March 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 18: March 2010

MENTORING WORKSHOP
We will be holding our second Beckman Institute Mentoring Workshop April 1-2, 2010. This two-session workshop is open to all Beckman Institute senior (advanced) graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing an academic career. The workshop will be led by Beckman Institute faculty members and will include a variety of topics including finding the right institutional fit, putting together a successful CV, negotiating a startup package, understanding the tenure process and much more. Registration information and a complete schedule for the workshop are available at www.beckman.illinois.edu/mentoringworkshop.

POP WINS EARLY CAREER AWARD
Congratulations to Eric Pop on his recent National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Pop, a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the award for his research involving energy dissipation toward creating energy-efficient materials for use in electronics and other applications.

2010 BECKMAN INSTITUTE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS ANNOUNCED
The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program has a long history of attracting the best and brightest young scientists. This year is no exception. For the second consecutive year we received a record number of applications. From this highly competitive field we are pleased to announce that the 2010 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are: S. Derin Babacan, Simon Fischer-Baum, Malini Ranganathan, Ilia Solov’yov, and Jonathan Viventi.

ARNOLD O. BECKMAN EXHIBIT UNVEILING AND RECEPTION
The Arnold O. Beckman exhibit will be installed in the rotunda March 24-26. We will be holding a reception to officially unveil the exhibit on Wednesday, April 14, the week of what would have been Arnold Beckman’s 110th birthday. You are cordially invited to attend this unveiling. The event will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 PM, with a short program at 4PM. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Hannah Schimansky at rsvp@beckman.illinois.edu or call 244-1176.

HA NAMED UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR
Congratulations to Taekjip Ha for being named a University Scholar. Ha is a Beckman affiliate faculty member and professor of physics. Ha is also an affiliate at the Institute for Genomic Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

2010 NANO-BIOPHOTONICS SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology, a resource supported by the National Science Foundation, has announced its 2010 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School (NBSS10) will take place May 24 – Jun 4, 2010 at the Beckman Institute. This two-week event trains graduate students with research interests at the interface between optics, biomedicine, and nanotechnology. The school combines lectures and presentations with hands-on computational labs. The tuition and lodging are free for qualified students who register by April 1, 2010. For more information visit: http://light.ece.uiuc.edu/NBSS10/.

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to Ivan Jean Weiler for receiving new grant funding in the period of February 12, 2010 – March 8, 2010:

ERK Activation in Human Leucocyte (PI: I. Weiler; Sponsor: Hoffman-LaRoche Inc.)

NEW HIRES & STATUS CHANGES
Please welcome the following new hires and those with status changes to the Beckman Institute:

  • John Stack, Visitor to Part-Time Faculty (M&ENS)
  • Amy Wagoner Johnson, Affiliate to Part-Time (IntIm)
  • Coralie Fourastie, Visiting Scholar (N. Sottos)
  • Xue Feng, Visiting Scholar (J. Rogers)
  • Hoang Kim Ngo, Visiting Scholar (D. Jones)
  • Angela Weiss, Research Scientist and Managing Director (K. Schulten)
  • Christophe Chipot, Visiting Scholar (K. Schulten)
  • Jon Patrick Grenda, IGERT Program Coordinator
  • Emily Hartman, Research Specialist in Animal Sonography (BIC)


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
March 18, 2010
Director (Interim)
director@beckman.illinois.edu