Congratulations to Nyssa Bulkes, Kaimin Cai, Eric Epstein, Jamila Hedhli, Jiang Li, Guillermo Monroy, and Kevin Stebbings, who have been named the 2016 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows.
The May 5 Director's Seminar features Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in bioengineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, speaking about "Image-Guided Therapeutics: From in silico to in vivo." The presentation begins at noon in Room 1005, and lunch is provided.
Joachim T. Operskalski, a graduate student in the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, is examining how people evaluate risk when making medical decisions.
Aadeel Akhtar, a graduate research assistant in the Artificial Intelligence Group, has been awarded the Illinois Innovation Prize for his work developing highly advanced, low-cost prosthetic hands with sensory feedback. The $20,000 prize is annually awarded to a student who stands out as a passionate innovator and entrepreneur, working with world changing technology and is seen as a role model for others.
Renee Sadowski, a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, has been looking at the relationship between toxicants and brain development in adulthood.
Danielle N. Lee, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, TED fellow, and world-renowned scientist communicator, presents "Doing the Work of Broadening Participation in Science," 3 pm Friday, April 29, in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. In the public lecture, part of the 21st Century Scientist workshop, Lee discusses her own personal and academic trajectory that landed her in the world of pouched rats, and what it taught her about doing the work of bringing more underrepresented minorities into STEM. She will share her perspective and answer questions about how to actively, not passively, create an anti-discrimination, inclusive environment for scientists to recruit and retain scientists of color.
Anthony Griffin, from the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, Nathaniel Anderson, from the Cognitive Science Group, and Kin Lam, from the Computational and Biophysics Group, present their research at noon, Wednesday, May 4, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch is provided.
Bloomberg News reports on research by Florin Dolcos, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, on how simply adding a handshake to a social interaction made people more likely to view others more positively.
Rebecca Stumpf, associate professor of anthropology and affilite in the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, is one of six University of Illinois professors named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a new four-year grant of more than $1.6 million to Beckman researchers for the development of innovative cancer imaging.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins comments on the image of an "Imperfect Intruder" created by Boon Chong Goh, a graduate student in the NIH-supported lab of Klaus Schulten in the Beckman Institute.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's NeuroTech Group, and his team are working to develop new measurement tools that enable insights into the function of individual cells in the central nervous systems of slugs and other animals in order to uncover novel neurochemical pathways.
In everyday conversation, bilingual speakers often switch between languages mid-sentence with apparent ease, despite the fact that many studies suggest that language-switching should slow them down. New research conducted by Daniel Kleinman, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, suggests that consistency may allow bilingual speakers to avoid the costs that come with switching between languages, essentially allowing them to use two languages for the price of one.
Aga Burzynska and Beckman Director Art Kramer were among the researchers who examined how a 93-year-old woman managed to keep her mind ultrasharp. It's possible, said Kramer, that complex physical activities might convey more, or different, benefits to brain health than less-complex activities, like walking the same path every day.
The April 7 Director’s Seminar speakers are Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Abhishek Singharoy and Nathan Ward.
John E. Stone, a senior research programmer in the Theoretical & Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute has been part of the community building molecular visualization tools for scientists long enough that he can spot a turning point.
Duc Nguyen, from the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, Saumya Tiwari, from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Hector Lopez-Hernandez, from the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, discuss their research on Wed., April 6, beginning at noon in Room 1005, Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served.
Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering, has been named interim director of the Beckman Institute, effective April 16.