While video gaming might have a place in helping foster certain skills, it can’t replace the physical exercise or social interaction that should be part of childhood development, says Chandramallika Basak, a research scientist at the Beckman Institute at Illinois.
Warden High School students (in Washington) in Darin Orton’s zoology class observed insects under the scanning electron microscope at the Beckman Institute at Illinois. The Warden students scheduled time on the equipment, collected specimens and mailed them to the university. On the appointed day, the class logged in to the microscope through the Internet.
Beckman affiliate and U. of I. materials science and engineering professor Jennifer Lewis and colleagues have developed a technique to mimic vascular networks on a polymer matrix. The polymer system makes it capable of self healing, allowing any cracks or tears to be healed making it stronger and more durable than previous attempts.
Beckman Institute faculty member Gary S. Dell has been chosen as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dell is leader of Beckman’s Cognitive Science group and former Co-chair of the Biological Intelligence research theme.
Beckman faculty member Arthur Kramer and Beckman graduate student Michelle Voss were among the authors of a study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that found volunteer service, such as tutoring children, can help older adults delay or reverse declining brain function.
Beckman Institute researcher Ed McAuley led a study showing that a belief an individual has in their ability to achieve certain physical goals plays a role in lessening fatigue and depression.
A research group made up of researchers from the U. of I. and from University of Pennsylvania, including John Rogers of the Beckman Institute, has made electronics that almost completely dissolve inside the body by building thin, flexible silicon electronics on silk substrates.
The Winter 2010 issue of Synergy features a profile of Beckman Institute researcher Dan Simons’s foray into the world of popular science writing, a look at the contribution of undergraduates to research here, an update on our ongoing facilities swap, a recap of the 20th Anniversary Symposium, as well as profiles of faculty member Pierre Moulin and alumnus Paul von Allmen.
Pierre Moulin of the Image Formation and Processing group does research that helps fight movie piracy.
As a large magnet was moved into place in October, the year-long facilities swap between the Biomedical Imaging Center and the Illinois Simulator Laboratory neared completion.
Paul von Allmen is a research group leader at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who got his career started with a postdoctoral research associate position at the Beckman Institute.
A year-long celebration of Beckman’s two decades of existence concluded in October with a scientific symposium that reunited many of the people who have made the Institute what it is today.
Undergraduates working at the Beckman Institute have found the experience benefits them in many ways.
Beckman Institute researcher William King and his collaborators have developed a thermochemical method that offers unique advantages for nanopatterning, especially in the area of protein and DNA nanolithography, as reported in the Dec. 9 cover story of the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
Beckman Institute faculty member Jean-Pierre Leburton has been chosen as an IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2012.
Signals induced by physical forces acting in and around cells, appropriately dubbed biomechanical signals, are the champions of the cellular world. “If you look at this mechanical signaling, it’s about 30 meters per second – that’s very fast,” says bioengineer and Beckman affiliate Ning Wang, of the University of Illinois.