SIU in the News - June, 2021

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Q&A: SIU Chancellor Austin Lane reflects on his first year, future goals

Southern Illinoisan – June 30, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane looks back on his first year at SIU and discusses future goals.

Local legal expert, activist weigh in on overturned Bill Cosby conviction

WSIL-TV – June 30, 2021

Jennifer Brobst, School of Law, discusses the June 30 decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn actor Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction.

SIU professor spearheads new exhibit in NYC

Daniel Hummer, geology, discusses an exhibit he helped develop at the Museum of Natural History in NewYork City.

WSIL-TV – June 30, 2021

SIU’s reaction to new Illinois law that allows student-athletes to sign endorsement deals

WSIL-TV – June 29, 2021

SIU Athletic Director Liz Jarnigan discusses the new state law that allows student-athletes the opportunity to sign endorsement deals.

With virus on wane, archaeology students return to the dig at fort visited by Lewis and Clark

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – June 29, 2021

SIU’s Center for Archaeological Investigations summer field school is again excavating at the Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in Randolph County to learn more about the forts and find any artifacts that might remain.

Touch of Nature provides scholarships for summer camp to help kids get outdoors

WSIU Radio – June 28, 2021

Brian Croft, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discusses scholarships available to help kids enjoy summer camp.

Jarnigan provides insight on NIL proposal by NCAA

WSIL-TV – June 28, 2021

SIU Athletic Director Liz Jarnigan provides insight into the impact of name, image and likeness legislation.

SIU geologist shows history of minerals at New York museum

Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report – June 27, 2021

An exhibit by Daniel Hummer, geology, is on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Chauvin trial: what this means for future police brutality cases

Jennifer Brobst, School of Law, discusses the impact of the sentence a former Minneapolis police officer received for the death of George Floyd and the impact on civil rights.

WSIL-TV – June 25, 2021

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Mark Motsinger and Harvey Henson

Harvey Henson, geology and curriculum and instruction, discusses various geological formations and features found in the region.

WJPF Morning Newswatch – June 25, 2021

Watch now: Archaeological students discover new clues at buried American fort

Decatur Herald and Review – June 23, 2021

Archaeology and anthropology students have been working at a six-week field school at Fort Kaskaskia State Park by SIU Carbondale’s Center for Archaeological Investigations.

‘The Simon Review’ shows southern Illinois heavily benefits from state help

WSIL-TV – June 23, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses a report on “The Politics of Public Budgeting in Illinois,” which aims to dispel a belief that the region receives little help from the state.

County clerk concerned about higher election costs under Voter Access Plan

WSIL-TV – June 23, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses Illinois’ impact on voting rights.

SIU Fermentation Science Institute receives $1.1M grant

KFVS-TV – June 22, 2021

Matt McCarroll, Fermentation Science Institute, discusses a collaboration with Ravinia Brewing Company.

Southern Illinois Music Festival returns in July

KFVS-TV – June 22, 2021

Edward Benyas, School of Music, discusses the upcoming Southern Illinois Music Festival.

SIU professor remembers fallen smokejumper as ‘a leader’

Southern Illinoisan – June 22, 2021

John Groninger, School of Agricultural Sciences, remembers forestry graduate Tim Hart, who died in May while parachuting to fight a wildfire in southwestern New Mexico.

Watch now: SIU sends 3 teams to Air Race Classic

Southern Illinoisan – June 22, 2021

Three teams from SIU Carbondale competed this week in the Air Race Classic. Final results will be announced Sunday, June 27.

Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits – June 20, 2021

Raymund Narag, criminology and criminal justice, discusses the ban on in-person visits to Philippine jail inmates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priest-poet cites hospitality as key to address social tension

Catholic Sentinel – June 19, 2021

Father Joseph Brown, Africana Studies, uses poetry to articulate his perspective of faith.

SIU football cleans up communities and hosts free youth clinics

WSIL-TV – June 19, 2021

Saluki football coach Nick Hill and several members of the SIU football team have been holding free youth clinics and spending time cleaning up communities. 

