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SLU Biologist Selected for EPA Council Position

SLU Biologist Selected for EPA Council Position

Conor Dorn, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


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At the end of January, SLU biologist Jason Knouft, Ph.D. was chosen to serve on the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, or NACPET. The NACPET was founded in 1988 to provide independent advice to the Environmental Protection Agency. The council deals with a broad range of env...

Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: The Struggles of Women Going into Male-Dominated Fields

Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: The Struggles of Women Going into Male-Dominated Fields

Riley Mack, News Editor

January 30, 2019


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For women during World War II, it was Rosie the Riveter telling them “We Can Do It” that motivated them to step into the male-dominated workforce; for college-aged females today, it is breaking the glass ceiling. Currently, women in majority-male workplaces can expect higher rates of gender discrimin...

Hair care: The long and short of it all

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February 20, 2013


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Hair. We all have it. It takes some people all morning to style it. Many of us continually damage it with blow dryers, straighteners and curlers. Multiple products are applied without knowing how they react to one another. Choosing a hair dresser makes or breaks a look. Our relationship with our hair...

Blind can see is no longer just a Bible miracle

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February 20, 2013


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After almost two decades of planning, developing and funding, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has finally been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Essentially a prosthetic retina, called the bionic eye by some scientists, this new technology is the first of its kind to be...

Meteor of the century crashes into Russia

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February 20, 2013


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A meteor crashed to Earth on Friday over Russia’s Ural Mountains, and ended its descent in a flaming formidable blast that injured around 1,000 people. According to CNN.com, Chelyabinsk, the nearest hard-hit city, experienced the most damages from the sonic waves. Shattered glass exploded out of...

Grocery shopping mindlessly

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February 20, 2013


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Grocery stores aren’t all created equal. That fact is pretty obvious to anyone that has been to more than one Schnucks. The ambiance found at Whole Foods is quite different from Aldi. However, most grocery stores are designed in similar fashions. The Food Marketing Institute found that in 2010,...

Fish swims to discovery

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December 6, 2012


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Dr. Richard Mayden, of Saint Louis University’s biology department, and Steven Layman, of Geosyntec Consultants in Kennesaw, Ga., discovered five new species of fish in the U.S. this past month. Mayden holds the W.S. Barnickle Endowed Chair of Natural Sciences at SLU and has netted nearly $4 million...

Science Center, an attraction for all ages

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December 3, 2012


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St. Louis offers its residences and visitors many free, exciting attractions, one of those being the St. Louis Science Center. Located at 5050 Oakland Ave., the Science Center sits in Forest Park along with other free attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, the art museum, the history museum, and the Muny. Named...

Meningitis: Deadly Contagion Spreads Through U.S.

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November 1, 2012


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This year, over 350 cases of meningitis have been reported in the United States alone, 25 of them resulting in death.   The outbreak has been traced to pharmacies which administer injected drugs, primarily steroids.  Boston.com reported that pharmacies, like the New England Compounding Center...

Plastic bags go green

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November 1, 2012


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Green technology isn’t just a thing of the future; researchers in Buenos Aires and France have made breakthroughs in edible plastic to help cut down on plastic waste across the globe.   According to the  Environmental Protection Agency, 31 million tons of plastic waste were generated in...

Exposed: The man responsible for body worlds

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November 1, 2012


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You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that hasn’t once dreamt of becoming a rock star.  Luckily, becoming one doesn’t require a drug habit or smashing good looks. Scientists are breaking rules and pushing limits much similar to the way that Gene Simmons and the gang did back in the 70s, but...

Caffeinated consciousness

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November 1, 2012


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Caffeine is a common staple among American adults. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, almost 90 percent of adults ingest caffeine every day, making it most people’s drug of choice.   Caffeine keeps many college campuses running. Faced with a full night of papers...

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