June 2017 Beckman Bulletin

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The Beckman Bulletin is a monthly digest from the director of the Beckman Institute. The Bulletin is sent to all faculty and staff. Each issue will highlight the latest happenings from around the Institute.

Issue 87: June 2017

Beckman Revitalization Project

Plan to join us at 3 pm Thursday, June 22, in Room 1005 for a discussion of the proposed Atrium redesigns with Deana McDonagh, a professor of industrial design and member of Beckman’s Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being, and Amanda Henderson, a graduate student who worked as part of the proposal team. A poster session and reception will follow.

Students Interested in Leadership Opportunities

If you’d like to be involved in making students’ voices heard at the Beckman Institute or are interested in facilitating outreach activities, please contact Patty Jones, pmjones5@illinois.edu. Now is the time to organize a Beckman Registered Student Organization: http://union.illinois.edu/get-involved/office-of-registered-organizations/registering-finances-reservations

Honors and Awards

Beckman Faculty Receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award
Four Beckman researchers are among 12 faculty members being honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2017. They are Diane Beck, an associate professor of psychology and member of the Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group; Randy Ewoldt, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group; Prashant Jain, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group; and Brad Sutton, an associate professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. The scholars were recognized for extraordinary contributions in quality of work and overall achievement.
 
Llano Named Professorial Scholar
Dan Llano, associate professor in molecular and integrative physiology and member of Beckman's Neurotechnology of Memory and Cognition Group, was recently appointed the Benjamin R. and Elinor W. Bullock and Edwin E. and Jeanne Bullock Goldberg Professorial Scholar in the School of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.
 
Madak-Erdogan Awarded NCSA Faculty Fellowship
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, a professor of food science and human nutrition and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is among eight Illinois faculty members that have been awarded 2017-18 Faculty Fellowships by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois. Madak-Erdogan’s work will explore the association between the serum factors and demographic variables related to poor outcomes in African-American women with breast cancer, including neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and individual characteristics.

ICYMI (In case you missed it):

Autonomous Materials Systems folks in the news! Anthony Griffin discusses mentoring entrepreneurs in the News Gazette: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/2017-06-11/wired-anthony-griffin.html?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D
 
Nancy Sottos and Scott White in the Chicago Tribune on using self-healing materials to make cellphone and laptop batteries safer: http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-bsi-uiuc-longer-lasting-batteries-20170609-story.html

Recently Awarded Grants:

•    Keeping Athletes' Heads in the Game For Life (PI: Barbey, Carle Foundation Hospital)
•    Multi-Task Deep Learning for Medical Image Understanding (PI: Huang, Siemens Medical)
•    The Computational Microscope (PI: Tajkhorshid, NSF)
•    Optimizing Assessment Tools for Determining Nutritional Enhancement of Learning and Memory (PI: Cohen, Abbott)
•    Polarization-Sensitive Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Microscopy of Breast Cancer (PI: Boppart, NIH)
•    Mouse Cognition and Hippocampal Core Facility (PI: Rhodes, Abbott)

Welcome to the Newest Members of the Beckman Institute:

•    Hillary Schwarb, Visiting Research Scientist (BIC)
•    Kelly McKinley, Office Manager (Research Group Support Staff)
•    Rachel Bollaert, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Events:


Design Presentation and Poster Session
3 pm Thursday, June 22, Room 1005
Poster session and reception to follow.
 
Taking Action: Managing Personal Bias in STEM
10 am – 12 Noon, Friday July 7, 2017
Room 3269 Beckman
Register by July 5, 2017 at go.illinois.edu/takingaction
Fostering diversity and equity is the responsibility of all scientists, and requires active contributions from all members of the scientific community. Unchallenged biased beliefs and practices shape the social interactions and learning environment of a science trainee, as well as their professional beliefs and interactions as a future STEM professional.
Join us in unpacking our individual beliefs, and understand how to recognize and respond to bias and microaggressions. Supporting materials will be provided for developing skills to improve the STEM culture by highlighting the educational benefits of diversity and inclusive practices throughout our future careers.
Illinois Senator Scott Bennett Discusses Science-related Legislation
4 pm Thursday, July 13
Beckman Institute Auditorium
Questions are welcome.
 
Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks
Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks are informal opportunities for the Beckman community to learn about topics that cut across disciplines. Lunch is available.
Fridays, July 14, 21, and 28
5th floor tower room, 5269
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
July 14: Michael Insana, “The Emerging Science of Complexity.”
July 21: Jont Allen, Cynthia Johnson, and Jie Lu, "Dyslexia's missing link: Speech perception and reading disabilities in young children."
July 28: TBD


Note from the (Interim) Director

We’re taking the opportunity this summer to not only reinvigorate Beckman spaces, but also the minds of Beckman faculty, staff, and students. We’re hosting Deana McDonagh, a professor of industrial design and Beckman researcher, and a graduate student, Amanda Henderson, as our designers in residence this summer and fall. They will be available to consult with you on ways to enhance collaboration in your work area, as well as become involved in some special projects. I hope you can join them on Thursday, June 22, at 3 pm in Room 1005 and later in the atrium, for a discussion about Beckman’s shared physical space.
 
Broaden your minds with our Summertime Tower Tutorial Talks. We’ve asked a few professors to provide “chalk talks,” introductory-level discussions of topics in their fields. I hope these provide a new way of looking at your own areas of research, and, perhaps, spur some thoughts as to areas for collaboration.
 
I look forward to hearing from you about your ideas for recharging the Beckman Institute. If you can’t catch me in person, feel free to share your ideas on the Beckman discussion board: go.illinois.edu/BeckmanBoard.
 
Happy summer!
 
Jeff Moore
Interim Director
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology