August 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.

Issue 56: August 2013

Congratulations to Beckman faculty members John Rogers, Klaus Schulten, and Jonathan Sweedler, who were recently elected Center for Advanced Study (CAS) professors, one of the highest forms of recognition on the University of Illinois campus. More here.


  • Andreas Cangellaris, faculty member in Computational Multiscale Nanosystems,  has been named dean of the College of Engineering.
  • Rashid Bashir, affiliate faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been named head of the Department of Bioengineering.
  • Klara Nahrstedt, affiliate faculty member in Image Formation and Processing,  has been named interim director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL), while CSL Director Bill Sanders steps in as Interim Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Please welcome the new hires to the Beckman Institute:

  • Olivia Lee, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Moore)
  • Luke Li, Visiting Scholar (Y. Wang)
  • Chao Ma, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Yingfang Meng, Visiting Scholar (B. Gonsalves)
  • Chanwoo Park, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. White and N. Sottos)
  • Abhi Singharoy, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Agata Szeffler, Visiting Scholar (W. Dobrucki)
  • Suresh Valiyaveetil, Visiting Scholar (P. Braun)
  • Kelly Wiggins, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Hui Ping Zhao, Visiting Scholar (Y. Wang)

Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of June 16, 2013 – July 31, 2013:

  • Synaptic Phenotype Development and Plasticity in the Fragile X Mouse (PI: Cox; Sponsor: NIH)
  • A Process View of Reading Among Adult Literacy Learners (PI: Stine-Morrow; Sponsor: U.S. Dept of Education)
  • The Role of Neurotransmitters in Obesity, Food-Choice and Memory-Related Processes (PI: Cohen; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Cognitive Nutrients and the Brain:  Production of Isotopically Labeled Nutrients and Development of Animal Models (PI: Erdman; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Protection of Biomolecules by Dietary Nutrients and Exacerbation of Oxidative Stress by Impaired Nutrient Supply (PI: Nakamura; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Developing Advanced MRI Methods for Detecting the Impact of Nutrients on Infant Brain Development (PI: Sutton; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Visualizing Diet-Modified Brain Chemistry with Multifaceted Chemical Imaging (PI: Sweedler; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Functional Characterization of Cognitive Nutrients during Human Neural Development (PI: Wang; Sponsor: CNLM/Abbot Nutrition)
  • Multi-Layer Solid State Membranes with Nanochannels for Bio-Molecule Manipulation and Sensing (PI: Leburton; Sponsor: Oxford Nanopore Technologies)
  • Structure, Dynamics and Transport of Multiphase Fluids (PI: Alura; Sponsor: NSF)
  • Large-Scale Reconstruction of Microvascular Networks and the Surrounding Cellular Geometry (PI: Mayerich; Sponsor: NIH)
  • Metastable Packaging for Transient Electronic Devices (PI: Moore; Sponsor: DOD-DARPA)
  • Suschem/ERG/Goali:/Mechanochemically Based Sustainable Polymers (PI: Sottos; Sponsor: NSF)

Art Kramer, director of the Beckman, Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health, and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in "Smarter Brains," a program airing on WILL-TV at 9 pm Wednesday, August 21. (The program also airs 1 pm Sat, Aug. 17; 1 am Sun, Aug. 18; 1 pm Mon, Aug. 19; and 3:30 am Wed, August 21.)
The program explores the amazing science behind human intelligence and how it shapes enjoyment of the world around us. Using inspirational stories, computer-generated illustrations and interviews with researchers and experts, the program shows how all of us can use everyday techniques and skills to keep ourselves smart, active, and vibrant throughout our lives.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Baoxing Yu and Ilia Solov’yov are co-chairs of the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Advanced Nano/Biosystems: Design, Fabrication, and Characterization, which will be held at the Materials Research Lab on Sept 25-27. The symposium aims to provide a stimulating discussing forum for recent advances in material design, fabrication and characterization techniques, including experiments, theories, computations, and modeling.  More details on the conference and information on registration can be found at
Bryan White, professor of animal sciences, nutritional sciences, and the Institute for Genomic Biology, will discuss his work on the human microbiome in health and disease on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Champaign Public Library Robeson Room at 5:30 pm. Beckman Postdoc Fellow Joe Toscano, along with a former postdoc, initiated the series in fall 2012. Science Cafés encourage conversation, debate, interaction, and dialogue between the scientists and the public. More information can be found on the Chambana Science Café Facebook page.
Native English-speaking, right-handed participants, ages 22-40, with no history of neurological disorders and are not taking, or have taken in the past six months, medication for psychiatric disorders are sought to complete fMRI study. Participants will be paid $10/hr for behavioral, $15/hr for fMRI. If interested, contact

Tamika Dorris, employee in the Beckman Institute Café, and her family invite the Beckman Institute faculty and staff members to the dedication of her home on Wednesday, August 7, at 6 pm at 1411 Beech, Urbana, just a few blocks north of Provena Covenant Hospital.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our web site 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
August 6, 2013