December 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 60: December 2013

Boppart and King Named Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science
Stephen Boppart and William King have been recognized for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” Boppart, a full-time faculty member at Beckman, was recognized for “distinguished contributions to optical coherence tomography and its applications to biomedical imaging.” King, Beckman part-time faculty member, was elected for “seminal contributions to the engineering of nanometer-scale thermal and mechanical systems and their applications to fundamental understanding of the properties of materials.”
Beckman Group Wins SCS Science Image Challenge
The image “Mature HIV virus capsid,” by Juan R. Perilla, John Stone, Peijun Zhang, and Klaus Schulten of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, has won the School of Chemical Sciences Science Image Challenge.  Images by Li Huey Tan, graduate student in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and Boonchong Goh, a graduate research assistant in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, were finalists.

The challenge was open to graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates/fellows, and staff members, excluding faculty members. The entries were computer-assisted or traditional scientific images designed to inform, educate, and inspire. The principal investigator must be a faculty member or an affiliate/adjunct of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering or Chemistry Departments. The winning entries will be displayed for one year in the School of Chemical Sciences VizLab, and on the Gallery of Winning Images on the contest’s web site. The challenge is inspired by the NSF/Science magazine International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.
Grant Funding
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of November 16, 2013 – December 15, 2013:

  • The Effects of Fortified Nutritional Supplementation on Cognition, Memory, and Achievement (PI: C. Hillman, CNLM-Abbott)
  • Prosodic and gestural entrainement in conversational interaction across diverse languages (PAGE) (PI: J. Cole, University of Munich)

Welcome to New Beckman Employees

  • Lindsay Batt, Visiting Scholar (A. Kramer)
  • Brandon Smith, Visiting Simulation Systems Research Programmer (ISL)

Beckman Images on Display at the iHotel and Conference Center
Images from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group are on display at the iHotel and Conference Center. Other groups interested in having their research images displayed should contact Maeve Reilly,

Image of Research Competition
The Image of Research, a competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at Illinois is now open. Graduate and professional students may submit an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. Entries will be judged for connection between image narrative and research, originality and visual impact. Deadline is Feb 10. Visit
Beckman Holiday Party
Friday, December 20, 3:30 – 5 pm in the Atrium. And you can donate a toy to the Salvation Army/Marine Corps Toys for Tots until the morning of Dec. 19, in the administrative offices.

Save the Date

A celebration of Beckman’s 25th anniversary and a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Reunion will be held on October 9-10, 2014. More details will be announced soon.

I wish you all the best this holiday season. Best wishes for 2014!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our website 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
December 17, 2013