Kara Federmeier, professor of psychology and full-time faculty member in Beckman’s Cognitive Neuroscience Group, studies how predictability figures into language processing in the human brain.
Pinshane Huang, assistant professor in materials science and engineering, has been appointed an affiliate in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Zhangyang "Atlas" Wang, a graduate student working in the Image Formation and Processing Group, has developed a platform called DeepFont for Adobe products, which can scan pictures and determine the fonts of text inside them.
Rashid Bashir, affiliate faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, recently was named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Fellow status is awarded to BMES members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering with a record of membership and participation in the Society. A portion of a Fellow’s annual dues funds BMES activities and student awards.
Arend van der Zande, assistant professor in mechanical science and engineering, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and his colleague, Pritesh Patel, M.D., hematology, University of Illinois at Chicago, are developing a highly novel therapy for multiple myeloma. Their project was selected for a 2015-16 Translation Research Award by the Michael Reese Foundation.
Dipti Nayak, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Fellow, will present "Living Foods: The Microbiology of Food and Drink" as part of the Chambana Science Café lecture series. She will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2 in the back dining room of Pizza-M, 208 W. Main, Urbana. Free pizza will be provided while it lasts.
Science cafés are informal gatherings that bring scientists out of their labs to public areas to talk about their work and answer questions. The talks are free and open to the public. They occur the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Pizza-M.
The Chambana Science Café is sponsored in part by the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. More information can be found on the Chambana Science Café Facebook page.
John Erdman, Beckman part-time faculty member in the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory and a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will present “Dietary Reduction of Prostate Cancer: Ultrasound Monitoring of Tumor Growth in Preclinical Models” at noon on Thursday, December 3, in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Beckman Institute Director’s Seminars. Lunch will be provided.
The Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) recently received $25 million in National Science Foundation (NSF) renewal funding for the next five years. The project, led by Beckman affiliate Rashid Bashir, builds living, multi-cellular machines to solve environmental, health, and security problems.
Wenjuan Zhu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named an affiliate in Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Aadeel Akhtar, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, is building a prosthetic hand that will allow for touch feedback and joint location sensing, also known as proprioception. Akhtar works in the lab of Tim Bretl, an associate professor in aerospace engineering and Beckman faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group.
Narayana Aluru, from the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, led a team that found that tiny pores in thin sheets of the material molybdenum disulfide could be very good at removing salt from seawater to yield drinkable water.
Lav Varshey, Beckman affiliate in the Image Formation and Processing Group, and his former student Hongyang Bai recently were recognized as prize winners of the NYC Media Lab - Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) Paper Award. In an effort to combat the rise in obesity rates, Varsheny and Bai used Big Data from the location-sharing social media app Foursquare to find that areas with lower obesity rates tended to have more opportunities for social interactions.
Tim Bretl investigates two distinct areas of research: robotics and neuroscience. Yet Bretl’s research, enabled by a multidisciplinary team of students, merges the two disparate areas in applications that aim to positively impact society.
Graduate research assistants Boon Chon Goh, from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, and Ismaeel Muhamed, from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, are among the 12 finalists chosen from 65 entrants in the Research Live! Competition sponsored by the Graduate College. The oral presentation competition takes place on Stage 5 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 11, between 4-6 p.m.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has awarded $4.3 million to the University of Illinois to create the national Center of Excellence in Self-healing, Regeneration, and Structural Remodeling.
Beckman Institute Director Arthur Kramer and his colleagues found a relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and brain connectivity in older adults that was independent of their physical activity levels.
Beckman researchers have identified how your mind processes and differentiates between positive and negative distractions when you’re trying to get a job done.
Dan Llano, full-time faculty member in the NeuroTech Group and assistant professor in neuroscience at the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with co-PIs from the University of Illinois-Chicago Department of Computer Science, Associate Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf and Professor Robert Kenyon, entitled “CRCNS: Community Dynamic Imaging of Corticothalamic Projections.”
Beckman affiliate Catherine Christian, from the NeuroTech Group and assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, received a 2015 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant. Christian will receive $70K over two years ($35K per year). Initiated in 1987 the Young Investigator Grants help researchers launch careers in neuroscience and psychiatry and gather pilot data to apply for larger federal and university grants.
Under the direction of Gabriel Popescu, of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, researchers use spatial light interference microscopy to image cells without using a stain, allowing for a longer lifespan for the sample. Quantitative information gained from the research could allow computation to even more accurately make diagnoses, prognoses, and individualize treatment.
Beckman affiliate Daniel Simons, professor of psychology at Illinois, and Christopher Chabris, professor of psychology at Union College, propose in a Wall Street Journal article that having a "driving mode" on cell phones is the best way to solve distracted driving.