Herald Sun – A company that began with the work of Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers is now on the verge of producing solar cell technology.
Science Nation – The work of John Rogers involving elastic electronics is featured in a story and video for the National Science Foundation’s online magazine. The video features Rogers talking about the potential benefits of the bio-compatible, flexible technology in biomedical applications such as heart and brain monitoring.
Salt Lake Tribune – The research of graduate student Laura Chaddock is mentioned in a story on using sports to improve mental performance.
The 20th edition of Synergy, our Winter 2012 issue, focuses on the important roles Beckman Institute researchers are playing in advancing two areas that are increasingly being seen as essential to modern-day life: battery technology and nutrition. Synergy 20 also features profiles of Beckman Institute faculty member Minh Do and Beckman Fellow David Mayerich.
Beckman Institute researchers are at the forefront of research efforts aimed at making battery systems that are longer lasting, more reliable, more powerful, faster, and safer. That is especially true when it comes to advancing battery technology for electrical vehicles.
The newly-created Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory will offer researchers a unique opportunity to have an impact in nutritional health. Beckman Institute researcher Neal Cohen is Illinois Director of the new center.
Could generations of speech coaches been wrong all these years? Research from the laboratory of Duane Watson of the Cognitive Science group is showing that speakers shouldn’t discard those “ums” and “ahs” and other speech fillers if they want to be understood by listeners.
By converting a glucose monitor into a device that can measure DNA and detect viruses, Beckman Institute researcher Yi Lu has given healthcare providers a powerful new diagnostic tool. Lu reports on his efforts in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Elizabeth Stine-Morrow is co-author of a new study showing that an intervention program designed to enhance cognition can also change a personality trait, something that was thought to be unchanged over the lifetime without drug therapy.
Marni Boppart of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group and her collaborators have found that a single bout of exercise in mice leads to an increase in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that reside in skeletal muscle, a finding that could provide insight into the link between exercise and whole body health.
PNAS – The Beckman Institute’s John Rogers is interviewed for a question and answer session with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rogers, a member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group, talk about creating bio-compatible electronics for consumer and biomedical applications.
U of I News Bureau – Jennifer Lewis of the Autonomous Materials Systems group has developed a reactive silver ink that can print high-performance electronics on inexpensive materials like paper or flexible plastic.
Reader’s Digest – An article on anti-aging tips for the brain includes the work of Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer. “The preeminent exercise and brain-health researcher in humans is Arthur Kramer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a dozen studies over the past few years, with titles such as ‘Aerobic Fitness Reduces Brain Tissue Loss in Aging Humans,’ Kramer and his colleagues have proved two critical findings: Fit people have sharper brains, and people who are out of shape, but then get into shape, sharpen up their brains.”
A pair of images created at the Beckman Institute’s Visualization Laboratory were featured in the Jan. 3 issue of the journal Advanced Materials. The images include the cover (top image in the link) for a paper by Beckman researcher Rashid Bashir and his collaborators was rendered by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, and the frontispiece image was rendered by Alex Jerez for a paper by Eric Pop and his collaborators (further down in the link).
Thomas Huang is on the short list of Beckman Institute original faculty members who have had the most impact on science during the 22 years of its existence. The impact on his students over that time has been just as great.
Science News – Two projects from Beckman Institute researchers made the list of “Science News of the Year” in technology for 2011. The work of John Rogers involving epidermal electronics and self-healing battery technology being developed by Jeff Moore, Nancy Sottos, and Scott White were chosen.
When visitors from around the world are given official tours of the University of Illinois campus, the Beckman Institute is often a must-see stop on the itinerary. Many times those visitors are from research centers in their own country, and see Beckman as an example of how to make interdisciplinary research succeed.
Beckman Institute researchers Kara Federmeier and Dan Simons were awarded Fellow status with the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in the field of Cognitive Psychology. They were recognized for making sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application.