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11 am news

New No. 3 hitter Carpenter gets the easy RBI

2017-03-29 11:41:00 STLToday.com
Cardinals, Nationals tied at 1-1 in second. Cardinals enter with 19-8-4 record. Read Full Story ...

Matheny says good spring record has meaning

2017-03-29 11:25:00 STLToday.com
Peralta will hit fourth, Piscotty sixth as Wacha makes seventh start. Cardinals are 19-8-4. Read Full Story ...

Missouri lawmakers pushing for ban on toll roads

2017-03-29 11:19:00 STLToday.com
Under state budget proposal, the Missouri Department of Transportation would be prohibited from using state funds for purposes related to tolls. Read Full Story ...

Ranch-dressing restaurant in Soulard flooded with visitors after going viral in Buzzfeed video

2017-03-29 11:15:00 STLToday.com
Buzzfeed bit leads to three-hour waits, early closing for Twisted Ranch Read Full Story ...

Chuck Berry's family announces St. Louis funeral plans

2017-03-29 11:07:00 STLToday.com
Viewing set at the Pageant on April 9. Read Full Story ...

'Nobodies' brings star power to TV Land

2017-03-29 11:00:00 STLToday.com
Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone are executive producers of the comedy, but don't star. Read Full Story ...

10 am news



Mother nature plans a stormy day and a wet week for the St. Louis

2017-03-29 10:47:00 STLToday.com
Today's high will be in the upper 60s, with a windy and possibly stormy afternoon and evening. Read Full Story ...

No LGBTQ category included in Census proposal for 2020 count

2017-03-29 10:12:00 STLToday.com
The category had been sought by gay rights advocates. Read Full Story ...

WashU master's student, 73, dies after heart attack on campus

2017-03-29 10:00:00 STLToday.com
Donald Stahl was a retired social worker pursuing a master's degree in international affairs. Read Full Story ...

9 am news



Attorney General Sessions to speak in St. Louis on Friday

2017-03-29 09:54:00 STLToday.com
To speak at federal courthouse at 10 a.m. Read Full Story ...

Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

2017-03-29 09:45:00 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON ? A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. Read Full Story ...

Driver strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

2017-03-29 09:12:00 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON ? Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. Read Full Story ...

Woman killed in head-on crash in St. Francois County

2017-03-29 09:09:00 STLToday.com
The woman who died and two people who were injured had been wearing seat belts, the patrol said. Read Full Story ...

8 am news



SIUE Awarded NSF MRI Grant for Instrument Development

2017-03-29 08:45:00 SIUE.edu

SIUE Graduate student Pohan Wang, of Taiwan, is seated in the research lab, with fellow student Bryan Orabutt, of Springfield, and Dr. George Engel (back), looking on.The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a $204,565 grant through its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program for a project under the direction of principal investigator George Engel, PhD, professor in the School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The award supports Engel and his graduate students’ research involving the development of custom microchips that are used in experiments conducted by physicists from Washington University, Texas A&M, Florida State University, and several other universities.

The integrated circuit design conducted in Engel’s research lab involves extremely detailed work that results in the creation of tiny, yet powerful, microchips that are approximately 5x7 millimeters in size. The chips are capable of replacing huge racks of electronics that used to be required to conduct these types of experiments.

“This is a two-year grant, that really has three parts,” Engel explained. “We have promised to add features to two existing chips that we previously created. One chip, able to identify the type of radiation being detected, can be potentially used in handheld radiation monitors for first responders. The second allows physicists to obtain extremely precise energy measurements. It can count as little as 3,000 electrons.

The integrated circuit design conducted in Engel’s research lab involves extremely detailed work that results in the creation of tiny, yet powerful, microchips that are approximately 5x7 millimeters in size.“Finally, we’re working on a new custom chip, designed to be used in conjunction with the aforementioned chip which can determine the type of radiation present.  The additional chip will greatly reduce overall instrument size. The ultimate goal of the research project is to understand the origins of the universe.”

As a teacher-scholar, Engel consistently involves graduate students in his research and instrument development activities.

Currently, master’s candidates in the electrical engineering program Bryan Orabutt, of Springfield, and Pohan Wang, of Taiwan, are involved. Their hands-on experience will make them highly prepared for the professional industry upon graduation.

“The reason our students are in high-demand in industry is because they have the opportunity to work on a complete chip,” Engel said. “They’re able to hit the ground running, because they have gone through this experience first-hand.”

The design and fabrication of the microchips involves complex attention to detail and hours of careful work.

