As part of the 21st Century Scientists Workshop, there will be a free public panel on traditional and alternative science careers at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. Among the panelists is Patty Jones, associate director for research at the Beckman Institute.
In a study of mice, University of Illinois researchers linked BPA exposure during pregnancy to reproductive problems in the next three generations. This project was done in conjunction with the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, based at the Beckman Institute.
To gain a greater understanding of the evolutionary histories of insects, Chip Austin, a graduate student in entomology, documents minute details through microCT images.
Yang Zhang, affiliate faculty member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, co-lead a team of researchers that have found a new class of alloys that retain enhanced mechanical properties even when the mixing is uneven or disordered, which opens up new possibilities for future alloy design.
Klaus Schluten, of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and a professor of physics at Illinois, is leading one of three research teams chosen to gain new understanding of the deadly Ebola virus using the computational power of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer. Allocations for the study were provided through the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research program.
Eva Telzer, University of Illinois psychology professor and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and her colleagues found that children’s brain responses to opposite-sex faces differ as they mature.
Steven Gonzalez Jr., founder of The Survivor Games, will be presenting a seminar entitled "The Survivor Games: Surviving Chemotherapy through Video Games," noon, Friday April 24, 5602 Beckman Institute. The Survivor Games is a virtual arcade where teenagers with cancer can play, watch, and discuss video games in a safe and supportive environment that builds friendships, confidence, strength, and hope so that they don’t have to endure cancer alone. Survivor Games founder Steven Gonzalez Jr. is a cancer survivor who will describe his journey and the benefits of gaming technology for health.
A roundtable discussion will follow.
Researchers in Beckman’s Lifelong Brain and Cognition Lab investigate the brain for differences in cognitive performance among healthy aging individuals.
A team of researchers, led by John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has shown how to strip out metallic carbon nanotubes from arrays using a relatively simple, scalable procedure that does not require expensive equipment.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer is quoted in an article in the Washington Post about how fencing, which requires learning a variety of complex motor functions, can help the aging mind. According to studies published by Kramer and colleagues, physical activity is associated with more-compact and fibrous white matter in the brains of children and older adults. White matter plays a role in attention and memory, and it deteriorates with age.
On April 2, WILL-TV hosted doctors, families, and cancer survivors for the program "Living With Cancer in Central Illinois: Diagnoses & Decisions." Three panelists, including Rohit Bhargava, bioengineering professor and full-time faculty member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, discussed issues related to cancer genetic testing and the challenging decisions to make after cancer diagnosis.
Using an ultrasonic hammer, researchers from the University of Illinois, co-led by Ken Suslick of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, used sound to trigger microscopic explosions, giving insight into how explosives work and how to control them.
Zahra Mohaghegh, affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group and assitant professor in nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering (NPRE), has received the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at Illinois. An NPRE faculty member the past two years, Mohaghegh has pioneered research in systematic causal modeling of the interactions of physical and social failure mechanisms and in incorporating big data analytics into probabilistic risk assessment (PRA).
Taewoo Kim (Bioimaging/NeuroTech), Pooya Khorrami (Image Formation and Processing), and Tim Mahrt (Cognitive Science) will present on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
An experimental drug rapidly shrinks most tumors in a mouse model of human breast cancer, University of Illinois researchers report. The experimental drug, BHPI, binds to the estrogen receptor and disrupts the growth of cancer cells. William Helferich, food science and human nutrition professor and Beckman affiliate faculty member, was involved in this work.