A new study from Beckman faculty member Art Kramer and University of Pittsburgh researcher Kirk Erickson is the first to demonstrate that exercise can affect hippocampus size and memory in humans.
The Beckman Institute is pleased to announce that the 2009 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are Jeremy Brooks, Nanshu Lu, David Mayerich, Nathan Parks, and Edward Wlotko. These Fellows, who will have the special distinction of being appointed during the Beckman Institute’s 20th anniversary year, were selected from a pool of a record number of highly competitive applicants.
The Beckman Institute welcomes Matthew Gilbert as a faculty member in the Computational Electronics (CE) group. Gilbert is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois whose research areas include nanoscale devices and physics, semi-classical and quantum transport theory, many-body theory, and nanophotonics.
From the first architectural designs, spaces for meetings and conferences that faculty and others could use were included as integral parts of the Beckman Institute facility. The Institute plays host to everything from conferences attracting scientists from around the world to group meetings for Beckman research groups.
A paper by Beckman Institute faculty member Joseph Lyding and graduate student Kyle Ritter that appears online in the Feb. 15 issue of Nature Materials reports on experimental results that will help push research into using graphene as a material for electronic devices toward practical applications.
Papers by Beckman Institute faculty members earned the distinction of being included in the Most Accessed lists for the journal Nanotechnology.
Researchers have reported an approach to fabricate a 100-nanometer-sized heater/thermometer using contact photolithography and controlled anneal conditions, says Beckman researcher and U. of I. mechanical engineering professor William King.
By pushing carbon nanotubes close to their breaking point, researchers at the University of Illinois including Beckman affiliate Eric Pop have demonstrated a remarkable increase in the current-carrying capacity of the nanotubes, well beyond what was previously thought possible.
The Beckman Institute has scheduled this semester’s photo day for Tuesday, Feb. 10th, in Room 1215A. Photos will be taken between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beckman Institute faculty member Jesse C. Ribot is lead person for the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) initiative, a five-year experimental research line at the University of Illinois aimed at understanding the relationships between institutions, local populations, and the environment.
The Spring 2009 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series begins on Wednesday, February 11. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Andrew R. Hamilton, Agatha E. Luszpak, and Justin Haldar. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served.