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Beckman News

May 09Jeff Moore Receives Kwolek Award

Jeff Moore Receives Kwolek Award

College of LAS – Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry, the director of the Beckman Institute, and a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Stephanie L. Kwolek Award for exceptional contributions to the field of materials chemistry. Motivated by the need for materials that are safe and long-lasting, Moore’s research group integrates ideas from physical organic chemistry and engineering with molecular design and polymer synthesis to construct new functional materials.

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May 22Optical Imaging Investigates Topical Treatment for Diabetic Wounds

Advanced Science News – A team from the Beckman Institute investigated the healing mechanisms of a novel topical ointment for diabetic wounds that is capable of promoting angiogenesis by inducing local physiological conditions that mimics hypoxia. Angiogenesis has a crucial role in many diseases and physiological responses, including wound healing. The topical treatment that was investigated mimics hypoxia via inhibition of prolyl hydroxylase, a key regulator of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF).

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May 21Elbanna Wins NSF CAREER Award

Civil and Environmental Engineering – Ahmed Elbanna, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and Beckman affiliate, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to study the physics behind earthquakes with an eye toward more accurate predictive models.

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May 17Sensor Study Launching at Carle Gets National Attention

Carle – John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, who continues his affiliation with Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and Carle’s Dr. Charles Davies are developing the first-of-their-kind, non-invasive wireless sensors to determine health status and provide helpful predictive information to prevent disease. Rogers said the sensors resemble a child’s temporary tattoo but are virtually invisible after they attach to skin. Small but mighty, the sensors map variations in temperature and pressure across the body, at different locations simultaneously.

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May 15Team Achieves Two-electron Chemical Reactions Using Light Energy, Gold

U of I News Bureau – New research, reported in the journal Nature Chemistry, will aid those hoping to find a way to convert excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into useful energy sources, said Prashant Jain, an associate professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, who led the research. Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the researchers say, they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, a substantial advance over one-electron reactions, which are energy inefficient.

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Videos

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:

"Towards Better 60 Second Science" - Sandra Tsing Loh (SmithGroup Lecture) (new)

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The Elevator Pitch. Scientists dread it, but they shouldn't. Sandra Tsing Loh analyzes the language, celebrates the science, lauds the presenters, and gives her take on remaking "60 Second Science" videos. Tsing Loh is the host of the syndicated daily radio science minute and NPR podcast "The Loh Down on Science" and adjunct associate professor in drama and science communication at University of California, Irvine. This lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on April 20, 2018. For more information on the SmithGroup lecture series, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/smithgroup-lectures.

Beckman Institute Town Hall - May 3, 2018

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Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute.

Using Light to Diagnose Diseases

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses light to diagnose diseases such as cancer. Called "biophotonics," the technique generates high-resolution, real-time, non-invasive images of biological tissue at the cellular and molecular level. Boppart is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering. He heads the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute and is a full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group.

"Pi Day" Number Song

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March 14 (3.14) is "Pi Day." Sing along with our favorite mathematical constant.

"Cell Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs" - Dr. Laura Kiessling (Beckman-Brown Lecture)

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Laura Kiessling, professor of chemistry at MIT, presents the 2017 Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science. Her talk focuses on the roles of carbohydrate-binding proteins in checking glycan IDs. Topics include probing the fundamental chemical forces underlying the recognition of carbohydrates to understanding how nature exploits these interactions to detect microbes. Kiessling's research combines tools from organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, structural biology, and molecular and cell biology. The Annual Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science honors Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of the Institute, and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director. The series is funded by a gift from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on November 3, 2017.

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 5

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:38] Zan Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois (chair) [00:38-16:37] Tamer Basar, Center for Advanced Study, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois [16:54-29:58] Jeffrey Moore, Director, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois **SESSION 5** [30:23-1:07:12] "In situ Structures of Molecular Complexes by Cryo-electron Tomography" Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford [1:07:12-1:44:36] "Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Cadherin Complexes" Marcos Sotomayor, Ohio State University [1:45:20-2:11:25 ] "Magnetic Compass Sense of Migratory Birds: A Perspective" Ilia Solov'yov, University of Southern Denmark [2:11:59-2:39:09] "Building a Bridge from Molecular Simulation to Understand How Bacteria Work" Peter Freddolino, University of Michigan [ 2:39:33-3:17:24] "Computational Drug Discovery: From Proteome to Drugs" Jerome Baudry, University of Alabama, Huntsville [3:17:24-3:22:09] "Closing Remarks" Organizing Committee: Zan Luthey-Schulten, Emad Tajkhorshid, Chris Chipot, and Alek Aksimentiev For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 4

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 4** [00:01-08:32] Video: Sculpting Proteins [08:32-8:59] Alek Aksimentiev, University of Illinois (Chair) "Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Neurotransmitter Release" Axel T. Brunger, Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Removed at presenter's request) [09:41-49:36] "Over a Decade of Studying Membrane-protein Insertion" James 'JC' Gumbart, Georgia Institute of Technology [50:23-1:32:48] "Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale" Rommie E. Amaro, University of California, San Diego [1:32:48-1:35:19] Video: Klaus Schulten Memorial Video Tribute "Opening Windows into the Cell: Bringing Structure to Cell Biology using Cryo-electron Microscopy" Elizabeth Villa, University of California, San Diego (Removed at presenter's request) [1:35:36-2:17:54]"Molecular Simulations of Lipid Membrane Sensing and Remodeling Dynamics" Gerhard Hummer, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe University [2:18:11-3:00:53] "Accurate Prediction of Membrane Permeabilities in Rational Lead Discovery" Chris Chipot, University of Illinois and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [3:00:59-3:27:12] "Closing Remarks" Sir Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois and Nobel Laureate (2003, Physics) For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 3

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:47] Chris Chipot, University of Illinois (Chair) [00:47-11:43] Mark Berger, NVIDIA Corporation [11:43-15:39] William Gropp, National Center for Supercomputing Applications [15:39-27:47] Laxmikant 'Sanjay' Kale, Computer Science, University of Illinois **SESSION 3** [28:17- 1:11:57] "Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Ribosomal Function" Helmut Grubmuller, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry "Physics of DNA and Chromatin Function" Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins University (Removed at presenter's request) [1:12:29-1:49:58] "Molecular-level Description of Excitation Energy Transfer in Light-harvesting Systems" Ulrich Kleinekathofer, Jacobs University Bremen [1:50:52-2:24:54] "Computational Microscopy of Biological and Synthetic Nanopores" Aleksei Aksimentiev, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 2

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 2** [00:01-04:24] Attila Szabo, National Institutes of Health (Chair) [04:24-50:32] "Cryo-electron Tomography or the Challenge of Doing Structural Biology in situ" Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry [50:32-1:30:33] "Using Computer Simulations to Advance our Understanding of Biological Systems at the Atomic Level" Benoit Roux, University of Chicago "Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in Enzymes and Photoreceptor Proteins" Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois (Removed at presenter's request) [1:30:45-1:36:21] Video: Biophysical Society Interview [1:36:53-2:13:40] "Klaus' Computational Microscope Applied to Harvesting, Transfer, and Trapping Solar Energy for Photosynthesis" Neil Hunter, University of Sheffield [2:13:44-2:47:55] "Reaction Paths, Stochastic Modeling, and the Mean First Passage Time" Ron Elber, University of Texas at Austin [2:48:45-3:27:36] "Capturing Biological Membranes and Membrane Proteins in Action Using Advanced Simulation Technologies" Emad Tajkhorshid, University of Illinois [3:27:48-3:37:41] "Closing Remarks" Theodore 'Ted' Brown, Founding Director of the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 1

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-06:00] Emad Tajkorshid, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois (Chair) [06:00-12:55 ] James C. Phillips, Beckman Institute, NCSA [12:55-21:51] Wen-Mei Hwu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSL [21:51-30:11] John E. Stone, Beckman Institute [30:11-34:27] Yann R. Chemla, Physics and NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells **SESSION 1** [35:14-1:03:07] "Towards Simulating the Minimal Cell" Zaida 'Zan' Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois [1:03:07-1:39:52] "Synergy Between NMR, Cryo-EM and Large-scale MD Simulations-An All-atom Model of a Native HIV Capsid" Angela M. Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine [1:39:52-2:15:55] "Pursuing Klaus' Vision: Folding Chromatin Fibers by Mesoscale Simulations" Tamar Schlick, New York University [2:15:55-2:57:08] "Force Propagation in Biomolecular Complexes: in-vitro Meets in-silico" Hermann E. Gaub, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat [2:57:08-3:08:34] Video: Memorial Tribute by Tamar Schlick, NYU For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Using Light Pulses to Control Neurons

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns. This is the first example of "coherent control" in a living cell. The technique may lead to one day using light as a therapy to improve people's health. Boppart is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute. For more information on this research, please visit: https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/579772

"The Power of Personal Stories About Science" - Story Collider's Liz Neeley (Lecture)

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Liz Neeley, executive director of The Story Collider podcast, explores research on storytelling and persuasion and highlights the value of telling personal stories in science. Neeley critically considers how and why busy researchers might approach adding something like "narrative competency" to their repertoire. The Story Collider is a weekly podcast that provides true, personal stories about science (www.storycollider.org). Neeley is a marine biologist who studied the color patterns of tropical fish. She helps scientists around the world tell compelling stories about their work. This presentation was sponsored by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group (http://21centurysci.com) and given on October 20, 2017 at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Molecular Theranostics: An Imager's Perspective" - Dr. King Li (Director's Seminar)

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Dr. King C. Li, the inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute, presents the Oct. 5, 2017, Beckman Institute Director's Seminar. In this Beckman Institute Director's Seminar, Dr. Li illustrates how an interdisciplinary team tackles the problem of targeted drug delivery and controlling the effects of therapeutic agents.

"The Future is For Everyone" - Podcast Producer Rose Eveleth (Lecture)

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Producer, designer, writer and animator Rose Eveleth explores where science and technology come from, where they have taken us so far, and how to open the door for people who are imagining futures for everybody. Eveleth is best known for her work in BBC Future, Motherboard, Story Collider, and Lady Bits. She explores how humans tangle with science and technology and currently produces two highly-acclaimed podcasts, Flash Forward and ESPN's 30 for 30. The lecture took place on Setpember 15, 2017 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as was part of the 21st Century Scientists Working Group lecture series. For more information, please visit beckman.illinois.edu and 21centurysci.com.

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