Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, a Dow Chemical Company Faculty Scholar, and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research proposal, “Multiscale Assembly of Conjugated Polymers at Dynamic Reconfigurable Interfaces.”
Nine faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. Those with Beckman appointments: Thomas Huang, professor of electrical and computer engineering (engineering); Prashant Jain, professor of chemistry (cross-field); Catherine Murphy, professor of chemistry (cross-field); Yi Lu, professor of chemistry (chemistry); and Shuming Nie, a professor of bioengineering ((plant and animal science). The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world,” according to Clarivate Analytics. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence, from 2005-17.
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Junlong Geng, whose Ph.D. is in chemical and biomolecular engineering, will speak at the next Beckman Institute Director's Seminar at noon, Thursday, Dec. 6, in Room 1005. Geng will discuss “Imaging and Mapping Crown-Like Structures in Intact Adipose Tissues.” Lunch is provided.
The Beckman Institute is part of the next ESCO project at the University of Illinois, which will focus on lab upgrades.
An international research collaboration has developed a noninvasive multimodal nanoparticle-based imaging agent that can assess the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), which also could help with earlier cancer diagnosis or advanced targeted therapy.
Narayana Aluru, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Computational Molecular Science Group, was among four Illinois faculty members to have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This lifetime honor will be presented at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Evan Center, Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group; Huiying Liu, graduate research assistant in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group; and Zhenglin Yang, a member of the Integrated Imaging theme, will present their research at the Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served.
Issam Moussa, a clinical professor of medicine at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine who also is medical director of Carle’s Heart and Vascular Institute, has accepted an appointment at the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member. Moussa will be a member of the Multimodal Vascular Imaging working group in the Integrative Imaging theme.
Teppie Apperson is a Business and Administrative Associate in the Imaging Technology Group.
Florin and Sanda Dolcos’ partnership is inspiring research that helps explain how the emotional aspects of memories impact well-being and what strategies are most effective in dealing with these emotions.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman Institute's Computational Imaging Group, was awarded the 2018 Worcester Reed Warner Medal from ASME.
Dipanjan Pan, an associate professor and the director of Professional M.S. Program in Bioengineering, led a team to develop a unique filter to alter the harmful chemicals that are introduced to water via pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). “We believe we have found a low-cost way to remove these harmful chemicals — and by making it biodegradable, we won’t be introducing any complications to wildlife," said Pan.
Beckman's Andrew Singer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of three Presidential Fellows named by U of I President Tim Killeen. The fellows will help in the development of the Discovery Partners Institute, which is the cornerstone of a statewide network led by the U of I System to accelerate the breakthrough research discovery and entrepreneurship that drives innovation, job creation and economic growth.
Noah Trebesch is a graduate student and a member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group.
Citlali López-Ortiz, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health and the director of the Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging and Resilience (CLEAR) Working Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme.
Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, is part of a global consortium of scientists who recently launched the Earth BioGenome Project, which aims to sequence the DNA of 1.5 million species.
Mariana Kersh, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, has studied athletes, animals, aging women, and many other groups as part of her research on the mechanical and structural properties of bone, cartilage, and connective tissue.
Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology, was quoted in The Scientist in relation to his network neuroscience theory—a possible explanation for human intelligence. "General intelligence originates from individual differences in the systemwide topology and dynamics of the human brain," said Barbey, who is a member of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group.