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Dr. Randy DeMik
Dr. Randy DeMik
Laser Study
Imagine piloting a commercial airplane in to a landing, when you are suddenly distracted by a flash of bright green light. Your co-pilot takes over, safely bringing the aircraft home. You were lucky this time, but things could have been much worse. Dr. Randy DeMik and a team of Lewis University professors and students from disciplines in aviation and physics are studying the effects of laser attacks, ever more common, on pilots of commercial and private planes. [More]
Dr. James Rago
Dr. James Rago
Staphylococcus Aureus Research
It's a fact that many hospitals today continue to battle in-house bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a particularly virulent bacterium, and other species, such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff ) continue on their own paths to antibiotic resistance. Even ordinary staph germs can infect vulnerable patients and cause infections of the bones, joints, the blood, and organs such as the lungs, heart or brain. [More]
Dr. Erin Zimmer
Dr. Erin Zimmer
Rapid Expansion of Invasive Phragmites Australis
When plants and animals make their way into foreign lands, the results can be devastating to native ecosystems that have over thousands of years achieved a balance of existence. Illinois is currently seeing the negative effects of invasive populations of zebra mussels that have taken up residence in Lake Michigan and of Asian carp, which are making their way up the Illinois River toward the Great Lakes [More]
Dr. Jason Keleher
Dr. Jason Keleher
Small Problems with Big Impact
Nanotechnology, whose prefix "nano" represents one-billionth of a unit, utilizes the "science of the small," to manipulate systems at the level of atoms, molecules, and supramolecular assemblies. Control of matter at the nanoscale already plays an important role in scientific disciplines as diverse as physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, medicine, engineering, and computer simulation. [More]
Dr. Ray Klump
Dr. Ray Klump
Aimed to Protect Electric Grid from Cybersecurity Attacks
The impact of the computer virus Stuxnet in damaging Iran's nuclear facility has opened concerns about the safety of our own nation's infrastructure, particularly the power grid. Many electricity providers are in the process of upgrading their infrastructure to include smart grids, with various systems that interact with each other digitally. A virus or worm slipped into one system could wreak havoc on the entire grid. The research of Lewis University's Dr. Ray Klump aims to protect our country's valuable electric grid against such attacks. [More]
Dr. Joe Kozminski
Dr. Joe Kozminski
Particle Detector Experiments Pave Way for Studies of the Early Days of the Universe
It's been a little more than half a century since scientists discovered that atoms consisted of even smaller particles than just protons, electrons, and neutrons. In the years since, around 200 such particles have been found, most by colliding particles traveling near the speed of light against each other or at targets. [More]

Dr. Jerry Kavouras
Dr. Jerry Kavouras

Biofilms: A Healthy Natural, or Treacherously Unnatural, Layer of Germs
On many surfaces in the environment, there grows a complex layer of microorganisms that protect their mini-habitat with a "slime," or biofilm. Surprisingly, biofilms can grow in homes, too, and office buildings and even, to a deadly
degree, in hospitals. Lewis University Director of Environmental Science and Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, is conducting research to better understand the basic mechanisms of formation of these biofilms. [More]