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Jackson Looks at Athletic Injuries

Former Illini football player Kevin Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute, investigates head trauma in athletes.

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Feb 01First 2016 Grad Student Seminar on Feb. 10

George Nikolaidis, from the Human Perception and Performance Group, Hanna Erickson from Bioimaging Science and Technology, and Yu Hao Liu, from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, are presenters at first Graduate Student Seminar noon February 10 in Room 1005. Lunch is provided.

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Jan 25Jackson Looks at Athletic Injuries

Former Illini football player Kevin Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute, concerns himself with athletes and athletic injuries. His current project is to figure out a way to more effectively treat head and neck injuries that happen during athletic activity and to help rethink the picture of the athlete-as-human in general.

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Jan 25Sahakyan Named Beckman Affiliate

Lili Sahakyan, associate professor of psychology, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Biological Intelligence research theme.

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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 Fighting Illini from 1990-1994. He is currently a research scientist in the Thermal Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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

New Super-Fast MRI Technique: Singing 'If I Only Had a Brain'

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Researchers use a new technique that is 10-times faster than standard MRI scanners to illustrate how the hundreds of muscles in our neck, jaw, tongue, and lips work together to produce sound. Assistant professor in Speech and Hearing Science, and Beckman Institute faculty member, Aaron Johnson demonstrates the real-time imaging capabilities in song. The basis for the technique was developed by electrical and computer engineering professor Zhi-Pei Liang's group at the Beckman Institute. Brad Sutton, associate professor in Bioengineering, and his team further developed and implemented the technique to make high-speed speech imaging possible. The technique captures MRI images at a far faster rate than any other MRI technique in the world. This dynamic imaging is especially useful in studying how rapidly the tongue is moving, along with other muscles in the head and neck during speech and singing. “Typically, MRI imaging is able to acquire maybe 10 frames per second or so. But we are able to scan 100 frames per second, without sacrificing the quality of the images,” said Brad Sutton, technical director of Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center. To read more, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/04/new-super-fast-mri-technique

21st Century Scientist Career Panel

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A career panel discussion with experts representing diverse and interesting paths to traditional and non-traditional science careers. From working at the National Institutes of Health, to NASA, to science industry journals, the panelists have had, and continue to have, valuable careers. Listen to the the planned and unplanned twists and turns that led these four scientists to the positions they hold today! 21st CENTURY SCIENTIST CAREER PANEL: George Chacko, Director of Research Information Analytics, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois... Miriam Goldstein, Marine Biologist, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)... Christine Herman, Freelance Science Journalist... Patricia Jones, Former NASA administrator, Associate Director for Research, Beckman Institute... Kate Clancy (Moderator), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Illinois, Chair, 21st Century Scientists Working Group. The 21st Century Scientist Workshop was comprised of three workshops and a panel of experts to help attendees think about the craft of communication, crafting a community, changing the world, and how to leverage scientific education and training into a wonderful career. The workshop was held on April 17, 2015, at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. For more information, please visit... http://21centurysci.com/

Twin Sister Scientists: Advice for Girls & Women in Science & Engineering

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Twin sisters Patty Jones and Cathy Murphy recall their early experiences making it in the worlds of chemistry and engineering and offer advice to young girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Cathy Murphy is a professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois and a member of the Beckman Institute's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group. Patty Jones is a former associate professor of Industrial Engineering at Illinois and the former Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA. She is currently the Associate Director for Research at the Beckman Institute.

