SIU in the News - August, 2019

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SIUC Psychology Welcomes International LGBTQ Expert

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 28, 2019

SIUC Assistant Psychology Professor Douglas Knutson discusses the upcoming symposium on Monday, Sept. 2 featuring Dr. Mechthild Kiegelmann.

Amazon fire has global impact

WPSD Local 6 – Aug. 26, 2019

The Amazon Rain Forest is on fire and an anthropology expert from Southern Illinois University said this a bad deal for all of us. "This is a global and environmental crisis," said Jonathan Hill. 

The Crucial Partnership Between Farm and Laboratory

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 26, 2019

… was a joint partnership between SIU's College of Agricultural Sciences, the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.

More jail congestion feared with review of ‘good conduct’ law

ABS-CBN News – Aug. 26, 2019

Holding off implementation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law will “prolong the agony” of eligible inmates and likely worsen jail congestion, said Raymund Narag, who teaches at the Southern Illinois University.

A cut above: Traditional barbershops are back

Toronto Globe and Mail – Aug. 22, 2019

...  reprieves for men who might feel intimidated by shifting gender relations outside of the barbershop,” says Kristen Barber, a sociologist at Southern Illinois University and author of Styling Masculinity: Gender, Class and Inequality in the Men’s Grooming Industry.

SIU Journalism Professor Sees Parallels in Tienanmen and Hong Kong Conflicts

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 21, 2019

SIU Journalism Ethics Professor Bill Babcock, the International Editor and Asia Editor for the Christian Science Monitor during the Tienanmen Square Massacre in 1989, discusses similarities between that incident, and the tensions building in Hong Kong today.

What can be done to help autism services in Illinois?

WSIL-TV – Aug. 21, 2019

For more than a decade, the SIU Center For Autism Spectrum Disorders has been helping kids with autism get the therapy they need at no cost.  

Masculinity and Violence in American Society

WORT Radio 89.9-FM – Aug. 20, 2019

Kristen Barber, SIU Carbondale Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program director, joins a panel discussion on masculinity, what it means in society, and how to address violence and aggression.

SIU to focus on student retention and involvement for the start of the Fall year

KFVS12-TV – Aug. 19, 2019

Monday beginning the start of the Fall semester at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for students, faculty, and staff.

SIU has big, little ways of helping first-year students succeed

Southern Illinoisan -- Aug. 19, 2019

As campus comes alive with fresh and familiar faces, work is being done to ensure that those new to campus have everything they need to succeed and weave themselves into the fabric of Southern Illinois University.

Carbondale NAACP working to make sure minority populations are counted in 2020 census

WPSDLocal 6 – Aug. 19, 2019

But the Constitution requires that it count all people, not just citizens,' said John Jackson, a political expert with the Southern Illinois University Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Move in weekend floods campus, Carbondale with fresh faces

Southern Illinoisan --- Aug. 17, 2019

Southern Illinois welcomed new students back to Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bit of local flavor.

New state climatologist’s focus: Interaction between earth, sky

News-Gazette – Aug. 17, 2019
He’s widely published and, since 2015, has been an assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental resources at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale — teaching, researching and working with students pursuing advanced degrees.

SIUC Opens New E-Sports Arena

WSIU Radio – Aug. 16, 2019

The SIU Carbondale campus now has a new arena. Walking past the north end of the SIU Student Center you’ll see something a bit different.

Students say high tuition is the main factor when considering college

WPSDLocal 6 – Aug. 16, 2019
It's that time of year again. Southern Illinois University students in Carbondale are moving their things back on campus. There are a lot of factors that go into making your college decision, and many of them involve money. 

Social Seen: Passion for Fashion Gala

Southern Illinoisan Lifestyles Magazine – Aug. 16, 2019
During the week of April 23, Southern Illinois University students in the Hospitality, Tourism and Administration program along with Fashion Design and Merchandising programs worked with the Advertising specialization of the School of Journalism to bring a fun week to the SIU campus and around downtown Carbondale.

SIU Profile | Unexpected: Pinckney Benedict doesn’t fit the traditional stereotype of creative writing professor

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 16, 2019

… started but never finished, throw away any preconceived notions you may have of Southern Illinois University creative writing professor Pinckney Benedict. The traditional stereotypes don’t …

Ribbon Cutting for SIU Family Medicine Center

WSIU Radio -- Aug. 16, 2019

is a collaboration between Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois Healthcare. It houses a medical clinic and will be home to the SIU family medicine residency program and the SIU physician assistant program.

New health clinic helps patients and teaches students

WSIL-TV – Aug. 15, 2019

A brand new facility in Carbondale will not only offer a new place for patients to find help, but somewhere for medical students to learn. The multi-million dollar facility is a collaboration between Southern Illinois Healthcare and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

SIU new student move-in day, dorm room check list

WSIL-TV – Aug. 15, 2019

It's not just back to class for grade school students, but it's almost the start of the fall semester for Southern Illinois University students. 

