The last Director's Seminar of the semester will feature Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Joe Toscano and Jongsik Kim. They will present on Thursday, April 24 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a 3D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials such as fiberglass to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.
Stephen Boppart, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been awarded Proof of Concept funding from the University of Illinois Office of Technology Management. The funding will help prove market viability for Boppart's Quantitative Pneumatic Otoscope project, which provides a standard surface view of the eardrum, and also sees through the eardrum to visualize middle ear contents using optical coherence tomography (OCT).
A project by a team of experts, including Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers, could lead to the development of invisibility cloaks and other break-through technology that once seemed only to be cool ideas thought up by fiction writers.
Joseph Holtrop (Bioimaging), Brendon Smith (Bioacoustics), and Brennan Payne (Human Perception and Performance) will present on April 16 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Brian Cunningham, Beckman affiliate in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has developed a method to produce biomedical tubing that uses surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to monitor the contents and concentrations of drugs within a patient’s IV line. This technique could help prevent incorrect dosages of IV drugs.
Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute and professor in the Human Perception and Performance Group, says that learning a new language or skill keeps your memory sharp. Intellectual challenges that are new to you are more likely to help you "better analyze and overcome challenges," Kramer said.
Beckman affiliate Taher Saif, professor of mechanical science and engineering, and Wylie Ahmed, former doctoral student in mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, now at Laboratoire Physical-Chimie Curie in France, have demonstrated that stretching nerve cells increases the movement of neurotransmitters. The study, published in Scientific Reports, suggests that tension in neurons could play a critical role in their function and be important for proper development and maintenance of the nervous system.
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.
Charissa Lansing, part-time faculty member in Human Perception and Performance, and associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, was recently named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The fellowship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
John Rogers, Beckman full-time faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, and researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. Kyle Mathewson, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, was one of the paper's authors.
A U of I study featuring the work of Beckman affiliate Charles Hillman finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.
Susan Schantz, Beckman full-time faculty member in the Neurotech Group, and Comparative Biosciences faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is examining the effects of prenatal exposure to phthalates (often called plasticizers) and BPA (Bisphenol A).
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been appointed a Beckman affiliate in the Artificial Intelligence Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Information research theme.
Emma Mercier, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been appointed an affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group in the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.