Taewoo Kim (Bioimaging/NeuroTech), Pooya Khorrami (Image Formation and Processing), and Tim Mahrt (Cognitive Science) will present on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
An experimental drug rapidly shrinks most tumors in a mouse model of human breast cancer, University of Illinois researchers report. The experimental drug, BHPI, binds to the estrogen receptor and disrupts the growth of cancer cells. William Helferich, food science and human nutrition professor and Beckman affiliate faculty member, was involved in this work.
In an article in The Atlantic about new workout regimens for truck drivers, Beckman affiliate Sean Mullen, of the Human Perception and Performance Group, discusses Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) levels, which calculate the energy cost of physical activity as it relates to metabolism.
One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and clinical partners, led by Rohit Bhargava, full-time faculty member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and David Mayerich, former Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow.
The next Director's Seminar is scheduled for April 2, featuring Susan Schantz, toxicology professor and full-time faculty member of the NeuroTech Group. The presentation will start at noon in Beckman room 1005, and lunch will be provided.
Commercial air travel safety could see significant improvements, thanks to a breakthrough in aircraft flight control technology from research led by Naira Hovakimyan, an Illinois professor of mechanical science and engineering and a Beckman affiliate facutly member in the Human Perception and Performance Group.
Aaron Johnson, affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and assistant professor of speech and hearing science, has received a 2014 New Investigator Research Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. His project is entitled "Laryngeal neuromuscular response to vocal exercise."
Applications are due on Friday, March 20 for four Beckman awards and fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Apply now!
-Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research
-Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship
-Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research
-Janssen Family Undergraduate Research Award
One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a team led by Klaus Schulten, of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. Their findings could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Jianjun Cheng, part-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and associate professor of materials science and engineering, to its College of Fellows, "for outstanding contribution to the development of polymeric biomaterials and translational nanomedicine." The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.
The Spring 2015 Synergy showcases the wide variety of disciplines that work together at the Institute to produce research. This issue features Deana McDonagh, professor of industrial design and member of Beckman’s Human Perception and Performance Group, who works on empathic design; Anna Kim, a graduate student in integrative biology, whose research into host-pathogen interactions utilizes Beckman’s Microscopy Suite; and an app created by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group that brings molecules to life.
Charles Roseman, associate professor in anthropology, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Science Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Chris Chipot, a Beckman Senior Fellow and adjunct physics faculty at Illinois, is visiting the Institute for six months to work closely with long-time collaborator Klaus Schulten, head of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and physics professor at Illinois.
Beckman is home to more than 80 staff who help facilitate the research and daily activities of the Beckman Institute. The Grants & Contracts team assists with pre- and post-award grant needs for the Institute, ensuring everything runs smoothly, from the proposal to the final reports.
Deana McDonagh, industrial design professor and Beckman part-time faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group, merges empathic design with scientific and technological advances.
Qian Yin (Bioimaging), Petra Majdak (NeuroTech), and Daniel McDougle (3D Micro- and Nanosystems) will present on Wednesday, March 18 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Beckman's Microscopy Suite, a facility open to researchers worldwide, hosts a wide range of tools for microscopic imaging. Hyunjung (Anna) Kim, a graduate student in integrative biology, found that electron microscopy was a key component of many projects in her lab, so she has become a vital resource in her lab’s studies of host–pathogen interactions.
John Rogers, from Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, is building tiny, 3D electronic scaffolds with an unusual new technique, aimed at combining biological and electronic systems. Featured in BBC News.
The 2015 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows have diverse research interests that span the Beckman research themes: from behavioral and cognitive neuroscience to imaging techniques and autonomous materials. The 2015 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are Ana Daugherty, Daniel Kleinman, Fan Lam, Maxwell Robb, Limei Tian, and Yingjie Zhang.
Arnold O. Beckman, the philanthropist scientist who provided funding for the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, is one of the subjects of the program "Scientists You Must Know," which will be aired in the Champaign-Urbana area at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, on WILL-TV.
Stephen Levinson, from Beckman's Artificial Intelligence Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is featured in an Invention Factory video along with Bert, the humanoid iCub robot. Levinson discusses how robots develop consciousness.
Kenneth Suslick, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and chemistry professor at Illinois, received the Innovation Transfer Award at the 2015 Innovation Celebration. As a collaboration among the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and the community, the Innovation Celebration recognizes local innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. The Innovation Transfer Award is awarded to a group or individual from the University of Illinois "whose research has resulted in either a discovery or a work with the potential for significant societal impact." Suslick was recognized for his work on an "optoelectronic nose—a way of detecting different chemicals, different odors, based on the response of an array of optical sensors."
Brian T. Cunningham, of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was invested as a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering in a ceremony Feb. 26 on the Illinois campus. The professorship recognizes Cunningham's intellectual leadership and outstanding research.
By unpicking how cephalopods change their looks to match their environment, researchers, including John Rogers, a full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, are aiming to reverse-engineer a host of novel materials.