March 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 6: March 2009


OPEN HOUSE WRAP UP
The Beckman Institute Open House was held last Friday and Saturday and was a huge success. We had many enthusiastic visitors of all ages come through our doors to learn about our research. I believe we left a lasting impression with them and I thank all the exhibitors and volunteers for making this possible. We have received tremendous feedback on the event, so congratulations to everyone for a job well done.

SPRING 2009 SYNERGY NOW ONLINE
Highlights in this issue of Synergy include a cover story on the 10th Anniversary of Bugscope, a 20th Anniversary feature, and a profile of Huan (John) Wang of the BST group. You can find the Synergy online at: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/synergy.

2009 BECKMAN INSTITUTE GRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM
Applications for the 2009 Beckman Institute Fellows program were due Monday, March 16. We received 37 applications that the committee will begin reviewing. An announcement of the 2009 Graduate Fellows will be made in early May.

NEW RESEARCH GRANTS
Congratulations to Joe Lyding on the following new grant funding:

  • High Throughput Sub 10nm Fabrication for Nanoelectronics (PI: J. Lyding; Sponsor: ONR-Northwestern)

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

  • Tim Montague, Director of Development (Tamer Başar)
  • Allison Thilmony, Finance Specialist (Business Office)
  • Marsha Dunlap, Office Manager (Neurotech, Computational Electronics)

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

20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT: APRIL 16
Please mark your calendars to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration Event on Thursday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Beckman Institute Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow in the Atrium. I sincerely hope you can join us for this wonderful celebration of two decades of incredible interdisciplinary research.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OUTSTANDING STUDENTS
The 2009 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize was recently awarded and the Beckman Institute was well-represented with a graduate student among the finalists and Beckman faculty among the advisers for the student finalists, including the winner. John Wright was the winner of the 2009 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize. Wright’s advisers are Beckman faculty members Robert Fossum and Yi Ma. Ben Blaiszik, a graduate student with Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) group, was one of the eight finalists. Jang-Ung Park, whose adviser is Beckman faculty member John Rogers, was also a finalist.

ITG’S VISUALIZATION LAB RECEIVES NSF RECOGNITION
The Visualization Laboratory continues its tradition of creating high-quality images for our researchers. Congratulations to them for creating an image that accompanies one of “the stories viewed the most by visitors to the NSF website in 2008” (The Shape of Things to Come, August 6, 2008, http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=112012 ). The image accompanies a story about John Rogers (M&ENS) developing a new camera that is based on the eye’s structure.


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
March 18, 2009
Interim Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu