October 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 49: October 2012


SCHULTEN, KALE HONORED WITH FERNBACH AWARD
Congratulations to Klaus Schulten and Laxmikant Kale of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group (TCB) on being honored with the 2012 Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society. They were recognized for their “outstanding contributions to the development of widely used parallel software for large biomolecular systems simulation.” Schulten is a Swanlund Professor of Physics and Director of the TCB group at Beckman. Kale is a member of TCB and Professor in the Department of Computer Science.

BASHIR HONORED WITH IEEE EMBS AWARD
Congratulations to Rashid Bashir of the 3D Micro- and Nanotechnology group on being honored with the 2012 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award. He was recognized for “significant contributions to the development of micro and nanoscale biosensors.” Bashir is an Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Bioengineering. He is also Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.

ROGERS, ITG EARN SCIENCE COVER
An image rendered by Travis Ross, Darren Stevenson, and Ryan Durdle of the Imaging Technology Group’s Visualization Group (ITG) was chosen as the cover for the September 28, 2012 issue of Science. The photograph of a biodegradable integrated circuit being partially dissolved by a droplet of water highlights the work of John Rogers and his colleagues from Illinois, Tufts, and other Universities (S-W. Hwang et al, “A physically transient form of silicon electronics”. Science, 337, 1640-1644). Rogers is a member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group and is Founder Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6102.cover-expansion

SUCCESSFUL CNLM COLLOQUIUA
The Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) hosted two colloquia on September 27 and October 11, 2012. Both colloquia featured outside speakers on nutritional neuroscience; topics included metabolomics, micronutrients, and cognition and neuroimaging. The CNLM is a partnership between the University of Illinois and Abbott Nutrition.
www.cnlm.illinois.edu

2011-2012 ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED
The 2011-2012 Beckman Institute Annual Report has been published. Hard copies are available in the Director’s Office, and the electronic version is available on the Beckman Institute website. http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/publications/annual-report

WELCOME NEW FACULTY
Welcome to the following faculty members on joining the Beckman Institute:

  • Andrew Bauer, Department of Anthropology, joins the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) strategic initiative as a Beckman affiliate faculty member
  • Matthew Winters, Department of Political Science, joins the SDEP strategic initiative as a Beckman affiliate faculty member
  • Gillen Wood, Department of English, joins the SDEP strategic initiative as a Beckman affiliate faculty member

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

  • A Systematic Approach to Engineer Fyn Kinase Biosensor (PI: Y. Wang; Sponsor: NIH)
  • Particle Size Analysis of Water Samples (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: Waterline Technology)
  • Computational Models of Neural Dynamics (PI: S. Levinson; Sponsor: Sandia)

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.
Happy Halloween!

Art Kramer
October 31, 2012
Director
director@beckman.illinois.edu