People can take measures to increase cognitive function and delay dementia, even Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. "My advice: Travel, go to the theater, go to museums, take a dance class," says Denise Park, a U. of I. professor of psychology and a researcher at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
Roxana Girju, Beckman Institute faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence group, recently led a team of University of Illinois and Beckman Institute students to victory in an international competition sponsored by the Association for Computational Linguistics, a society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation.
Beckman researcher and U. of I. chemistry professor Jeffrey Moore is collaborating with Ling Zang, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Southern Illinois University, to develop a new type of fluorescent sensing material that could lead to innovative devices for rapid detection of explosives in security screening, criminal investigations, and other applications.
Beckman researcher and U. of I. chemistry professor Kenneth Suslick has invented a little strip of high-tech litmus paper, called a colorimetric sensor array, that makes it possible, in effect, to see smells and could one day be used to detect diseases faster and more cheaply than current tests.
The Spring 2007 issue of Synergy is now available. This issue includes cover story "The Science of the Brain: A Beckman Perspective"; a chat with Motorola's Chen Liu; a profile of Beckman faculty member and Renaissance man, Scott Carney; a recap of the 2007 Open House; plus news, honors, and much more.
Beckman faculty member Scott Carney is a Renaissance man: scientist, professor, weightlifter, and bicycle enthusiast.
Motorola researcher and Beckman alumnus Chen Liu sees a new era dawning in the area of information technology.
The 2007 Beckman Institute Open House was a big hit with the thousands of visitors who crowded the building March 9th and March 10th, perusing almost 30 exhibits put on by Beckman faculty, students, and staff.
Whether it involves “mental fitness” or “brain training” or developing a healthy mind, the general topic of cognitive health is a trendy one these days. It’s an area where science and popular culture overlap, and Beckman Institute researchers have been thrust into the middle of this timely discussion.
Beckman Institute faculty members Eyal Amir, Richard Sproat, and Paul Kenis have all earned appointments by the Center for Advanced Study.
Government health agencies need more funds for basic and applied research, as well as funds to get the message to consumers about the major role their own lifestyle choices play in whether they'll remain lucid in their golden years, Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Arthur Kramer told members of Congress this week. "Old minds are like old horses, they must be exercised," he said.
Beckman Institute faculty member Art Kramer gave expert testimony in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to a United States Senate Subcommittee holding hearings on Alzheimer's disease.
The Beckman Institute is pleased to announce that Nadja Schott has been named as a Beckman Senior Fellow for 2007.
Researchers at Illinois led by Beckman faculty member and U. of I. chemistry professor Kenneth Suslick report that a new study of mechanoluminescence revealed extensive atomic and molecular spectral emission not previously seen in a mechanoluminescence event.
Culture can shape your view of the world, the saying goes. And it might be more than just a saying: A new study suggests that culture may shape the way our brains process visual information, according to U. of I. psychology professor Denise Park of the Beckman Institute and her research colleagues.
A U.S.-Singapore research team has found the aging human brain reflects cultural differences in the way it processes visual information. The new finding is the result of collaboration between Beckman researcher Denise Park and Michael Chee of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in Singapore.