A recent push to focus and enhance cancer research efforts in the University system got a boost this past year with more than 30 Urbana campus cancer researchers joining the University of Illinois Cancer Center. A planning meeting was held recently at the Beckman Institute to take the next steps toward turning science into results that could greatly aid clinicians and patients in future efforts to detect and treat the disease.
ECE – Beckman Institute researcher Joseph Lyding was awarded the 2012 IEEE Pioneer in Nanotechnology Award for "advances in atomic resolution nanofabrication and discovery of the deuterium isotope effect." One of Lyding’s most well-known discoveries was that deuterium could be used to extend the life of computer chips, an innovation that is now used worldwide in electronic devices such as cell phones.
Gillen Wood of the Department of English has joined the Beckman Institute. Wood, whose research includes climate change and sustainability, is a member of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative at Beckman.
Beckman Fellow Kyle Mathewson and Institute faculty members Gabriele Gratton and Monica Fabiani found that they could predict success on an unfamiliar video game just by looking at the brain waves of study participants. Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer and researchers Ed Maclin and Kathy Low also collaborated on the study and paper.
Matthew Winters from the Department of Political Science has joined the Beckman Institute. Winters is a member of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy strategic initiative at Beckman, with a research focus on the political economy of development and globalization.
New neuroscience research is confirming an old adage about the power of a handshake: strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting. The study was led by Beckman Institute researcher Florin Dolcos and Department of Psychology postdoctoral research associate Sanda Dolcos.
Andrew Bauer from the Department of Anthropology has joined the Beckman Institute. Bauer is a member of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy strategic initiative at Beckman. His research focuses on human-environment interactions and the politics of spaces, places, and landscape histories.
Engineering at Illinois – William King of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group has been named as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-Funded Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing (Nano-CEMMS) at the University of Illinois.
The Fall 2012 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, October 31. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Soheil Soghrati, Ru Wang, Hang Yu. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Engineering at Illinois – Rashid Bashir of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group has been recognized with the 2012 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award for "significant contributions to the development of micro and nanoscale biosensors.” Bashir is an Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Bioengineering and Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Daniel Llano is one of the few who took the hard road through the University of Illinois Medical Scholars Program to become a doctor, professor, and researcher. His was also an unusual path for the scholars half of the program, one that led through the abandoned mines of Illinois to the world of Beckman Institute research.
Klaus Schulten and Laxmikant Kale of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group have been honored with the 2012 Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society for their “outstanding contributions to the development of widely used parallel software for large biomolecular systems simulation.” Schulten is a Swanlund Professor of Physics and Director of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (TCB) group at Beckman. Kale is a member of TCB and Professor in the Department of Computer Science.
An image rendered by Travis Ross, Darren Stevenson and Ryan Durdle of the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group was chosen as the cover art for the Sept. 28 issue of Science. The image accompanied the paper by John Rogers and his collaborators reporting on soluble electronics.