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Part of Beckman’s 30th anniversary celebration, this free performance explores quantum physics and its
role in our universe through
live music, narrative, and visuals.

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Beckman News

Mar 12CLEAR Initiative Opens Doors for Aging and Chronic Disease Research

CLEAR Initiative Opens Doors for Aging and Chronic Disease Research

Taylor Jansen, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, and her interdisciplinary research team conducted a project focused on aging and chronic disease management in the summer of 2017. Now a published journal author, Jansen thanks the CLEAR Initiative for kick-starting her research experience as an undergraduate. 

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Mar 19Illinois CS Vision Group Provides Leadership in a Rapidly Growing Field

Illinois Computer Science – In less than a decade, driven by the deep learning revolution, computer vision has boomed and begun to transform photography, social and interactive computing, manufacturing, health care, construction industry, agriculture, and other fields. Illinois Computer Science’s three vision professors and their widening network of alumni are among the leaders driving and shaping that growth. Professor David Forsyth and Associate Professors Derek Hoiem and Svetlana Lazebnik lead Illinois Computer Science’s Vision Group and play, as Forsyth says, a significant role in the academic computer vision community.

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Mar 19Centellas Wins Technical 'Elevator Speech' Challenge

Aerospace at Illinois – Polette Centellas, a Ph.D. student in aerospace engineering who is in Beckman's Autonomous Materials Systems Group, competed at the JEC World Composites Challenge in Paris last week. Her challenge was to pitch her thesis in just 5 minutes, using only one slide. This is not an easy task when communicating highly technical information. But honing what's commonly referred to as an "elevator speech" is a science Centallas has mastered.

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Mar 18Mei Shen Joins Beckman as Part-time Faculty Member

Mei Shen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Illinois, has joined the Beckman Institute as a part-time faculty member. Shen will be a member of the Neurotecnology for Memory and Cognition Working Group within the Intelligent Systems research theme, and have a secondary affiliation with the Extracellular Vesicle Imagaging and Therapy Working Group within the Integrative Imaging research theme. Her research interests include nano-electrochemistry, neurotransmitter detection, liquid-liquid interfaces, somatic and synaptic neurotransmission, and scanning electrochemical microscopy.

Videos

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. Please register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1449126

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: 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

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

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.

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 - EMMY Winner

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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 This video won the 2018 Mid-America EMMY Award for best "Informational/Instructional: Feature Segment."

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.

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  1. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  2. Curious & Eclectic Seminar: Smitha Vishveshwara, physics
  3. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  4. Bench to Bedside Series-Carle Internal Medicine
  5. Yoga at Beckman
  6. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  7. Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery Lecture
  8. Thursdays at 12:20: Black Chorus Chamber Ensemble
  9. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  10. Lyle Lanier Lecture
  11. Curious Eclectic Seminar Series: Ruby Mendenhall
  12. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  13. Graduate Student Seminar
  14. Yoga at Beckman
  15. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  16. Director's Seminar by Prof. Narayan Aluru
  17. SmithGroup Lecture: "Taming Complexity: Controlling Networks" by Albert-László Barabási
  18. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  19. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  20. Yoga at Beckman
  21. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  22. Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery Lecture
  23. Premier of Quantum Rhapsodies
  24. Cryo-EM Workshop
  25. Science Communication Workshop
  26. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 3: Recognizing and Navigating Power Dynamics in Research
  27. iOptics Seminar
  28. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  29. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  30. Yoga at Beckman
  31. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  32. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert: Evans-Hartley Experience
  33. CCIL Faculty Seminar Series
  34. Campus Innovation in Extracellular Vesicle Biology and Technology workshop
  35. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  36. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  37. Yoga at Beckman
  38. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  39. iOptics Seminar
  40. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  41. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  42. Graduate Student Seminar
  43. Yoga at Beckman
  44. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  45. Director's Seminar
  46. TCBG Seminar
  47. Neurocardiology Research Workshop with Dr. Issam Moussa
  48. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  49. Yoga at Beckman
  50. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  51. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 4: Creating Sustainable Systems to Support Our Work
  52. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  53. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  54. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  55. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  56. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  1. Stuffed Shells with Marinara served with Salad and Breadstick
  2. Dill Egg Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Italian Beef
  4. Lobster Bisque
  5. Mediterranean Lentil Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
  2. Grilled Tofu Wrap This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Al Pastor Wrap
  4. Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Chana Masala with Basmati Rice, Vegetables, and Naan This dish is vegetarian friendly
  2. Vegan Korean Wrap This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Banh Mi Beef Wrap
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Grilled Hamburger on Bun
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly