In a paper published by the Journal of Neuroscience Beckman Institute researchers and a collaborator report, for the first time, on a “pulsed inhibition” mechanism that explains how the visual system often fails to perceive stimuli from the environment that at other times would be readily detectable.
The Senior Odyssey problem-solving program developed by Beckman Institute researcher Elizabeth Stine-Morrow is the subject of a feature story in Sunday’s News-Gazette. Senior Odyssey, which serves as both an aging intervention program and an experimental study, will have its problem-solving solutions on display April 4 in a tournament at the Beckman Institute from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beckman Institute faculty members John Rogers and Jennifer Lewis are part of a collaboration that developed an ink that uses silver nanoparticles to create flexible, stretchable and spanning microelectrodes. The printed microelectrodes can withstand repeated bending and stretching with minimal change in their electrical properties, making them useful for many emerging technologies.
The Spring 2009 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series continues on Wednesday, March 18. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Ben Graf, Jihye Seong, and Ruchika Shaurya Prakash. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served.
It’s time to celebrate at Beckman with anniversaries and our biennial Open House helping to make the next few weeks a memorable time at the Institute. The Spring 2009 issue of Synergy highlights all the events: Beckman Open House on March 13-14, and two important milestones, the 10-year anniversary of the educational outreach program Bugscope in March, and the 20th Anniversary Celebration in April.
Huan (John) Wang has practically got the field to himself. A neurosurgeon at Carle Clinic, Wang is starting a research line at the Beckman Institute that will go where almost no one has gone before: exploring the thermal properties of the brain.
The upcoming Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration is looking like an A list event – one that everyone is invited to. Former and current University of Illinois and Beckman Institute officials and faculty are on the speakers list for the 20-year celebration, while the researchers, students, and staff members who are continuing the Beckman mission of interdisciplinary research in 2009 are being asked to join the party.
Bringing Beckman research to the people who are paying the bills is part of the Institute’s mission of public outreach. Every two years the public is welcomed into the building for the Beckman Institute Open House to learn more about the work that goes on at one of the country’s top centers for interdisciplinary research.
A Bugscope session is entertaining, educational, often amazing, sometimes frustrating for the adults, and always fascinating. In short, a Bugscope session is much like any one of the thousands of schoolchildren who have taken part in the unique Beckman Institute educational outreach program.
Beckman Institute faculty member Art Kramer reports on results showing that older air traffic controllers in Canada perform as well as their younger counterparts on complex, job-related tasks because their experience offsets the issues that come with normal age-related cognitive decline. Kramer’s results, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, challenge the conventional thinking behind the United States’ mandatory retirement age of 56 for air traffic controllers.
The 2009 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize was awarded Wednesday and the Beckman Institute was well-represented with a graduate student among the finalists and Beckman faculty among the advisers for the student finalists, including the winner.