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Ships to Shots – The Remarkable Evolution of Clinical Trials

By Sneha Das, C2ST Intern, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Clinical trials have become a widely recognized household term, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization defines clinical trials as research that evaluates the human health outcomes of new tests and treatments like medicines, vaccines, medical devices, and surgical or behavioral procedures. This blog will take you on a fascinating journey of how clinical trials have developed over time.

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Trip Report: A Research Visit to Fermilab

By Nik Sultana, Illinois Institute of Technology


I am an assistant professor of computer science at Illinois Institute of Technology, where I work on developing cutting-edge techniques in computer networking and applying them to solve problems in other scientific fields and cybersecurity. During summer 2023 I had the good fortune of visiting Fermilab, the United States’s renowned research facility dedicated to high-energy particle physics and particle accelerator laboratory, to work on research. The research investigated how new computer networking techniques can support the science that’s being done at Fermilab. Temporarily transplanting my work to a different research environment helped generate new research ideas, and taught me a lot about working with scientists in research areas outside of computer networking.

Field Trip: A Visit to Fermilab


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How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research

By Ariane Tsai, C2ST Intern, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Genomic Biology

If you’re a student pursuing a STEM field in college, you’ve likely heard of undergraduate research. But what is it, and how can you get involved? Undergraduate research offers students the chance to conduct experiments and investigations under the guidance of a principal investigator (PI) and their graduate students. In this article, I’ll share insights into undergraduate research and offer guidance on getting started. 


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Ghostly Echoes from Fukushima Wastewater Reach Across Oceans and Generations

By Camilla Liu, The University of Chicago

In the coastal town of Fukushima, where fishermen once proudly displayed their catch and children’s laughter filled the air, a somber mood now lingers. On August 24, 2023, Japan decided to release over 1.3 million tonnes of treated nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant into the Pacific Ocean over the next 30 years.

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Inside the Mind of ChatGPT: The AI Chatbot Revealed

By Sneha Das, C2ST Intern, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Genomic Biology

In this blog, I (SD) had an intriguing chat with an unconventional guest – ChatGPT. Throughout the interview, ChatGPT made it clear that it’s an Artificial Intelligence language model, lacking personal preferences, emotions, or real-time data. Yet, that doesn’t take away from the captivating nature of our conversation. If you want to get inside the mind of ChatGPT, read on…


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Real-Time Monitor System in SDN via P4

By Yun Zi, Illinois Institute of Technology; This is a class project in IIT guided by Dr. Nik Sultana

In today’s interconnected world, networks play a vital role in enabling communication and data transfer between devices. Network interconnection devices refer to any hardware that connects different network resources, allowing these various devices to exchange information through different protocols and technologies. This enables the sharing and seamless flow of information among these devices, facilitating mutual connectivity and data exchange. 

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