November 2008 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.

Communication from Tamer Başar, Interim Director
Issue 2: November 2008

FOURTH RESEARCH THEME LAUNCHED
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Beckman Institute’s fourth research theme: Integrative Imaging. This theme will initially be comprised of two existing groups under the Biological Intelligence research theme: Bioimaging Science and Technology (BST) and the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory (BRL). Stephen Boppart is serving as the co-chair for the new Integrative Imaging theme. Also, please note that we will now be referring to our main research areas as themes instead of initiatives.

2009 BECKMAN FELLOWS PROGRAM
Applications for the 2009 Beckman Institute Fellows program are due Monday, December 1. Please forward information about the program along to any recent Ph.D. or student who is in their final year of doctoral study.

BECKMAN TEAM TAKES THE BRONZE AT STAR CHALLENGE
Congratulations to Tom Huang, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and students Jui Ting Huang, Dennis Lin, Xi Zhou, Zhen Li, Xiaodan Zhuang, and team leader Yuxiao Hu for winning the Bronze Medal at the Grand Finals of the Star Challenge in Singapore. The Illinois entry was the only team from the United States to reach the finals.

NEW RESEARCH GRANTS
Congratulations to our investigators who have received new grant funding. The list below includes new grants from October 15 – November 12, 2008.

  • Functional Brain Imaging by Tunable Multi-spectral Event-related Optical Signal (PI: G. Gratton; Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratory)
  • Functional and Dynamic MRI of Swallowing (PI: Tracey Wszalek; Sponsor: Proctor & Gamble)

ART COLLECTION NOW ONLINE
You can now peruse the extensive Beckman Institute art collection online. Works are listed by location and include title, artist, and medium. 

CAFÉ SURVEY COMPLETE
Thanks to those of you who took the Beckman Institute Café survey. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to making enhancements and changes based on your input.

BIC/ISL SPACE SWAP UPDATE
Progress on the BIC/ISL space swap is moving along on schedule. Some of the latest happenings include moving the Cube out of the Beckman basement and bringing the 600 MHz Varian MR system from south campus to the Beckman Institute. The Varian is now up and running. 

NEW HIRES
Please welcome the following new people to the Beckman Institute:

  • Kyung-Tae Kim, Research Specialist (Brian Ross)
  • Erica Malloch, Coordinator of Research Programs (Paul Braun/Nancy Sottos)
  • Julie McCartney, Group Secretary (Bioimaging Science and Technology)
  • Jaclyn Patrick, Visiting HR Specialist (Human Resources)
  • Irene Ricciari, Academic Hourly (Associate Director’s Office)
  • Darold Spillman, Program Administrative Assistant (Steve Boppart)
  • Joyce Woodworth, Coordinator of Research Programs (Jeff Moore/Scott White)

We also had several new postdocs and visiting scholars join Beckman over the last month

BECKMAN INSTITUTE HOLIDAY RECEPTION
You are cordially invited to the Beckman Institute Holiday Reception that will be held on Tuesday, December 16 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Atrium.

OPEN HOUSE 2009
We will be hosting a Beckman Institute Open House March 13-14, 2009. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to great participation from our research groups. Exhibit sign-up information will be coming soon from our external relations department.


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our website www.beckman.illinois.edu will continue to post in a timely manner all the important happenings in the institute involving our faculty, fellows, and graduate and undergraduate student researchers, their accomplishments, recognitions, and featured stories on our research programs.

Tamer Başar
November 20, 2008
Interim Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu