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Sottos Awarded Beckman’s Vision and Spirit Award

Nancy Sottos, the Swanlund Endowed Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was honored for exemplifying founder Arnold Beckman’s vision of excellence, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration.

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Nancy Sottos, recipient of the Vision and Spirit Award gives a thank you speech.

Beckman News

Apr 24Final Graduate Student Seminar is May 1

The final Graduate Student Seminar of the spring semester will be at noon, May 1. Featured speakers: Mayank Garg, materials science and engineering and a Mavis Future Faculty Fellow; Daniel Dumett Torres, chemistry; Maximillian Egan, psychology and a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow.

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Apr 23Multistep Self-assembly Opens Door to New Reconfigurable Materials

Illinois News Bureau – Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. However, nature lets materials like proteins of varying size and shape assemble, allowing for complex architectures that can handle multiple tasks. Beckman faculty member Qian Chen, a professor of materials science and engineering, and her team took a closer look at how nonuniform synthetic particles assemble. 

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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

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

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.

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 - EMMY Winner

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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 This video won the 2018 Mid-America EMMY Award for best "Informational/Instructional: Feature Segment."

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.

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  1. iOptics Seminar
  2. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  3. Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series
  4. CEE 449 International Collaborative Design Projects
  5. Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Taming your Mind
  6. 2019 NSP Spring Seminar Series
  7. Graduate Student Seminar
  8. Yoga at Beckman
  9. Spring 2019 IHSI Health IDEAS Seminar
  10. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  11. Beckman Institute Director's Seminar
  12. Beckman Institute Town Hall
  13. TCBG Seminar
  14. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  15. Yoga at Beckman
  16. Benefit Choice Outreach Session
  17. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  18. Thursdays at 12:20 Concert
  19. Inclusive Lab Leaders Workshop Session 4: Creating Sustainable Systems to Support Our Work
  20. iOptics Seminar
  21. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  22. Amplify the Signal Sci Comm Workshop
  23. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  24. Amplify the Signal: Science & SciComm Workshop
  25. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  26. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  27. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  28. NSF I/UCRC Center for Advanced Research in Drying Spring 2019 Meeting
  29. Molecular Science Discussion Group
  30. Bench to Bedside Series-Carle Internal Medicine
  31. Bench to Bedside Series
  32. BRL Seminar and Journal Club
  33. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group Seminar
  34. Bhargava's PhD Student Defense
  1. BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  2. Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Grilled Hamburger on Bun
  4. Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  2. 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. California Medley Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  5. New Eng. Clam Chowder
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  1. Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, and Bosco Stick
  2. Italian Sausage on Baguette
  3. Mushroom Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  4. Zuppa Toscana
  5. Tomato Basil Bisque This dish is vegetarian friendly
  6. Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly