Prashant Jain, chemistry professor and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group discusses the findings of a new study by Cornell researchers tracking communication between nanoparticle catalysts. By using a method that tracks single-molecule reactions on individual nanoparticles, researchers have shown that catalytic reactions occurring at one active site on a particle can influence reactions occurring at another site.
A collaborative study between Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications could lead to innovation in the treatment and prevention of relatively common staph infections that can turn deadly. The collaborative study was one of the last that the late professor Klaus Schulten participated in, along with Lukas F. Milles, Hermann E. Gaub, and Rafael C. Bernardi. University of Illinois researchers used the Blue Waters supercomputer to simulate and decipher the physical adhesion mechanism of a widespread pathogen virulence factor.
Wawrzyniec L. Dobrucki, an assistant professor of bioengineering, a faculty member at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman, will present the April 5 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar. His talk, “Multimodal Imaging Approaches for Quantitative Assessment of Tissue Microenvironments,” begins at noon in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch is provided.
Choline intake during pregnancy can influence infant metabolism and brain development, according to a series of studies at Illinois. Although the role of choline in neurodevelopment has been studied before in rodents, the new research, done with pigs, has more relevance to humans. Ryan Dilger, an associate professor of animal sciences, is a member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Two voyagers will visit strange atomic landscapes that offer a glimpse of the quantum physics world in “Quantum Voyages,” an interdisciplinary theater piece. The performance piece was created by U of I physics professor Smitha Vishveshwara and theatre professor Latrelle Bright to offer a look at some basic concepts of quantum physics. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Beckman Institute auditorium. The event is open to the public. Vishveshwara is a member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group.
Wenjuan Zhu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, was recently selected for an IBM Faculty Award for her project "Nanoscale Ferroelectric Devices for Cognitive Computing."
Chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Shulten, postdoctoral researcher Rafael Bernardi, and graduate student Marcelo Melo have developed a new approach to modeling large molecular interactions at atomic and subatomic scales. Their work streamlines the method for other scientists and students. Luthey-Schulten and her team are members of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group.
Three Ph.D. candidates will discuss their research at the Beckman Institute’s Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, April 4, in Room 1005. The presenters: Kelsey Dzwilewski and Anthony Fan, both in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group; and Matthew Moore, a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group. Lunch will be provided.
Science remains a male-dominated field, and in academia, some take advantage of that power. In a 2014 study, Kathryn Clancy, an associate professor of anthropology at Illinois and a member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being, found that harassment was pervasive at research field sites and few people knew of mechanisms to report incidents. Last year, she published a survey examining the kind of harassment faced by women of color who work in astronomy. Last month, she spoke about harassment in science at a hearing before Congress. She talked about her work with Marketplace's Kimberly Adams.
A group of researchers at the Beckman Institute, led by psychology professor Aron Barbey and postdoctoral researcher Tanveer Talukdar, investigated whether individual differences in brain connectivity were associated with decision-making, using functional MRI and a comprehensive test of decision-making. Barbey and Talukdar are members of Beckman’s Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group.
The Beckman Institute atrium became a learning laboratory for Amanda Henderson's MFA thesis project. Focusing on atriums in higher education facilities, Henderson observed visitors' use of the space and how they interacted with new items in the atrium.
With more than 1,000 applications, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has accepted 32 with full scholarships. Brian Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, said students have to complete coursework that has been designed to include engineering concepts, so students will learn aspects of engineering that will still meet all the accreditation requirements that every doctor has to obtain.
“There are many molecules in the brain, such as metabolites and neurotransmitters, which are very important in terms of brain function, and provide abundant information in characterizing different types of diseases,” said Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Fan Lam.
Chad Rienstra, a professor of chemistry, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology, has been named an affiliate faculty member in Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Working Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme.
By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. Psychology professor Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yuta Katsumi—both members of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group—hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.
Whether from accidents, natural disasters, or combat, traumatic injuries that cause profound blood loss are responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide. Recently, Dipanjan Pan and his team have developed artificial red blood cells to serve as a blood substitute and a bridging therapy that may keep injured people alive until they can get to a hospital and access a donated, fresh blood supply. Pan is an associate professor of bioengineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Ken Suslick, professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been awarded the American Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award. This award recognizes chemists and chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions advancing the science of chemistry or impacting the chemical industry or the chemical profession.
The new 2018 Fellows at the Beckman Institute span research areas as diverse as materials science, chemistry, neuroscience, biology, physical fitness, and nanomaterials. The fellowship recipients are Aaron Anderson, Kevin Clark, Jamila Hedhli, Ryan Hubbard, Matthew Moore, Tian “Autumn” Qiu, and Jianfeng Wang.
Girish Chowdhary, agricultural and biological engineering professor and member of Beckman's Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, leads a team of students, engineers, and postdoctoral researchers in the development of the crop phenotyping robot. TerraSentia fills “a big gap in the current agricultural equipment market” between massive machinery that cultivates or sprays many acres quickly and human workers who can perform tasks requiring precision but move much more slowly, Chowdhary said.
Rashid Bashir, the executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a professor of bioengineering, and a member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been selected as a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) fellow, in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology. RSC fellowships are the highest level of membership in the organization.
Megan Finnegan is a 3rd year student studying dual PhD Neuroscience and Clinical/Community Psychology.
The next Beckman Institute Tech Talk will feature Aya Takase, a senior scientist for the Rigaku Americas Corp., at noon, Tuesday, March 13, in Room 5602. In her talk, “X-Ray Vision: Introduction to Non-Destructive 3D Microscopy,” Dr. Takase will present an introduction to the basic physics behind X-ray CT and example applications from the nano3DX and CT Lab. Rigaku is an international manufacturer and distributor of scientific, analytical, and industrial instruments specializing in x-ray related technologies. Lunch is provided.
Kathryn Clancy, professor of anthropology and a member of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group, has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives in a hearing devoted to sexual harassment and misconduct in the sciences.
Reconstruct, Inc., founded by Illinois professors Mani Golparvar-Fard and Derek Hoiem, closed $2.4M in seed funding led by Serra Ventures. Derek Hoiem is a member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group. Reconstruct's new CEO, Zak MacRunnels, joins Golparvar-Fard and Hoiem as they open their Silicon Valley office. Reconstruct is a software-as-a-service construction technology company that integrates three things simultaneously: reality capturing, building information modeling (BIM) and project scheduling.
Svyatoslav is a 2nd year PhD student in Kinesiology, working in the Molecular Muscle Physiology Lab.
Sepideh Sadaghiani’s research focuses on functional connectivity imaging, which is providing the evidence that how we perceive the world has more to do with what is in our brain than on what our senses tell us.
Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does. Unlike most other AI entities, Cyberslug has a simple self-awareness, said Rhanor Gillette, who led the work. Gillette is a professor of molecular and integrative physiology at Illinois and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at Beckman.