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Oct 21Xiao Su Named Beckman Faculty Affiliate

Xiao Su, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member at the Beckman Institute. Su will be a member of the Molecular Design and Engineering Group within the Molecular Science and Engineering research theme. The Su Research Group aims to develop novel technologies for advanced separations and process intensification, by leveraging stimuli-responsive materials and molecular engineering tools.

Oct 17NSF Research Training Grant to Fund Materials/Data Science Program

The Grainger College of Engineering – The University of Illinois has been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to begin a Ph.D. level certificate program, which combines materials and data science. The team is led by Harley Johnson, mechanical science and engineering, and includes Klara Nahrstedt, the director of the Coordinated Science Lab and a Beckman faculty affiliate. Johnson notes that he has heard from both domestic and international partners in industry and at national laboratories of a real need for highly trained PhD level individuals knowledgeable in both areas as part of their workforce.

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Oct 11Jessie Chin Joins Beckman as Faculty Affiliate

Jessie Chin, an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences, has been named a faculty affiliate at the Beckman Institute. Her research focus includes information foraging; human-computer interaction; health literacy, communication, and informatics; persuasive design; and designing for successful aging and chronic illness prevention and control.

Oct 11Matlack Named Beckman Faculty Affiliate

Kathryn Matlack, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, recently became a faculty affiliate at the Beckman Institute. She will collaborate with members of the Molecular Design and Engineering research theme. She is the principal investigator for the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Laboratory that seeks to understand how waves propagate in complex materials over several length scales. The knowledge can then be used to design efficient and multi-functional materials, structures, and devices.

Videos

Sex Change in the Brains of Clownfish

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Neuroscientist Justin Rhodes examines how clownfish brains change from male to female.

Inspiring Young Engineers at Girl's Basketball Camp

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Mariana Kersh and her Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory students teach young girls about mechanical engineering at a University of Illinois basketball camp. Kersh is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a member of the Computational Imaging group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit uitbl.mechse.illinois.edu. TBL members who contributed to this research include: Hyunggwi Song, Chenxi Yan, Sara Moshage, Elizabeth Livingston, Woojae Kim, Vineeth Bodapati, Roberto Guzman, and Samantha Hammack.

Is cellphone use causing people to grow horns? Illinois prof says "No"

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Is cellphone use causing hornlike spikes to grow on the back of people's skulls? Professor Mariana Kersh, quoted by @CNN, says the widely publicized #hornstudy doesn't back it up. Kersh is an assistant professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois and a member of the Computational Imaging Group at the Beckman Institute. Read the CNN article about the original research here: https://cnn.it/31SsuRk

Science Videos - 2 Million Views!

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Thanks to all our YouTube viewers for giving us over two million views! Here's a look back at some of our favorite videos since we started our channel in 2007. Don't forget to Like, Comment, and Subscribe. Let's keep it going!

Muscle Regrowth Improves with Pericyte Transplantation

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Professor Marni Boppart describes her research in skeletal muscle regrowth. By injecting cells that support blood vessel growth into muscles depleted by inactivity, researchers say they are able to help restore muscle mass lost as a result of immobility. For more information, see: "Injections, exercise promote muscle regrowth after atrophy in mice, study finds." Boppart is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Extracellular Vesicle Imaging and Therapy Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. To read the University of Illinois news release on this research, please visit... https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/779544

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

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  1. Yoga at Beckman
  2. EVIT Working Group Meeting
  3. Beckman Graduate Researcher Appreciation Coffee
  4. Sensorium 2019
  5. Sensorium 2019
  6. Curious and Eclectic Seminar: Esther Ngumbi
  7. Grainger Engineering Investiture Honoring Professor Mark Anastasio
  8. Yoga at Beckman
  9. Grainger Engineering Investiture Honoring Professor Peter Abbamonte
  10. Sixian You Defense
  11. Curious and Eclectic Seminar: Deana McDonagh
  12. Yoga at Beckman
  13. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar
  14. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  15. FA19 iOptics Seminar Series
  16. McKinley Health Center Flu Clinic
  17. Yoga at Beckman
  18. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  19. IETP Toxicology Open House
  20. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop
  21. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Emily Wee
  22. Yoga at Beckman
  23. FA19 iOptics Seminar Series
  24. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Heidi Imker
  25. Yoga at Beckman
  26. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Anita Balgopal and Dustin Yocum
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  28. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar
  29. Yoga at Beckman
  30. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  31. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop
  32. Yoga at Beckman
  1. Bruschetta Chicken with Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Zucchini
  2. Chicken Shwarma
  3. Tomato Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Chicken Potato Corn Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Chx Flautas w Green Chile, with Rice and Beans
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Curried Chicken Salad
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Baja Chx Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice and Eggrolls
  2. Chicken-less Fajita Wrap This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Hot Dog on Bun
  4. Hot and Sour Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Lobster Bisque
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Smoked Chicken Wings served with macaroni and Cheese and Cole Slaw with a dinner roll
  2. Stuffed Portabella This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. BBQ Chicken Flatbread
  4. Chili
  5. Spicy Vegetarian Chili This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Shrimp Creole and Dinner Roll
  2. Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Battered Cod Po’ Boy
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Meat Lasagna with Kale Salad and Bosco Stick
  2. Veggie Lasagna with Kale Salad and Bosco Stick This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Meatball Sub with Marinara
  4. Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Veggie Lentil Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  6. Potato Gnocchi Soup
  7. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly