July 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 10: July 2009

NEW BIOMEDICAL IMAGING CENTER MAGNET INSTALLED
I am pleased to announce that the Biomedical Imaging Center’s new 3T whole-body magnet arrived and was carefully lowered by crane into its home in the Beckman Institute basement on July 8, 2009. I want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who worked diligently to make sure the delivery of the new 14-ton “baby” was a smooth operation. This new magnet will become operational in the coming months. To view a photo gallery of the project visit the BIC/ISL Space Swap Photo Gallery.

20th ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM // OCTOBER 5-7, 2009: ADDITIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
The 20th Anniversary Planning Committee is in the process of finalizing the program, and I am pleased to announce that the morning keynote speakers have been secured. Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will present a keynote address on Tuesday, October 6. The Wednesday, October 7 morning session will begin with a keynote address by award-winning nanoscientist Charles M. Lieber of Harvard University. For more information on the 20th Anniversary Symposium program and to register please visit: www.beckman.illinois.edu/anniversary

CHASIOTIS WINS PRESIDENTIAL EARLY CAREER AWARD
Congratulations to Ioannis Chasiotis, a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems group, who was one of 100 young researchers named as a recipient of a 2008 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. For a press release, see http://news.illinois.edu/news/09/0709pecase.html

AHUJA, HUANG, HAN SELECTED AS HP INNOVATION RESEARCH AWARD RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to Narendra Ahuja (AI), Jiawei Han (IFP), and Thomas Huang (IFP) for being chosen as part of a group of 60 professors worldwide who will take part in the HP 2009 HP Labs Innovation Research Program. http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/releases/HPInnovationAwards2009

AHUJA RECEIVES T.A. STEWART-DYER AND F. TREVITHICK PRIZE
Congratulations to Narendra Ahuja for being recently honored with the T.A. Stewart-Dyer and F. Trevithick Prize for his work on the use of computer vision for railroad engineering. The award is presented annually by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

NEW RESEARCH GRANTS
Congratulations to our investigators listed below who have received new grant funding:

  • Functional and Dynamic MRI of Swallowing (PI: T. Wszalek; Sponsor: Proctor & Gamble)
  • Therapeutic Motor Training and Fetal Alcohol Effects (PI: W. Greenough; Sponsor: ARRA Funding)
  • 2nd International Conference on Self-Healing Materials (PI: S. White; Sponsor: U.S. Air Force)

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

  • Brian Dill, Affiliate Faculty (SDEP)
  • Nathan Parks, 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ilia Solov’yov, Visiting Scholar (Theoretical and Computational Biophysics/M&ENS)
  • Changying Xue, Postdoc (D. Leckband)
  • David Mayerich, 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow

This is what I have for this month’s bulletin.  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
Interim Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu
July 16, 2009