This candid video captures the clownfish lifecycle—from mating to birth to adolescence—and was shot in Justin Rhodes' lab at the Beckman Institute.
A new report, “Sparking Economic Growth 2.0: Companies Created from Federally Funded Research, Fueling American Innovation and Economic Growth,” by The Science Coalition, highlights two spin-off companies founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The companies, Xerion Advanced Battery Corp and Autonomic Materials, Inc., are spin-offs based on research by Beckman faculty members.
Rapidly sequencing the human genome in a cost-effective manner will revolutionize modern medicine. A group of researchers at Beckman have formulated a unique paradigm for sensing DNA molecules by threading them through an electrically active solid-state nanopore device containing a constricted graphene layer.
Andrew Bower (Bioimaging), Windy Santa Cruz (Autonomous Materials Systems), and John Walker (Cognitive Neuroscience) will present on Oct. 30 at noon in Beckman Room 1005. Lunch will be served.
Sayee Anakk, assistant professor in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois, has joined the Bioimaging Science and Technology Research Group within the Integrative Imaging Research Theme as an affiliate faculty member.
Jonathan Sweedler, part-time faculty member at Beckman, Lycan Professor of Chemistry at Illinois, and director of the School of Chemical Sciences, has won the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry. The award recognizes "outstanding contributions to the science of analytical chemistry, pure or applied, carried out in the United States or Canada," and recognizes Sweedler's pioneering development of methods to detect extraordinarily small quantities of neurotransmitters.
Scott Robinson, manager of the Beckman Microscopy Suite, is quoted in an article in the Oct. 17, 2013, issue of Nature, which discusses the importance of research projects' scientific and social impacts to grant reviewers. The Microscopy Suite houses Bugscope, a program that has been using scanning electron microscopy to interest kids in science since 1999.
Florin Dolcos will present at the next Director’s Seminar, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, at noon in Beckman Institute Room 1005. Dolcos is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group and a psychology professor. Lunch will be served.
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, and North Carolina State University, including Beckman faculty member Paul Braun, have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can then be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity—a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Kyle Mathewson and his colleagues discovered that they could predict how quickly a person would learn a new video game by looking at the electroencephalogram of the person’s brain at the start of play.
Beckman researchers are featured presenters at the University of Illinois' "Share the Vision" technology and start-up showcase, Oct. 10-11 at the iHotel in Champaign. Klaus Schulten, John Rogers, and Jeff Moore are a few of the Beckman affiliates who are presenting their breakthrough research in human health, bioinformatics, global challenges, advanced materials, and information technology. More information here.
Congratulations to Beckman Video Producer Steve Drake on his Mid-America Emmy win for "Why Men are Better Navigators than Women," which features the research of Beckman full-time faculty member Justin Rhodes.
Kevin Wise, associate professor in the Department of Advertising, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) Research Theme.
For many devices, such as stretchable wrist- or headbands, batteries that can be folded and stretched are also necessary. In response to this need, John Rogers, a faculty member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and a colleague at Northwestern University, created a stretchable battery that is fully capable of operating when stretched to three times its normal size.
Scientists at MIT and the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a new type of microscopy that can image cells through a silicon wafer, allowing them to precisely measure the size and mechanical behavior of cells behind the wafer. “This is an exciting new direction that is likely to open up enormous opportunities for quantitative phase imaging,” says Gabriel Popescu, Beckman full-time faculty member, who was not part of the research team.
A multi-institutional team of engineers, including Beckman faculty member John Rogers, has developed a new approach to the fabrication of nanostructures for the semiconductor and magnetic storage industries. This approach combines top-down advanced ink-jet printing technology with a bottom-up approach that involves self-assembling block copolymers, a type of material that can spontaneously form ultrafine structures.
Emad Tajkhorshid will present at the next Director’s Seminar, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, at noon in Beckman Institute Room 1005. Tajkhorshid is a member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and a biochemistry professor. Lunch will be served.