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The wheelchair of the future, the ballbot (4K)
The ballbot wheelchair may be the future of mobility assistance. Researchers from across the University of Illinois campus have created a Star Wars-inspired robotic wheelchair that uses a single, rolling ball to provide a handsfree, intuitive, and flexible device for users.
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Ultra-rapid anatomical MRI processing: speaking / singing
Using some of the fastest MRI technology in the world, Beckman researchers can see the physical mechanics of the spoken (or sung) word.
This speed has allowed researchers to begin exploring the structural nuances of emotional speech....
Menstruation Myth Busting
Biological anthropologist Kate Clancy dispels some menstruation myths. The person who literally wrote the book on periods sets the record straight.
The book “Period: The Real Story of Menstruation” is available from Princeton University...
Period: The Real Story of Menstruation
Biological anthropologist and author Kate Clancy discusses her new book explaining the wonderful and weird history and science of periods.
The book “Period: The Real Story of Menstruation” is available from Princeton University Press.
Beckman Institute Open House 2023
The Beckman Institute's open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1. We hope to see you there!
Teenage girls’ self-worth: how exclusion and bullying take a toll
Karen Rudolph and Haley Skymba of the Family Studies Lab discuss how adolescent girls can be particularly impacted by peer adversity. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Skymba is a doctoral student...
Directors Ping Pong Showdown
New Beckman Director, Nadya Mason, faces off with former Beckman Director, Jeff Moore, in this epic, ping pong showdown.
What to Expect When Getting an MRI (with LEGO® bricks)
MRI expert Aaron Anderson illustrates what it's like to get an MRI with LEGO® bricks. #LEGOgetanMRI
Learning about MRI with LEGO® bricks
MRI expert Aaron Anderson and his kids build an MRI scanner using LEGO® bricks
Learning about MRI with LEGO: What animals get MRIs?
Learn what animals can get MRI scans... using LEGO bricks!
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Halloween Greeting from Beckman Institute
Have a safe and happy Halloween, from all of us at the Beckman Institute
60 Second Science: Karen Rudolph on adolescent development
Beckman Institute member Karen Rudolph presents her research in sixty seconds. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Researchers identify compound with potent antiseizure effects
Professor Hee Jung Chung discusses how her team discovered a compound that reduces the excitability of neurons in the hippocampus. The compound, known as TC-2135, lowered the severity of seizures in mice and could contribute to the development of...
How to MRI your dragon (EMMY nominated)
Bearded dragons are America's No. 1 companion lizard. Dr. Krista Keller and "B" the bearded dragon discuss why they are creating an MRI brain atlas for these amazing reptiles.
Keller is an assistant professor in the Department of...
Bearded dragon common behaviors and neurological issues
Krista Keller describes her favorite bearded dragon behaviors and when to consider getting an MRI checkup for your companion lizard. Keller is an assistant professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and Co-Director of the Wildlife Epidemiology...