A group of researchers at the Beckman Institute, led by psychology professor Aron Barbey and postdoctoral researcher Tanveer Talukdar, investigated whether individual differences in brain connectivity were associated with decision-making, using functional MRI and a comprehensive test of decision-making. Barbey and Talukdar are members of Beckman’s Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group.
The Beckman Institute atrium became a learning laboratory for Amanda Henderson's MFA thesis project. Focusing on atriums in higher education facilities, Henderson observed visitors' use of the space and how they interacted with new items in the atrium.
“There are many molecules in the brain, such as metabolites and neurotransmitters, which are very important in terms of brain function, and provide abundant information in characterizing different types of diseases,” said Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Fan Lam.
With more than 1,000 applications, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has accepted 32 with full scholarships. Brian Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, said students have to complete coursework that has been designed to include engineering concepts, so students will learn aspects of engineering that will still meet all the accreditation requirements that every doctor has to obtain.
Chad Rienstra, a professor of chemistry, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology, has been named an affiliate faculty member in Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Working Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme.
Ken Suslick, professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been awarded the American Institue of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award. This award recognizes chemists and chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions advancing the science of chemistry or impacting the chemical industry or the chemical profession.
By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. Psychology professor Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yuta Katsumi—both members of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group—hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.
Whether from accidents, natural disasters, or combat, traumatic injuries that cause profound blood loss are responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide. Recently, Dipanjan Pan and his team have developed artificial red blood cells to serve as a blood substitute and a bridging therapy that may keep injured people alive until they can get to a hospital and access a donated, fresh blood supply. Pan is an associate professor of bioengineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
The new 2018 Fellows at the Beckman Institute span research areas as diverse as materials science, chemistry, neuroscience, biology, physical fitness, and nanomaterials. The fellowship recipients are Aaron Anderson, Kevin Clark, Jamila Hedhli, Ryan Hubbard, Matthew Moore, Tian “Autumn” Qiu, and Jianfeng Wang.
Girish Chowdhary, agricultural and biological engineering professor and member of Beckman's Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, leads a team of students, engineers, and postdoctoral researchers in the development of the crop phenotyping robot. TerraSentia fills “a big gap in the current agricultural equipment market” between massive machinery that cultivates or sprays many acres quickly and human workers who can perform tasks requiring precision but move much more slowly, Chowdhary said.
Rashid Bashir, the executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a professor of bioengineering, and a member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been selected as a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) fellow, in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology. RSC fellowships are the highest level of membership in the organization.
Megan Finnegan is a 3rd year student studying dual PhD Neuroscience and Clinical/Community Psychology.
Reconstruct, Inc., founded by Illinois professors Mani Golparvar-Fard and Derek Hoiem, closed $2.4M in seed funding led by Serra Ventures. Derek Hoiem is a member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group. Reconstruct's new CEO, Zak MacRunnels, joins Golparvar-Fard and Hoiem as they open their Silicon Valley office. Reconstruct is a software-as-a-service construction technology company that integrates three things simultaneously: reality capturing, building information modeling (BIM) and project scheduling.
The next Beckman Institute Tech Talk will feature Aya Takase, a senior scientist for the Rigaku Americas Corp., at noon, Tuesday, March 13, in Room 5602. In her talk, “X-Ray Vision: Introduction to Non-Destructive 3D Microscopy,” Dr. Takase will present an introduction to the basic physics behind X-ray CT and example applications from the nano3DX and CT Lab. Rigaku is an international manufacturer and distributor of scientific, analytical, and industrial instruments specializing in x-ray related technologies. Lunch is provided.