A symposium honoring the career of Dr. Thomas S. Huang, professor of electrical and computer engineering and former co-chair of Beckman's Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction theme, will be held at the Beckman Institute Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1. The tentative schedule and registration information can be found here: huang-symposium.beckman.illinois.edu/.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) and will become the editor for the chemical biology subject area. An area of focus in Pan's nanotechnology work is using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, engineering and medicine to develop translational diagnostics and treatments.
Stephen Boppart, professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member in Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society at the organization’s annual international conference in August. Up to five recipients are selected for the award each year, and this year's awardees will be honored during the conference's opening session in Orlando, Fla.
The research group of Narayana Aluru, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, has demonstrated doping-induced tunable wetting and adhesion of graphene, revealing new and unique opportunities for advanced coating materials and transducers.
Cancer cells are able to evade a biochemical process that leads to cell death, which allows for uncontrolled cellular growth. Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has discovered a highly selective nanotechnology-based approach that can trigger the "suicide switch" for cancer cells.
Susan Schantz, professor of biosciences and full-time faculty member in the NeuroTech Group, directs the Children's Environmental Health Research Center at the University of Illinois, which is studying whether, and how, exposure to phthalates disrupts child brain development. Phthalates are used in some cosmetics, food packaging and products with fragrances.
Aditya Parameswaran, assistant professor of computer science, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
An article in Science magazine outlines the theories that explain how animals navigate using the Earth's magnetic field. In 2000, Beckman research Klaus Schulten published a study outlining his theory that magnetic fields could influence cryptochrome reactions to create light and dark patches in the visual fields of birds.
Aron Barbey, associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, led a study that linked specific brain markers to specific intellectual capabilities. Erick Paul, a postdoctoral researcher, and Ryan Larsen, a research scientist in Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center, contributed to the study, which begins to clarify how brain structure and chemistry give rise to specific aspects of “fluid intelligence,” the ability to adapt to new situations and solve problems one has never encountered before.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Tomasz Wrobel examines the chemical changes in tissues in order to predict the recurrence of prostate cancer.
Kyle Smith, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Liang Gao, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, has joined the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group as a full-time faculty member.
Maxwell Robb, a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, recently won the 2016 Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.
Not all MRI scans are the same! Thanks to funding from the Beckman Foundation and the University of Illinois, the Biomedical Imaging Center at Beckman can provide higher spatial resolution, reduced scanning time, and improved images. A timelapse video shows how the equipment was upgraded.
Randy Ewoldt, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been named an affiliate in the Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.