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Dec 20Two Beckman Faculty Members Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Two Beckman Faculty Members Elevated to IEEE Fellow

ECE Illinois – Two faculty members with Beckman affiliations are among five U of I professors elevated as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, was honored for contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems. Olgica Milenkovic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, was honored for contributions to genomic data compression.

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Jan 16Novel Chip-based Gene Expression Tool Analyzes RNA Quickly and Accurately

Department of Bioengineering – Rashid Bashir, professor of bioengineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, co-led a research team that has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue —something that conventional methods cannot do. 

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Jan 12Portable Device Detects Bogus Booze

New Atlas – Serving counterfeit liquor is not only unethical, but can also be dangerous to the people consuming it. It was with this in mind that U of I scientists recently developed a portable device that can tell fake alcohol from the real thing. Created by Kenneth S. Suslick, a professor of chemistry and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Zheng Li, a postdoctoral research associate, the device consists of a handheld image analyzer that contains a disposable sensor cartridge.

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Jan 10Now Seniors, First Cohort of Cancer Scholars Set to Graduate

College of Engineering – The College of Engineering started a bold experiment in undergraduate education using a “challenge-inspired” education model and piloted the Cancer Scholars program in 2014. The idea was to form a small cohort of students and mold their undergraduate experience around the idea of cancer research. Three years later, members of the first cohort are now seniors. The program is led by director Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering and the director of the Cancer Center, located at the Beckman Institute. Several of the students have Beckman affiliations.

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Jan 03The Science of Intelligence: Barbey Explores How to Improve Human Judgement and Decision-making

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Aron K. Barbey studies the neurobiological foundations of human intelligence. Barbey is a professor of psychology, neuroscience, and bioengineering; the director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory; and the leader of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group at the Beckman Institute. Find out more about Barbey’s research in this Q&A posted by the U of I’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Videos

Biophotonics: Using Light to Image Tissue and Diagnose Disease

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Professor Stephen Boppart uses light to generate 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. He heads the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute and is a full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group.

Coherent Control: Using Light Pulses to Control Neurons

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Professor Stephen Boppart and other Illinois researchers use ultrafast pulses of tailored light to make neurons fire in different patterns, the first example of "coherent control" in a living cell. 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

"The Power of Personal Stories About Science" - Story Collider's Liz Neeley (Lecture)

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Liz Neeley, executive director of The Story Collider podcast, explores research on storytelling and persuasion and highlights the value of telling personal stories in science. Neeley critically considers how and why busy researchers might approach adding something like "narrative competency" to their repertoire. The Story Collider is a weekly podcast that provides true, personal stories about science (www.storycollider.org). Neeley is a marine biologist who studied the color patterns of tropical fish. She helps scientists around the world tell compelling stories about their work. This presentation was sponsored by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group (http://21centurysci.com) and given on October 20, 2017 at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Molecular Theranostics: An Imager's Perspective" - Dr. King Li (Director's Seminar)

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Dr. King C. Li, the inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute, presents the Oct. 5, 2017, Beckman Institute Director's Seminar. In this Beckman Institute Director's Seminar, Dr. Li illustrates how an interdisciplinary team tackles the problem of targeted drug delivery and controlling the effects of therapeutic agents.

"The Future is For Everyone" - Podcast Producer Rose Eveleth (Lecture)

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Producer, designer, writer and animator Rose Eveleth explores where science and technology come from, where they have taken us so far, and how to open the door for people who are imagining futures for everybody. Eveleth is best known for her work in BBC Future, Motherboard, Story Collider, and Lady Bits. She explores how humans tangle with science and technology and currently produces two highly-acclaimed podcasts, Flash Forward and ESPN's 30 for 30. The lecture took place on Setpember 15, 2017 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as was part of the 21st Century Scientists Working Group lecture series. For more information, please visit beckman.illinois.edu and 21centurysci.com.

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.

Illinois Governor Visits University of Illinois to Sign Bill

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Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signs procurement bill SB8 and holds a brief press conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. 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 Discusses Science-Related Legislation

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Illinois Senator Scott 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

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  1. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  2. SEW Talk Series
  3. BRL Seminar
  4. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  5. Yi Zhang Final Defense
  6. SEW Talk Series
  7. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  8. BRL Seminar
  9. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  10. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  11. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  12. SEW Talk Series
  13. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  14. BRL Seminar
  15. Director's Seminar
  16. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  17. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  18. SEW Talk Series
  19. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  20. BRL Seminar
  21. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  22. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  23. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  24. iOptics Seminar
  25. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  26. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  27. SEW Talk Series
  28. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  29. BRL Seminar
  30. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  31. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  32. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  33. SEW Talk Series
  34. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  35. BRL Seminar
  36. Eric Horvitz, Director of Microsoft Research -CSL Student Conference Plenary Presentation
  37. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  38. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  39. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  40. SEW Talk Series
  41. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  42. BRL Seminar
  43. BRL Seminar
  44. Director's Seminar
  45. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  46. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  47. SEW Talk Series
  48. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  49. BRL Seminar
  50. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  51. CLEAR Colloquium Series
  52. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  53. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  54. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  55. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  56. SEW Talk Series
  57. Neuroscience Program Seminar (NEUR520)
  58. BRL Seminar
  59. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  1. Bruschetta Chicken with Pesto Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Zucchini
  2. Tomato Flatbread
  3. Meatball Sub with Marinara
  4. Vegan Garden Soup**
  5. Chicken Potato Corn Chowder
  6. Greek Salad
  1. Green Chicken and Chile Flautas with Rice and Beans
  2. Black Bean Burger**
  3. Curried Chicken Salad
  4. California Medley Soup*
  5. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Kale Salad**
  1. General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice and Eggrolls
  2. Chicken-less Fajita Wrap**
  3. Hot Dog on Bun
  4. Hot and Sour Soup**
  5. Lobster Bisque
  6. Greek Salad*
  7. Mixed Greens**
  1. Jambalaya and Dinner Roll
  2. Veggie Burger**
  3. Batter Cod Po’ Boy
  4. Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad*