The boilerplate text that nobody reads when signing up for an online service has very tenuous legal footing, said Robin B. Kar, a U of I legal scholar, internationally recognized expert in contract law, and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
The “Me Too” movement brought attention to the issue of sexual harassment in entertainment, but the problem manifests itself in the sciences, as well. Research shows that sexual harassment is most likely to occur in organizations that tolerate it—and in those dominated by men. “With both Hollywood and sciences, both of those things often hold,” said Kathryn Clancy, a U of I associate professor of anthropology and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
Kathryn Clancy, an associate professor of anthropology and a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group at Beckman, will present the March 1 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005. Her talk is titled “What Does Intersectional Feminist Biology Look Like?” Lunch is provided.
Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Two of the three—Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Qian Chen and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor Ying Diao—are affiliates of the Beckman Institute. Chen is a member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and Diao is a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.
Coleen is a Junior studying Clinical Psychology, working in the CONNECT lab.
This year, the College of Engineering at Illinois list of faculty award recipients includes two Beckman affiliates. Tim Bretl, Aerospace Engineering associate professor, and Lui Sha, Computer Science professor, will be formally recognized in a ceremony in April 2018. This award is intended to motivate faculty to increase the educational impact they make on their students and to improve the excellence of teaching across the College of Engineering. Bretl is a member of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group and Sha is a member of the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Group.
CSL Professor Lav Varshney and his team studied tweeting behavior in urban communities, finding there is less tweeting per capita in larger cities. They identified that while there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet prolifically. This suggests there is a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities. Varshney is a member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group.
Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Albarracin is a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
Widely available, portable, and relatively inexpensive, ultrasound is well established as a powerful imaging technique for diagnosing disease. Increasingly, though, researchers are exploring ultrasound as a therapeutic tool in the fight against cancer and other maladies. At the U of I, Bioengineering Professor Joseph Irudayaraj and his team have recently demonstrated a new nanotechnology- and ultrasound-based cancer treatment approach that could enhance existing chemotherapy and radiation regimens while reducing negative side effects for patients. Irudayaraj is a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
With funding from the United States Army, researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for ways to repair complicated skull injuries with biomaterials—substances that can interact with or guide the body’s natural healing processes—instead of using artificial materials like titanium plates or grafting bone from other areas onto the head.
Alejandro Lleras, professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, was quoted in a CNBC article about techniques to boost productivity. Brief diversions can dramatically improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time. "From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task," says Lleras.
Martin Gruebele, professor of Chemistry, Physics and Center for Biophysics, was named a TREE award recipient by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. TREE stands for Transformational Research and Excellence in Education. “TREE awards recognize the outstanding research and educational accomplishments of the community of Cottrell Scholars,” said RCSA Senior Program Director Silvia Ronco. Gruebele is a full-time faculty member with Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.
Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Neha Gothe, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Intelligent Systems and Integrative Imaging research themes at the Beckman Institute.
Electrical and computer engineering professor Kyekyoon "Kevin" Kim lead a new study making it easier to transplant pancreatic islet cells from pigs to treat type I diabetes. Kim and his research team hope to test their microsphere-within-a-microcapsule technique in small animals before looking toward larger animal or human trials. Kim is a member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.