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.
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.
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.
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.