August 6, 2014

SIUE researcher presents breakthrough findings at D.C. energy conference

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville researcher Arun Athmanathan presented his findings this week on corn stover pretreatment methods at a U.S. Department of Energy conference in Washington, D.C.

"Arun's selection for presentation at a high-profile Department of Energy conference is a testament to the success of our postdoctoral fellowship program," said John Caupert, director of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center.

"Thanks to the foresight and vision of SIUE and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, our research team continues to deliver impactful research, compete for new grant-funded research opportunities, and share NCERC's research findings with diverse audiences of industry, policy-makers and academia. We congratulate Arun on this professional achievement and look forward to his future successes."

Athmanathan joined the NCERC in January as a result of a joint initiative between the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and SIUE to launch a postdoctoral fellowship research program.

Southwestern Illinois College is looking for students who want to take a detour from their current career path and get into the road construction field.

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is a 12-week course that starts Sept. 2. It provides an introduction to basic tools, equipment, math and communication skills needed to land a job in the road construction industry.

Classes will be held at SWIC's East St. Louis Community College Center at 601 James R. Thompson Blvd.

To sign up or for more information, contact Melissa Snelson at 618-874-6528 or go to

SWIC this month will offer help to people who'd like to get their GED credential.

A free SWIC GED high school equivalency test preparation course will be offered at the college's Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St., this fall.

The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 2 and Oct. 9.

A mandatory preregistration and orientation session is required It will be held Aug. 26.

Call 618-235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525, to learn more about the GED class and to schedule a preregistration appointment.

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