SIU Today - July 20, 2023

SIU leads nationwide NASA project to gather data from sun during 2024 eclipse

A team of SIU researchers, led by co-principal investigators Bob Baer and Matt Penn, will use a two-year, $314,000 NASA grant for the Dynamic Eclipse Broadcast Initiative (DEB) effort. The citizen science project will have more than 40 teams largely made up of high school and middle school students – in sites spanning from Mexico up through the United States and into Canada – use telescopes to provide critical coronal data as the moon’s shadow traverses the continent on April 8.

SIU interns, athletes help NubAbility succeed in its mission to serve limb-different children

In conjunction with its mission to give back to the community while providing the students real-life experience in their fields, SIU has a formal internship with NubAbility, a nonprofit that hosts sports camps for young, limb-different athletes. The internships give students an opportunity to play vital roles in the program while earning college credit and receiving a small stipend.

Make plans now for Touch of Nature’s upcoming events

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center is gearing up for a year filled with special activities for all ages and interests. Tickets and reservations are already available for several major events during the 2023-2024 academic year. Highlights include the three-day Little Grassy Get Down Music Festival, the return of the historic Buffalo Tro and a big weekend all-inclusive family-style great solar eclipse celebration. 

Saran Donahoo named associate provost for academic programs  

Saran Donahoo, a longtime professor and administrator in SIU Carbondale’s School of Education, has been appointed associate provost for academic programs at the university, effective July 5. 

SIU hosts national crime and place conference

This week, the criminology and criminal justice program hosted the Crime and Place Summer Institute for seven distinguished scholars from throughout the world and 22 doctoral students from 15 universities. 

600+ visitors registered for SIU’s open house for prospective students

More than 600 visitors to SIU Carbondale – about 300 prospective students and their guests – are registered to attend the July 21 Open House, based at Banterra Center. The free, daylong event includes a student panel, campus tours, housing tours, academic showcases and a resource fair.

1,000 to attend SIU’s Black Alumni Group reunion this week

About 1,000 members of the Black Alumni Group will visit campus this week with the organization’s 2023 gathering, “Uniting the Generations,” from July 20-23.

Paul Simon Institute virtual talk will feature The HistoryMakers founder

Julieanna L. Richardson, creator, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, the largest national collection of Black video oral histories since a Works Progress Administration initiative in the mid-1930s, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual discussion on Monday, July 24.

July 2023 Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter

The monthly Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter for July 2023 is available. The Office of Executive Inspector General publishes the newsletter to allow state employees to stay informed of current issues relating to ethics. The SIU System Ethics Office website is

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