Michelle Voss, a member of the Human Perception and Performance Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, won a Paul D. Doolen graduate scholarship for the study of aging. Voss, who also was recently named as a Beckman Graduate Fellow, will receive a $5,000 award to continue her studies in the area of aging.
Klaus Schulten of the Beckman Institute's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (TCB) group is leading a study of the swine flu virus, using the molecular dynamics simulation program developed by TCB to gain new, molecular-level insights into the virus.
Researchers at Illinois including Beckman affiliate Alexey Bezryadin have demonstrated that an entire collection of superconducting electrons in an ultrathin superconducting wire is able to 'tunnel' as a pack from a state with a higher electrical current to one with a notably lower current, providing more evidence of the phenomenon of macroscopic quantum tunneling.
The 2009 Graduate Fellows have been selected. They are Jason Coronel (Political Science); Tae-Jin Kim (Neuroscience Program); Xing Liang (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Erik Nelson (Materials Science and Engineering); and Michelle Voss (Psychology); Congratulations to our new Graduate Fellows!
Jennifer Cole studies elements of speech such as pauses and voice tone that sometimes provide as much information as the words that we use. Her research provides insight into the spoken word and has real-world applications in the development of speech technologies.
Alejandro Lleras, a member of the Beckman Institute’s Human Perception and Performance group, conducted a study that showed, for the first time, that body movement can influence how a person solves a complex problem.
Albert Feng, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology in the U. of I.’s Beckman Institute, was among a group of scientists who discovered a frog species living in rushing streams and waterfalls in east-central China that could detect and produce ultrasounds.
Beckman Institute researchers who first reported on breakthroughs involving autonomic polymers in Nature magazine in 2001 are reporting in a Nature article published today on force-sensitive solid polymers that have both self-sensing and self-reinforcing functions. Researchers from Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems group, including Nancy Sottos, Paul Braun, Jeffrey Moore, and Scott White, are co-authors of the paper.