U of I News Bureau – Gabriel Popescu and his collaborators developed a new microscopy method that etches features onto semiconductor wafers and monitors that etching process at the nanoscale. “You can use light to image the topography and you can use light to sculpture the topography,” Popescu said.
John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group led a multi-university project that developed biodegradable electronics technology that is high performance but also biocompatible and capable of completely dissolving in water or bodily fluids.
Brian Cunningham has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group. Cunningham is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a research focus in the areas of biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics.
Steve Drake of the Beckman Institute recently won a 2012 Mid-America Emmy award for the second year running.
Synergy for Fall 2012 features the varied forms of learning that take place at the Beckman Institute, from professors learning to become entrepreneurs, to students getting a different kind of education in the lab, to summer educational programs.
Beckman Institute faculty member Ling Meng earned a Ph.D. by changing his research focus from outer space to the inner workings of the human body, turning detector technology developed for satellite missions into something useful for medical applications.
Beckman alumni Melissa Duff is one of many young neuroscience and psychology researchers who have taken both the research lines pursued and interdisciplinary lessons learned at the Institute to seed their own programs and careers in academia and the business world.
Running a human psychology experiment can be just as educational as attending classes, according to some of those doing the day-to-day laboratory grunt work that turns hypothesis into data and, eventually, research papers.
Faculty members running a research group are often required to play many roles other than just that of being a good scientist, from fund-raiser to personnel manager to student counselor. More and more researchers are also adding the title of entrepreneur to their curriculum vitae, and some are using a government program to gain insight into business practices.
Less than nine months after the announcement of its creation, the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) held an initial Investigator Meeting at the Beckman Institute recently to help fashion a truly interdisciplinary foundation for this unique enterprise.
The Fall 2012 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, September 26. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Hefei Dong, Jia-Bin Huang, and Jim Monti. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
A team of researchers in the Molecular Imaging Laboratory of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center has received the award for “Translational Image of the Year” in the 2012 Siemens Preclinical Image of the Year contest.
Daniel Berry from the Department of Educational Psychology has joined the Beckman Institute a member of the Cognitive Science group. Berry’s research is focused on the processes through which children’s experiences at home and at school support their development of self-regulation.
Janice Juraska has taken research into neuroplasticity in new directions by focusing on topics like hormonal influences and sex differences in the brain.