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Sottos Awarded Beckman’s Vision and Spirit Award

Nancy Sottos, the Swanlund Endowed Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was honored for exemplifying founder Arnold Beckman’s vision of excellence, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration.

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Nancy Sottos, recipient of the Vision and Spirit Award gives a thank you speech.

Beckman News

Apr 19Beckman Postdoc Fellows Checco and Yoon to Present May 2 at Director's Seminar

Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows James Checco and Si On Yoon will present their research at noon, May 2, at the final Director’s Seminar of the spring semester. Checco will talk about “Exploring the Signaling of D-amino Acid-containing Neuropeptides,” and Yoon will discuss “When is Declarative Memory Necessary for Audience Design? Evidence from Amnesia.” The lecture is open to the public, and lunch is provided. No registration is required.

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Apr 19Shukla Joins Beckman as Affiliate Faculty Member

Diwakar Shukla, a Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has accepted an appointment as an affiliate faculty member at the Beckman Institute. Shukla will be a member of the Theoretcial and Computational Biophysics Group, which is within the institute's Molecular Science and Engineering research theme. Shukla uses and develops both theoretical and computational tools to understand biophysical processes for applications in plant biology and human diseases.

Apr 18Yan Tang Joins Beckman as Part-time Faculty Member

Yan Tang, a new assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics whose appointment begins in August, will become a part-time faculty member at the Beckman Institute. He will be a member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative Working Group that is within the Intelligent Systems research theme. His research focus has been in the field of speech and hearing.

Apr 18Common Murres' Incredible, Colorful Eggs

Hakai – Female murres lay uniquely pattered eggs to identify their offspring among thousands of others. Mark Hauber, a professor of animal biology, has discovered that these mothers can produce nearly identical shell patterns year after year by manipulating just two pigments. 

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Videos

Future Environments: Energy Everywhere

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From cell phones to electric cars, society is more and more dependent on reliable and portable energy. University of Illinois Professor Nancy Sottos discusses green energy and our ever-growing need for energy storage. Sottos is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Beckman Institute's Autonomous Materials Systems group. To read a full Q&A with Professor Sottos about the future of energy storage, please visit... https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2018/6/scifuture-energy Energy storage is a huge challenge for a greener future. What hurdles do you think green energy faces? Join the conversation: #scifuture

Quantum Rhapsodies, a live performance exploring quantum physics and its role in our universe

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Join us for the premiere of Quantum Rhapsodies the evening of Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Reception at 5 p.m., performance at 6 p.m., meet and greet with the creators at 7 p.m. The live performance features narrative, music, and visuals. It features the Jupiter String Quartet in collaboration with creator and physicist Smitha Vishveshwara, Beckman Institute researchers and visualization experts, Protagonist Pizza Productions, theater-maker Latrelle Bright, the students of PHYS 498 ART, and more. The performance is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Beckman Institute. Free to the public. For more information, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu

Future Environments: Future Farming

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Naira Hovakimyan discusses how drones, planes, satellites, and artificial intelligence will help farmers meet the food needs of our growing world population. Havakimyan is the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the CLEAR initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Chief Scientist for IntelinAir.

Future Environments: Bio-Inspired Materials

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Jeffrey Moore discusses bio-inspired, vascularized materials and how manufacturers will take inspiration from the natural world to create better products. Moore discusses how many manufactured goods of the future will include vascular networks that make them more adaptable, functional, and longer-lasting. Moore is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Future Environments: Household Chemicals

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Comparative biosciences professor Susan Schantz warns how common chemicals around the house can impact human development and what can be done to help protect children. Schantz is a professor of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior group at the Beckman Institute. What have you done to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals? Tell us at #scifuture. And to read a full Q&A with Professor Schantz about chemical contaminants in our home environments, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/

Future Environments: Cancer Microenvironments

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Bioengineering professor Rohit Bhargava discusses how advances in chemical imaging, machine learning, and 3D printing are changing how we think of and fight cancer. Cancer is more than just an isolated collection of diseased cells. The environment around the tumor plays an important part in whether the cancer spreads or not. By building real-world 3D models of a tumor environments, scientists hope to better predict and fight cancer growth.

Future Environments: Doctor's Office of the Future

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The handheld medical devices of science fiction are becoming science fact. Doctor Stephen Boppart looks at how technology, including phones and personal health monitors, will change our visits to the doctor's office and our relationship to our own health. Boppart is an MD, Ph.D. and professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What do you think the future of health care will look like? Tell us at #scifuture. And to read a full Q&A with Dr. Boppart about the doctor's office of the future, please visit... https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2018/5/scifuture-doctor

Using Light to Diagnose Disease

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses light to diagnose diseases such as cancer. Called "biophotonics," the technique generates high-resolution, real-time, non-invasive images of biological tissue at the cellular and molecular level. 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.

Using Light Pulses to Control Neurons

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns. This is the first example of "coherent control" in a living cell. The technique may lead to one day using light as a therapy to improve people's health. 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

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.

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 - EMMY Winner

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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 This video won the 2018 Mid-America EMMY Award for best "Informational/Instructional: Feature Segment."

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.

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  1. Campus Innovation in Extracellular Vesicle Biology and Technology workshop
  2. iOptics Seminar
  3. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  4. SEW-CNS Brown Bag Seminar
  5. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  6. Responsible Conduct of Research Series
  7. Yoga at Beckman
  8. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  9. iOptics Seminar
  10. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  11. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  12. CEE 449 International Collaborative Design Projects
  13. Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Taming your Mind”.
  14. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  15. Graduate Student Seminar
  16. Yoga at Beckman
  17. Spring 2019 IHSI Health IDEAS Seminar
  18. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  19. Director's Seminar
  20. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  21. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  22. TCBG Seminar
  23. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  24. Yoga at Beckman
  25. Benefit Choice Outreach Session
  26. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  27. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 4: Creating Sustainable Systems to Support Our Work
  28. iOptics Seminar
  29. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  30. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  31. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  32. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  33. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  34. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  35. NSF I/UCRC Center for Advanced Research in Drying Spring 2019 Meeting
  36. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  37. Bench to Bedside Series-Carle Internal Medicine
  38. Bench to Bedside Series
  39. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  40. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group Seminar
  41. Bhargava's PhD Student Defense
  1. Blackened Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  2. Shrimp Po’ Boy
  3. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  4. Tomato Basil Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Stuffed Shells with Marinara served with Salad and Breadstick
  2. Dill Egg Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Italian Beef
  4. Lobster Bisque
  5. Mediterranean Lentil Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
  2. Grilled Tofu Wrap This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Al Pastor Wrap
  4. Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Chana Masala with Basmati Rice, Vegetables, and Naan This dish is vegetarian friendly
  2. Vegan Korean Wrap This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Banh Mi Beef Wrap
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Grilled Hamburger on Bun
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, and Bosco Stick
  2. Italian Sausage on Baguette
  3. Mushroom Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Zuppa Toscana
  5. Tomato Basil Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly