Beckman affiliate faculty member Klara Nahrstedt has been named acting director of the Coordinated Science Lab. As acting director, Nahrstedt leads CSL while its current director, William Sanders, serves as the interim head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois.
As a result of the variable nature of gene expression, genetically identical cells inhabiting the same environment can vary significantly in their numbers of key enzymes, which in turn results in strikingly different cellular behaviors. Incorporating data from studies of gene regulation and protein distributions in single cells, the research group of Beckman faculty member Zaida Luthey-Schulten was able to identify several behavioral subtypes within a modeled population.
Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers and his researchers hope to create electronics that dissolve to reduce the amount of toxic, electronic waste in landfills. "You don't need your cellphone to last for 25 or 50 years," says Rogers. "You don't want to keep it that long anyway."
Julianne Fox, former U of I graduate student and now aircraft accident analysis expert, believes the flight crew were, for reasons unknown, unaware of the warning signals that would have been sounding during Asiana Airlines Flight 214’s erratic descent.
A story about the augmented reality Alma statue at the University of Illinois, featuring the work of Travis Ross, director of the Visualization Lab at Beckman, will air at 9:24 pm Central Time on Friday, July 19, on the Big Ten Network.
Crafted from gold nanoparticles and an elastic polymer, a new material retains its conductivity even when stretched to four times its original length. "The results suggest some very interesting, unexpected effects of nanoparticle-elastomer composites," says John Rogers, Beckman full-time researcher. "These types of conducting materials could provide new options in engineering design," he says.
U of I researchers led by Beckman researcher John Rogers are studying how to make devices, such as cellphones, disappear or dissolve so they don't pose a threat to the environment.
Beckman Institute professor Emad Tajkhorshid and student Giray Enkavi discover how aquaporins admit water while excluding protons.
An article on the mystery of birds flying by Earth's magnetic field refers to a hypothesis by Beckman Institute full-time facutly member Klaus Schulten, who says one key is a retinal protein.
Shen Dillon, a Beckman affiliate faculty member, has demonstrated, with Harvard University and South Korean researchers, the ability to 3D print a pinhead-sized battery. Interlaced and stacked electrodes were printed layer by layer to create the working anode and cathode.
Many brain-training companies tout the scientific backing of their products—the laboratory studies that reveal how their programs improve your brainpower. But according to a new report co-written by Beckman faculty member Dan Simons, most intervention studies like these have a critical flaw: They do not adequately account for the placebo effect.
Beckman researcher Emad Tajkhorshid and colleagues have discovered that membrane transporters help not just sugars and other specific substrates cross from one side of a cellular membrane to the other—water also comes along for the ride.
Giang-Chau Ngo will be pursuing her passion for researching magnetic resonance imaging as the 2013 Nadine Barrie Smith fellow. The memorial fellowship awards female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in medical imaging.