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The Beckman
Institute is a barrier-busting,
interdisciplinary
research facility
and community
of innovation.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Break Barriers.

The Beckman Institute was created to support interdisciplinary research among University of Illinois faculty. We foster scientific advances that couldn’t be done in any other way.
Our founder, Arnold Beckman, was an inventor and philanthropist who knew firsthand the power of interdisciplinary work.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Propel Science and Technology.

The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.
Beckman researchers have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time, and energy needed.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Help You Connect.

We offer a café with drinks and daily specials, events from concerts to research lectures, and plenty of study and meeting spaces.
The Beckman Institute was built to help people connect. Learn more about exploring Beckman.

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Upcoming events

Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this fall for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

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NIH Data Policy Seminar

Beckman Institute Room 2269-2nd Floor Tower Room

Contact name: Patty Jones
Contact email: pmjones5@illinois.edu

Title: "New NIH Data Policy"

Speaker: Sandi Caldrone, Research Data Service Librarian, Illinois University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Come join us and learn about the new NIH policy for data sharing that will become effective in 2023. You can join in person in Room 2269, or via Zoom. Registration is required to join the discussion via Zoom. You can register in advance at the following this link:

https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItceutqj4pHdx4tq6r3iOui4mpx588I-Vb

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iOptics Seminar: Yun-Sheng Chen

Beckman Institute Room 3269

Contact name: Benjamin Nussbaum
Contact email: bn9@illinois.edu

Title: "Multimodality Imaging with light and sound"

Speaker: Yun-Sheng Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

The advancement of molecular biology has opened up a new route toward personalized medicine from diagnosis to treatment. Photoacoustic imaging, using short laser pulses to induce ultrasound signals to form images, reveal physiological information or cell biology in human. Critical features of photoacoustic imaging include high-contrast blood vessel images, blood oxygen levels, and essential components of tissue such as lipids and collagen without the need for imaging agents, as well as the distribution of disease-associated biomarkers with imaging agents. Ultrasound imaging, on the other hand, provides vascular imaging, tissue morphology, and elasticity. Photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging are complementary; they provide structural, physiological, functional, and molecular information in one imaging system. Multimodal imaging offers a safe and low-cost choice for fulfilling the need for future imaging diagnostics. In this seminar, Dr. Chen will review recent progress and challenges in the field. He will present their recent innovation in developing multimodal photoacoustic/ultrasound imaging techniques to image across various scales from the molecular level to animals.

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Beckman Director’s Seminar: Marcin Wozniak and Nathiya Vaithiyalingam Chandra Sekaran

1005 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-8373

Marcin Wozniak and Nathiya Vaithiyalingam Chandra Sekaran will speak at the Beckman Institute's Director's Seminar at noon Thursday, Dec. 1. Wozniak, a recent Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, will be discussing "RAGE receptor - an emerging target in translational research." Nathiya Vaithiyalingam Chandra Sekaran, a current Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, will be discussing "Cerebral microvascular changes in aging and Alzheimer's disease visualized using Ultrasound Localization Microscopy." The seminar will be a hybrid event held in Beckman, room 1005 and via Zoom. A boxed lunch will be provided to those who register as in-person attendees. Please indicate whether you will attend virtually or in-person.

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Biological Physics (iPoLS) Seminar: Paul Selvin

Beckman Institute Room 3269 (3rd Floor Tower Room)

Contact name: Sharlene Denos
Contact email: denos@illinois.edu

Title: "Seeing protein motion in living cells with nanometer resolution and (ideally) with ~ millisecond temporal resolution."

Speaker: Paul Selvin, Professor, Biological Physics, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

We have developed several techniques that can be used to study neurons, and separately, molecular motors. In neurons, the AMPA Receptors (AMPARs) are the primary receptors that enable a neuron to communicate with another neuron. During learning, the number of AMPAR increases, and likewise, during forgetting the number decreases. During neuropathies, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, the AMPARs inexorably decrease. We are interested in seeing the dynamics and the number of AMPAR both with learning (called Long Term Potentiation, or LTP) and with AD on living brain slices. Because the AMPARs are in the synapses, where the dimensions are < 30 nm or-so, we need to do this with super-resolution. We have developed several new labeling techniques—using antibodies, fragments of antibodies, new chemical cross-linkers—combined with several new techniques which go by the name of FIONA, STORM, and PAINT, that can get the appropriate resolution on living brain slices and neurons. Separately, when combined with nitrogen-vacancy centers (NV-centers), sometimes with photonic cavities, dynamics at millisecond resolution of molecular motors is possible. Finally, we also show that MINFLUX, another technique recently acquired by UIUC, can get nanometer resolution on neurons and has the potential for millisecond resolution with molecular motors.

 

 

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Beckman Workshop w/Dr. Mark Cohen

Beckman Institute Room 5602

Contact name: Patty Jones
Contact email: pmjones5@illinois.edu

Title: “Translational models of drug development, drug delivery, and tissue engineering for clinical cancer applications.”  

Speaker: Mark Cohen, Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

This is not just a talk but a workshop! Dr. Cohen will present his work on translational research and then engage the audience to generate collaborative ideas.  

 

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Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-8373

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the fall semester.

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Beckman Graduate Fellow Open House

Contact name: Lexie Kesler
Contact email: lkesler@illinois.edu

Come and learn more about the work of our Beckman Insitute Graduate Fellows, Zhengchang Kou (Beckman B540) and Sohaila Aboutaleb (Beckman 5602), in this informal, open-house session.

Responsible Conduct of Research: Data privacy and application development

Contact name: Patty Jones
Contact email: pmjones5@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series is held on Tuesdays throughout the fall semester on Zoom. Tune in to learn from the experts about topics including scientific misconduct, data collection, animal and human subjects research, data privacy and security, and ethics in the research environment.

Topic: Data privacy and application development

Speaker: Aaron Collie, a manager, privacy engineer at Technology Services at Illinois.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Register to attend on Zoom.

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Graduate Student Seminar: Paul, Li

1005 Beckman Institute and Zoom

Contact name: Chaimongkol Saengow
Contact email: saengow@illinois.edu

Two graduate students will present their research at the fourth Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the fall 2022 semester: Justine Paul, materials science and engineering; and Jialu Li, electrical and computer engineering.

The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 7 at noon in 1005 Beckman Institute and on Zoom. Register in advance to attend in person or on Zoom.

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Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this fall for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

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Beckman Institute Town Hall

1005 Beckman Institute and Zoom

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-8373

In this hybrid event in 1005 Beckman and on Zoom, Beckman Institute Director Nadya Mason will share what has been accomplished in her first few months as Beckman director plus plans moving forward.

Registration is required for Zoom access.

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Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this fall for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

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Cookie Collab

Beckman Institute Atrium

Join Beckman Director Nadya Mason and other members of the Beckman community for coffee and cookies in the Beckman Atrium. The Cookie Collab is scheduled for 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

 

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