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Jan 17Apply Now for Beckman Institute Fellows and Awards Programs

Apply Now for Beckman Institute Fellows and Awards Programs

Beckman Institute – The Beckman Institute is now accepting applications for its Graduate Fellows Program (for grad students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level), Undergraduate Fellows Program, and seven more research fellow and awards programs. Applicants may apply to be considered for more than one award. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, with recipients being announced in late March. The awards are supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation or private donors. More information is online.

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Jan 18Christianson to Discuss Language Processing at Feb. 1 Beckman Director’s Seminar

Kiel Christianson, a professor of educational psychology and a member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative at Beckman, will present the Feb. 1 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005. In his talk, “Good Enough Language Processing: Theory Data,” Christianson will talk about a framework that attempts to account for misinterpretations. Lunch is provided.

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Jan 16Novel Chip-based Gene Expression Tool Analyzes RNA Quickly and Accurately

Department of Bioengineering – Rashid Bashir, professor of bioengineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, co-led a research team that has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue —something that conventional methods cannot do. 

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Jan 12Portable Device Detects Bogus Booze

New Atlas – Serving counterfeit liquor is not only unethical, but can also be dangerous to the people consuming it. It was with this in mind that U of I scientists recently developed a portable device that can tell fake alcohol from the real thing. Created by Kenneth S. Suslick, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Zheng Li, a postdoctoral research associate, the device consists of a handheld image analyzer that contains a disposable sensor cartridge.

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Videos

Biophotonics: Using Light to Image Tissue and Diagnose Disease

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses light to generate 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. He heads the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute and is a full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group.

Coherent Control: Using Light Pulses to Control Neurons

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Professor Stephen Boppart and other Illinois researchers use ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns, the first example of "coherent control" in a living cell. 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

"The Power of Personal Stories About Science" - Story Collider's Liz Neeley (Lecture)

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Liz Neeley, executive director of The Story Collider podcast, explores research on storytelling and persuasion and highlights the value of telling personal stories in science. Neeley critically considers how and why busy researchers might approach adding something like "narrative competency" to their repertoire. The Story Collider is a weekly podcast that provides true, personal stories about science (www.storycollider.org). Neeley is a marine biologist who studied the color patterns of tropical fish. She helps scientists around the world tell compelling stories about their work. This presentation was sponsored by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group (http://21centurysci.com) and given on October 20, 2017 at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Molecular Theranostics: An Imager's Perspective" - Dr. King Li (Director's Seminar)

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Dr. King C. Li, the inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute, presents the Oct. 5, 2017, Beckman Institute Director's Seminar. In this Beckman Institute Director's Seminar, Dr. Li illustrates how an interdisciplinary team tackles the problem of targeted drug delivery and controlling the effects of therapeutic agents.

"The Future is For Everyone" - Podcast Producer Rose Eveleth (Lecture)

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Producer, designer, writer and animator Rose Eveleth explores where science and technology come from, where they have taken us so far, and how to open the door for people who are imagining futures for everybody. Eveleth is best known for her work in BBC Future, Motherboard, Story Collider, and Lady Bits. She explores how humans tangle with science and technology and currently produces two highly-acclaimed podcasts, Flash Forward and ESPN's 30 for 30. The lecture took place on Setpember 15, 2017 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as was part of the 21st Century Scientists Working Group lecture series. For more information, please visit beckman.illinois.edu and 21centurysci.com.

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.

Illinois Governor Visits University of Illinois to Sign Bill

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Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signs procurement bill SB8 and holds a brief press conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. 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 Discusses Science-Related Legislation

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Illinois Senator Scott 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

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  1. SEW Talk Series
  2. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  3. BRL Seminar
  4. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  5. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  6. Yoga at Beckman
  7. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  8. SEW Talk Series
  9. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  10. BRL Seminar
  11. Director's Seminar
  12. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  13. Yoga at Beckman
  14. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  15. SEW Talk Series
  16. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  17. BRL Seminar
  18. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  19. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  20. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  21. Yoga at Beckman
  22. iOptics Seminar
  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  24. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  25. SEW Talk Series
  26. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  27. BRL Seminar
  28. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  29. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  30. Yoga at Beckman
  31. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  32. SEW Talk Series
  33. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  34. BRL Seminar
  35. Eric Horvitz, Director of Microsoft Research -CSL Student Conference Plenary Presentation
  36. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  37. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  38. Yoga at Beckman
  39. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  40. SEW Talk Series
  41. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  42. BRL Seminar
  43. BRL Seminar
  44. Director's Seminar
  45. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  46. Yoga at Beckman
  47. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  48. SEW Talk Series
  49. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  50. BRL Seminar
  51. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  52. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  53. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  54. Yoga at Beckman
  55. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  56. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  57. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  58. SEW Talk Series
  59. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  60. BRL Seminar
  61. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  62. Yoga at Beckman
  63. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  64. SEW Talk Series
  65. BRL Seminar