The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, September 7th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Emre Akbas, Anthony Christodoulou, and Martina Mustroph. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
CNN.com – Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers co-authored an article that describes the potential of so-called soft electronics, a technology that he has been a leader in developing. Rogers and his co-author write that the technology is set to “completely change the old paradigms” when it comes to future electronics applications, especially in the area of healthcare.
The power of positive thinking is a principle many older adults have heard about for most of their lives. Now cognitive aging researchers at the Beckman Institute have found that older adults with a positive belief that the cognitive effort they invest will pay off, a concept known as self-efficacy, can increase the benefit they get from cognitively enriching activities.
New research scientists have joined the Beckman Institute's Biomedical Imaging Center and Microscopy Suite, giving those core facilities the ability to fully exploit the capabilities of their instruments.
U of I News Bureau – New Research from Edward McAuley of the Human Perception and Performance group shows that by applying certain strategies that enhance self-efficacy – what he calls “situation-specific self-confidence” – people can increase their chances of successfully starting and staying with an exercise program. Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and graduate student Michelle Voss collaborated with McAuley on the study.
U of I News Bureau – A skin-like, electronically functional patch that is as comfortable and flexible as a temporary tattoo has been developed by Beckman Institute and Mechanical Science and Engineering faculty member John Rogers and a multi-university team that included former Beckman researcher Todd Coleman and Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Nanshu Lu. The device, which mounts directly on the skin, has potential applications in medical diagnostics, communications, and human-machine interfaces. The researchers reported their development in Science.
U of I News Bureau – Jonathan Sweedler of the Beckman Institute’s NeuroTech group is one of four professors from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois who have been elected fellows of the American Chemical Society. Joining Sweedler in the honor are Thom Dunning, Ralph Nuzzo, and Catherine Murphy, a Beckman affiliate faculty member.
Beckman Institute researcher Gabriel Popescu and his collaborators recently reported on using small changes in the optical properties of single living cells to measure their growth. “Determining the growth patterns of single cells,” they wrote, “offers answers to some of the most elusive questions in contemporary cell biology: how cell growth is regulated and how cell size distributions are maintained.” Mustafa Mir and Zhuo Wang of Popescu’s research group are first and second authors of the paper, Optical measurement of cycle-dependent cell growth.
U of I News Bureau – Using what he says is the “first large-scale, nationally representative survey of the U.S. population to measure intuitive beliefs about how memory works” Beckman Institute researcher Daniel Simons, along with his collaborator Chris Chabris, report that large segments of the general public misunderstand basic properties of memory. Simons said the survey results are in line with what his research experiments such as the famous “Invisible Gorilla” study have shown: “People tend to place greater faith in the accuracy, completeness and vividness of their memories than they probably should.”
Rohith Krishna Reddy, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Bioengineering who works with Beckman Institute faculty members Rohit Bhargava and Scott Carney, was chosen by the Coblentz Society to receive the Fateley Award.
The award is given to a student who most closely embodies the spirit of the late William Fateley’s desire to promote the science and society of spectroscopy. The award consists of a $1,000 prize to help offset the costs of attending the National Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies in Reno in October. The award will be presented at the conference.
The Beckman Institute's free educational outreach program, Bugscope, has been awarded a prestigious SPORE Award from Science magazine. The award is based on the essay "Facilitating Scientific Investigations and Training Data Scientists," which was authored by Michele Korb (California State University East Bay) and Umesh Thakkar, a senior research scientist who has been with Bugscope since the beginning. The authors discuss how a successful online learning environment, such as Bugscope, can be used to facilitate scientific inquiry and discovery. Bugscope provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) that students around the world can access to explore the microscopic world of insects.