College of Engineering – Researchers at the University of Illinois, including Beckman Institute faculty member Eric Pop, have found that more imperfections in the graphene used for chemical sensing actually improved the sensitivity of the sensor. Pop, a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group, and his collaborators reported their study in Advanced Materials.
College of Engineering – Beckman Institute researcher Michael Insana has been chosen as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Insana, a full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group at Beckman, was chosen for “contributions to ultrasound imaging methods, particularly elastography.” Beckman affiliate Brian Cunningham was also chosen as an IEEE Fellow.
The New Scientist – Klara Nahrstedt of the Image Formation and Processing group is part of a team that developed a network that predicts users’ movements, sort of a “pre-social network.” The technology was developed to predict the movements of work crews but the creators believe it can do much more.
The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, November 30th. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Amanda Jones, Tan Nguyen, and Johan Strumpfer. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Aditi Das is a new faculty member at the Beckman Institute in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group. She will also be a member of the new initiative called Health: Attitudes, Biology, Information, Technology, Society (HABITS). Das earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in Chemistry and did postdoctoral research with Beckman faculty member Stephen Sligar. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences whose research investigates membrane proteins using biophysical techniques.
Technology Review – Beckman Institute faculty member John Rogers worked with researchers at Penn and NYU to develop an ultrathin, extremely flexible brain implant with a sensor array that provides 50 times better resolution than current technology. The work was reported in Nature Neuroscience.
Nature Newsblog – Research from Beckman Institute faculty member Justin Rhodes and his group presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience shows that increasing the brain’s ability to generate new neurons decreases drug-seeking behaviors in animal models. Graduate student Martina Mustroph, a member of the Rhodes Lab, is featured in the story.
College of Engineering – Stephen Boppart, Co-chair of the Beckman Institute’s Integrative Imaging research theme, will take part in a congressional briefing held under the auspices of the Advisory Committee for the Congressional Research and Development Caucus. The briefing is being convened by the Optical Society of America.
Sarah Brown-Schmidt believes that in order to understand language production, a researcher has to get in on the conversation – in a way that replicates how it happens in real life. In order to do that, the Beckman Institute researcher creates experiments that focus on how it is language is produced when people are actually talking to one another.
ua_online – Ryan Shosted spoke at a lecture sponsored by the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA). His research is focused on analyzing the production of speech and the phonetics of multiple languages. Shosted is part of an IEETA project as a consultant and collects Magnetic Resonance (MR) data in real time to study Portuguese nasal vowels. The conference was aimed at researchers and students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the process of speech production and phonetics in general.
U of I News Bureau – Xiuling Li of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group led a research effort that was able to integrate compound semiconductor nanowires on silicon wafers, a technique that could enable high-performacne solar cells and other electronics.
Berkeley Lab – William King of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group is collaborating with researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a project that used scanning probe microscopy-based “soldering iron” technology developed by King. The collaboration provided insight into how temperature can be used to control a nanoscale fabrication technique called dip-pen nanolithography.
The Fall 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, November 16. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Andrew Carlson, Curtis Johnson, and Daniel King. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Trying to make sense out of large amounts of audio data is a daunting task for analysts working in areas such as war zones for a simple reason: the human brain is not as adept at processing audio signals as it is at processing visual signals.
Beckman Institute researchers Gabriel Popescu and David Mayerich report in separate papers in the current issue of Biomedical Optics Express on research that has implications for detecting and understanding diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia.