Nancy Sottos, a professor of materials science and engineering, discusses green energy and the need for energy storage. Sottos’ collaborators include Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry, and the late Scott White, a professor of aerospace engineering, in Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group.
Justin Rhodes, member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, was quoted in an article in Smithsonian. His comment was in relation to the impressive variety of sexual roles and pairings that allow animals to reproduce.
Edgar Brian Mejia Vazquez, who earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in May from Illinois, is one of 11 Illinois students and young alumni that have been offered student Fulbright grants to pursue international educational, research, and teaching experiences this coming year. Mejia has served as a research assistant for Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group.
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Rodrigues writes for the The Evolution Institute about if the act of observing primates could influence the outcome of research. “Research on primate behavior, especially chimpanzees, is used to develop theories about the evolution of human behavior,” Rodrigues writes. “But could observing primates cause them to act differently?”
Beckman affiliates Alison Bell and Lynford L. Goddard were among five faculty members recently named 2018-2019 University Scholars. The systemwide Faculty Scholar Program recognizes outstanding faculty members and provides each recipient with funding to enhance their scholarly activities.
A team from the Image Formation and Processing (IFP) Group housed at the Beckman Institute has won first place in all three human parsing tracks in the Look Into Person (LIP) Challenge organized at the 2018 International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the premier artificial intelligence conference with focus on computer vision which takes place this week at Salt Lake City (June 18 - 22, 2018). The winning team was advised by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Beckman research professor Thomas Huang, who has not only just been a leader in tackling human or data image challenges, but also cataloging images from medicine and astronomy.
Dr. King Li, dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). The fellowship is awarded for significant and substantial contributions to research in the field of magnetic resonance, and for significant contributions to the development of the society.
Aleksei Aksimentiev, professor of physics and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, led a study that created a new synthetic enzyme crafted from DNA rather than protein. The enzyme flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. Chen-Yu Li, graduate research assistant and also a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, was co-first author of the paper published in Nature Communications.
A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes, report Illinois researchers, including Dr. Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, and Sixian You, a Beckman graduate research assistant who is first author on the study. Both are members of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. The technique, called simultaneous label-free autofluorescence multi-harmonic microscopy, was detailed in the journal Nature Communications.
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, led a study suggesting that long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene alters the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized. The study was published in Scientific Reports.
Hyukjin, also known as Jimmy, is a first-year bioengineering Ph.D. student working in the Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory.
Research of Daniel Simons, professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, was mentioned in an article in The Washington Post about the myths of Alzheimer's disease and the “nonexistent or small” benefits of mass-marketed brain training.
Gene Robinson, professor of entomology and integrative biology and member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, was quoted in an article in Science on research from São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil that provides insight on the brain chemicals that make bees such ferocious fighters.
Florin Dolcos and Sanda Dolcos, members of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group, led a study suggesting that focusing on the contextual details of a distressing incident rather than the emotional fallout could help minimize cognitive disruption and redirect the brain's resources to the task at hand.
Michael L. Oelze, a professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and member of Beckman's Bioacoustics Research Laboratory Group, has recently been named ECE associate head for graduate affairs.
Kathryn Clancy, an associate professor of anthropology and member of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group, was part of the committee that prepared a report that describes pervasive and damaging gender harassment experienced by up to half of female science and medical students surveyed. The group also provided recommendations for Congress and federal agencies.
Seven of 34 Illinois research teams that have been awarded an allocation of computation time on the sustained petascale Blue Waters supercomputer have connections to the Beckman Institute. Blue Waters is one of the most powerful high-performance computing systems in the world, located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This allocation process, the final round of Illinois allocations, has awarded over 5.5 million node-hours to University of Illinois researchers, valued at nearly $3.7 million. A list of the teams and their research projects is posted online.
A new paper by Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar, a member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group, argues that same-sex marriage doesn’t have to be a flashpoint in the ongoing culture war between secular and religious values
Aron Barbey, an associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman’s Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, and his colleagues tested the reproducibility of task-based functional MRI studies of various sizes. The study was reported in the journal Nature Communications Biology.
Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with women’s living environments than their races, suggests a new meta-analysis of recent research on the topic by Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman, and FSHN graduate student Brandi Patrice Smith, who was the lead author.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of microscopy that allows them to observe the formation and evolution of cell membrane focal adhesions.
Thomas S. Huang, a research professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE); Honghui Shi, ECE adjunct research assistant professor; and Yuchen Fan, ECE graduate research assistant—all members of Beckman's Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group—worked on the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) project. This group sought to engineer “the most effective model for object detection in traffic video.”