Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Saluki Idea Competition Photos

Thanks to Aimee Wigfall for the photos!

SIU Tech Expo Photos

 Thanks to Aimee Wigfall for the photos!

FW: Sustainable Living Fair SATURDAY! Want a ride?

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Hello, Friends in Sustainability!  =)
This Saturday is the 3rd Sustainable Living Expo at Dixon Springs Ag Center.
Billed as "A Country Boy Can Survive" meets "The Victory Garden" and everything in between, this remarkable event features workshop tracks highlighting
  • Locally-Grown Foods - Basic gardening, best practices, organics, beekeeping, cooking demos, food preservation, mushroom cultivation, small-scale livestock, raising chickens, vermicomposting, and building a local food system to feed our region
  • Energy - Home energy efficiency, conservation and renewable alternatives, solar ovens, geothermal, and weatherization; from cost-saving light bulbs to zero net energy homes.
  • Conservation - Backyard landscaping, mushroom hunting, managing woodlands for wildlife, prescribed burning, water quality, invasive weeds, pond management, and incentives and more. Leaving the land better than you found it.
To help those who want to attend this but don't have transportation (it's about an hour's drive southeast), I've arranged for a campus van.  IT WILL LEAVE FROM THE MAIN DOOR OF THE STUDENT CENTER AT 8 A.M. SATURDAY, AND RETURN APPROXIMATELY 5:00 P.M.
Please email if you would like a ride.
There is opportunity to earn volunteer credit as well. An electronics recycling collection is part of the Expo for the first time this year, and the organizers need help with this and other tasks.  Hopefully you're all aware you can earn the Environmental Ambassador Award by completing 30 hours of qualifying service! 
One last note: ADMISSION IS FREE - but bring along spending money if you've got any because they'll have some yummy food vendors and also a really super fantastic Artisan Tent, with the artists all actively working on their respective creations!
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In other happenings...
Green Walls and Living Architecture of Vertical Gardens Technology LLC - Laurent Corradi
Students will be installing a green wall with the assistance of physical plant services and two professionals from New York starting Thursday Oct 26, working until Monday Oct 29 (not over the weekend) in the College of Agriculture Building in the south wing (by the Plant and Soil Science office). Please feel free to stop by to view this exciting project. If you don't know what a green wall is.. check out   This is Laurent Corradi's website of his business.

Mon, Oct 29, 6-8 pm lecture in the Morris Library Guyon Auditorium.  Reception will follow.
Sustainable Saluki Pledge

I pledge to join SIU Carbondale's sustainability efforts by developing personal habits that foster social, economic, and environmental health. I choose to use the knowledge and experience I gain at SIU to improve sustainability in the communities where I live, learn, and work.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thank you!

We want to thank the sponsors, presenters, panelists, vendors, competitors and attendees for making this the best SIU Tech Expo ever! We will soon have links to videos and more from the event. For now, you can view technology presentation summaries and slides.

Congratulations to our award winners: 

Inventor of the Year: Kathleen C.M. Campbell
Innovator of the Year: Lichang Wang
University Star-Up of the Year: Thermaquatica, Inc.
Student Start-Up of the Year:

And congratulations to the Saluki Idea Competition award winners! 

