Nayoung Kim is a seventh-year Ph.D. student in educational psychology.
Jodi A. Flaws, a professor of comparative biosciences, and graduate student Katie (Catheryne) Chiang recently conducted a study that found doses of phthalate DiNP to be disruptive to the reproductive cycles of female mice. Phthalates, also known as plasticizers, are found in many consumer goods.
Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry, has been named a new faculty member at the Beckman Institute. He will join Beckman's Molecular Design and Engineering (MDE) Group, which is part of the Molecular Science and Engineering research theme. Burke's research interests include the synthesis and study of small molecules with protein-like functions. More information is available on his chemistry faculty page.
Two of the three University of Illinois faculty members recently selected for endowed chairs have connections to the Beckman Institute. Nancy Sottos, a professor of materials science and engineering, and Jiawei Han, a professor of computer science, were named Swanlund Endowed and Michael Aiken chairs, respectively.
Mariana Kersh, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, will speak at the next Beckman Institute Director's Seminar at noon, Thursday, Feb. 14, in Room 1005. Kersh will discuss “The Scaling of Bone Strength during Growth and Aging: Is Bigger Better?" Lunch is provided.
Meg Dickinson recently joined the Beckman community as the Director of Communications.
Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, discusses how technology such as drones and artificial intelligence can help farmers grow more food.
Aditi Das, an assistant professor of comparative biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a Beckman Institute faculty member, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Nutrition and its Foundation. This award recognizes an investigator who is within 10 years of postgraduate training and who has contributed outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.
Kiel Christianson, a professor of educational psychology and a Beckman faculty member, and graduate student Nayoung Kim found in their new study that students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning.
Dominika Pindus, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health, is joining the Beckman Institute as a new faculty member in the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group.
Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Beckman faculty member, has recently published the first volume of a book that aims to provoide readers with basic concpets of optics and methods used in the biomedical optics field. "My goal with this volume series is to present a unifying set of principles and descriptions for the various methods in the biomedical optics field," said Popescu on his book titled Principles of Biophotonics.
Hagfish produce a mighty slime that expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second and clogs the gills of potential preditors, yet is one of the softest materials ever measured. Randy Ewoldt, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, comments in this Atlanic article in relation to the hagfish's greatest defense. Ewoldt is a member of the Molecular Design and Engineering Group.
Christian Konopka, a Ph.D. student in bioengineering and a member of the Multimodal Vascular Imaging Group, and Alison Wallum, a Ph.D. student in chemistry and a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, will present their research at the Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served.
Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study. Beckman faculty members on the research team include Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and dean of the College of Engineering; and Marni Boppart, a professor of Kinesiology and Community Health.
Research conducted at the Beckman Institute advances knowledge of auditory perceptual simulation (APS) and how readers process language. The findings could lead to new teaching methods for struggling readers or second language learners.