Harvard University scientists have built a clear, artificial “muscle” in the laboratory and controlled its rapid vibrations with precision. John Rogers, Beckman professor, says the work is “promising and remarkably simple,” with potential applications for surgical tools, sensors that can wrap around curvy, soft structures in the body, and implants.
Cellphone conversations impede what a driver sees and processes, a number of studies have shown. That, in turn, slows reactions and other faculties. “That’s why you can drive home and not remember having driven home,” says Daniel Simons, Beckman faculty member. “Just because you look at something doesn’t mean you see it.”
Arianna Huffington's blog includes a discussion of research by Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute, on how walking increases cognitive function and executive control.
This year’s presentations will host lectures based in psychology, materials science and engineering, pharmacology, aerospace engineering, and much more. All lectures are at Noon in Beckman Institute Room 1005. Lunch is provided.
As the world's population increases and water supply decreases, the complex issue of freshwater security is becoming an increasingly important problem to solve. A workshop on August 28-30, supported by Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy, a strategic initiative at Beckman, aims to open up this discussion and contemplate solutions.
Kirk Erickson, a new Senior Fellow, will begin research in February investigating links between obesity and cognitive health. Senior fellowships give established faculty from other universities the opportunity to do short-term, onsite, interdisciplinary research with other Beckman Institute researchers.
Beckman senior research programmer Kirby Vandivort went on the trip of a lifetime to spend a month in Italy to learn about vocational practices, experience the culture, and, of course, indulge in homemade Italian pizza.
Many students conduct research at Beckman Institue over the summer, giving them a wide variety of practical experience.
Three of the six 2013 postdoctoral fellows settled in this summer and are laying the groundwork for exciting new research.
Curtis Johnson was a Beckman graduate fellow and earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in June 2013. Now he works as a research scientist at the Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC).
After a successful inaugural year, Joe Toscano is continuing the Chambana Science Café, an event that brings scientists to the public to talk about their research and answer questions.
Synergy Summer 2013 features Blue Waters, a new supercomputer that Klaus Schulten used to create a map of the HIV capsid. It also highlights the Chambana Science Café and showcases a new Beckman employee Curtis Johnson, a group of students who conducted research at Beckman over the summer, new postdoctoral fellows, and Kirby Vandivort's trip to Italy.
With the capabilitities of the new supercomputer Blue Waters, Beckman faculty member Klaus Schulten and postdoctoral researcher Juan Perilla and their collegues have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus’ genetic material and is key to its virulence.
A new center, the Illinois Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, based at the Beckman Institute, will conduct four closely linked research projects—two human cohort studies and two laboratory animal studies—that will investigate the health effects of exposure to BPA and phthalates; triclosan, used in antibacterial products; and parabens, commonly found in cosmetics, sun screens, and shampoos.
Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health; and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in the program Smarter Brains, which airs locally at 9 pm Wednesday, August 21, on WILL-TV.
Scientists and former football players Isaiah Kacyvenski and Kevin Jackson will be speaking on “Optimizing Safety and Performance in Sports--Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Head Impacts,” at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 13, in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews, Urbana.
The cover story of the September issue of Discover magazine highlights the work of Beckman faculty member John A. Rogers who has spent more than 15 years developing electronics that can bend and stretch without breaking.
A team led by John Rogers at Illinois University has developed a battery which can be stretched by a factor of three in any direction. A company, MC10, is commercialising the idea, aiming at applications in consumer electronics, remote monitoring for the health industry, and implantable medical devices.
Guillermo Monroy won a pair of Google Glasses, and now he's hoping to integrate his prize into the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging research he's working on with Stephen Boppart.
Congratulations to Beckman faculty members John Rogers, Klaus Schulten, and Jonathan Sweedler, who were recently elected Center for Advanced Study (CAS) professors, one of the highest forms of recognition on the University of Illinois campus.