William, "Bill," Greenough, faculty member in the Neurotech Group, and professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, has died. Greenough was instrumental in crafting the proposal that led to the creation of the Beckman Institute.
John Rogers, a member of the 3D Micro- and Nansosytems Group, says more power will be required for more sophisticated edible and implantable electronics. He is working on biodegradable batteries for medical use. In a paper that will be published in Advanced Materials, his team describes batteries made out of the dissolvable metals and trace minerals magnesium and molybdenum. Biodegradable batteries, Rogers says, will enable “devices that go into the body monitor wound healing, deliver therapy as necessary, and then naturally disappear after the wound is completely healed, thereby eliminating unnecessary strain on the body.”
U of I chemists have found that in addition to being similar in size, biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals share an additional trait: They are reactive, meaning that atoms in a nanocrystal can cooperate with each other to facilitate binding or switching, a phenomenon widely found in biological molecules. The finding could catalyze manufacturing of nanocrystals for smart sensors, solar cells, tiny transistors for optical computers, and medical imaging. Led by Beckman affiliate Prashant Jain, the team published its findings in Nature Communications.
Beckman affiliate Kathryn Clancy was named one of Nature's "2013 Most Important People of the Year" for her research on women sexually assaulted while doing anthropological fieldwork.
Beckman faculty member John Rogers was a guest on "On Point" to talk about his research on the new frontier of implantable electronics.
An international multidisciplinary team including researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has developed a sophisticated "electronic skin" that adheres non-invasively to human skin, conforms well to contours, and provides a detailed temperature map of any surface of the body.
Robb Lindgren, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate in the Human Perception and Performance (HPP) Research Group, within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction theme.
Harrison H.M. Kim, associate professor in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, has joined the Beckman Institute as a part-time faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Research Group, within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) research theme.
Gym junkies can also expect a boost in brainpower. Current studies are building upon research done by Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute, in the 1990s. Kramer showed that previously sedentary adults who undertook an aerobic fitness plan for six months boosted their performance in cognitive drills that required executive control.
Does adding computer education to grade school curriculums detract from staples like English and science? On Marketplace, Beckman affiliate Dan Hoffman discusses the addition of computer skills to students' school days.
The image “Mature HIV virus capsid,” by Juan R. Perilla, John Stone, Peijun Zhang, and Klaus Schulten of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, has won the School of Chemical Sciences Science Image Challenge.
Daniel Hoffman, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate in the Human Perception and Performance Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) theme.
Steve Boppart, who leads the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, works with optical imaging technologies, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), to advance diagnostic tools. He has also developed a new optical medical imaging technology that uses near-infrared light to create high-resolution images of breast cancer cells invading normal tissue.
Camille Goudeseune, computer systems analyst at the Illinois Simulator Lab, discusses how to make high-quality panoramic images using the cheapest cameras attached to the smallest and lightest remote-control helicopters.
Beckman affiliate Brian Cunningham's group has developed a new biosensor that can aid in the detection of early stage cancer.
Beckman affiliate Rashid Bashir and colleagues have taken a major step toward achieving the goal of producing a handheld HIV detector by developing a microchip that can diagnosis the virus with the same efficiency and accuracy as sophisticated hospital equipment.
Beckman video producer Steve Drake provides a look at his production studio at the Beckman Institute.
Neuroscience professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues used brain injury data from Vietnam War veterans to map the ability of humans to understand written or spoken language, also known as “discourse comprehension.”
A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible. Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers and his group are using the plastic to gather sunlight and concentrate it onto a solar cell made of gallium arsenide in an experimental setup. Doing so doubled the power output of the cells.
The Chambana Science Café, which meets on the first Wednesday of every month, is hosting Jana Diesner at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 in Robeson Pavilion Room C at the Champaign Public Library.
For the final Director's Seminar of fall 2013, Thomas van Dijk and Jie Sun, two Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows, will present at noon on Dec. 5 in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Research labs at the Beckman Institute have the opportunity to work with a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on research projects as part of the Citizen Scientist Program. Interest in participation in the program must be submitted by December 13.
Beckman full-time faculty member Kara Federmeier explains what we do and don't know about hemispheric brain differences in humans.
Beckman full-time faculty member Emad Tajkhorshid and postdoctoral researcher Mahmoud Moradi have successfully simulated the molecular dance moves that a multidrug resistance membrane transporter undertakes as it pumps compounds out of a cell. This is the first time researchers have been able to simulate the motion of a complex membrane transporter in its native environment in full atomic detail and gives drug developers vital new targets to help combat drug-resistant cancers and other diseases.