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Flexing Our Muscle:
Boppart studies stem cells and muscle rejuvenation

Beckman researcher Marni Boppart examines why muscle loss occurs and looks for ways to rejuvenate muscle.

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Beckman News

Feb 203D-printed Objects Serve as Sacrificial Templates, Mimicking Physiological Structures

3D-printed Objects Serve as Sacrificial Templates, Mimicking Physiological Structures

The lacy freeform 3D printed heart is more than something pretty to look at. “The principal application of these freeform printed objects is as sacrificial templates,” said Matthew Gelber, a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. 

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Mar 24Adobe is working on software to cut out the background from any photo

Digital Trends – Clipping out objects from photos and videos is often a time-consuming process — but Adobe is looking for new ways to change that with deep learning software. Published earlier this month, the research for Deep Image Mapping by Adobe, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign aims to improve on software-based clipping solutions.

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Mar 23This A.I. Technology Could Kill Off Hollywood's Green Screens

Inverse – In theaters, Spider-Man swings over the streets of New York, gliding across impossible gaps, somersaulting through explosions. In the studio, however, Tom Holland rolls around in front of a giant green sheet. But fortunately for many actors, a new A.I. technology could bring an end to the tedious experience of acting in front of a green screen. A new paper co-published by Adobe, the University of Illinois, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology explains how a new A.I. program could remove the background behind a person or object in virtually any situation, letting actors do their jobs in slightly-more-natural circumstances. The technique could be the beginning of the end for the venerable green-screen (or “chroma keying”) technique, which has been putting actors on Mars and inside of volcanoes for over eighty years.

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Mar 23Xiuling Li named IEEE Fellow

ECE Illinois – Xiuling Li, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow. Li has been recognized for her contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications. Her research focuses on developing innovative semiconductor structures and device concepts through both bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Mar 23Hyunjoon Kong named AIMBE Fellow

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois – The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the pending induction of Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, to its College of Fellows. Kong’s research focuses on the synthesis, characterization and processing of nanobiomaterials for diagnostic imaging and molecular/cell therapies of wounds and vascular diseases and regeneration of neuromuscular interface.

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Videos

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 behavior 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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Kline)

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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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (May)

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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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gallwas)

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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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Wescombe)

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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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gray & Dorrance)

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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.

Polymers That Self-Protect, Self-Heal, and Self-Destruct

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Pioneers in the field of autonomous materials discuss the current state-of-the-art in autonomous polymers that can self-protect, self-report, self-heal, regenerate, and finally trigger their own decomposition for recycling. This research is conducted by the members of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. The leaders of the group are Aerospace Engineer Scott White, Materials Scientist Nancy Sottos, and Chemist Jeffrey Moore. This work is reviewed in the latest issue of NATURE Insight. To learn more, please visit:

State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall - Dec 12, 2016

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State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall December 12, 2016 Beckman Auditorium, 3pm Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute. Topics include research theme reorganizations, upcoming events, and the current plans for ‘revitalizing’ the building. This video is a recording of the live stream of the town hall that took place Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

Oral History: The Beckman Foundation (Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance)

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Board members Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance discuss the history and future of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman foundation. Harry Gray is a professor of chemistry, founding Director of the Beckman Institute at Caltech, and the former Chairman of the Beckman Foundation. Jacqueline Dorrance is the former Executive Director and CEO of the Beckman Foundation.

Beauty of Science: Biophysicist Klaus Schulten Tribute

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Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman Institute faculty member for nearly 25 years, passed away after an illness in late October, 2016. In this tribute, Schulten discusses the beauty he finds in the microscopic world and and his love of exploring how nature works. Schulten, who led Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of dynamic computer simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before. Schulten's goal from his start as an original Beckman researcher was to use mathematics and physics to study the natural world through advanced computation. Schulten's group has created simulations that have provided never-before-seen views of such function as the chemical structure of the HIV capsid and the first-ever simulation of an entire life form, the complete satellite tobacco mosaic virus. To learn more about Schulten and his work, please visit: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/ https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/10/schulten-october2016 https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/425818

Building Bridges: Interdisciplinary Science and the Beckman Institute

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The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois was one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes in the world. Learn how the institute broke through academic barriers to tackle scientific problems that were too big for traditional universities to handle. And watch the pivotal role that founding director Ted Brown played in its creation in the late 1980s. This video celebrates the creation of the Beckman-Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship and Annual Lecture Series in 2015.

Paralympic Hopeful Uses 3D Tech to Revolutionize Wheelchair Racing Gloves

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Wheelchair athlete Arielle Rausin worked with the Beckman Institute's Visualization Lab to create revolutionary 3D printed wheelchair racing gloves. Rausin, a former member of the U of I Wheelchair Racing Team, hopes to one day use her gloves in a marathon at the Paralympics. Read more about her story here... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/09/3d-scanner-wheelchair-racing-gloves

Arnold Beckman: Chemist, Inventor, Philanthropist (HD)

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A history of chemist, inventor, and philanthropist Arnold Beckman. Along with his many contributions to science and scientific instrumentation, Beckman was responsible for the founding of one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes in the world -- the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (This video was originally released in standard-definition in 2007 as "Biography of Arnold Beckman")

Aerial Video of Beckman Institute, Engineering Quad, and North Campus Area

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Aerial video of the Beckman Institute and the Engineering quad filmed from the northern border of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Buildings that can be seen include the Beckman Institute, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Coordinated Science Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. And see if you can spot Foellinger Auditorium and the Illini Union in the distance.

A Chemical Soup: Children's Brains and Environmental Contaminants

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Professor Susan Schantz and her colleagues at Illinois are studying infants and their mothers to determine whether prenatal exposure to phthalates and other common chemicals leads to changes in their brain or behavior. This research, along with parallel studies in older children and animals, is a primary focus of the Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois, which Schantz directs (http://ikids.beckman.illinois.edu). Schantz is also a collaborator on Project TENDR, a group of dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and children’s health advocates who are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. For more information, please visit http://projecttendr.com. Schantz is a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the Neurotech group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the U. of I.

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  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  2. Lyle Lanier Lecture
  3. BRL Seminar
  4. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  5. Analysis of the Expression and Effects of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Family of Molecules on Fragile X Syndrome Abnormalities in a Mouse Model
  6. Director's Seminar
  7. Final Defense - Ben Chidester
  8. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  9. BRL Seminar
  10. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  11. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  12. Organizational Intelligence Spring Seminar Series - Robb Lindgren & Mike Yao
  13. Organizational Intelligence Spring Seminar Series - Zahra Mohaghegh
  14. Twelve-Twenty Concert
  15. Neuroscience Grad Student Appreciation Game Night
  16. iOptics Seminar
  17. Organizational Intelligence Spring Seminar Series - Michael Twidale
  18. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  19. BRL Seminar
  20. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  21. Imaging Forum/Seminar
  22. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  23. BRL Seminar
  24. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  25. Investiture of Emad Tajkhorshid and Satish Nair
  26. Twelve-Twenty
  27. SmithGroupJJR Lecture
  28. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  29. AE Stillwell Seminar
  30. BRL Seminar
  31. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  32. Director's Seminar- Prenatal Physical Activity Effects on Childhood Cognition
  33. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  34. BRL Seminar
  35. Neuroscience Program Seminar
  36. CEHC EAC Meetings
  37. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  38. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  39. BRL Seminar
  40. Twelve-Twenty Concert
  41. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative - TiMe Day
  42. Computational Neuroscience Workshop
  43. BRL Seminar
  44. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL)
  1. Cheese Ravioli with Marinara, Salad, and Bread
  2. Meatball Sub with Marinara
  3. Italian Wedding Soup
  4. Tomato Florentine*
  5. Greek Salad*
  1. Fajitas Chicken Salad
  2. Avocado Chicken Salad
  3. Stuffed Green Pepper Soup with Beef
  4. Red Pepper Gouda Bisque*
  5. Greek Salad*
  6. Kale Salad**
  1. Orange Chicken with Fried Rice and Eggroll
  2. Black Bean Burger
  3. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  4. Hot & Sour Soup**
  5. Greek Salad*
  1. Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
  2. BBQ Jackfruit**
  3. Broccoli Cheese Soup*
  4. Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. Greek Salad*
  6. Mixed Greens
  1. Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Sautéed Vegetables
  2. Dill Egg Salad*
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup**
  5. Greek Salad*