Visit the 2015 Beckman Institute Open House

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Visit the 2015 Beckman Institute Open House on March 13-14! Follow us on Twitter: #BIOH15 WHEN: Friday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Beckman Institute Open House is a biennial event, held in conjunction with the University of Illinois College of Engineering Open House. Our open house exhibits highlight the work taking place at one of the nation’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research. Schools, clubs, and other large groups are welcome. WHERE: Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois. The Beckman Institute is located on the University of Illinois campus at the intersection of Mathews and University Avenue. Metered parking is available in the parking deck across from the Institute on Mathews and Goodwin. www.beckman.illinois.edu

Beckman Institute 25th Anniversary Opening Remarks

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Former directors and University of Illinois officials give their personal recollections of the Beckman Institute's founding and twenty-five years of interdisciplinary research. Speakers include: Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer Chancellor Phyllis Wise Provost Ilesanmi Adesida Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer President Emeritus Stan Ikenberry Chancellor Emeritus Mort Weir Founding Director Theodore Brown Former Director Jiri Jonas Former Director Pierre Wiltzius Former Interim Director Tamer Basar These opening remarks were presented at the 25th Anniversary Symposium at the Beckman Institute on October 10, 2014.

Beckman Institute 25th Anniversary Slide Show

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Over the past 25 years, researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois have made advances in neuroscience, materials science, physics, bioengineering, robotics, cognitive science, and many other areas of science and engineering. This slide show presents a few of the historic milestones of the Beckman Institute and some of its recent innovators; which are all highlighted in the new book, "The Beckman Institute at Illinois: A Quarter Century of Building Bridges."

How To Use a Toy Drone to Make Amazing Aerial Photos (4 min)

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Camille Goudeseune shows how he turns low quality videos taken by a $50 toy quadcopter drone into amazing high-resolution panoramic photographs. Goudeseune is a Computer Systems Analyst at the Beckman Institute's Illinois Simulator Lab at the University of Illinois and an avid radio-controlled aircraft enthusiast. The quadcopter used to create the HD panorama photos in this video is the WLToys V959. To read more about this project, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2014/06/capturing-panoramic-photos-with-a-helicopter

Drone Photography: See What This Toy Quadcopter Can Do

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Camille Goudeseune shows off how he turns low quality videos taken by a cheap toy helicopter into amazing high-resolution panoramic photographs. Goudeseune turns the video collected by a $45 quadcopter into hundreds of still images that he digitally cleans and stitches together to form a single, stunning aerial panorama. Some of the locations he has captured include botanic gardens, historic downtown Urbana, various cityscapes, and the Beckman Institute quad with the new ECE building construction site. He also uses his flying drones to help researchers quickly identify problem areas in agricultural fields and even hopes to assist cowboys in quickly assessing the health of their cattle. Goudeseune is a Computer Systems Analyst at the Beckman Institute's Illinois Simulator Lab at the University of Illinois and an avid radio-controlled aircraft enthusiast. To read more about this project, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2014/06/capturing-panoramic-photos-with-a-helicopter

Regenerating Plastic: A Closer Look (At This Wolverine-Like Polymer!)

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A plastic that can regenerate like the X-man Wolverine? Professor Scott White gives more details about how his group creates a regenerating plastic that can heal damage as large as a bullet hole. White is a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. To read more about this research, please visit... http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0508plastic_ScottWhite_JeffryMoore_NancySottos.html To watch the original video about this research, please visit... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5v-Hs6800

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  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
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  3. Undergraduate Engagement Reception
  4. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
  5. BRL Seminar and Journal Club/ Increasing the Fluorescence Intensity of Nanoparticle-Microbubble Conjugates
  6. Carle IHSI Health Innovations Talk
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  10. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  15. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
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  17. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  18. Thursdays at 12:20
  19. iOptics Seminar
  20. Aging Initiative Launch: CLEAR
  21. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
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  25. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  26. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
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  28. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  29. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  33. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  34. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
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  38. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  42. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  43. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
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  46. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  47. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  51. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  52. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
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  54. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  55. Thursdays at 12:20
  56. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  60. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
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  64. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
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  70. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  71. Undergraduate Engagement Reception
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  73. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
  74. Neuroscience Program Seminar-NEUR520
  75. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  76. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  77. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
  78. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  79. Director's Seminar-Using Brain Stimulation and Exercise to Change Cognition Data-Guided Computer Simulations Reveal the Bacterial Photosynthetic Engine in Full Chemical Detail