Research News

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.

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.

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