A study led by Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and former Beckman researcher Kirk Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh has shown that one year of moderate physical exercise can increase the size of the brain’s hippocampus in older adults, leading to an improvement in spatial memory. The research, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is considered to be the first study to focus on older adults who have already experienced atrophy in the hippocampus area of the brain, a strucutre which is involved in all forms of memory formation.
When the headline proclaims that “cells can read minds,” research shows that people are more inclined to believe the story if the article has an accompanying image of brain activity. Beckman Institute researcher Diane Beck, who studies the mechanisms underlying cognition, says that important aspects of neuroimaging research are getting lost in the translation between the scientific results and the media messages received by the public.
Beckman researcher Dan Simons is interviewed and featured as an animation in the Josh Landis and Mitch Butler segment of "The Fast Draw" that aired on January 30, 2011.
Materials Views – Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers and his collaborators report on flexible solar cells with high areal coverage. Rogers, a member of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group, and his collaborators report on their work in the journal Advanced Materials.
The Spring 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, February 9th. The seminar will feature two short talks from students Sarah Holton and Wylie Ahmed. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Beckman Institute researchers Joe Lyding and Laxmikant Kale have been elevated to the position of IEEE Fellows. Lyding is head of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group at Beckman and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. Kale is a researcher in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group and a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science.
New York Times - Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer is quoted in an article about the problems the military is facing with data overload.
Beckman Institute researcher Steve Granick led a project that developed tiny, simple spheres that self-assemble into intricate structures, such as a lattice that could function as a filter.
U. of I. News Bureau -- Beckman Institute researcher Steve Granick led a project that developed tiny spheres that attract water to form “supermolecule” structures.
Beckman Institute researcher Stephen Boppart has been chosen as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optical biomedical imaging. Boppart is Co-chair of Beckman’s Integrative Imaging research theme and a professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois.
A brain imaging study led by Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer has demonstrated “unprecedented accuracy” when it comes to predicting how well people will do on a complex task such as playing a video game. The imaging work for the study of brain function was performed at Beckman’s Biomedical Imaging Center.
The inaugural Postdoctoral Research Symposium at the University of Illinois will be held at the Beckman Institute on Thursday, Jan. 20. Paul Braun, a Beckman researcher and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will be the keynote speaker.
Two Beckman Institute researchers are leading local efforts in a new multi-university center funded by the National Science Foundation for advancing nanoscale electronics manufacturing techniques. Gregory Girolami is the local PI and Joe Lyding a co-PI in the new Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials.
Miller-McCune – A journal article by faculty member Diane Beck of the Beckman Institute's Cognitive Neuroscience group is cited in a story about how data from neuroscience studies are often misunderstood.
Chicago Tribune – The work and opinions of Beckman Institute researcher Edward McAuley are featured in an article about motivation to exercise and become fit. McAuley is a member of Beckman's Human Perception and Performance group.
U. of I. News Bureau -- Beckman Institute researcher Nicholas Fang reports on a cloaking device made of materials that can hide structures from a wide range of sound waves in a paper for the journal Physical Review Letters. Fang, a member of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group, is a leader in developing acoustic and optical “superlenses” using metamaterials.
Newsweek – The work of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer is cited in a Newsweek article on ways to improve our brains. Kramer is quoted about his research on page 4.
Diagnostic Photonics, a local start-up company based on the research of Beckman Institute faculty members Stephen Boppart and Scott Carney, was one of four top winners in the 2010 Innovate Illinois competition. Innovate Illinois is a statewide competition sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to recognize high-growth entrepreneurs.