Eurydice Bauer, associate professor in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, has been named an affiliate in the Cognitive Science Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Joseph Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dan Roth, part-time faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group and professor of computer science, are among six faculty members from Illinois who have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Curtis Johnson, the assistant director for magnetic resonance operations in the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute, received the Young Investigator Award at the BRAIN Grand Challenges conference hosted by IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in Washington, D.C.
A new study done by Beckman researchers Dan Simons and Art Kramer, from the Human Perception and Performance Group, along with researchers at Florida State University, investigates the placebo effect in exercise.
Dr. Chris Chipot, a Beckman senior fellow, will present a special lecture at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 12, in 1005 Beckman, detailing his expertise in avant-garde cuisine and its correlation with material science.
Emad Tajkhorshid, member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at Beckman and a professor of pharmacology at Illinois, has received a 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) award. The award provides 96 million hours of massive supercomputing at a Leadership Computing Facility that focuses only on the most ambitious research projects with the potential for major breakthroughs.
K. Arden Rowell, associate professor in the College of Law, has been named an affiliate in the Human Perception and Performance Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
Beckman full-time faculty member Thomas Huang's research lies at the intersection of deep learning, big data, and high-performance computing. He and his lab are leading research efforts in areas like face recognition and image identification.
Jennifer Lewis, a Beckman affiliate, and Scott White and Nancy Sottos, full-time faculty members in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, collaborate on research in medical 3D printing, with the ultimate goal of printing 3D, functional organs.
Joseph W. Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has won the 2014 Award for Outstanding Research from the Prairie Chapter of the American Vacuum Society. Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded “for pioneering developments in scanning tunneling microscopy instrumentation and their applications to nanotechnology.”
The last Director's Seminar of the semester on Dec. 4 will feature Monica Fabiani, psychology professor and faculty member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group. The presentation will start at noon in Beckman room 1005, and lunch will be provided.
Venziano Chicella, a Ph.D. student in mechanical science and engineering, won the People's Choice Award for the Dance Your Ph.D. competition sponsored by the journal Science and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and HighWire Press. Chicella worked with staff at Beckman's Illinois Simulator Lab, including Camille Goudeseune (featured in the dance) and Ron Carbonari, to show how flying robots can coordinate their trajectories and avoid running into each other.
Scott White, part-time faculty member in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has been named the winner of the 2014 American Society for Composites (ASC) Outstanding Research Award.
Joseph Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is featured in the November 2014 issue of International Innovation. Lyding, a professor in electrical and computer engineering, discusses how nanoscience impacts other areas of science and society (p. 16); and describes his work with 2D materials and carbon nanotubes (pp. 37-39).
University of Illinois researchers, including Beckman affiliates Xiuling Li and Martha Gillette, developed a platform to grow and study neuron cells using microtubes.
Beckman's Illinois Simulator Lab (ISL) is a constantly evolving resource for research efforts in simulation, beginning in the late 1990s with the CAVE, an immersive virtual reality environment. In the past year, the flight simulator at the ISL was used for a project aiming to develop safer and more intuitive flying environments for pilots.
Research staff in the Visualization Laboratory stitched several hundred images of an 800-year-old figurine together to create a 3D interactive image for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS). In the ISAS archives are hundreds of objects that are not publicly shown. The 3D imaging will allow ISAS to showcase these pieces of history on its web site, so researchers from around the world can have access.
Eight faculty members from the Urbana-Champaign campus gave brief presentations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on their research and outreach activities. Beckman part-time faculty member Deana McDonagh specializes in empathic design—enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability. Her research concentrates on emotional user-product relationships and how empathy can bring the designer closer to users’ authentic needs, ensuring that products meet consumers’ functional as well as emotional needs.
As a Beckman original, Thomas Huang has shaped the history of the Beckman Institute and been a leader in the fields of signal processing, pattern recognition, and computer vision.
Zahra Mohaghegh, assistant professor in Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, has become an affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
Scientists have taken the first steps toward developing a so-called "smart bomb" to attack the most common and deadly form of childhood cancer. The team includes Beckman faculty member Jianjun Cheng of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. Cheng's team engineered a small subunit of protein, called a polypeptide, to function as a delivery system to send the "smart bomb" to its target, a defective gene that causes cancer cell growth.
Lea Nienhaus (Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials), Yeonjoo Park (Bioacoustics), and Cassandra Jacobs (Cognitive Science) will present on Wednesday, November 19 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Michael LaPelusa, a molecular and cellular biology major and research assistant in the Lifelong Brain and Cognition Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, recently participated in ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week, a program that invites students of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship from top universities to visit Chicago, explore its innovation ecosystem, and attend Chicago Ideas Week.