SIU in the News - March, 2021

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SIU Law's 2021 Beatty Lecture focuses on cybersecurity

WSIU InFocus – March 31, 2021

Sensei Enterprises President Sharon Nelson and vice president John Simek discuss cybersecurity for law firms ahead of today’s SIU School of Law Beatty Law and Technology Lecture.

SIU Medicine program reflects on adapting through the pandemic

WSIL-TV – March 30, 2021

Dr. Kyaw Naing discusses how medicine has adapted through the pandemic.

Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement is built on decades of struggle

East Asia Forum – March 29, 2021

Lisa Brooten, radio, television, and digital media, provides insight into the coup in Myanmar.

Hundreds of students take part in Saluki Day of Service

WSIL-TV – March 27, 2021

More than 300 SIU students participated in the fourth Saluki Day of Service.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Harvey Henson

WJPF Morning Newswatch – March 26, 2021

Harvey Henson, assistant professor, geology, and STEM Education Research Center, discusses the region’s geologic history.

SIU's Touch of Nature is betting on mountain bike trails becoming destination

Southern Illinoisan – March 26, 2021

J.D. Tanner, director, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discusses the facility’s bike trails.

New COVID-19 surge can be avoided through masking, social distancing, Southern Illinois University doctor says

Southern Illinoisan – March 26, 2021

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, SIU School of Medicine, discusses the importance of continuing to wear face masks and maintain social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

International students promote understanding at SIU

WSIU Radio – March 26, 2021

The university’s International Week celebration starts Monday, April 5.

Morris Library receives boost from Glenn and Jo Poshard

WSIU Radio – March 26, 2021

Morris Library receives a financial gift from retired SIU President Glenn Poshard and his wife, Jo, to name four rooms in the Special Collections Research Center to honor four former colleagues.

More than 200 volunteers signed up for the Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service

WSIU – March 26, 2021

Kathy Smith-Shaffer, assistant dean of students, discusses the volunteer effort for the 2021 Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service.

Yale professor addresses inequality, Cairo's 'American horror story' of oppression in Simon Institute talk

Southern Illinoisan – March 25, 2021

Elizabeth Hinton, associate professor in Yale University’s history department, discussed racial inequality and urban unrest during a discussion hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Carbondale Main Street receives national grant to help spice up downtown

KFVS-TV – March 25, 2021

Craig Anz, School of Architecture, discusses a creative project for outdoor seating in Carbondale that involves students in the program.

Yale professor uses southern Illinois town as research for her new book

WSIL-TV – March 25, 2021

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted Elizabeth Hinton, associate professor of history at Yale University, who discussed her new book and racial inequality.

Touch of Nature camps are returning this summer

KFVS-TV – March 24, 2021

Brian Croft and Jasmine Cave, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discuss the return of camps to the center this summer.

SIU's president discusses college costs

WSIU InFocus – March 22, 2021

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses the challenges of providing high-quality higher education at an affordable price.

A year after his coronavirus shutdown, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker still facing questions over the ‘signature issue’ of his first term

Chicago Tribune – March 22, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses one of the primary issues Gov. J.B. Pritzker will face in running for re-election next year.

SIU law’s Ryan Bioethicist considers challenges of AI in medicine

WSIU InFocus – March 19, 2021

Harvard Law Professor Glenn Cohen discusses the challenges of artificial intelligence in health care ahead of the 2021 John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist Lecture hosted by the SIU School of Law.

Immigration reform remains top priority, but what does that mean?

WSIU InFocus – March 18, 2021

Cindy Buys, SIU School of Law, discusses the challenges in the immigration system.

Modified Polar Plunges help raise money for Special Olympics

WSIL-TV – March 18, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane and automotive technology students participated in a modified Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics at the Transportation Education Center on March 17.

$1M ISBE grant to teacher coalition aims to create pipeline for homegrown educators

Southern Illinoisan – March 18, 2021

Nancy Mundschenk, director of SIU’s teacher education program, discusses an initiative to help address teacher shortages in the region.

Witness in Mayfield fatal plane crash describes ‘back flip’ in final moments

WSIL-TV – March 16, 2021

Mike Robertson, aviation, discusses touch-and-go landings in connection with a fatal private plane crash in February near Mayfield, Kentucky.

‘Not going to be a silver bullet’: SIU professor, student speak on student loan cancelation

WSIL-TV – March 16, 2021

Kevin Sylwester, analytics, finance and economics, discusses student loan debt cancelation proposals.

Former Saluki DeAnna Price training to make history at Summer Olympics

WSIU InFocus – March 15, 2021

2016 Olympian DeAnna Price, who made history as the first American to ever medal in the women’s hammer throw in winning the gold medal in the 2019 World Track and Field championships, discusses preparing for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Local professor writes guide book for Snake Road

WSIL-TV – March 15, 2021

Joshua Vossler, associate professor, library affairs, discusses his book, “Snake Road: A Field Guide to the Snakes of the LaRue-Pine Hills.”

Webster’s Charles Fanning dispels familiar myths about the Irish

Webster-Kirkwood Times – March 15, 2021

Charles Fanning, emeritus professor, history, discusses Irish history.

COVID-19 relief bill makes Affordable Care Act more affordable

WSIL-TV – March 11, 2021

Jessica Cataldo, School of Health Sciences, discusses the impact of the stimulus package to the Affordable Care Act.

SIUC chancellor: Graduation returns for 2021, in-person classes to follow

WSIU InFocus – March 9, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the university’s plans for in-person learning in fall 2021 and hosting in-person graduation ceremonies in May.

Heartland universities cancel spring break this year

KFVS-TV – March 9, 2021

Ben Newman, director, Department of Public Safety, discusses the university’s decision to eliminate spring break.

Harmon: We’re going to have to look at deep cuts

WJBC-AM – March 9, 2021

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted Illinois State Sen. President Don Harmon in a virtual conversation on March 8.

Students and faculty react to SIU plans for the fall semester

KFVS-TV – March 5, 2021

Marcus Odom, accountancy and SIU Faculty Senate president, and students discuss the university’s efforts for more in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester in August.

SIU Carbondale chancellor says university could return to in-person learning this fall

Southern Illinoisan – March 5, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane said he hopes SIU can return to offering the majority of its classes on campus in the fall.

SIU Chancellor “hopeful” for larger in-person learning capacity for upcoming school year

WSIL-TV – March 4, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the potential for more in-person classes for fall 2021.

SIU Day of Giving goes online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions

Southern Illinoisan – March 3, 2021

SIU Foundation CEO Matt Kupec discusses the fifth annual SIU Day of Giving

HAI Member Spotlight: Southern Illinois University Aviation Technologies, Illinois, USA

Rotor Magazine – March 2, 2021

Helicopter Association International profiles the university’s aviation technologies program.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Liliana Lefticariu

WJPF Morning Newswatch -- March 1, 2021

Liliana Lefticariu, geology, discusses the importance of the Mars Perseverance Rover landing.

After COVID cancelled much of 2020's plans, camp leaders gear up for 2021

WSIU InFocus – March 1, 2021

Brian Croft, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discusses planning for camps and outdoor activities for this year.

Women's History Month: celebrating achievements and accomplishments

WPSD-TV – March 1, 2021 

Shelby Swafford, a graduate student in communication studies, discusses the importance of learning more about women’s history. 

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