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Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, has been named director of the Beckman Institute.

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Beckman News

Jul 19Massive Simulation Shows HIV Capsid Interacting with its Environment

U of I News Bureau – It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle. "We are learning the details of the HIV capsid system, not just the structure but also how it changes its environment and responds to its environment," said U of I research scientist Juan R. Perilla, who led the study with physics professor Klaus Schulten. Both were members of Beckman's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. Schulten, who died in October 2016, pioneered the application of molecular dynamics simulations to study large biological systems. He called the method "computational microscopy."

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Jul 18Ag Department Addresses Honeybee Decline

Alton Daily News – Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and of neuroscience, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and member of Beckman’s Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group, was cited in an article about the decline of honeybee populations. “Populations have declined over the past 10 years by about 30 percent annually throughout the U.S.,” Robinson said. The article discusses how the ag industry, Illinois beekeepers, and communities across the state have come up with solutions to help honeybee populations rebound.

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Jul 18Sun Shines for Iron Catalyst to Convert Carbon Dioxide to Methane

Chemistry World – Paul Kenis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, was cited in an article in Chemistry World. Scientists at Paris Diderot University, France, and the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, have developed an inexpensive catalytic system that reduces carbon dioxide to methane at ambient pressure and temperature. “The authors describe an interesting approach, first converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and then converting the carbon monoxide to methane with high selectivity,” Kenis said.

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Jul 18Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

U of I News Bureau – Aditi Das, an assistant professor of comparative biosciences and a member of Beckman’s 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and colleagues discovered an enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules. Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. The new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits—but without the psychotropic high. 

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Videos

Illinois Senator Scott Bennett Discusses Science-Related Legislation

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Senator 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.

Why Clownfish are #1 Dads

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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

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, 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.

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  1. TCB Seminar
  2. Faculty Introduction to Psychiatry Residency Program
  3. Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks: Jeff Loewenstein
  4. Models of Diffusion Signal Decay in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Capturing Complexity
  5. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  6. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  7. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  8. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  9. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  10. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  12. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  13. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  14. BRL Seminar
  15. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  16. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  17. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  18. BRL Seminar
  19. Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar
  20. Director's Seminar
  21. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  22. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  23. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  24. BRL Seminar
  25. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  26. Rose Eveleth Talk
  27. iOptics Seminar
  28. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
  29. Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Seminar
  30. McKinley Flu Vaccination Clinic at Beckman Institute
  31. Public Forum
  32. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  33. BRL Seminar
  34. Neuroscience Program Seminar -NEUR520
  35. Imaging Weekly Journal Club
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  2. Black Bean Burger on Kaiser Roll
  3. Vegetable Beef Barley Soup
  4. Greek Salad*
  5. Caesar Salad
  1. Fajita Chicken Salad
  2. Vegan Wrap**
  3. Vegan Garden Soup**
  4. Greek Salad*
  5. Mixed Greens**
  1. Chicken Teriyaki with Fried Rice* and Eggroll
  2. Bahn Mi Wrap
  3. Hot and Sour Soup
  4. Greek Salad*
  1. BBQ Ribs with Roasted Potatoes** and Baked Beans**
  2. Veggie Burger on Kaiser Roll
  3. Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Greek Salad*
  1. Lemon Pepper Fish Filet with Long Grain Wild Rice** and Kale Salad**
  2. Hummus with Pita**
  3. New England Clam Chowder
  4. Greek Salad*