October 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 37: October 2011


SCHULTEN NAMED FELLOW OF THE BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY
Congratulations to Klaus Schulten, leader of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group, who has been chosen as a Fellow of the Biophysical Society. Schulten was chosen for his groundbreaking effort to develop computational molecular biology as an important tool to solve problems in biophysics.
http://www.biophysics.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Ha4HKBoBToo%3d&tabid=2243

BARBEY JOINS BECKMAN INSTITUTE
Aron K. Barbey has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience group. Barbey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and the Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois.
http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/news/barbeynewfaculty

FEDERAL FUNDING AGENCY WEBINAR
The OVCR’s office is hosting a “Webinar on Federal Research Priorities and Budgets for FY12.” The webinar will be held October 31-November 2. It is free and open to all faculty, staff, postdocs, and students in Room 1030, NCSA. You may also register to watch the webinar from your desktop for $75 (check) or $80 (credit card). View the detailed agenda as a PDF. For more information contact Laurel Rice at lirice@illinois.edu or 333-3034.

ITS INTRODUCES NEW PRINTING SERVICE 
Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce a new printing system available to Beckman Institute personnel. New multifunction printer/copiers have been deployed on each floor with the ability to print or copy in B&W and in color. Users can also scan documents to a variety of formats at no charge and email them to an address of the user’s choice. All printing and copying rates have been reduced to increased efficiencies of the new system. For more information regarding the new services offered please contact the ITS Help Desk or visit the website at http://its.beckman.illinois.edu/PrintingCopying.aspx. You can contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@beckman.illinois.edu or visit them at Beckman 5345. Their hours are 8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

LATEST ISSUE OF SYNERGY NOW AVAILABLE 
The Fall 2011 issue of Synergy features a story on the Citizen Scientist Program, Beckman faculty member John Wang, Beckman alumnus, Devorah Klein, and a feature on Beckman Fellow, Kyle Mathewson. To view the current issue visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/synergy/index.aspx

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of September 17, 2011 – October 15, 2011:

  • Perform nano-CT analysis of NASA samples (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: NASA)
  • Opticortex: A full-head non-invasive functional optical brain imaging device (PI: G. Gratton; Sponsor: NIH, sub through ISS)
  • Technical testing (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: GT)

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

  • Xiaoyuan Yu, Visiting Scholar (T. Huang)
  • Paolo Paletti, Visiting Scholar (U. Ravaioli)
  • Miguel Tallon Benitez, Visiting Scholar (S. Babacan)
  • Naoto Sugai, Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Mike De Lisio, Visiting Scholar (M. Boppart)

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
October 24, 2011
Director