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Dec 07Nano Blood Cells Could Offer Convenient, Portable Alternative to Transfusion

Nano Blood Cells Could Offer Convenient, Portable Alternative to Transfusion

Engineering at Illinois – Researchers have developed the first artificial red blood cells designed to emulate vital functions of natural red blood cells. If confirmed safe for use in humans, the nanotechnology-based product could represent an innovative alternative to blood transfusions that would be especially valuable on the battlefield and in other situations where donated blood is difficult to obtain or store. The artificial cells, called ErythroMer, are designed to be freeze-dried, stored at ambient temperatures, and simply reconstituted with water when needed. The donut-shaped artificial cells are formulated using nanotechnology--in partnership with Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group--and are about one-fiftieth the size of human red blood cells.

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Dec 05Detecting Cancer Cells through Polarized Light

Big Ten Network – Viktor Gruev, an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been working with an international team of scientists and researchers on a camera that could allow doctors to detect cancer cells through the use of polarized light. The inspiration for this camera came from studying the eyes of mantis shrimp.

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Dec 05White Named SES Fellow

Aerospace Engineering – Scott White, professor of aerospace engineering and member of Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the international Society of Engineering Science.

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Dec 01December 7 Graduate Student Seminar

Ross DeAngelis, a graduate research assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior, Cameron Hoerig, a Ph.D. student working with Michael Insana, and Luke Wendt, from Stephen Levinson’s Language Acquisition and Robotics Group, discuss their research at the Wed., December 7, Graduate Student Seminar held at noon in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch is provided.

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Videos

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

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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.

MRI Installation Timelapse - Two Weeks in 4 minutes

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A factoid-filled timelapse of upgrading a Trio whole body MRI scanner to a new MAGNETON Prisma 3T system. The installation took place at the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute over the course of twelve days. Here it is in 4 minutes. For more information about the Biomedical Imaging Center, please visit... http://bic.beckman.illinois.edu

Training Brain Networks and States - Michael Posner - 2016 SmithGroup Lecture

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Psychology professor emeritus Michael I. Posner presents his work examining the mechanisms of change in white matter resulting from various forms of training. For more than 50 years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging, and genetic methods. He continues these studies as professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon and adjunct professor at Weill Medical College. This lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on April 15, 2016. For more information on the SmithGroup lecture series, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/smithgroup-lectures.

Arthur Kramer Retirement Reception - April 21, 2016

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Director Art Kramer's retirement celebration from the Beckman Institute and the University of Illinois. Featured speakers: Patty Jones (Asstistant Director for Research at the Beckman Institute), Barbara Wilson (Interim Chancellor), Peter Schiffer (Vice Chancellor for Research), Jerry Gallwas-(former board member of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation), Theodore "Ted" Brown (founding Director of the Beckman Institute), Jennifer Eardley (Vice President for Research, Carle Foundation Hospital) and Art Kramer. Kramer had been a professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1984 and the Director the Beckman Institute since 2010.

How Eye-Tracking Can Help Older Readers

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Elizabeth Stine-Morrow and her Adult Learning Lab investigate the differences between younger and older readers using eye-tracking technology. As we get older, our ability to keep things in our short-term memory as we read generally gets worse. Using eye-tracking lets researchers see exactly what parts of text give older readers problems and allows them to develop strategies that can help people continue to be effective readers later in life. Stine Morrow is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member of the Human Perception and Performance group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit... https://education.illinois.edu/tall/

Concussion: Using Cooling Helmets to Combat Brain Injuries in College Football

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Former football player Kevin Jackson uses brain cooling technology in the hopes of reducing the effects of traumatic brain injuries and sports-related concussions. Jackson was a running back for the University of Illinois from 1990-1994. In addition to suffering a number of injuries to his body during his playing days, Jackson also suffered a number of un-diagnosed concussions. Now a research scientist and injury spotter, Jackson uses his experience as a player to help him understand and combat brain trauma in sports. This video illustrates the chain of events that occur when a traumatic brain injury happens, explores how concussion symptoms very from person to person, highlights the need to protect oneself from repeated head traumas, and shows how using cooling technologies might aide in recovery from injury. To learn more about this research, please visit... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/1/kjackson-feature

Senator Durbin on Funding for Biomedical Research (Full Presentation)

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin speaks about the critical importance of federal biomedical research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Administrators and professors from the University of Illinois also present their views on the importance of research funding. This presentation was made at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on January 15, 2016. Presentation speakers included: Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer, University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen, Senator Richard Durbin, Professor of Biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid, Professor of Chemistry Paul Hergenrother, and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Princess Imoukhuede. A press release from the Senator's website about his American Cures Act can be found here... http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-announces-progress-towards-restoring-us-commitment-to-scientific-and-biomedical-research

Senator Durbin on Funding for Biomedical Research (His Remarks and Q&A Only)

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin speaks about the critical importance of federal biomedical research funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Administrators and professors from the University of Illinois also presented their views on the importance of research funding (available in a separate video). This presentation was made at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on January 15, 2016. A press release from the Senator's website about his American Cures Act can be found here... http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-announces-progress-towards-restoring-us-commitment-to-scientific-and-biomedical-research

Building a Better Hand: A Low-Cost, High-Tech, 3D-Printed Prosthesis for the World

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Neuroscientist Aadeel Akhtar and his colleagues have created a more functional, and far less costly, bionic hand that may revolutionize prosthetics worldwide. Using myoelectric sensors, the fully-functional hand can be controlled by muscles in the wearer's residual limb. And, unlike other commercial prosthetics, the hand also provides sensory feedback to the wearer. Akhtar is a M.D./Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program at the University of Illinois. He is a part of Associate Professor Timothy Bretl's research group and a member of the Beckman Institute's Artificial Intelligence group. To learn more about this research, please visit here... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/09/prosthetic-hand-develops-sensory-feedback

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  1. Listening in a Non-Native Language in the Presence of Background Noise
  2. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  3. Fawad Ismail-Prelim Exam
  4. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  5. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  6. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  7. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  8. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  9. NEUR520 Neuroscience Program Seminar
  10. BRL Mini-Seminar
  11. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  12. NSP Seminars Neuroscience I/II Class
  13. Director's Seminar- Traumatic Brain Injury, Waves, Fractals
  14. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  1. General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice and Crab Rangoon
  2. Malibu Burger on Kaiser Bun**
  3. Hot and Sour Soup*
  4. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  5. Mixed Greens**
  1. Pork Burnt Ends with Roasted Garlic and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
  2. Vegan Wrap **
  3. Chili
  4. Spicy Vegetarian Chili*
  5. Greek Salad*
  1. Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Rice Pilaf
  2. Pork BBQ on a Kaiser Bun
  3. Tuna Salad Wrap
  4. New England Clam Chowder
  5. Vegetable Lentil Soup**
  6. Greek Salad*