In 2014, a team led by Klaus Schulten, from Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, used the Titan supercomputer, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to construct and simulate a single chromatophore. The soccer ball-shaped chromatophore contained more than 100 million atoms—a significantly larger biomolecular system than any previously modeled.
The Inaugural Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science at noon Monday, September 19, features Dr. Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at California Institute of Technology. Arnold will discuss "New Enzymes by Evolution: Expanding the Scope of Biocatalysis." The lecture is held in the Beckman Institute Auditorium and will be followed by a reception.
Six of the University of Illinois wheelchair athletes competing in the Paralympics will be wearing racing gloves designed by U of I student Arielle Rausin, with help from the Visualization Lab at Beckman.
Beckman researchers Ed Roy, Catarina Rendeiro, William Helferich, and Justin Rhodes studied the long-lasting effects of “chemobrain.”
Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences and member of Beckman's NeuroTech Group, leads studies on the impact of chemicals in consumer products.
The Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology has recently found a new way to identify microscopic damage in polymers and composite materials before total failure occurs.
In the Wall Street Journal, Eva Telzer, assistant profesor of psychology and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, says that teens with friends that they can count on helps prevent them engaging in risky behavior.
Skin patch electronics developed by Beckman researcher John Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering, are powered by a smartphone and can monitor the health of the wearer.
Combining molecular dynamic simulations software, which studies the physical movements of atoms and molecules, and x-ray crystallography, a tool used for identifying the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Abhishek Singharoy has developed a new methodology, xMDFF, that can interpret low-resolution and poorly resolved structures from x-ray crystallography experiments.
Zhangyang Wang, from the Image Formation and Processing Group, and Peiyun Zhou, from the Cognitive Science Group, were both awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowships by the Graduate College. Both Wang and Zhou work as graduate research assistants at Beckman. Dissertation Completion Fellowships help students complete the doctoral degree by providing one year of financial support and allowing these fellows to devote themselves to the completion of the dissertation. Wang is a doctoral candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Zhou is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology.
Batteries that charge faster and have greater capacity could boost portable electronic devices and electric cars. A new method to simultaneously test stress and strain in battery electrodes gives researchers a window into the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries. The method revealed an unexpected point of stress in the charging cycle, which could guide development of better batteries. Members of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, Nancy Sottos, professor of materials science and engineering, and Elizabeth Jones, graduate student, were involved in the research that was published in the journal Nature Materials.