An associate professor of psychology from the University of Newcastle in Australia, Frini Karayanidis is collaborating with Gabriele Gratton and Monica Fabiani of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group to look at how cognitive control varies as we age.
In contradicting a theory that’s been the standard for over 80 years, a group of researchers led by Yang Zhang, assistant professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has made a discovery holding major promise for the petroleum industry. Using high-flux neutron sources at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Zhang’s group has been able to videotape the molecular movement of alkanes, the major component of petroleum and natural gas. The group has learned that the thickness of liquid alkanes can be significantly reduced, allowing for a marked increase in the substance’s rate of flow. Jeff Moore, professor of chemistry and interim director of the Beckman Institute, is also involved in the research.
Thomas Anastasio, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior, presents the December Director's Seminar on "Computer Models of Neuroadaptation to Chronic Administration of Antidepressant Drugs," at noon Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. The talk is open to the public and lunch is provided.
Beckman faculty members Jianjun Cheng and Brian T. Cunningham are among six Illinois faculty members chosen for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Cheng, professor of materials science and engineering, is in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Cunningham, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.
Beckman Institute researchers have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016 (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). Yi Lu, professor of chemistry and in Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, was highly cited in chemistry, Catherine Murphy, professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group was also highly cited in chemistry. John Rogers, former Illinois materials science and engineering professor, now at Northwestern University, also is on the list in physics and materials science. Rogers maintains an affiliation with the College of Engineering and with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
Older adults who practiced hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks were better able to manage stress and performed better on cognitive tests than their peers who engaged in a stretching and weight-training program for the same amount of time, researchers report in the journal Biological Psychology. Edward McAuley, professor of kinesiology and community health and member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, directs the Exercise Psychology Laboratory, where the study was conducted.
A team of top scientists from several universities, including the University of Illinois, are collaborating to develop a new class of polymers that can be used as advanced materials for batteries, energy storage, and sophisticated lightweight electronics.
This work aims to repurpose the biological machinery for protein synthesis to produce precisely defined, non-natural polymeric materials. The team is comprised of Illinois researchers Charles Schroeder, Associate Professor and Ray and Beverly Mentzer Scholar in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Jeffrey Moore, Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group. The project also includes faculty from Northwestern University, the University of Texas-Austin, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has selected a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop and deploy new solar energy technology that will help to make solar energy cost-competitive with traditional forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Led by principal investigator Kimani Toussaint, an associate professor in the mechanical science and engineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, his team of researchers have received a cooperative award--one of only six awards granted nationwide--for their project on improving concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. Read the Department of Energy press release.
For the first time, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that the success of delivery of drugs from nanoparticles can be quantified inside a cell.
“We can precisely tell how much drug has been released from the carrier at a given time point,” stated Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. “To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first example of a one-step, facile procedure to synthesize prodrug-passivated carbon nanoparticle. The result is significant and may help eventually to increase the efficacy of the therapy and help us better understand what drives the cellular entry of nanoparticles and drug release.”
A new stick-on wearable sensor uses the symphony of internal rumblings, whooshing, gurglings, and cracklings to help doctors diagnose different conditions. And this souped-up, miniaturized stethoscope could one day be a way for clinicians to continuously monitor patients outside of the clinic. So far it’s been tested on chicken breasts and a very small group of people. This wearable, smaller than a penny, can hear the beat of your heart, the sound of your voice, and even the whirr of an implantable heart pump, according to a paper published in the journal Science Advances. John Rogers professor of materials science and engineering and member of the Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, is a lead author.
Congratulations to Ryan Dilger, associate professor of animal sciences and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group; Hyun Joon Kong, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group; Paris Smaragdis, associate professor of computer science and member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative; and Rebecca Stumpf, professor of anthropology and member of the Bioacoustics Research Lab, for receiving the 2016 Distringuished Promotion Award from the University of Illinois.
Zahra Mohaghegh, assistant professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering, and member of Beckman's Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
A collaborative research project led by Nancy Sottos, the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at Beckman, has won the Oil and Gas Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2016. The winning entry entitled "Autonomous Detection of Damage in Coatings" is a collaborative research project undertaken by the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM), and involved AMS researchers Wenle Li, Maxwell Robb, Sottos, Scott White (professor of aerospace engineering) and Jeffrey Moore (professor of chemistry), and BP mentor Dr. Sai Venkateswaran.
Joseph Lyding, member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is likely to say that his scientific breakthroughs have been “accidents,” but, in reality, chance has played only a small role in his career as an innovator in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and nanofabrication, and his work on semiconducting nanotubes.