Campus Announcements

Illinois faculty featured in Smarter Brains on PBS

8/14/2013  8:00 am

Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health, and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in “Smarter Brains,” a program airing on WILL-TV at 9 pm Wednesday, August 21. (The program also airs 1 pm Sat, Aug. 17; 1 am Sun, Aug. 18; 1 pm Mon, Aug. 19; and 3:30 am Wed, August 21.)

The program explores the amazing science behind human intelligence and how it shapes enjoyment of the world around us. Using inspirational stories, computer-generated illustrations and interviews with researchers and experts, the program shows how all of us can use everyday techniques and skills to keep ourselves smart, active, and vibrant throughout our lives.

Kramer is a Swanlund Chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience. He also holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program. Kramer’s research has been featured in print, radio and electronic media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR and Saturday Night Live.

Edward McAuley is a professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Psychology and is a member of the Human Perception and Performance group at the Beckman. His primary research agenda focuses on relationships among physical activity, aging, and psychological function.

See the YouTube promo at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOFUZiC_LF0&eature=youtu.be