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May 10, 2021

SIU student researchers experiment with solar power and nanoparticles to fight algae blooms

A team of students from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is looking at using the power of the sun, combined with iron-based nanomaterials, to destroy the harmful effects of algae blooms afflicting Campus Lake, a common problem throughout the country.

April 23, 2021

Doctoral chemistry student wins 3MT communication contest, represents SIU at conference

A Southern Illinois University Carbondale doctoral student in chemistry and biochemistry represented the university at a regional contest after winning a local competition for the most compelling thesis in the Graduate School.

April 08, 2021

SIU doctoral student studies endangered pallid sturgeon DNA to save it

A doctoral student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently helped federal scientists manipulate the DNA of an endangered fish in order to improve conservation tactics to save it.

February 08, 2021

SIU research shows promise for vaccine against chlamydia in women

A researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has made key progress in creating a vaccine that could protect against the common sexually transmitted disease chlamydia and possibly other STDs. Vjollca Konjufca, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, recently published the results of a study that showed introducing a vaccine through the mouth and into the gut results in an immune response in the female reproductive tract.

January 14, 2021

SIU research discovers new, dominant variant of U.S. COVID-19 virus

A team led by a researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 virus that is specific to and dominant in the United States, adding to the growing list of mutations such as those discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa. It might be more easily transmissible than other variants, and its impact on vaccines is uncertain.

December 21, 2020

Preschool children learn to be superheroes during the pandemic through new SIU/Canadian video

Safely navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic can be a bit daunting for anyone, especially little children. Thanks to a new video created by a faculty member at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Canadian colleague, preschoolers, as well as their teachers and parents, are learning in a fun way how to mask up, wash up and be safe, becoming “superheroes” in the battle against the virus.

December 01, 2020

Grass carp’s ear bones reveal clues to controlling the invasive fish

In fish, the fin bone is connected to the tail bone and so on. But for a researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale studying an aggressive invader, it’s all about the ear bone.

November 18, 2020

SIU professor researches how to perfect pumpkins

On a greenhouse shelf near Alan Walters’ vegetable laboratory sits a pile of pumpkins that exhibits a variety of orange hues, textures and sizes that have been cataloged, not carved or made into pies. Walters, a professor of vegetable science and breeding at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will tell you these days pumpkins are a lot more than a doorstep ornament to celebrate Halloween.

October 19, 2020

SIU researchers receive grant to study COVID-19 genome, track it through population

Although “COVID-19” is probably 2020’s most common term, many wrongly believe it refers to a specific “bug” that causes myriad symptoms ranging from fairly mild to deadly.

June 26, 2020

SIU researchers find individual motivations determine group success

Group projects. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Do people get more or less accomplished working with others and why?

May 05, 2020

SIU researcher’s tool would improve tracking, avoidance of COVID-19 cases

In today’s information-heavy society, balancing the handy tools technology provides with the need for privacy is a constant concern. A health crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic puts that tension in stark relief, as health authorities struggle with keeping the public informed while also protecting private health information.

April 06, 2020

Three SIU students win prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards

The National Science Foundation has awarded three students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale a highly competitive research grant aimed at nurturing the country’s scientific and engineering leaders of tomorrow.

March 30, 2020

Research continues at SIU as faculty make adjustments to health emergency

When it comes to ongoing, high-level research, a health emergency such as COVID-19 can impede and threaten projects that are in progress.

December 12, 2019

SIU’s Justin McDaniel helps battle the opioid crisis through research and action

As the opioid crisis rages across the country, Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty member Justin McDaniel and a colleague have received a $3.2 million grant to take action in one of the areas hardest hit by the problem.

October 02, 2019

Southern Illinois Research Park receives $50,000 SBA ‘Growth Accelerator’ award

The Southern Illinois Research Park has received a $50,000 growth accelerator award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support women entrepreneurs.

August 22, 2019

Two-year study by SIU researchers finds PCBs make minnows into bad dads

A mother’s nurturing of her offspring is a well-known story in the natural world. But when it comes to fish, it’s dad who is often tasked with the care of young ones.

July 11, 2019

McNair Scholars will present research efforts next week

Thirteen Southern Illinois University Carbondale undergraduate students who are participating in a program that prepares them for careers in research will present their work at the 16th annual McNair Summer Research Symposium on July 19.

July 01, 2019

SIU’s Justin McDaniel researches ways to improve the health of military personnel and veterans

Many of Justin T. McDaniel’s family members and friends are veterans so it’s not surprising that the Southern Illinois University Carbondale assistant professor of public health and recreation professions would be interested in data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relative to military families and their health.

June 12, 2019

Researchers sprout hemp plants, plan new class for cannabis science initiative

Tucked away in a university greenhouse, the future of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s cannabis science initiative is sprouting.

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