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. The presentations address health and wellness research from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, underscore the broad excellence of the campus, and give keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois, and why they choose to stay. Beckman full-time faculty member Aron Barbey has led several of the largest and most comprehensive human lesion studies of high-level cognitive functions.
Beckman affiliate Steve LaValle has returned to Illinois as a professor of computer science and robotics following a two-year stint as principal scientist at Oculus VR Inc. LaValle is setting up research labs for Oculus and the university and is preparing a new course on virtual reality that he’ll teach next spring. He shares his hopes for the technology and what he learned about Silicon Valley.
University of Illinois Beckman Institute postdoctoral researcher Agnieszka Burzynska and her colleagues found that physical activity and sedentary behavior are each associated with specific differences in brain white matter integrity.
The October Director's Seminar will feature Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Brad Deutsch and Sarah Erickson-Bhatt. They will present on Thursday, October 2 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Avinash Kumar, a graduate student in the ECE department and the Beckman Institute, was recently honored with the Piero Zamperoni Best Student Paper Award for his paper titled “Generalized Radial Alignment Constraint for Camera Calibration” at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2014). This award acknowledges and encourages excellence in pattern recognition research by students. Kumar is advised by Beckman faculty member Narendra Ahuja, who also co-authored the paper.
Published in Science Translational Medicine, Stephen Boppart, full-time faculty member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, reviews how low-cost, portable optical imaging technologies can enhance primary care and global health, and what steps need to be taken to get these technologies to point-of-care and point-of-procedure in both developed and developing countries.
Mariana Kersh, assistant professor in mechanical science and engineering, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Bioimaging Science and Technology research group, within the Integrative Imaging theme.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), characterized by intrusive and persistent thoughts that are often accompanied by repetitive or ritualized acts, is a serious clinical disorder that can significantly impact a person’s ability to function and go about daily life. Neuroimaging data have hinted at a link between OCD and brain areas that contribute to executive function (EF), a group of critical cognitive abilities that regulate lower-level cognitive processes. This research was led by Wendy Heller of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group.
It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from Beckman Institute researchers, led by Gabriel Popescu, member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Brett Krull (Autonomous Materials Systems), Jackie Rankin (Bioimaging Science and Technology), Chad Webb (3D Micro- and Nanosystems) will present on September 17 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
In four recent papers, Princess Imoukhuede, Beckman affiliate faculty in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and co-authors have made significant progress in personalizing angiogenesis inhibition cancer treatments. Imoukhuede’s lab is working to better understand the tumor microenvironment and why the same type of tumor may behave differently in people.
Jean-Pierre Leburton, professor of electrical and computer engineering and full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, will present on Thursday, September 11 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Paul Braun, of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and graduate student Chunjie Zhang developed a continuous glucose-monitoring system that changes color when glucose levels rise.
Two Beckman research teams have received Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits.
Scientists, led by John Rogers from Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, have developed a color-changing device inspired by octopuses and their natural camouflaging techniques. The research, carried out at the University of Houston and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, looked at how the skins of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish can change color so rapidly. From there, researchers were able to design a heat-sensitive sheet that quickly changes color when detecting light.