Kiel Christianson, a professor of educational psychology and a member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative at Beckman, will present the Feb. 1 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005. In his talk, “Good Enough Language Processing: Theory Data,” Christianson will talk about a framework that attempts to account for misinterpretations. Lunch is provided.
The Beckman Institute is now accepting applications for its Graduate Fellows Program (for grad students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level), Undergraduate Fellows Program, and seven more research fellow and awards programs. Applicants may apply to be considered for more than one award. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, with recipients being announced in late March. The awards are supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation or private donors. More information is online.
Rashid Bashir, professor of bioengineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, co-led a research team that has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue —something that conventional methods cannot do.
Serving counterfeit liquor is not only unethical, but can also be dangerous to the people consuming it. It was with this in mind that U of I scientists recently developed a portable device that can tell fake alcohol from the real thing. Created by Kenneth S. Suslick, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Zheng Li, a postdoctoral research associate, the device consists of a handheld image analyzer that contains a disposable sensor cartridge.
The College of Engineering started a bold experiment in undergraduate education using a “challenge-inspired” education model and piloted the Cancer Scholars program in 2014. The idea was to form a small cohort of students and mold their undergraduate experience around the idea of cancer research. Three years later, members of the first cohort are now seniors. The program is led by director Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering and the director of the Cancer Center, located at the Beckman Institute. Several of the students have Beckman affiliations.
A team led by Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, a professor of food science and human nutrition and member of Beckman’s Biomedical Science and Technology Group, found that treating ovariectomized mice with a combination of conjugated estrogens and the drug bazedoxifene improved metabolism and prevented the weight gain often associated with low estrogen levels without posing increased risk to their reproductive tissues.
Aron K. Barbey studies the neurobiological foundations of human intelligence. Barbey is a professor of psychology, neuroscience, and bioengineering; the director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory; and the leader of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group at the Beckman Institute. Find out more about Barbey’s research in this Q&A posted by the U of I’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Blood vessels are the supply lines of the human body, bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells and carrying away waste. Controlling the growth of these supply lines can be an effective tactic to combat several different types of disorders, including cancer, stroke, and injury. A new study led by Princess Imoukhuede, an assistant professor of bioengineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has added layer of nuance to our understanding of the signals that direct blood vessel growth.