A new study, led by Charles Hillman of the Human Perception and Performance Group, finds that pre-adolescent children who have sustained sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years following injury.
A group of graduate students at the Beckman Institute was the top U.S. finisher and third overall in one category of the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC). Contested each year since 2010, ImageNet added video and scene classification categories this year, and Illinois’ Image Formation Processing team (UIUC-IFP), led by Thomas Huang, claimed third in the video category behind only universities from Hong Kong and South Korea, while another team formed by IFP and Microsoft Research Redmond (UIUCMSR) placed 11th overall in the very large-scale scene classification competition.
Fatima Husain, part-time faculty member in Human Perception and Performance and associate professor of speech and hearing science, found a relationship between tinnitus severity and emotion processing in the brain in a recent study published in PLOS ONE.
Naira Hovakimyan, affiliate in Human Perception and Performance and professor of mechanical science and engineering, has received the Society of Women Engineers 2015 Achievement Award – the society’s highest honor. The award recognizes Hovakimyan’s significant contributions to mathematical control theory and its application in safety-critical systems.
Faculty members from the Beckman Institute have been selected to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum. Rashid Bashir, affiliate in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been named a co-chair of the committee. Also serving are Stephen Boppart, from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, Neal Cohen, from the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and Brad Sutton, technical director of Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center and part-time member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Jianming Jin, from Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received the Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.
Xiuling Li, affiliate in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials, is involved in a project that has developed an array of nanopillars etched by thin layer of grate-patterned metal to create a nonreflective yet conductive surface in order to improve electronic device performance.
Catherine Christian, an affiliate in the NeuroTech Group, has been named the recipient of a three-year $225,000 Whitehall Foundation grant. Christian will use the grant to study the inner workings of astrocyte cells within the brain to gain an understanding of how they may aid in the formulation of behavior.
On Thursday, December 10, three Beckman Institute researchers are presenting at the Second Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting. Aron Barbey, of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Stephen Boppart, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Jonathan Sweedler, of the NeuroTech Group, are among the FY14 and FY15 BRAIN awardees who will discuss collaboration and coordinate with one another and federal stakeholders to advance the goals of the BRAIN Initiative.
Hyunjoon (Joon) Kong, associate professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme.