A recent study by Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Art Kramer shows that walking for an hour three times a week at a moderate pace not only improves physical health but also actually increases brain volume in older adults.
Scientists at Illinois say they've determined a protein known to kill cells also plays an important role in memory formation. When activated, the enzyme caspase-3 triggers a synaptic process essential for memory storage, according to predoctoral fellow Graham Huesmann and David Clayton, a Beckman researcher and professor of cell and structural biology at Illinois.
Semprius Inc., a start-up company based in Chapel Hill, N.C., won a 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for a process for making large-scale, high-performance electronic circuits that can be applied to any surface. The technology was developed by Beckman researcher and U. of I. materials science and engineering professor John Rogers, who is the company's president and co-founder, along with a team of researchers at Illinois.
"What we have here is just like lightning," says U. of I. chemistry graduate student Nathan Eddingsaas. Eddingsaas and his adviser, Beckman researcher and U. of I. chemistry professor Kenneth Suslick, have found that ultrasonic bubbles cause crystals to flash 1,000 times more brightly than if the crystals were just crushed.
Richard Sproat has a number of research interests involving language, speech, and writing systems. One of his most recent research areas could lead to a new center for studying second language fluency.