September 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.

AHUJA RECEIVES BITS PILANI DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
Congratulations to Narendra Ahuja on receiving the “BITS Pilani Distinguished Alumnus Award” from his alma mater the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani. This award was given to Narendra in recognition of his significant and outstanding contributions in academic teaching and research.

DAS SELECTED AS CAMPUS NOMINEE FOR PEW SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Congratulations to faculty member Aditi Das who has been selected as the Urbana campus nominee for the 2013 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Scholars Program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2013, Pew will name 22 Pew Scholars.

FEDERMEIER NAMED UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR
Congratulations to Kara Federmeier (psychology) on being one of seven faculty members recently named University Scholar. This program began in 1985 and recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Each scholar receives $10,000 for each of three years to use to enhance his or her academic career. The funds can be used for travel, equipment, research assistants, books, or other purposes. Kara’s work focuses on how people use context to perceive and extract meaning from visual information.

COLE APPOINTED TO NRC BOARD
Congratulations to Jennifer Cole, co-chair of the Biological Intelligence research theme, who has been appointed as a member of the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences for a three year term beginning January 2013.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE PRODUCER WINS SECOND REGIONAL EMMY
Steve Drake of the Beckman Institute’s Communications Office recently won a 2012 Mid-America Emmy award for the second year running. The winning video was “Sculpting Proteins” and it won in the Informational/Instructional Feature Category. The winning video features Beckman faculty member Klaus Schulten and his fellow researchers work and shows how their work inspired physicist-turned artist Julian Voss-Andreae and DePauw University professors Daniel Grunon and Jacob Stanley to create a series of steel sculptures depicting the birth of the villin headpiece protein and how it folds into tis native state, trillionth of a second by trillionth of a second. This year Drake was also nominated in a second category for the video “Self-healing Materials.” Drake’s 2011 winning video was the “Invisible Gorilla.”

CUNNINGHAM AND BERRY JOIN THE BECKMAN INSTITUTE
Brian Cunningham has joined the Beckman Institute as a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a research focus in the areas of biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics.

Daniel Berry from the Department of Educational Psychology has joined the Cognitive Science group at Beckman. Berry’s research is focused on the processes through which children’s experiences at home and at school support their development of self-regulation.

FALL 2012 SYNERGY NOW ONLINE
The Fall 2012 issue of Synergy is now online. This issue features the varied forms of learning that take place at the Beckman Institute, from professors learning to become entrepreneurs, to students getting a different kind of education in the lab, to summer educational programs.  

BECKMAN TEAM WINS SIEMENS TRANSLATIONAL IMAGE OF THE YEAR
A team of researchers in the Molecular Imaging Laboratory of the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center has received the award for “Translational Image of the Year” in the 2012 Siemens Preclinical Image of the Year contest.

ILLINOIS MEDIA CENSUS AT BECKMAN
The Illinois Media Census will be conducting an “in house” event at the Beckman Institute on October 24, from 9am – 5pm, in Room 1237. A collaboration between the University Library and the Center for Multimedia Excellence, the Media Census is looking to identify time-based physical media, including motion picture film, video tape, optical discs (eg. DVDs, Blu-rays), and sound recordings on physical formats. Still images and file-based media holdings will be surveyed in future phases of the census. Beckman faculty, staff are encouraged to stop by and meet with representatives from the Media Census, or to set up future visits. The analysis of the data generated by the Census will be used as the basis for determining future preservation actions for the University’s audiovisual heritage. For more information contact Zach Boerger, Media Census Project Director, 217-300-2172, boerger2@illinois.edu. http://www.library.illinois.edu/prescons/services/media_census/index.html

GRANT FUNDING
Congratulations to the following investigators who received grant funding during the period of August 16, 2012 – September 15, 2012:

  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology – NanoBIO Node (PI: U. Ravaioli; Sponsor: NSF)
  • 2012 Online IGERT Video and Poster Competition (PI: A. Akhtar; Sponsor: TERC-NSF)
  • Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (PI: K. Schulten; Sponsor: NIH)
  • Non-invasive Monitoring of Proangiogenic Therapy in Diabetes Melitus (PI: M. Schuelke; Sponsor: American Heart Association