Beckman full-time faculty member Joseph Lyding and Beckman graduate student Jae Won Do have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron. Beckman faculty member John Rogers was also involved with this research.
Stephen Boppart and William King are among 388 honorees recognized for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” Boppart, a full-time faculty member at Beckman, was recognized for “distinguished contributions to optical coherence tomography and its applications to biomedical imaging.” King, Beckman part-time faculty member, was elected for “seminal contributions to the engineering of nanometer-scale thermal and mechanical systems and their applications to fundamental understanding of the properties of materials.”
Willam King, from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, received the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering 10 to 20 years after graduation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers has been given a 2013 American Ingenuity Award by Smithsonian Magazine. Rogers is the 2013 honoree in the physical sciences, thanks to the invention of ultra-thin silicon electronics that dissolve in the body or the environment, ushering in a new era of biodegradable medical implants and environmentally friendly electronic devices.
As part of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette's coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Beckman faculty member Dan Simons discusses how our memories of events can be faulty.
Tamer Baser, former director of the Beckman Institute and professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Control Systems Award for his prolific and innovative career.
The Beckman Institute Fellows program is intended for recent Ph.D.s or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. A competition is held yearly and four to six fellows are selected for terms of up to three years. Applications are being accepted until midnight, Dec. 2.
According to Klaus Schulten, leader of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, the molecular dynamics and visualization programs NAMD and VMD, which serve over 300,000 registered users in many fields of biology and medicine, are pushing the limits of extreme scale computational biology. Schulten says these programs can operate on a wide variety of hardware and offer new inroads to medical discovery.
Brian Cunningham, Beckman faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, was recently elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America “for the invention, development, and commercialization of biosensors and detection instrumentation based upon nanostructured surfaces, and the development of biological applications.” Cunningham will receive the award at a 2014 OSA conference. He is a professor in both the Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments at Illinois, leads the Nano Sensors Group, and currently is interim director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Eva Telzer, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, has been appointed a Beckman affiliate in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
In an article detailing different ways scientists create self-healing polymers, Beckman faculty members Paul Braun and Nancy Sottos are cited regarding work on self-healing high-capacity batteries.
John Rogers, full-time Beckman faculty member, is profiled in an article that discusses his research involving integrated silicon circuits with the mechanical properties of skin.
Naira Hovakimyan, professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Human Perception and Performance (HPP) Group, within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) research theme.
John Rogers, Beckman faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, will be the featured speaker for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, Tues., Nov. 12, at 6 pm Central Time. A live stream of Rogers' talk may be heard here: http://www.livestream.com/c2st
Beckman affiliate faculty member Klara Nahrstedt will be inducted in the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Germany’s foremost academic society, in March 2014. Nahrstedt’s selection to Leopoldina’s membership is in recognition of her scientific achievements and impact on science. Nahrstedt has long been a leading researcher in multimedia systems, having made multiple seminal contributions in quality of service (QoS) management for distributed multimedia systems.
As part of the Medical Humanities Lecture Series, Ron Schleifer, professor of English and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, will visit the University of Illinois Nov. 14-15 for a lecture and workshop that will explore the relationship between the humanities and medicine. Both events are free and open to the public.
The detailed workings of biomolecules as they generate and respond to mechanical forces can be analyzed effectively with computer simulations and experimental techniques. “High-speed force spectroscopy will enhance experiment-simulation complementarity,” says Beckman faculty member Klaus Schulten.
Keith Cassidy (Biophysics), Nathan Shemonski (Bioimaging), and Eric Drollette (Human Perception and Performance) will present on November 13 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
U of I researchers, including Beckman affiliate Brian T. Cunningham, are using a smartphone camera and its processing power to perform sophisticated laboratory-equivalent tests for allergens, pathogens, and toxins in food or soil. “A lot of medical conditions might be monitored very inexpensively and non-invasively using mobile platforms like phones,” says Cunningham, a professor of bioengineering.
Though he has only been at Beckman for a few years, Aron Barbey, who leads the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory, has already made significant research contributions investigating the effects of human brain damage on high-level cognitive functions.