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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.
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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New Discoveries in Extracellular Vesicle Technologies

5602 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Marni Boppart
Contact email: mboppart@illinois.edu

Are you interested in extracellular vesicles? Extracellular vesicles are important mediators of cell-cell communication and are currently used as important biomarkers in the clinic. Come learn more at the upcoming EV Imaging and Therapy Working Group workshop. The full agenda includes campus and external speakers, a poster session, and boxed lunches. All faculty, staff, postdoctoral students, and graduate students are welcome to join us for this half-day workshop.

See the full agenda and register by April 5.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

ITG Tech Talk: "The new VERSA CT in Microscopy Suite"

5602 Beckman Institute and on Zoom

Contact name: Teppie Apperson
Contact email: speyton@illinois.edu

A Zeiss representative will present a Beckman Imaging Technology Group Tech Talk at noon Tuesday, April 16. The talk title: "The new VERSA CT in Microscopy Suite." Lunch will be provided to those who register by Thursday, April 11. 

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Mini-Symposium on AI-Powered Brain Mapping: Opportunities for Collaboration and Transformation

Beckman Institute Room 4269 (4th Floor Tower Room)

Contact name: Zhi-Pei Liang
Contact email: z-liang@illinois.edu

Mini-Symposium on AI-Powered Brain Mapping: Opportunities for Collaboration and Transformation

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

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Beckman Apparel Pop-up Shop

Contact name: Meg Dickinson
Contact email: megd@illinois.edu

The Beckman Communications Office has opened a pop-up shop selling Beckman apparel. Find it at: https://go.beckman.illinois.edu/apparel

 You can have your items shipped or pick them up at Beckman. We expect them to be available in mid-May.

 We recommend you place your order by April 24. If this experience goes smoothly, we’ll offer pop-up shops several times each year.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1714

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

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

Autism Research Panel with Commentator Temple Grandin

Beckman Institute Auditorium

Contact name: Professor Laura Hetrick
Contact email: laurajh@illinois.edu

Join us for a panel discussion featuring commentator Temple Grandin.

Panelist and moderator: Laura Hetrick (

School of Art and Design

)

Panelists:

Nien-Pei Tsai (molecular and integrative physiology)

Marie Channell (speech and hearing science)

Amy Cohen (psychology and The Autism Clinic)

Tracey Wszalek (Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center)

Stephanie Ceman (cell and developmental biology)

Space is limited; please register in advance.

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Beckman Institute SmithGroup Lecture: "Filling the Science Leadership Gap"

Beckman Institute Auditorium, Room 1025

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

Cyrus Wadia, chief executive officer of Activate, will give a lecture titled, ""Filling the Science Leadership Gap."

Abbreviated abstract:

The interdependence of science and society has become more pronounced. As humanity grapples with existential challenges like climate change, public health crises, and the quest for sustainable energy, the role of scientific understanding and technological innovation in shaping our future cannot be overstated. This nexus underscores the imperative for a populace well-versed in scientific principles, not merely for specialized professions but as a cornerstone of informed citizenship. Furthermore, the integration of science into policymaking and business innovation signals a paradigm shift towards empirically grounded decisions and strategies that promise to revolutionize industries and governance alike. 

Cyrus Wadia (he/him) is chief executive officer of Activate. Wadia was previously director of worldwide product sustainability at Amazon and vice president of sustainable business and innovation at Nike. A reception will follow.

For more information, the full abstract and Wadia's full bio, visit the SmithGroup Lecture web page.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

Read more

Beckman Apparel Pop-up Shop

Contact name: Meg Dickinson
Contact email: megd@illinois.edu

The Beckman Communications Office has opened a pop-up shop selling Beckman apparel. Find it at: https://go.beckman.illinois.edu/apparel

 You can have your items shipped or pick them up at Beckman. We expect them to be available in mid-May.

 We recommend you place your order by April 24. If this experience goes smoothly, we’ll offer pop-up shops several times each year.

Read more

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1714

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

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

Beckman Interdisciplinary Safety Seminar: Research and the Stress Continuum – How Expectations Impact Lab Culture

Contact name: Kelly Powderly
Contact email: powderl2@illinois.edu

Join us for a Beckman Interdisciplinary Safety Seminar. Chris Lewis, an embedded counselor in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Counseling Center, will present, "Research and the Stress Continuum – How Expectations Impact Lab Culture."

Please register by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. Pizza will be served to those who register.

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Serenity: stress reduction and self-awareness

Beckman Institute Room 5269

Contact name: Shawna Graddy
Contact email: sgraddy@illinois.edu

Participate in the Tamarkoz method: "the art of self-knowledge through concentration and meditation." Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat (chairs will also be available if preferred). The instructor is Dr. Saloumeh DeGood, a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and President of the Sufi Psychology Association. She currently teaches graduate courses on stress management, particularly for healthcare workers. A journal and pen will be provided to attendees upon arrival.

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Serenity: Stress reduction and self-awareness

5269 Beckman (Fifth floor tower room)

Contact name: Shawna Graddy
Contact email: sgraddy@illinois.edu

The Beckman DEI Committee is excited to invite you to a workshop on the Tamarkoz method provided by Dr. Saloumeh DeGood. Come learn and participate in the Tamarkoz method which is known as “the art of self-knowledge through concentration and meditation."

Please dress comfortably and bring a journal and yoga mat (chairs will also be available if preferred).

Dr. Saloumeh DeGood is a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and President of the Sufi Psychology Association. She currently teaches graduate courses on stress management, particularly for healthcare workers. 

Registration closes April 23.

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Beckman Director’s Seminar: Babak Hemmatian and Matthew Lowerison

Beckman Institute, Room 1005

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 12172442603

Babak Hemmatian and Matthew Lowerison will present at the April 25, 2024 Beckman Institute Director's Seminar. The lecture will be held at noon in Beckman Insitute, room 1005. Lunch will be provided to attendees who register in advance.

Register here.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

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Graduate Student Seminar: Xiao, Ajmera

5602 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Jeanne N'Diaye
Contact email: jndiaye@illinois.edu

Two graduate students will present their research at the final Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the spring semester: Gang Xiao and Shagun Ajmera. Lunch will be provided to attendees that register in advance. Register here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/743323376

The event takes place Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at noon in 5602 Beckman Institute.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

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

New-to-Beckman tour

MRI Exhibit

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

Come find out more about the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology! Learn about the barrier-busting interdisciplinary research facility and community of innovation. Tours will be offered the first Thursday of the month from 10-10:30 a.m.  Register here.

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STC for Quantitative Cell Biology Computational Workshop

Contact name: Chris Zwilling
Contact email: zwillin1@illinois.edu

The NSF Science and Technology Center for Qualitative Cell Biology Computational Workshop is hosting a computational workshop. More details coming soon!

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Beckman Institute Town Hall

1005 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu

Beckman Institute Interim Director Cathy Murphy will share updates about the director search, new faculty and staff, the evolution of Beckman working groups to communities, and more. If you have a question you'd like Director Murphy to answer, please submit it in advance via this form: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/615990498

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

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