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Beckman News

Aug 16Beckman Faculty Appointed APA Journal Editors

American Psychological Association – Aaron Benjamin, a professor of psychology, and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, a professor of educational psychology, have been appointed editors of journals published by the American Psychological Association. Benjamin is editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, and Stine-Morrow of Psychology and Aging. The six-year editorial terms begin in 2019. Both are members of Beckman's Intelligent Systems Group.

 

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Aug 14Firmer, Fitter Frame Linked to Firmer, Fitter Brain

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering – In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers at Illinois, including Aron K. Barbey, associate professor of psychology, and collaborators from Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Delaware found that aerobically fit individuals have a better memory, and a firmer, more elastic brain hippocampus.

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Aug 14Beckman Senior Fellow Examines Working Memory

The prospect of collaborating with one-time colleagues Monica Fabiani and Gabriele Gratton, led Nelson Cowan, Curators Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, to an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Beckman Institute. The Senior Fellows Program gives established faculty from other universities the opportunity to do short-term, on-site, interdisciplinary research with other Beckman Institute researchers.

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Aug 10Taboo Words’ Impact Mediated by Context, Listeners’ Likelihood of Being Offended

U of I News Bureau – University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson, who is a member of Beckman’s Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative, found in a recent study that readers’ likelihood of being offended by taboo words and the context in which the words were used accounted for some—but not all—of these words’ impact on readers’ attention and memory.

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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.

Governor Visits University of Illinois to Sign Procurement 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.

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 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. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  2. BRL Seminar
  3. CLEAR Speaker Series
  4. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  5. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  6. BRL Seminar
  7. Director's Seminar
  8. Yoga at Beckman
  9. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  13. Beckman Institute 12;20 Thursday Concerts
  14. CLEAR Speaker Series
  15. Yoga at Beckman
  16. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  17. The Future is for Everyone, by Rose Eveleth
  18. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  19. BRL Seminar
  20. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  21. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  22. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
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  24. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  25. CLEAR Speaker Series
  26. Yoga at Beckman
  27. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  28. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  29. BRL Seminar
  30. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  31. Director's Seminar
  32. Yoga at Beckman
  33. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  34. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  35. BRL Seminar
  36. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  37. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  38. CLEAR Speaker Series
  39. Yoga at Beckman
  40. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  41. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  42. BRL Seminar
  43. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  44. Yoga at Beckman
  45. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  1. Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
  2. BBQ Pulled Pork
  3. Tomato Basil Bisque*
  4. Greek Salad*
  5. Kale Salad**
  1. Tuesday
  2. Rib Tips with Macaroni and Cheese and Glazed Carrots
  3. Veggie Burger**
  4. Lobster Bisque
  5. Greek Salad*
  1. Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice and Green Beans
  2. Hot Dog on Bun
  3. Broccoli Cheese Soup*
  4. Greek Salad*
  5. Mixed Greens**
  1. Thursday
  2. Pot Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Mixed Veggies
  3. Curried Chicken Salad
  4. Potato Leek Soup*
  5. Greek Salad*
  1. Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Long Grain& Wild Rice and Broccoli
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Greek Salad*