Jerrad Zimmerman, the medical director of sports medicine at Carle Hospital in Urbana, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
Philip Anderson, assistant professor of animal biology, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging theme.
Lydia Kisley has been awarded the inaugural Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, which provides three years of funding for a postdoctoral student affiliated with the Beckman Institute. The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold O. and Mrs. Mabel Beckman, who provided the gift that created the Beckman Institute, and Theodore “Ted” Brown, founding director of the Beckman Institute.
The 2016 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows have diverse research interests that span the Beckman research themes: from bioengineering, chemistry, and materials science to language processing and neuroscience. The 2016 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are James Checco, Junlong Geng, Kenneth Hernandez-Burgos, Si On Yoon, and Yue Zhuo.
Everyone has a different mixture of personality traits: some are outgoing, some are tough and some are anxious. A new study, led by Aron Barbey of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, suggests that brains also have different traits that affect both anatomical and cognitive factors, such as intelligence and memory.
Postdoctoral researcher Patrick Watson was first author on the paper, which appears in the journal NeuroImage.
Last summer, 10 students from various parts of the country met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for “Discoveries in Bioimaging,” the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the REU is to provide undergraduate students opportunities in research.
Nancy Sottos, from the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, helped pioneer the field of self-healing materials in the 1990s. Her team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed composites that can repair themselves using a range of methods.
Martha Gillette, professor of cell and developmental biology at Illinois, has studied the brain for most of her life. Her current work focuses on improving the lives of those affected by brain disorders.
Research has shown that nutrition plays an important role in the rapid structural development of the brain during the first few months of life. Scientists at the University of Illinois interested in this connection have studied the neonatal piglet as a model of human brain and cognitive development for nearly a decade. A recent study found evidence that a novel combination of prebiotics, milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), and lactoferrin added to a DHA- and ARA-containing formula fed to piglets, advanced overall brain development compared to piglets who were fed a formula containing only DHA and ARA (both omega fatty acids that are now standard in infant formula). Ryan Dilger, part-time faculty member in Bioimaging Science and Technology and assistant professor of nutritional sciences, co-authored the study.
The Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience (CLEAR) initiative promotes scientific research on the nature of aging and successful cognitive development during adulthood, with a focal interest in how engagement—a sustained investment in physical, mentally stimulating, and/or social activities—contributes to cognitive health and well-being with aging.
Florin Dolcos, full-time faculty member in Cognitive Neuroscience and assistant professor of psychology, discusses his research on how optimism can impact anxiety disorders on The Academic Minute, WAMC Public Radio.
George Nikolaidis, from the Human Perception and Performance Group, Hanna Erickson from Bioimaging Science and Technology, and Yu Hao Liu, from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, are presenters at first Graduate Student Seminar noon February 10 in Room 1005. Lunch is provided.