Current Beckman Senior Fellow Chris Chipot shares his prowess with spherification, or when liquid food is encased in a thin polysaccharide membrane that, when consumed, pops open to release a burst of flavor. This avant-garde culinary expertise combines "my two passions,” Chipot says. “My job as a theoretician and cooking.”
Mark Hersham, who did his doctoral work and Illinois and worked at Beckman with Joe Lyding of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, was recently awarded the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grant."
Lane Schwartz, assistant professor of linguistics, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group, within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
William O'Brien, professor of electrical and computer engineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, will present on Thursday, November 6 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Jianjun Cheng, part-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and his collaborators systematically evaluated the size-dependent biological profiles of three monodisperse drug-silica nanoconjugates at 20, 50, and 200 nm.
Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University, speaks at 4 pm Thursday, October 16, in the Beckman Auditorium on "The Nature of the DNA Bond."
Alek Aksimentiev, of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, and Beckman graduate student Manish Shankla found that it is possible to control how DNA goes through a graphene nanopore for sequencing by applying an electric charge to the graphene.
A new online tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois will aid studies into postnatal brain growth in human infants based on the similarities seen in the development of the piglet brain. Through a cooperative effort between researchers in animal sciences, bioengineering, and the Beckman Institute, Rod Johnson and Beckman faculty members Ryan Dilger and Brad Sutton have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brain atlas for the four-week old piglet that offers a three-dimensional averaged brain and anatomical regions of interest.
First Lady Michelle Obama incorrectly referred to Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley as “Bruce Bailey” several times. This kind of slip of the tongue, or "spoonerisms," as they're called, are surprisingly common, and reveal a lot about how our brains organize and process language. Activation networks in the brain have been implemented computationally by people like psychology professor and Beckman faculty member Gary Dell, and do a pretty good job predicting the kinds of speech errors people make.
Company MC10 is testing attachable computers that look like small rectangular stickers, about the size of a piece of gum, and can include wireless antennas, temperature and heart-rate sensors, and a tiny battery. MC10 recently teamed up with John Rogers, a Beckman faculty member and professor of materials science and engineering, who has been working for nearly a decade to perfect flexible devices that can be worn on the skin or implanted internally.
Eight faculty members from the Urbana-Champaign campus gave brief presentations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on their research and outreach activities. The presentations address health and wellness research from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, underscore the broad excellence of the campus, and give keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois, and why they choose to stay. Beckman affiliate Rashid Bashir's research seeks to leverage engineering principles at the micro- and nanoscale for biomedical applications. His lab has used engineering design and 3D printing to create platforms for HIV diagnostics, DNA sequencing, and miniature biological robots.
Robin Kar, professor of Law in the College of Law, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate in the Cognitive Science Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and his colleagues found that drivers have fewer collisions when speaking on a cell phone to a remote partner who can see the road ahead than when speaking on a cell phone to someone who has no awareness of conditions inside or outside the car.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary at the Beckman Institute, this issue of Synergy showcases several photos from the archives, along with long-time faculty and staff. It also highlights Patty Jones and Cathy Murphy, identical twin sisters who work at the Beckman Institute. Two new Postdoctoral Fellows discuss plans to research issues related to the brain. Camille Goudeseune, of Beckman's Illinois Simulator Lab, shares his techniques for capturing panoramic images with a toy helicopter. Finally, Maria Bautista offers a glimpse into the world of archaea and their viruses, thanks to the imaging capabilities available in the Microscopy Suite.
Maria A. Bautista, a microbiology graduate student, studies archaea and their viruses, and tries to find connections between the two in order to explain their evolutionary histories.