Applications are now being accepted for the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Summer Research. This $3,000 scholarship is for one University of Illinois student who has worked in a Beckman Institute laboratory for at least one semester prior to the Summer 2013 semester to pursue neuroscience research at Beckman. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2013.
Ryan C. Bailey has joined the Beckman Institute. Bailey is an associate professor of chemistry at Illinois and is a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology (BST) Research Group within the Integrative Imaging (IntImg) Research Theme at Beckman.
Using motion-capture and other technology, the Consilience Project team will collect information about structures in the body as the dancers — all professionals — move in improvisational dance.
With motion-capture technology, the Consilience Project team will use small traceable points sewn on the dancers' clothes to track the movements of their arms, legs, heads and even fingertips.
The technology, available at the Beckman Institute, provides a way for engineers to collect and interpret data points that are produced in real time.
The five 2013 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, and have an array of research interests, from magnetic resonance imaging, to neuroscience and disease diagnostics, to mechanochemistery and applied machine learning. The 2013 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are Chao Ma, Preethi Jyothi, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, Renee Sadowski, and Abhishek Singharoy.
Lui Sha has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Group within the Human Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) Research Theme. Sha is a professor of Computer Science at Illinois.
Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and his colleagues discovered that elite athletes tend to be faster than their nonathletic peers at a variety of cognitive tasks that are important in sport and in daily life.
The Spring 2013 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, March 27. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Adrienne Barry, Fan Lam, and Chaitanya Sathe. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Dr. Richard B. Berlin, Dr. Karen White, and Dr. Mark Johnson have joined the Beckman Institute. Berlin (MD, SUNY Health Science Center) is a general surgeon for Carle Hospital, White (MD, University of Illinois) and Johnson (MD, University of Chicago) specialize in critical care at Carle. All three are members of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Group within the Human Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) Research Theme at Beckman.
Beckman researcher and University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley led a new study testing the efficacy of a home-based DVD exercise program for people 65 and older.
Illinois undergraduate Matt Schuelke is currently working on an American Heart Association-funded project to develop individualized treatment strategies for diabetes patients, especially after a heart attack. His internship is with Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, a senior research scientist at Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology who directs the Molecular Imaging Laboratory in the Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC).