Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction Co-chair Thomas Huang has been named by Academia Sinica as an Academician for 2008.
Beckman researcher and U. of I. engineering professor Mark Shannon, the director of the Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems, testified before a House energy and environment subcommittee this month in support of a bill focusing on water development, demonstration projects, education and outreach, and technology-transfer activities.
A team of researchers from the U. of I. and Purdue University have overcome a major obstacle in producing transistors from networks of carbon nanotubes, a technology that could make it possible to print circuits on plastic sheets for applications including flexible displays, and an electronic skin to cover an entire aircraft to monitor crack formation. "These findings represent the culmination of four years of collaborative efforts between the Illinois and Purdue groups," says John A. Rogers, a Beckman researcher. "The work established the fundamental scientific knowledge that led to this particular breakthrough and the ability to make circuits."
Beckman Institute researcher Albert Feng and his collaborators have discovered that a frog that lives near noisy springs in central China can tune its ears to different sound frequencies, much like the tuner on a radio can shift from one frequency to another. It is the only known example of an animal that can actively select what frequencies it hears, the researchers say.
The Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group (ITG) earned the cover of the July 2008 issue of Lab on a Chip for ITG staff member Janet Sinn-Hanlon's rendering of HeLa cells being captured and cultured on silicon cantilevers within microfluidic devices.
Beckman Institute faculty member Lillian Hoddeson, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science at the University of Illinois, has written a feature story about famed Illinois professor and two-time Nobel Prize winner John Bardeen for Illinois Alumni magazine. Hoddeson, who has written a biography of Bardeen, profiles the theoretical mind behind the transistor in the May/June issue.
Biological Intelligence research initiative Co-chair William Greenough and collaborators from his laboratory have produced two significant papers this spring coming out of their research into the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS).
David Clayton of the NeuroTech group is leading an effort to sequence the genome of the zebra finch songbird, an animal that has intriguing stories to tell neuroscience researchers like Clayton.