March 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 30: March 2011


SPECIAL LECTURE: MATT RICHTEL, PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST
Please join us for a special lecture from Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the New York Times. Matt will present a special lecture on Thursday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Beckman Auditorium. His talk is entitled “The Scorpion and the Frog: How Journalists and Scientists Can Learn to Trust Each Other (though occasionally they shouldn’t).” http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/117?key=2011040720110407217058&skinId=2320

BECKMAN INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE A BIG SUCCESS
Thank you for making the Beckman Institute Open House a success! We had an impressive number of exhibits that were both educational and entertaining. Thousands of visitors were able to get a wonderful view of the depth and breadth of the state of the art research that is happening here. Thank you to everyone who made the Open House possible. Your time and effort not only on the two days of the Open House, but in the days, weeks and months leading to the event all contributed to a very successful event. Also be sure to check out the Open House photo gallery: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/gallery/photos/index.aspx?collection=19&image=1

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CARLE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL – BECKMAN INSTITUTE FELLOW POSITION
The Carle Foundation Hospital – Beckman Institute Fellow position is now open for applications. The program was started in the Spring of 2008 to provide an opportunity for a recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. to conduct independent, interdisciplinary, oncology-related research at the Beckman Institute. Appointments are for up to three years and there are no teaching or administrative duties required. The application deadline is April 22, 2011. http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/fellows/cfhbifellowapp.aspx

LATEST ISSUE OF SYNERGY NOW ONLINE
The Spring 2011 issue of Synergy spotlights Justin Rhodes and his new marine biology lab, the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program, as well as a look back at the recent Beckman Institute Open House. http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/synergy/index.aspx

HAFERKAMP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Summer Research is for a University of Illinois undergraduate student who has worked in a Beckman Institute laboratory for at least one semester prior to the Summer 2011 semester to pursue neuroscience research at Beckman. For Summer 2011, one $3,000 scholarship will be awarded. For more information, details on the application process, and eligibility requirements, contact HaferkampScholarship@beckman.illinois.edu. Applications are being accepted now through midnight on Friday, April 8, 2011.

GRADUATE STUDENT SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 6
The Spring 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, April 6. This seminar will feature three short talks from students Chao Ma, Marta Baginska, and Eamon Caddigan. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of February 16, 2011 – March 18, 2011:  

  • Acting Out: Influence of an Acting Intervention on Cognition and Brain Function (PI: A. Kramer; Sponsor: NIH))

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