When visitors from around the world are given official tours of the University of Illinois campus, the Beckman Institute is often a must-see stop on the itinerary. Many times those visitors are from research centers in their own country, and see Beckman as an example of how to make interdisciplinary research succeed.
Beckman Institute researchers Kara Federmeier and Dan Simons were awarded Fellow status with the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in the field of Cognitive Psychology. They were recognized for making sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application.
Science News – Two projects from Beckman Institute researchers made the list of “Science News of the Year” in technology for 2011. The work of John Rogers involving epidermal electronics and self-healing battery technology being developed by Jeff Moore, Nancy Sottos, and Scott White were chosen.
Thomas Huang is on the short list of Beckman Institute original faculty members who have had the most impact on science during the 22 years of its existence. The impact on his students over that time has been just as great.
A pair of images created at the Beckman Institute’s Visualization Laboratory were featured in the Jan. 3 issue of the journal Advanced Materials. The images include the cover (top image in the link) for a paper by Beckman researcher Rashid Bashir and his collaborators was rendered by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, and the frontispiece image was rendered by Alex Jerez for a paper by Eric Pop and his collaborators (further down in the link).
Reader’s Digest – An article on anti-aging tips for the brain includes the work of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer. “The preeminent exercise and brain-health researcher in humans is Arthur Kramer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a dozen studies over the past few years, with titles such as ‘Aerobic Fitness Reduces Brain Tissue Loss in Aging Humans,’ Kramer and his colleagues have proved two critical findings: Fit people have sharper brains, and people who are out of shape, but then get into shape, sharpen up their brains.”
U of I News Bureau – Jennifer Lewis of the Autonomous Materials Systems group has developed a reactive silver ink that can print high-performance electronics on inexpensive materials like paper or flexible plastic.
PNAS – The Beckman Institute’s John Rogers is interviewed for a question and answer session with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rogers, a member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group, talk about creating bio-compatible electronics for consumer and biomedical applications.
Marni Boppart of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group and her collaborators have found that a single bout of exercise in mice leads to an increase in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that reside in skeletal muscle, a finding that could provide insight into the link between exercise and whole body health.