Events at Beckman

Events at Beckman

New-to-Beckman tours

Join outreach specialist Lexie Kesler for a tour of the building.

Gather in the atrium

Informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman Atrium with director Nadya Mason.

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Group walks from the Beckman Atrium to the Beckman Café

Cookie Collab

Join Beckman Director Nadya Mason for coffee and treats in the Beckman Atrium. Held on the third Thursday of every month.

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Director's Seminar Series

Beckman faculty members and postdocs share their research.
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Yoga at Beckman

Join us for a free hour of yoga Wednesdays at the Beckman Institute in the 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

Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

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Graduate Student Seminar: Sun

1005 Beckman Institute and Zoom

Contact name: Chaimongkol Saengow
Contact email: saengow@illinois.edu

One graduate student will present his research at the second Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the spring 2023 semester: Yunyan Sun, chemistry.

The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1 at noon in 1005 Beckman Institute and on Zoom. Register in advance to attend in person or on Zoom.

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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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your 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.

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Beckman Director’s Seminar: Joaquín Rodríguez-López

1005 Beckman Institute

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

Joaquín Rodríguez-López will speak at the Beckman Institute's Director's Seminar at noon Thursday, Feb. 2. Rodríguez-López, professor of chemistry, will be discussing, "Everything, everywhere, all at once – decoupling (and embracing) the complexity of (electro)chemical processes at electrified interfaces." The seminar will be a hybrid event held in Beckman, room 1005 and via Zoom. 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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Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

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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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Beckman Special Director’s/Molecular Science and Engineering Seminar: Rajeev Assary

3269 Beckman Institute

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

Rajeev Assary of Argonne National Laboratory will deliver a Beckman Institute Special Director's/Molecular Science and Engineering Seminar at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Dr. Assary, group leader of molecular materials in the ANL Materials Science Division, will present “Insights into Molecular Materials for Energy: Let’s start from Computing …”

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Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

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Self-Care Seminar Lunch and Learn: Joshua Hagerstrom

5602 Beckman Institute

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

Title: "How do you Recharge? Burnout Prevention Through the Lens of Focusing on Self First."

Speaker: Joshua Hagerstrom, LCPC-Clinical Counselor, Faculty/Staff Assistance Services, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Please join us as Joshua Hagerstrom speaks about ways to help prevent burnout by utilizing self-care techniques.

This event takes place on February 14 in room 5602. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lunch.  

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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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Cookie Collab

Beckman Institute Atrium

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

 

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Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Reading for pleasure is great for your brain: A fireside chat at The Literary Book Bar

The Literary Book Bar, 122 N. Neil St., Champaign

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

Have you ever described a book as “pulling you in?” 

Science tells us that being immersed in a story isn’t just entertaining — it’s also good for your brain.

Whether you’re thumbing through a high-stakes thriller, helping a literary sleuth solve the perfect crime, or questing with a crew of fantastical characters, your attention, memory, and problem-solving skills are engaged from the first page. It's what scientists call a “whole-brain” experience: the “pull” of immersive prose.

Dr. Liz Stine-Morrow and Dr. Melissa Troyer are scientists and avid bookworms who study the benefits of reading in all of its brain-changing, knowledge-making glory. Their advice: keep doing it, and your mind will thank you. 

Drop by The Literary in Downtown Champaign at

5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

for an informal discussion and Q&A about reading and the brain. Bring your questions and your TBR list (and be prepared to pick up a few new titles, too). 

Meet the panelists:

Dr. Liz Stine-Morrow

(she/her) is Professor Emerita and a research scientist in educational psychology and in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Technology. Her field of research is cognitive aging, which investigates how mental abilities, such as memory and attention, are shaped by the aging process and experiences through the adult lifespan. She is particularly interested in age-related change in language comprehension and strategies for maintaining communication skills into old age. Her email is eals@illinois.edu.

Dr. Melissa Troyer

(she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute and received her Ph.D. in cognitive science from UCSD in 2019. Melissa’s research focuses on how differences in what people know influence how they read — including linking language to meaning, forming expectations about upcoming language, and (potentially) learning from language. Her email is troyer1@illinois.edu

Meet the moderator:

Melinh Lai

(she/her) is a psychology Ph.D. student specializing in figuring out how we piece together meaning from the things we read. As a youngest sibling, she is plagued by FOMO (fear of missing out) and the need to insert herself into other people’s conversations, which is why she is absolutely tickled about moderating this event. Her email is melinhl2@illinois.edu

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Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

Graduate Student Seminar: Cui, Kou

1005 Beckman Institute and Zoom

Contact name: Chaimongkol Saengow
Contact email: saengow@illinois.edu

Two graduate students will present their research at the third Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the spring 2023 semester: Jilai Cui, neuroscience program; and Zhengchang Kou, electrical and computer engineering.

The event takes place Wednesday, Mar. 1 at noon in 1005 Beckman Institute and on Zoom. Register in advance to attend in person or on Zoom.

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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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your 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.

Read more

Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

Cookie Collab

Beckman Institute Atrium

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

 

Read more

Gather in the Atrium

Center atrium during fall and winter months

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

Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall for informal conversation and coffee in the Beckman atrium.

This Gather in the Atrium Series will be from 10-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. When the nice weather returns in the coming months, we will move these coffee sessions outside to the Beckman west garden.

Read more

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 this spring for restorative yoga with a view! All sessions are free and will be held in Beckman's fifth-floor tower room. All are welcome bring your own mat! 

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