Research News

December 15, 2017

SIU undergraduates receive grants to further energy research

Three undergraduate students will conduct energy-related research projects this spring after being selected for a special program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

November 29, 2017

Help preserve Campus Lake while enjoying outdoor activities

Want to help preserve Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s beloved and iconic Campus Lake and have fun outdoors? The Sustainable Eco-Recreation Open House, set for noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Morris Library’s first-floor rotunda, will present ideas for fun things to do on and around the lake.

November 21, 2017

Research points to bacteria preventing deadly fungus in frogs

The rainforests and mountains of South America have grown quieter in recent decades as a deadly fungus has wreaked havoc on the massive frog and other amphibian populations there.

October 04, 2017

Malting facility to expand fermentation program

Which came first: The barley or the beer?

August 10, 2017

Researcher finds new soil analysis approach for soybeans

A researcher from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is enlisting another tool in the ongoing battle against soybean Sudden Death Syndrome – the soil in which the plants grow.

July 31, 2017

SIU Researchers explore weed suppression

Everyone likes a win-win situation. Researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale are conducting studies at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge to find the right formula for a win-win for farmers and insects that are pollinators.

July 24, 2017

SIU researchers conducting pollinator insect inventory

Armed with butterfly nets and pan traps, a team of researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale visits flowers in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest. Its members are stalking bees, butterflies, moths, flies and beetles – all known as pollinators.

July 05, 2017

SIU researchers talk soybean pathogens and weed management at IlSoy Advisor field days

Soybean experts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be part of the annual IlSoy Advisor Field Days this month.

June 28, 2017

SIU researchers appear in special feature issue of “Journal of Ecology”

Plant biologist David Gibson wants to be part of the solution. The problem he has his eye on is the probability of an impending global food security crisis.

June 27, 2017

Study looks at financial drivers behind copycat manufacturing and design

Designers and manufacturers spend cash and time developing new products, only to find themselves competing very quickly with cheaper, copycat versions made by knock-off companies.

June 23, 2017

SIU psychologists test computer-based training interventions to combat anxiety, depression

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Anxiety, Behavior and Cognition Research Laboratory are looking for a few worried people.

June 14, 2017

Nano eraser developed at SIU could fix microchip errors

Watching his young daughter’s painstaking efforts to master the ability to write letters got Punit Kohli to thinking in the way that only scientists tend to think.

June 09, 2017

Analytics will help student pilots make better decisions

Instructors in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s aviation program are using analytics to track student pilot errors on approaches and landings, research they also hope can become another tool pilots use in determining whether it is safe to land.

May 10, 2017

‘Dual self’ study explores why people make unhealthy food choices

If you want to eat healthy, you’ll have to listen to your orbitofrontal cortex and tell that amygdala to take a rest.

May 10, 2017

Graduate learns valuable lessons from hands-on experience

In every endeavor, there is a moment of truth when you find out whether your idea is going to work.

May 09, 2017

Swamp rabbit focus of habitat study in Cypress Creek refuge

Elizabeth Hillard wants to know more about the health of the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southernmost Illinois, so she’s checking with some of the residents -- swamp rabbits.

May 03, 2017

Institute ranks SIU 76th in nation for technology transfer

A national organization promoting economic opportunity has ranked Southern Illinois University Carbondale among its top 100 in the country for technology transfer.

April 28, 2017

Graduate student wins Fulbright scholarship

Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate student Justin D’Agostino is the recipient of a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship award to study the origins of language flexibility by investigating how globalization impacts primate vocalizations.

April 28, 2017

Scholar reflects on three decades of field research

After nearly 30 years, they seem to recognize his footsteps and his voice.

April 24, 2017

CASA faculty members to present research ‘lightning’ talks

An inaugural “flash talk” this week will highlight research by faculty in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

March 27, 2017

Discovery opens ‘new field of research’ into SCN resistance

Disease resistance is in the genes’ haplotypes.

December 13, 2016

First-generation student takes advantage of opportunities

For Brian Heine, getting a glimpse of what holds the universe together made his choice of majors easy.

November 22, 2016

LSU researchers, students plan solar eclipse balloon launch from SIU

A team from a southern university is the latest group planning to travel to Southern Illinois University Carbondale next summer for the total solar eclipse.

November 04, 2016

Researcher studying squid-human bacteria connection

Take a look at the probiotic movement among health-conscious people today -- from fermented foods like yogurt to pills containing bacteria -- and it’s easy to see how far humans’ thinking on bacteria has come.

October 12, 2016

NSF funds leadership program for students

Usually, students get scholarships for something they’ve done -- such as earning high marks in high school or college.

October 07, 2016

Grant funds research into electronics performance

Sometimes you can ask a service technician or engineer to make a house call if something goes wrong with your technology. But there are times when that is really not practical.

October 07, 2016

Book explores rise of ‘grooming environments’ for men

The barbershop is in decline. From 1992 to 2012, barbershops have fallen off by 23 percent. During that same time period, a new, descriptive word has appeared: metrosexual. Coincidence? Not at all, according to Kristen Barber, assistant professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

September 28, 2016

‘Foal watch’ offers students hands-on experience

Talk about a demanding class -- Animal Science 419 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale requires students to spend a few overnights in the barn. But the students love it.

September 16, 2016

Fermentation institute research provides new tools to brewers

Making beer is and always has been a fairly straight-forward process. Create a solution of sugars from grain, add yeast and hops, maybe other flavorings, and let it do its thing.

August 10, 2016

Researcher analyzes natural ecosystem benefits

If conservation is important, there must be a reason for the importance, a demonstrable value that goes beyond mere aesthetics. Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate student Mark Healy is focusing his research on describing that value in practical terms, of finding ways to measure how natural ecosystems benefit society and individuals and why conservation is worth the trouble. That field of study is called “quantification of ecosystem services.”

August 03, 2016

Crop waste products could power biofuels

What crop farmers leave behind in the field – wheat straw and corn stover – could be a key factor in the next stage of biofuels.

July 29, 2016

Students benefit from new exercise science technology

Two new sophisticated pieces of equipment acquired by one of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fastest-growing programs will benefit students and members of the community.

July 11, 2016

Research focuses on demise of Texas horned lizard

The horned lizard is well-loved part of culture in its range, which stretches from Kansas through Oklahoma and into Texas. But the once plentiful species has been harder to find in recent years.

July 07, 2016

Center funds three energy-related studies

A Southern Illinois University Carbondale center dedicated to finding energy solutions for tomorrow is funding three studies by researchers that are designed to increase efficiency and preserve the environment.

July 06, 2016

Study explores bullying, prevention in area schools

Researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale are assessing perceptions of school safety, experiences of bullying and strategies for promoting safe and supportive learning environments in schools across the region.

June 13, 2016

Study: Plenty of blame to go around for fiscal crisis

A new study indicates Illinois’ fiscal crisis stems from a “congenital failure” of leadership, along with voter unwillingness to appreciate the state’s financial issues and hold lawmakers accountable.

May 04, 2016

SIU chemist’s research validated by overseas lab

Science moves forward in increments, one hard-earned fact building on another, each being verified time and again as progress occurs.

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