Like many other materials, bone varies in size and composition, changing over time. But it can also regenerate and repair itself. Two Beckman researchers are using engineering skills and technology to unravel the secrets of its complex structure.
This issue highlights several researchers at Beckman, including undergraduates Andrew Chancellor and Gina Giase, Ph.D. student Jason Patrick, Illinois Simulator Lab employee Brandon Smith, faculty member Brad Sutton, and senior fellow Kirk Erickson. It also features many updates in the Biomedical Imaging Center, the Microscopy Suite's outreach program Bugscope, the recent student awards reception, and the Citizen Scientist Program.
Brad Sutton has been named technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center to assist with the recent surge in activity and the new MRI scanner at the center.
Beckman's Illinois Simulator Laboratory recently hired Brandon Smith as a simulation systems research programmer.
As a Ph.D. civil engineering student, Jason Patrick helped integrate 3D microvascular networks into structural fiber-composite materials, providing them with multifunctional capabilities, including self-healing and electrical reconfigurability. His next role: One of the 2014 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows.
The Citizen Scientist Program, conceived by the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), brings OLLI members into the labs as research assistants.
Research at the Beckman Institute would not be possible without the tremendous work of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. Nearly 400 undergraduate students conduct research at the Beckman Institute, and two of them, Andrew Chancellor and Gina Giase, offer a look into their research positions and advice on how to get a position, too.
The Beckman Institute hosted a reception honoring the five 2014 student awardees, Victoria Cross, Genevieve LaBelle, Qian Yin, Brennan Payne, and Vuong Le.
The Consilience Project, a collaborative effort at the University of Illinois that brings together a team of artists and scientists to explore the kinetics of the body, shared their motion capture suite technology with a group of Wiley School fifth graders. This project features technology and researchers from Beckman's Illinois Simulator Laboratory.
According to a new study, wild animals seem to relish the feeling of running without going anywhere. In an experiment, rats, shrews, and frogs found their way to a rodent running wheel left inside an open cage. The fact that wild mice and other animals were bold enough to enter the cage and use the wheel is “very weird,” but perhaps not surprising, given that many domesticated animals also like to run on wheels, including dogs and chickens, says Justin Rhodes, faculty member in the NeuroTech Group.
Jim Monti, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Neal Cohen, full-time faculty member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, developed a cognitive task that helps differentiate older adults with very early Alzheimer’s disease from those experiencing normal aging.
Laura DeThorne, associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, has been appointed an affiliate faculty member in the Beckman Cognitive Science Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology recently held an open competition to seed new interdisciplinary research directions in engineering and the physical, behavioral, and life sciences. The “Taking the Beckman Institute to the Next Level: Seeding Novel Interdisciplinary Research” competition brought many new ideas to the table and the Beckman Institute is pleased to announce that five proposals have been selected to receive support for the period May 16, 2014 – May 15, 2016.
Beckman Institute researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. The restorative material is delivered through two isolated fluid streams. The liquid immediately gels and later hardens, resulting in recovery of the entire damaged region.
Beckman Director Art Kramer and former Beckman faculty member Denise Park are cited in an NPR story about exercise and new skills preventing memory loss.
Cliff Shin, from the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Elizabeth Hsaio-Wecksler, from the Artificial Intelligence Group, Jamie Norton, Beckman Predoctoral Fellow, and Erik Johnson, a Ph.D. student, have received design awards for the Avviare ankle foot orthosis, which can help those with lower limb injury or dysfunction restore normative walking function. The A’ Design Competition is an international event recognizing design achievement.