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The Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute provides some of the tools that assist entomologist Marianne Alleyne with her bioinspired work, some of which involves examining cicadas.

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cicadas have special properties that can inspire innovation in materials development.

Beckman News

Nov 13Researchers Put New Spin on Old Technique to Engineer Better Absorptive Materials

Researchers Put New Spin on Old Technique to Engineer Better Absorptive Materials

U of I News Bureau – University of Illinois bioengineers—Professor Rohit Bhargava, Research Scientist Prabuddha Mukherjee, and Postdoctoral Research Associates Ayanjeet Ghosh and Sanghamitra Deb, all members of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group—have taken a new look at an old tool to help characterize a class of materials called metal organic frameworks, MOFs for short. MOFs are used to detect, purify and store gases, and could help solve some of the world’s most challenging energy, environmental and pharmaceutical challenges—they can even pull water molecules straight from the air to provide relief from drought.

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Nov 17Carefully Crafted Light Pulses Control Neuron Activity

U of I News Bureau – Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at Illinois. “The saying, ‘The eye is the window to the soul’ has some merit, because our bodies respond to light. Photoreceptors in our retinas connect to different parts in the brain that control mood, metabolic rhythms and circadian rhythms,” said Stephen Boppart, the leader of the study published in Nature Physics. Boppart is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.

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Nov 16Cangellaris Named Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs and Provost

Andreas Cangellaris, the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected by Chancellor Robert Jones to be the campus’s next vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Cangellaris is part of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group. 

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Videos

"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

Lawrence Kline Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown (Oral History)

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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.

William May Discusses Arnold Beckman and Ted Brown (Oral History)

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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.

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  1. BRL Seminar
  2. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  3. iOptics Seminar
  4. CMS Seminar
  5. Campus Master Plan Update - Public Forum
  6. BRL Seminar
  7. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
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  9. CLEAR Speaker Series
  10. iOptics Seminar
  11. Yoga at Beckman
  12. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  13. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  14. BRL Seminar
  15. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  16. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminars
  17. Director's Seminar
  18. CLEAR Speaker Series
  19. Yoga at Beckman
  20. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  21. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  22. Beckman Tech Talks on Tuesday
  23. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  24. BRL Seminar
  25. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  26. Beckman Institute Thursdays @ 12:20 Concert
  27. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  28. Yoga at Beckman
  29. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  30. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  31. Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
  32. BRL Seminar
  33. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  34. Yi Zhang Final Defense
  1. The Beckman Café will be closed Monday, Nov. 20, through Friday, Nov. 24. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.
  1. The Beckman Café will be closed Monday, Nov. 20, through Friday, Nov. 24. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.
  1. Happy Thanksgiving! The Beckman Café and the Beckman Institute are closed today and tomorrow (Thu/Fri, Nov. 23-24). The Café will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.
  1. The Beckman Café and the Beckman Institute are closed today (Friday, Nov. 24). The Café will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.