Researchers have found that the brain is capable of doing something that sufferers from tinnitus cannot do: ignore the ringing sound. The study, led by Beckman Institute researcher Fatima Husain, suggests key differences in the neural bases of tinnitus and the larger disorder of hearing loss.
The Spring 2012 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, May 9th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Amy Maduram, Molly Jhong, and Yue Zhuo. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute faculty members Scott Carney and Stephen Boppart and postdoctoral researcher Steven Adie led a team that created a computational method which turns flawed optical tomography images into high quality, three-dimensional images for applications in medical diagnostics.
U of I News Bureau – Paul Braun of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group was part of a team of materials scientists which showed that a single layer of atoms can either enhance or disrupt heat flow across an interface between two materials. Improving that heat flow is important for improving the performance of new and emerging technologies.
Imaging at Illinois: The Next Generation conference is set for June 1, 2012, at the Beckman Institute. The conference will highlight biological, biomedical, computational, and chemical imaging. This year the conference will be specifically focused on encouraging research innovation and education in younger researchers.
New York Times – The work of both Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and researcher Justin Rhodes is the basis for a feature article on how exercise can lead to improved cognition. Last week the Times reported on Rhodes’ research involving exercise and addiction.
The first grants awarded from the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory demonstrate the balanced approach that the University of Illinois units and funding partner Abbott were aiming for with this first-ever interdisciplinary cognition and nutrition research center.
New York Times – A study by Beckman Institute researcher Justin Rhodes and graduate student Martina Mustroph showing the important role that exercise can play in addiction and treatment is featured in a New York Times Health section article. More on the study can be found here.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Aron Barbey mapped brain regions that are critical for both general and specific aspects of human intelligence in one of the most comprehensive analyses ever done of those areas. Barbey discusses the study, done with veterans suffering from brain injuries, in this video.
U of I News Bureau – Florin Dolcos of the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience group led a study showing that a person’s personality, gender, and how they regulate emotions play important roles in recall of autobiographical memories.
Science News – Beckman Institute researcher Florin Dolcos talked about a new study showing that activity in certain parts of the brain can be used to predict how well someone will perform in a pressure situation.
The Spring 2012 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, April 11th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Sumit Ashtekar, Jeremy Kemmerer, and Jin Tae Kwak. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.