Semprius, a start-up with a new take on device processing, has gained $4.1 million in its first round of venture funding since spinning out of the U. of I. The technology comes from the research group of John Rogers, a Beckman researcher and professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois, who has licensed the technology to Semprius.
The fantasy world of Harry Potter that millions have found so fascinating also turns out to be of interest to Beckman Institute researcher Liz Stine-Morrow. Not as a research topic, but as fertile ground for the perfect analogy.
The Beckman Institute Web site won the Cool Web Award for Best Content at the 2007 Webmasters Forum on the University of Illinois campus on April 26.
Beckman faculty members Art Kramer and Jeff Moore are principal investigators on two separate projects that were among the winners of a coveted Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) grant competition announced by the Department of Defense in March.
Flexible electronic structures with the potential to bend, expand and manipulate electronic devices are being developed by researchers at Illinois, including John A. Rogers, a Beckman researcher and professor of materials science and engineering, and at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
The Wednesday, April 25, Beckman Institute Graduate Student seminar will feature three short presentations: Stability and Dynamics of Viruses Described by Computer Simulations by Anton Arkhipov; Affect in Language by Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm; and In Vivo Quantification of Skeletal Muscle Fiber in Microvasulature Architecture with Diffisuion-Weighted MRI by Dimitrios Karampinos. The hour-long seminar is open to the public and will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005. Lunch will be served.
Scott White, a Beckman researcher and professor of aerospace engineering at Illinois, will be one of the keynote speakers at the first world conference on the topic of self-healing materials, to be held at The Delft Centre for Materials of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Electrophoresis has come to the aid of nanotechnology, by forming the basis of a novel method for separating two different types of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Developed by a team of chemical engineers at Illinois led by Michael Strano, a Beckman affiliate and U. of I. professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, this method could help usher in the next generation of electronic devices.
Thanks to "Bugscope," an electron scanning microscope at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, students at Shiloh Pointe Elementary in Cumming, Ga., can peek at extreme close-up views of the insect world at their school computer labs - for free.
Dr. Michael Roizen, a nationally-known expert on maintaining cognitive and physical health, will join the Center for Healthy Minds for a presentation April 29.
Computer simulations conducted at the Beckman Institute by a team of scientists including physics professor Klaus Schulten, biochemistry professor Stephen Sligar and predoctoral fellow Amy Shih are allowing experts to study the characteristics of high-density lipoprotein or HDL, the so-called "good" cholesterol.
The University of Illinois and Sandia National Laboratories signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on April 3 which outlines their mutually beneficial research efforts. Areas specifically covered in the MOU include nanoscience, cognitive neuroscience, information technologies, water technologies, high-performance computing, energetics/combustion, complex systems/system-of-systems, and high-frequency imaging and communications.
In a study of grade-school students, Beckman affiliate and U. of I. kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman found that the most fit kids also did the best on statewide standardized tests, "even when factors such as socioeconomic status were taken into account."