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Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering and the technical director of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center, has been awarded the Vision and Spirit Award for exemplifying founder Arnold Beckman’s vision.

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Beckman News

Apr 20New Center for Brain Plasticity Launches

New Center for Brain Plasticity Launches

IHSI – The Center for Brain Plasticity, championed and supported by both the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, brings together researchers, university-wide, with the aims of advancing understanding of the brain and the power of the brain to be changed by experience and other external influences. Led by Aron Barbey, an associate professor of psychology, and Neal Cohen, a professor of psychology and head of the IHSI, the center builds upon the incredible wealth of plasticity research and data at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to provide a nexus for long-term interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Apr 20Laser Light Show Machine Teaches Students Math, Computer Programming

Illinois News Bureau – Students in an area middle school learned principles of coordinate math and computer programming by creating a laser light show in a collaborative project started by University of Illinois researchers in education and engineering. Arend van der Zande, professor of mechanical science and engineering, and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is part of the project along with two other Illinois faculty members in education and engineering. 

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Apr 19Is Autism a Disorder, an Identity or Both?

Illinois News Bureau – Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne, a member of Beckman's Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative, along with doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal, discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism. 

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Apr 18Coiled Carbon Fiber Artificial Muscle Lifts 12,000 Times its Own Weight

New Atlas – Researchers from the U. of I. have developed an artificial muscle made of carbon fiber and rubber that can lift more than 12,000 times its own weight. Sameh Tawfick, author of the study and assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, leads the MechSE team on making coiled artificial muscles stronger and more practical. Tawfick is a member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group. 

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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.

"Pi Day" Number Song

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March 14 (3.14) is "Pi Day." Sing along with our favorite mathematical constant.

"Cell Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs" - Dr. Laura Kiessling (Beckman-Brown Lecture)

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Laura Kiessling, professor of chemistry at MIT, presents the 2017 Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science. Her talk focuses on the roles of carbohydrate-binding proteins in checking glycan IDs. Topics include probing the fundamental chemical forces underlying the recognition of carbohydrates to understanding how nature exploits these interactions to detect microbes. Kiessling's research combines tools from organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, structural biology, and molecular and cell biology. The Annual Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science honors Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of the Institute, and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director. The series is funded by a gift from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on November 3, 2017.

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 5

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:38] Zan Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois (chair) [00:38-16:37] Tamer Basar, Center for Advanced Study, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois [16:54-29:58] Jeffrey Moore, Director, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois **SESSION 5** [30:23-1:07:12] "In situ Structures of Molecular Complexes by Cryo-electron Tomography" Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford [1:07:12-1:44:36] "Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Cadherin Complexes" Marcos Sotomayor, Ohio State University [1:45:20-2:11:25 ] "Magnetic Compass Sense of Migratory Birds: A Perspective" Ilia Solov'yov, University of Southern Denmark [2:11:59-2:39:09] "Building a Bridge from Molecular Simulation to Understand How Bacteria Work" Peter Freddolino, University of Michigan [ 2:39:33-3:17:24] "Computational Drug Discovery: From Proteome to Drugs" Jerome Baudry, University of Alabama, Huntsville [3:17:24-3:22:09] "Closing Remarks" Organizing Committee: Zan Luthey-Schulten, Emad Tajkhorshid, Chris Chipot, and Alek Aksimentiev For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 4

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 4** [00:01-08:32] Video: Sculpting Proteins [08:32-8:59] Alek Aksimentiev, University of Illinois (Chair) "Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Neurotransmitter Release" Axel T. Brunger, Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Removed at presenter's request) [09:41-49:36] "Over a Decade of Studying Membrane-protein Insertion" James 'JC' Gumbart, Georgia Institute of Technology [50:23-1:32:48] "Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale" Rommie E. Amaro, University of California, San Diego [1:32:48-1:35:19] Video: Klaus Schulten Memorial Video Tribute "Opening Windows into the Cell: Bringing Structure to Cell Biology using Cryo-electron Microscopy" Elizabeth Villa, University of California, San Diego (Removed at presenter's request) [1:35:36-2:17:54]"Molecular Simulations of Lipid Membrane Sensing and Remodeling Dynamics" Gerhard Hummer, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe University [2:18:11-3:00:53] "Accurate Prediction of Membrane Permeabilities in Rational Lead Discovery" Chris Chipot, University of Illinois and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [3:00:59-3:27:12] "Closing Remarks" Sir Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois and Nobel Laureate (2003, Physics) For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 3

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:47] Chris Chipot, University of Illinois (Chair) [00:47-11:43] Mark Berger, NVIDIA Corporation [11:43-15:39] William Gropp, National Center for Supercomputing Applications [15:39-27:47] Laxmikant 'Sanjay' Kale, Computer Science, University of Illinois **SESSION 3** [28:17- 1:11:57] "Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Ribosomal Function" Helmut Grubmuller, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry "Physics of DNA and Chromatin Function" Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins University (Removed at presenter's request) [1:12:29-1:49:58] "Molecular-level Description of Excitation Energy Transfer in Light-harvesting Systems" Ulrich Kleinekathofer, Jacobs University Bremen [1:50:52-2:24:54] "Computational Microscopy of Biological and Synthetic Nanopores" Aleksei Aksimentiev, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 2

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 2** [00:01-04:24] Attila Szabo, National Institutes of Health (Chair) [04:24-50:32] "Cryo-electron Tomography or the Challenge of Doing Structural Biology in situ" Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry [50:32-1:30:33] "Using Computer Simulations to Advance our Understanding of Biological Systems at the Atomic Level" Benoit Roux, University of Chicago "Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in Enzymes and Photoreceptor Proteins" Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois (Removed at presenter's request) [1:30:45-1:36:21] Video: Biophysical Society Interview [1:36:53-2:13:40] "Klaus' Computational Microscope Applied to Harvesting, Transfer, and Trapping Solar Energy for Photosynthesis" Neil Hunter, University of Sheffield [2:13:44-2:47:55] "Reaction Paths, Stochastic Modeling, and the Mean First Passage Time" Ron Elber, University of Texas at Austin [2:48:45-3:27:36] "Capturing Biological Membranes and Membrane Proteins in Action Using Advanced Simulation Technologies" Emad Tajkhorshid, University of Illinois [3:27:48-3:37:41] "Closing Remarks" Theodore 'Ted' Brown, Founding Director of the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 1

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-06:00] Emad Tajkorshid, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois (Chair) [06:00-12:55 ] James C. Phillips, Beckman Institute, NCSA [12:55-21:51] Wen-Mei Hwu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSL [21:51-30:11] John E. Stone, Beckman Institute [30:11-34:27] Yann R. Chemla, Physics and NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells **SESSION 1** [35:14-1:03:07] "Towards Simulating the Minimal Cell" Zaida 'Zan' Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois [1:03:07-1:39:52] "Synergy Between NMR, Cryo-EM and Large-scale MD Simulations-An All-atom Model of a Native HIV Capsid" Angela M. Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine [1:39:52-2:15:55] "Pursuing Klaus' Vision: Folding Chromatin Fibers by Mesoscale Simulations" Tamar Schlick, New York University [2:15:55-2:57:08] "Force Propagation in Biomolecular Complexes: in-vitro Meets in-silico" Hermann E. Gaub, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat [2:57:08-3:08:34] Video: Memorial Tribute by Tamar Schlick, NYU For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

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.

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  14. 05May
  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  2. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  3. SEW Talk Series
  4. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  5. BRL Seminar
  6. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  7. iOptics Seminar
  8. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  9. Yoga at Beckman
  10. Monroy Defense
  11. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  12. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  13. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  14. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  15. SEW Talk Series
  16. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  17. BRL Seminar
  18. Director's Seminars by Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Dan Kleinman and Fan Lam
  19. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  20. Spring Cancer Center Faculty Seminar Series
  21. Yoga at Beckman
  22. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  23. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  24. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  25. Tech Talk on Tuesdays
  26. Benefit Choice Outreach
  27. SEW Talk Series
  28. BRL Seminar
  29. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Flute & Harp Duo
  30. Yoga at Beckman
  31. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  32. College of Media Honor's Congratulatory Reception
  33. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  34. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  35. BRL Seminar
  36. iOptics Seminar
  37. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  38. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  39. Tillmaand, Emily Grace - PhD. Defense
  40. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks or Summertime T3s
  41. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  42. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  43. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  44. Cancer Research Advocacy Group Workshop
  45. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks or Summertime T3s
  46. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  47. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  48. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  49. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks or Summertime T3s
  50. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  51. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  52. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  53. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks or Summertime T3s
  54. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  55. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  56. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  57. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks or Summertime T3s
  58. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  1. Meat or Veggie Lasagna with Kale Salad and Bosco Stick
  2. Polish Sausage on Baguette
  3. Veggie Burger**
  4. Veggie Lentil Soup**
  5. Potato Gnocchi Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  1. Pork Carnitas with Mexican Rice and Refried Beans
  2. Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  3. Cheese Quesadilla*
  4. Cream of Mushroom Soup*
  5. Buffalo Chicken Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Kale Salad**
  1. Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Rice and Crab Rangoon
  2. Banh Mi Beef Wrap
  3. Hummus with Pita**
  4. Potato Leek Soup*
  5. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Mixed Greens**
  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**