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This page offers a brief sampling of recent research, scholarly, and creative achievements at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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April 2012

Grant Awards from March 2012

In March 2012, OSPA processed 56 awards to SIU totaling $6,029,425. View the complete list of awards (PDF). Four of the award descriptions are below.

Sara Baer (Plant Biology) received $318,914 from the National Science Foundation to elucidate the degree to which deterministic factors and stochastic processes interact to enhance biodiversity in a restored community and whether biodiversity change scales to affect ecosystem function.

Joel Ringdahl (Rehabilitation Institute) received $252,108 from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for studies that will affect research on behavioral persistence by evaluating response-response and stimulus-response relations and their effect on response strength.

Manoj Mohanty (Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering) and Haibo Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received $164,993 from the IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to demonstrate the functionality and reliability of the Spiral Automation System in a real-life plant environment and over a long period of time.

Jesse Trushenski and James Garvey (Fisheries and IL Aquaculture Center) received $72,500 from the IL Soybean Association to evaluate the suitability of Asian Carp meal as an alternative or supplement to marine fish meal used in soy-maximized HSB and LMB feed formulation.

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Grant Awards from February 2012

In February 2012, OSPA processed 55 awards to SIU totaling $3,347,692. View the complete list of awards. Four of the award descriptions are below.

Brandon Greene (Rehabilitation Institute) received $395,668 from the IL Dept. of Human Services for the Project 12-Ways project which educates organizations and community members on the Positive Youth Development Approach (PYD), increases the capacity of organizations to provide effective PYD programming, and develops and implements a strategic plan for the PYD Coalition.

Loretta Battaglia (Plant Biology) received $142,037 from the U.S Dept. of Defense to test the effects of shifting tropical storm regimes, in the context of global warming and sea level rise, on coastal disassembly and reassembly.

Sylvia Smith (Animal Science, Food and Nutrition) received $81,058 from the USDA to develop and implement the IL Farmers Market Association that will provide improved services, resources, and support to farmers, market managers, and local communities.

Clayton Nielsen and Eric Hellgren (Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory) received $35,000 from the IL Dept. of Natural Resources for the development of a management plan to prepare for potential recolonization of large carnivores in Illinois.

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Grant Awards from January 2012

In January 2012, OSPA processed 32 awards to SIU totaling $ 2,437,733.View the complete list of awards.Three of the award descriptions are below.

John Washburn and Jeanne Kitchens (Workforce Education and Development) received $1 million from the IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to support the states economic development and expansion goals by implementing a world-class website to attract new markets, and contribute toward increased foreign exports, and direct investments.The website will impart the values that employers and other investors find essential to making business investment decisions.

John Groninger and Charles Ruffner (Forestry), Alan Walters (Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems), and Rebecca Atkinson (Animal Science, Food and Nutrition) received $314,150 from California State University, Fresno to develop and deliver 12 training sessions per year each with six days of combined classroom instruction and hands-on field laboratories for U.S. civilian and military agriculture personnel prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.

Mark Byrd (Physics) received $17,833 from the U.S. Army to organize the second international conference on quantum error correction, which will bring together a wide group of experts theorists as well as experimentalists to discuss all aspects of decoherence control and fault tolerance.

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Grant Awards from November 2011

In November 2011, OSPA processed 36 awards to SIU totaling $4,365,573. View the complete list of awards. Three of the award descriptions are below.

Tammy Kochel (Criminology and Criminal Justice) received $395,481 from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to examine whether implementing different policing strategies within hot spots of crime affects citizens perceptions about police, the immediate neighborhood, and fear of crime.

Silvia Secchi (Agribusiness Economics) received $168,198 from the University of Iowa for the People, Water, and Climate: Adaptation and Resilience in Agricultural Watersheds project to study how humans can best adapt to climate, socioeconomic, and policy conditions that are changing at multiple spatiotemporal scales.

John Erbes (Law) received $151,939 from the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to create the Juvenile Justice Clinic. The Clinic will be available for appointment as a Guardian ad Litem for minors in juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency case in Jackson County, IL. This clinical program will provide consistent representation for the minors, valuable assistance to the court, important cost savings to the county, and an excellent educational opportunity for law student in the clinical program.

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Grant Awards from October 2011

In October 2011, OSPA processed 48 awards to SIU totaling $11,803,522. View the complete list of awards. Three of the award descriptions are below.

Mizanur Miah (Social Work) received $5,242,985 from the IL Dept. of Children and Family Services for the Integrated Assessment Program which assists in the identification of the clinical, placement and service needs of a child entering into custody through a comprehensive series of interviews and assessments.

Ahmad Fakhoury and Jason Bond (Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems) received $422,126 from the United Soybean Board for a seven state, multi-institutional program to develop management options for major foliar disease of soybean.

Frackson Mumba (Curriculum and Instruction), Mengxia Zhu (Computer Science) and, Shaikh Ahmed (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received $100,000 from the IL State Board of Education to design and implement a professional development program aimed at developing middle and high school science teachers/leaders in computer simulations, animations, and visualizations integration in science instruction, and subsequently increase student achievement in science.

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Grant Awards from September 2011

In September 2011, OSPA processed 72 awards to SIU totaling $15,706,262. View the complete list of awards. Three of the award descriptions are below.

Nicholas Pinter (Geology), Christopher Lant (Geography), Matt Whiles (Zoology), Lizette Chevalier (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and, Sara Baer (Plant Biology) received $648,839 from the National Science Foundation for the IGERT: Multidisciplinary, Team-Based Training in Watershed Science and Policy project. The goal of this project is to cultivate a new and diverse generation of watershed science and management graduates trained in integrative, team-based collaboration across the full spectrum of relevant physical and social sciences, and with the skills and experience to integrate science, management, and policy at the watershed and river basin levels.

Joseph Cheatwood (Anatomy) and William Banz (Animal Science, Food and Nutrition) received $436,453 from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for the Effects of Dietary Soy Compounds on Stroke Outcomes project. The aim of this project is to examine the potential benefits and mechanism of action in the post-stroke brain of animals fed diets containing soy isoflavones and/or soy protein isolate.

Karl Williard (Forestry) and, Clayton Nielsen and Jack Nawrot (Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory) received $114,861 from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior for the Stream Restoration: Long-Term Performance A Reassessment project. The objectives of this project include reassessing the long-term biological, physical, vegetation and hydro-geomorphic recovery of the in-stream habitats and riparian corridor associated with 16 miles of streams previously affected by surface mining in Southern Illinois and, compiling and archiving original stream restoration construction designs, and the pre-and post-connection baseline monitoring data and, current reassessment monitoring data.

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Technology Transfer Newsletters

Fall 2011:

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  3. Start-up and Licensing News
  4. Event News

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Summer 2011:

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  2. Start-up and Licensing News
  3. Event News
  4. Other News
  5. Featured Tech App

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Spring 2011:

Table of Contents:

1.Latest NewsHeadlines: Patent, Startup and Event News
2. Featured Tech App: A narrow technology application of an SIUC invention. This quarter: The E-nose for Food Spoilage

Winter 2010-11

Table of Contents:

1.Latest News: SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo (TIE) provides inspiration ~ The new Saluki Concept Fund for scale-up research projects ~ SIUC Patent News
2. Featured Tech App: A narrow technology application of an SIUC invention. This quarter: Intermetallic Bonded Diamonds for Drilling Applications

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