SIU in the News - January, 2024

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NewsRadio WJPF interview with Chancellor Austin Lane

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses partnerships with community colleges, working toward becoming an R-1 high research university, the Saluki Commitment and more.

WJPF Morning Newswatch — Jan. 31. 2024

Local political experts say the U.S. Supreme Court will decide what happens with the primary election ballots

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the Illinois State Board of Elections’ decision to allow former President Donald Trump to remain on the state's Republican primary ballot.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 30, 2024

‘Journey to the Eclipse’ talk to feature creators of SIU’s eclipse documentary

The “Journey to the Eclipse” talk on Friday, Feb. 2, is highlighted.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 25, 2024

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Ken Mulligan

Kenneth Mulligan, associate professor, political science, discusses presidential primaries, a possible running mate for former President Donald Trump, who is the presumptive Republican Party nominee, and voter turnout in local primary races.

WJPF Morning Newswatch — Jan. 25, 2024

SIU researchers work to place Southern Illinois Black heritage sites on National Register

Work led by Mark Wagner, a professor in the Center for Archaeological Investigations and anthropology department, to recognize significant Black heritage properties in the region, with help from a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is highlighted.

Springfield Herald News — Jan. 30, 2024

Illinois universities rolling out wide range of new programs

Eric Brevik, dean of the College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences, discusses agriculture students’ research being planned in connection with the April 8 total solar eclipse.

FarmWeek — Jan. 30, 2024

Heartland towns, businesses hoping to cash in on influx of visitors for Heartland eclipse

Vanessa Sneed, director of businesses innovation and research, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, discusses the Jan. 29 eclipse workshop for businesses.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 29, 2024

SIU connection to Illinois State Police radio ads

30- and 60-second radio spots from the Illinois State Police as part of an educational public awareness campaign on reducing road rage written by Jan Thompson, director, School of Journalism and Advertising, and edited by Riley Needham, a junior in TV and digital media radio, are highlighted. The campaign also includes Chicago billboards and social media. ­— Jan. 25, 2024

Over 400 high school students attend FFA leadership workshop at SIU Carbondale

Susan Graham, development director for the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences, discusses the two-day Ground Zero leadership development conference hosted by SIU on Jan. 26 for FFA students throughout the state.

WPSD-TV/The Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 26, 2024

Area FFA students visit SIU

The Ground Zero leadership development conference for statewide FFA students on Jan. 26 is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 26, 2024

Artspace 304 is hosting an exhibit of art related to a total solar eclipse

“Passing into Shadow,” a 3-dimensional art and science project created by Antonio Martinez, associate professor, School of Art and Design, and Bob Baer, specialist, School of Physics and Applied Physics, is highlighted.

Southern Illinoisan — Jan. 25, 2024

SIU to host 450 ag students for FFA state conference

The Illinois FFA Ground Zero Conference with more than 450 eighth through 10th grade agriculture students from around the state is highlighted.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 25, 2024

SIU Carbondale invites businesses to Job and Internship Fair

The Feb. 20 job and internship fair is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 25, 2024

These total solar eclipse towns can't wait to take the spotlight

SIU and Carbondale are among the localities featured for the total solar eclipse on April 8.

The Saturday Evening Post — Jan. 23, 2024

DeSantis suspends campaign and endorses Trump

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the decision by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to suspend his presidential campaign for the Republican Party nomination and endorse former President Donald Trump, and the impact on candidate Nikki Haley's campaign.

KMOX-AM — Jan. 22, 2024

Heartland logistics expert says unrest in Middle East could lead to higher prices

Gregory DeYong, associate professor of operations management, discusses how unrest in the Middle East could lead to global supply chain issues, which could then lead to higher prices.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 23, 2024

SIU’s International Festival set for Feb. 5-9

The university’s annual International Festival is featured.

KFVS-TV — Jan. 23, 2024

Capitol View — Jan. 18, 2024

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, participated in a discussion on issues, including the importance of independent voters in the presidential election and former President Donald Trump’s support within the Republican Party. Jackson’s discussion starts at 12:20.

WSIU-TV — Jan. 18, 2024

Southern Illinois University offering help with FAFSA

Elizabeth Harper, program coordinator, Financial Aid Office, discusses last week’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops to help students with their financial aid forms.

KBSI-TV — Jan. 18, 2024

SIU helps local students apply for financial aid in Carbondale

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 19, 2024

John Shaw on Iowa caucuses

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses results from the Iowa caucuses and looks ahead to next week’s New Hampshire Republican primary.

LiveNOW from FOX — Jan. 16, 2024

Will we ever be able to communicate with aliens?

Jeffrey Punske, associate professor, School of Languages and Linguistics, co-editor of “Xenolinguistics: Towards a Science of Extraterrestrial Language,” discusses the possibilities of communicating with extraterrestrials. — Jan. 17, 2024

Trump triumphs in Iowa Republican caucuses

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, analyzes the Jan. 15 Republican Iowa caucuses and what the results mean for the candidates.

BFM-The Business Station podcast, Malaysia — Jan. 17, 2024

The Iowa caucuses are a battle for second place

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, previews the Jan. 15 Republican Iowa caucuses.

KMOX-AM — Jan. 15, 2024

Opinion: Court trial vacancies and presidential appointments

Raymund Narag, associate professor, School of Justice and Public Safety, offers his thoughts on judicial vacancies and presidential appointments in the Philippines. — Jan. 14, 2024

NASA gives SIU Carbondale $2.6 million

The $2.6 million grant from NASA to SIU Carbondale for the SolarSTEAM project is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 12, 2024

A preview of the Iowa caucuses

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, previews the Iowa caucuses and their record in predicting the eventual winner.

KMOX-AM — Jan. 11, 2024

SIU’s president sheds light on Illinois' NCAA antitrust suit

SIU System President Dan Mahony discusses Illinois’ antitrust lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s transfer eligibility rules and what he hopes the lawsuit might address.

Capitol Cast: Capitol News Illinois — Jan. 5, 2024

Debate coach: One candidate got a B. The other flunked

Todd Graham, professor of debate, School of Communication Studies, analyzes the performances of the Jan. 10 Republican presidential debate.

CNN — Jan. 11, 2024

The best places to see the 2024 total solar eclipse

Bob Baer, specialist, School of Physics and Applied Physics and co-chair of Southern Illinois Eclipse 2017-2024 Steering Committee, discusses the April 8 total solar eclipse.

National Geographic  Jan. 4, 2024

K. Allison Hammer's ‘Masculinity in Transition’

A book review of “Masculinity in Transition,” by Allison Hammer, assistant professor, School of Africana and Multicultural Studies, and coordinator, women, gender and sexuality studies, is featured.

Bay Area Reporter — Jan. 9, 2024

SIU looks at congenital hypopituitarism as part of $2.77 million study

The SIU School of Medicine at Carbondale’s work as part of an extensive $2.77 million multi-university grant-funded research project to unravel the mystery of how congenital hypopituitarism occurs is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Jan. 9, 2024

St. Louis-area colleges are struggling to fill seats. Older students might be one answer.

Wendell Williams, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, discusses the university’s Project 90 initiative, which provides an opportunity for one-time Salukis who stopped with more than 90 credit hours to obtain their degrees.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (subscription required) — Jan. 2, 2024

Where will the most crowded places be for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024?

There are predictions that eclipse visitors in the region could reach 260,000 during the April 8 total solar eclipse, which will include SIU’s Southern Illinois Crossroads Eclipse Festival. — Jan. 2, 2024

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Tom Imboden

Tom Imboden, associate professor, Center for Information Assurance and Security Education, provides tips for cybersecurity safety.

WJPF Morning Newswatch — Jan. 3, 2024

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