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Beckman Young Investigator Dr. Prashant Jain Publishes: Harvesting multiple electron–hole pairs generated through plasmonic excitation of Au nanoparticles

  • Thursday, May 31, 2018

Learn more about what Beckman Young Investigator Dr. Prashant Jain (UIUC '14) has been working on: ABSTRACT: Multi-electron redox reactions, although central to artificial photosynthesis, are kinetically sluggish. Amidst the search for synthetic catalysts for such processes, plasmonic nanoparticles have been found to catalyse multi-electron reduction of CO2 under visible light. This example motivates the need for a general, insight-driven framework for plasmonic catalysis of such mu ..

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Beckman Young Investigator Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni on the Cover of Science: Building one molecule from a reservoir of two atoms

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Learn more about what Beckman Young Investigator Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni (Harvard University ’15) has been working on: ABSTRACT: Chemical reactions typically proceed via stochastic encounters between reactants. Going beyond this paradigm, we combined exactly two atoms in a single, controlled reaction. The experimental apparatus traps two individual laser-cooled atoms [one sodium (Na) and one cesium (Cs)] in separate optical tweezers and then merges them into one optical dipole trap. S ..

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Beckman Scholar Jared Balik Publishes: High interspecific variation in nutrient excretion within a guild of closely related caddisfly species

  • Friday, May 25, 2018

Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Jared Balik (Allegheny College '14) has been working on: ABSTRACT: Understanding the amount of variation in functional traits between closely related species within guilds is critical for understanding links between community composition and ecosystem processes. Nutrient excretion is an important link between animals and their environments, and aquatic invertebrate communities can supply a considerable proportion of ecosystem nutrient deman ..

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#AMBF40years: A Conversation with Dr. Chad Mirkin

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Then: 1992 Beckman Young Investigator Award Recipient, Northwestern University Now: Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University AMBF: When you heard about the Beckman Young Investigator opportunity, what inspired you to apply? ..

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Anna Simon, PhD, publishes: Exploiting the conformational-selection mechanism to control the kinetics of a "smart" DNA hydrogel

  • Friday, April 27, 2018

Learn more about what 2017 AOB Postdoc Anna Simon (University of Texas Austin) has been working on: ABSTRACT The sequence-specific hybridization and molecular recognition properties of DNA support the construction of stimulus-responsive hydrogels with precisely controlled crosslink geometry. Here we show that, as predicted by the conformational selection mechanism, the response kinetics of such a hydrogel can be tuned over orders of magnitude by modulating the thermodynami ..

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#AMBF40years: A Conversation with Professor Douglas Koshland

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Then: 1991 Beckman Young Investigator Award Recipient, Carnegie Institution for Science Now: Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley AMBF: When you heard about the Beckman Young Investigator opportunity, what inspired you to apply? DK: The idea to have funding that would give me the freedom to pursue a high risk-high gain project. AMBF: What was your research focused on? What were the results? DK: We developed a cytological  ..

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Elena Schroeter, PhD, publishes: A Comparison of Common Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Paleoproteomics

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018

Learn more about what 2017 AOB Postdoc Elena Schroeter (North Carolina State University) has been working on: ABSTRACT The last two decades have seen a broad diversity of methods used to identify and/or characterize proteins in the archeological and paleontological record. Of these, mass spectrometry has opened an unprecedented window into the proteomes of the past, providing protein sequence data from long extinct animals as well as historical and prehistorical artifacts. Thus ..

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A Conversation with Dr. JR Schmidt: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Hope College Now: Associate Professor – Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? JS: I certainly had a strong interest in science well before college or even high school. By high school, I was relatively confident that I wanted to pursue science as a career. My decision to move into an academic career was much later, in graduate school. ..

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Beckman Scholar Noah Vieira Publishes: A trans-bidentate bis-pyridinyl ligand with a transition metal hinge

  • Friday, November 03, 2017

Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Noah Vieira has been working on at Furman University: ABSTRACT A titanocene based metalloligand, Cp*2Ti(C22-py)2, was synthesized and coordinated to either Cu(I) or Pd(II). The metalloligand binds Cu(I) between its alkynes and Pd(II) between its pyridinyl rings, acting as a trans-bidentate ligand. In order to bind Pd(II), significant structural rearrangements were necessary, which required the flexibility of the C–Ti–C hinge on the ti ..

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A Conversation with Dr. Terrance Kummer: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, October 13, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, University of Minnesota Now: Assistant Professor of Neurology – Division of Neurocritical Care, Washington University in St. Louis AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? TK: I have wanted a career in science since I was a child. In the earliest days, I wanted to be an astronomer. The universe fascinated me; it seemed the greatest unknown imaginable. In college I was drawn to the inner un ..

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