Beckman affiliate faculty member Aaron Johnson, who led a new study along with his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, said that aging can cause the muscles of the larynx, the organ that contains the vocal folds, to atrophy. This condition, called presbyphonia, may be treatable with vocal training, he said.
Justin Rhodes, a Beckman faculty member, reports that a "growing body of evidence suggests we think and learn better" when exercise.
Rashid Bashir, a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been chosen to head the Department of Bioengineering, beginning August 16.
Andreas C. Cangellaris, Beckman faculty member in the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group in the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures theme, has been named dean of the College of Engineering.
For the first time, a research team from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated the ability to 3D-print a battery. Jennifer Lewis, the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), co-led the project in her prior position at Illinois, in collaboration with Shen Dillon, a Beckman affiliate.
The CheckLight, a washable beanie created jointly by MC10, a startup company founded by Beckman Institute professor John Rogers, and Reebok, can register a blow to a player’s skull and immediately signal the news by blinking brightly.
Beckman faculty member John Rogers doesn’t look like a cyborg yet, but his transformation has begun. His research team has been able to track arm motion, allowing researchers to control a toy helicopter’s flight path with a wave of the arm. Through a startup company that he founded called MC10, Rogers has teamed up with NBA and NFL stars such as Grant Hill and Matt Hasselbeck to use the technology to monitor head impacts during sports. Working with the stars “is pretty cool,” Rogers says. “It gives you a lot of credibility with your 10-year-old son.”
The interdisciplinary research in cognitive development that Chris Corea performed while an Illinois student working at the Beckman Institute prepared him for his current position as the baseball development manager for the St. Louis Cardinals. “I would say that was one of the things I took away from my experience at Illinois was to appreciate looking at the world through interdisciplinary lenses, that was sort of what the Beckman Institute was all about. That’s been pretty influential in my life and even my work here. Our research group has a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds so we can approach every problem from a lot of different ways.”
Valarmathi Thiruvanamalai, a new faculty member in the Department of Comparative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, has joined the Beckman Institute. He has joined the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme.
Beckman affiliate professor Rhanor Gillette and his team found that the predatory sea slug, Pleurobranchaea californica exhibits a learned avoidance behavior when confronted with another type of sea slug, , Flabellina iodinea.
Daniel Dethmers, an orthopedic surgeon at Presence Covenant Medical Center, has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the member of the Human Perception and Performance (HPP) Research Group within the Human Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) Research Theme.
Former Beckman graduate student student Neha Gothe and her colleagues found that 20 minutes of yoga significantly improved participants' reaction time and accuracy in tests of cognitive function. Gothe is now a professor of kinesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The memorial award for undergraduate research allows for a promising undergraduate neuroscientist to pursue research at the Beckman Institute during the summer. Ashley Holloway is the 2013 recipient.