Meg Dickinson recently joined the Beckman community as the Director of Communications.
Aditi Das, an assistant professor of comparative biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a Beckman Institute faculty member, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Nutrition and its Foundation. This award recognizes an investigator who is within 10 years of postgraduate training and who has contributed outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.
Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, discusses how technology such as drones and artificial intelligence can help farmers grow more food.
Kiel Christianson, a professor of educational psychology and a Beckman faculty member, and graduate student Nayoung Kim found in their new study that students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning.
Dominika Pindus, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health, is joining the Beckman Institute as a new faculty member in the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group.
Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Beckman faculty member, has recently published the first volume of a book that aims to provoide readers with basic concpets of optics and methods used in the biomedical optics field. "My goal with this volume series is to present a unifying set of principles and descriptions for the various methods in the biomedical optics field," said Popescu on his book titled Principles of Biophotonics.
Hagfish produce a mighty slime that expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second and clogs the gills of potential preditors, yet is one of the softest materials ever measured. Randy Ewoldt, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, comments in this Atlanic article in relation to the hagfish's greatest defense. Ewoldt is a member of the Molecular Design and Engineering Group.
Christian Konopka, a Ph.D. student in bioengineering and a member of the Multimodal Vascular Imaging Group, and Alison Wallum, a Ph.D. student in chemistry and a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, will present their research at the Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room 1005 Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served.
Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study. Beckman faculty members on the research team include Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and dean of the College of Engineering; and Marni Boppart, a professor of Kinesiology and Community Health.
Research conducted at the Beckman Institute advances knowledge of auditory perceptual simulation (APS) and how readers process language. The findings could lead to new teaching methods for struggling readers or second language learners.
Coming in many shapes, colors and sizes, strange mouth markings might aid in the survival of young birds, says ornithologist Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology and Beckman faculty member.
Lynford Goddard, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Beckman faculty member, has been promoted by SPIE to the grade of Fellow for his technical accomplishments and his service to the society and to the general optics and photonics community.
Beckman Institute partners with Carle Foundation Hospital to offer new postdoctoral fellowship in heart and vascular research.
Narayana Aluru still recalls his good fortune at stepping into the Beckman Institute to meet Karl Hess and Umberto Ravaioli, whose influence continues to inspire him 20 years later.
A new research paper shows songbird embryos can recognize their parents' songs while still in the egg, and develop their brains accordingly. The research, led by Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, shows that unhatched birds can tell the difference between birdsong and silence. The paper, published in NeuroReport, even claims they can distinguish between the songs of their own and other species.
Stephen Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, the director of the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging, and the head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at Illinois' Beckman Institute, has won the 2019 SPIE Biophotonics Techology Innovator Award. Boppart is fully committed to moving biophotonics technology from the bench to the bedside, and beyond. He encourages research faculty to drive the translation of their work into the commercial sphere—something he knows a lot about, having founded four biophotonic startup companies. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.