Joseph Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, will present the first Director's Seminar for the fall 2017 semester. Lyding will speak on "Atomic Precision: There’s Still Plenty of Room at the Bottom," at Noon, Thursday, September 7, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute.
William Randall Arnold, a graduate research assistant from Aditi Das’ group; Richard O. Bido-Medina, M.D./Ph.D. candidate from CONNECT Lab; and Jenny Ching-Yen Beach, a graduate research assistant from Shen Dillon’s group, discuss their research projects at the first fall Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. Lunch is provided.
A new study at Illinois has found that there is a three-way relationship between a type of gut bacteria, cortisol, and brain metabolites. This relationship, the researchers hypothesize, may potentially lead to further insight into autism, but more in-depth studies are needed. Researchers included animal sciences doctoral student Austin Mudd and Ryan Dilger, an associate professor of animal sciences and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
A 2015 study by Psychology Professor Dolores Albarracin, who is a member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, was cited by the Huffington Post, which was responding to an article published by New York Magazine on climate change. The Post was questioning whether alarming people—inducing anxiety about a situation—was necessary or helpful to get people to act. Albarracin’s study found that overall, inducing fear does change people’s attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. But the fear appeals that Albarracin studied came with recommended actions. “If the message is not actionable, then you’re not going to get effects overall,” she said.
Mostafa Yourdkhani, a postdoctoral research associate in the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group, recently received first place in the “Science as Art” contest sponsored by the Materials Research Society.
Fatima Husain, an associate professor of speech and hearing science and member of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group at Beckman, and Sara Schmidt, a graduate student, conducted a study that found that tinnitus patients have differences in the region of the brain called the precuneus, which cause the brain to stay more at attention and be less at rest.
So Hirata, a professor of chemistry, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Beckman Institute's Computational Molecular Science Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Illinois researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the country’s first computational node aimed at developing nanomanufacturing simulation tools. Beckman faculty members Kimani Toussaint (PI and director) and Narayana Aluru (co-PI), are working with Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering colleagues Elif Ertekin (co-PI), and Placid Ferreira (co-PI), along with Hayden Taylor (Co-PI) from UC, Berkeley.
The impact of painful experiences can last a lifetime. A new study says it is possible to wipe out memories that cause stress and even induce insomnia in some individuals. A 2014 study by Florin Dolcos, a professor of psychology and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, was mentioned in an article in International Business Times about the recent study. “Looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there or what the weather was like, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with a negative memory,” Dolcos said.
Rashid Bashir, a professor of and the head of bioengineering and a member of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been appointed a permanent executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.