A fast, portable test that could check for melamine adulteration anywhere along the chain of production would help manufacturers and consumers, says Yi Lu, part-time faculty member in Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group. Used in plastic dinnerware, colorants, and flame retardants, melamine is not approved for use in food. Yet, in 2008, the Chinese government discovered that manufacturers were illegally adding melamine to milk powder, a practice that led to six infant deaths that year and sickened 300,000, according to news reports.
E. Monica Uddin, associate professor of psychology, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois have developed a new way to effectively deliver much-needed medicines to the body of a patient courtesy of a wireless device implanted in the brain and activated through a remote control device. The research was co-led by John Rogers, full-time faculty member in Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group.
Arthur Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute and professor of psychology and neuroscience, has been invited to serve on a panel of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that deals with "Aging and Technology." The goal of the committee is to provide recommendations to the president about how technology might be best used to aid older adults.
Jeffrey S. Moore, part-time faculty member in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group and professor of chemistry, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Leete Award by the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry. The Leete Award recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and research in organic chemistry.
A study shows that a sign of ovulation might be written all over a woman's face—it reddens. But the change in redness is so slight that the human eye has no chance of detecting it. "There could be physiological explanations for both feminine appearances and redness at ovulation—it could just be a by-product of high estrogen at that time," says Kate Clancy, part-time faculty member in the Cognitive Science Group.
The growing field of genomics may produce more data in 10 years than huge services like YouTube and Twitter, according to a team of Illinois scientists, co-led by Beckman affiliate Gene Robinson.
Next-generation DNA sequencing technologies have turned the vision of precision medicine into a plausible reality, but also threaten to overwhelm computing infrastructures with unprecedented volumes of data. A recent $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at Illinois, co-led by Olgica Milenkovic of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, and Stanford to help address this challenge by developing novel data compression strategies.
A new strategy for forming three-dimensional shapes from flat, two-dimensional sheets of graphene has been developed by researchers from Illinois, including William King from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group.
Physicians at Carle Health System and researchers at Illinois, including Curtis Johnson, Beckman's assistant director for magnetic resonance operations, are engaged in a new imaging technology, magnetic resonance elastography, that has the potential to help better map the brain and diagnose certain brain-related conditions.
Stephen Boppart, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, led a team that developed a new medical imaging device that can see individual cells in the back of the eye to better diagnose and track disease.
Beckman's Microscopy Suite offers a wide variety of tools for researchers to use. Elizabeth Jones, a graduate student in the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, utilizes the scanning electron microscopy to help her improve high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
Steve Boppart, faculty member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and his team hope to learn about cuttlefish skin and apply that knowledge to developing tactile displays.
Fibroin, the silk protein, has properties that transform it from a common material to a material used in advanced new medical applications. Scientists at Tufts University and Illinois, including John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, are now reporting in the journal Advanced Materials on a way of using inkjet printers to put down layers of functional silk ink.
Beckman researchers Prabuddha Mukherjee, Rohit Bhargava, and Dipanjan Pan, of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and postdoctoral researcher Santosh Misra report the development of a new class of carbon nanoparticles for biomedical use.