout the country, including ABC News, NPR and News Break.

Associated Press May 10, 2023

Southern Illinois University grows fleet

The addition of seven new Cessna 172 flight training aircraft to SIU’s aviation program is highlighted.

Plane and Pilot Magazine May 9, 2023

Southern Illinois University team ‘glued’ to studying beaver movements in state

Research on beavers by the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory is highlighted.

Outdoor News (by subscription) – May 6, 2023

SIU Aviation lands seven new planes

The arrival of seven new flight training aircraft to the university’s aviation program is highlighted. – May 6, 2023

SIU dental hygiene students receive special laser training

Dental hygiene students participating in optional laser training to earn a special certification is highlighted.

WAND-TV – May 5, 2023

Southern Illinois University grows aviation program fleet

The addition of seven new flight training aircraft to the nationally recognized aviation program is highlighted.

Flying Magazine – May 1, 2023

SIU’s Paul Simon Institute awards three Simon Democracy prizes

The inaugural Paul Simon Democracy Prize announcement from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is highlighted.

Illinois Business Journal – May 2, 2023

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