The Beckman Institute researchers who pioneered self-healing plastics have earned a coveted 2007 SciAm 50 award from Scientific American, announced online in December and in the January 2008 issue of the popular science magazine.
Beckman faculty member Oleksii Aksimentiev and colleagues at Illinois are exploring the workings of a human-gene-sequencing chip. Rather than just build chips and doing experiments to see if they work, the researchers use computer simulations to see if their ideas are feasible.
The Beckman Institute's Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) had a hit with its CalculArt exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum in 2006. Now ISL is ready to enlighten others around the country about the possibilities of marrying art and technology with a traveling version of the exhibit that features mathematically visualized art.