February 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 5: February 2009

The Spring semester is in full swing. There is much activity both on campus and here at the Beckman Institute. I hope the items below help keep you informed on what is happening at the Beckman Institute.


BIC/ISL SPACE SWAP
I am pleased to report that the Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) and the Illinois Simulator Laboratory (ISL, formerly the Integrated Systems Laboratory) space swap is progressing well and is on schedule. The majority of the ISL staff have moved from their fourth floor offices to their new south campus location. Most BIC personnel are still splitting their time between here and the south campus location until all of their magnets are in place in the Institute basement. Construction is currently in high gear in the basement, preparing the space for existing magnets, as well as the delivery of our new 3T whole body magnet in July. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have already encountered or may encounter in the coming weeks and months. I thank you for your patience while the project is being completed.

BECKMAN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS PROGRAM
The Program Advisory Committee has completed its review of the 2009 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows applications. An announcement on the new batch of Fellows on this 20th Anniversary of the Beckman Institute will be made by the end of this month.

BECKMAN GRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM
We are currently accepting applications for the Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows Program. Applicants must be University of Illinois graduate students engaged in thesis research at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. levels. Applications are due by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16. The URL is http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/fellows/gradapp.aspx.

20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT: THURSDAY, APRIL 16
The program has been finalized for our 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 16. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Beckman Institute Auditorium and will include remarks from Chancellor Herman, Provost Katehi, President Emeritus Stanley Ikenberry, Chancellor Emeritus Mort Weir, Patricia Beckman, Bill Greenough, and former Beckman Directors Jiri Jonas, and Pierre Wiltzius. A keynote will be presented by the Beckman Institute’s founding director, Theodore L. Brown. I sincerely hope you can attend the program and the reception that will immediately follow.

RECENT HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS
Congratulations to the following Beckman faculty who have recently received honors and recognitions:

  • Stephen Boppart, named Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Narayan Aluru, selected to be invested as Kritzer Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Two papers from Beckman Institute faculty members, one by Joe Lyding and another one by Jean-Pierre Leburton, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Klaus Schulten, and Gregory Timp earned the distinction of being included in the Most Accessed lists for the journal Nanotechnology.

NEW RESEARCH GRANTS
Congratulations to Bill Greenough, who has received new grant funding in the period January 15, 2009  – February 2, 2009.

  • Fragile X Research Center (PI: W. Greenough; Sponsor: NIH, University of Washington)

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

  • Christopher Chipot, Visiting Scholar (K. Schulten)
  • Yun Ji Suh, Visiting Scholar (M. Hasegawa-Johnson)
  • Marina Marjanovic, Program Administrator (Strategic Initiative on Imaging)
  • Stevanna Farley-Wamberg, Extra Help (NeuroTech group)
  • Tamika Dorris, Snack Bar Attendant (Beckman Café)
  • Matthew Gilbert, Part-time Faculty (Computational Electronics group)
  • Jonathan Waskan, Affiliate Faculty (rejoining Cognitive Science group)

OPEN HOUSE 2009
We are less than a month away from the Beckman Institute Open House which will be held March 13-14, 2009. Please note the Open House dates on your calendar. For those of you who are participating, we thank you! For others, please stop by and visit the more than 30 exhibits that will be on display. Also, please note that the building and the surrounding area will be much more congested while visitors are touring the exhibits. The URL for the Beckman Institute Open House is http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/boh2009.aspx.

NEW BECKMAN WEB SITE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED
The Beckman Web site (www.beckman.illinois.edu) now has a new look that was launched on January 30. I am pleased to report that this new site is also 100% compliant with University accessibility and identity standards. Thanks to Rick Valentin for designing and implementing the site and Sue Johnson for overseeing the project.

THURSDAYS@12:20 CONCERTS CONTINUE THROUGH MARCH 19
We are continuing with the Thursdays@12:20 performances, with the remaining schedule this semester being as follows: UI Jazz Combo (2/19), Flute Duo (2/26), McNeill Combo (3/5), and the UI Graduate String Quartet (3/19).  There will not be a concert on March 12 due to preparations for the Open House.


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, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and research support staff, their accomplishments, recognitions, and featured stories on our research programs.

Tamer Başar
February 18, 2009
Interim Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu