November 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 38: November 2011


CENTER FOR NUTRITION, LEARNING, AND MEMORY WORKSHOPS 
Abbott and the University of Illinois have just established the first-ever interdisciplinary nutrition and cognition research center which will be located on our campus. The Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) will advance pioneering research on the impact of human nutrition on learning and memory in the human brain, supported by a grant of up to $50 million over five years. The Center will direct and oversee an annual Grand Challenge research competition that is designed to uncover the most innovative scientific research relating to nutrition’s role in learning and memory. Introductory workshops on the CNLM and the Grand Challenge research competition will be held Monday, November 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch provided) and on Tuesday, November 29, 9 – 11 a.m. (breakfast provided). The workshops will be held on the 3rd Floor of the Levis Center. RSVP is not required. For more information contact Hannah Pace at schmnsk@illinois.edu or 217-244-1983.

LIANG RECEIVES OTTO SCHMITT AWARD
Congratulations to Zhi-Pei Liang, co-chair of the Integrative Imaging research theme, who has been selected to receive the Otto Schmitt Award from the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). The award recognizes a biomedical engineer for exceptional contributions to the advancement of the field of medical and biological engineering. 

ELEVATOR LOBBY DIGITAL SIGNS
The elevator lobby digital signs are now operational, with the exception of the basement monitor. On these signs you can find event listings, the Café menu, a building directory, and much more. Paper event listings in the elevator cars and in the elevator lobbies will now be discontinued. Please refer to the digital signs in the elevator lobbies or in the atrium for this information. 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS PROGRAM:
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS CLOSES NOVEMBER 28
Applications for the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program are being accepted through Monday, November 28. For more information visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/fellows/index.aspx

STEPHEN BOPPART TO TAKE PART IN CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
Stephen Boppart, co-chair of the Beckman Institute’s Integrative Imaging Research theme, will take part in a congressional briefing held under the auspices of the Advisory Committee for the Congressional Research and Development Caucus. The briefing is being convened by the Optical Society of America. http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/2011/11/15/boppart-presents-congressional-briefing

NEXT DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 8
The next Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar will be held on Thursday, December 8 in Room 1005. The speaker is Gary Dell (psychology). Gary will present “Retrieving Words while Speaking: From Freudian Slips to Cognitive Neuroscience.” Lunch is provided.

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

  • Technical testing agreement (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: University of Florida)
  • Neuropsychological analysis of PFC-MTL functional interactions in humans (PI: N. Cohen; Sponsor: NIH, Boston University)
NEW HIRES
There are no new hires to report during this period.

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
November 24, 2011
Director