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Moore Named Interim Director

Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering, has been named interim director of the Beckman Institute, effective April 16.

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Apr 27Lee to Speak on Broadening Participation in Science

Danielle N. Lee, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, TED fellow, and world-renowned scientist communicator, presents "Doing the Work of Broadening Participation in Science," 3 pm Friday, April 29, in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. In the public lecture, part of the 21st Century Scientist workshop, Lee discusses her own personal and academic trajectory that landed her in the world of pouched rats, and what it taught her about doing the work of bringing more underrepresented minorities into STEM. She will share her perspective and answer questions about how to actively, not passively, create an anti-discrimination, inclusive environment for scientists to recruit and retain scientists of color.

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Apr 26How a Good Handshake Will Help You at Work

Bloomberg News – Bloomberg News reports on research by Florin Dolcos, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience and member of Beckman's Cognitive Neuroscience Group, on how simply adding a handshake to a social interaction made people more likely to view others more positively.

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Videos

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

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

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  1. UNS Spring Research Symposium
  2. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  3. Doing the Work of Broadening Participation in Science
  4. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
  5. Neuroscience II Core Seminar-Rhodes
  6. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
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  16. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  17. Director's Seminar-Image-Guided Therapeutics: From In Silco to In Vivo
  18. Eddie McAuley Symposium
  19. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  20. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
  21. Neuroscience II Core Seminar-Rhodes
  22. UIUC Prosody Workshop
  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  24. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
  25. Neuroscience II Core Seminar-Rhodes
  26. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  27. Benefit Choice Outreach
  28. Rhodes-NSP Seminars
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  30. Schantz Undergrad Seminar
  31. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  40. Thesis Defense: Jia-Bin Huang
  41. TCB Seminar
  1. Pork burnt ends with baked beans** and potato salad*
  2. All natural grass fed beef burger on kaiser roll
  3. Black bean veggie burger on kaiser roll*
  4. New England clam chowder
  5. Veggie lentil soup**
  6. Greek salad*
  1. Citrus salmon with rice* and mixed greens**
  2. Pork bbq on kaiser roll
  3. Veggie burger on kaiser roll*
  4. Chicken long grain wild rice soup
  5. Vegetable soup**
  6. Greek salad*
  7. Mixed greens**
  1. Chipotle chicken salad
  2. Smoked pork on kaiser roll
  3. Mozzarella and roasted tomato on flat bread* (served warm)
  4. Chicken noodle soup
  5. Roasted red pepper gouda bisque*
  6. Greek salad*
  1. Tortilla crusted tilapia with rice* and kale salad**
  2. Avocado chicken salad on baguette
  3. Hummus with pita**
  4. Ham and bean soup
  5. Potato leek soup*
  6. Greek salad*
  7. Kale salad**
  1. Pork rib tips with baked beans** and super slaw*
  2. Italian beef on baguette
  3. Black bean veggie burger on kaiser roll*
  4. Chicken tortilla soup
  5. Cream of mushroom soup*
  6. Greek salad*
  1. Jambalaya with red beans and rice
  2. Smoked chicken on kaiser roll
  3. Roasted red pepper hummus with pita**
  4. New England clam chowder
  5. Veggie lentil soup**
  6. Greek salad*