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Beckman Researchers Examine how Comprehension and Memory Impact Self-care

Daniel Morrow’s research on health literacy is working toward making health-related information not only easy to access, but also easy to understand.

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Apr 26Zhu Receives NSF CAREER Award

ECE Illinois – Wenjuan Zhu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, is the recipient of a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal, “Transforming Electronic Devices Using Two-dimensional Materials and Ferroelectric Metal Oxides.” The award provides monetary support over the next five years in support of her research and educational activities.

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Apr 25Bashir Honored With Campus Award for Excellence in Faculty Leadership

U of I News Bureau – Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, was one of four University of Illinois faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at a dinner reception April 25. The Office of the Provost sponsors the campus-level awards to recognize excellence in leadership for those faculty members who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their efforts to enable and promote others in shaping that future. 

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Apr 24A Healthy Prescription: Beckman Researchers Examine how Comprehension and Memory Impact Self-care

Electronic health record portals should make it easy and convenient for patients to view the important information in their medical records. But having access to the information and understanding how to use it are two different things. That’s especially true for older adults, whose increased health care needs can coincide with age-related declines in cognitive abilities, such as working memory and attention. It’s a reality that motivates Daniel Morrow in his work on health literacy.

 

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Apr 21Mindbot: A Virtual Therapist to Help People With Mental Illness

IEEE News – IEEE reports that Wai-Tat Fu, an associate professor of computer science and a member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, and his graduate student Ping-Jing Yang have collaborated to develop Mindbot, a virtual therapist. Still a prototype, it relies on natural language processing and machine learning to interact with patients the way therapists do.

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Videos

Vision and Spirit Award Presented at Arnold Beckman 117th Birthday Celebration

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Rohit Bhargava, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, receives the Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award. Interim Director Jeff Moore presented the award at the Beckman Institute on April 10, 2017 during the celebration in honor of the University of Illinois' 150th anniversary and what would have been Arnold Beckman's 117th birthday. The Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit award, in the amount of $150,000, recognizes a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology who exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman's vision in establishing the Beckman Institute, and who, like Beckman and other Institute faculty members, has fostered collaboration in order to mount a bold and risky experiment that meets not only short-term research goals, but inspires future long-term work, contributing significantly to the mission of the Beckman Institute. For more information, please visit https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/4/vision_and_spirit2017

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 behavior 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.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Kline)

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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 (May)

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Board member William May discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. May is an attorney who worked at Beckman Instruments for thirty years, and served twenty-one years as their Senior VP and General Counsel. He was named Chairman of the Board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 2016.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gallwas)

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Board member Gerald (Jerry) Gallwas discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Gallwas is the former Director of Program Management of the Diagnostic Systems Group at Beckman Instruments. He has served on the board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 1995.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Wescombe)

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Board member Gary Wescombe discusses Arnold Beckman and his foundation, the birth of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute, and Ted Brown, the Institute's founding Director. Wescombe is a CPA and has served as the CFO and Treasurer of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 1997.

Oral Histories: Arnold Beckman, Ted Brown, and the Beckman Institute (Gray & Dorrance)

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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

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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

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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 ‘revitalizing’ the building. This video is a recording of the live stream of the town hall that took place Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

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

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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.

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  1. Director's Seminar- Prenatal Physical Activity Effects on Childhood Cognition
  2. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  3. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  4. BRL Seminar
  5. Neuroscience Program Seminar- NEUR520
  6. CEHC EAC Meetings
  7. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  8. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  9. BRL Seminar
  10. Twelve-Twenty Concert
  11. Beckman Town Hall Meeting
  12. UPB Benefit Outreach Session
  13. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  14. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative - TiMe Day
  15. Computational Neuroscience Workshop
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  18. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL)
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  20. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  1. Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice** and Green Beans**
  2. Vegan Korean Wrap**
  3. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  4. Egg Drop Soup*
  5. Greek salad*
  1. Beef Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes* and Dinner Roll*
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Tomato Basil Bisque*
  5. Greek salad*
  6. Mixed Greens
  1. Crusted Salmon Filet with Wild Rice** and Mixed Vegetables**
  2. Dill Egg Salad
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Tomato Tortellini Soup*
  5. Greek salad*