Within a few months researchers from the University of Illinois will get an opportunity unavailable to faculty members on any other campus - the chance to use x-ray microscopy instruments at the Beckman Institute that are unmatched in their imaging power.
Beckman Institute researcher Jeffrey Moore has earned the prestigious honor of election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman and other luminaries from the arts, academia, and government. Moore, a faculty member in the Autonomous Materials Systems group, will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 11 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
A new low-temperature, catalyst-free technique for growing copper nanowires has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois including Beckman affiliate Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim. The copper nanowires could serve as interconnects in electronic device fabrication and as electron emitters in a television-like, very thin flat-panel display known as a field-emission display.
Harvard University professor Arthur Jaffe, one of the world's top scholars in the field of mathematical physics, will present the Robert and Robin Fossum Distinguished Lecture Series talk Friday, May 2, at the Beckman Institute.
Eric Pop has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Computational Electronics group. Pop is a faculty member in the Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Alejandro Lleras, a member of the Beckman Institute's Human Perception and Performance group, is the recipient of a coveted Early Faculty CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Lleras, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, received a $400,000 award as part of the honor.
The Beckman Institute Spring 2008 Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, April 23 at Noon in Room 1005 at the Beckman Institute. The seminar will feature the following presentations: "Inverse Design for Phase Mask Lithography" by James Rinne; and "Automatic Assessment Method of Spontaneous Speech Fluency" by Su-Youn Yoon.
As one Beckman Institute researcher eyes retirement, another is just beginning his career. Robert Fossum has had a long and distinguished career in mathematics, while Beckman Fellow Ming Hsu has gained notoriety in his field before he even assumes the title of professor. They are just two of the people featured in the Spring 2008 issue of Synergy.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) pioneers and researchers from across the country gathered in March at the Beckman Institute to honor the late Nobel Laureate Paul C. Lauterbur.
Before the Beckman Institute acquired a state-of-the-art immersive virtual reality environment known as the Cube, the most high tech Ranxiao Frances Wang got in her psychology research was to use a video camera. These days, Wang is treating the Cube like a test pilot does an experimental aircraft.
In February, Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology announced an exciting new Fellows program that will provide a young scientist with the opportunity to spend several years conducting cancer-related translational research.
The value of giving back is something ingrained in Robert Fossum. So it's not surprising that he and his wife established the Robert and Robin Fossum Distinguished Lecture Series at the Beckman Institute, or that they have been content to let others choose the visiting lecturers for it. But this year's lecture was different.
Ming Hsu's area of study is neuroeconomics, which is a combination of neuroscience and economics and a subset of behavioral economics. Hsu, who has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Caltech, is currently a Beckman Fellow and he will be joining the faculty of the Department of Economics at Illinois in the fall as an assistant professor.
A laboratory technique developed by William King, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. professor of materials science and engineering, can describe both the structure and chemical composition of samples with a mass of less than one femtogram (one quadrillionth of a gram) using standard laboratory equipment.
"The notion that silicon cannot be used in such applications because it is intrinsically brittle and rigid has been tossed out the window," says John Rogers, a Beckman researcher and materials science professor at Illinois.
Phonetician to train linguists from the Goeldi Museum
Phonetics specialist visits the Goeldi Museum
The Beckman Institute welcomes Martin Ostoja-Starzewski from the Department of Aerospace Engineering as a new faculty member.
Fatima Husain from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science has joined the Beckman Institute as a new faculty member.
Two research groups - one in the U.S. and one in the U.K. - have independently tried to create composite materials that mend themselves if damaged. The American initiative, led at the U. of I. by Beckman researcher and chemistry professor Jeff Moore and colleagues, focuses on the problem by adding extra components to composites.