Jianjun Cheng joined the Beckman Institute this semester as a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. Cheng is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with research interests in the design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of polymeric and nanostructured biomaterials.
Beckman Institute faculty members Joe Lyding and Eric Pop and graduate student Josh Wood discovered that the quality of graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon that offers great potential for use in electronics, depends on the crystal structure of the copper substrate it is grown on. The discovery by the researchers, who are all members of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group, is an important one for advancing industrial production of graphene for use in future electronics. To read the paper, click here.
Zhi-Pei Liang is co-chair of a Beckman Institute research theme, president of an IEEE society, and is considered one of the world’s premier researchers in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). But when it comes to taking credit, Liang is quick to point to others, principally the students in his research group and the late Paul Lauterbur, his mentor and winner of the Nobel Prize for inventing MRI.
“The Invisible Gorilla”, a video featuring Beckman Institute researcher Dan Simons that was created by Steve Drake of the Beckman Institute’s Communications Office, won a Mid-America Emmy award for Informational/Instructional feature.
Bloomberg Businessweek – The work and applications of Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers involving bendable and stretchable electronics are highlighted in a recent profile.
Torrey Loucks seeks to understand hearing and speech production at fundamental, physical levels in the brain and the speech motor production system, he also is very much focused on the human side of the equation, the one where disorders like stuttering can cause so much anguish to those who suffer from them.
Klaus Schulten, leader of the Beckman Institute’s Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group, has been chosen as a Fellow of the Biophysical Society. Schulten was chosen for his groundbreaking effort to develop computational molecular biology as an important tool to solve problems in biophysics. To see the story, click here (pdf).
A classic psychology experiment got a makeover thanks to the imagination of graduate student Melinda Jensen and a follow-up project led by Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Kyle Mathewson. Their new take on an old experiment suggests that our visual systems are more flexible than previously thought.
A review showed that the research of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer had the highest percent of increase in total citations in the field of neuroscience and behaviors over a 10-year period, including 44 papers cited more than 1,500 times. Kramer was interviewed by Science Watch about his highly-cited research efforts.