Ming Hsu's area of study is neuroeconomics, which is a combination of neuroscience and economics and a subset of behavioral economics. Hsu, who has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Caltech, is currently a Beckman Fellow and he will be joining the faculty of the Department of Economics at Illinois in the fall as an assistant professor.
Before the Beckman Institute acquired a state-of-the-art immersive virtual reality environment known as the Cube, the most high tech Ranxiao Frances Wang got in her psychology research was to use a video camera. These days, Wang is treating the Cube like a test pilot does an experimental aircraft.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) pioneers and researchers from across the country gathered in March at the Beckman Institute to honor the late Nobel Laureate Paul C. Lauterbur.
In February, Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology announced an exciting new Fellows program that will provide a young scientist with the opportunity to spend several years conducting cancer-related translational research.
As one Beckman Institute researcher eyes retirement, another is just beginning his career. Robert Fossum has had a long and distinguished career in mathematics, while Beckman Fellow Ming Hsu has gained notoriety in his field before he even assumes the title of professor. They are just two of the people featured in the Spring 2008 issue of Synergy.