SIU in the News - October, 2021

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1,000-year-old gold mask found in tomb was painted with human blood

In the early 1990s, a team of archaeologists and conservators including Izumi Shimada, distinguished professor emeritus, anthropology, excavated the tomb of an elite 40- to 50-year-old man from the Sicán culture of Peru, a society predating the Incas. Researchers analyzing paint found on the skeleton consists of a red pigment, human blood and bird egg proteins. Australia — Oct. 30, 2021

Watch now: Downstate carved up in gerrymandered congressional map

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the state’s redrawn congressional map.

Quad City Times — Oct. 30, 2021

SIU took in $44.7 million in research funding in 2020-2021

Gary Kinsel, vice chancellor for research, discusses the advantages SIU Carbondale students receive in research experience.

WSIU Public Radio — Oct. 29, 2021

LLCC signs on to Saluki Step Ahead Program with SIU

Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale signed an agreement allowing LLCC graduates to complete bachelor degrees remotely and affordably.

WLDS-AM, Jacksonville — Oct. 29, 2021 

LLCC and SIU Carbondale announce transfer agreement

Watch coverage of the Oct. 28 announcement of a Saluki Step Ahead agreement with Lincoln Land Community College.

WAND News, Decatur — Oct. 28, 2021

Watch Now: ‘Storm Lake’ film screening discussion at SIU explores local journalism

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU Radio, participated in a panel discussion on the challenges and struggles of local journalism after an Oct. 26 screening of the documentary “Storm Lake.”

Southern Illinoisan — Oct. 27, 2021

Les Winkeler: ‘Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing’ is time well spent

Outdoor writer Les Winkler looks at the Oct. 13 screening of “Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing,” a one-hour documentary by Cade Bursell, a professor in the School of Media Arts.

Southern Illinoisan — Oct. 22, 2021

At SIU, we’re giving Chicagoland students easier ways to get a college degree

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the Saluki Step Ahead program.

Chicago Sun-Times — Oct. 27, 2021

Arnette’s Barbershop’s 76-year history is honored in art

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, professor, School of Art and Design, discusses his mural, “Safe Place,” located at Arnette’s Barbershop, 108 E. Oak St. in Carbondale.

WSIU Public Radio — Oct. 26, 2021

Students come together to clean up cemetery

SIU Carbondale’s Air Force and Army ROTC cadets were among the volunteers cleaning up veterans’ gravestones at Woodlawn Cemetery in Carbondale on Oct. 23.

WSIL-TV — Oct. 23, 2021

Black female pilot an aviation trailblazer at Southern Illinois

The SIU aviation program and recent graduate Vernecelyn Allen are featured in this article.

Chicago Sun-Times/Associated Press — Oct. 23, 2021

SIU professor develops heat-tolerant pumpkins

Alan Walters, School of Agricultural Sciences, discusses developing pumpkins that are large and heat tolerant.

KFVS-TV — Oct. 21, 2021

Southern Illinois University System striving to become ‘an anti-racist organization’

SIU President Dan Mahony shared his objectives for the university system becoming to become an anti-racist organization during a virtual conversation on Oct. 20.

WPSD-TV – Oct. 21, 2021

Could climate change affect Illinois’ pumpkin crops? One researcher is developing a heat-resistant variety

Alan Walters, professor, School of Agricultural Sciences, discusses his research to create pumpkins that have good heat tolerance and maintain large growth.

Chicago Tribune — Oct. 20, 2021

Newsradio WJPF interview with Harvey Henson

Harvey Henson, School of Education, discusses seismic zones in the region, preparedness and the “Great American Shakeout” earthquake drill at 10:21 a.m. today, Oct. 21.

Newsradio WJPF — Oct. 20, 2021

Paul Simon Institute director looks back at ‘iconic’ life of the late Colin Powell

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute director John Shaw discusses the late Colin Powell’s complex legacy.

WSIL-TV — Oct. 18, 2021

SIU Flying Salukis win 10th-straight regional competition

Coach Nathan Lincoln, a senior lecturer in aviation management and flight, and co-captains Angelina Kapp and Benjamin Morris discuss the squad’s 10th straight National Intercollegiate Flying Association regional title.

KFVS-TV – Oct. 18, 2021

SIU forestry professor is contributing to the Fifth National Climate Assessment

Kofi Akamani, associate professor, forestry, discusses his selection to write a chapter on ecosystem effects for the upcoming Fifth National Climate Assessment, which is a report organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

WSIU InFocus – Oct. 18, 2021

Political scientist says congressional maps shift for Bloomington-Normal may help Democrats keep a vulnerable seat

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the impact of the proposed congressional remap for Bloomington-Normal area residents.

WGLT Public Radio – Oct. 18, 2021

Newsradio WJPF interview with Nick Hill

SIU football coach Nick Hill discusses the fourth-ranked Salukis’ season and the home field environment ahead of Saturday’s homecoming game against North Dakota.

Newsradio WJPF — Oct. 15, 2021

Rural Illinois doesn’t have enough health workers, and the pandemic made it worse

An Oct. 14 webinar hosted by SIU School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy, SIU Carbondale Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, The University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health and the SIU Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, looked at COVID-19’s impact on the rural health workforce.

St. Louis Public Radio — Oct. 14, 2021

SIU Carbondale filmmaker Cade Bursell on her new film about the Shawnee Timber Harvest protests of the early 1990s

Filmmaker Cade Bursell, professor, School of Media Arts, discusses her documentary, “Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing.”

WSIU Public Radio – Oct. 13, 2021

Watch now: 'Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing' documentary premieres Wednesday

Cade Bursell, professor, College of Arts and Media, discusses her documentary detailing the battle over clearcutting and logging in the Shawnee National Forest during the 1980s and 1990s that premiered Oct. 13 on campus.

Southern Illinoisan – Oct. 12, 2021

SIU prepares for homecoming 2021

Carly Holtkamp, Student Center Programs assistant director, discusses the Oct. 11 SIU Open House and homecoming activities for alumni and students.

WSIU Public Radio – Oct. 12, 2021

City colleges announces SIU partnership for accounting

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has entered an agreement with City Colleges of Chicago that will allow students in Chicago to pursue a bachelor’s degree from SIU while staying in Chicago.

U.S. News and World Report – Oct. 10, 2021

Duckworth: There’s work to be done

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute hosted U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, in a virtual discussion on Oct. 4.

WJBC – Oct. 8, 2021

SIUC, Chicago college sign agreement to improve access for students in accounting

Southern Illinois University Carbondale entered an agreement with City Colleges of Chicago to improve access for students in accounting.

KFVS-TV – Oct. 5, 2021

Debt ceiling deal will come at the last minute, says SIU econ professor

Kevin Sylwester, interim director of analytics, finance and economics, College of Business & Analytics, discusses the potential of a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

WSIL-TV — Oct. 6, 2021

Harper, Oakton to ink deal with SIU for online degree pathways

Harper College in Palatine and Oakton Community College in Des Plaines are among the first community colleges to ink a deal with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale allowing their students to earn four-year degrees remotely and at a lower cost. They will sign agreements this week to join SIU's Saluki Step Ahead program.

Chicago Daily Herald – Oct. 1, 2021

Penn State Law 'A Briefing With Black Leaders' event panelists share advice for navigating legal profession

Camille Davidson, dean, SIU School of Law, participated in a virtual forum Sept. 30 on navigating a legal profession that has so few Black women.

Daily Collegian – Oct. 1, 2021

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