Beckman Institute researchers John Rogers and Xiuling Li have developed a novel manufacturing method that uses gallium arsenide instead of silicon to create semiconductor chips that could greatly improve the efficiency of solar energy devices. They report their work in the journal Nature.
Beckman Institute researcher Daniel Simons and his frequent collaborator Christopher Chabris have written a new book, The Invisible Gorilla, arguing that our cognitive abilities aren’t nearly as reliable as we think they are. Simons and Chabris use scientific research, including their famous Ig Nobel-prize winning Gorillas in our Midst study, and anecdotal evidence in a psychological science book that takes on everyday illusions involving such things as confidence and memory, as well as some controversial topics in popular culture.
The Beckman Institute recently held an open competition to seed new interdisciplinary research directions in engineering and the physical, social, life, and neurosciences. The competition brought many new ideas to the table and the Beckman Institute is pleased to announce that eight proposals have been selected to receive support for the period May 16, 2010 – May 15, 2012.
The Beckman Institute welcomes one of its original faculty members, Art Kramer, as its new Director. Kramer’s selection as Director of the Beckman Institute was announced by University of Illinois officials May 13. Kramer, an internationally-known psychology and neuroscience researcher who has served in many capacities at Beckman and across campus, will begin his duties June 1.
Arthur Kramer has been named as the new Director of the Beckman Institute, in an announcement from University of Illinois Vice Chancellor for Research (interim) Ravi Iyer and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (interim) Richard Wheeler. Kramer, currently a Co-chair of Beckman’s Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme, will be the fourth full-time Director of the Institute.
The Beckman Institute is pleased to announce the Beckman Graduate Fellows for 2010 are Wylie Ahmed, Chao Ma, Jihye Seong, Wladimir Benalcazar, and Mallory Stites. These five graduate students from the University of Illinois have been selected based on the quality of their proposed work, the likelihood that the work would lead to important new results in their field, and the relevance of the proposed project to existing Beckman Institute research.