“If you look at a magnified plot of a microchip, you can see there are about 100,000 components on it,” Engel explained. “Everything has to be specified by us. There are wires that have to be placed on a die to connect the transistors that we’ve drawn. One of the wires is probably 1/25 the diameter of human hair. It’s extremely intricate.”

“We anticipate the enhanced version of one of our chips will go into fabrication this summer,” he added. “The files will be transmitted to the West Coast, then the fabrication will occur in Idaho, then the parts will be sent out for packaging. When they return to us about three months later, we take those parts and integrate them onto a printed circuit board and assemble the complete instrument.”

According to Engel and his graduate students, the work fits their passion for electronics, with the added bonus of having a significant impact on research and development.

“What really is quite gratifying is that these chips, while initially intended for use in an experiment alone, may perhaps find use in instruments used by first responders,” Engel said. “This work has turned into something much bigger than I originally thought and that is incredibly exciting.”

Photo: SIUE Graduate student Pohan Wang, of Taiwan, is seated in the research lab, with fellow student Bryan Orabutt, of Springfield, and Dr. George Engel (back), looking on.

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Woman killed in crash involving wrong-way driver in St. Louis

2017-03-29 08:34:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis police say two other people were hurt. Read Full Story ...

Woman killed in crash involving wrong-way driver on I-55 in St. Louis

2017-03-29 08:34:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis police say two other people were hurt. Read Full Story ...

Cards to use regular lineup in Florida finale

2017-03-29 08:20:00 STLToday.com
Peralta will hit fourth, Piscotty sixth as Wacha makes seventh start. Cardinals are 19-8-4. Read Full Story ...

Police ID man who died in St. Louis crash after losing control of SUV

2017-03-29 08:15:00 STLToday.com
The driver has not yet been positively identified. Read Full Story ...

Indonesia man swallowed by python, villagers and reports say

2017-03-29 08:00:00 STLToday.com
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ? A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said. Read Full Story ...

7 am news



Missouri Capitol renovations hit roadblock

2017-03-29 07:30:00 STLToday.com
Efforts to upgrade the century-old Missouri state Capitol have been put on hold by Gov. Eric Greitens. Read Full Story ...

6 am news



Kirkwood Schools ask voters a second time for tax increase

2017-03-29 06:45:00 STLToday.com
The high-performing district has cut $5 million from its budget since its last tax increase proposal failed in 2015. Read Full Story ...

Pilots keep risking oxygen loss in Boeing F-18 Trump favors

2017-03-29 06:16:00 STLToday.com
Unexplained increase in 'physiological episodes' casts cloud over St. Louis-made fighters. Read Full Story ...

Navy concerned about F-18 pilots experiencing oxygen loss

2017-03-29 06:16:00 STLToday.com
Unexplained increase in 'physiological episodes' casts cloud over St. Louis-made fighters. Read Full Story ...

5 am news



Shootings at Schnucks in Ladue, home in North County leave 3 dead from domestic violence

2017-03-29 05:15:00 STLToday.com
Woman murdered, another critically injured in unrelated incidents. In each, a male suspect killed himself. Read Full Story ...

4 am news



Farmers report Illinois peaches survive late-season freeze

2017-03-29 04:43:00 STLToday.com
Peach buds began sprouting two weeks ago in the sunshine. Read Full Story ...

1 am news



Matheny confident Molina can handle the workload into his late 30s

2017-03-29 01:55:00 STLToday.com
Discussions about contract extension continue to unfold. Read Full Story ...

Hochman: Porter Jr. makes Mizzou sales pitch to other top players

2017-03-29 01:50:00 STLToday.com
Porter Jr. is giving other top recruits an MU sales pitch. Read Full Story ...

Hochman: Porter Jr. makes Mizzou sales pitch to elite players

2017-03-29 01:50:00 STLToday.com
Porter Jr. is giving other top recruits an MU sales pitch. Read Full Story ...

BenFred: Cardinals' defense starting to shape up

2017-03-29 01:45:00 STLToday.com
Defense improves from 2016 ? with a point to prove. Read Full Story ...

Hochman: With Porter Jr. on board, Mizzou fans can dream big

2017-03-29 01:40:00 STLToday.com
Porter Jr. is giving other top recruits an MU sales pitch. Read Full Story ...

Fryer feels like he's back home as a Cardinal

2017-03-29 01:30:00 STLToday.com
Backup catcher returns to Cards after strong showing in 2016. Read Full Story ...

Unlikely trio boosting Blues in playoff push

2017-03-29 01:15:00 STLToday.com
Yakupov, Sanford and Barbashev suddenly making their presence felt. Read Full Story ...

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