Jessie Chin, an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences, has been named a faculty affiliate at the Beckman Institute. Her research focus includes information foraging; human-computer interaction; health literacy, communication, and informatics; persuasive design; and designing for successful aging and chronic illness prevention and control.
Kathryn Matlack, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, recently became a faculty affiliate at the Beckman Institute. She will collaborate with members of the Molecular Design and Engineering research theme. She is the principal investigator for the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Laboratory that seeks to understand how waves propagate in complex materials over several length scales. The knowledge can then be used to design efficient and multi-functional materials, structures, and devices.
Cancer Center at Illinois members Aditi Das and David Sarlah were one of nine research teams recently selected to fill gaps in medical marijuana research. Their works seeks to create a library of useful compounds found in cannabis plants. Sarlah, an organic chemist, will make the chemicals, and Das, a professor of comparative biosciences, will run tests to see how they react with mouse immune cells. "There are so many beneficial effects that patients report. We need to know the science behind it," said Das, an affiliate faculty member at the Beckman Institute.
The latest paper by Rafael Bernardi and Zaida “Zan” Luthey-Schulten looks at how molecular dynamics simulations can be used to predict the behavior of protein complexes. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Yan Tang, an assistant professor of linguistics, will join Beckman's Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative within the Intelligent Systems research theme as a part-time faculty member. His current research focuses on speech technologies such as speech intelligibility enhancement in adverse listening conditions, computational modelling of speech perception in noise and perceptually motivated context-sensitive speech modification algorithms. His research interests also include speech perception and production in noise, psychoacoustics, source separation, and robust automatic speech recognition.
ILLI researchers interested in language from biological and psychological perspectives collaborate with researchers from Illinois' top-ranked engineering programs to build not only new knowledge, but new tools and applications.
As a kid, Arielle Rausin had little interest in sports — even before the car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down at age 10. With the help of a middle school teacher, she realized even from a wheelchair, sports could be really fun, said Rausin, 26, who works in the Beckman Institute’s Visualization Lab. By the time Rausin graduated high school, she’d landed a spot on the University of Illinois’ wheelchair track team and a place in its business school. That’s where she got the idea for a class project that she has since turned into a growing business and a key piece of gear she’ll rely on when racing the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
Nancy Sottos, a professor of materials science and engineering and a leader of the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group, was recently invested as a Maybelle Leland Swanlund Chair, the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at Illinois.
The acquisition of the new Siemens Terra 7 Tesla (7 T) MRI scanner launches a unique partnership between Carle Foundation Hospital and the University of Illinois. The machine will be used both for research and clinical imaging. Hillary Schwarb is one of the Beckman scientists whose research will benefit directly from access to the technology.
Momentary increases in mothers’ sensitivity to their toddlers’ cues and emotional needs may boost young children’s focused attention on tasks and positive engagement with their mother while lowering the children’s expressions of negative emotions, a new study found. Led by human and community development professor Nancy McElwain and doctoral student Xi Chen, the new study of mothers and their toddlers was published recently in the Journal of Family Psychology.
A new study, which was published in the American Journal of Primatology, concluded that the quality of maternal relationships affects female friendships in adolescent girls. Furthermore, the parental relationships, especially fathers, may buffer depressive symptoms.
Monica Fabiani and Gabriele Gratton, professors of psychology, have become the first collaborating scientists to receive the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology by the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Established in 1969, the award recognizes sustained and distinguished contribution to psychophysiology. It represents the highest honor bestowed by the society and only 34 scientists in total have received this award in its nearly 60 year history. They accepted the award at the society's annual meeting last week.
Many potential pharmaceuticals end up failing during clinical trials, but thanks to new research from the University of Illinois, biological molecules once considered for cancer treatment are now being repurposed as organic semiconductors for use in chemical sensors and transistors. Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Ying Diao and collaborators report their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
A seven-year US study into the mating habits of a parasitic bird has confirmed one evolutionary theory and contradicted another. In a paper published in The Journal of Evolutionary Biology, researchers led by Mark Hauber, a professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior atthe University of Illinois, detail the curiously contradictory life of cowbirds (Molothrus ater).
Despite the prevalence of traumatic brain injury among veterans, a deep understanding of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment is lacking. Led by the University of Illinois’ Chez Veterans Center, a discussion will foster dialogue on TBI among military service members and veterans, caregivers, university researchers, and health care providers. “Making the Invisible Visible: A Dialogue on Traumatic Brain Injury” takes place Nov. 1 at Carle Foundation Hospital with the goal of unveiling the “invisible” nature of TBI's detection, symptoms, and recovery and thus making a difference in the well-being and quality of life for veterans and their caregivers.