SIU Today - April 21, 2022

SIU-affiliated team among finalists for $1M XPRIZE award

A team of scientists from SIU Carbondale and one of its private spin-off companies is among the roughly top 10% worldwide of groups vying for $1 million awards aimed at mitigating excess carbon in the environment. The advancement puts the team in position to be among the 15 winners announced on Earth Day, April 22, that will win a phase 1 award.

SIU President Mahony to present SIU System’s strategic plan next week 

SIU President Dan Mahony will discuss the SIU System’s strategic plan with the Carbondale campus community during a presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Student Center Auditorium.

Update on COVID-19 mask requirements 

Face masks are encouraged but no longer required in most settings, including classrooms, labs, offices and public transportation. Face coverings are still required in health care settings, such as the Student Health Center, and where the instructor specified a mask requirement in their syllabus at the beginning of the spring 2022 semester. For more information, visit

SIU researchers focused on environment as Earth Day approaches

With Earth Day on Friday, April 22, the university has several faculty members and students whose research is focused on protecting the environment and conserving resources. Read an advisory recently sent to media outlets.

Saluki Pride: Cinzia Padovani embraces life at SIU as an international professor

As an international faculty member, Cinzia Padovani, an associate professor in radio, television and digital media, said it can be a challenge to adapt to life in a new place, but she loves the beauty of the campus and working with students and her colleagues. She hopes her experience will be helpful for future junior colleagues from overseas. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

Musical comedy “Lucky Stiff” comes to McLeod Theatre April 21-24

The School of Theater and Dance in the College of Arts and Media is presenting “Lucky Stiff,” a remake based on the novel “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” April 21-24 in McLeod Theatre.

State Sen. Dale Fowler to discuss Illinois higher education, Cairo river port

Illinois State Sen. Dale Fowler is the next guest in the virtual speaker series hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Fowler will join John Shaw, institute director, for a virtual conversation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26.

School of Music presents two spring chamber music concerts on April 23 and May 1

The School of Music will present two spring chamber music concerts on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, May 1. The Fermi String Quartet from Chicago will perform music by Crusell, Dvorak and Gardel April 23 at Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. The May 1 concert, Strings and Winds, will be at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and feature SIU music faculty and students.

SIU fashion design student to showcase sustainability-inspired creations in runway show 

The works of students in fashion design, fashion merchandising, fashion styling and interior designers will be on display beginning at 6 p.m. today, April 21, in the Student Center.

Seed Radio Confluence at SIU Touch of Nature is Saturday

Artists and scholars will develop an understanding of radio art during Seed Radio, The Confluence of Radio Art, Space and Place at SIU Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, April 23.

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