Art Kramer was named as the fourth permanent Beckman Institute Director in May of 2010, replacing Interim Director Tamer Başar. Kramer follows in the footsteps of Founding Director Ted Brown, Jiri Jonas, and Pierre Wiltzius. In June Kramer sat down for a question and answer session about his new position, the current state of the Beckman Institute, and his hopes for the future.
Dr. Andrew Webb, former Director of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center, together with his former colleagues at Illinois, have established a fund to honor Andrew’s wife, Dr. Nadine Barrie Smith, in recognition of her accomplishments in science, engineering, and education. Nadine, a University of Illinois alumna and postdoctoral researcher at the Beckman Institute (1987-1995), died very suddenly at the age of 48.
Ioannis Chasiotis came to America from his native Greece 14 years ago and in that time has earned a Ph.D., secured faculty positions at a top flight engineering school and premier research institute, and found himself shaking hands with the President of the United States.
The Third International WUN Conference on Spintronic Materials and Devices will be held June 21-23 at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus.
Beckman Institute researcher William King is part of a multi-university collaboration that has been able to create graphene on nanocircuitry, an important step in potentially using the carbon structures as a replacement for silicon in transistors.
Greg Miller has been named the Director of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC). Miller, head of Beckman’s Cognitive Neuroscience group, replaces Art Kramer, who was named as Beckman Institute Director in May.
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group at Beckman used molecular dynamics simulation software they developed called NAMD to create an atomic scale model of the structures and processes involved in a critical aspect of nerve cell signaling.