SIU in the News - February, 2023

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Will artificial intelligence be deciding the fate of employees’ jobs?

Jim Nelson, associate professor, analytics program coordinator and director, The Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and AI, discusses whether artificial intelligence could become a tool for hiring and layoffs.

KMOX Radio — Feb. 28, 2023

SIUC offering 10-week civil engineering course to meet high demand

Prabir Kolay, assistant professor, School of Civil Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, discusses the high demand for civil engineers and the 10-week training program for civil engineer technicians.

KMOX Radio — Feb. 27, 2023

SIU focuses on Lost Creek, East Fork Shoal Creek

Jon Schoonover, professor, School of Agricultural Sciences, discusses research into streambank erosion to learn how much phosphorus that may be adding to rivers and streams.

FarmWeekNow — Feb. 28, 2023

Companies use artificial intelligence to make business decisions, but experts say bad data equals bad decisions

Jim Nelson, director, Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytical and Artificial Intelligence, explains that artificial intelligence, or AI, is great at processing repetitive mundane tasks, analyzing data at a very high rate, but warns to be careful of using this tool in the decision-making process.

WSIU Radio — Feb. 28, 2023

From budget proposals to growing new leaders, SIU’s president has eyes on the future

SIU System President Dan Mahony discusses higher education budget proposals and funding formulas and a system leadership program for faculty and staff.

WSIU InFocus — Feb. 27, 2023

Where is Kaskaskia? SIU researchers look for the original town of Kaskaskia

Research by Mark Wagner and Ryan Campbell, Center for Archaeological Investigations, and Rebecca Ramey, a senior in anthropology, on finding the original town of Kaskaskia, is highlighted.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 24, 2023

Despite high food prices, organic foods in demand

Amanda Weidhuner, researcher, SIU STEM Education Research Center, recently spoke at the sixth annual Organic Grain Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 9.

Illinois Farmer Today/Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 24, 2023

SIU will offer a 10-week course to meet the demand for civil engineering technicians

The university's 10-week course for civil engineering technicians is highlighted. — Feb. 23, 2023 

Latest tool to track Burmese pythons in Florida: GPS-fitted opossums

Forestry graduate student Kelly Crandall discusses the accidental discovery during U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-funded research into tracking opossums and raccoons. It might lead to possible ways to control  Burmese pythons.

WOGX Fox35, Orlando, Florida — Feb. 21, 2023

Pritzker lands foil in DeSantis

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses changes in political barbs between high-profile politicians.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 23, 2023

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Tom Imboden

Tom Imboden, associate professor, Center for Information Assurance and Security Education, discusses AI, or artificial intelligence, along with the SIU Security Dawgs collegiate cyber defense team.

NewsRadio WJPF — Feb. 14, 2023

SIUC Theater & Dance bringing ‘The Mousetrap’ to McLeod Theater

Matthew Williams, assistant professor, performance and movement, discusses the upcoming production "The Mousetrap," now scheduled for March 7-9 in McLeod Theater.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 20, 2023

Hundreds of high school journalism students attend SISPA Winter Conference

Annie Hammock, Daily Egyptian managing editor, School of Journalism and Advertising, discusses the 72nd annual Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) Winter Conference that drew more than 230 students from area high schools.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 22, 2023

SIUC hosts job and internship fair

The spring job and internship fair is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 21, 2023

Simon Institute plans symposium to mark 1-year anniversary of Ukraine invasion

A symposium marking the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is highlighted.

WSIU Radio — Feb. 21, 2023

SIU to offer 10-week course for civil engineering technicians

The 10-week training course for civil engineering technicians is highlighted.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 21, 2023

Illinois higher ed leaders react to Pritzker budget proposal

SIU System President Dan Mahony is among the state's higher education leaders to discuss Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed budget.

Southern Illinoisan ­— Feb. 15, 2023

Yes, You Can Major in Beer

Matt McCarroll, professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences and director, Fermentation Science Institute, discusses the institute. — Feb. 16, 2023

SIU bone marrow donor drive aims to help Southern Illinois toddler

The bone marrow drive to assist Ari Chambers-Baltz, the son of Stephanie Chambers-Baltz, a staff counselor at the SIU Student Health Center, and Daniel Baltz, a doctoral student in sociology, is highlighted.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 15, 2023

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Harvey Henson and Jim Wilkinson

Harvey Henson, associate professor, curriculum and instruction and geology, and Jim Wilkinson, Central United States Earthquake Consortium, discuss the Feb. 6 earthquakes in Turkey and Syria and similarities to earthquake activity along the New Madrid seismic zone.

NewsRadio WJPF — Feb. 14, 2023

SIUC Chancellor hopes for laser focus on retention

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses retention initiatives on campus.

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 14, 2022

What would happen if an earthquake hit Illinois?

