Science – Paul Kenis of the Beckman Institute’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group is part of a collaboration that developed a more energy-efficient approach to converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO), a process that is considered to be the first step to making a hydrocarbon fuel. The research was reported in Science.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute have demonstrated that an active pumping capability for pressurized delivery of liquid healing agents in microvascular systems significantly improves the degree of healing compared with capillary force methods.
The Fall 2011 issue of Synergy features researchers who don't fit the stereotype. We take a look at a unique program that puts older adults in the labs of Beckman Institute researchers and a physician who makes research part of his practice. There are also profiles of a Beckman alum who has found success in the business world and a new Fellow who is making the most of opportunity.
Kyle Mathewson, a member of the newest class of Beckman Institute Fellows, illustrates the saying that chance favors the prepared mind.
As a Ph.D. student at the Beckman Institute Devorah Klein studied how people store meaning for language production. In her present-day job at a global firm known for innovations in everything from healthcare to furniture, she is a principal leader of a design team of up to 20 people. Despite the seeming differences, Klein says Beckman was the perfect training ground for her current position.
Doing research can sometimes be a full-time job, even for Beckman Institute faculty members who already have teaching and other duties. So how does a doctor who sees patients and performs surgery sometimes on a daily basis decide to add research to his list of duties? For Dr. Huan (John) Wang, there was no other choice. Major life decisions for this neurosurgeon come not from his head but from his heart.
The phenomenon of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes seems to be a prevalent cultural theme in 2011, so why not try it in the science lab too? A dozen older adults took part in a pilot program called Citizen Scientist that placed them in campus research laboratories. And the reaction to the pilot is that the program is a go for another season.
Physics – Paul Braun of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group writes about photonic crystals (PCs) derived from beetle shells that “may represent the next step towards controlling optical emission in three dimensions for applications including lasers and LEDs” in the journal of the American Physical Society.
Dan Morrow, Co-chair of the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme, is co-editor of a special issue of Journal of Experimental Psych: Applied. Morrow introduces and edits the articles for the issue, which focuses on cognitive factors that might help health care professionals reduce mistakes and improve patient care. To read the articles, click on the links in the press release.
The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, October 5th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Harry Fischer, Logan Niehaus, and Brennan Payne. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Gloria Patricia (Pat) Beckman, daughter of Beckman Institute benefactors Arnold and Mabel Beckman, has died. She was 78. Pat Beckman served on many boards and foundations, including the Beckman Foundation, and visited here in 2009 as a featured guest and speaker at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the opening of the Beckman Institute.
The work of Beckman Institute researcher Charles Hillman is cited in a story about ways to boost memory. Hillman’s research is focused on the effects of exercise on cognition, especially among children.
Brian Gonsalves’ academic interest in the human brain and mind originated with a philosophical approach to those topics, but has evolved into research that is very much based in the down-to-earth realms of neuroscience and imaging techniques.