February 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.

INNOVATION AWARDS HONOR BECKMAN RESEARCHERS
Several Beckman Institute researchers were nominated for awards at the seventh annual Innovation Celebration, with Yi Lu winning the Innovation Discovery Award given by the University of Illinois. Scott Carney, Stephen Boppart, and Gabriel Popescu were also nominated for awards at the event held February 23 at the Beckman Institute.

ZHONG CHOSEN TO RECEIVE SLOAN FELLOWSHIP
Beckman faculty member Sheng Zhong has been chosen to receive a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was one of the 126 early career scientists and researchers from 51 colleges and universities chosen for the two-year fellowship. He is a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. Congratulations Sheng!

LIANG ELECTED TO ACADEMY OF MEDICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
Congratulations to Zhi-Pei Liang on being elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). Liang, who is Co-chair of the Integrative Imaging research theme at Beckman, was honored by the IAMBE for his “distinguished contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering.” The official induction ceremony will be held May 27, in conjunction with the World Congress on Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine.

LITTLEFIELD JOINS THE BECKMAN INSTITUTE
Melissa Littlefield has joined the Beckman Institute as a faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience group. She is an Assistant Professor in the departments of English and Kinesiology and Community Health. Her research focus is on topics such as literature and science, and cultural and historical aspects of scientific knowledge production, especially in neuroscience and the forensic sciences.

ITS INTRODUCES NEW LOWER PRINTING AND COPYING RATES
To save researchers money on their printing costs, Beckman’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has lowered the rates for the Beckman public printers. The new rates offer printing and copying at a cost below the industry average total cost per page for personal and workgroup printers. This will also save the Institute money on energy that would otherwise be spent powering many individual printers. For more information please see the ITS Printing website at:  

ITS TO RETIRE DNS AND WINS SERVERS
As part of the University’s efforts to consolidate IT services and to eliminate redundancy, Beckman Institute ITS is planning to retire its DNS and WINS servers. If you manage any device connected to the building network, action may be required on your part. Please see http://its.beckman.illinois.edu/NameServersRetirement.aspx for important information regarding this change. Failure to read and follow these directions my result in interruption of network service for your devices.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR BIOPHOTONICS SUMMER SCHOOL
The Biophotonics Summer School will be held May 21-31, 2012, at the Beckman Institute. This two-week event is aimed at training graduate students and postdoctoral associates with research interests at the interface between optics, biomedicine, and nanotechnology. This is a continuation of a successful NSF-supported summer school that has been held for the past three years. The school, which hosts 30-40 students, combines lectures and presentations with hands-on labs, delivered by experts in the field. The tuition and lodging are free for qualified students who register by March 15. There is a registration fee of $150 that applies to accepted students only. For more information visit: http://light.ece.illinois.edu/bss12/

IMAGING AT ILLINOIS: THE NEXT GENERATION, JUNE 1, 2012
The Imaging at Illinois: The Next Generation conference is set for June 1, 2012. This conference will highlight biological, biomedical, computational, and chemical imaging. This year the conference will be specifically focused on encouraging research innovation and education in younger researchers. More information will be coming soon.

WORKSHOP ON PRINCIPLES OF FLUORESCENCE TECHNIQUES
This workshop on fluorescence techniques is organized by ISS, Inc., and will be held June 4-6, 2012, at the Beckman Institute. Urbana campus students can attend at discount prices: $150 for lectures (all three days) or $350 for the complete course (lectures and labs). The workshop is sponsored in part by the Beckman Institute and the Strategic Initiative on Imaging. For more information visit: http://www.fluorescence-foundation.org/courses.aspx.

UPCOMING THURSDAYS@12:20 CONCERTS
There are a two remaining Thursdays@12:20 concerts for the spring semester:

  • March 1: Joshua Torrey Quintet
  • March 8: Peter Huang and Molly Madden, electrified harp

The concerts feature University of Illinois School of Music performers. The Concerts run from 12:20 – 12:50 p.m. in the Beckman Institute Atrium. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of January 19, 2012 – February 15, 2012:

  • Fundamental physics of mass transport through nanoscale channels (PI: N. Aluru; Sponsor: DOD/Cerl)
  • Recovery of cellular function in Fragile X Syndrome by acamprosate treatment (PI: L. Cox; Sponsor: University of Indiana)

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

  • Luca Pirro, Visiting Scholar (J-P. Leburton)
  • Jian Huang, Visiting Scholar (G. Gratton)