June 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 33: June 2011


JOHN ROGERS AWARDED LEMELSON-MIT PRIZE
John Rogers was recently awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Health and Energy Innovations. He will be awarded $500,000 in recognition of his work that the program says proves "technological entrepreneurship can have groundbreaking impact when inventive concepts stretch across disparate fields." Congratulations John!  
http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-11LMP.html

ILLINOIS RESEARCH SHINES AT DOE EFRC SUMMIT
Several University of Illinois researchers participated in the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Summit in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Lewis reported that work by John Rogers and Ralph Nuzzo on flexible photovoltaics was showcased by Steven Chu (Secretary of Energy) in his Keynote Address. Eric Issacs (Director, Argonne National Laboratory) highlighted work by Jeff Moore, Nancy Sottos, and Scott White. He mentioned their work on self-healing materials for Li ion batteries in his talk. Congratulations to these researchers for having their pioneering work recognized at the meeting which included more than 1,000 participants from academia, national laboratories, industry, and federal agencies.

FIFTH BECKMAN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW ADDED TO 2011 CLASS
I am pleased to announce that we have added a fifth Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow to the four that were previously announced on March 3, 2011. Jonathan Fan will be joining us from Harvard University where he earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics in May, 2010 and continued to work as a researcher. Jonathan’s research proposal focuses on two complimentary concepts that target improvements in cancer tumor treatment. The other members of the 2011 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows class are: Kyle Mathewson, Meredith Silberstein, Joseph Toscano, and Thomas van Dijk.
http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/PostdoctoralFellows2011

KIM CHOSEN AS NEW CARLE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL – BECKMAN INSTITUTE FELLOW
Jongsick Kim has been chosen as the new Carle Foundation Hospital – Beckman Institute Fellow. Kim is the second Fellow chosen for the program, which was started in 2008 as a 3-year appointment for a recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. interested in conducting oncology-related research at the Beckman Institute. Kim recently joined Beckman’s Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, headed by researcher Stephen Boppart, after serving as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. at Pittsburgh in Bioengineering. The title of Kim’s project for his appointment is "Magnetomotive optical coherence tomography (MM-OCT) image guided hypothermia of tumor lesions using targeted magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs)."
http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/fellows/cfhbi.aspx

2011-12 DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
Mark your calendars…the speakers and dates for the Beckman Institute’s 2011-12 Director’s Seminar Series have been scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, September 29: Justin Rhodes (BioIntel/NT/Psychology)
  • Thursday, October 20:  Martin Gruebele (M&ENS/NANO/Chemistry)
  • Thursday, November 10: Roxanna Girju (HCII/AI/Linguistics)
  • Thursday, December 8: Gary Dell (BioIntel/CS/Psychology)
  • Thursday, February 2: Fatima Husain (HCII/HPP/Speech & Hearing Science)
  • Thursday, March 8: Marni Boppart (IntIm/BST/Kinesiology & Community Health)
  • Thursday, April 5: Peter Wang (IntIm/BST/Bioengineering)
  • Thursday, May 3: David Mayerich and Nathan Parks (Beckman Fellows)

The seminars will begin at Noon on the dates listed above in BI Room 1005. Lunch will be served. We hope to see you!

NEW BECKMAN FAX MACHINE
Due to mechanical failures the fax machine originally located in room 1315 (BI Business Office) has been replaced with a new fax enabled copier and relocated to room 1303 (BI Business Office kitchen). In order to use the new fax/copier machine users must be registered to use the multifunction copiers. Visit http://its.beckman.illinois.edu/PrintingCopying.aspx for additional information. To register or for questions please contact the ITS Help Desk during business hours via email or phone or by stopping by room 5345.

MICROSCOPY SUITE ADDS NEW LIGHT MICROSCOPIST/SPECTROSCOPIST
We would like to announce the arrival of Dr. Dianwen Zhang, our new fulltime light microscopist/spectroscopist, to the Microscopy Suite. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and he has a background in both materials and biological light microscopy, as well as spectroscopy. We are very pleased to have him on board.

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

  • Computational models of neural dynamics (PI: S. Levinson; Sponsor: Sandia National Labs)
  • Predict the validity of drinking in the dark model (PI: J. Rhodes; Sponsor: Biomodels)
  • Multi-dialect phrase-based speech recognition and machine translation for Qatari broadcast TV (PI: M. Hasegawa-Johnson; Sponsor: QTAR)

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

  • Youbo Zhao, Postdoctoral Research Associate, (Boppart)
  • Wenmaio Lu, Research Scientist (BIC)
  • Xiaomin Liu, Visiting Scholar (Boppart)
  • Dianwen Zhang, Light Microscopist/Spectroscopist (ITG)
  • Basanta Bhaduri, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Popescu)

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
June 21, 2011
Director