As President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative looks at ways to better understand how the human mind works, researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are leading innovation in the science of brain training by examining new ways to improve reasoning and problem solving.
The Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) at the Beckman Institute recently acquired a second 3 Tesla Trio whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which will increase its capacity for bioimaging research and development.
Seventh grade science students from Colorado were able to interact with a researcher studying zombie cells in the basement of the Beckman Institute through Bugscope, a unique program that gets students excited about science.
The Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute is celebrating 15 years of Bugscope, its outreach program that lets K–12 classrooms around the world remotely operate a high-resolution scanning electron microscope to get up-close-and-personal with bugs.
Kirk Erickson, a senior fellow, was at the Beckman Institute for a few months to develop collaborations with colleagues investigating links between fitness and cognitive health. Senior fellowships give established faculty from other universities the opportunity to do short-term, onsite, interdisciplinary research with other Beckman Institute researchers.
The Beckman Institute hosted a reception honoring the five 2014 student awardees, Victoria Cross, Genevieve LaBelle, Qian Yin, Brennan Payne, and Vuong Le.
Research at the Beckman Institute would not be possible without the tremendous work of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. Nearly 400 undergraduate students conduct research at the Beckman Institute, and two of them, Andrew Chancellor and Gina Giase, offer a look into their research positions and advice on how to get a position, too.
The Citizen Scientist Program, conceived by the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), brings OLLI members into the labs as research assistants.
As a Ph.D. civil engineering student, Jason Patrick helped integrate 3D microvascular networks into structural fiber-composite materials, providing them with multifunctional capabilities, including self-healing and electrical reconfigurability. His next role: One of the 2014 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows.
Beckman's Illinois Simulator Laboratory recently hired Brandon Smith as a simulation systems research programmer.
Brad Sutton has been named technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center to assist with the recent surge in activity and the new MRI scanner at the center.
This issue highlights several researchers at Beckman, including undergraduates Andrew Chancellor and Gina Giase, Ph.D. student Jason Patrick, Illinois Simulator Lab employee Brandon Smith, faculty member Brad Sutton, and senior fellow Kirk Erickson. It also features many updates in the Biomedical Imaging Center, the Microscopy Suite's outreach program Bugscope, the recent student awards reception, and the Citizen Scientist Program.