The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 selections for the Graduate Fellows program. Six outstanding graduate students from the University of Illinois were selected and will begin their fellowships during the Fall 2014 semester.
Researchers at Illinois are using a printing process to assemble tiny cells into multilayer stacks for extraordinary levels of photovoltaic conversion efficiency. “A few simple ideas in materials science and device assembly allow us to bypass many of the limitations of traditional photovoltaic technologies,” says Beckman faculty member John Rogers, whose research group is developing these concepts.
In advance of Frontiers in Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics 2014, Professor Klaus Schulten, director of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at Beckman discusses his research interests, the state of the field, the Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium (MPSDC), and the keynote lecture that he will be giving at the conference.
Eva Telzer, of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and her colleagues found that adolescents who get pleasure from pro-social activities are less likely to become depressed.
Taking a brisk walk or doing exercise for about 20 minutes before taking a test can increase a person’s memory and brain power, according to research by Charles Hillman, a Beckman affiliate.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute are using a novel technique to test brain waves to see how the brain processes external stimuli that do and don’t reach our awareness.
John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. He will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
The Wall Street Journal reports on unusually flexible ultrathin electronics that are being developed at the University of Illinois by John Rogers of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group.
Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group, cites an Illinois study in her new book, Thrive. “A study led by U. of I. researchers shows that walking three times a week for 40 minutes at one’s natural pace helps combat the effects of aging and increases brain connectivity and cognitive performance,” Huffington says of the research led by U. of I. psychology professor Art Kramer, the director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
There could be a cognitive explanation for why some people gesture more than others, according to a study involving Beckman faculty members Kara Federmeier and Duane Watson and Beckman graduate student Ariel James.
The eight 2013 Beckman Graduate Fellows will present their research at a poster session from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the Beckman atrium. The public is welcome to attend. Reception to follow.
Steve LaValle, affiliate faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group, has been working at Oculus VR, the company who created the virtual reality goggles called the Rift. Facebook recently purchased the Rift for $2 billion.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Beckman Institute student awards. The awards will be presented during a ceremony from 3–5 pm Saturday, April 26, in the Beckman Institute atrium.
Xiuling Li, affiliate faculty member in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials, was recently elected to serve on the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors for 2014-16.
Brian Cunningham, affiliate faculty member in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials, was recently named a Fellow of the Optical Society, "for the invention, development, and commercialization of biosensors and detection instrumentation based upon nanostructured surfaces and for the development of biological applications."
Beckman Institute researchers have determined a simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories.
Kirk Erickson, a senior fellow, was at the Beckman Institute for a few months to develop collaborations with colleagues investigating links between fitness 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.
The last Director's Seminar of the semester will feature Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Joe Toscano and Jongsik Kim. They will present on Thursday, April 24 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Several Beckman undergraduate researchers are featured in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), the signature event Undergraduate Research Week, April 13-18.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a 3D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials such as fiberglass to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.
Stephen Boppart, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been awarded Proof of Concept funding from the University of Illinois Office of Technology Management. The funding will help prove market viability for Boppart's Quantitative Pneumatic Otoscope project, which provides a standard surface view of the eardrum, and also sees through the eardrum to visualize middle ear contents using optical coherence tomography (OCT).
A project by a team of experts, including Beckman full-time faculty member John Rogers, could lead to the development of invisibility cloaks and other break-through technology that once seemed only to be cool ideas thought up by fiction writers.
Researchers including materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, part-time faculty in the Bioimaging Science and Tchnology Group, have improved the process of converting stem cells into motor neurons.
Joseph Holtrop (Bioimaging), Brendon Smith (Bioacoustics), and Brennan Payne (Human Perception and Performance) will present on April 16 at noon in Beckman room 1005 as part of the Graduate Student Seminars. Lunch will be served.
Brian Cunningham, Beckman affiliate in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has developed a method to produce biomedical tubing that uses surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to monitor the contents and concentrations of drugs within a patient’s IV line. This technique could help prevent incorrect dosages of IV drugs.
Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute and professor in the Human Perception and Performance Group, says that learning a new language or skill keeps your memory sharp. Intellectual challenges that are new to you are more likely to help you "better analyze and overcome challenges," Kramer said.
Beckman affiliate Taher Saif, professor of mechanical science and engineering, and Wylie Ahmed, former doctoral student in mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, now at Laboratoire Physical-Chimie Curie in France, have demonstrated that stretching nerve cells increases the movement of neurotransmitters. The study, published in Scientific Reports, suggests that tension in neurons could play a critical role in their function and be important for proper development and maintenance of the nervous system.
The Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute is celebrating 15 years of Bugscope, its outreach program that lets K–12 classrooms around the world remotely operate a high-resolution scanning electron microscope to get up-close-and-personal with bugs.
Charissa Lansing, part-time faculty member in Human Perception and Performance, and associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, was recently named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The fellowship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
John Rogers, Beckman full-time faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, and researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. Kyle Mathewson, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, was one of the paper's authors.
A U of I study featuring the work of Beckman affiliate Charles Hillman finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.
Susan Schantz, Beckman full-time faculty member in the Neurotech Group, and Comparative Biosciences faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is examining the effects of prenatal exposure to phthalates (often called plasticizers) and BPA (Bisphenol A).
Emma Mercier, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been appointed an affiliate faculty member in the Human Perception and Performance Group in the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been appointed a Beckman affiliate in the Artificial Intelligence Group within the Human-Computer Intelligent Information research theme.
Stephen Levinson, full-time faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group, will present a keynote at the IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing in June. His talk,"The Roles of Reductionism, Emergence and Functional Equivalence in Semantic Computing," explains how his research uses robotics, speech, and vision to produce intelligent behavior.