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May 09Tajkhorshid Named the J. Woodland Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry

Tajkhorshid Named the J. Woodland Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Emad Tajkhorshid, a professor of biochemistry and member of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at Beckman, has been named the J. Woodland Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Tajkhorshid is a world leader in developing and applying advanced computational techniques to understand proteins.

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May 26Llano Becomes Professorial Scholar

Dan Llano, associate professor in molecular and integrative physiology and member of Beckman's Neurotechnology of Memory and Cognition Group, was recently appointed the Benjamin R. and Elinor W. Bullock and Edwin E. and Jeanne Bullock Goldberg Professorial Scholar in the School of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. A selection committee composed of endowed professors has unanimously recommended that Llano, who has established an outstanding neuroscience research program marked by creativity, high productivity, and strong clinical significance, be the recipient of this recognition and honor.

 

May 25Madak-Erdogan Among Eight NCSA Faculty Fellowships Awarded

National Center for Supercomputing Applications – Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, a professor of food science and human nutrition and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is among eight Illinois faculty members that have been awarded 2017-18 Faculty Fellowships by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois. Madak-Erdogan’s work will explore the association between the serum factors and demographic variables related to poor outcomes in African-American women with breast cancer, including neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and individual characteristics.

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May 25Book Club Members in Roslyn Harbor Have a Novel Approach

Newsday – Beckman researcher Wendy Heller, a professor of psychology and member of the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Group, is quoted in an article about a Long Island senior retirement community’s book club whose members are in their 80s and 90s. “There’s a lot of evidence that social engagement is a predictor of health outcomes and even mortality among older adults,” Heller said.

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May 24Fish Oil May Boost Brain Function in Older Adults

CBS News – A new study co-led by Beckman researcher Aron Barbey, a professor of neuroscience and of psychology, suggests consuming more omega-3 fatty acids—found in many types of fish—may benefit people at risk for Alzheimer's disease. "Our findings add to the evidence that optimal nutrition helps preserve cognitive function, slow the progression of aging, and reduce the incidence of debilitating diseases in healthy aging populations," Barbey said.

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Videos

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 behavior 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.

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.

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:

State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall - Dec 12, 2016

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State of the Beckman Institute Town Hall December 12, 2016 Beckman Auditorium, 3pm Director Jeffrey Moore hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of the Beckman Institute. Topics include research theme reorganizations, upcoming events, and the current plans for ‘revitalizing’ the building. This video is a recording of the live stream of the town hall that took place Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

BI Oral History: Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance Discuss the Beckman Foundation

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Board members Harry Gray and Jacqueline Dorrance discuss the history and future of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman foundation. Harry Gray is a professor of chemistry, founding Director of the Beckman Institute at Caltech, and the former Chairman of the Beckman Foundation. Jacqueline Dorrance is the former Executive Director and CEO of the Beckman Foundation.

Beauty of Science: Biophysicist Klaus Schulten Tribute

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Klaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman Institute faculty member for nearly 25 years, passed away after an illness in late October, 2016. In this tribute, Schulten discusses the beauty he finds in the microscopic world and and his love of exploring how nature works. Schulten, who led Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of dynamic computer simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren’t possible before. Schulten's goal from his start as an original Beckman researcher was to use mathematics and physics to study the natural world through advanced computation. Schulten's group has created simulations that have provided never-before-seen views of such function as the chemical structure of the HIV capsid and the first-ever simulation of an entire life form, the complete satellite tobacco mosaic virus. To learn more about Schulten and his work, please visit: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/ https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2016/10/schulten-october2016 https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/425818

Building Bridges: Interdisciplinary Science and the Beckman Institute

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The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois was one of the first interdisciplinary research institutes in the world. Learn how the institute broke through academic barriers to tackle scientific problems that were too big for traditional universities to handle. And watch the pivotal role that founding director Ted Brown played in its creation in the late 1980s. This video celebrates the creation of the Beckman-Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship and Annual Lecture Series in 2015.

Paralympic Hopeful Uses 3D Tech to Revolutionize Wheelchair Racing Gloves

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Wheelchair athlete Arielle Rausin worked with the Beckman Institute's Visualization Lab to create revolutionary 3D printed wheelchair racing gloves. Rausin, a former member of the U of I Wheelchair Racing Team, hopes to one day use her gloves in a marathon at the Paralympics. Read more about her story here... http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2015/09/3d-scanner-wheelchair-racing-gloves

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  2. Dill Egg Salad*
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Greek Salad*
  1. The Institute and Café are closed today in observance of Memorial Day.
  1. Cochinita Pibil Tacos with Mexican Rice and Pinto Beans
  2. Fajita Chicken Wrap
  3. Southwestern Corn Chowder*
  4. Greek Salad*
  1. Indian Glazed Ribs with Sweet Potatoes and Vegetable Blend
  2. Veggie Burger**
  3. Red Curry Tofu Soup**
  4. Greek Salad*
  5. Kale Salad**
  1. Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
  2. Tofu Wrap**
  3. Potato Leek Soup*
  4. Greek Salad*
  1. Blackened Fish with Wild Rice and Sautéed Vegetables
  2. BBQ Jackfruit**
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  5. Mixed Greens**