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Beckman News

Jul 12Rodrigues Compares Behavior of Captive Chimpanzees, Bonobos in Recent Publication

Rodrigues Compares Behavior of Captive Chimpanzees, Bonobos in Recent Publication

Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Rodrigues conducted a study observing bonobos and chimpanzees in captivity. The resulting paper will be published in a special print edition of Primates that focuses on social network analysis in primates. Rodrigues found differences in the social bonds and behavior of the primates in captivity that varies from those in the wild.

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Jul 12Study: Products of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Metabolism May Have Anticancer Effects

Illinois News Bureau – Aditi Das, comparative biosciences professor and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and her team found that a class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer's growth and spread. These molecules, called endocannabinoid epoxides, contained pain-reducing, anti-inflamittory properties and appeared to stop cancerous cells from migrating. 

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Jul 06Carle Illinois College of Medicine Welcomes First Class of Students

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students recently. Among Beckman’s many connections to the college, Dr. King Li, member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is the dean of the new college, and Rashid Bashir, member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, serves as the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer. 

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Videos

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

“What Does a Brain Do?” - Mark Nelson (Tower Talk)

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Mark Nelson, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, discusses "What Does a Brain Do?" This talk was part of the Summertime Tower Tutorial Talk series at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The talk was presented on July 13, 2018.

"The Impact of Automated Frequent Testing on Learning in Undergrad STEM Courses" (Tower Talk)

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Part of the Summertime Tower Tutorial Talk series at the Beckman Institute. Geoffrey Herman is a Teaching Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The session's originally scheduled speaker, Matt West, was unable to appear. This interactive talk was presented on July 6, 2018

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

Professor Scott White Memorial Tribute

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University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died on May 28, 2018, of cancer at age 55. In this tribute video, White discusses his work on autonomous systems and shows his keen sense of humor in outtakes from an interview about one of his group's publications. White was recognized globally as an expert in autonomous materials—materials that can adapt or respond on their own. His Autonomous Materials Systems Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the U. of I. developed self-healing plastics, electronics, batteries and coatings; coatings and materials that indicate when they are damaged or strained; self-destructing devices to reduce electronic waste; and many other innovations to make materials safer and more reliable on both the micro and macro scale. To learn more about White and his work, please visit: https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2018/05/scott-white http://autonomic.beckman.illinois.edu/ http://whitegroup.beckman.illinois.edu/

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:

"Towards Better 60 Second Science" - Sandra Tsing Loh (SmithGroup Lecture)

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The Elevator Pitch. Scientists dread it, but they shouldn't. Sandra Tsing Loh analyzes the language, celebrates the science, lauds the presenters, and gives her take on remaking "60 Second Science" videos. Tsing Loh is the host of the syndicated daily radio science minute and NPR podcast "The Loh Down on Science" and adjunct associate professor in drama and science communication at University of California, Irvine. This lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on April 20, 2018. For more information on the SmithGroup lecture series, please visit www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/smithgroup-lectures.

Beckman Institute Town Hall - May 3, 2018

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Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute.

Using Light to Diagnose Diseases

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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.

"Cell Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs" - Dr. Laura Kiessling (Beckman-Brown Lecture)

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Laura Kiessling, professor of chemistry at MIT, presents the 2017 Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science. Her talk focuses on the roles of carbohydrate-binding proteins in checking glycan IDs. Topics include probing the fundamental chemical forces underlying the recognition of carbohydrates to understanding how nature exploits these interactions to detect microbes. Kiessling's research combines tools from organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, structural biology, and molecular and cell biology. The Annual Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science honors Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of the Institute, and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director. The series is funded by a gift from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The lecture was presented at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on November 3, 2017.

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 5

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:38] Zan Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois (chair) [00:38-16:37] Tamer Basar, Center for Advanced Study, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois [16:54-29:58] Jeffrey Moore, Director, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois **SESSION 5** [30:23-1:07:12] "In situ Structures of Molecular Complexes by Cryo-electron Tomography" Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford [1:07:12-1:44:36] "Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Cadherin Complexes" Marcos Sotomayor, Ohio State University [1:45:20-2:11:25 ] "Magnetic Compass Sense of Migratory Birds: A Perspective" Ilia Solov'yov, University of Southern Denmark [2:11:59-2:39:09] "Building a Bridge from Molecular Simulation to Understand How Bacteria Work" Peter Freddolino, University of Michigan [ 2:39:33-3:17:24] "Computational Drug Discovery: From Proteome to Drugs" Jerome Baudry, University of Alabama, Huntsville [3:17:24-3:22:09] "Closing Remarks" Organizing Committee: Zan Luthey-Schulten, Emad Tajkhorshid, Chris Chipot, and Alek Aksimentiev For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 4

