Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Kline)
Board member Dr. Lawrence Kline discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director.
Dr. Kline is a pulmonary, critical care, sleep doctor at Scripps Memorial Hospital. He was the personal physician for Arnold Beckman for over a decade and has served as a board member on the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 2013.
Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gray & Dorrance)
Board members Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance discuss Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director.
Harry Gray is a professor of chemistry, founding Director of the Beckman Institute at Caltech, and the former Chairman of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
Jacqueline Dorrance is the Secretary and former Executive Director and CEO of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
Polymers That Self-Protect, Self-Heal, and Self-Destruct
Pioneers in the field of autonomous materials discuss the current state-of-the-art in autonomous polymers that can self-protect, self-report, self-heal, regenerate, and finally trigger their own decomposition for recycling.
This research is conducted by the members of the Autonomous Materials Systems group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. The leaders of the group are Aerospace Engineer Scott White, Materials Scientist Nancy Sottos, and Chemist Jeffrey Moore.
This work is reviewed in the latest issue of NATURE Insight. To learn more, please visit:
State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall - Dec 12, 2016
State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall
December 12, 2016
Beckman Auditorium, 3pm
Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute.
Topics include research theme reorganizations, upcoming events, and the current plans for â€˜revitalizingâ€™ the building.
This video is a recording of the live stream of the town hall that took place Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:00 â€“ 4:00pm in the Beckman Auditorium.
Beauty of Science: Biophysicist Klaus Schulten Tribute
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 werenâ€™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.
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Aerial Video of Beckman Institute, Engineering Quad, and North Campus Area
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
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 Childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™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.