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.
Training Brain Networks and States - Michael Posner - 2016 SmithGroup Lecture
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.
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Arthur Kramer Retirement Reception - April 21, 2016
Director Art Kramer's retirement celebration from the Beckman Institute and the University of Illinois.
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.
Concussion: Using Cooling Helmets to Combat Brain Injuries in College Football
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.
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Senator Durbin on Funding for Biomedical Research (Full Presentation)
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...
Building a Better Hand: A Low-Cost, High-Tech, 3D-Printed Prosthesis for the World
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.
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