Student ideas rewarded at expo

The Daily Egyptian
Elizabeth Zinchuk
October 21, 2012

Three SIU students came out of this weekend a little bit richer. 
The fourth annual Technology and Innovation Expo was held at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Center in Carbondale Friday, where the Saluki Idea Competition concluded. The top five teams or individuals with the best ideas were announced and awarded cash prizes at the expo. 
This year’s expo theme was “Sustaining our Community” and was put on by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The competition opened for entries at the start of the semester, when students submitted invention ideas that dealt with improving community sustainability. 
It was intended to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in students as well as lead to environmentally friendly inventions, said Amy McMorrow Hunter, a technology transfer specialist who helped organize the competition. 
“It was so great to see the teams present and see all of their hard work come together,” she said.
source |; Nicholas Burke-Daily Egyptian
Hunter said all of the teams fared well in the competition. 
“Both the teams and the organizers for this expo have been so busy, and it is relief to see the product of our efforts,” Hunter said. 
The five finalists were required to recite a three-minute pitch to judges, who then added the individuals’ points and picked the winners. 
“Ecolight” won first place and received a $500 cash prize as well as a $600 grant from the Sustainability Council. “Saluki Sustainable Store” won second place with a $200 cash prize and  $400 grant from the Sustainability Council. The other three ideas were each rewarded $50. 
The team for “Ecolight” consisted of Eric Sia from Danville, John Leco from Anna and Gene Park from Glenview, who are all seniors studying industrial design. 
According to information from the competition, “Ecolight”’s objective is to provide an environmentally friendly option to replace high traffic street lamps by harnessing power through a kinetic and solar energy combination. The idea proposes to put rumble strips near each lamp, which would collect energy when vehicles drive over them. The streetlamps draw energy from a battery and can be installed onto lampposts’ bases. The “Ecolight” team proposed the idea could create extra energy and save cities’ electricity money. 
Sia said this is one of three competitions the team has won. He said he came up with the idea for “Ecolight” when he attended the Fusion competition in St. Louis. 
“It was funny because I came up with the idea while driving past the Arch in St. Louis, and started thinking about using solar energy to power streetlight,” Sia said. 
He said although he came up with the idea, his teammates helped him develop it.
Claude Leco, right, of Anna, Gene Park, center, of Glenview, and Eric Sia, left of center, of Danville, all seniors studying industrial design, pose Friday after winning the Saluki Idea Competition at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center as Joy Christensen, left, a senior from St. Louis studying industrial design, takes their photo. The group won $1,100 to further its project and plan to use half the funds to pay for memberships in the Industrial Designers Society of America for themselves as well as fellow students. “Since we only had about three days to prepare for the competition, it’s surreal to have won,” Sia said. Tiffany Blanchette-Daily Egyptian 
“I could not have executed the idea without the help of my teammates who helped me research materials to use in the the idea as well as how the technology would come into play,” Sia said. 
The $500 award will be split three ways between the members, he said. 
Leco said the $600 award from the Sustainability Council will go toward a membership for all SIU industrial design students to The Industrial Designers Society of America. Park said the IDSA is a big group that helps industrial design students network and improve in their field.
“It is great practice for our major to go to these competitions and show off what we can do,” Park said. 
Leco said the industrial design field is very competitive, and competitions give students an advantage in the workforce. 
“These competitions get our names out,” Park said. 
Sia said coming up with and presenting the group’s ideas helps his peers and him get exposed to the process of meeting people in his industry. 
“We really worked hard to complete our project, and we would be up until dawn making sure everything was perfect,” Leco said. 
The “Ecolight” team has plans for the future as well. Sia said they want to find a way to backup stoplights for when blackouts occur. 
As for “Ecolight,” Park said the team hopes to advance its idea to make it possible.
“We would like to implement our idea in a practical way by eventually investing in more research for our idea,” Park said. 
Jeff Myers, senior technology transfer specialist in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, said he is excited about the competition’s outcome, and he looks forward to future competitions. He said the office has plans to put on a similar competition in the spring.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition Finals Now!!

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Coming up next

The discussion panel: Leveraging knowledge and technology resources for sustainable prosperity.  Send questions!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Key soybean cyst nematode findings in ‘Nature’

Note: this technology is the subject of an SIU pending patent and is available for license.

The Saluki Times

October 15, 2012
By Andrea Hahn
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A team of scientists, including several from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, may have unlocked the mystery of why some soybeans are resistant to the devastating soybean cyst nematode. 
Scientists, led by Khalid Meksem, professor of plant, soil, and agricultural systems at SIU Carbondale, and Melissa G. Mitchum, associate professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, have been studying the problem for years. 
And they may have found an answer within the soybean itself. 
This week, the prestigious international journal "Nature," publishes research results in which the researchers identify a soybean cyst nematode resistant gene that gives certain soybeans natural resistance. The study further examines the underlying processes that help the plants ward off pathogens. The team hopes that better understanding of how the resistant genes work will lead to better pest resistance and improved crop yield. 
The scientists still have their work cut out for them, as they learn more about how the identified gene works. 
The paper detailing the work and results of the research teams, "A Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance Gene Points to a New Mechanism of Plant Resistance to Pathogens," appear online in "Nature" today (Oct. 15). 
Meksem said "Nature" is widely considered the top scientific journal, especially as far as its impact on the international scientific community and the public, as well. Publication in "Nature" is a career highlight for any scientist, often a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, Meksem said. This is the first time "Nature" has published a paper from the SIU Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences. 
Other SIU Carbondale researchers include: Shiming Liu, Aziz Jamai, and Tarik El-Mellouki, who were graduate and post-doctoral students while they were part of the research team.
The soybean cyst nematode seems like something out of a science-fiction movie. The microscopic worm attacks the root system of a soybean plant, leading to stunted root and shoot growth, and then in dead roots and loss in seed yield. 
The female nematode swells as she devours the root system of the soybean plants, often bursting through the root and becoming visible to the naked eyed. She lays 200 to 400 eggs, forming an egg sac inside of herself. She dies then, and becomes a hard cyst. The eggs hatch, the larvae develop inside the cyst, and then break into the root system to begin the cycle again. 
It's a lifecycle that devastates soybean crops the world over, costing farmers in the United States alone more than $1 billion in lost crop yield every year. Farmers and scientists have long known that some soybeans are resistant to the cyst nematode, but exactly why remained a mystery. 
In the past, farmers used the soybean cyst nematode resistant soybeans, and they practiced crop rotation to keep the nematodes in check. An infected field can lose as much as 75 percent of its yield -- a devastating loss to an individual farmer, and a serious challenge to the multi-billion dollar soybean industry. 
Now that the gene is identified, plant breeders know which gene to emphasize in breeding resistant varieties of soybean. This discovery comes at a time when farmers desperately need new solutions, as the nematodes adapt and find ways through the soybeans' defenses. 
"We realized we had the gene about two years ago," Meksem said, noting that the University of Missouri team worked closely with them to determine how the gene worked -- an ongoing part of the research.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Results: Round 1 of Saluki Idea Competition

Congratulations to all competitors and thanks to everyone who voted online!  The list of the top 5 vote earners in the online voting round of the Saluki Idea Competition is available at  The final round takes place at the Tech Expo in Carbondale on Friday, where the top five do a 3-minute elevator pitch in front of a panel of judges to win prizes.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Reminder: VOTE

Last day to vote in the Saluki Idea Competition!  Round 1 voting closes tonight at midnight.  Go to now to vote.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Technology and Innovation Expo is Oct. 19

The Saluki Times

October 12, 2012

By Christi Mathis


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 2012 Technology and Innovation Expo next week will celebrate the innovative spirit and discovery that are an intrinsic part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a top-tier research University. 
The fourth annual expo, "Sustaining Our Community," is Friday, Oct. 19, and will highlight the ways the University fuels growth and development in the region and beyond Southern Illinois. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale. Registration and a continental breakfast start the day. 
University faculty members will present their technology innovations, giving participants an opportunity to view exciting patented and patent-pending inventions, concepts and more. Michael Marlaire, an SIU Carbondale alumnus and NASA Research Park director, will present the keynote address, and there will also be a panel discussion that focuses on "Leveraging Knowledge and Technology for Sustainable Property." John Caupert, a University alumnus and director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, will serve as moderator for the discussion. 
The Innovation Awards presentation will recognize the Inventor of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Startup of the Year and Student Startup of the Year. During the afternoon, teams led by SIU students will showcase their ingenuity, originality, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit as they compete for cash prizes in the Saluki Idea Competition. 
Teams have developed a variety of ideas for new products or services in conjunction with the theme of the day. Online voting is under way for the contest and continues until 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Visit to see the original Saluki ideas and cast your ballots. The top five vote recipients will highlight their work at the Tech Expo as they vie for prizes of up to $500. 
Registration for the expo is $25 per person, and includes a catered luncheon featuring regional food and drink favorites and the afternoon reception. Participants will enjoy learning about the latest technological innovations and research advances at the University and networking with others in business, industry, finance, economic development, academia and other venues. 
Details about the expo, registration and the event's live webcast are available at More information is also available from Amy McMorrow Hunter at or by calling 618/453-4556.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


We have 13 teams currently competing for votes in the first round of the Saluki Idea Competition. 
  • Please go to and VOTE NOW for what you believe to be the most innovative, novel, commercially viable idea for a product or service related to "Sustainability in your Community." 
  • Please pass this note along to students, colleagues, friends, email lists, and anyone else you think would be interested in voting. 
  • The deadline for voting is this Sunday, October 14th, at midnight. One vote per email address.
Winners of the first round will be announced October 15. Thank you!

As a reminder, the Saluki Idea Competition is part of the 4th Annual Technology and Innovation Expo on October 19.  The final round of judging will take place at the Expo.  Please contact or (618) 453-4556 for information on how to register for the event.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition open to voters


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via The Daily Egyptian by ezinchuk on 10/4/12

Some students have pitched their big ideas in hopes to win some extra cash and recognition. A new event this year titled the Saluki Idea Competition, received its last submissions Thursday and is open for voting online at today through Oct. 14. Similar competitions were held at other research universities, and the Saluki Idea [...]


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Voting is OPEN for the Saluki Idea Competition

Voting for the Saluki Idea Competition is ON! Please go to and vote. One vote per email!:)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

COUNTDOWN: Saluki Idea Competition

Exactly 2 days/48 hours until the online submission deadline.  Please go to NOW and enter your idea.  Don't forget to submit it for approval!:)


That was a great Coffee Talk, thanks to everyone who dropped in.  If you missed it, there's always next First Tuesday.;)

Coffee Talk Now!

We're heading over to the Student Center McDonald's and we'll be there till 11am this morning.  Stop in for coffee and rolls and chat about tech transfer, innovation and/or the Saluki Idea Competition.

SIU Technology Transfer Program:
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Reminder: Coffee Talk Tomorrow

Please join us at the SIU Student Center McDonald's from 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for coffee and rolls.