Jonathan Remo, associate professor, School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, discusses what would happen if an earthquake similar to the one in Turkey hit Illinois or other parts of the United States.

WGN Radio, Chicago — Feb. 13, 2023

South Florida researchers use GPS-fitted possums and raccoons to capture invasive pythons: reports

Stories on ways to better control invasive pythons resulting from an accidental discovery during U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-funded research by forestry graduate student Kelly Crandall and her adviser, Brent Pease, assistant professor, have appeared in numerous online publications including, Fox News online, in addition to the Tampa Bay Times and News — Feb. 12, 2023

NTSB issues final report on plane crash that killed former fire chief, coroner, and friend

Mike Robertson, professor, School of Aviation, provided insight on a National Transportation Safety Board report into a Jan. 28, 2020, crash in rural Sangamon County that killed three people.

State Journal-Register — Feb. 13, 2023

Southern Illinois Symphony presents Beethoven’s 9th

Edward Benyas, a professor in the SIU School of Music and director of orchestras, discusses this week's upcoming performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Shryock Auditorium.

WSIU InFocus — Feb. 15, 2023

Leaders at SIU are continuing to work to keep students as safe as possible

Ben Newman, director, Department of Public Safety, discusses preparedness and safety measures his department and university officials take on campus.

KFVS-TV, WLOX-TV — Feb. 14, 2023

SIU accounting students win national tax competition

The recent national title by students in SIU’s accounting and finance programs in the Deloitte FanTAXtic Case Competition is highlighted.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 14, 2023

John Shaw on the State of the Union Address 

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, gives his thoughts on President Biden’s State of the Union address, the Republican reaction during points of his speech and how political discourse has become more coarse.  

KMOX Radio — Feb. 8, 2023 

SIU awards millions locally in one-day scholarship blitz 

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses awarding Chancellor's Scholarships to deserving high school seniors. 

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 6, 2023 

Suspected Chinese surveillance balloon spotted over St. Louis, Sen. Schmitt calls for investigation 

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the Chinese surveillance balloon prior to it being shot down, and the impact on Chinese-U.S. relationships. 

KMOV-TV — Feb. 3, 2023 

SIU geologist talks about the earthquake in Turkey and Syria 

Harvey Henson, associate professor, curriculum and instruction and geology, discusses the earthquake in Turkey and the need for preparedness in Southern Illinois. 

KFVS-TV — Feb. 7, 2023 

Surprise: 13 students receive SIUC Chancellor's Scholarship 

Thirteen students across the region were surprised on Monday as they received a special scholarship helping them obtain their higher education a little cheaper. In fact, much cheaper. They were surprised with the SIU Carbondale Chancellor's Scholarship. 

WSIL-TV — Feb. 6, 2023 

Capitol Fax Blog: Chancellor’s Scholarships 

The widely read Capitol Fax blog included a paragraph on the visits to the Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients.  

Capitol Fax Blog — Feb. 7, 2023 

SIU kicks off International Festival with events planned throughout the week 

Peter Li, director, Center for International Education, discusses the importance of helping students and the community learn about different cultures. 

WSIU Radio — Jan. 6, 2023 

Study: Chat might help convert a peer to a pro-sustainability stance 

Kristin Hurst, assistant professor, School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, discusses research she participated in published online recently in the Journal of Environmental Psychology on the importance of sharing pro-sustainability points of view during conversations. — Feb. 7, 2023

SIU student's research may lead to better control of invasive pythons 

Story features a graduate student’s accidental discovery that may lead to better control of an invasive snake species. 

Environmental News Bits – Feb. 3, 2023 

SIU Carbondale inks agreement to improve access for Lake Land College 

The university strengthened its commitment to students in central Illinois with an agreement on Feb. 1 to provide an SIU education to qualified place-bound students who attend Lake Land College through Saluki Step Ahead. The agreement brings a total of 36 Saluki Step Ahead pacts the university has with community colleges in Illinois, Missouri and Texas. – Feb. 1, 2023

Opinion: Prize invites college students to help revive our democracy

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, pens a column about the inaugural Paul Simon Democracy Prize.

Northwest Herald – Feb. 6, 2023

IBHE awards $10.5 million in second round of GEER grants to Illinois institutions

Story about grants through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) program includes $755,603 for SIU Carbondale. – Feb. 3, 2023 

St. Louis will pay millions to protesters ‘kettled’ in 2017. Will it make a difference? 

Bill Freivogel, who is an attorney and professor, School of Journalism, participates in a legal roundtable discussing a variety of legal issues in the St. Louis area. 

KWMU-St. Louis Public Radio – Jan. 31, 2023 

Inviting students to help revive our democracy 

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the inaugural Paul Simon Democracy Prize that will be awarded to three current Illinois college or university students. 

Effingham Daily News – Jan. 27, 2023

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