News-Gazette – Several Beckman Institute researchers were nominated for awards at the seventh annual Innovation Celebration, with Yi Lu winning the Innovation Discovery Award given by the University of Illinois. Scott Carney, Stephen Boppart and Gabriel Popescu were also nominated for awards at the event held Thursday at the Beckman Institute.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute faculty member Sheng Zhong has been chosen to receive a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Zhong, a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group, was one of 126 early career scientists and researchers from 51 colleges and universities chosen for the two-year fellowship.
The Telegraph – Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer spoke to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week about his research showing the cognitive benefits of exercise. A story on the research highlights Kramer’s talk.
Yale Environment 360 – The work of Ashwini Chhatre showing that community-owned forests are more efficient at storing carbon dioxide than those owned by the government helps debunk some myths about world deforestation says one writer. Chhatre is a member of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Strategic Initiative based at the Beckman Institute.
Combining the use of mechanical stimulation with genetically-encoded biosensors that enable live cell imaging, researchers have been able to gain molecular-scale insight into the previously mysterious subcellular process of how mechanical force regulates calcium signaling in the body. The research was led by Beckman Institute faculty members Yingxiao (Peter) Wang and Taher Saif, with graduate student Wagner Shin Nishitani of Wang’s laboratory as lead author on the paper reporting the study.
The benefits people receive from exercise are reinforced by new research, but this growing emphasis also brings about questions, such as the effect of exercise on the body. Marni Boppart studies these questions and more at the Molecular Muscle Physiology Laboratory she directs at Beckman.
The century old process of staining biological tissue for examination under a microscope is today still the standard assessment tool for pathologists looking for signs of cancer. Now a new quantitative method for cancer diagnosis that does not require tissue staining has been developed through a collaboration led by Beckman Institute researcher Gabriel Popescu.
Beckman Institute faculty member Zhi-Pei Liang has been elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). Liang, who is Co-chair of the Integrative Imaging research theme, was honored by IAMBE for his “distinguished contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering.” The official induction ceremony will be held May 27, in conjunction with the World Congress on Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute Fellow Kyle Mathewson and former Beckman faculty member Ming Hsu report on their research that showed how the human brain assesses behavior and likely future actions during competitive social interactions. The researchers used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and, for the first time in this type of research, a computational model in their study in which participants played a competitive game called Patent Race.
Melissa Littlefield has joined the Beckman Institute as a faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience group. Littlefield is an Assistant Professor in the departments of English and Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Littlefield has a research focus on topics such as literature and science, and cultural and historical aspects of scientific knowledge production, especially in neuroscience and the forensic sciences.
Applications are now being accepted for the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Summer Research. The scholarship is for one University of Illinois undergraduate student who has worked in a Beckman Institute laboratory for at least one semester prior to the Summer 2012 semester to pursue neuroscience research at Beckman. For more information, details on the application process, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.
The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, February 8th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Aravind Alwan, Brett Beiermann and Feng Xiong. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Duane Watson has a research focus on what he believes is one of the most important – and understudied – aspects of communication: prosody, or aspects of speech such as intonation and pauses that can convey as much meaning as the words they accompany.