Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a Beckman affiliate, was asked to write a review on quantitative phase imaging (QPI) for Nature Photonics. "I believe that this represents a milestone for our field,” he said.
Joaquín Rodríguez-López, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is tackling one big obstacle to expanding affordable renewable energy on the U.S. electrical grid: storage. Rodríguez-López has designed a new type of material to store electric charge in these batteries, making them more efficient.
Gabriel Popescu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Matthew B. Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences—both members of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group—collaborated to develop GLIM, a new method that solves the challenge of imaging thick, multicellular samples. Their research earned the University of Illinois the 2018 Innovation Award by Microscopy Today, the official magazine of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).
Each week, The News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech leader. This week features Yi Lu, a professor of chemistry and a member of Beckman's Selective Theranostic Agents and Systems for Multiscale Photoacoustic Imaging Group. Lu's team has found a way to help clean up contaminants that are destroying our environment, as published in the journal Science.
Steve Drake, a video producer at the Beckman Institute, was awarded a Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Informational-Instructional: Feature Segment. The video, called "Nemo's Dad: Clownfish Fathering", features psychology professor Justin Rhodes. This is Drake's fourth Emmy win.
The Beckman Institute will host the next Graduate Student Seminar at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Room 1005. Three Ph.D. students will discuss their research: Renato Ferreira Leitão Azevedo, educational psychology; Eddie Jira, chemical engineering; and Sameer Manchanda, computer science. Lunch will be provided.
Beckman affiliate Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and colleagues led an international team that developed hydrogen peroxide-bubbling microparticles that may help eradicate dangerous biofilms. In the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, a team led by Illinois researchers describes how they used diatoms—the tiny skeletons of algae—loaded with an oxygen-generating chemical to destroy microbes.
Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering, the technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute, and a faculty member of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will speak at the next Beckman Institute Director's Seminar at noon, Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 1005 Beckman. Sutton will discuss “How Stiff is Your Brain? Measuring Mechanical Properties with MRI.” Lunch is provided.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its decision to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne National Laboratory and focused on advancing battery science and technology. Established in late 2012, JCESR is a partnership made up of national laboratories, universities, and an industrial firm. Beckman faculty involved in the project include Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group; Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group; Randy Ewoldt, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of AMS; Charles Sing, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the Computational Molecular Science (CMS) Group; Charles Schroeder, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the CMS Group; and Yang Zhang, an associate professor and member of CMS.
Zaida “Zan” Luthey-Schulten, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the Biophysical Society.
Joey Ramp, a molecular and cellular biology major, looks to improve access and guidelines for service animals on university campuses, specifically in the laboratory. Ramp and her service dog Sampson work in the lab of Justin Rhodes, a professor of psychology and member of Beckman's Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Group.
Beckman’s Yi Lu, a professor of chemistry, is among the researchers that have cleared one hurdle toward environmental cleanup of certain contaminants with a newly designed synthetic enzyme. The enzyme reduces the compound sulfite to sulfide—a notoriously complex multistep chemical reaction that has eluded chemists for years.
Using a suite of techniques both common and new to geology and biology, Illinois researchers—including Beckman microbiologist Bruce Fouke—made new discoveries about how kidney stones repeatedly grow and dissolve as they form inside the kidney.
Two of the five Illinois professors named University Scholars on the Urbana campus are affiliated with the Beckman Institute. Alison M. Bell, an associate professor of animal biology, is a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group. Lynford L. Goddard, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. The honor recognizes their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
A five-year, $10.5 million Center of Excellence in Genome Science award, supported jointly by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health, will fund the creation of the Center for Sub-Cellular Genomics (CSG). The CSG’s mission is to develop new technologies to enable the dissection of complex chemical interactions within a single cell. Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry and member of the Beckman Institute’s Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, is co-investigator on the award.
As medicine becomes more precise in delivering treatment targeted to specific areas of the body, the drug used is just one critical part of the treatment. How can chemotherapy drugs directly impact a tumor in order to destroy it without damaging other areas of the body? Scientists and physicians have to consider the material that carries the drug to its target and the effects of that material on our physiology.
The lab of Dipanjan Pan, a professor of bioengineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman, and the Zhang Lab published a joint paper in Nanoscale. Their research uses luminescent, multi-color carbon dots to visualize cellular components.
The National Institutes of Health’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative has awarded $13 million to an Illinois project led by Susan Schantz, a professor of comparative biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and member of Beckman’s Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group.
Matthew Moore, Florin Dolcos, and Sanda Dolcos, members of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimesnions of Well-Being Group, and Steven Culpepper, a member of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, conducted a study published in Personality Neuroscience. The team examined associations among the prefrontal cortical regions of the brain, personality traits related to resilience, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.