•   
  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   

Beckman Foundation Announces 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Awardees

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Twelve Institutions to Receive $1.5 million in Science Funding for Undergraduate Researchers The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (http://www.beckman-foundation.org/about/the-arnold-and-mabel-beckman-foundation) announced today the selection of its 2018 class of Beckman Scholars Program Awardees, U.S. colleges and universities which underscore the Foundation’s mission of supporting basic research in the chemistry and life sciences. The institutions were selected after a ri ..

Read More


Beckman Scholar Julia Nelson Publishes: Linked cycles of oxidative decarboxylation of glyoxylate as protometabolic analogs of the citric acid cycle

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Julia Nelson (Furman University '15) has been working on: ABSTRACT The development of metabolic approaches towards understanding the origins of life, which have focused mainly on the citric acid (TCA) cycle, have languished—primarily due to a lack of experimentally demonstrable and sustainable cycle(s) of reactions. We show here the existence of a protometabolic analog of the TCA involving two linked cycles, which convert glyoxylate into C ..

Read More


A Conversation with Dr. Leana Wen: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, January 12, 2018

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, California State University, Los Angeles Now: Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? LW: I wanted to enter medicine, but did not know about a career in science. AMBF: What exposure did you have to knowing what research in a laboratory would be like? LW: Very little. AMBF: When you heard about the Beckman Scholar opportunity, what ..

Read More


Beckman Scholar Jonathan L. Messerschmidt Publishes: Sea anemone model has a single Toll-like receptor that can function in pathogen detection, NF-κB signal transduction, and development

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Jonathan Messerschmidt has been working on at Boston University: ABSTRACT In organisms from insects to vertebrates, Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are primary pathogen detectors that activate downstream pathways, specifically those that direct expression of innate immune effector genes. TLRs also have roles in development in many species. The sea anemone Nematostella vectensis is a useful cnidarian model to study the origins of TLR signaling bec ..

Read More


A Conversation with Dr. David Fooksman: Celebrating 20 Years of Beckman Scholars

  • Friday, December 15, 2017

Then: 1998 Beckman Scholars Program Award Recipient, Carnegie Mellon University Now: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine AMBF: Prior to college, were you curious about a career in science? DF: No. AMBF: What exposure did you have to knowing what research in a laboratory would be like? DF: I worked in research labs starting in the fall of my freshman year in undergraduate. AMBF: When you heard ab ..

Read More


2018 Beckman Symposium T-Shirt Design Contest

  • Thursday, December 14, 2017

Calling all Current/Past Beckman Awardees & Employees: Put on your artist hat and get creative! Your 2018 Beckman Symposium T-shirt design must include the 40th Anniversary Beckman Foundation logo (shown at left, emailed by request). Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 12 PM Pacific Email Designs to: Symposium@beckman-foundation.org DESIGN RULES: T-shirts can contain up to 3 colors on the front, 3 colors on the back, and 1 color on the sleeve Design s ..

Read More


Beckman Scholar Nicole M. Carter Publishes: Transcription factor NF-κB is modulated by symbiotic status in a sea anemone model of cnidarian bleaching

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beckman Scholar Nicole M. Carter Publishes: Transcription factor NF-κB is modulated by symbiotic status in a sea anemone model of cnidarian bleaching Learn more about what Beckman Scholar Nicole Carter has been working on at Boston University: ABSTRACT Transcription factor NF-κB plays a central role in immunity from fruit flies to humans, and NF-κB activity is altered in many human diseases. To investigate a role for NF-κB in immunity and disease on a broader evolutionary s ..

Read More


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. ..

Read More


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 ..

Read More


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 ..

Read More