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Huang Symposium Celebrates Illustrious Career of
Longtime Faculty Member

The Huang Symposium on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016, at Beckman Institute honors Thomas S. Huang, a longtime Beckman faculty member.

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Beckman News

Sep 22Illinois, UCSF Receive $2.9 Million Grant to Study Environmental Influences on Child Health

U of I News Bureau – Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences and member of Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group, will continue – and broaden – her research into environmental factors that affect child brain development, thanks to a new $2.9 million award to Illinois and the University of California, San Francisco. This grant will fund the first two years of what is expected to be a seven-year effort.

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Sep 22Clancy Speaks on Sexual Harassment and Assault in Higher Education

Kathryn Clancy, associate professor of anthropology and faculty member in Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, spoke recently on the subject of sexual harassment and assault in higher education at a conference sponsored several prominent scientific societies. This week, Clancy joins a federal legislative effort, led by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of San Francisco, that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex. Clancy spoke to University of Illinois life sciences editor Diana Yates about how awareness of sexual assault and harassment on campus has changed in recent years.  

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Videos

Building Bridges: Interdisciplinary Science and the Beckman Institute

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The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois was one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes in the world. Learn how the institute broke through academic barriers to tackle scientific problems that were too big for traditional universities to handle. And watch the pivotal role that founding director Ted Brown played in its creation in the late 1980s. This video celebrates the creation of the Beckman-Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship and Annual Lecture Series in 2015.

Paralympic Hopeful Uses 3D Tech to Revolutionize Wheelchair Racing Gloves

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Wheelchair athlete Arielle Rausin worked with the Beckman Institute's Visualization Lab to create revolutionary 3D printed wheelchair racing gloves. Rausin, a former member of the U of I Wheelchair Racing Team, hopes to one day use her gloves in a marathon at the Paralympics. Read more about her story here... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/09/3d-scanner-wheelchair-racing-gloves

Arnold Beckman: Chemist, Inventor, Philanthropist (HD)

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A history of chemist, inventor, and philanthropist Arnold Beckman. Along with his many contributions to science and scientific instrumentation, Beckman was responsible for the founding of one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes in the world -- the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (This video was originally released in standard-definition in 2007 as "Biography of Arnold Beckman")

Aerial Video of Beckman Institute, Engineering Quad, and North Campus Area

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Aerial video of the Beckman Institute and the Engineering quad filmed from the northern border of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Buildings that can be seen include the Beckman Institute, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Coordinated Science Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. And see if you can spot Foellinger Auditorium and the Illini Union in the distance.

A Chemical Soup: Children's Brains and Environmental Contaminants

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Professor Susan Schantz and her colleagues at Illinois are studying infants and their mothers to determine whether prenatal exposure to phthalates and other common chemicals leads to changes in their brain or behavior. This research, along with parallel studies in older children and animals, is a primary focus of the Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois, which Schantz directs (http://ikids.beckman.illinois.edu). Schantz is also a collaborator on Project TENDR, a group of dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and children’s health advocates who are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. For more information, please visit http://projecttendr.com. Schantz is a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the Neurotech group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the U. of I.

MRI Installation Timelapse - Two Weeks in 4 minutes

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A factoid-filled timelapse of upgrading a Trio whole body MRI scanner to a new MAGNETON Prisma 3T system. The installation took place at the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute over the course of twelve days. Here it is in 4 minutes. For more information about the Biomedical Imaging Center, please visit... http://bic.beckman.illinois.edu

Training Brain Networks and States - Michael Posner - 2016 SmithGroup Lecture

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Psychology professor emeritus Michael I. Posner presents his work examining the mechanisms of change in white matter resulting from various forms of training. For more than 50 years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging, and genetic methods. He continues these studies as professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon and adjunct professor at Weill Medical College. This lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on April 15, 2016. For more information on the SmithGroup lecture series, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/smithgroup-lectures.

Arthur Kramer Retirement Reception - April 21, 2016

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Director Art Kramer's retirement celebration from the Beckman Institute and the University of Illinois. Featured speakers: Patty Jones (Asstistant Director for Research at the Beckman Institute), Barbara Wilson (Interim Chancellor), Peter Schiffer (Vice Chancellor for Research), Jerry Gallwas-(former board member of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation), Theodore "Ted" Brown (founding Director of the Beckman Institute), Jennifer Eardley (Vice President for Research, Carle Foundation Hospital) and Art Kramer. Kramer had been a professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1984 and the Director the Beckman Institute since 2010.

How Eye-Tracking Can Help Older Readers

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Elizabeth Stine-Morrow and her Adult Learning Lab investigate the differences between younger and older readers using eye-tracking technology. As we get older, our ability to keep things in our short-term memory as we read generally gets worse. Using eye-tracking lets researchers see exactly what parts of text give older readers problems and allows them to develop strategies that can help people continue to be effective readers later in life. Stine Morrow is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the Human Perception and Performance group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit... https://education.illinois.edu/tall/

Concussion: Using Cooling Helmets to Combat Brain Injuries in College Football

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Former football player Kevin Jackson uses brain cooling technology in the hopes of reducing the effects of traumatic brain injuries and sports-related concussions. Jackson was a running back for the University of Illinois from 1990-1994. In addition to suffering a number of injuries to his body during his playing days, Jackson also suffered a number of un-diagnosed concussions. Now a research scientist and injury spotter, Jackson uses his experience as a player to help him understand and combat brain trauma in sports. This video illustrates the chain of events that occur when a traumatic brain injury happens, explores how concussion symptoms very from person to person, highlights the need to protect oneself from repeated head traumas, and shows how using cooling technologies might aide in recovery from injury. To learn more about this research, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/1/kjackson-feature

