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.

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Two Beckman Institute branded cookies

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

Hydrogels for Sustainable Water Treatment

Beckman Institute Room 3269 (3rd Floor Tower Room)

Contact name: Charles Schroeder
Contact email: cms@illinois.edu

Dr. Devashish Gokhale (postdoc, Xiao Su Group) will give a seminar in 3269 Beckman. Dr. Gokhale was a PhD student at MIT with Pat Doyle, where his research focused on development of hydrogels for water treatment and purification.

A major challenge in water treatment today is the elimination of micropollutants, including low-concentration emerging contaminants like PFAS and legacy pollutants like lead. Existing technologies fail to eliminate these contaminants due to their chemical diversity and low concentrations. Hydrogels are an ideal platform for water treatment due to their low cost and high porosity. First, I focus on technologies to sequester micropollutants using hydrogel absorbents. Combining coarse-grained simulations and experiments, we synthesize cross-linked hydrogels bearing multiple functional chemistries that are shown to treat water in environmentally relevant conditions, achieving more rapid contaminant transport than commercial adsorbents, while simultaneously being reusable and more versatile. Next, I present a solution to degrade organic micropollutants, based on binding single-atom iron inside hydrogel microparticles. Iron is used to catalyze a Fenton reaction to oxidize hazardous organic micropollutants into safer small molecules. An appropriate chemistry allows us to implement the Fenton reaction, which normally requires an acidic environment and loses catalyst in the form of sludge, without suffering from these traditional limitations. Finally, I turn to the scale up and application of these technologies in real-world settings. In an academia-industry collaboration, these hydrogels are tuned to treat amino acid fermentation products, selectively removing impurities without eliminating the target amino acid. I present a method for scaling up the manufacturing of our hydrogel materials, and discuss some recent steps taken towards the commercialization of this technology.

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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. 

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 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! 

Beckman Institute Fellows and Award Winners' Poster Session

Beckman Atrium

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

Join Beckman’s fellowship and award winners to learn about their summer research projects. Refreshments will be served.

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2024 Summer School in Quantitative Cell Biology

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

The mission of the NSF STC for Center for Quantitative Cell Biology is to develop 4D (space and time) computer models of whole cells functioning under normal and stressed conditions. This modeling is guided by developing cutting-edge experimental tools that generate datasets with unprecedented resolution.

This Summer School in Quantitative Cell Biology is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in physics, biophysics, chemical and life sciences, and engineering who seek to expand their research skills in quantitative methods for studying and modelling cells. The workshop will include lectures, mini-courses, and hands-on training in experimental and computational techniques.

Theme 1: Chemical imaging, spectroscopy and computation

Theme 2: Gene expression at nanometer resolution using MINFLUX

Theme 3: Experimental and Computational Studies of the Minimal Cell

Selection and notification of participants completed on a rolling basis.

Registration Fee: $100 students; $175 postdocs; $250 all others

Housing, some meals, and all course materials will be provided.

Questions? Email qcb@beckman.illinois.edu

Apply by July 12th

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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! 

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. 

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 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. 

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 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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