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Sep 15Applications Now Accepted for Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows

Applications Now Accepted for Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows

The Beckman Institute offers three postdoctoral fellows programs to support outstanding young scientists at the Beckman Institute: the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, the Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program, and the Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program. These programs offer a wonderful opportunity for scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute. Each year, four to six Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows and one Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Fellow are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Approximately every three years, one or two Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are likewise selected.

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Sep 21Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist

Illinois News Bureau – Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. “Misinformation can have a large impact,” Albarracin said. “If you’re going into something with a blank slate, your first impression is a huge one. And if that first impression is misinformation, it’s still hard to erase or correct. Sometimes you can be successful, but it will rarely be as successful as the initial misinformation.” The paper will be published in the journal Psychological Science. 

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Sep 20Is Nature Capable of Exploiting Quantum Mechanics?

Nature Physics – Beckman researchers are examing whether cells are able to sense the subtle quantum properties of light. Kush Paul, a researcher in Beckman's Cellular and Molecular Foundations Group, Stephen Boppart, a professor of elecrical and computer engineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and others have established a direct correlation between an optical stimulus and the control of biological functions, by studying the response of a photoreceptor known as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in living brain tissue.

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Videos

60 Second Science: Rohit Bhargava on Chemical Imaging

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Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group member Rohit Bhargava presents his research in sixty seconds. Bhargava is a pioneer in the development of infrared spectroscopic imaging and works to develop novel chemical imaging technologies and instrumentation that can be employed to detect, diagnose and understand tissue structures and cancer pathology. He is Bliss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Bioengineering and has appointments in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bhargava also founded and serves as the Director of the Cancer Community@Illinois, a University-wide effort dedicated to advancing cancer-related research and scholarship at Illinois.

60 Second Science: Stephen Boppart on Using Light to Diagnose Disease

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Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group member Stephen Boppart presents his research in sixty seconds. As the head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute, Boppart uses light to image biological tissue and diagnose disease. By combining optical imaging, biophotonics, and other advanced imaging techniques with clinical research, Boppart creates high-resolution, real-time, non-invasive images of biological tissue at the cellular and molecular level for diagnosing diseases such as cancer. Boppart is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, and is affiliated with the Department of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Governor Visits University of Illinois to Sign Bill SB8

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signs SB8, a new procurement bill, and holds a brief press conference at the University of Illinois. Participating in the bill signing and press conference were: Governor Bruce Rauner Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose Illinois State Representative David S. Olsen University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost John Wilken Beckman Institute Director Jeffrey S. Moore The event took place at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on August 9, 2017.

Illinois Senator Scott Bennett Discusses Science-Related Legislation

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Senator Bennett (D-Champaign) speaks about working with scientists to craft legislation within the Illinois Senate. This public talk took place at the Beckman Institute on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on July 13, 2017. The event was sponsored by the UIUC Science Policy Group (SPG). For more information about the Science Policy Group, please visit... https://publish.illinois.edu/sciencepolicygroup/ For more on Senator Scott Bennett, please visit... www.senatorbennett.com/

Not Finding Nemo: Clownfish in the Lab and the Wild

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Researchers discuss the differences in working with anemonefish, better known as clownfish, in their lab at the University of Illinois and in the wilds of Indonesia. Justin Rhodes is a Professor of Psychology and member of the NeuroTech Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ross DeAngelis is a graduate research assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at the Beckman Institute.

Nemo's Dad: Clownfish Fathering

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Clownfish dads are some of the best fathers in all of nature. Unlike most vertebrates, clownfish males are the primary caretakers of the eggs and spend most of their time nipping and fanning them to ensure their survival. Also known as anemonefish, this species gives researchers at the Beckman Institute a valuable window into the powerful hormonal changes that take place in the brains of nurturing fathers. Justin Rhodes is a Professor of Psychology and member of the NeuroTech Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ross DeAngelis is a graduate research assistant in the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit... https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/495695

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 behavioral 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.

