April 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 31: April 2011


*REMINDER* 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

BECKMAN TEAM WINS AT FERA COMPETITION
A team from the research group of Beckman faculty member Tom Huang collaborated with a team from the University of Missouri at Columbia to earn first and second place finishes at the recent Competition on Facial Expression Recognition (FERA). Congratulations to the team for a job well done! http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/Huang2011competition

HA WINS HO-AM PRIZE IN SCIENCE
Congratulations to Taekjip Ha, who was recently awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Science by the Ho-Am Foundation of Korea. The Ho-Am Prizes are widely regarded as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel Prizes. He was recognized for his pioneering application of fluorescence resonance energy transfer techniques to reveal the behavior and physical characteristics of single biomolecules. http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/2011/04/08/ha-wins-2011-ho-am-prize-science

GRADUATE STUDENT SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27
The Spring 2011 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues Wednesday, April 27. This seminar will feature three short talks from students Jihye Seong, Mallory Stites, and Woojae Han. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks. http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/GradSeminar20110427

CALLING ALL ILLINOIS MARATHON RUNNERS
I hope those of you who are participating in the Illinois Marathon events are feeling prepared and ready to run! Good luck to all of you. If you have any stories or photos to share from your marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K, or 5K experience please post them to the Beckman Institute Facebook page or email Sue Johnson at johnso16@illinois.edu. We would love to celebrate your accomplishments! https://www.facebook.com/BeckmanInstitute

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of March 19, 2011 – April 15, 2011:  

  • Facilities Use Agreement (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: UT Dots, Inc.)

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

  • Wei Han, Postdoctoral Research Associate (K. Schulten)
  • Jongsick Kim, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. Boppart)
  • Chuan Cheng, Visiting Scholar (N. Aluru)
  • Wenxun Gan, Postdoctoral Research Associate (E. Tajkhorshid)

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
April 20, 2011
Director