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Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award Recognizes Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received the Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award.

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Beckman News

Apr 20SmithGroup JJR Lecture is April 21

SmithGroup JJR Lecture is April 21

L. Mahadevan, Harvard University's Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, who also is a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and a professor of physics, will present the Beckman Institute's 2017 SmithGroup JJR lecture on "Shape: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Engineering." The lecture is at noon, Friday, April 21 in the Beckman Institute Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

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Apr 21Mindbot: A Virtual Therapist to Help People With Mental Illness

IEEE News – IEEE reports that Wai-Tat Fu, an associate professor of computer science and a member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, and his graduate student Ping-Jing Yang have collaborated to develop Mindbot, a virtual therapist. Still a prototype, it relies on natural language processing and machine learning to interact with patients the way therapists do.

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Apr 212017 Beckman Graduate Fellows Announced

Seven graduate students have been awarded 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.-level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the Institute. The honorees: Andrew Bower, electrical and computer engineering; Zhikun Cai, nuclear engineer; Hassaan Majeed, bioengineering; Shachi Mittal, bioengineering; Timothy Moneypenny, materials chemistry; Matthew Moore, psychology; and Nitya Sai Reddy Satyavolu, chemistry.

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Apr 21Through PhantomCor, Doctors Will be Able to Create a 3D Model of Your Heart

Engineering at Illinois – An article about competitors in the 2017 Cozad New Venture competition, cited a connection to research at the Beckman Institute. The article explains how the technology, championed by bioengineering professors Wawrzyniec Dobrucki and Brad Sutton—both members of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group—is being further developed by student startup, PhantomCor, a finalist in the Cozad New Venture Challenge.

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Apr 20Biggan and Lee to Present Beckman Director’s Seminar on April 27

Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows John Biggan and Semin Lee will present the final spring Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar on April 27. Biggan will discuss “Prenatal Physical Activity Effects on Childhood Cognition,” and Lee will talk about “Hoops and Cages by Connecting Carbons.” The talk begins at noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. The lecture is open to the public and lunch is provided.

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Videos

Vision and Spirit Award Presented at Arnold Beckman 117th Birthday Celebration

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Rohit Bhargava, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, receives the Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award. Interim Director Jeff Moore presented the award at the Beckman Institute on April 10, 2017 during the celebration in honor of the University of Illinois' 150th anniversary and what would have been Arnold Beckman's 117th birthday. The Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit award, in the amount of $150,000, recognizes a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology who exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman's vision in establishing the Beckman Institute, and who, like Beckman and other Institute faculty members, has fostered collaboration in order to mount a bold and risky experiment that meets not only short-term research goals, but inspires future long-term work, contributing significantly to the mission of the Beckman Institute. For more information, please visit https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/4/vision_and_spirit2017

60 Second Science: Justin Rhodes on Studying Mice and Clownfish

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Beckman Institute NeoroTech Group member Justin Rhodes presents his research in sixty seconds. His fields of research interests are behavior genetics and neurobiology of motivation and addiction, and effects of exercise on brain function and cognition using mice as a model organism. He also has an extensive research program looking at the neurobiological processes involved when clownfish change their sex from male to female. Rhodes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the Neuroscience Program and the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Kline)

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Board member Dr. Lawrence Kline discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Dr. Kline is a pulmonary, critical care, sleep doctor at Scripps Memorial Hospital. He was the personal physician for Arnold Beckman for over a decade and has served as a board member on the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 2013.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (May)

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Board member William May discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. May is an attorney who worked at Beckman Instruments for thirty years, and served twenty-one years as their Senior VP and General Counsel. He was named Chairman of the Board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 2016.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gallwas)

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Board member Gerald (Jerry) Gallwas discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Gallwas is the former Director of Program Management of the Diagnostic Systems Group at Beckman Instruments. He has served on the board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 1995.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Wescombe)

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Board member Gary Wescombe discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Wescombe is a CPA and has served as the CFO and Treasurer of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 1997.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gray & Dorrance)

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Board members Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance discuss Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Harry Gray is a professor of chemistry, founding Director of the Beckman Institute at Caltech, and the former Chairman of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Jacqueline Dorrance is the Secretary and former Executive Director and CEO of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Polymers That Self-Protect, Self-Heal, and Self-Destruct

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Pioneers in the field of autonomous materials discuss the current state-of-the-art in autonomous polymers that can self-protect, self-report, self-heal, regenerate, and finally trigger their own decomposition for recycling. This research is conducted by the members of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. The leaders of the group are Aerospace Engineer Scott White, Materials Scientist Nancy Sottos, and Chemist Jeffrey Moore. This work is reviewed in the latest issue of NATURE Insight. To learn more, please visit:

State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall - Dec 12, 2016

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State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall December 12, 2016 Beckman Auditorium, 3pm Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute. Topics include research theme reorganizations, upcoming events, and the current plans for ‘revitalizing’ the building. This video is a recording of the live stream of the town hall that took place Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

Oral History: The Beckman Foundation (Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance)

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Board members Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance discuss the history and future of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman foundation. Harry Gray is a professor of chemistry, founding Director of the Beckman Institute at Caltech, and the former Chairman of the Beckman Foundation. Jacqueline Dorrance is the former Executive Director and CEO of the Beckman Foundation.

Beauty of Science: Biophysicist Klaus Schulten Tribute

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Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman Institute faculty member for nearly 25 years, passed away after an illness in late October, 2016. In this tribute, Schulten discusses the beauty he finds in the microscopic world and and his love of exploring how nature works. Schulten, who led Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of dynamic computer simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before. Schulten's goal from his start as an original Beckman researcher was to use mathematics and physics to study the natural world through advanced computation. Schulten's group has created simulations that have provided never-before-seen views of such function as the chemical structure of the HIV capsid and the first-ever simulation of an entire life form, the complete satellite tobacco mosaic virus. To learn more about Schulten and his work, please visit: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/ https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/10/schulten-october2016 https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/425818

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.

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  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  2. AE Stillwell Seminar
  3. BRL Seminar
  4. Neuroscience Program Seminar- NEUR520
  5. Director's Seminar- Prenatal Physical Activity Effects on Childhood Cognition
  6. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  7. BRL Seminar
  8. Neuroscience Program Seminar- NEUR520
  9. CEHC EAC Meetings
  10. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  11. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  12. BRL Seminar
  13. Twelve-Twenty Concert
  14. UPB Benefit Outreach Session
  15. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative - TiMe Day
  16. Computational Neuroscience Workshop
  17. BRL Seminar
  18. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL)
  19. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics
  1. Cheese Manicotti with Caesar Salad and Breadstick*
  2. BBQ Jackfruit**
  3. Mediterranean Lentil Soup**
  4. Tomato Florentine
  5. Greek salad*
  1. Southwestern Lasagna with Kale Salad** and Dinner Roll*
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. Pork Pasole
  4. Black Bean Soup**
  5. Greek salad*
  6. Kale salad**
  1. Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice** and Green Beans**
  2. Vegan Korean Wrap**
  3. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  4. Egg Drop Soup*
  5. Greek salad*
  1. Beef Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes* and Dinner Roll*
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Tomato Basil Bisque*
  5. Greek salad*
  6. Mixed Greens
  1. Crusted Salmon Filet with Wild Rice** and Mixed Vegetables**
  2. Dill Egg Salad
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Tomato Tortellini Soup*
  5. Greek salad*