Research News

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.

May 15, 2019

SIU joins the economy-building Illinois Innovation Network

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, long a leader in spurring innovation, entrepreneurship and development, is one of the newest members of a statewide group of hubs created to boost the state’s economy through research and innovation.

May 14, 2019

SIU funds more than 30 undergraduate researchers with REACH, Tedrick grants

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 during the 2019-2020 academic year.

May 07, 2019

Earth’s carbon-cycling process examined by team including SIU geologist

A Southern Illinois University Carbondale geology researcher is part of team that recently found microbes consume and help trap carbon in one of the most geologically dynamic places on Earth: subduction zones on the ocean floor.

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.

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