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 4** [00:01-08:32] Video: Sculpting Proteins [08:32-8:59] Alek Aksimentiev, University of Illinois (Chair) "Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Neurotransmitter Release" Axel T. Brunger, Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Removed at presenter's request) [09:41-49:36] "Over a Decade of Studying Membrane-protein Insertion" James 'JC' Gumbart, Georgia Institute of Technology [50:23-1:32:48] "Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale" Rommie E. Amaro, University of California, San Diego [1:32:48-1:35:19] Video: Klaus Schulten Memorial Video Tribute "Opening Windows into the Cell: Bringing Structure to Cell Biology using Cryo-electron Microscopy" Elizabeth Villa, University of California, San Diego (Removed at presenter's request) [1:35:36-2:17:54]"Molecular Simulations of Lipid Membrane Sensing and Remodeling Dynamics" Gerhard Hummer, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe University [2:18:11-3:00:53] "Accurate Prediction of Membrane Permeabilities in Rational Lead Discovery" Chris Chipot, University of Illinois and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [3:00:59-3:27:12] "Closing Remarks" Sir Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois and Nobel Laureate (2003, Physics) For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 3

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **OPENING REMARKS** [00:01-00:47] Chris Chipot, University of Illinois (Chair) [00:47-11:43] Mark Berger, NVIDIA Corporation [11:43-15:39] William Gropp, National Center for Supercomputing Applications [15:39-27:47] Laxmikant 'Sanjay' Kale, Computer Science, University of Illinois **SESSION 3** [28:17- 1:11:57] "Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Ribosomal Function" Helmut Grubmuller, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry "Physics of DNA and Chromatin Function" Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins University (Removed at presenter's request) [1:12:29-1:49:58] "Molecular-level Description of Excitation Energy Transfer in Light-harvesting Systems" Ulrich Kleinekathofer, Jacobs University Bremen [1:50:52-2:24:54] "Computational Microscopy of Biological and Synthetic Nanopores" Aleksei Aksimentiev, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium - Session 2

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Honoring the life and career of Dr. Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and leader in the field of computational biophysics, the symposium took place at the Beckman Institute on November 7-9, 2017. **SESSION 2** [00:01-04:24] Attila Szabo, National Institutes of Health (Chair) [04:24-50:32] "Cryo-electron Tomography or the Challenge of Doing Structural Biology in situ" Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry [50:32-1:30:33] "Using Computer Simulations to Advance our Understanding of Biological Systems at the Atomic Level" Benoit Roux, University of Chicago "Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in Enzymes and Photoreceptor Proteins" Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois (Removed at presenter's request) [1:30:45-1:36:21] Video: Biophysical Society Interview [1:36:53-2:13:40] "Klaus' Computational Microscope Applied to Harvesting, Transfer, and Trapping Solar Energy for Photosynthesis" Neil Hunter, University of Sheffield [2:13:44-2:47:55] "Reaction Paths, Stochastic Modeling, and the Mean First Passage Time" Ron Elber, University of Texas at Austin [2:48:45-3:27:36] "Capturing Biological Membranes and Membrane Proteins in Action Using Advanced Simulation Technologies" Emad Tajkhorshid, University of Illinois [3:27:48-3:37:41] "Closing Remarks" Theodore 'Ted' Brown, Founding Director of the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois For more information, please visit go.illinois.edu/schulten

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  1. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
  2. Hands-On Workshop on Cell Simulation
  3. Yoga at Beckman
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  5. NIH P41 MRI Technologies proposal development
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  21. Neuroscience Program Orientation
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  25. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  26. MSE Discussions
  27. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  28. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  29. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
  30. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  31. MSE Discussions
  32. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  33. Computational Biophysics Workshop
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  35. Neuroscience Program Seminar NEUR520
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  37. MSE Discussions
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  1. Meat Lasagna with Kale Salad and Bosco Stick
  2. Veggie Lasagna with Kale Salad and Bosco Stick This dish is vegetarian friendly
  3. Polish Sausage on Baguette
  4. Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Beef Barley Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Pork Carnitas with Mexican Rice and Refried Beans
  2. Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  3. Cheese Quesadilla This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Vegan Garden Soup This dish is vegan friendly
  5. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Rice and Crab Rangoon
  2. Banh Mi Beef Wrap
  3. Hummus with Pita This dish is vegan friendly
  4. Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  5. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  1. Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  2. Apple Walnut Chicken Salad
  3. Mushroom Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Southwestern Corn Chowder This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Blackened Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  2. Shrimp Po’ Boy
  3. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  4. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  5. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Kale Salad This dish is vegan friendly