Engadget chronicles the history of virtual reality, including a throwback to the CAVE, a virtual reality environment at Beckman's Illinois Simulator Laboratory.
With the help of Bert, the iCub humanoid robot at the Beckman Institute, Ph.D. student Onyeama Osuagwu aims to understand how systems compute and become intelligent.
Aadeel Akhtar, a graduate research assistant in Tim Bretl's lab in the Artificial Intelligence Group, and Patrick Slade, junior in mechanical science and engineering, were awarded $15,000 for winning the university-funded track of the Cozad New Venture Competition. They co-founded PSYONIC, a start-up company aiming to create highly advanced prosthetic hands at 10 times less cost to improve the lives of people with amputations worldwide.
A team of Beckman researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand. The multidisciplinary team includes John Rogers, full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and Scott White and Nancy Sottos, part-time faculty members in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group.
Mathew Wheeler, Beckman affiliate and Illinois animal sciences professor, and his lab are working to develop a decent, low-cost embryo for countries with breeds of cattle who struggle to produce enough milk.
Marta Zamroziewicz, Beckman graduate research assistant, and Rachael Rubin, Carle Hospital-Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, and their colleagues looked at the role of nutrition in brain function in elderly adults who were at risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
John Rogers, of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and his team have developed Biostamp, a flexible, miniature sensor that, when attached to the user’s temple, can track brain waves in real time and transmit them as messages.
Victoria Cross, the 2014 recipient of the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research, is featured in The News-Gazette as she graduates from the University of Illinois this year with a degree in neuroscience. At the Beckman Institute, Cross worked with Justin Rhodes, of the NeuroTech Group, in the Behavioral Genetics Lab.
Researchers in the Quantitative Light Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute used spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) in order to identify patients at higher risk for prostate cancer recurrence.
Aleksei Aksimentiev, part-time faculty member in Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and associate professor of physics, has been selected to receive a one-year NCSA Fellowship for 2015-2016. His collaborative project is entitled "Patchwork Molecular Dynamics: A New Paradigm for Hardware-Accelerated Large-Scale All-Atom Simulations of Biological Systems."
Trap-jaw ants have spring-loaded mandibles that they can use to catapult themselves out of harm's way. These ants (Odontomachus brunneus) primarily use their jaws to attack and consume prey, but to investigate the catapulting behavior, Andrew Suarez, a Beckman affiliate in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Fredrick Larabee set up an experiment to test their ability to escape ant lions, their pit-building predators.
Paul Braun, William King, and John Rogers, faculty members of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and their teams have combined 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography to develop a 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology student awards. The awards were presented during a ceremony on Saturday, May 2 in the Beckman Institute atrium.
Curtis Johnson, the assistant director for magnetic resonance operations in the Biomedical Imaging Center, has been named a 2015 ISMRM Junior Fellow. This award, given by the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), recognizes “outstanding researchers at an early stage in their careers, with an established and long-term commitment to ISMRM.” With this fellowship, Johnson will have the opportunity to work with a mentor in ISMRM for a year to further his research in elastography, a magnetic resonance imaging technique used to determine the elasticity of soft tissues in the body. He will receive his award at the 23rd Annual ISMRM meeting on June 1 in Toronto, Canada.
Rosalba Hernandez, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.