Aron Barbey, associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, Marta Zamroziewicz, graduate research assistant, and Chris Zwilling, postdoctoral researcher, conducted a new study linking blood levels of a key nutrient to brain structure and cognition in older adults.
The next Graduate Seminar is held Wednesday, October 5, at noon in Room 1005. Brian Metzger from the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, Shachi Mittal from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Fatemeh Ostadhossein, bioengineering, are the presenters. Lunch will be served.
The Huang Symposium on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016, at Beckman Institute honors Thomas S. Huang, a longtime Beckman faculty member.
Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, will continue – and broaden – her research into environmental factors that affect child brain development, thanks to a new $2.9 million award to Illinois and the University of California, San Francisco. This grant will fund the first two years of what is expected to be a seven-year effort.
Kathryn Clancy, associate professor of anthropology and faculty member in Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, spoke recently on the subject of sexual harassment and assault in higher education at a conference sponsored several prominent scientific societies. This week, Clancy joins a federal legislative effort, led by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of San Francisco, that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex. Clancy spoke to University of Illinois life sciences editor Diana Yates about how awareness of sexual assault and harassment on campus has changed in recent years.
Illinois researchers, including Xiuling Li, professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, developed a method to etch tall, thin transistors for high performance with less error.
The first fall semester 2016 Graduate Student Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 21, at noon in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch is provided.
Beckman researchers Jean-Pierre Leburton and Lav Varshney recently received an Illinois Proof-of-Concept Award from the Office of Technology Management for a project entitled “Machine Learning for Nanopore Biodetection.”
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and colleagues discovered that higher levels of the nuclear transport gene XPO1 indicate when a patient is likely to be resistant to the popular drug tamoxifen.
Alejandro Lleras, professor of psychology and member in Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, is presenting on "Modeling Parallel Information Processing in Goal-Directed Vision," noon, Thursday, Sept. 15, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch is available.
Heidemarie Laurent, assistant professor of psychology, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Viktor Gruev, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging theme.
The Inaugural Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science at noon Monday, September 19, features Dr. Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at California Institute of Technology. Arnold will discuss "New Enzymes by Evolution: Expanding the Scope of Biocatalysis." The lecture is held in the Beckman Institute Auditorium and will be followed by a reception.
In 2014, a team led by Klaus Schulten, from Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, used the Titan supercomputer, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to construct and simulate a single chromatophore. The soccer ball-shaped chromatophore contained more than 100 million atoms—a significantly larger biomolecular system than any previously modeled.
Six of the University of Illinois wheelchair athletes competing in the Paralympics will be wearing racing gloves designed by U of I student Arielle Rausin, with help from the Visualization Lab at Beckman.