Beckman Institute faculty member Eric Pop has a paper in the current online edition of Physical Review Letters (Vol. 101, No. 25) titled Avalanche-Induced Current Enhancement in Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes. Pop, a member of the Computational Electronics group, and collaborators Albert Liao and Yang Zhao report on results that demonstrate the importance of multiband transport in one-dimensional wires.
The Beckman Institute will observe reduced hours during the holiday break at the University of Illinois. The Institute will be closed at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. In addition, the Beckman Café will be closed from Dec. 22 and will reopen Jan. 5.
Like a firefighter fighting fire with fire, researchers at the U. of I. and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have found a way to fool a bacteria’s evolutionary machinery into programming its own death. “The basic idea is for an antimicrobial to target something in a bacteria that, in order to gain immunity, would require the bacteria to kill itself through a suicide mutation,” said Gerard Wong, a Beckman affiliate and professor of materials science and engineering, of physics, and of bioengineering at the U. of I.
Earlier this year, scientists at Illinois demonstrated the first radio receiver made from carbon nanotubes. Now Chinese researchers have built the speakers to go with it – out of the same material. “I think it’s very cool,” says John Rogers, a Beckman researcher and professor of materials science and engineering at the U. of I. who led the development of the nanotube radio.
A new study by the Beckman Institute’s Art Kramer and Beckman Fellow Chandramallika Basak reports that, for the first time, a training program produced cognitive skill effects that could be transferred to skills not related to the experiment. Using an interactive video game, the researchers found that multi-dimensional training can affect several individual components of cognitive function.
Beckman Institute cognitive aging researchers are not only leaders in their field, but are also working to promote interventions that prevent cognitive decline. That topic, as well as looks at Beckman’s Fulbright scholars, an academic team that finished high at a big international competition, an alumnus who made a name for himself at Google, and a faculty member who does unique research into the science of exercise, are all part of the Winter 2009 issue of Synergy.
After serving her country in the Air Force, Marni Boppart went on to earn a Ph.D. and eventually a faculty position at Illinois and the Beckman Institute. She is now pursuing research that is providing insights into the science of exercise.
Ashutosh Garg came to Illinois to study with Beckman’s Image Processing group and left with a Ph.D. and a ticket to success. After working as a top research scientist for Google, Garg is now running his own company.
A team made up of Beckman faculty members Tom Huang and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and their students finished in third place at an international multimedia search competition in Singapore. The Illinois team was the only one from the United States to reach the finals and came within a sound byte of winning first place in the heated competition.