Klaus Schulten, Illinois physics professor and head of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, works with researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute based in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) to unlock the secrets behind photosynthesis in bacteria, algae, and plants to find ways to utilize sunlight for human energy needs
Advances in cognitive neuroscience should inform the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, according to a new report co-authored by Aron Barbey, faculty member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group and Illinois neuroscience professor.
Gary Dell, full-time faculty member in the Cognitive Science Group, John Rogers, full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, Taekjip Ha, affiliate faculty member, and Cathy Murphy, affiliate faculty member in Nanoelectronics and Nanosystems, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Peiyun Zhou (Cognitive Science), Boon Chong Goh (Theoretical and Computational Biophysics), and Elizabeth Jones (Autonomous Materials Systems) will present on Wednesday, May 6 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Zhi-Pei Liang, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Service Award for "outstanding service to EMBS and the field of biomedical engineering." The award will be presented in August during the opening ceremony of EMBC'15.
Beckman Director Art Kramer, full-time faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group and Swanlund Chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Illinois, contributed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies Study on Cognitive Aging, which assessed the public health dimensions of cognitive aging with an emphasis on definitions and terminology, epidemiology and surveillance, prevention and intervention, education of health professionals, and public awareness and education.
How exactly our sense of smell works is one of the most important, unanswered questions in sensory science. It’s also a question that has resulted in an acrimonious controversy that spans nearly two decades. Beckman faculty member Ken Suslick, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, weighs in on the debate.
Joseph W. Lyding, professor of electrical and computer Engineering and full-time member of the Beckman Institute's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been named the recipient of the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for experimental work. Lyding is a pioneer in the development of scanning tunneling microscope (STM) technology and particularly hydrogen depassivation lithography.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is pleased to announce the 2015 selections for the Graduate Fellows program. Seven outstanding graduate students from the University of Illinois were selected and will begin their fellowships during the Fall 2015 semester.
The last Director's Seminar of the semester is scheduled for April 30, featuring Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Suma Bhat and Heather Lucas. The presentations will begin at noon in Beckman room 1005, and lunch will be provided.
Teens are less likely to take risks and also find responsible behavior more rewarding when their mother is present, researchers found. This study was led by Eva Telzer, from Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group and Illinois psychology professor.
Three Beckman Institute faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. J. Kathryn Bock and Gary S. Dell, of the Cognitive Science Group and Illinois psychology professors, and Taekjip Ha, Beckman affiliate and physics professor, will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
With a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique developed at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the vocal neuromuscular movements of singing and speaking can now be captured at 100 frames per second.
By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at Illinois, led by Beckman affiliate Taekjip Ha, have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA.
Kathryn Clancy, affiliate faculty member in Cognitive Science, explains how research in the early 1900s was colored by deeply entrenched taboos against menstruating women, some of which persist even today. "Some of the early thoughts on menstruation were that it was removing toxins from the body," says Kathryn Clancy, an anthropologist at Illinois.
Joseph Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Jae Won Do led a research team to develop a new method of soldering gaps between carbon nanotubes, a new type of transistor.
As part of the 21st Century Scientists Workshop, there will be a free public panel on traditional and alternative science careers at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. Among the panelists is Patty Jones, associate director for research at the Beckman Institute.
In a study of mice, University of Illinois researchers linked BPA exposure during pregnancy to reproductive problems in the next three generations. This project was done in conjunction with the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, based at the Beckman Institute.
To gain a greater understanding of the evolutionary histories of insects, Chip Austin, a graduate student in entomology, documents minute details through microCT images.
Yang Zhang, affiliate faculty member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, co-lead a team of researchers that have found a new class of alloys that retain enhanced mechanical properties even when the mixing is uneven or disordered, which opens up new possibilities for future alloy design.
Klaus Schluten, of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and a professor of physics at Illinois, is leading one of three research teams chosen to gain new understanding of the deadly Ebola virus using the computational power of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer. Allocations for the study were provided through the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research program.
Eva Telzer, University of Illinois psychology professor and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and her colleagues found that children’s brain responses to opposite-sex faces differ as they mature.
Steven Gonzalez Jr., founder of The Survivor Games, will be presenting a seminar entitled "The Survivor Games: Surviving Chemotherapy through Video Games," noon, Friday April 24, 5602 Beckman Institute. The Survivor Games is a virtual arcade where teenagers with cancer can play, watch, and discuss video games in a safe and supportive environment that builds friendships, confidence, strength, and hope so that they don’t have to endure cancer alone. Survivor Games founder Steven Gonzalez Jr. is a cancer survivor who will describe his journey and the benefits of gaming technology for health.
A roundtable discussion will follow.
Researchers in Beckman’s Lifelong Brain and Cognition Lab investigate the brain for differences in cognitive performance among healthy aging individuals.
A team of researchers, led by John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has shown how to strip out metallic carbon nanotubes from arrays using a relatively simple, scalable procedure that does not require expensive equipment.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer is quoted in an article in the Washington Post about how fencing, which requires learning a variety of complex motor functions, can help the aging mind. According to studies published by Kramer and colleagues, physical activity is associated with more-compact and fibrous white matter in the brains of children and older adults. White matter plays a role in attention and memory, and it deteriorates with age.
On April 2, WILL-TV hosted doctors, families, and cancer survivors for the program "Living With Cancer in Central Illinois: Diagnoses & Decisions." Three panelists, including Rohit Bhargava, bioengineering professor and full-time faculty member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, discussed issues related to cancer genetic testing and the challenging decisions to make after cancer diagnosis.
Using an ultrasonic hammer, researchers from the University of Illinois, co-led by Ken Suslick of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, used sound to trigger microscopic explosions, giving insight into how explosives work and how to control them.
Zahra Mohaghegh, affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group and assitant professor in nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering (NPRE), has received the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at Illinois. An NPRE faculty member the past two years, Mohaghegh has pioneered research in systematic causal modeling of the interactions of physical and social failure mechanisms and in incorporating big data analytics into probabilistic risk assessment (PRA).