January 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 16: January 2010


Welcome to 2010! I hope you had an enjoyable break and are ready to begin this first semester of a new decade.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FURLOUGHS
President Ikenberry’s January 5, 2010 email message announced a furlough program for faculty and academic professionals. In response to that message we will be conducting a furlough information session today, Friday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to Noon in the Beckman Auditorium. If you are going to miss the first session, we have another one scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to Noon again in the Auditorium. The sessions are designed to inform you on the furlough program; explain the expectations of the Campus and the Beckman Institute in regard to the program; who is included; who is excluded; how many furlough days must be taken; how pay will be reduced; how furlough days will be scheduled; how the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act impacts what you are allowed to do, and what you have to do during a week in which a furlough day is taken; and to have your specific questions about the program answered. For the up-to-date information on the furlough program visit: http://www.uillinois.edu/our/news/budget/2010Furlough.cfm

GABRIEL POPESCU NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF OPTICS EXPRESS
Congratulations to Gabriel Popescu for being unanimously approved by the Optical Society of America’s Board of Editors to serve as an Associate Editor for Optics Express. Optics Express publishes original, peer-reviewed articles in the fields of optical science and technology.

DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR: JESSE RIBOT, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27
The first Director’s Seminar of the Spring 2010 series will feature Jesse Ribot (Geography). Ribot, who is the lead person for the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy strategic initiative, will present the talk “Why Did Icarus Fall from the Sky? Climate Change and the Political Economy of Vulnerability.” The talk will be Wednesday, January 27 at Noon in Room 1005. Lunch is provided.

THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES BEGINS IN FEBRUARY
The popular Thursdays@12:20 Concert series will resume on February 4 and will continue every Thursday until March 11. The performers are being finalized by the University of Illinois School of Music and will be announced shortly. Performances are held in the Beckman Institute Atrium and run from 12:20 – 12:50 p.m.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE
As you may know, the Beckman Institute holds a bi-annual Open House. Our last Open House was in March of 2009 so this is the Institute’s “off” year. However, we will be holding a special open house at the Illinois Simulator Laboratory, which is now settled into its new south campus location. The ISL Open House will give us a chance to showcase the activities of ISL at this new location. Visitors will get a chance to see the new facility and its visualization environments including the Cave, the driving simulator, and the flight simulator. Demonstrations will also be available on ISL’s ImmersaDesks, the Motion Capture Suite, and more. The dates are March 12-13. More information will follow in the coming months.

REMINDER: BOOKS REQUESTED FOR DISPLAY
In an effort to showcase the work of Beckman Institute authors we will be creating a display for recent books authored or co-authored by our faculty, fellows, students, and staff. The book display will be near the Beckman Institute Café where people can peruse the books over lunch or on a break. The books are not intended to be removed from the display area but to be perused at the site. If you have a copy of a book that you have authored or co-authored within the last ten years that you would like contribute to our display please drop it off with Sue Johnson in Room 5361. If it is more convenient you may also drop your book off at the reception desk in the administrative suite on the first floor.

REMINDER: ALUMNI AND FRIENDS EVENT IN CALIFORNIA
The Beckman Institute will be hosting an alumni and friends Sunday brunch in Irvine,  California on January 24. I will give brief remarks about the current state of the Beckman Institute and Art Kramer will be a featured speaker. Art will provide the guests with an overview of his research on aging and the human mind. He will also discuss what his research shows about enhancing your cognitive abilities as people age. Additionally, he will give an overview of the developing initiative, “Healthy Bodies, Brains, Minds, and Communities. Contact Tim Montague (tgmontag@illinois.edu) for more information.

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

  • Ling Zhang, Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Ryo Tanaka, Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Nam Hyun Cho, Visiting Scholar (S. Boppart)
  • Chai Kyoun Woo, Visiting Scholar (S. Boppart)
  • Piyush Thakre, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. White)
  • Gregory Girolami, Part-time Faculty (NANO/MENS)
  • Angus Rockett, Part-time Faculty (NANO/MENS)

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 15, 2010
Director (Interim)
director@beckman.illinois.edu