Kimberly Sam, who earned a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology from the U of I in May 2017, was one of 14 Illinois students and alumni offered student Fulbright grants to pursue international educational, research, and teaching experiences this coming year. Sam, a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group as an undergraduate, was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct medical research in Ecuador. She received the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research in 2016 to support research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute, and she spent two years studying models of traumatic brain injury in neuronal network models while serving as a research assistant for Bioengineering Professor Parijat Sengupta, also a member of the BST Group. Upon completing her Fulbright, Sam plans to attend medical school to pursue an M.D./Ph.D.
Little has been known about visceral fat and brain health in children. For a soon-to-be-published study, researchers from Northeastern University in Boston and at Illinois tracked hundreds of 8- to 10-year-old children in a nine-month after-school exercise program in Urbana. Charles Hillman, now at Northeastern University, conducted the study while at the Beckman Institute.
What do you think the next version of Beckman should look like? Would you like to comment on the Atrium and Café design proposals that are in the Atrium and your comment won’t fit on a Post-It Note? We invite you to continue the conversation—online or in person. Deana McDonagh, a professor of industrial design and a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, and second-year MFA candidate Amanda Henderson are Beckman designers-in-residence, and they will host a discussion and poster session June 22. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. in Room 1005, with a reception and poster session afterward in the Atrium. Or visit the Beckman Institute Discussion Board (NetID and password required) to share new ideas or comment on current conversations. (Click "Read Article" below to go to discussion board.)
In the "News and Views" section of Nature Materials, Joseph Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, discusses work by H-J Gao and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which uses bottom-up patterning to pattern atomically precise metal-semiconductor junctions that could be used in future devices.
Kyle Smith, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, believes that mechanical engineers have skills and knowledge to engineer the next generation of redox flow batteries, particularly in their training with design, mechanics, and transport phenomena. This includes recent work done by a Senior Design group advised by Smith.
Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American College of Cardiology for his contributions to translational nanomedicine in cardiovascular science. Working with clinical researchers, Pan has developed several patented classes of targeted theranostic nanotechnologies that are useful for diagnostic imaging and drug delivery in the treatment of artherosclerosis and cancer. In fact, scientists at Washington University have licensed this technology for commercial development.
Research by Rosalba Hernandez, an assistant professor of social work who is in the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, was mentioned in a commentary in the Standard-Examiner. “Various national surveys have shown that U.S. Latinos have a positive view of their lives and the future, surpassing whites and African-Americans in their belief that better times are ahead,” said Esther J. Cepeda, of the Washington Post Writers Group. The author went on to point out that Hernandez’s research even found a statistical connection between this positive outlook and better cardiovascular health outcomes for Latinos.
News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood chats with Anthony Griffin, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group.
Twelve student ventures have been named iVenture Acclerator startups, including Autonomic Energy Solutions, created by Anthony Griffin, a graduate research assistant in Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group. The student teams will work full time this summer with support from the iVenture Accelerator's intensive 10-week summer curriculum, a network of advisers, co-working space, and funding. Griffin, developed patented microcapsules that prevent fires in and extend the lives of batteries.
Autonomous Materials Systems Group members Nancy Sottos, a professor of materials science and engineering, and Scott White, a professor of aerospace engineering, say they’ve found a new way to make cellphone and laptop batteries safer and longer-lasting: self-healing technology.
Lav Varshney was one of four panelists at the 2017 World Science Festival that were showcasing how they nurture creativity in computers. Varshney, a member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, is working on a mathematical theory of creativity. “The way I’ve been defining it is things that are both novel, and of high quality in their domain,” said Varshney, an engineering theorist. For example, a new kind of food.
A UT Dallas researcher, in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Leburton, a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Naomaterials Group, and former Beckman Graduate Fellow Anuj Girdhar, has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today’s electronic devices.
Lynn Goddard, a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, co-led a team of Illinois researchers that developed a new plasmonic sensor that will serve as a reliable early detection of biomarkers for many forms of cancer and eventually other diseases. The team published its results in Advanced Optical Materials as a cover article.
If you visit the Museum of Science and Industry over the next 10 months or so, you will get to see “Robot Revolution,” a national touring exhibit of more than 40 robots, and in some of the videos in the exhibit, museum-goers will see and hear from computer science Professor Steven LaValle, a member of Beckman’s Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative. LaValle said he felt honored to be part of the exhibit to help explain aspects of robotics to kids and adults.
Four Beckman researchers are among 12 faculty members being honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2017. They are: Diane Beck, Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group; Randy Ewoldt, Autonomous Materials Systems Group; Prashant Jain, Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group; and Brad Sutton, Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. The scholars were recognized for extraordinary contributions in quality of work and overall achievement.