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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.

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