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Field Museum?s Robert Martin Featured Speaker at SIUE?s Darwin Day

2017-01-22 14:50:00

martin-dr-robertDr. Robert Martin of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is the featured speaker for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s annual Axtell Memorial Lecture in celebration of Darwin Day (Charles Darwin’s birthday). The presentation is 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

Martin’s lecture will be Human Reproduction - from Primate Origins to Darwinian Medicine. The SIUE Departments of Biological Sciences, Psychology, and Anthropology, and the Biology Student Club are sponsoring the event.

“Dr. Martin is a world-renowned anthropologist, primatologist and evolutionary biologist,” said Chris Theodorakis, PhD and professor in SIUE’s Department of Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences. “He is a well-published author and the curator of the Biological Anthropology collection at the Field Museum of Natural History. His presence at SIUE enhances the visibility and prestige of our programs, and creates the possibility of collaboration between the Field Museum and SIUE faculty for both teaching and research.”

Martin is also the author of “How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction.” There will be an opportunity for a book signing at the event.

Martin joined The Field Museum in 2001 as vice president for academic affairs. His responsibilities, with an emphasis on external relationships, were to coordinate research programs, collections management, contributions to higher education and exhibit-related activities with a team of 40 curators and 60 professional staff in anthropology, botany, geology and zoology. At the same time, he held the position of curator in anthropology. He stepped down from the provost role in 2006 and became the A. Watson Armour III curator of biological anthropology. He devotes most of his time to research, teaching and publication.

The Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series is named for the late SIUE Department of Biological Sciences professor, who served the institution from September 1960 through May 2014. Axtell was a lifelong supporter of the University. Through his generous donations, an endowment was set up to support research efforts in the Ecology and Organismal Biology Teaching Laboratory. In recognition of his support, the Ralph Axtell Biology Laboratory is housed in the Science Building West.

Following the lecture, there will be a reception at the University restaurant, Fixin’s, with light food and a cash bar.

Photo: Dr. Robert Martin from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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2017-01-22 14:30:00
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SIUE?s Fifth Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Set for Feb. 20

2017-01-22 14:10:00

Cem Karacal 2016 IGEThe Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting its fifth annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the SIUE School of Engineering building.

Approximately 250 girls from grades 5-8 are expected to attend the daylong event that offers exposure to the engineering field. Participants will complete a total of five activities, covering the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and computer science engineering.

Small groups will use teamwork to design and create their projects. The creative problem solving aspects of engineering will be discussed and explored. The participants will work collaboratively on projects, be encouraged to ask questions and use their imagination.

“This event is wonderful for girls, because our activities provide a preview of some of the different types of engineering, introduces small problems that they may need to solve, as well as promotes the ability to work together with others,” said Chrishawna Nash, a junior computer science major and SWE youth outreach chair. “Our goal is to encourage the young women to pursue a field in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).”

Again this year, professional women engineers and SIUE students will be on site providing support and guidance to program participants. Following the completion of each activity, the professional engineers and the SIUE engineering students will offer analysis and ask the participants probing questions about the project.

A Peoria native, Nash is in her first year as the youth outreach chair. “After two years of being part of the committee, I wanted to become the chair, because it is a great experience to work with others and reach out to others to accomplish something,” she said.

The $15 registration fee includes all activities, lunch and a T-shirt for each girl.

For more information, contact the SIUE School of Engineering at 618-650-5554, or by visiting Register at Registration deadline is Jan. 27.

Photo: SIUE School of Engineering Dean Cem Karacal welcomes participants to the Society of Women Engineers’ Introduce a 2016 Girl to Engineering Day.

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40th Annual SIUE Friends of Art Auction in March

2017-01-22 13:50:00

friendsofartsampleThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art & Design and the Friends of Art host the 40th Annual Art Auction on Wednesday, March 15. The auction will be held in the Art West Gallery located in the Art & Design West building on the SIUE campus.

The 2017 auction will offer original artworks donated by faculty, visiting artists, alumni, friends and advanced students. Additional work will be available to the highest bidder in a silent auction.

The auction is a spirited event that features friendly competition, providing participants much excitement in bidding and acquiring artwork. 

Since l977, the Friends of Art has assisted the SIUE Department of Art & Design in staging this fundraiser. Last year’s auction proceeds allowed the department to invite 14 local, national, and international artists and lecturers to the SIUE campus, in addition to providing funds for 16 students to attend a national conference. Auction funding also paid for jurors and awards for student exhibits.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and Ahrens & Niemeier auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p.m. To view images of the artwork to be auctioned, visit the Friends of Art SIUE on Facebook or attend a preview in the gallery on Tuesday, March 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for the general public and can be purchased at the door. Admission is free to all students, auction donors and members of the Friends of Art. Complimentary food will be provided, and a cash bar will also be available.

Complimentary parking will be provided in Lot B (SIUE’s Visitor’s Lot). Although parking will not be available adjacent to the building, attendees may be dropped off at the doors behind the Art & Design West building.

For more information, visit or the Friends of Art SIUE Facebook. E-mails may be directed to

Photo: Sample of donated art for the 2017 SIUE Annual Art Auction.

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2017-01-22 13:30:00
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Man convicted in 1996 slaying, his second murder in Alton

2017-01-22 12:30:00
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Royals pitcher and a former major leaguer die in Dominican crashes

2017-01-22 11:20:00
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More tornadoes ahead as death toll reach 15 in southeast US

2017-01-22 10:57:00
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Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

2017-01-22 10:23:00
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Man found dead in alley in St. Louis

2017-01-22 09:58:00
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Prank against Steelers suspected in early hotel fire alarm

2017-01-22 09:04:00
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Illinois treasurer seeks payout of unclaimed life insurance

2017-01-22 08:52:00
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2017-01-22 00:17:00
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2017-01-22 00:05:00
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Missouri, Arkansas take steps to prevent misuse of controversial herbicide

2017-01-22 00:00:00
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