January 2011 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 28: January 2011


FIRST POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM TOMORROW
The inaugural Postdoctoral Research Symposium at the University of Illinois will be held at the Beckman Institute this Thursday, January 20. Paul Braun, will be the keynote speaker. For more information and to register visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/postdocsymposium2011.aspx

STEPHEN BOPPART CHOSEN AS IEEE FELLOW
Congratulations to Stephen Boppart who was recently chosen as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optical biomedical imaging. Boppart is Co-chair of our Integrative Imaging research theme and leader of the Strategic Initiative on Imaging. http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/BoppartIEEE

BECKMAN RESEARCHERS CONTRIBUTE TO NEW NSF NANOSCALE ELECTRONICS CENTER
The University of Illinois is a partner in a new center funded by the National Science Foundation for advancing nanoscale electronics manufacturing techniques. The Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials will be led by Lisa McElwee-White of the University of Florida (PI), and Beckman researchers Gregory Girolami as the local PI, and Joe Lyding as the co-PI. Girolami and Lyding are both members of our Nanolectronics and Nanomaterials group. The $1.5M grant to create the center was awarded through the NSF Centers for Chemical Innovations Program. The ultimate aim of the center is to develop new integrated circuit nanoscale fabrication methods that aren’t possible with current techniques. For the complete story visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/NSFnanoelectroincscenter.

NEWS BUREAU TO HOST “WORKING WITH THE MEDIA SEMINAR FOR SCIENCE FACULTY” AT THE BECKMAN INSTITUTE
The News Bureau is offering a “Working with the Media Seminar” session for science faculty on Wednesday, February 9 from 2-3 p.m. Topics will include “How, When, and Why to Explain Your Research to the Public,” “What the News Bureau Does,” and “What Makes a Research Story Newsworthy?” The event is free, but requires registration: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7506325. The seminar is in Beckman Institute Room 5602.

BECKMAN RESEARCHERS WIN INNOVATE ILLINOIS AWARD
Diagnostic Photonics, a local start-up company based on the research of Beckman faculty members Stephen Boppart and Scott Carney, was one of four top winners of the 2010 Innovate Illinois competition. Innovate Illinois is a statewide competition sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

**REMINDER** 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.

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of December 16, 2010 – January 15, 2011:

  • Computational Models of Neural Dynamics (PI: S. Levinson)
  • Opticortex: A full-head non-invasive functional optical brain imaging device (PI: G. Gratton)

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

  • Xian Chen, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Sweedler)

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our websitewww.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
January 20, 2011
Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu