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Feb 07Burke Named Beckman Faculty Member

Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry, has been named a new faculty member at the Beckman Institute. He will join Beckman's Molecular Design and Engineering (MDE) Group, which is part of the Molecular Science and Engineering research theme. Burke's research interests include the synthesis and study of small molecules with protein-like functions. More information is available on his chemistry faculty page.

Feb 07Sottos, Han Selected for Endowed Chairs

Two of the three University of Illinois faculty members recently selected for endowed chairs have connections to the Beckman Institute. Nancy Sottos, a professor of materials science and engineering, and Jiawei Han, a professor of computer science, were named Swanlund Endowed and Michael Aiken chairs, respectively.

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Videos

Future Environments: Future Farming

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Naira Hovakimyan discusses how drones, planes, satellites, and artificial intelligence will help farmers meet the food needs of our growing world population. Havakimyan is the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the CLEAR initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Chief Scientist for IntelinAir.

Future Environments: Bio-Inspired Materials

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Jeffrey Moore discusses bio-inspired, vascularized materials and how manufacturers will take inspiration from the natural world to create better products. Moore discusses how many manufactured goods of the future will include vascular networks that make them more adaptable, functional, and longer-lasting. Moore is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Future Environments: Household Chemicals

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Comparative biosciences professor Susan Schantz warns how common chemicals around the house can impact human development and what can be done to help protect children. Schantz is a professor of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior group at the Beckman Institute. What have you done to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals? Tell us at #scifuture. And to read a full Q&A with Professor Schantz about chemical contaminants in our home environments, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/

Future Environments: Cancer Microenvironments

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Bioengineering professor Rohit Bhargava discusses how advances in chemical imaging, machine learning, and 3D printing are changing how we think of and fight cancer. Cancer is more than just an isolated collection of diseased cells. The environment around the tumor plays an important part in whether the cancer spreads or not. By building real-world 3D models of a tumor environments, scientists hope to better predict and fight cancer growth.

Future Environments: Energy Everywhere

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From cell phones to electric cars, society is more and more dependent on reliable and portable energy. University of Illinois Professor Nancy Sottos discusses green energy and our ever-growing need for energy storage. Sottos is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems group. To read a full Q&A with Professor Sottos about the future of energy storage, please visit... https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2018/6/scifuture-energy Energy storage is a huge challenge for a greener future. What hurdles do you think green energy faces? Join the conversation: #scifuture

Future Environments: Doctor's Office of the Future

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The handheld medical devices of science fiction are becoming science fact. Doctor Stephen Boppart looks at how technology, including phones and personal health monitors, will change our visits to the doctor's office and our relationship to our own health. Boppart is an MD, Ph.D. and professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What do you think the future of health care will look like? Tell us at #scifuture. And to read a full Q&A with Dr. Boppart about the doctor's office of the future, please visit... https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2018/5/scifuture-doctor

Using Light to Diagnose Disease

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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.

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

60 Second Science: Rohit Bhargava on Chemical Imaging

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Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group member Rohit Bhargava presents his research in sixty seconds. Bhargava is a pioneer in the development of infrared spectroscopic imaging and works to develop novel chemical imaging technologies and instrumentation that can be employed to detect, diagnose and understand tissue structures and cancer pathology. He is Bliss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Bioengineering and has appointments in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bhargava also founded and serves as the Director of the Cancer Community@Illinois, a University-wide effort dedicated to advancing cancer-related research and scholarship at Illinois.

60 Second Science: Stephen Boppart on Using Light to Diagnose Disease

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Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group member Stephen Boppart presents his research in sixty seconds. As the head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, Boppart uses light to image biological tissue and diagnose disease. By combining optical imaging, biophotonics, and other advanced imaging techniques with clinical research, Boppart creates high-resolution, real-time, non-invasive images of biological tissue at the cellular and molecular level for diagnosing diseases such as cancer. Boppart is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, and is affiliated with the Department of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Not Finding Nemo: Clownfish in the Lab and the Wild

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Researchers discuss the differences in working with anemonefish, better known as clownfish, in their lab at the University of Illinois and in the wilds of Indonesia. Justin Rhodes is a Professor of Psychology and member of the NeuroTech Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ross DeAngelis is a graduate research assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at the Beckman Institute.

Nemo's Dad: Clownfish Fathering - EMMY Winner

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Clownfish dads are some of the best fathers in all of nature. Unlike most vertebrates, clownfish males are the primary caretakers of the eggs and spend most of their time nipping and fanning them to ensure their survival. Also known as anemonefish, this species gives researchers at the Beckman Institute a valuable window into the powerful hormonal changes that take place in the brains of nurturing fathers. Justin Rhodes is a Professor of Psychology and member of the NeuroTech Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ross DeAngelis is a graduate research assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit... https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/495695 This video won the 2018 Mid-America EMMY Award for best "Informational/Instructional: Feature Segment."

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 behavioral 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.

Lawrence Kline Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown (Oral History)

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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.

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  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  2. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  3. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  4. Yoga at Beckman
  5. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  6. CCIL Faculty Seminar Series
  7. The Heart-Brain Axis & The Emerging Field of NeuroCardiology with Dr. Issam Moussa
  8. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  9. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  10. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  11. Yoga at Beckman
  12. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  13. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Chip McNeill Jazz Quartet
  14. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  15. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  16. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  17. Graduate Student Seminar
  18. Yoga at Beckman
  19. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  20. Director's Seminar by Prof. Martha Gillette
  21. Beckman Institute 2019 Open House
  22. Beckman Institute 2019 Open House
  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  24. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  25. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  26. Yoga at Beckman
  27. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  28. CCIL Faculty Seminar Series
  29. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 2: Transforming Conflict into Collaboration
  30. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  31. Neurocardiology Research Workshop with Dr. Issam Moussa
  32. Responsible Conduct of Research Series
  33. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  34. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  35. Bench to Bedside Series-Carle Internal Medicine
  36. Yoga at Beckman
  37. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  38. Lyle Lanier Lecture
  39. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series
  40. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  41. Graduate Student Seminar
  42. Yoga at Beckman
  43. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  44. Director's Seminar by Prof. Narayan Aluru
  45. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  46. Yoga at Beckman
  47. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  48. Cryo-EM Workshop
  49. Science Communication Workshop
  50. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 3: Recognizing and Navigating Power Dynamics in Research
  51. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  1. Stuffed Shells with Marinara served with Salad and Breadstick
  2. Dill Egg Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Italian Beef
  4. Lobster Bisque
  5. Mediterranean Vegetable Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
  2. Grilled Tofu Wrap This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Al Pastor Wrap
  4. Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly