Nancy McElwain, a professor of human develpoment and family studies, examines how caregiving impacts brain development and emotional well-being.
Gene Robinson, professor of entomology and member of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine "for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior." Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
Catherine Christian, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and graduate student Jiang Li led a study that found that neurons regulating hormone release have different activity in mice with epilepsy, and that those differences fluctuate with the reproductive cycle. Christian is a member of the Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Group.
Brain Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his group developed the TRI Analyzer, a project they describe as a "portable lab." Inspired by the "Star Trek" tricorder, their device is a 3D-printed cradle that physically attatches to a smartphone and uses the phone's internal camera as a visible-light spectrometer.
Elizabeth is a junior working in the Braun Research Group.
Beckman affiliate Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering and director of the Cancer Center at Illinois, has been named a “Researcher to Know 2018” by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC). Bhargava was recognized in the “Tackling Cancer” category. ISTC noted that “Instruments developed in Prof. Bhargava’s laboratory are providing new ways to characterize and define cancer.”
Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work, and her team found that hemodialysis patients who participated in an internet-based positive psychology program significantly improved their depressive symptoms over a period of five weeks. Hernandez suggests that positive psychology may be an effective method to help patients combat depression and cope with chronic illnesses without adding another medication to their regimen. The study was published by the journal Social Work in Health Care.
Yue Zhuo, a 2016 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, has received the inaugural Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The one-year fellowship will start later this month.
Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Beckman affiliate, was asked to write a review on quantitative phase imaging (QPI) for Nature Photonics. "I believe that this represents a milestone for our field,” he said.
Joaquín Rodríguez-López, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is tackling one big obstacle to expanding affordable renewable energy on the U.S. electrical grid: storage. Rodríguez-López has designed a new type of material to store electric charge in these batteries, making them more efficient.
Steve Drake, a video producer at the Beckman Institute, was awarded a Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Informational-Instructional: Feature Segment. The video, called "Nemo's Dad: Clownfish Fathering", features psychology professor Justin Rhodes. This is Drake's fourth Emmy win.
Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Matthew B. Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences—both members of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group—collaborated to develop GLIM, a new method that solves the challenge of imaging thick, multicellular samples. Their research earned the University of Illinois the 2018 Innovation Award by Microscopy Today, the official magazine of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).
Each week, The News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech leader. This week features Yi Lu, a professor of chemistry and a member of Beckman's Selective Theranostic Agents and Systems for Multiscale Photoacoustic Imaging Group. Lu's team has found a way to help clean up contaminants that are destroying our environment, as published in the journal Science.
The Beckman Institute will host the next Graduate Student Seminar at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Room 1005. Three Ph.D. students will discuss their research: Renato Ferreira Leitão Azevedo, educational psychology; Eddie Jira, chemical engineering; and Sameer Manchanda, computer science. Lunch will be provided.
Beckman affiliate Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and colleagues led an international team that developed hydrogen peroxide-bubbling microparticles that may help eradicate dangerous biofilms. In the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, a team led by Illinois researchers describes how they used diatoms—the tiny skeletons of algae—loaded with an oxygen-generating chemical to destroy microbes.