Several Beckman Institute faculty members and students have taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the Fulbright Program. They talk about their reasons for studying and working abroad, and about America’s best known international scholarly exchange program.
A team made up of Beckman faculty members Tom Huang and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and their students finished in third place at an international multimedia search competition in Singapore. The Illinois team was the only one from the United States to reach the finals and came within a sound byte of winning first place in the heated competition.
Ashutosh Garg came to Illinois to study with Beckman’s Image Processing group and left with a Ph.D. and a ticket to success. After working as a top research scientist for Google, Garg is now running his own company.
After serving her country in the Air Force, Marni Boppart went on to earn a Ph.D. and eventually a faculty position at Illinois and the Beckman Institute. She is now pursuing research that is providing insights into the science of exercise.
Beckman Institute cognitive aging researchers are not only leaders in their field, but are also working to promote interventions that prevent cognitive decline. That topic, as well as looks at Beckman’s Fulbright scholars, an academic team that finished high at a big international competition, an alumnus who made a name for himself at Google, and a faculty member who does unique research into the science of exercise, are all part of the Winter 2009 issue of Synergy.