To exploit zinc’s useful properties in next-generation batteries, researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory have prepared zinc electrodes in a porous spongelike structure. Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering and a member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, says the NRL team “has found a particularly compelling system, where the 3-D electrode structure provides high power, as expected, but perhaps surprisingly, results in dendrite suppression and thus very good long-term cycling.”
A new study by Brian P. Bailey, an associate professor of computer science, Alex Kirlik, a professor of computer science, and colleagues suggests that reading supportive comments, “likes,” and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety significantly reduce their nervousness and improve their scores.
Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology, led a group of researchers at the Beckman Institute that used a specialized MRI technique to measure the structural integrity of the hippocampus in healthy young adults and correlated it with their performances on fitness and memory tests.
Four Beckman Institute faculty members were among those honored April 26 at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence awards reception. Laura DeThorne, an associate professor of speech and hearing science and a member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Intitative; Rebecca Stumpf, an associate professor of anthropology and a member of the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory; and Andrew Suarez, a professor of animal biology and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, were among the faculty members awarded the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes sustained excellence in and innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Jennifer Robbennolt, a professor of law and member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. Recipients of this award are honored for sustained excellence and innovation in graduate or professional teaching and their contributions to graduate or professional learning beyond classroom instruction.
Stephen Boppart, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was quoted in an article in Scientific American about Facebook’s newly formed Building 8 “moon shot” factory that is working on a device that would let people type out words through a brain-computer interface. One of the remaining challenges is whether the changes in the returning light will create patterns unique enough to represent each of the letters, words, and phrases needed to translate brain waves into words on a screen, Boppart said.
Aditya Parameswaran, an assistant professor of computer science and member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, is the recipient of a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER award for his proposal, “Advancing Open-Ended Crowdsourcing: The Next Frontier in Crowdsourced Data Management.” The award provides monetary support over the next five years in support of his research and educational activities. He also was named this year’s recipient of the IEEE TCDE Early Career Award. Presented at the recent IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), the award honors an individual for their body of work in Data Engineering in the first five years after their Ph.D.
Nineteen students were recently named recipients of the 2017 Beckman Institute student awards. The awards, which are presented to undergraduate and graduate students, will be presented during a reception in May.
Wenjuan Zhu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is the recipient of a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal, “Transforming Electronic Devices Using Two-dimensional Materials and Ferroelectric Metal Oxides.” The award provides monetary support over the next five years in support of her research and educational activities.
Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, was one of four University of Illinois faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at a dinner reception April 25. The Office of the Provost sponsors the campus-level awards to recognize excellence in leadership for those faculty members who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their efforts to enable and promote others in shaping that future.
Electronic health record portals should make it easy and convenient for patients to view the important information in their medical records. But having access to the information and understanding how to use it are two different things. That’s especially true for older adults, whose increased health care needs can coincide with age-related declines in cognitive abilities, such as working memory and attention. It’s a reality that motivates Daniel Morrow in his work on health literacy.