SIU Today - December 03, 2020

Grass carp’s ear bones reveal clues to controlling the invasive fish 

In fish, the fin bone is connected to the tail bone and so on. But for Gregory Whitledge, professor of zoology who is studying grass carp, a tiny bone in the ear of the aggressive invader is exposing an important clue to controlling their numbers in the Great Lakes.

SIU Board of Trustees approve honorary degrees, distinguished service awards

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will receive an honorary Doctor of Community Health degree from SIU Carbondale following approval by the SIU Board of Trustees today (Dec. 3). Ezike is one of six individuals recommended by SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin A. Lane to receive honorary degrees and distinguished service awards. The board also presented Wesley Calvert, associate professor of mathematics, with the 2020 Lindell W. Sturgis Public Service Award.

Virtual ceremony on Friday will recognize service, retiring employees  

The university will recognize university employees for their service and commitment and honor retiring employees during a virtual ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Anyone may watch the program live via a link on YouTube. Employees and retirees will receive their pins and certificates after the event.

Supplemental retirement plans universal availability notice 

This notice contains some general information related to SIU Carbondale’s supplemental retirement 403(b) plan and the State of Illinois’ 457(b) deferred compensation plan. The plans are a supplement to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) pension. 

Former Mexican foreign minister to discuss complex U.S.-Latin American relationship

Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign minister, will discuss the complex relationship between the United States and Latin America during a virtual discussion next week hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

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