SIU Today - February 13, 2023

SIU research team explores how light and chemistry may perfect how meds are made

A newly funded, three-year National Institutes of Health research project led by Pravas Deria, associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences, is using light and chemistry to improve how medicines are made. The goal is for new technology to pave ways to prepare important organic compounds for use in medicines.

Conversation of Understanding is Tuesday

A Conversation of Understanding at noon Tuesday, Feb. 14, will look at the 2022 Campus Climate survey that found concerns about faculty, staff and students feeling welcomed and belonging on SIU campuses. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to join the live virtual discussion. To add the event to your Outlook calendar, view it on the campus calendar, click the plus sign at the bottom, then click “download iCal.”

Paul Simon Institute to host acclaimed poet Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph, an acclaimed poet and the director of SIU Carbondale’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, will participate at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, via Zoom, as part of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s “Illinois Authors” series. Joseph will join John Shaw, institute director, for “The Power and Purpose of Poetry,” a discussion of her literary work and teaching at SIU.

Be the Match event at SIU inspired by toddler in Saluki family 

A donor drive Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, at the south entrance to the Student Center literally offers the chance to save a life. Ari Chambers-Baltz, born in May 2021 to Saluki family members Stephanie Chambers-Baltz and Daniel Baltz, was diagnosed last summer with Hyper IGM, an inborn immune disorder that prevents his body from detecting and fighting infections, and he needs a blood stem cell transplant to survive. So SIU’s Student Health Services is partnering with Be the Match, a national donor registry program, to help.

Former SIU filmmaker’s performance on Feb. 15 gives personal look at climate change 

Filmmaker and former faculty member Sarah Kanouse will bring a combination of storytelling, lecture and live documentary film when she presents her solo performance “My Electric Genealogy” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Parkinson Hall’s Browne Auditorium. A 15-minute Q&A will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

SI Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Beethoven Feb. 16-19 

Performances by the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra that will feature more than 200 artists, including four internationally recognized operatic soloists and six Southern Illinois choirs, is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, in Shryock Auditorium. A four-day celebration of composer Ludwig van Beethoven begins Thursday, Feb. 16.

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