The doors of the Beckman Institute will be locked beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, and will reopen again at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.
In an article examining how universities are working to curb the prevalence of harassment against researchers, Beckman affiliate Kathryn Clancy discusses the variance of how sexual assault policies are experienced. Clancy led a study that found one in five scientists were sexually assaulted in the field.
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG) at the Beckman Institute worked with scientist Theo Gray to create an app that brings molecules to life in a handheld device.
Beckman faculty member Martin Gruebele led a team that developed a way to watch how unfolded proteins move through a cell using a fluorescent microscope and three-dimensional diffusion modeling.
Eight faculty members from the Urbana-Champaign campus gave brief presentations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on their research and outreach activities. Beckman full-time faculty member Marni Boppart’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for muscle repair and growth post-exercise. This information is then used to develop novel cell- and pharmacological-based interventions that can prevent or treat loss of muscle mass and function with age.
With Nobel Laureate Paul Lauterbur, the inventor of magnetic resonance imaging, as a mentor, Zhi-Pei Liang has spent more than two decades tackling MRI problems in domains ranging from physics to signal processing, with a recent breakthrough in molecular imaging.
Researchers at the University of Illinois, led by Jianjun Cheng of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and packaging.
The School of Chemical Sciences has announced the winner and finalists of the 2014 SCS Image Challenge. Sizhu You, from Beckman faculty member Ken Suslick group, was awarded the top prize with "From the New World: A Sugar Planet." Other finalists with advisors from Beckman include Melinda Sindoro, from Steve Granick's group; Boon Chong Goh, from Klaus Schulten's group; and Tyler Earnest, from Zan Luthey-Schulten's group.
Gene Robinson, Beckman affiliate in Neurotech, and colleagues reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that distantly related organisms share some key genetic mechanisms that help them respond to threats,
In a New York Times op-ed piece, Beckman affiliate Dan Simons, of the Human Perception and Performance Group, and Christopher Chabris explore why we sometimes can't remember events accurately and the implications that come with false memories. Simons and Chabris are the authors of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us.
While there is some debate on whether brain training games affect cognitive performance, scientists have already identified activities that do, including physical activity. In a long series of studies, Beckman director Art Kramer has convincingly demonstrated that aerobic exercise improves cognitive functioning.
Sage Dunham (NeuroTech), Alex Cerjanic (Bioimaging), and Jun Li (Autonomous Materials Systems) will present on Wednesday, December 10 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Researchers have developed a method to activate electronic implants in the body and eliminate bacterial infections using a wireless signal. The technology was developed by researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts and the University of Illinois, including Beckman researchers John Rogers and Stanley Kim.
Eurydice Bauer, associate professor in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, has been named an affiliate in the Cognitive Science Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Joseph Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dan Roth, part-time faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group and professor of computer science, are among six faculty members from Illinois who have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.