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress and Health" by Dr. Robert Sapolsky (Short)

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Science writer, biologist, neuroscientist, and stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky presents the inaugural Fenton-Rhodes Lecture on Proactve Wellness. Sapolsky states that our bodies' stress response evolved to help us get out of short-term physical emergencies - if a lion is chasing you, you run. But such reactions, he points out, compromise long-term physical health in favor of immediate self-preservation. Unfortunately, when confronted with purely psychological stressors, such as troubleshooting the fax machine, modern humans turn on the same stress response. "If you turn it on for too long," notes Sapolsky, "you get sick." Sapolsky regards this sobering news with characteristic good humor, finding hope in "our own capacity to prevent some of these problems... in the small steps with which we live our everyday lives." This is an edited version of the full lecture that was recorded on September 22, 2016 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Colwell Playhouse as part of the Pygmalion TechFest

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress and Health" by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

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Science writer, biologist, neuroscientist, and stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky presents the inaugural Fenton-Rhodes Lecture on Proactve Wellness. Sapolsky states that our bodies' stress response evolved to help us get out of short-term physical emergencies - if a lion is chasing you, you run. But such reactions, he points out, compromise long-term physical health in favor of immediate self-preservation. Unfortunately, when confronted with purely psychological stressors, such as troubleshooting the fax machine, modern humans turn on the same stress response. "If you turn it on for too long," notes Sapolsky, "you get sick." Sapolsky regards this sobering news with characteristic good humor, finding hope in "our own capacity to prevent some of these problems... in the small steps with which we live our everyday lives." This lecture was recorded on September 22, 2016 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Colwell Playhouse as part of the Pygmalion TechFest

BI Oral Histories: Lawrence Kline Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: William May Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Jerry Gallwas Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Gary Wescombe Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

BI Oral Histories: Harry Gray & Jacqueline Dorrance Discuss Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown

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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.

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  1. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  2. CMS Seminar
  3. NIH Grant Writing Series
  4. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  5. BRL Seminar
  6. CLEAR Speaker Series
  7. Yoga at Beckman
  8. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  9. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  10. NIH Grant Writing Series
  11. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  12. BRL Seminar
  13. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  14. Director's Seminar
  15. iOptics Seminar
  16. Yoga at Beckman
  17. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  18. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  19. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  20. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  21. BRL Seminar
  22. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  23. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  24. CLEAR Speaker Series
  25. Yoga at Beckman
  26. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  27. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  28. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  29. BRL Seminar
  30. Yoga at Beckman
  31. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  32. Story Collider
  33. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  34. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  35. BRL Seminar
  36. CLEAR Speaker Series
  37. Yoga at Beckman
  38. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  39. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  40. BRL Seminar
  41. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  42. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  43. Beckman Institute 12:20 Thursday Concert
  44. Cancer Center Faculty Seminar Series
  45. ERP Workshop
  46. Yoga at Beckman
  47. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  48. Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science: Dr. Laura Kiessling, MIT Department of Chemistry
  49. Oscillations Workshop
  50. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  51. Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
  52. BRL Seminar
  53. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  54. Optical Workshop
  55. CLEAR Speaker Series
  56. Yoga at Beckman
  57. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  58. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  59. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  60. BRL Seminar
  61. Director's Seminar
  62. Yoga at Beckman
  63. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  64. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  65. BRL Seminar
  66. Yoga at Beckman
  67. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  1. Stuffed Shells with Marinara served with Salad and Breadstick
  2. Dill Egg Salad*
  3. Italian Beef
  4. Lobster Bisque
  5. Mediterranean Lentil Soup**
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Kale Salad**
  1. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
  2. Grilled Tofu Wrap*
  3. Al Pastor Wrap
  4. Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque*
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  1. Red Curry Chicken with Basmati Rice and Vegetables served with Naan Bread
  2. Vegan Korean Wrap**
  3. Bahn Mi Beef Wrap
  4. Vegan Garden Soup**
  5. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Mixed Greens**
  1. BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. Grilled Hamburger on Bun
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup*
  5. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  1. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger**
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. California Medley*
  5. New England Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad*