April 2013 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 52: April 2013

2013 Postdoctoral Fellows Named
We are pleased to welcome the 2013 Beckman Institute Fellows. The program is intended for recent Ph.D.s or students in their final year of doctoral study with research interests relevant to the Beckman Institute. A competition is held yearly and four to six fellows are selected for terms of up to three years.

Congratulations to the 2013 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Chao Ma
  • Preethi Jyothi
  • Nathan Medeiros-Ward
  • Renee Sadowski
  • Abhishek Singharoy
  • Kelly Wiggins

Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Jonathan Sweedler, from the Neurotech group, for receiving a grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “Glia classification via single cell metabolomics.”

Welcome to Visiting Scholars

  • Katrine Skeby is working with Emadeddin Tajkhorshid, in Theoretical and Computational Biophysics.
  • Jean Farup is working with Marni Boppart, in Bioimaging Science and Technology.
  • Sung-Kon Kim and Aeri Lee are working with Paul Braun in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems.

Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to George “Aki” Nikolaidis, from the Lifelong Brain and Cognition Lab, who won the Best Poster Award at the 2013 Annual Neuroscience Conference Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation, held in March in Toronto.
  • Congratulations to Aron Barbey, who received the Junior Faculty Best Paper Award from the Social and Behavioral Council (SBRC), for his paper entitled “Distributed neural system for emotional intelligence revealed by lesion mapping.”
  • Edward McAuley also received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the SBRC. Congratulations!

SmithGroup Lecture on April 15
Victor Regnier, professor of architecture and gerontology, will present the SmithGroup Distinguished Lecture at 3 pm Monday, April 15, in Room 1005 Beckman. The lecture, entitled “Design Innovations in Long-term Care: The Dutch Apartment for Life Model + Dementia Housing in Northern Europe” examines the Dutch model that has much to offer the U.S. and Asia, as we contemplate a future with older frail constituents.

New York Times columnist to speak April 29
The Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory is hosting New York Times personal health columnist Jane Brody on April 29. Brody’s talk, “Eat Well, Move Well and Enjoy the Good Life,” will begin at 6 pm in the Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Beckman DNS and WINS Servers Soon to be Out of Service
The Beckman Institute Information Technology Services group is removing the building DNS and WINS servers from service in the near future. If you manage any device connected to the building network and have not yet made the appropriate changes as announced several months ago, 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 may result in interruption of network service for your devices.

Open House Images
Take a moment to visit the Beckman Institute Flckr acct to tag photos from the 2013 Open House: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94027416@N07/with/8556992287/#photo_8556992287
If you have additional photos you’d like to add, please do so.

Day of Service
Chancellor Phyllis Wise has suggested that U of I employees use Saturday, April 20, as a day of service to our community. A Beckman contingent will be involved in the food packing event that will be held from 11 am – 1 pm on April 20. Please email mjreilly@illinois.edu, if you’d like to join the group.

Also, a group from Beckman will be volunteering to help build a Habit for Humanity house for Tamika Dorris, who works in the Beckman Cafeteria. We will be volunteering on Saturday, June 15, and on Saturday, July 13. Again, if you are interested in joining that group, please email mjreilly@illinois.edu. For more information on volunteering or contributing, visit: http://cuhabitat.org/volunteer/

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
April 4, 2013