January 2012 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 40: January 2012


TWO BECKMAN RESEARCH PROJECTS MAKE ‘SCIENCE NEWS OF THE YEAR’ LIST
Two projects from Beckman Institute researchers made the list of “Science News of the Year” in technology for 2011. The work of John Rogers involving epidermal electronics and self-healing battery technology being developed by Jeff Moore, Nancy Sottos, and Scott White were chosen.
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/337016/title/2011_Science_News_of_the_Year_Technology

SIMONS NAMED APS FELLOW
Congratulations to Dan Simons, a member of the Human Perception and Performance group, who has been awarded Fellow status with the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Dan was recognized for making sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application.

ERIK HAFERKAMP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Summer Research is now accepting applications. This scholarship is for one University of Illinois undergraduate student who has worked in a Beckman Institute laboratory for at least one semester prior to the Summer 2012 semester to pursue neuroscience research at Beckman. For more information, details on the application process, eligibility requirements, and to apply visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/scholarships/haferkamp.aspx

WINTER 2012 SYNERGY NOW ONLINE
The 20th issue of Synergy is now online. This issue focuses on the important roles Beckman researchers are playing in advancing two areas that are increasingly essential to modern-day life: battery technology and nutrition. Synergy 20 also features profiles of Beckman Institute faculty member Minh Do and Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow David Mayerich. To view the current issue visit: http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/synergy/index.aspx

SPRING 2012 DIRECTOR’S SEMINARS BEGIN FEB. 2
The Director’s seminars for the spring semester begin on Thursday, February 2 with a talk by Fatima Husain. Fatima of the Human Perception and Performance group is a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. She will present the talk “Noise: At the Intersection of Hearing, Aging, and Disorder.” The seminar will begin at Noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. Lunch will be served. For a complete schedule visit:
http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/events/directors.aspx

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of December 16, 2011 – January 18, 2012:

  • Associate Editor of the American Chemical Society (PI: J. Moore; Sponsor: ACS)
  • CNLM/Grand Challenge Administration/Web Development (PI: N. Cohen; Sponsor: Abbott Nutrition)
  • Imaging depth and contrast enhanced endoscopic optic coherence tomography  (PI: S. Boppart; Sponsor: Samsung)
  • A new measure of the useful field of view (UFOV): The gaze-contingent peripheral blur detection task (PI: A. Kramer; Sponsor: ONR)
  • Microanalysis of materials, imaging technology, and biological support (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: DOD-CERL)

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

  • Candace Pummill, IT Specialist (Admin/ITS Group)

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
January 30, 2012
Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu