The Spring 2013 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, January 30. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Claire Scavuzzo, Matthew Kole, and Preston May. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
When it comes to the building construction of the Beckman Institute’s newest neighbor, the worst may be over. The construction of the new Electrical and Computer Engineering building is on schedule, according to Beckman Director of Facilities Rob Fritz, with most of the noisier, ground-shaking work out of the way.
John Erdman from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory. Erdman is a Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Food Science.
A British company, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Ltd. (ONT), has announced agreements with four American and two British universities to license DNA sensing technology and to fund future research. Beckman Institute researchers Jean-Pierre Leburton, Aleksei Aksimentiev, and Rashid Bashir, are leading the effort at the University of Illinois.
Susan Schantz’s groundbreaking work in the field of environmental toxicology will now be part of the Beckman Institute’s research portfolio. Schantz, a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has joined the NeuroTech group.
Scott White, leader of the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems group, has been chosen to receive the Humboldt Research Award, one of the most prestigious international lifetime achievement awards given to scientists and engineers. White was honored for his work involving self-healing materials.
Making the one-atom thick sheets of carbon known as graphene in a way that could be easily integrated into mass production methods has proven difficult. Now, research from the groups of Beckman Institute faculty members Joe Lyding and Eric Pop is giving new insight into the electronics behavior of graphene.