June 2012 Beckman Bulletin

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The Beckman Bulletin is a monthly digest from the director of the Beckman Institute. The Bulletin is sent to all faculty and staff. Each issue will highlight the latest happenings from around the Institute.

DOLCOS WINS BEST PAPER AWARD
A paper by Florin Dolcos of the Cognitive Neuroscience group and his collaborators won the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. Their paper was titled Neural correlates of emotion-recognition interactions: A review of evidence from brain imaging investigations. Congratulations to Florin and his co-authors Alexandru Iordan, and Sandra Dolcos on receiving this honor. A copy of the paper can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/20445911.2011.594433

IMOUKHUEDE JOINS BECKMAN INSTITUTE
Princess Imoukhuede (Bioengineering) has joined the Beckman Institute. Her research seeks to understand the molecular complexities governing blood-vessel formation. She is a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group at Beckman.

BUGSCOPE A HIT IN SRI LANKA
Bugscope played host to its second Asian audience and first in southern Asia in June when schoolchildren from Sri Lanka took part in the educational outreach program that gives them remote control of a scanning electron microscope. About 20 children in grades K-12 and their parents took part in a Bugscope session hosted by Microscopy Suite manager Scott Robinson. The session started at 5:30 a.m. Central Time, 4 p.m. in Sri Lanka. Former Microscopy Suite member Umesh Thakkar, who played host to the session at the American embassy in Sri Lanka, described it as a big hit with the audience.

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who received grant funding during the period of May 25, 2012 – June 27, 2012:

  • Nutritional Regulation of Human Neuronal Development (PI: F. Wang; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Probing the Effect of Brain Metabolism on Cognitive Function (PI: R. Larsen; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Development of a Methodology for Investigating the Effects of Nutrition on the Maturation of Brain Networks Associated with Memory and Language in Infants (PI: G. Gratton; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Development of a Small-for-Gestational-Age Piglet Model (PI: R. Johnson: Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Molecular Basis of Cognitive Impairment in ‘ChemoBrain’ and Nutritional Intervention (PI: W. Helferich; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • The Effects of a Bioactive Nutrient on Cognitive Functioning in an Animal Model of Normal Aging (PI: J. Gulley; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Nutritional Enhancement of Cognition Through Stem Cells (PI: M. Boppart; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Nutritional Intake, Cognitive Function, and Measures of Brain Aging (PI: A. Barbey; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Optimizing Assessment Tools for Determining Nutritional Enhancement of Learning and Memory (PI: N. Cohen; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • FODAVA-PARTNER: Visualizing Audio for Anamoly Detection (PI: M. Hasegawa-Johnson; Sponsor: NSF)
  • Cognitive and Brain Development in Premature Infants (PI: G. Gratton; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Mouse Cognition Core Facility (PI: J. Rhodes; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • The Effects of Fortified Nutritional Supplementation on Cognition, Memory, and Achievement (PI: C. Hillman; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Enhancing Learning and Memory in the Aged: Interactions between Dietary Supplementation and Exercise (PI: J. Woods; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Synergistic Effects of Exercise and Nutrition on Cognition and Brain Health in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial (PI: A. Kramer; Sponsor: Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory)
  • Multi-layer Solid State Membranes with Nanochannels for Bio-Molecule Manipulation and Sensing (PI: J-P. Leburton; Sponsor: Oxford Nanopore Technolog

NEW HIRES
There are no new hires during this period.