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The Computational Molecular Science (CMS) Group has been established within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme at Beckman.

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Composite image featuring headshots of Beckman CMS group members Narayana Aluru, Paul Braun, Andrew Ferguson, Martin Gruebele, So Hirata, Nancy Makri, Charles Schroeder, Kenneth Schweizer, Charles Sing, and group leader Yang Zhang.

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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Oct 18Report Identifies Factors Associated With Harassment, Abuse in Academic Fieldwork

U of I News Bureau – College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Illinois anthropology professor Kate Clancy, a member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, and colleagues conducted the new study as part of a survey of hundreds of students who reported on their field-research experiences in the life, physical and social sciences.

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Oct 17Nie Named Beckman Affiliate

Shuming Nie, a professor of bioengineering, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Integrative Imaging research theme.

Oct 17Bell Named Beckman Affiliate

Alison Bell, an associate professor of animal biology, has been named a Beckman affiliate in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior (CaMF) working group, within the Intelligent Systems research theme.

Videos

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

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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 presentation, 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.

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.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Imaging Biomarker Discovery Program Info Session
  2. Meet NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris
  3. Meet and Greet with Richard Harris
  4. Yoga at Beckman
  5. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  6. Story Collider
  7. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  8. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  9. BRL Seminar
  10. iOptics Seminar
  11. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  12. CLEAR Speaker Series
  13. Yoga at Beckman
  14. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  15. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  16. CMS Seminar
  17. BRL Seminar
  18. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  19. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  20. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  21. Cancer Center Faculty Seminar Series
  22. EEG/ERP Workshop
  23. Yoga at Beckman
  24. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  25. Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science: Dr. Laura Kiessling, MIT Department of Chemistry
  26. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  27. Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
  28. BRL Seminar
  29. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  30. Optical Workshop
  31. FOIA Presentation
  32. CLEAR Speaker Series
  33. Human Subject Research Conference
  34. Yoga at Beckman
  35. Abbvie Seminar
  36. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  37. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  38. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  39. BRL Seminar
  40. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  41. Director's Seminar
  42. Yoga at Beckman
  43. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  44. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  45. BRL Seminar
  46. Yoga at Beckman
  47. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  48. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  49. CMS Seminar
  50. Campus Master Plan Update - Public Forum
  51. BRL Seminar
  52. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  53. iOptics Seminar
  54. CLEAR Speaker Series
  55. Yoga at Beckman
  56. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  57. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  58. BRL Seminar
  59. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  60. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  61. Director's Seminar
  62. CLEAR Speaker Series
  63. Yoga at Beckman
  64. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  65. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  66. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  67. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  68. BRL Seminar
  69. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  70. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  71. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  72. State of the Beckman Institute
  73. Yoga at Beckman
  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**