February 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 84: February 2017

Honors and Awards

Beckman-Brown and Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Named
Vivian Lau has been named the Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, which provides three years of funding for a postdoctoral student affiliated with the Beckman Institute. The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold O. and Mrs. Mabel Beckman, who provided the gift that created the Beckman Institute, and Theodore “Ted” Brown, founding director of the Beckman Institute.

The 2017 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows have diverse research interests that span the Beckman research themes. The Fellows are Rachel (Klaren) Bollaert, Xing Jiang, Caterina Lamuta, Michelle Rodrigues, Courtney Sobieski, and Benjamin Zimmerman.

More on the Fellows at https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/02/2017-postdoc-fellows

Chan Named Sloan Research Fellow
Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was one of four Illinois professors named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.” Awardees receive $60,000 to be used as they wish to further their research.

Ostoja-Starzewski Elected Fellow of Society of Engineering Science
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science.

GAO receives NSF CAREER Award to Investigate High-Speed Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy
Liang Gao, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is developing groundbreaking technology, which will ultimately lead to a new generation of high-speed fluorescence lifetime imagers. Gao received an NSF CAREER award, which includes over $500,000 in grant funding, for his proposal on compressed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. His research would allow biologists to quantitatively image dynamic fluorescence events at an unprecedented speed.

Grants Awarded

  • Introperative Polarization-Sensitive OCT for Assessing Breast Tumor Margins (PI: S. Boppart; NIH)
  • Grand Challenge on Nutritional Enhancement of Learning and Memory (PI: Chen, Abbott-CNLM Supplement)
  • IGNITE: Investigating Gains in Neurocognition (PI: McAuley; NIH-University of Pittsburgh)
  • X-Ray Microscopy of Amorphous/Crystalline Pharmaceutical Formulations (PI: Yin; Abbvie, Inc.)

News and Notes

“Hands-on” Workshop on Computational Biophysics
Registration ends March 10 for a FREE workshop, held April 17-21 at the Beckman Institute, on computational biophysics. This workshop will be presented by members of the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling & Bioinformatics at Illinois. Topics include instruction in NAMD, Lattice Microbes, and VMD. Enrollment limited to 25 participants. Visit: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/Urbana2017a/

Register for BrainHack 2017
The Beckman Institute is one of the host sites for a global neuroscience computing event – BrainHack Global 2017 (http://events.brainhack.org/global2017/). Professors Brad Sutton, Sanmi Koyejo, and Sepideh Friberg are coordinating Illinois’ participation in the event, which will be Thursday, March 2, 2017, through Saturday, March 4, 2017. To register, visit https://publish.illinois.edu/brainhack2017/

Facilities Updates
The Microscopy Suite recently upgraded its TEM camera software, which includes a sophisticated EM tomography package. This upgrade will allow the Suite to continue a very promising 3D TEM imaging collaboration with Beckman’s Visualization Laboratory.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety
Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer recently visited attended a co-chairs meeting at the Beckman Institute to discuss research safety. Information on regulatory compliance and safety can be found on the OVCR website: http://research.illinois.edu/regulatory-compliance-safety

Acknowledging Beckman in Your Publications
Please remember to acknowledge the Beckman Institute in your publications. You can do this in any or all of the following three ways, as appropriate:

  • State the Beckman Institute as your organizational affiliation.
  • If your research results relied on the use of the Beckman Institute's Biomedical Imaging Center or the Imaging Technology Group (Microscopy Suite or Visualization Laboratory), please state that your paper's Acknowledgements section (such as:  "... was carried out in part in the xxxxxxxx at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.”).
  • If you or any of your co-authors were supported by a Beckman Institute seedling grant or one of our Beckman Institute Fellowships or awards, please say so in your paper’s Acknowledgements section.  

If you have further questions about how to appropriately acknowledge Beckman in your publications, please consult with Patty Jones, Associate Director for Research (pmjones5@illinois.edu).

New Hires
Welcome to the newest members of the Beckman Institute!

  • Jose Rico-Jimenez, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. Boppart)
  • Adam Feinberg,-Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Moore)

Upcoming Events

Director’s Seminar: Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows
Noon Thurs, Feb. 23
Room 1005
Gillian Hamilton: “Alcohol and the Developing Brain,”
Tomasz Wrobel: “Speeding up Cancer Imaging with Quantum Cascade Lasers”
Lunch is provided.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Seminar
Noon, Thurs, Feb. 23
Room 5602
Gun Kim, George W. Woodruff Mechanical Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Campus Sesquicentennial Event
3 pm Tues, March 28
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
5 pm Free concert with Funkadesi

Graduate Student Seminar
Noon Wed, March 1
Room 1005
Austin Mudd, Neuroscience Program
Bryan Clifford, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Guillermo Monroy, Bioengineering

Beckman Institute Open House
Friday, March 10, 9:00-4:00
Saturday, March 11, 9:00-3:00


From the Director:

Our biennial Open House occurs March 10-11. I hope you plan on visiting and encourage family and friends to do the same. It’s a great way to see a lot of the interesting research happening at the Beckman Institute, and a fun day for scientists and technologists of all ages.

I hope to see you there!

Jeff Moore
Interim Director
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology