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Chancellor Austin A. Lane (second from left) and Arnett Harvey (left), Cahokia Unit School District 187 superintendent, show an agreement that will provide mentoring and educational opportunities, summer camps and potential scholarships for junior high and high school students in the district. With Lane and Harvey were Illinois state Sen. Christopher Belt (second from right) and state Rep. LaToya Greenwood (right). (Photo provided)

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Saluki Pride: Tarnisha Green goes above and beyond to encourage minority engineers

Tarnisha Green directs the Success in Engineering through Excellence in Diversity Program (SEED), supporting students in SIU’s College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics, especially those from underrepresented populations. Holly Tugiyanto, an account technician at SIU Extended Campus, nominated Green for Saluki Pride, saying “Tarnisha goes above and beyond to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to study STEM, and she supports them along their journey to make sure that they are successful. It is quite evident in her work that she truly cares about our students and about sending them off into a bright future in STEM.”

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SIU researchers aim to turn trash from coffee, tea into biodegradable plastic treasure

They’re a big problem, single-use plastics. They’re popular, cheap, one of the most common trash and landfill items, and they don’t recycle very well. Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, however, are working on promising technologies that could bring a molecular-level, sustainable solution to the table while still making it easy to enjoy your favorite beverages. All we have to do is keep drinking coffee and tea.

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