Beckman Institute Calendar (Master)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

    • 10:00 - 10:30 am
    • Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

    Join your colleagues Tuesdays from 10-10:30 a.m. this fall for informal conversation and coffee  in the Beckman garden, which is west of the building through the café’s double doors.

  • Alexis Thompson
    • 4:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 1005

    The mentoring relationship between the advisor and graduate student is a central part of graduate education. Alexis will discuss tools for developing a strong mentoring relationship and navigating issues if they arise.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • Beckman exterior at night with the caption "Director's Seminar Series".
    • 12:00 pm
    • 1005 Beckman Institute

    Randy Ewoldt will speak at the Beckman Institute's virtual Director's Seminar at noon Thursday, Sept. 1. Ewoldt, professorin 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. Please indicate virtual or in-person attendance.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

  • Adrienne M. Antonson
    • 4:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Exposure to inflammation during critical developmental windows can disrupt neural circuitry formation and function, increasing the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. Using maternal viral infection, Dr. Antonson's lab investigates how microbial, immune, and microglial signaling might underlie the etiologies of these disorders.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

  • Aerial photo of Beckman Institute's south side, with text reading: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Graduate Student Seminar Series
    • 12:00 pm
    • 1005 Beckman Institute and Zoom

    Two graduate students will present their research at the first Beckman Graduate Student Seminar of the fall 2022 semester: Kelly Chang, materials science and engineering; and Defne Gorgon Ozgulbas, Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology. The event takes place Wednesday, Sept. 7 at noon. Register in advance to attend in person or on Zoom.

  • Miniature Brain Machinery. Understanding the Brain: Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery
    • 4:00 pm
    • 2269 Beckman Institute

    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.

Monday, September 12, 2022

  • Cancer Center calendar event picture
    • 3:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Atrium

    The Beckman Institute and Cancer Center at Illinois invite campus researchers to attend the TEP Open House, including tours and a poster session. Recently renovated in the lower level of Beckman, TEP offers state-of-the-art equipment and expert staff to help accelerate research.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    • 10:00 - 10:30 am
    • Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

    Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall 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 through the fall semester.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • 12:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Receive an overview of research integrity from Chris Lehmann, a research integrity officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and a clinical professor of civil and environmental engineering.

  • Carlos R. Ponce
    • 4:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    To understand how the visual brain works in the natural world, we must study cortical neurons. Specifically, we must identify what kinds of information they store, and then relate this information to different types of images. Dr. Ponce will describe how his team uses machine learning to extract visual attributes represented by neurons.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Miniature Brain Machinery. Understanding the Brain: Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery
    • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    • 5602 Beckman Institute, Urbana, Illinois

    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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • 1003 Beckman Institute

    Members of the Beckman community are invited to have a free professional portrait taken any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in 1003 Beckman Institute, across from the auditorium.

    • 10:00 - 10:30 am
    • Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

    Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall 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 through the fall semester.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • 12:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Learn about publications and authorships from Patty Jones, the associate director for research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

  • Howard Gritton
    • 4:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Cognitive processes can have profound effects on sensory experience. Dr. Gritton will discuss his team's recent electrophysiology findings revealing that prefrontal cortex is highly sensitive to behavioral errors when task rules are updated. Dr. Gritton will also provide evidence that this engagement leads to rapid plasticity in sensory cortices altering perceptual perform

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • Miniature Brain Machinery. Understanding the Brain: Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery
    • 4:00 pm
    • 2269 Beckman Institute

    Mei Shen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Illinois, will lecture on “Nanoelectrochemistry for Probing Fast Chemical Transmitter Release with High Temporal Resolution” at 4:00 pm in 2269 Beckman Institute and on Zoom September 21, 2022. Sara Bell, MBM trainee and PhD candidate in Chemistry, will give an introduction.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

  • Kent D. Choquette
    • 11:00 am
    • Beckman Institute Room 3269

    Dr. Choquette will discuss control of index-guided and anti-guided optical modes in vertical cavity surface emitting lasers and coherently coupled laser arrays using control of refractive index and the spatial extent of gain. Applications of non-Gaussian modes are highlighted.

Friday, September 23, 2022

  • Beckman Institute Picture
    • 2:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Dr. Luthey-Schulten will present a whole-cell kinetic model (4DWCM) of JCVI-syn3A, a minimal bacterial cell with a reduced genome of 493 genes that has retained few regulatory proteins or small RNAs. Revealing how the cell balances the demands of its metabolism, genetic information processes, and growth, offering an insight into the principles of life for a bacterial cell.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    • 10:00 - 10:30 am
    • Beckman garden, west of the building through the cafe's double doors

    Join Director Nadya Mason and your colleagues this fall 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 through the fall semester.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • 12:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Receive an overview of science communication from Lexie Kesler, an outreach and communications specialist at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

  • Emily Jacobs
    • 4:00 pm
    • Beckman Institute Room 5602

    Sex hormones are powerful neuromodulators of learning and memory. Dr. Jacobs highlights recent findings from her lab suggesting that neuroendocrine factors rapidly and dynamically influence the human brain over the lifecourse.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

  • Miniature Brain Machinery. Understanding the Brain: Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery
    • 4:00 pm
    • 2269 Beckman Institute

    Todd Coleman, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, will lecture on “Monitoring and modulating nervous systems in the brain and visceral organs” at 4:00 pm in 2269 Beckman Institute and on Zoom September 28, 2022. One of our MBM trainees will give an introduction.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022