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.
When Richard Powers, a member of the Beckman Institute's Cognitive Neuroscience group and a U. of I. English professor, turned from programmer to novelist, he just couldn't leave science behind. The Independent's John Freeman talks to the winner of this year's National Book Award win for fiction.
U. of I. researchers report developing technology that allows the integration of dissimilar classes of semiconductor devices on a single substrate. "Important new types of electronic systems will rely on the ability to mix and match wide ranging classes of devices in three dimensional configurations on unusual substrates," says Beckman researcher and U. of I. materials science and engineering professor John Rogers.
Beckman researcher Yi Lu and his collaborators, Juewen Liu and Debapriya Mazumdar, have developed a simple, easy-to-use test for drugs and other chemical agents by taking advantage of the properties found in aptamers, nanoparticles, and lateral flow technology.
The ability to continue the interdisciplinary approach he enjoyed at Bell Labs was one reason Richard Sproat joined the Beckman Institute.
Before being honored as one of the top young scientists in the country, Mark Hersam gained some vital experience during his time at Beckman.
The Fall 2006 issue of Beckman's online newsletter, Synergy, features a Q&A with Richard Powers, the critically acclaimed author of The Echo Maker. Powers, a member of the Beckman Institute's Cognitive Neuroscience group, recently won the National Book of the Year Award for Fiction. Also featured in this issue of Synergy: a research spotlight on bioimaging; a story on Beckman alumnus Mark Hersam; and a faculty profile of Richard Sproat.
The Beckman Institute and researchers like Michael Insana are leading the way in the growing field of bioimaging.
The next Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar will be Wednesday, December 13, at noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. Three short presentations will be given by Marcelo Kuroda (Computational Electronics), Tae-Jin Yoon (Cognitive Science), and Katherine Musick (NeuroTech). The Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series presents the work of outstanding graduate students working in Beckman research groups. The seminars are open to the UIUC campus.
Richard Powers weaves neuroscience and nature in his new book, The Echo Maker, to explore the stories of what makes us who we are.