Researchers say you can take measures to increase cognitive function and delay dementia, even Alzheimer's disease. "My advice: Travel, go to the theater, go to museums, take a dance class," says Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Denise Park.
Researchers from St. Louis University have made fuel cells powered by enzymes. So far, the new fuel cells don't produce much power, but the fact that they work at all is exciting, says Paul Kenis, a Beckman researcher and professor of biomolecular and chemical engineering at Illinois.
U. of I. biochemistry professor and Beckman researcher Emad Tajkhorshid and graduate student James Gumbart have used X-ray data and advanced computer simulation and visualization software to model a critical part of a mechanism by which bacteria take up large molecules.
Richard Sproat, Beckman Institute faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence group, and Steve Farmer are the co-organizers of "A Workshop on Scripts, Non-scripts, and (Psuedo) Decipherment." The workshop, which will be held on July 11, 2007 at Stanford University, will bring together researchers with a variety of backgrounds including archaelogy/epigraphy, comparative history, Indology, and computational linguistics. Though their backgrounds are varied, their common interest is in scripts and in writing systems.
Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers has been honored with the 2007 Baekeland Award, an honor given to an American chemist only once every two years.
According to U. of I. entomology professor and Beckman affiliate Gene Robinson, bees play a vital role in pollinating crops that eventually find their way into one-third of the U.S. food supply, or $14 billion worth of food produced in the U.S.
Thanks in part to the contributions from the Beckman Institute, a leading Web site for nanotechnology research and learning is expanding the ways in which knowledge and resources can be shared.
Beckman researchers and U. of I. psychology professors Gregory A. Miller and Wendy Heller are co-principal investigators on a study that found compelling evidence that differing patterns of brain activity are associated with each of two types of anxiety: anxious apprehension (verbal rumination, worry) and anxious arousal (intense fear, panic, or both).
The Beckman Institute welcomes a familiar name as a new faculty member for 2007. Marni Boppart has joined the Bioimaging and Technology (BST) group as a full-time faculty member.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is pleased to announce the 2007 Graduate Fellows selections. The Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows program provides an excellent opportunity for young scholars who are engaged in thesis research at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level. The Fellows were selected based on the quality of their proposed work, the likelihood that the work would lead to important new results in science and engineering, and the relevance of the proposed project to existing Beckman Institute research.