PBS program features 3 UI researchers
URBANA — The new PBS program "Smarter Brains," premiering this month, features three University of Illinois researchers, among them Art Kramer.
Kramer is the director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Also part of the program are Edward McAuley, a Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health, and Gillian Cooke, a Beckman postdoctoral researcher.
"Smarter Brains" will air at 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 a.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday; and 3:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 21.
The program explores the 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.
His 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," NBC's "Today," NPR and "Saturday Night Live."
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.