Newsradio WJPF interview with John Jackson

Newsradio WJPF – June 18, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses “The Politics of Public Budgeting in Illinois,” a new paper that he and SIU emeritus professor John Foster recently co-authored.

SIU-C sends three teams to the Air Race Classic

WSIU Radio – June 18, 2021

Abby Lee, flight instructor, discusses the Air Race Classic that will feature three teams from SIU Carbondale.

SIU Carbondale female aviators compete in Air Race Classic

KFVS-TV – June 17, 2021

Three teams from SIU’s aviation program are preparing to compete in the Air Race Classic.

SIU flight instructors and students set to compete in 2021 Air Race Classic, the nation’s only all-female air race

WSIL-TV – June 17, 2021

Gabrielle Escudero, flight instructor, and Sophie Ottoson, a senior in aviation management and flight, discuss preparing for the 2021 Air Race Classic.

Chemical fire could release dangerous toxins into environment

WSIL-TV – June 15, 2021

Jia Liu, assistant professor, environmental engineering, discusses the potential environmental impact of a chemical fire in Rockton, Illinois.

Cyber attacks on the increase in Illinois

The Center Square – June 15, 2021

In an online discussion hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth discussed the nation's vulnerability in cybersecurity.

Free dental services available for area children

WSIL-TV -- June 14, 2021

The summer schedule for the Dental Sealant Grant Program’s free dental clinics for children was expanded in Perry County.

‘Bike Like an Egyptian’ program surprises 3rd and 4th grade students

WSIL-TV – June 14, 2021

Dave Ardrey, curriculum and instruction and director of school partnerships and outreach, discusses a summer enrichment program underway at Egyptian Grade School.

From art to aviation, SIU summer camps engage students

Southern Illinoisan -- June 10, 2021

Sarah Vanvooren, conference and scheduling services, discusses the variety of summer camps available on campus.

For SIUC’s chancellor, summer is all about planning

WSIU InFocus – June 9, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses planning for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 semesters, university searches and partnerships with community colleges.

Ring of fire solar eclipse visible in northern part of U.S.

KFVS-TV - June 9, 2021

Bob Baer, specialist, physics, discusses the June 10 partial solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse that will provide the region one of the best views in the nation.

Southern Illinois native, No. 2 at Health and Human Services, reflects on COVID-19 response

Northwest Indiana Times – June 8, 2021

The SIU School of Law and SIU School of Medicine hosted a virtual conference on COVID-19’s impact on health policy, including a review of Illinois and federal health policies. 

Kids ‘Saddle Up’ during SIU summer camp

WSIL-TV – June 8, 2021

The university’s “Saddle Up” camp is just one of a variety of camps for children and youth of all ages this summer.

SIU Alumni Association makes plans for reconnecting in person

WSIU-InFocus – June 8, 2021

Jeff Gleim, SIU Alumni Association executive director, discusses upcoming plans for the organization.

How to protect your computer from a cybersecurity attack

KFVS-TV – June 7, 2021

Tom Imboden, information technology, discusses ways individuals and businesses can ward off cyberattacks.

'Celebrating our members' — Agriculture students gather for FFA convention at SIU

Southern Illinoisan – June 7, 2021

Susan Graham, College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences, discusses the regional state FFA Convention hosted by SIU on June 4.

Illinois FFA Convention comes to SIU Carbondale

WSIL-TV – June 4, 2021

SIU hosted approximately 1,000 visitors, including members of Southern Illinois FFA chapters, their parents, FFA advisers and guests at the regional Illinois State FFA Convention on June 4.

Illinois comptroller says state’s finances are heading in the right direction

The Center Square – June 4, 2021

SIU Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza during a virtual conversation on June 4.

Newsradio WJPF interview with John Jackson

WJPF Morning Newswatch – June 1, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the census and subsequent redistricting efforts in Illinois.

Pandemic may change how businesses hire future employees

WSIL-TV – June 1, 2021

Kevin Sylwester, economics, discusses the pandemic’s impact on employee hiring and business operations.

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