The fifth Biophontonics Summer School is now accepting applications. It is scheduled for May 19-30, 2014 at the Beckman Institute.
Harnessing the power of his collaborative team at the Beckman Institute, full-time faculty member Steve Boppart develops medical instruments that will change the way both primary care doctors and cancer surgeons treat their patients, which earned him the 2014 Innovation Transfer Award.
The next Science Café will feature Dan Simons, U of I psychology professor and Beckman faculty member, at 5:30 p.m. on March 5 in Robeson Pavilion Room C at the Champaign Public Library.
Aron Barbey, full-time faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group and neuroscience professor, led a study that found a gene variant associated with improved recovery from traumatic brain injury.
Gabriel Popescu, Beckman full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been promoted to a Fellow of SPIE.
David Yager, the dean of the arts at University of California, Santa Cruz, will present “The Case for an Unusual Collaboration: Artist-Designer, Physicians, and Nurses” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana) as part of the Medical Humanities Lecture Series.
“Digital Manufacturing Commons” will reduce costs for manufacturing, transform the way work is done, and spur economic growth.
Daniel Hyde, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has joined the Beckman Institute as an affiliate faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.
The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs provide funding for high-risk, high-reward technology development for small businesses. The Illinois Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a workshop series, on March 7 and 14 at the Beckman Institute. Conducted by Cogent Innovations, a consulting firm with vast knowledge of the SBIR/STTR programs, the workshops are aimed to help high-tech start-ups gain a competitive advantage in securing these non-dilutive funds.
Researchers at Illinois and Washington University in St. Louis, co-led by Beckman faculty member John Rogers, have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks. Unlike existing pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that are one-size-fits-all, the new device is a thin, elastic membrane designed to stretch over the heart like a custom-made glove.
One of Beckman affiliate Lav Varshney's recent research projects was to test if a human trait—creativity—can be encoded on a computer. The result: unique and interesting flavor combinations.
Even the best silicon solar cells—by far the most common sort—convert only a quarter of the light that falls on them. Silicon has the merit of being cheap: Manufacturing improvements have brought its price to a point where it is snapping at the heels of fossil fuels. But many scientists would like to replace it with something fundamentally better. John Rogers, member of the 3D Mircro- and Nanosystems Group, is one. The cells he has devised are indeed better. By themselves, he told this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, they convert 42.5 percent of sunlight. Suitably tweaked, he says, their efficiency could rise to 50 percent. Their secret is that they are actually not one cell, but four, stacked one on top of another.
University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students out on the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will bring his knowledge, stunning photos, videos, and enthusiasm for weather to a free event sponsored by Illinois Public Media. The event, Becoming Weather Aware: Severe Storm Preparedness with Meteorologist Dr. Jeffrey Frame, will cover thunderstorm basics, lightning, flash floods, high winds, hail, tornadoes and severe weather safety. It is at 7 p.m. on Wed., March 5 in the Beckman Institute Auditorium.
A team of researchers at the U of I, led by Beckman full-time faculty member Gabriel Popescu, have harnessed the power of quantitative imaging to examine the effects of drugs on single breast cancer cells, providing a more advanced understanding of how cancer reacts to medical interventions.
While the biggest trend in electronics right now seems to be making computer chips ever smaller, Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers says his research group has a very different goal: to change the properties of the chips themselves, making them stretchy and soluble rather than rigid and long-lasting. This isn’t a theoretical problem. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago on Monday, Rogers showed videos of an actual temporary tattoo made in his lab that has circuitry embedded in it. The circuitry can flex and twist just like the tattoo can, and peels off just as easily.
How do we stay healthy and mobile into our senior years? How do we stave off dementia? Exercise regularly. Stay mentally active. Nurture rich social connections. Find things you enjoy doing and people you enjoy doing them with, scientists said at the annual Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. “We don’t know how to be old because old age is relatively young. It’s something new to us,” Beckman full-time faculty member Elizabeth Stine-Morrow told a crowd, many of them middle-aged scientists, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago for a program Sunday on “The Science of Resilient Aging.”
Ryan Dilger, assistant professor of nutrition and part-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, will present on Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Zaida Luthey-Schulten, part-time Beckman faculty member in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, and Taekjip Ha, Beckman affiliate faculty member, led a study of how the ribosome assembles itself.
Studies by Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, co-chair of the Beckman Institute Human-Computer Intelligent Information research theme and member of the Artificial Intelligence Group, resulted in creation of a software that can wade through hours of audio to detect noises that shouldn't be in the recordings. Camille Goudeseune, a computer systems analyst at the Beckman Institute’s Illinois Simulator Laboratory, created the software, named the timeliner.
Malcolm MacIver, former Beckman graduate student researcher in Mark Nelson's Electronsensory Signal Processing Lab, recently presented results of his lab’s prototype electric fish-inspired robot, and explained the electrosensory system behind it all. MacIver is currently a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.
The 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting, highlighting scientific research on a global scale, will be held Feb. 13-17 in Chicago, featuring Beckman faculty members John Rogers, Stephen Boppart, William King, Kate Clancy, Rashid Bashir, Taher Saif, and Liz Stine-Morrow. Follow the Beckman Institute Twitter (@BeckmanInst) for live updates at the meeting.
The Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) at the Beckman Institute recently acquired a second 3 Tesla Trio whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which will increase its capacity for bioimaging research and development.
Kirk Erickson, Beckman senior fellow and associate professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present "Exercise, Obesity, and Brain Function Throughout the Lifespan" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in 180 Bevier Hall. Erickson examines the effects of exercise and obesity on brain health, and the factors moderating and mediating effects of exercise on the brain.
As President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative looks at ways to better understand how the human mind works, researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are leading innovation in the science of brain training by examining new ways to improve reasoning and problem solving.
Startups like mc10 and Scanadu seek to enable personal monitoring of physiologic parameters such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and blood oxygenation. Tracking this information provides a richer set of data for clinicians and scientists, and individuals are empowered to understand their own data, potentially leading to greater engagement with their health issues. For instance, mc10, building on research by John Rogers, a member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, is prototyping ultrathin, flexible, skin-adherent devices akin to smart Band-Aids. One potential application is continuously monitoring blood sugar – without needles.
Aleksei Aksimentiev of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, Larry Di Girolamo of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Klaus Schulten of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group have been awarded Blue Waters professorships. This honor comes with substantial computing and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
Due to inclement weather, the Chambana Science Café has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, and will feature Nathan Medeiros-Ward, a Beckman postdoctoral fellow.
Matthew Gelber (Bioimaging), Michael Odarczenko (Autonomous Materials Systems), and Anuj Girdhar (Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials) will present on February 12 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Jianjun Cheng, Beckman part-time faculty member in Bioimaging Science and Technology, and colleagues have developed new dynamic materials that could lead to self-healing plastics and removable paint.
Kate Clancy, affiliate faculty in the Cognitive Science Group, discussed her experiences of the plight of women in science and academia on an edition of Focus on WILL of Illinois Public Media titled "Women on the Internet: Welcome but not Welcome?"
The spring 2014 Director's Seminars will begin on Thursday, Feb. 6 featuring Tim Bretl, aerospace engineering professor and faculty member of the Artificial Intelligence Group. The presentation will start at noon in Beckman room 1005, and lunch will be provided.
The first Chambana Science Cafe of the spring semester will feature Nathan Medeiros-Ward, a Beckman postdoctoral fellow, on Feb. 5.