Senator Durbin on Funding for Biomedical Research (Full Presentation)

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin speaks about the critical importance of federal biomedical research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Administrators and professors from the University of Illinois also present their views on the importance of research funding. This presentation was made at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on January 15, 2016. Presentation speakers included: Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer, University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen, Senator Richard Durbin, Professor of Biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid, Professor of Chemistry Paul Hergenrother, and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Princess Imoukhuede. A press release from the Senator's website about his American Cures Act can be found here... http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-announces-progress-towards-restoring-us-commitment-to-scientific-and-biomedical-research

Senator Durbin on Funding for Biomedical Research (His Remarks and Q&A Only)

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin speaks about the critical importance of federal biomedical research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Administrators and professors from the University of Illinois also presented their views on the importance of research funding (available in a separate video). This presentation was made at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on January 15, 2016. A press release from the Senator's website about his American Cures Act can be found here... http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-announces-progress-towards-restoring-us-commitment-to-scientific-and-biomedical-research

Building a Better Hand: A Low-Cost, High-Tech, 3D-Printed Prosthesis for the World

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Neuroscientist Aadeel Akhtar and his colleagues have created a more functional, and far less costly, bionic hand that may revolutionize prosthetics worldwide. Using myoelectric sensors, the fully-functional hand can be controlled by muscles in the wearer's residual limb. And, unlike other commercial prosthetics, the hand also provides sensory feedback to the wearer. Akhtar is a M.D./Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program at the University of Illinois. He is a part of Associate Professor Timothy Bretl's research group and a member of the Beckman Institute's Artificial Intelligence group. To learn more about this research, please visit here... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/09/prosthetic-hand-develops-sensory-feedback

Overview of the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory

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Through scientific discovery and targeted research, the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) drives the understanding of nutrition’s impact on brain cognition. The Center is the first interdisciplinary cognition and nutrition research center in the country. Made possible by an investment from Abbott, the Center hosts an annual research competition to support pioneering, multi-disciplinary research, enabling teams of investigators to apply new technologies and thinking from across a wide range of disciplines to take nutrition and cognition research to a new level. The research at the CNLM is led by faculty at the University of Illinois, in partnership with the leading scientists in cognition, brain function and supporting technologies from all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.cnlm.illinois.edu/

Teaching Bert: iCub Robot Learns About the World

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Bert, the iCub humanoid robot, is helping researchers better understand how humans create mental models of the world around them. Professor Steve Levinson and his colleagues in the Language Acquisition and Robotics Lab at the Beckman Institute are particularly interested in getting Bert to interact with humans using spoken, natural language. The research revolves around the idea of embodied cognition. Unlike other forms of artificial intelligence, the models that Bert uses to understand the world aren't given to him by outside programmers. Instead, the iCub creates its mental models itself by directly interacting with the researchers and the world around it using its physical body. The researchers hope that, since Bert has a physical body similar to a human's, the mental models that it creates will be more like a human's as well. Stephen Levinson is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and full-time faculty member in Beckman’s Artificial Intelligence Group. To learn more about the latest research being done with Bert, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/05/intelligence-in-robots

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  1. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  2. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  3. Bioacoustics Research Laboratory Mini-Seminar
  4. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  5. Environmental Toxicology Program Open House
  6. Environmental Toxicology Program Poster Session
  7. Huang Symposium
  8. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  9. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  10. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  11. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  12. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  13. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  14. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  15. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  16. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  17. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  18. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  19. Director's Seminar- Discovering "Genetic Codes" for Nanomaterials Morphologies and Employing the DNA-encoded nanomaterials for Sensing, Imaging and Targeted Drug Delivery
  20. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  21. TCB Workshop
  22. Rita Cowell Seminar
  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  24. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  25. TCB Workshop
  26. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  27. TCB Workshop
  28. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  29. TCB Workshop
  30. TCB Workshop
  31. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  32. McKinley Health Center Flu Vaccination Clinic at Beckman Institute
  33. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  34. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  35. McKinley Health Center Flu Vaccination Clinic at Beckman Institute
  36. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  37. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  38. Goldstick Lecture
  39. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  40. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  41. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  42. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  43. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  44. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  45. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  46. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  47. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  48. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  49. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  50. Director's Seminar- Computational Analysis and Design of Biomimetic Microvascular Composites
  51. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  52. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  53. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  54. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  55. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  56. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  57. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  58. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  59. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  60. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  1. Vegetarian or Meat Lasagna with Bosco Stick
  2. Italian Sausage on Baguette
  3. Minestrone
  4. Baked Potato Soup with Bacon
  5. Greek Salad
  1. Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Fiesta Rice and Black Beans
  2. Fajita Chicken Wrap
  3. Southwestern Kicked up Corn Chowder
  4. Beef Stew
  5. Kale salad**
  6. Greek Salad*
  1. General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice and Crab Rangoon
  2. Black Bean Burger on Kaiser
  3. Lobster Bisque
  4. Creamy Tomato Basil
  5. Mixed greens**
  1. Turkey Tetrazzini with Mixed Greens
  2. Veggie Burger on Kaiser
  3. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  4. Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque
  5. Greek salad*
  1. Shrimp Creole
  2. Cajun Chicken Wrap (Cold Bar)
  3. New England clam chowder
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup
  5. Greek salad*