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Nov 14Simulation Reveals How Bacterial Organelle Converts Sunlight to Chemical Energy

Simulation Reveals How Bacterial Organelle Converts Sunlight to Chemical Energy

Illinois News Bureau – Beckman scientists have simulated every atom of a light-harvesting structure in a photosynthetic bacterium that generates energy for the organism. The work is a major step toward understanding how some biological structures convert sunlight into chemical energy, a biological innovation that is essential to life. Much of the work was conducted at the Beckman Institute with members of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group.

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Nov 14Jenny Won Named 2019 Baxter Young Investigator

Baxter Healthcare – Baxter Healthcare Corporation recently presented Bioengineering Ph.D. Student Jungeun "Jenny" Won with a 2019 Young Investigator Award. Her research is titled “Middle Ear Imaging Device for Non-invasive, Real-time Diagnosis and Monitoring of Middle Ear Infections.” As part of the Biophotonics Imaging Lab, her adviser is Stephen Boppart. Fourteen graduate students received the award this year for "research that is challenging, applicable to critical care therapies, and that helps Baxter save and sustain human lives," said the Baxter award committee in its notification to Won.

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Nov 13NIH RO1 Grant to Help Improve Ultrasound Tomography for Breast Cancer Detection

The Grainger College of Engineering – In the growing need to improve imaging techniques, the US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an RO1 grant to improve breast ultrasound tomography. Beckman’s Mark Anastasio, Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering and the head of the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois, is the contact principal investigator on the project, titled “Advanced image reconstruction for accurate and high-resolution breast ultrasound tomography.” Illinois will partner with Wayne State University.

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Nov 11What You See in the Clouds Might Say Something About You

Washington Post – Cognitive neuroscientist Kara Federmeier was quoted in an article in the Washington Post about how seeing shapes in the sky has nothing to do with meteorology and everything to do with the mechanics of the human brain. “The visual system is constantly sending messy, only partially analyzed information forward into memory. It’s sort of saying: ‘Here’s some stuff. What do you have that looks anything like this?’ ” Federmeier said.

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Videos

Sex Change in the Brains of Clownfish

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Neuroscientist Justin Rhodes examines how clownfish brains change from male to female.

Inspiring Young Engineers at Girl's Basketball Camp

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Mariana Kersh and her Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory students teach young girls about mechanical engineering at a University of Illinois basketball camp. Kersh is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a member of the Computational Imaging group at the Beckman Institute. To learn more about this research, please visit uitbl.mechse.illinois.edu. TBL members who contributed to this research include: Hyunggwi Song, Chenxi Yan, Sara Moshage, Elizabeth Livingston, Woojae Kim, Vineeth Bodapati, Roberto Guzman, and Samantha Hammack.

Is cellphone use causing people to grow horns? Illinois prof says "No"

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Is cellphone use causing hornlike spikes to grow on the back of people's skulls? Professor Mariana Kersh, quoted by @CNN, says the widely publicized #hornstudy doesn't back it up. Kersh is an assistant professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois and a member of the Computational Imaging Group at the Beckman Institute. Read the CNN article about the original research here: https://cnn.it/31SsuRk

Science Videos - 2 Million Views!

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Thanks to all our YouTube viewers for giving us over two million views! Here's a look back at some of our favorite videos since we started our channel in 2007. Don't forget to Like, Comment, and Subscribe. Let's keep it going!

Muscle Regrowth Improves with Pericyte Transplantation

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Professor Marni Boppart describes her research in skeletal muscle regrowth. By injecting cells that support blood vessel growth into muscles depleted by inactivity, researchers say they are able to help restore muscle mass lost as a result of immobility. For more information, see: "Injections, exercise promote muscle regrowth after atrophy in mice, study finds." Boppart is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the Extracellular Vesicle Imaging and Therapy Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. To read the University of Illinois news release on this research, please visit... https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/779544

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

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. For more information, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu

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: 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

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  1. IETP Toxicology Open House
  2. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop
  3. FA19 iOptics Seminar Series: Parth Sheth
  4. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Emily Wee
  5. Yoga at Beckman
  6. CCIL Guest Speaker John C. Cheville
  7. EVIT Working Group Meeting
  8. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Heidi Imker
  9. Yoga at Beckman
  10. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series: Anita Balgopal and Dustin Yocum
  11. Yoga at Beckman
  12. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar
  13. Carle Illinois Neurocardiology Workshop
  14. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
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  16. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  17. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  18. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop
  19. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  20. Yoga at Beckman
  1. Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Glazed Carrots
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Salmon Burger
  4. Mediterranean Vegetable Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Bruschetta Chicken with Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Zucchini
  2. Tomato Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Chicken Shwarma
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Chicken Potato Corn Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  7. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly