Events at Beckman

Events at Beckman

Gather in the Garden

Grab a cup of coffee and say hello to members of the Beckman community.

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A group of researchers, including Nancy Sottos, enjoy a talkative, lively lunch in Beckman's garden.

Cookie Collab

Join your colleagues for cookies, coffee, and community-building. Held third Thursdays of each month.

Director's Seminar Series

Beckman faculty members and postdocs share their research.
View the Director's Seminar Series page

New-to-Beckman tours

Learn something new on a guided tour of the building.

Yoga at Beckman

Join us for a free hour of yoga Wednesdays in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own mat.

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A group of people doing yoga in the fifth-floor Tower Room at the Beckman Institute

Upcoming events

Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar Series: Prof. Dan Hyde

Beckman Institute Room 2269 (2nd floor tower room)

Contact name: Gabriele Gratton
Contact email: grattong@illinois.edu

Prof. Dan Hyde will lecture on "Neural Foundations for Theory of Mind."

Abstract: Successful human social life requires imagining what others believe or think to understand and predict behavior. Some suggest that this ability, often referred to as theory of mind, emerges only around 3-5 years of age when children become able to answer explicit questions about other people’s mental states. However, more implicit measures such as eye gaze suggest that children are sensitive to the mental states of others well before they can articulate this understanding, possibly even within the first year of life. A major challenge for understanding the nature and development of theory of mind has been reconciling the evidence from distinct measures in infants, children, and adults. I will present some of our work employing functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in infants and adults in an attempt to better understand the nature of theory of mind across development. Specifically, I will present evidence from fNIRS with adults that a region of the right temporal-parietal junction (rTPJ), known to selectively respond to explicit theory of mind reasoning (and also verified in our study), spontaneously tracks the mental states of other people in a passive viewing task similar to that used in the infant literature. Next, I will present evidence of a strikingly similar functional rTPJ response in 7-8 month old infants passively viewing the same stimuli. Finally, I will present results from a recent longitudinal follow-up linking functional brain sensitivity in infants to later, explicit theory of mind reasoning abilities at 4-5 years of age. Together this work suggests that infants draw on similar core brain and cognitive mechanisms to spontaneously track beliefs as do adults do when explicitly reasoning about them.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

ITG Tech Talk: "The new VERSA CT in Microscopy Suite"

5602 Beckman Institute and on Zoom

Contact name: Teppie Apperson
Contact email: speyton@illinois.edu

A Zeiss representative will present a Beckman Imaging Technology Group Tech Talk at noon Tuesday, April 16. The talk title: "The new VERSA CT in Microscopy Suite." Lunch will be provided to those who register by Thursday, April 11. 

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Mini-Symposium on AI-Powered Brain Mapping: Opportunities for Collaboration and Transformation

Beckman Institute Room 4269 (4th Floor Tower Room)

Contact name: Zhi-Pei Liang
Contact email: z-liang@illinois.edu

Mini-Symposium on AI-Powered Brain Mapping: Opportunities for Collaboration and Transformation

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

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Beckman Apparel Pop-up Shop

Contact name: Meg Dickinson
Contact email: megd@illinois.edu

The Beckman Communications Office has opened a pop-up shop selling Beckman apparel. Find it at: https://go.beckman.illinois.edu/apparel

 You can have your items shipped or pick them up at Beckman. We expect them to be available in mid-May.

 We recommend you place your order by April 24. If this experience goes smoothly, we’ll offer pop-up shops several times each year.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1714

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Autism Research Panel with Commentator Temple Grandin

Beckman Institute Auditorium

Contact name: Professor Laura Hetrick
Contact email: laurajh@illinois.edu

Join us for a panel discussion featuring commentator Temple Grandin.

Panelist and moderator: Laura Hetrick (

School of Art and Design

)

Panelists:

Nien-Pei Tsai (molecular and integrative physiology)

Marie Channell (speech and hearing science)

Amy Cohen (psychology and The Autism Clinic)

Tracey Wszalek (Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center)

Stephanie Ceman (cell and developmental biology)

Space is limited; please register in advance.

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Beckman Institute SmithGroup Lecture: "Filling the Science Leadership Gap"

Beckman Institute Auditorium, Room 1025

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

Cyrus Wadia, chief executive officer of Activate, will give a lecture titled, ""Filling the Science Leadership Gap."

Abbreviated abstract:

The interdependence of science and society has become more pronounced. As humanity grapples with existential challenges like climate change, public health crises, and the quest for sustainable energy, the role of scientific understanding and technological innovation in shaping our future cannot be overstated. This nexus underscores the imperative for a populace well-versed in scientific principles, not merely for specialized professions but as a cornerstone of informed citizenship. Furthermore, the integration of science into policymaking and business innovation signals a paradigm shift towards empirically grounded decisions and strategies that promise to revolutionize industries and governance alike. 

Cyrus Wadia (he/him) is chief executive officer of Activate. Wadia was previously director of worldwide product sustainability at Amazon and vice president of sustainable business and innovation at Nike. A reception will follow.

For more information, the full abstract and Wadia's full bio, visit the SmithGroup Lecture web page.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

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Beckman Apparel Pop-up Shop

Contact name: Meg Dickinson
Contact email: megd@illinois.edu

The Beckman Communications Office has opened a pop-up shop selling Beckman apparel. Find it at: https://go.beckman.illinois.edu/apparel

 You can have your items shipped or pick them up at Beckman. We expect them to be available in mid-May.

 We recommend you place your order by April 24. If this experience goes smoothly, we’ll offer pop-up shops several times each year.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1714

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Beckman Interdisciplinary Safety Seminar: Research and the Stress Continuum – How Expectations Impact Lab Culture

Contact name: Kelly Powderly
Contact email: powderl2@illinois.edu

Join us for a Beckman Interdisciplinary Safety Seminar. Chris Lewis, an embedded counselor in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Counseling Center, will present, "Research and the Stress Continuum – How Expectations Impact Lab Culture."

Please register by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. Pizza will be served to those who register.

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Serenity: stress reduction and self-awareness

Beckman Institute Room 5269

Contact name: Shawna Graddy
Contact email: sgraddy@illinois.edu

Participate in the Tamarkoz method: "the art of self-knowledge through concentration and meditation." Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat (chairs will also be available if preferred). The instructor is Dr. Saloumeh DeGood, a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and President of the Sufi Psychology Association. She currently teaches graduate courses on stress management, particularly for healthcare workers. A journal and pen will be provided to attendees upon arrival.

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Serenity: Stress reduction and self-awareness

5269 Beckman (Fifth floor tower room)

Contact name: Shawna Graddy
Contact email: sgraddy@illinois.edu

The Beckman DEI Committee is excited to invite you to a workshop on the Tamarkoz method provided by Dr. Saloumeh DeGood. Come learn and participate in the Tamarkoz method which is known as “the art of self-knowledge through concentration and meditation."

Please dress comfortably and bring a journal and yoga mat (chairs will also be available if preferred).

Dr. Saloumeh DeGood is a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and President of the Sufi Psychology Association. She currently teaches graduate courses on stress management, particularly for healthcare workers. 

Registration closes April 23.

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Beckman Director’s Seminar: Babak Hemmatian and Matthew Lowerison

Beckman Institute, Room 1005

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 12172442603

Babak Hemmatian and Matthew Lowerison will present at the April 25, 2024 Beckman Institute Director's Seminar. The lecture will be held at noon in Beckman Insitute, room 1005. Lunch will be provided to attendees who register in advance.

Register here.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Enter the Beckman Institute Research Image contest by May 1

Contact name: Lindy Carlisle
Contact email: mcarlisl@illinois.edu

The Beckman Institute is now accepting research images for its annual research image contest. The deadline for entries is May 1; limit one entry per person.

The winners will have their images framed and displayed in the Beckman Atrium for about a year. After that, they'll be displayed in the Beckman Director's conference room, then hung elsewhere within Beckman and possibly in other locations around the community. We also will use images on social media, digital signs, and in other communication materials.

We’re accepting entries from undergrads, grad students, postdocs/staff researchers, and faculty members. We also will allow images captured within our core research facilities by non-Beckman affiliates. Read the full rules and submit your image here:

http://go.beckman.illinois.edu/imgcontest

.

This year's judges are Beckman Interim Director Cathy Murphy, Microscopy Suite Manager Cate Wallace and Core Facilities Business Manager Teppie Apperson. They judge the entries blind on visual and research interest using a scale of 1 to 10. Each category is averaged across judges and the entry with the highest score wins. If there's a tie, the Beckman director is the tiebreaker.

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Graduate Student Seminar: Xiao, Ajmera

5602 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Jeanne N'Diaye
Contact email: jndiaye@illinois.edu

Two graduate students will present their research at the final Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the spring semester: Gang Xiao and Shagun Ajmera. Lunch will be provided to attendees that register in advance. Register here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/743323376

The event takes place Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at noon in 5602 Beckman Institute.

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

New-to-Beckman tour

MRI Exhibit

Contact name: Lexie Kesler
Contact email: lkesler@illinois.edu

Come find out more about the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology! Learn about the barrier-busting interdisciplinary research facility and community of innovation. Tours will be offered the first Thursday of the month from 10-10:30 a.m.  Register here.

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STC for Quantitative Cell Biology Computational Workshop

Contact name: Chris Zwilling
Contact email: zwillin1@illinois.edu

The NSF Science and Technology Center for Qualitative Cell Biology Computational Workshop is hosting a computational workshop. More details coming soon!

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Beckman Institute Town Hall

1005 Beckman Institute

Contact name: Stacy Olson
Contact email: srolson@illinois.edu

Beckman Institute Interim Director Cathy Murphy will share updates about the director search, new faculty and staff, the evolution of Beckman working groups to communities, and more. If you have a question you'd like Director Murphy to answer, please submit it in advance via this form: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/615990498

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Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Cookie Collab

Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 12172442603

Join members of the Beckman community for coffee and cookies in the Beckman Atrium. The Cookie Collab is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. 

Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Contact name: Chris Zwilling
Contact email: zwillin1@illinois.edu

The NSF Science and Technology Center for Qualitative Cell Biology is hosting a Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop. The workshop will highlight STED and MINFLUX technology through talks and hands-on sessions with the MINFLUX and STEDYCON system.

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Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays this fall for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 1005

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

New-to-Beckman tour

MRI Exhibit

Contact name: Lexie Kesler
Contact email: lkesler@illinois.edu

Come find out more about the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology! Learn about the barrier-busting interdisciplinary research facility and community of innovation. Tours will be offered the first Thursday of the month from 10-10:30 a.m.  Register here.

Read more

Gather in the Garden

Beckman Institute Center Atrium

Contact name: Mollie Stevens
Contact email: mollie@illinois.edu
Contact phone: 217-244-2603

Join members of the Beckman community for informal conversation and coffee in the atrium!

Yoga at Beckman

Beckman Institute Room 5269-5th Floor Tower

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

Join us at noon on Wednesdays for yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome to bring their own mat! 

Kate Clancy speaks at a lecture in one of Beckman's Tower Rooms with a white board behind her.

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