The Fall 2009 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar series continues on Thursday, November 5. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students Kensey Amaya, David Mcllroy and Diego Hernando.
Eric Pop, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. professor of computer and electrical engineering, is one of 38 scientists and engineers who will receive a 2010 Young Investigators Research Program grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Studies by Charles Hillman, a Beckman affiliate and U. of I. professor of kinesiology and community health, found physical activity can improve students’ cognitive control – or ability to pay attention – and also result in stronger performance on academic achievement tests.
Stephen Diebold, who worked with a disabled student to create a device in Beckman Institute researcher Deana McDonagh’s Relevant Design and Disabilities class, has won the Grand Prize and $27,000 in the 2009 Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Beckman Institute faculty member Taekjip Ha and his colleagues discovered that a single-stranded DNA-binding protein that was thought to be static is in fact dynamic, and plays a critical role in repairing DNA.
Beckman Institute faculty member Stephen Boppart has been honored with the 2009 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award for his contributions to undergraduate research. The award is given by the Optical Society of America.
Researchers at the University of Illinois including Beckman affiliate Ning Wang report that applying a small mechanical force to embryonic stem cells could be a new way of coaxing them into a specific direction of differentiation. Applications for force-directed cell differentiation include therapeutic cloning and regenerative medicine.
The Beckman auditorium will be the setting for a talk by Nobel Laureate Klaus von Klitzing on a topic that involves numerous researchers at the Institute and the University of Illinois: nanoelectronics.
Illusion and magic are not only the province of magicians but also of well-known neuroscience researcher Stephen Macknik, who will be bringing his unique perspective on those subjects to the University of Illinois.
The Beckman Institute’s 20th Anniversary was the focus of a feature story in Sunday’s News-Gazette. The article looked at the history and science of the Institute, mentioned Founding Director Ted Brown’s recently published book about Beckman, Bridging Divides, and featured a photo spread. The online edition also included a pictorial retrospective of the Beckman Institute’s 20 years.
The Beckman Institute welcomes Kimani Toussaint as an affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology (BST) group of the Integrative Imaging (IntIm) research theme. Toussaint is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois whose research focus is in the area of optics.
The Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Symposium concluded last week with perspectives from the four research themes and visions for the future.
Susan Odom, a postdoctoral researcher with Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems group, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The award, from the NSF’s Division of Chemistry, is for $200,000.
“Ninety-five percent of the energy that life on Earth requires is fueled by photosynthetic processes,” says Klaus Schulten, a Beckman researcher and physics professor at the U. of I.