December 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 39: December 2011


UNIVERSITY, ABBOTT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT
The University of Illinois and global nutrition company Abbott announced an agreement to create the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) which will be located at the Beckman Institute. Beckman faculty member Neal Cohen will serve as Director of CNLM. As part of the agreement, the company will provide funding over five years in a “Grand Challenge” competition to spur research efforts for the center. Workshops have already been held and pre-proposals are due January 6, 2012. For more information visit http://www.cnlm.illinois.edu.

INSANA, CUNNINGHAM CHOSEN AS IEEE FELLOWS
Mike Insana has been chosen as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Mike is in Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology group and was chosen for “contributions to ultrasound imaging methods, particularly elastography.” Beckman affiliate Brian Cunningham was also chosen as an IEEE Fellow.

FEDERMEIER NAMED APS FELLOW
Congratulations to Kara Federmeier, member of the Cognitive Neuroscience group, who has been awarded Fellow status with the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She is being recognized for making sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application.

DOBRUCKI RECEIVES ARNOLD O. BECKMAN RESEARCH AWARD
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki of the Biomedical Imaging Center was recently awarded an Arnold O. Beckman Research Award. His project “MicroPET-CT imaging of peripheral angiogenesis stimulated by controlled release microspheres in diabetic mice” will be supported by this award. In 1980, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman initiated the Beckman Research Endowment with a major gift to the Campus Research Board and a challenge to the University of Illinois to develop matching private support. The Board selects projects of special distinction or unusual promise for designation as Arnold O. Beckman Awards. Congratulations Wawosz!

GODDARD, DAS JOIN BECKMAN
Welcome to Lynford Goddard who recently joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. Goddard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on how light, specifically lasers, can be used for sensing and measuring, communications, and data processing.

We also welcome Aditi Das to the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group. She will also be a member of the HABITS initiative. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. Her research investigates membrane proteins using biophysical techniques.

PAPER AMONG MOST READ IN NANO LETTERS
A paper by Beckman Institute researchers was the sixth most read in a recent survey of articles in Nano Letters. The paper is “Effects of Polycrystalline Cu Substrate on Graphene Growth by Chemical Vapor Deposition,” and its authors are Beckman faculty Joe Lyding and Eric Pop, and graduate students Josh Wood, Scott Schmucker, and Austin Lyons.

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

  • Optical imaging of visual selective attention in deaf adults (PI: M. Dye; Sponsor: NSF)
  • Grand Challenge-Admin. (PI: N. Cohen; Sponsor: Abbott Nutrition Laboratories)
  • Computational models of neural dynamics  (PI: S. Levinson; Sponsor: Sandia National Labs)

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our website 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
December 23, 2011
Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu