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Beckman News

Sep 15Applications Now Accepted for Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows

Applications Now Accepted for Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows

The Beckman Institute offers three postdoctoral fellows programs to support outstanding young scientists at the Beckman Institute: the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, the Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program, and the Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program. These programs offer a wonderful opportunity for scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute. Each year, four to six Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows and one Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Fellow are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Approximately every three years, one or two Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are likewise selected.

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Sep 20Is Nature Capable of Exploiting Quantum Mechanics?

Nature Physics – Beckman researchers are examing whether cells are able to sense the subtle quantum properties of light. Kush Paul, a researcher in Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations Group, Stephen Boppart, a professor of elecrical and computer engineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and others have established a direct correlation between an optical stimulus and the control of biological functions, by studying the response of a photoreceptor known as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in living brain tissue.

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Sep 20Researchers Suck Mystery Out of Cell’s ‘Vacuum Cleaners’

Oak Ridge National Laboratory – With the help of the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a team led by Beckman's Emad Tajkhorshid uncovered new details about Pgp, a membrane transport protein called P-glycoprotein, that could help the drug discovery community. In healthy cells, Pgp acts as the cell’s vacuum cleaner, removing unwanted or toxic substances. To treat cancer, doctors sometimes need to temporarily pull the plug on these molecular pumps. The task requires developing targeted drugs based on a thorough understanding of Pgp’s makeup and mechanics.

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Sep 15Design-A-Space

Looking for a quiet space to work, but nothing seems welcoming? Have you wondered why there are so many plants by the north windows, but very few people? Are you excited to make a positive difference to the Beckman Institute?

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Sep 15The Trick to Debunking Fake News

Pacific Standard magazine – Can fake news be successfully debunked? “The effect of misinformation is very strong,” said Dolores Albarracin, a psychologist at Illinois and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group. “Generally, some degree of correction is possible, but it’s very difficult to completely correct.”

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Videos

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.

Governor Visits University of Illinois to Sign Bill SB8

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signs SB8, a new procurement bill, and holds a brief press conference at the University of Illinois. Participating in the bill signing and press conference were: Governor Bruce Rauner Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose Illinois State Representative David S. Olsen University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost John Wilken Beckman Institute Director Jeffrey S. Moore The event took place at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on August 9, 2017.

Illinois Senator Scott Bennett Discusses Science-Related Legislation

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Senator Bennett (D-Champaign) speaks about working with scientists to craft legislation within the Illinois Senate. This public talk took place at the Beckman Institute on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on July 13, 2017. The event was sponsored by the UIUC Science Policy Group (SPG). For more information about the Science Policy Group, please visit... https://publish.illinois.edu/sciencepolicygroup/ For more on Senator Scott Bennett, please visit... www.senatorbennett.com/

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

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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

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 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.

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress and Health" by Dr. Robert Sapolsky (Short)

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Science writer, biologist, neuroscientist, and stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky presents the inaugural Fenton-Rhodes Lecture on Proactve Wellness. Sapolsky states that our bodies' stress response evolved to help us get out of short-term physical emergencies - if a lion is chasing you, you run. But such reactions, he points out, compromise long-term physical health in favor of immediate self-preservation. Unfortunately, when confronted with purely psychological stressors, such as troubleshooting the fax machine, modern humans turn on the same stress response. "If you turn it on for too long," notes Sapolsky, "you get sick." Sapolsky regards this sobering news with characteristic good humor, finding hope in "our own capacity to prevent some of these problems... in the small steps with which we live our everyday lives." This is an edited version of the full lecture that was recorded on September 22, 2016 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Colwell Playhouse as part of the Pygmalion TechFest

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress and Health" by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

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Science writer, biologist, neuroscientist, and stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky presents the inaugural Fenton-Rhodes Lecture on Proactve Wellness. Sapolsky states that our bodies' stress response evolved to help us get out of short-term physical emergencies - if a lion is chasing you, you run. But such reactions, he points out, compromise long-term physical health in favor of immediate self-preservation. Unfortunately, when confronted with purely psychological stressors, such as troubleshooting the fax machine, modern humans turn on the same stress response. "If you turn it on for too long," notes Sapolsky, "you get sick." Sapolsky regards this sobering news with characteristic good humor, finding hope in "our own capacity to prevent some of these problems... in the small steps with which we live our everyday lives." This lecture was recorded on September 22, 2016 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Colwell Playhouse as part of the Pygmalion TechFest

BI Oral Histories: Lawrence Kline Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: William May Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Jerry Gallwas Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Gary Wescombe Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Harry Gray & Jacqueline Dorrance Discuss Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

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  1. NTU-Illinois Forum
  2. Pygmalion Festival: Tech Demo
  3. NTU-Illinois Forum
  4. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  5. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  6. CMS Seminar
  7. NIH Grant Writing Series
  8. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  9. BRL Seminar
  10. CLEAR Speaker Series
  11. Yoga at Beckman
  12. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  13. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  14. NIH Grant Writing Series
  15. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  16. BRL Seminar
  17. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  18. Director's Seminar
  19. Yoga at Beckman
  20. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  21. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  22. Travis Ross' McGyver Seminar Series
  23. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  24. BRL Seminar
  25. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  26. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  27. CLEAR Speaker Series
  28. Yoga at Beckman
  29. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  30. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  31. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  32. BRL Seminar
  33. Yoga at Beckman
  34. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  35. Story Collider
  36. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  37. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  38. BRL Seminar
  39. CLEAR Speaker Series
  40. Yoga at Beckman
  41. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  42. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  43. BRL Seminar
  44. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  45. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  46. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  47. Cancer Center Faculty Seminar Series
  48. ERP Workshop
  49. Yoga at Beckman
  50. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  51. Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science: Dr. Laura Kiessling, MIT Department of Chemistry
  52. Oscillations Workshop
  53. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  54. Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
  55. BRL Seminar
  56. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  57. Optical Workshop
  58. CLEAR Speaker Series
  59. Yoga at Beckman
  60. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  61. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  62. Travis Ross' MacGyver Seminar Series
  63. BRL Seminar
  64. Director's Seminar
  65. Yoga at Beckman
  66. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  67. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  68. BRL Seminar
  1. Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  2. Apple Walnut Chicken Salad
  3. Mushroom Flatbread*
  4. Southwestern Corn Chowder*
  5. Chicken Noodle Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  1. Blackened Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  2. Shrimp Po’ Boy
  3. Black Bean burger**
  4. Tomato Basil Bisque*
  5. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Kale Salad**