January 2009 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 4: January 2009

Welcome to the first Beckman Bulletin of 2009!

I am very excited about beginning what I hope will be a very productive new year at the Beckman Institute. And, as you know this is the year we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary which gives us an opportunity to not only reflect on the past, but also look to the future.

On Thursday, January 15, we held a retreat for all Beckman Institute faculty members. The retreat, which was the first in the history of the Beckman Institute, featured morning breakout sessions followed by an afternoon of lively group presentations and discussions on the morning breakout topics. I would like to thank the faculty who participated in this event for their input, forward-thinking ideas, and recommendations. We are now putting together a record of the meeting that will be shared with you in the very near future. I would also like to extend special thanks to Monica Fabiani for all the hard work as chair of the retreat steering committee and also the other members of the steering committee. Special thanks also go to those who served as moderators and note takers. I thought it was a very productive meeting with a plethora of exciting ideas generated.

Congratulations to our investigators listed below who have received new grant funding in the period from December 13, 2008 – January 14, 2009.

  • CRCNS: fMRI Pattern Analysis of Neural Correlates of Natural Scene Categories (PI: D. Beck; Sponsor: NIH)
  • Project 3: Effects of Emotion on Executive Function (PI: W. Heller; Sponsor: NIH-University of Colorado)
  • Does Mechanical Force Initiate, Enhance, and Repair Neural Connectivity (PI: E. Jakobsson; Sponsor: University of Miami)
  • Algorithmic Models Capable of Perception and Control (PI: S. Levinson; Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratory)

By popular demand, the Beckman Café is now featuring extended hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please make sure you stop by the Café during their new hours. www.beckman.illinois.edu/cafe

Please welcome the following people who have recently joined the Beckman Institute:

  • Deqiang Wang, Postdoc Research Associate (Greg Timp)
  • Jesse C Ribot, Associate Professor (Faculty)
  • Anton Sergeevich Arkhipov, Postdoc Research Associate (Schulten)
  • Hannah Schimansky, Receptionist (Administration/Director’s Office)
  • Woong Gyu Jung, Postdoc Research Associate (S. Boppart)

The second call for exhibit registrations was made last week. The exhibit registration form can be found at: https://intranet.beckman.illinois.edu/boh. An assigned person from your group can complete the registration form which includes information about your exhibit, space requirements, networking needs, shirt sizes, etc. The deadline for registering exhibits is January 30, 2009.

The Beckman Institute Web site is undergoing a redesign. The new site will be unveiled during week of January 26th. The new site will include our fourth research theme, Integrative Imaging. It will also include the new, campus-wide strategic initiatives that have been formed at the Beckman Institute: 1) Imaging, and 2) Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP).

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
January 21, 2009
Interim Director