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The Beckman
Institute is a barrier-busting,
interdisciplinary
research facility
and community
of innovation.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Break Barriers.

The Beckman Institute was created to support interdisciplinary research among University of Illinois faculty. We foster scientific advances that couldn’t be done in any other way.
Our founder, Arnold Beckman, was an inventor and philanthropist who knew firsthand the power of interdisciplinary work.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Propel Science and Technology.

The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Help You Connect.

We offer a café with drinks and daily specials, events from concerts to research lectures, and plenty of study and meeting spaces.
The Beckman Institute was built to help people connect. Learn more about exploring Beckman.

Latest news

Upcoming events

STC for Quantitative Cell Biology Seminar: Massimiliano Esposito

Beckman Institute Room 3269 (3rd floor tower room)

Contact name: Lisa Johnson
Contact email: lisa3@illinois.edu

Massimiliano Esposito, University of Luxembourg, will lecture on "Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of chemical reaction networks and bioenergetics."

Abstract: 

I will start by introducing the fundamentals of thermodynamics of open chemical reaction networks (CRNs) and discuss how this theory can be used to assess the energetic cost of various biologically relevant operations. I will then present a circuit theory of CRNs which, like electrical circuit theory, can be used to describe complex CRNs in terms of modules characterized by the chemical analogues of a current-voltage characteristics and of Kirchhoff current and voltage laws. Energy transduction in central metabolism will be discussed as an application.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Beckman Interdisciplinary Safety Seminar: Karin Jensen

Beckman Institute Room 2269 (2nd floor tower room)

Contact name: Kelly Powderly
Contact email: powderl2@illinois.edu

Dr. Karin Jensen, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the University of Michigan, will lecture on "Changing the Narrative: Fostering a Culture of Well-being in Academia."

Those who register by Friday, February 23, will be provided pizza.

Abstract:

Higher education is facing a mental health crisis. High levels of mental health challenges are reported, in parallel with decreased positive well-being. Trainees report high levels of stress, which is found to be a major barrier for retention. Faculty report high levels of burnout that has only increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. What can be done? Studies of higher education describe cultures of stress, overwork, and similar narratives that are not supportive of individual or organizational well-being. In this lecture I will discuss the research on culture in academia and the impacts on well-being. I will present research on well-being and share practical strategies that we can leverage to support our own well-being. Building on the literature on the intersection of well-being and academic culture, I will discuss calls to change the narrative to build a culture of well-being in academia to build thriving academic communities.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

New-to-Beckman tour

MRI Exhibit

Contact name: Lexie Kesler
Contact email: lkesler@illinois.edu

Come find out more about the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology! Learn about the barrier-busting interdisciplinary research facility and community of innovation. Tours will be offered the first Thursday of the month from 10-10:30 a.m.  Register here.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

ITG Tech Talk: "Morphological characteristics of the dragonfly wings"

5602 Beckman Institute and on Zoom

Contact name: Teppie Apperson
Contact email: speyton@illinois.edu

Entomology graduate student Siti Fauziyah will present a Beckman Imaging Technology Group Tech Talk at noon Tuesday, March 19. The talk title: "Morphological characteristics of the dragonfly wings." Lunch will be provided to those who register by Thursday, March 14. 

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Cookie Collab

Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 12172442603

Join members of the Beckman community for coffee and cookies in the Beckman Atrium. The Cookie Collab is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.