Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been selected to receive the 2018 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for work conducted by an associate professor. Pan is known for developing translational nanomedicine technology that can be applied to cancer, metabolic disorders, and eye wounds and disease.
Bioengineering graduate student Fatemeh Ostadhossein's image, “2-D aquarium,” was recently featured in Chemical & Engineering News. Ostadhossein works with Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor of bioengineering and Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Two Beckman Institute researchers and a 2016 Senior Beckman Fellow are the guest editors of a special issue of Psychophysiology, an online journal of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. The issue focuses on the dynamics of cognitive control, using a variety of neuroimaging methods and experimental paradigms.
The spread of information by social media and how it shapes the understanding of events—and even influences their outcomes—has been a hot-button topic in many major news stories the past few years, from the influence of terrorist groups such as ISIS to the 2016 presidential election. Jiawei Han, a professor of computer science and member of Beckman's Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, collaborates on this research with project leader Tarek Abdelzaher, also a professor of computer science. The team plans to create a tool called Social Cube to model, analyze, and simulate social media information propagation and how it both affects and is affected by people’s beliefs.
Three more Ph.D. students will discuss their research at the Beckman Institute’s Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, March 7, in Room 1005. The presenters: Andrew Bower, a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group; Alexandria Lesicko, a Ph.D. student in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group; and Nitya Sai Reddy Satyavolu, a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group. Lunch will be provided.
Amanda Henderson is a third-year MFA student, working with Deana McDonagh as Beckman's Designer-in-Residence.
The boilerplate text that nobody reads when signing up for an online service has very tenuous legal footing, said Robin B. Kar, a U of I legal scholar, internationally recognized expert in contract law, and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
The “Me Too” movement brought attention to the issue of sexual harassment in entertainment, but the problem manifests itself in the sciences, as well. Research shows that sexual harassment is most likely to occur in organizations that tolerate it—and in those dominated by men. “With both Hollywood and sciences, both of those things often hold,” said Kathryn Clancy, a U of I associate professor of anthropology and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
Kathryn Clancy, an associate professor of anthropology and a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group at Beckman, will present the March 1 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005. Her talk is titled “What Does Intersectional Feminist Biology Look Like?” Lunch is provided.
Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Two of the three—Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Qian Chen and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor Ying Diao—are affiliates of the Beckman Institute. Chen is a member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and Diao is a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.
Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by Dolores Albarracin, a professor of psyhology and member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group.
Lav Varshney, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team studied tweeting behavior in urban communities, finding there is less tweeting per capita in larger cities. They identified that while there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet prolifically. This suggests there is a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities. Varshney is a member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group and is affilated with the Coordinated Science Lab.
This year, the College of Engineering list of faculty award recipients includes two Beckman affiliates. Tim Bretl, an associate professor of aerospace engineering, will receive the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and Lui Sha, a professor of computer science, will receive the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Award. They will be formally recognized in a ceremony in April 2018. Bretl is a member of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, and Sha is a member of the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Group.
Widely available, portable, and relatively inexpensive, ultrasound is well established as a powerful imaging technique for diagnosing disease. Increasingly, though, researchers are exploring ultrasound as a therapeutic tool in the fight against cancer and other maladies. At the U of I, Bioengineering Professor Joseph Irudayaraj and his team have recently demonstrated a new nanotechnology- and ultrasound-based cancer treatment approach that could enhance existing chemotherapy and radiation regimens while reducing negative side effects for patients. Irudayaraj is a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Coleen is a Junior studying Clinical Psychology, working in the CONNECT lab.
With funding from the United States Army, researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for ways to repair complicated skull injuries with biomaterials—substances that can interact with or guide the body’s natural healing processes—instead of using artificial materials like titanium plates or grafting bone from other areas onto the head.
Martin Gruebele, professor of Chemistry, Physics and Center for Biophysics, was named a TREE award recipient by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. TREE stands for Transformational Research and Excellence in Education. “TREE awards recognize the outstanding research and educational accomplishments of the community of Cottrell Scholars,” said RCSA Senior Program Director Silvia Ronco. Gruebele is a full-time faculty member with Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.
Alejandro Lleras, professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, was quoted in a CNBC article about techniques to boost productivity. Brief diversions can dramatically improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time. "From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task," says Lleras.
Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Neha Gothe, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Intelligent Systems and Integrative Imaging research themes at the Beckman Institute.
The Israeli Wolf Prize in Agriculture will be awarded in May to Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, for his work with honey bees. Robinson is a member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Group.
Shiva Abbaszadeh, assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme.
Electrical and computer engineering professor Kyekyoon "Kevin" Kim lead a new study making it easier to transplant pancreatic islet cells from pigs to treat type I diabetes. Kim and his research team hope to test their microsphere-within-a-microcapsule technique in small animals before looking toward larger animal or human trials. Kim is a member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.
For the first time, scientists have managed to image electronically excited quantum dots in 3D. Quantum dots are tiny semiconductor particles, measuring just a few nanometers across. “Understanding how the presence of defects localizes excited electronic states of quantum dots will help to advance the engineering of these nanoparticles,” says Martin Gruebele, a U of I physicist and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group at Beckman.
PhotoniCare, a startup founded by Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, developed a hand-held, low-cost imaging platform for medical applications such as inspecting the eardrum. The company was named the winner of the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge last week in San Francisco.
Technology has revolutionized most corners of our lives, from how we shop to how we connect with friends. Now the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine is poised to train the next generation of doctors to bring the revolution to health care. Dr. King Li, a Beckman affiliate and dean of the new school that will welcome its first class of students in July, reflects on the philosophy behind the new school, which makes technology and engineering a core part of the curriculum.
A new film, “The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Curiosity of Arnold O. Beckman,” will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Beckman Institute auditorium. Beckman, a U of I alumnus, was a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who donated funds for the Beckman Institute. The film features Theodore “Ted” Brown, founding director of the Beckman Institute, speaking from Beckman’s hometown of Cullom, Illinois. The film presentation is free and open to the public. This independent film was funded by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas Cangellaris, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman’s Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, served as co-adviser for a paper that received the Best Symposium Paper award at the 2017 IEEE Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems (EDAPS) Symposium which took place in Haining, China, in December. Honors for the paper, "Stochastic LIM for Uncertainty Characterization of Fiber-weave Effect on Coupled Transmission Lines,” were shared with co-adviser and ECE professor Jose E. Schutt-Aine and ECE Ph.D. candidate Xu Chen. Both faculty members also are affiliated with the Coordinated Science Lab.
Richard O. Bido-Medina, a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Program, working with the Control and Network Connectivity Team (CONNECT Lab), was announced as a recipient of the 2017 Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award. The Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award recognizes an Illinois graduate student whose innovative and sustained international research or public service abroad has had the greatest impact (or has the greatest potential impact) on the university, larger community or internationally. Richard’s trajectory has proven that it is possible to have multiple interests and, furthermore, to successfully combine them to contribute to the development of society. Over the years, he faced many challenges that are characteristic of developing countries, but his enthusiasm, perseverance and hard work made him able to succeed regardless of the adversities. Richard’s path can be defined with three words: physician, diplomat and scientist.