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Team of SIU Microbiology Researchers one of 23 teams chosen worldwide to reduce global warming.

Microbiology Lincoln Award
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Rusty Bailey, SIUC Media & Commu
SIU Carbondale Assistant Professor of Microbiology Scott Hamilton-Brehm, left, and Graduate students Tia Zimmerman, Center, and Jennifer Pierce, right, are part of a team competing with 22 other teams from around the world for the Xprize, funded by the Elon Musk Foundation, to reduce planet-warming carbon in our atmosphere.

A team of researchers at SIU Carbondale is competing in the Xprize Competition to come up with a way to efficiently remove planet-warming carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. In addition to fighting climate change, the team could bring 100s of millions of dollars to the University.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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