The Fall 2008 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series continues on Wednesday, December 3. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Brian Levinthal, Greg Scott, and James Lee. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served.
Beckman Institute faculty member Fatima Husain is taking an original approach to understanding speech, hearing, and hearing disorders. Husain applies computer modeling and other techniques in order to study topics such as tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
Beckman Institute researcher Scott White is the co-chair for the Second International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, set for June 28-July 1, 2009, in Chicago. The conference will cover topics such as self-healing polymers, microvascular systems, and self-healing coatings and paints.
John Rogers, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. professor of materials science and engineering, and Yonggang Huang, a professor of civil engineering at Northwestern University, have improved their “pop-up” technology to create circuits that can be twisted.
The Beckman Institute will observe reduced hours during the Thanksgiving break at the University of Illinois. The Institute will be closed at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on December 1. In addition, the Beckman Café will be closed November 26-28 and will reopen December 1.
Jonathan Freund, a member of the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems group, recently won the François Frenkiel award from the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics.
Beckman Institute researcher Steve Granick, a member of the 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group, has developed a method for stimulating patchiness in phospholipid membranes, a process which could help in using the organic compounds in biomolecules and biosensors.
Beckman Institute researchers David Clayton and Gene Robinson collaborated on a study showing that the interactions between genes and behavior is a symbiotic one. A 1992 paper by Clayton on gene expression in the zebra finch songbird brain provided a “eureka” moment for Robinson, lead author of the current paper.
At public research universities, which are under pressure to keep central administration lean, the fund-raising apparatus is often highly decentralized by college, meaning inter-college initiatives may lack advocates or may conflict with collegiate priorities for development. As one approach, the U. of I. recently began assigning development officers to interdisciplinary institutes, says Feniosky Peña-Mora, associate provost and Beckman affiliate.
The Fall 2008 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series continues on Wednesday, November 12. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Chun Yu Tse, Ben Blaiszik, and Michelle W. Voss.
For Beckman Institute faculty member Philippe Geubelle, collaborating with other researchers is essential for his goal of understanding complex materials.
Bugscope, the educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group, was featured in a video and story on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site that highlighted the experience of students from the Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Douglas Simpson from the Department of Statistics has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member.