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Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science, Penn State, presents "Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming"

Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 3 pm

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Daylong symposium, "Confronting the
Challenges of Climate Change"

Tues., Oct. 16, 2018

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Beckman News

Sep 19Researchers Develop Microbubble Scrubber to Destroy Dangerous Biofilms

U of I News Bureau – Beckman affiliate Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and colleagues led an international team that developed hydrogen peroxide-bubbling microparticles that may help eradicate dangerous biofilms. In the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, a team led by Illinois researchers describes how they used diatoms—the tiny skeletons of algae—loaded with an oxygen-generating chemical to destroy microbes.

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Sep 19Sutton to Discuss ‘How Stiff is Your Brain?’ at Oct. 4 Director’s Seminar

Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering, the technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute, and a faculty member of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will speak at the next Beckman Institute Director's Seminar at noon, Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 1005 Beckman. Sutton will discuss “How Stiff is Your Brain? Measuring Mechanical Properties with MRI.” Lunch is provided.

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Sep 18JCESR Renewed for Five Years

Argonne National Laboratory – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its decision to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne National Laboratory and focused on advancing battery science and technology. Established in late 2012, JCESR is a partnership made up of national laboratories, universities, and an industrial firm. Beckman faculty involved in the project include Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group; Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group; Randy Ewoldt, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of AMS; Charles Sing, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the Computational Molecular Science (CMS) Group; Charles Schroeder, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the CMS Group; and Yang Zhang, an associate professor and member of CMS.

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Videos

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

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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

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.

William May Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown (Oral History)

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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.

Jerry Gallwas Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown (Oral History)

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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.

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  1. iOptics Seminar
  2. MSE Discussions
  3. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  4. DNA Nanotechnology Workshop
  5. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  6. NIH Grant Writing Series
  7. TCBG Seminar
  8. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  9. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  10. Yoga at Beckman
  11. Activating Endocytosis for Enhancing Cellular Delivery and Modifying Intracellular Targeting of Cancer Therapeutics
  12. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Black Chorus Chamber Choir
  13. MSE Discussions
  14. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  15. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  16. NIH Grant Writing Series
  17. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  18. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  19. Yoga at Beckman
  20. Graduate Student Seminar
  21. Director's Seminar: “How Stiff is Your Brain: Measuring Mechanical Properties with MRI” by Brad Sutton
  22. MSE Discussions
  23. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  24. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  25. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  26. NIH Grant Writing Series
  27. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  28. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  29. Yoga at Beckman
  30. MSE Discussions
  31. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  32. Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science: "Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming," with Dr. Michael Mann
  33. Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change
  34. NIH Grant Writing Series
  35. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  36. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  37. Yoga at Beckman
  38. MSE Discussions
  39. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  40. NIH Grant Writing Series
  41. McKinley Health Center Flu Clinic at Beckman
  42. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  43. Yoga at Beckman
  44. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Chip McNeill Jazz Quartet
  45. MSE Discussions
  46. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  47. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  48. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  49. Yoga at Beckman
  50. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Guido Sanchez-Portuguez, guitar
  51. MSE Discussions
  52. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  53. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  54. Yoga at Beckman
  55. Graduate Student Seminar
  56. Director's Seminar: "Health Literacy as a Resource for Older Adults' Self-care: Implications for Technology Design" by Dan Morrow
  57. MSE Discussions
  58. Safety Training
  59. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  60. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  61. Bench to Bedside Series - Carle Internal Medicine
  62. Yoga at Beckman
  63. MSE Discussions
  64. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  65. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  66. Yoga at Beckman
  1. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, and Bosco Stick
  2. Italian Sausage on Baguette
  3. Mushroom Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Zuppa Toscana
  5. Tomato Basil Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Ground Beef Tacos with Cilantro Rice and Refried Beans
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Avocado Chicken Salad Wrap
  4. Potato Cheese Chowder This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Teriyaki Salmon Salad with Dinner Roll
  2. Malibu Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Turkey California Wrap
  4. Cream of Asparagus This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Beef Barley Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Chicken and Noodles with Mashed Potatoes and Dinner Roll
  2. BBQ Jackfruit This dish is vegan friendly
  3. BBQ Pulled Pork
  4. Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Chicken and Dumpling Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Glazed Carrots
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Salmon Burger
  4. Mediterranean Vegetable Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Bruschetta Chicken with Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Zucchini
  2. Tomato Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Meatball Sub with Marinara
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Chicken Potato Corn Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Green Chicken and Chile Flautas with Rice and Beans
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Curried Chicken Salad
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice and Eggrolls
  2. Chicken-less Fajita Wrap This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Hot Dog on Bun
  4. Hot and Sour Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Lobster Bisque
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Rib Tips with Macaroni and Cheese and Baked Beans
  2. Stuffed Portabella This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Burnt Ends Sandwich
  4. Chili
  5. Spicy Vegetarian Chili This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Shrimp Creole and Dinner Roll
  2. Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Battered Cod Po’ Boy
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly