More than 30 exhibits featuring everything from a humanoid robot to clownfish to virtual reality environments will be on display at Beckman Institute Open House 2011, set for March 11-12. The exhibits will mirror the work that goes on at Beckman as they represent all four research themes and are as diverse and multidisciplinary as the research that takes place at the Institute.
Beckman Institute researchers Scott White, Jeff Moore, and Nancy Sottos are applying self-healing techniques to battery technology as part of an effort funded by the Department of Energy. Their goal is to make battery systems, especially those used in electrical vehicles, safer and longer lasting.
The Spring 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, March 2nd. The seminar will feature two short talks from students Wladimir Benalcazar and Zhuo Want. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Rogers, a pioneering researcher in the area of flexible electronics, was chosen for his novel electronic and optoelectronic devices and systems for the award, which is one of the highest professional honors given to an engineer.
Beckman Institute researcher Matthew Schulmerich recently earned the 2011 Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award from the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust. Schulmerich, a researcher with the Bioimaging Science and Technology group, will be using the award to attend the International Institute of Continuing Medical Education's workshop on breast imaging this March.
Beckman Institute researcher Charles Hillman is following a unique and important research line with his studies of the effects of exercise and other health behaviors on cognition and the brain in preadolescent children.
U. of I. News Bureau -- Alejandro Lleras of the Beckman Institute’s Human Perception and Performance group has published a study challenging conventional thinking on the nature of attention. In a recent paper Lleras reports on research demonstrating that diversions, even for short periods of time, from a task can dramatically improve a person’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.
New York Times – Richard Powers of the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience group weighs in on the upcoming Jeopardy Grand Challenge pitting an advanced computing system against two human champions and the import of the match for artificial intelligence. “The real showdown is between us and our own future,” Powers write in a New York times opinion piece.
The University of Illinois News Bureau is presenting a free “Working with the Media” seminar for science faculty from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in room 5602 of the Beckman Institute.
News Bureau staff members will speak on topics such as “How, When and Why to Explain Your Research to the Public”, “What the News Bureau Does”, and “What Makes a Research Story Newsworthy?” For more information or to register, click here.