Cover crops, manure focus of field day

FarmWeekNow – Aug. 15, 2019

Southern Illinois University Assistant Professor Amir Sadeghpour, Ph.D., discussed his three-year phosphorus and manure application rate research project that just kicked off at the Meyer Farm. 

New Law Eliminates Hurdle in Teacher Education

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 14, 2019

Nancy Mundschenk, SIU Carbondale Teacher Preparation program director, discusses the impact of a new state law that eliminates a basic skills test for potential teachers in Illinois.

Divorcing Cook County?: Political scientist, New Illinois Chairman weigh-in on financial ramification of state uncoupling

The Navigator Journal – Aug. 14, 2019

“We certainly did not ‘cherry pick’ our data,” said John Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and co-author of the study in question. “…Our paper is based on the most comprehensive and reliable data set available.”

Big Bucks for Burnout: Can $155M Solve the Problem?

MedPage – Aug. 14, 2019

Susan Thomas Hingle, MD, past chair of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents and a leader of the ACP's Physician Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction initiative, was asked for her impressions of UCSD's project. She is the associate dean at Southern Illinois University's Center for Human Organizational Potential, and for her, physician wellness is a keystone issue.

Ahead of Fall 2019 Semester, SIU Preps for New Programs and Students

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 13, 2019

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about the upcoming 2019 Fall Semester, new Nursing Program, and more.

A mussel poop diet could fuel invasive carp’s spread across Lake Michigan

Science News – Aug. 13, 2019

It would be as if “these fish want to drive on the interstate and they’re looking for a Cracker Barrel or some other food,” says Jim Garvey, an aquatic ecologist at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale …

SIH nurses applaud creation of a four-year nursing degree program in Carbondale

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 11, 2019

When Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a proposal from SIU to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Carbondale campus, everyone was excited about the potential it brings to the region.


Franklin Banner-Tribune – Aug. 11, 2019

Nemo has been kayaking the length of the Mississippi River in order to raise awareness and enlist support to end veteran suicide. He is the Veteran Adventures Coordinator at Southern Illinois University’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

SIU announces a new nursing program that allows student to receive a B.S.N.

KFVS-TV – Aug. 9, 2019

Scott Collins, director of the School of Health Sciences, discusses creation of the four-year nursing degree.

Beware Myanmar’s New Information War

The – Aug. 8, 2019

occasions, especially outside of densely-populated urban areas,” said Lisa Brooten, an associate professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a longtime Myanmar media scholar. If it becomes a tool to control information in conflict-hit zones, “such shutdowns …

New program by SIH & SIU to tackle nursing shortage

WSIL-TV – Aug. 7, 2019

Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) are teaming up to create a nursing program after the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the plan.

Future of Sparta and Pyramid laid out in strategic plans

Randolph County Herald Tribune – Aug. 7, 2019

… led to a Memorandum of Understanding between Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Innovation and Economic Development office and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to undertake the studies. "It has been a privilege for the SIU team to facilitate both task forces," said SIU Chancellor John Dunn. "We have been so impressed …

New Nursing Program created at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

KFVS-TV – Aug. 7, 2019

The Illinois Board of Higher Education just approved the creation of a nursing program for Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

SIUC nursing program gets approval from Illinois Board of Higher Education

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 6, 2019

The Southern Illinois University community received exciting news from Illinois Board of Higher Education today in Aurora as the IBHE approved proposals for four programs at SIU.

IBHE Approves SIUC Nursing Program, Doctoral Therapy Degrees

WSIU Radio -- Aug. 6, 2019

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a new nursing program for SIU's Carbondale campus.

SIU and Partners Chart The Future Of WSRC and Pyramid Recreation Area

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 5, 2019

For over a year, southern Illinois stakeholders spearheaded by SIU Carbondale's Innovation and Economic Development and State Senator Paul Schimpf, have been gathering input and compiling a study highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Randolph County, and Perry County's Pyramid State Recreation Area.

Farm Bureau, SIU project takes new look at soil conservation structure – Aug. 4, 2019

Farmers and conservationists have used dry dams for years to stop soil erosion. Now Southern Illinois University (SIU) researchers will learn the impact dry dams, also called water and sediment control basins or WASCOBs, have on water quality and nutrient management.

Southern Illinois University set to launch new esports arena

Chicago Tribune – Aug. 2, 2019

Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus is launching a new esports arena as it embraces a new era of competition and electronic gaming.

Meet the people working to kick Chicago out of Illinois

Chicago Tribune – Aug. 1, 2019

John Jackson, a professor of political science at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale, says that anti-Chicago sentiment has always been a part of downstate thinking — and the state’s politicians have always exploited it. 

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