U of I News Bureau – Neal Cohen of the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience group has been named as a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cohen, who also is Illinois Director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory located at Beckman, was honored for his “pioneering research on memory and amnesia, distinguishing brain systems and psychological characteristics that distinguish declarative and procedural memory.”
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Steve Granick co-led a team that used tiny particles called Janus spheres to create a new class of dynamic materials that can synchronize their movements as they self-assemble into a spinning microtube. Granick developed Janus spheres, which had previously been shown to be capable of self-assembly of static structures.
Surgeons can use imaging for localizing lymph nodes prior to surgery, and for assessing tissue after surgery. Now, a handheld optical imaging surgical probe develped by Beckman Institute researcher Stephen Boppart, will give doctors performing procedures on cancer patients the ability to image tissue in situ – meaning that, for the first time, they can image and assess tissue in the patient’s tumor cavity during surgery.
Beckman Institute researcher Paris Smaragdis has a musician’s heart, an engineer’s curiosity, and a computer scientist’s ability to apply both those qualities toward solving one of the biggest problems in machine learning: creating computers that can replicate the human ability to listen.
Jia-Bin Huang has won the ICPR2012 Best Student Paper Award for the 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition taking place this week in Japan. Huang is a student in the group of Beckman Institute researcher Narendra Ahuja. His paper is Saliency Detection via Divergence Analysis: A Unified Perspective.
Kathryn Clancy has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Biological Intelligence. Clancy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology whose work involves reproductive ecology, with a focus on women's health, endometrial function, and evolutionary medicine.
The ability of fluorescence microscopy to study labeled structures like cells has now been empowered to deliver greater spatial and temporal resolutions that were not possible before, thanks to a new method developed by Beckman Institute faculty member Gabriel Popescu and Ru Wang from his research group.