A new optical device developed by a team of electrical and computer engineering students at the U. of I., led by Brian T. Cunningham, Beckman affiliate faculty, can identify the contents of the fluid in an intravenous line in real-time, offering a promising way to improve the safety of IV drug delivery.
Beckman Institute’s 2012-13 Annual Report provides an exciting opportunity: a glimpse into the cutting-edge research that is changing the world. Take a look to see some of the work of our world-class researchers, including inspiring research from our four featured faculty: Aron Barbey, Fatima Husain, Stephen Boppart, and Nancy Sottos. The Annual Report also highlights research from Beckman’s three strategic initiatives, centers, and leading-edge facilities.
Petra Majdak (Neurotech), Erik Johnson (Image Formation and Processing), and Sen Kang (Autonomous Materials Systems) will present on Oct. 2 at noon in Beckman Room 1005. Lunch will be served.
Psychology has added one more factor to last week’s train-and-bus tragedy in Canada: It’s possible the bus driver looked right at the train without noticing it. “It’s possible for people to miss something that’s pretty obvious if they’re focusing their attention on something else or if it’s not what they are expecting,” says Dan Simons, member of the Human Perception and Performance Group. “Just because your eyes are looking at something doesn’t mean that you see it.”
Baoxing Xu and Ilia Solov'yov, two Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows, have organized a conference, set for Sept. 25-27, to highlight the emerging interdisciplinary research areas of nano- and biosystems.
Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP), one of three strategic initiatives at the Beckman Institute, is pioneering global programs that advocate for and contribute to socially and politically sustainable solutions to society’s mounting environmental dilemmas.
Michael Insana, Beckman professor in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme, was recently invested as Donald Biggar Willett Professor in the College of Engineering in Bioengineering.
Justin Rhodes, professor in the Neurotech Group within the Biological Intelligence theme, was recently announced a recipient of the University of Illinois' Medical Scholars Program 2013 “Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award.”
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson has been named co-chair of the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) research theme.
A Q&A with Daniel Simons, member of the Human Perception and Performance Group, who talks about the science behind being distracted, especially in driving, and steps we can take to avoid dangerous distractions.
Beckman faculty member John Rogers and his team have created a flexible, wearable thermometer that looks like a tiny tattoo and measures the blood temperature in your veins. While the device might not replace the thermometers in our medicine cabinets at home, it could be very useful in a clinical setting where precise measurements are needed to monitor blood flow. The team also suggests the thermometers could be used for continual monitoring because they are so easy to wear.
The inaugural Fall 2013 Director’s Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, at noon in Beckman Institute Room 1005. The featured speaker is Cynthia Fisher, who is a member of the Cognitive Science Group and a psychology professor. Lunch will be served.
Darren S. Tanner, assistant professor of linguistics, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Science Research Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
While gym class may seem like an extraneous part of an academic program, getting aerobic exercise can help students to learn and remember more. A study of 48 students ages 9 and 10 showed that those with higher levels of physical fitness performed better on mental tests. The researchers from the U of I, led by Beckman affiliate Charles Hillman, had the kids memorize names and locations on a map of a made-up region. Students in the top 30 percent of their age group for aerobic fitness were better able to learn and recall the fictitious names and locations than those in the lowest 30 percent for aerobic fitness.
Beckman affiliate Silvina Montrul is one of 14 faculty members from the three University of Illinois campuses chosen to receive the 2013 University Scholar Award. Montrul, a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction theme, focuses her research on the nature of the linguistic knowledge of certain bilingual speakers, and investigates the mental representation of grammars in the mind. Her work in the field of heritage language linguistics--and bilingualism in general--is foundational.
Beckman faculty member Aleksei Aksimentiev will lead an international team of scientists in research that will advance a novel form of nanopore technology for more accurate and efficient DNA sequencing. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $2.47 million grant to the team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands for this project. The grant is part of the $17 million awarded to eight research teams through the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)'s Advanced DNA Sequencing Technology program, launched in 2004.
Graham Huesmann, research assistant professor in molecular and integrative physiology, has joined the Beckman Institute as a part-time faculty member in the Neurotech Research Group within the Biological Intelligence (BioIntel) Research Theme.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group within the Integrative Imaging (IntIm) Research Theme.
Disease-causing bacteria stink—literally—and the odor released by some of the nastiest microbes has become the basis for a faster and simpler new way to diagnose blood infections and finger the specific microbe, scientists reported at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). A research team at the University of Illinois that included chemistry professor Ken Suslick of the Beckman Institute, developed an inexpensive disposable liquid culture bottle filled with nutrient solution for bacteria to grow. Attached to the inside is a chemical sensing array (CSA), an "artificial nose," with 36 pigment dots. The dots change color in response to signature odor chemicals released by bacteria.
The first Graduate Student Seminar for Fall 2013 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, at noon in Beckman Room 1005. Featured speakers are Canan Dagdeviren, from 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, Joey Operskalski, from Cognitive Neuroscience, and Aiguo Han, from Bioacoustics. Lunch will be served.
A research group worked with the gaming industry to create a 3D environment that would target multitasking skills, and, in turn, rejuvenate the elderly mind. Beckman Institute Director Arthur Kramer agrees the results are “very promising,” but he says some of the most important questions about the game’s value, including “can it keep me out of the nursing home longer?” can’t be answered from this study.
Explores how Beckman affiliate faculty member Gene Robinson proved his thesis that bees would be changed by their adoptive homes: He expected that killer bees would take on the European bees’ moderate ways and the European bees would assume the killer bees’ more violent temperament.
Imagine being able to take a blood test where you drop a small amount of blood on a CD ROM, insert it into your laptop and the computer provides you with instant results. That is just one of the applications Beckman faculty member Gabriel Popescu sees as the end game of the optics research he is conducting at the University of Illinois.