April 19, 2019
NEH grant will combine STEM, humanities in new minor at SIU
Modern computers and mathematical modeling can precisely describe the shape, size and color of a tulip. Chemical-sniffing “noses” might even describe its aroma.
March 26, 2019
SIU partners with UM on major economic development portal
Southern Illinois University will play a major role in an innovative economic development effort aimed at helping businesses and entrepreneurs in Missouri as well as central and southern Illinois have better access the expertise of its faculty, students and other resources.
December 18, 2018
Students uncovering the forgotten stories of women who resisted the Nazi Regime
Since the moment World War II ended, most of the global conversations have focused on the countless men who heroically fought against the Nazi Regime. While their stories speak of bravery and valor, so do the many near-forgotten accounts of courageous German women who sometimes quietly, and sometimes boldly, stood against the evils of the Third Reich.
December 06, 2018
Novel bacterium designated ‘SIUC-1’ likes it hot, may make history
Life: You find it in the darnedest places, and in all its weird glory.
December 06, 2018
With the help of a recent grant, student conducts research on decomposition patterns in high altitudes
Body decomposition may not be a very popular conversation point, but when law enforcement officials are in the middle of a forensic investigation or recovery mission, the topic becomes one of extreme importance. Seeing just how vital this information is for solving complex cases, SIU anthropology student Christiane Baigent is out to improve upon the current research.
December 04, 2018
NSF grant funds physics researcher’s work on quieting ‘noise’ in futuristic quantum computers
Mark Byrd is working on correcting errors that have yet to be made.
October 26, 2018
SIU rolling out new cannabis research initiative to support evolving markets
Industrial hemp and medical marijuana are on the rise. The industries need more trained cultivators and technicians, and farmers want to know more about how they could benefit from these markets.
October 02, 2018
With food safety and quality a continual topic of importance, researcher finds unique ways to boost and protect strawberry crops
Food production continues to be an important topic of discussion, but so does food safety. That’s why Ruplal Choudhary, bioprocess engineer and associate professor of plant, soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is addressing both topics in a small, but very important fruit: strawberries.
September 28, 2018
Study finds that more self-control is not the way to handle weight gain issues
With over $60 billion spent annually by Americans on weight loss programs and diets, it is clear that the obesity epidemic is not caused by a lack of care. Rather, research shows that much of the problem comes down to a battle in the brain between impulsivity and self-control.
September 19, 2018
Grants help fund research into improving coal power efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses
Solving tomorrow’s energy needs and challenges is the primary goal of seed grants awarded to several faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale by an energy research center on campus.
September 17, 2018
Nelson Fernandes wins SIU’s first Energy Boost Scholarship
Nelson Fernandes’ research, predominately involving energy, had already earned him numerous awards as a high school student when it came time to choose a college. He said he was drawn to Southern Illinois University Carbondale “because of the limitless resources the university has to offer for an education in energy.”
September 07, 2018
NIH grant funds chlamydia research
The scourge of chlamydia is well known. The sexually transmitted disease typically wreaks havoc on younger people in the prime of their lives, resulting in infertility and in some cases life-threatening conditions.
September 07, 2018
New strategies may help boost corn production for local farmers, while still protecting the environment
Reducing nutrient loss in farmland is an important topic for those in the agriculture industry. But while valuable adjustments have been made to preserve water quality and reduce environmental concerns, these practices often reduce production rates for farmers.
August 03, 2018
Using supercomputers to monitor the global food supply
With 250-350 gigabytes of storage, the average computer is fairly capable of solving basic problems. But when those numbers jump up to the 48,000 gigabytes of storage found on the supercomputer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a researcher can quickly run complex calculations on topics such as genetic sequencing and atmospheric science. Or create a geospatial model to support the global food economy.
July 27, 2018
Female cheetahs detect suitable mates from males’ urine, study by SIU researcher shows
It turns out, female cheetahs are quite picky about their mates. And when they’re allowed to choose them, the chances of healthy offspring improve.
July 18, 2018
SIU announces REACH grants and Tedrick Fellows for undergraduate research
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has awarded undergraduate research grants to more than 30 students, all of whom will work on a project guided by a faculty mentor this coming fall semester.
June 27, 2018
SIU beer, more facilities on tap for Fermentation Science Institute
Soon you may be able to sit back and enjoy a nice tall pour of a flagship beer brewed by students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
June 27, 2018
After nearly losing her canine partner, professor works to improve efficiency and protection of SAR dogs
In times of disaster, search and rescue (SAR) dogs are some of the first responders on the ground. But while other rescue members are surrounded with protocols to ensure their safety, canines are left vulnerable to a host of environmental dangers. For canine specialist and assistant professor Erin Perry, that is not acceptable.
June 08, 2018
SIU gets $2.2 million to continue STEM teacher development program
Building on its past success, Southern Illinois University Carbondale will receive another round of funding for a program that helps highly qualified teachers teach STEM subjects to junior high and high school students throughout the region.
June 08, 2018
Computer science student wins international award for ‘DecisionDroid’ anti-pirate app
You might say Southern Illinois University Carbondale student Ayush Kohli hunts modern day pirates, and his field of battle is cyberspace.
May 31, 2018
Archaeological field school discovers a previously unknown American fort
For decades, historians have believed that a single fort overlooking Kaskaskia, Illinois served as a fort for both French and American troops. But when Mark Wagner and his team of anthropology students began an archaeology field school class on the site last year, they made a startling discovery.
May 10, 2018
Sydne Rensing wraps up her SIU career with groundbreaking research
Engaged and successful college students are more likely to stay in school and complete their degrees, studies show. But how do you get students involved in campus life?
While working as a student employee in the marketing department of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center, Sydne Rensing became determined to find out.
May 02, 2018
NSF grant helps anthropologist, student study effects of Hurricane Harvey
We often hear disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes referred to as “natural disasters,” as humans don’t cause them the way they might cause a chemical spill.
April 05, 2018
Flood control efforts cause bigger floods, says Nature article co-authored by SIU researcher
Flood control engineering along the Mississippi River during the last century has caused floods to increase in magnitude when they do happen, according to an article published this week in a leading scientific journal and co-authored by a researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
February 12, 2018
Tedrick gift expands research, creative opportunities for undergrads
A gift from Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni Roger and Sally Tedrick will expand opportunities for SIU students to get involved with research and creative activities as part of a world-class undergraduate experience, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
February 12, 2018
SIU receives 115-pound black carp specimen for invasive species study
Southern Illinois University Carbondale researchers this weekend received what is believed to be the largest specimen of the invasive fish species black carp ever brought in for scientific analysis.
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.