The next frontier in electronics are the flexible, stretchable kind. That means a rubber, bouncy smartphone (eventually), but it also means heart monitors threaded into cardiac tissue. For devices like that to work, they require flexible, stretchable batteries. And such batteries are here, according to researchers who just published their work in Nature Communications.
Aaron Benjamin is a member of the Beckman Institute’s Cognitive Science group whose research focus is on metamemory, or how people think about their own memory.
Beckman researcher and psychology professor Justin Rhodes and his colleagues found evidence contradicting a popular hypothesis suggesting male spatial superiority is a result of natural selection. The video "Why Men are Better Navigators than Women" explains his findings.
The Spring 2013 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, February 27. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Curtis Johnson, Martina Mustroph, and Hang Xing. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Beckman Institute director and University of Illinois psychology professor Art Kramer presented a talk about how physical activity boosts cognition and brain health at the 2013 AAAS meeting.
The Coblentz Society has chosen Rohit Bhargava, a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group, and professor of bioengineering at Illinois, as the recipient of the 2013 Craver Award in recognition of his work in the area of spectral chemical imaging, including the development of the fundamental theory and modeling of Raman and infrared chemical imaging. The Coblentz Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1954 to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy.
Researchers in the Beckman Institute’s Quantitative Light Imaging laboratory (QLI) recently published two papers on breakthrough imaging techniques, including one that could provide much-needed blood testing capability to people with little access to healthcare.
NCSA – A team that included Beckman Institute researcher Klaus Schulten determined the structure of a virus that causes an often fatal illness in rabbits. Schulten used the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to do molecular dynamics simulations of the virus.
The Winter 2013 issue of Synergy features Beckman researchers developing a revolutionary new DNA sequencing method, as well as a look inside the daily workings of the Institute's Microscopy Suite. There are also profiles of alumnus Matt Meitl and Beckman Fellow Sarah Erickson-Bhatt.
A trio of Beckman Institute researchers are spearheading the effort at the University of Illinois to bring low-cost, accurate, full genome sequencing of human DNA to the world. Jean-Pierre Leburton, Aleksei Aksimentiev, and Rashid Bashir are leading the effort, funded by a recent agreement signed with Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Ltd.
Users of the Beckman Institute’s Microscopy Suite receive expert training and, quite often, views of their samples they can’t get anywhere else.
Beckman Institute Open House 2013 has been set for March 8-9. The biennial event will, as in past years, be held in conjunction with Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.