Beckman researcher Yi Lu and colleagues at Illinois have combined an established way of packaging drugs with a way of recognizing cancer cells to create a novel, highly targeted drug-delivery system, and for the first time demonstrated a way to “turn off” drug delivery by disrupting the targeting ability of the molecules.
The American Chemical Society’s first class of fellows includes four University of Illinois faculty members: Beckman Institute researcher, Deborah Leckband, Scott E. Denmark, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, and Steven C. Zimmerman.
Steve Granick of the Beckman Institute's 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group used fluorescence microscopy to look at Brownian motion in liquids and found results that he says “change the rules of the diffusion game” and challenge part of Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory about the effect.
In just three years the designers and builders of the Beckman Institute turned Arnold and Mabel Beckman’s $40M donation into reality, creating a research facility that remains as beautiful and functional today as it was when the building opened in 1989.
Research shows that simple exercises can enhance memory, mood, and problem-solving abilities. “There is increasing evidence that our thoughts and emotions are affected by how we move,” says Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Alejandro Lleras.
Ioannis Chasiotis, a member of the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems group, was one of 100 young researchers named as a recipient of a 2008 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.
Three Beckman Institute researchers were selected to receive a research award as part of the HP 2009 HP Labs Innovation Research Program. The researchers who were selected include Narendra Ahuja, Thomas Huang, and Jiawei Han. They were chosen as part of a group of 60 professors who will take part in the HP program which is designed to create opportunities for colleges, universities, and research institutes around the world to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.
It took some tricky maneuvering to avoid Wednesday’s midday rains and the bay windows on the Beckman Institute’s north side, but the installation of the Biomedical Imaging Group’s (BIC) new 3 Tesla whole-body magnet in the basement proved a flawless operation. Lowered by crane into an opening not much bigger than the 14-ton magnetic resonance imaging instrument, the Siemens MAGNETOM Trio was moved into its specially-designed room in BIC’s newly-created facilities in the Institute. The operation was part of an ongoing switch of BIC’s facilities with those of Beckman’s Illinois Simulator Laboratory.