In a study of grade-school students, Charles Hillman, a Beckman affiliate and U. of I. professor of kinesiology and community health, found that the most fit kids also did the best on statewide standardized tests, "even when factors such as socioeconomic status were taken into account."
Chang Liu, a Beckman researcher, Willett Scholar and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, and graduate student Jonathan Engel have fabricated the world's smallest chain-mail fabric.
To the casual observer, a dedicated jogger out for his daily run may not seem to have much in common with a destitute alcoholic he sprints past on a city street. But for Beckman Institute researcher Justin Rhodes, the two would share more than the same piece of pavement for a fleeting second.
Aerobic exercise has helped elderly people more easily switch between mental tasks, concentrate better and improve their short-term memory, says Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Arthur Kramer.
Researchers in Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems group have developed a novel way of doing chemistry that uses mechanical force. Their innovative work and accompanying image earned the cover of Nature.
Van Anderson, Associate Director of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, has received one of this year's six Illinois Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Awards.
Advances in engineering and precise microfabrication, rather than quantum leaps in technology, drove the instrument improvements on display at this year's conference on analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy held in Chicago last month, says Rohit Bhargava, a Beckman researcher and professor of bioengineering at Illinois.
Brain scans have shown that the brain shrinks in volume between adolescence and adulthood, but research at Illinois involving rats has provided the first evidence that some brain cells may not survive the transition, says Beckman affiliate and U. of I. psychology professor Janice Juraska.
The Wednesday, March 28 Beckman Institute Graduate Student seminar will feature three short presentations: Optical Guidance of Breast Needle Biopsy Procedures by Adam M. Zysk. Microfluidic Assembly of Granular Shells and Janus Colloidal Granules by Robert F. Shepherd. Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Cognition and Multiple Sclerosis: An fMRI Investigation by Ruchika Shaurya Prakash. The seminar is open to the public and will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005. Lunch will be served.
Exercise does more than build muscles and help prevent heart disease. New science shows that it also boosts brainpower - and may offer hope in the battle against Alzheimer's. The Newsweek cover story features quotes from Beckman researchers Arthur Kramer and William Greenough and Beckman affiliate Charles Hillman.
Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers has been awarded the Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award by Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society
From studying why cell phones annoy bystanders to improving hearing aid technology, Charissa Lansing's research has focused on the importance of visual information to human communication.
Researchers at Illinois, led by psychology professor and Beckman affiliate Janice Juraska, have found that adolescence is a time of remodeling in the prefrontal cortex, a brain structure dedicated to higher functions such as planning and social behaviors.
Thanks to a row of sensory organs along their sides, fish can avoid obstacles, swim in schools and seek prey, even in dark water. Now, inspired by those "lateral lines," researchers have developed an array of artificial sensors for underwater vehicles. Equipped with an artificial lateral line, a submarine or submersible robot could potentially move through the water like a fish, detecting targets and avoiding collisions. "We are trying to develop a new type of sensor for subs that can detect underwater events, currents and obstacles without conventional sonar and lights," said U. of I. electrical and computer engineering professor and Beckman researcher Chang Liu.
We don't learn as effectively when multitasking. "The consensus is that you don't retain information as well, and it's harder to retrieve," says Arthur Kramer, a cognitive neuroscientist at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute. Every time you switch tasks, the brain needs time to stop and then restart.
The Beckman Institute is pleased to announce the 2007 Beckman Fellows: Jongseung Yoon, Timo Sowa, Severine Lepage, and Zhi Jiang. The Beckman Institute Fellows program provides an excellent opportunity for young scholars to initiate a post-Ph.D. career of independent research in a stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary environment.