Phillippe Geubelle, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Bliss Professor and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, is presenting on "Computational analysis and design of biomimetic microvascular composites," noon, Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch is available.
Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman faculty member for nearly 25 years, has died after an illness. A memorial service will be held at 10 am Mon, Nov. 7, at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, 604 E. Armory Ave & 6th Street, Champaign. A reception will follow in the Newman Center.
King Li, inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, has been named a full-time faculty member in Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme. Li’s experience includes research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and Stanford University, as well as Wake Forest and Houston Methodist Hospital. He studied physiology and biochemistry at the University of Toronto, earned a medical degree from Toronto and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Hee Jung Chung, assistant professor of molecular and integrative biology, has been named an affiliate faculty member on the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme.
A new advanced imaging method can track cells over long periods of time using only light – no dye or chemicals required – to reveal dynamics and provide insight into how cells function, develop and interact. Gabriel Popescu, an electrical and computer engineering professor and full-time faculty member in Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, led the project that uses phase correlation imaging. A study has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The INSIGHT (“An integrative system for enhancing fluid intelligence (Gf) through human cognitive activity, fitness, high-definition transcranial direct-current brain stimulation, and nutritional intervention”) project, led by Aron Barbey, associate professor of psychology and full-time faculty member in the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group at the Beckman Institute, will receive nearly a million dollars in funding as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) SHARP program.
The Nov. 2 Graduate Student Seminar is scheduled for noon in Room 1005. Chris Montgomery, from the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, ShengShee (Seth) Thor, a doctoral student in biophysics working with Zaida Luthey-Schulten, and Aditya Sarathy, from the Nanolectronics and Nanomaterials Group, are the presenters. Lunch is provided.
The Information Technology Services Group at the Beckman Institute has kept up with rapid technological changes in order to serve Beckman faculty, staff, and students.
Using a new tool in the Molecular Imaging Laboratory (MIL), researchers can study in real time how cholesterol affects tumor progression in breast cancer.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for bone fractures. In order to determine how osteoporosis can affect bones, Eric Currier, a Beckman graduate student in mechanical science and engineering, examines mice femurs to find the determinants of bone strength.
In a collaboration with Carle Foundation Hospital, Beckman researchers have been using a new technique, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), in a study of epilepsy.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute look at bone strength to help people with osteoperosis, examine the brain health of patients with epilepsy, and see how cholesterol affects the spread of cancer. And they are developing methods to help patients evaluate the risks associated with diagnoses. From human factors to engineering breakthroughs, Beckman research examines medicine from multiple angles.
Boris Odintsov, senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center, and Thomas Brozoski, research professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, have created a comprehensive, interactive rat brain atlas.
Stephen Boppart, professor of electrical and computer engineering and co-chair of Beckman's Integrative Imaging theme, is leading a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in conjunction with Carle Health System physicians in Urbana, in developing a new way of imaging and analyzing cancerous tumors from breast cancer patients that can help determine the aggressiveness of the cancer, which could aid in designing targeted individualized treatment for the greatest possible efficacy.
Aron Barbey and Michael Posner are co-editors for "The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Intelligence" in Trends in Neuroscience and Education. The issue is expected to be published in September 2018.
Emad Tajkhorshid, professor of biochemistry and member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at Beckman, and colleagues Chad Rienstra, professor of chemistry, and James Morrissey, professor of biochemistry, have received a Director’s Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health for their highly creative approach to the study of cell membrane lipids.
Kara Federmeier was recently named the president-elect of the Society of Psychophysiological Research. Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research fosters research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior.
Yi Lu, professor of chemistry and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, will be speaking on "Discovering 'Genetic Codes' for Nanomaterials Morphologies and Employing the DNA-encoded Nanomaterials for Sensing, Imaging and Targeted Drug Delivery," on Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch is provided.
Daniel Simons, professor of psychology and member of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, professor of educational psychology and member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, along with their colleagues conducted a comprehensive review of studies cited by proponents of brain-training products. The researchers found “no compelling evidence” that brain-training games provide cognitive benefits that are relevant to daily life.
Since the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology opened its doors in 1989, one objective has been to be a leader in science and technology by continually fostering new research areas and developing new methodologies to stimulate innovative approaches. Intelligent Systems, a new major research theme, seeks to understand intelligent behavior in biological and artificial systems and their networked interactions.