Beckman Institute researcher Justin Rhodes, a member of the NeuroTech group, is collaborating on a project that is pioneering in its use of mice for screening new compounds for their effectiveness in treating alcoholism. The models test the effectiveness of these compounds in reducing high levels of ethanol drinking, and they are useful for identifying genetic and neurobiological mechanisms involved in addictive behavior.
Inside this issue you can learn how honeybees inspired Christina Grozinger, a former Beckman Fellow, to change her research paths. Plus learn about Beckman's resident philosopher, Jonathan Waskan; a diverse group of graduate students; multi-talented Beckman faculty member, Roxana Girju; and much more.
Beckman Institute researcher Roxana Girju was the perfect faculty member to lead a group of University of Illinois students to victory in an international competition held earlier this year.
Christina Grozinger is a former Beckman Fellow who is now an Assistant Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State..
Jonathan Waskan is a professor of philosophy - and the Beckman Institute's lone philosopher - but his perspective on the computational issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) is something computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and AI researchers may want to consider.
Piotr Adamczyk was born in Poland, grew up in Illinois, and went from earning bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science to studying for master's degrees in both human factors and library information science. Marcos Sotomayor came to Illinois from Chile with a degree in physics, but at Beckman he does biological computer simulations. Danielle Chandler wasn't satisfied to get one degree at Illinois; she earned three in the spring of 2005. Maritza Alvarado has known what she wanted to do since the age of 13: become a doctor. That challenge wasn't quite enough for the Southern California native, however. She's also working toward a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
A semiconductor membrane designed by researchers at the University of Illinois led by Beckman faculty member Jean-Pierre Leburton could offer more flexibility and better electrical performance than biological membranes. Built from thin silicon layers doped with different impurities, the solid-state membrane also could be used in applications such as single-molecule detection, protein filtering and DNA sequencing.
Beckman affiliate and U. of I. chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Michael Strano and his colleagues have created tiny implantable devices that could one day allow diabetics to continuously monitor glucose levels without drawing a drop of blood.
We are pleased to announce that high-quality cotton polo shirts are now available with an embroidered Beckman Institute logo. These silk-washed shirts come in black or white and are the perfect addition to your wardrobe.