December 2010 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 the Director
Issue 27: December 2010


BECKMAN TO OBSERVE REDUCED HOURS DURING HOLIDAY BREAK
The Beckman Institute will observe reduced hours during the campus holiday break. The Institute will close at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011. In addition the Beckman Café will be closed until 8:00 a.m., January 3, 2011. 

STONE NAMED 2010 CUDA FELLOW BY NVIDIA
John Stone, senior research programmer for the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, is among three research and academic leaders appointed to the NVIDIA CUDA Fellows program in 2010. The program recognizes early adopters of the CUDA architecture who have made exceptional advances in the use of GPUs in high performance computing. http://www.csl.uiuc.edu/news/illinois-researcher-named-2010-cuda-fellow-nvidia

OSTOJA-STARZEWSKI DISCUSSES HIGHLY CITED PAPER ON SCIENCEWATCH.COM
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski recently talked with ScienceWatch.com and answered a few questions about his highly cited paper, “Material Spatial Randomness: From Statistical to Representative Volume Element”; PROBABILISTIC ENG MECH, |21 (2): 112-132, APR 2006. http://sciencewatch.com/dr/erf/2010/10decerf/10decerfStar/.

EXHIBIT REGISTRATION IS OPEN:
BECKMAN INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE, MARCH 11-12, 2010
We will be hosting a Beckman Institute Open House March 11-12, 2011. Please mark your calendars. The community looks forward to this event and we are hoping for participation from a wide range of our research groups, labs, and facilities. Exhibit registration is now open and can be found at: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7138663. The exhibit registration deadline is January 31, 2011. For more information contact Sue Johnson at johnso16@illinois.edu.

WINTER SYNERGY IS NOW ONLINE
The latest issue of Synergy is online at http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/synergy/index.aspx. This issue’s cover story tells you about a new approach to solving an age-old problem for wheelchair users. You can also get to know new Beckman faculty member Florin Dolcos, learn about an exhibit called Astronomic!, and discover what a former Beckman postdoc is up to at MIT.
 

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of November 16, 2010 – December 15, 2010:

  • Explicit Articulatory Models of Spoken Language with Application to Automatic Speech Recognition (PI: M. Hasegawa-Johnson; Sponsor: NSF)
  • ERK Activation in Human Leucocyte (PI: I. Weiler)

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

  • Shoji Miyanishi, Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Panshu Song, Visiting Scholar (Y. Lu)
  • Longhua Tang, Visiting Scholar (Y. Lu)
  • Dawn Goeddel, Human Resources Specialist (Business Office)

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 feature stories on our research programs.

Art Kramer
December 21, 2010
Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu