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The Beckman
Institute is a barrier-busting,
interdisciplinary
research facility
and community
of innovation.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Break Barriers.

The Beckman Institute was created to support interdisciplinary research among University of Illinois faculty. We foster scientific advances that couldn’t be done in any other way.
Our founder, Arnold Beckman, was an inventor and philanthropist who knew firsthand the power of interdisciplinary work.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Propel Science and Technology.

The Beckman Institute is a unique engine for research. We're making incredible advances while helping ordinary people.
Beckman researchers have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time, and energy needed.
The Beckman Institute is a barrier-busting, collaborative
research facility
and community of innovation.

We Help You Connect.

We offer a café with drinks and daily specials, events from concerts to research lectures, and plenty of study and meeting spaces.
The Beckman Institute was built to help people connect. Learn more about exploring Beckman.

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Upcoming events

Gather in the Garden

Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-8373

Join Director Jeff Moore and your colleagues this summer for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman garden, which is west of the building through the café’s double doors.

This Gather in the Garden Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, July, and August.

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Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this summer for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. Class will not be held on June 8 and July 27. All are welcome; bring your own mat! 

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-8373

Join Director Jeff Moore and your colleagues this summer for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman garden, which is west of the building through the café’s double doors.

This Gather in the Garden Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, July, and August.

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Neuroscience Program Fall Orientation 2022

Beckman Institute Room 5602

Contact name: Stephanie Pregent
Contact email: spregent@illinois.edu

The Neuroscience Program at Illinois is sponsoring the Neuroscience Program's Fall Orientation 2022 on August 18. Meeting will be held in room 5602 at 12:00pm. This meeting will be for new students and their faculty advisors.

 

 

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Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this summer for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. Class will not be held on June 8 and July 27. All are welcome; bring your own mat! 

Read more

Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this summer for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. Class will not be held on June 8 and July 27. All are welcome; bring your own mat! 

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Beckman Director’s Seminar: Randy Ewoldt

Contact name: Darin Doty
Contact email: ddoty@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-6553

Randy Ewoldt will speak at the Beckman Institute's virtual Director's Seminar at noon Thursday, Sept. 1. Ewoldt, professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, will be discussing "Squishy Materials Toolbox: Complex Fluids." The seminar will be a hybrid event held in Beckman, room 1005 and via Zoom. A boxed lunch will be provided to those who register as in-person attendees. Please indicate whether you will attend virtually or in-person.

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Yoga at Beckman

5269 Beckman Institute (fifth-floor tower room)

Contact name: Elena Romanova
Contact email: romanova@illinois.edu

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this summer for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. Class will not be held on June 8 and July 27. All are welcome; bring your own mat! 

Read more

Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery: James Hinman

2269 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Anne McKinney
Contact email: amckinn@illinois.edu

James Hinman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Illinois, will lecture on “Neural basis of cognitive maps in multiple reference frames” at 4:00 pm in 2269 Beckman Institute and on Zoom September 7, 2022.  One of our MBM trainees will give an introduction.

The lecture is free and open to the public courtesy of the Miniature Brain Machinery Program. Click for Zoom details.

Abstract: 

All animals navigate to goals, often to find food or safety. Given the evolutionary importance of goal directed navigation, it is not surprising that numerous brain circuits represent spatial information. The hippocampal formation maintains a world-centered, or allocentric, representation of the world and is utilized for plotting goal-directed routes. Cortico-striatal circuits represent spatial information in an egocentric reference frame, one centered on the agent.

An interesting computational problem arises as information must be transformed between allocentric and egocentric reference frames in order for you to act on that information, a transformation that your brain is constantly performing with great ease. I’ll discuss my work on the neural basis of spatial representations and several new directions that our research is moving.

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