Illinois-UCSF research team solves cancer cell mutation mystery
Researchers have identified the mechanisms that result in cancer's ability to limitlessly replicate cancerous cells. With the breakthrough of developing a better understanding of a common genetic mutation process, this exciting new research is expected to lead to more precise, personalized cancer treatments with fewer side effects. The team includes researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, San Francisco, and co-principal investigators on the study are Jun S. Song (Illinois) and Joseph F. Costello (UCSF). The findings were published in Science on May 14.
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New superfast MRI developed at Illinois
An enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging technique, 10 times faster than the typical MRI, is allowing researchers to study how neck, jaw, tongue and lip muscles work together to produce sound. The new superfast MRI was developed through a collaboration of Brad Sutton, associate professor in Bioengineering, and Aaron Johnson, assistant professor in Speech and Hearing Science. Johnson's recent demonstration while singing "If I Only Had a Brain" is on video at Popular Science.
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Bioengineering well represented among recipents of highest campus honor for seniors
The Bronze Tablet award is the highest honor the University bestows on graduating seniors at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Initiated in 1925, the award recognizes students who are in the Top 3 percent of each college's graduating class and who earned at least a 3.5/4.0 cumulative GPA in the Fall semester before graduation.
Five Bioengineering seniors qualified to wear the distinctive orange-and-blue braided honor cords during May 2015 commencement ceremonies, and they are among those select few whose names are permanently inscribed on the bronze tablets displayed in the Main Library.
The BIOE honorees are, (pictured here, left to right): Anthony Hesser, who will enter the doctoral program in Chemical Biology at Harvard University in the fall; Lauren Milling, who will enter the doctoral program in Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall; Amy Oreskovic, who will enter the doctoral program in Bioengineering at the University of Washington next year; and Adam Davids, who plans to intern in software development at Echelon Consulting in Chicago this summer and then return to Illinois in the fall and enter the Professional Master of Computer Science program. Not pictured is honoree Edward Catoiu.
Four in Bioengineering selected by students for College of Engineering advising awards
Each year, College of Engineering students select the best advisors throughout the college. Recipients of the Engineering Council Outstanding Advisors award represent the Top 10 percent of College advisors. The 2015 awardees in Bioengineering are (pictured here, left to right): Jennifer Amos, Kerri Green, Dipanjan Pan, and Brad Sutton.
Brad Sutton receives elite campus teaching award for excellence and innovation
Each year since 1995, the Office of the Provost at Illinois selects up to five tenured professors to receive the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Brad Sutton, associate professor and associate department head in Bioengineering, is the first among Bioengineering faculty to receive the award. He was honored for his sustained excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching and contributions to learning beyond the classroom.
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Jennifer Amos recognized for teaching and scholarship
Director of Undergraduate Programs Jennifer Amos was recently recognized by the Office of Provost as a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. The award allows her to pursue a campuswide teaching advancement project during the coming academic year.
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Three Bioengineering Ph.D. students earn competitive graduate fellowships
Doctoral students Jamila Hedhli and Shamira Sridharan each received a 2015 Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois to help support their continued research in medical imaging.
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Yanfen Li, also a doctoral student in Bioengineering, was selected by the College of Engineering to receive a 2015 Mavis Future Faculty Fellows award to enhance her research, teaching and mentoring efforts.
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Bioengineering students sweep undergraduate research award
Emily Matijevich and Emily Cullum (pictured here, left to right), both juniors in Bioengineering, earned the 2015 Carle Neuroscience Institute Undergraduate Research Award. The award assists undergraduate students at Illinois in their summer research efforts, and only two awards are presented annually.
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