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Amanda Blocker, senior in microbiology, and Scott Hamilton-Brehm, assistant professor of microbiology, look at a sample in a laboratory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Working under the guidance of Hamilton-Brehm, Blocker is studying a microbe that he isolated from a 900-meter-deep borehole located on the border between California and Nevada. The novel anaerobic microorganism, designated “SIUC-1,” loves hot temperatures, thriving at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Blocker’s successful characterization of SIUC-1 would make her one of the few researchers in the world who will have named the first novel bacterium of a phylum.

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Test your analytical skills at the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Local high school and junior high students can test their analytical and language skills by competing in the upcoming North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. The internationally organized event provides young people the opportunity to explore the complexity of language by solving a variety of puzzles based on authentic linguistic phenomena, all in a competitive and fun environment.

SIU’s Online MBA program tops for Illinois public universities

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s online MBA is the highest ranked public university online MBA in the state of Illinois and among the top 1/3 of all rated programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “2019 Best Online Programs” rankings released today.

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Minority police officers may suffer from less “Ferguson effect,” new research says

With law enforcement job interest plummeting nationwide, conversation continues to swirl about the impact public scrutiny has on current and prospective officers. Terms such as the “Ferguson effect” have increased attention to this issue, but researchers are still working to understanding what this means and how it effects officers and their work.

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