U of I News Bureau – David Clayton of the Beckman Institute’s NeuroTech group led a study that found that microRNAs in the brain of the zebra finch songbird – a model organism for studying changes in the brain – go up or down after it hears a new song. The findings show for the first time that microRNAs are a contributor to the process by which the brain responds to its environment. The paper reporting their discovery is available online.
Jennifer Lewis of the Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems group was one of the leaders of a team that developed a silver-inked rollerball pen capable of writing electrical circuits and interconnects on paper, wood, and other surfaces.
Jongsick Kim has been chosen as the new Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellow. Kim is the second Fellow chosen for the program, which was started in 2008 as a three-year appointment for a recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. interested in conducting oncology-related research at the Beckman Institute.
U of I News Bureau – Martin Gruebele, a member of the Beckman Institute's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group, led a collaboration that, for the first time, observed that the semiconductor amorphous silicon used in many device applications is a glass – until hydrogen is added.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Health and Energy Innovations. In awarding the $500,000 prize, the Lemelson-MIT program stated that Rogers’s work proves that “technological entrepreneurship can have groundbreaking impact when inventive concepts stretch across disparate fields.”
Technology Review – Research led by John Rogers of the Beckman Institute created a printing method that now makes it possible to fabricate superlenses and invisibility cloaks in a practical way.
Beckman Institute researcher Dan Simons and his collaborators at Union College report on their groundbreaking study of inattentional blindness (the failure to see visible and otherwise salient events when one is paying attention to something else) in a real-world situation: a staged fight. In this study, the researchers discovered that only 35 percent of nighttime observers and 56 percent of daytime observers noticed the fight.