February 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 51: February 2013

Bhargava recognized for achievements in spectral chemical imaging
The Coblentz Society has chosen Rohit Bhargava, a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Bioimaging Science and Technology group, and professor of bioengineering at Illinois, as the recipient of the 2013 Craver Award in recognition of his work in the area of spectral chemical imaging, including the development of the fundamental theory and modeling of Raman and infrared chemical imaging. The Coblentz Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1954 to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy.

Open House
The Beckman Institute Open House will be held Friday, March 8, from 9 am-4 pm; and Saturday, March 9, from 9 am-3 pm. Take some time to visit with your colleagues and learn about their research projects. See the list of exhibits.

Welcome to New Faculty and Staff

  • Brian Johnson, IT Specialist, ITS
  • Kelli Wendt, Grants and Contracts Specialist
  • Joyce Curry, Grants and Contracts Specialist
  • Maeve Reilly, Director of Communications
  • Sam Perez, Postdoc Research Associate, Rhodes Lab
  • Abhishek Singharoy, Postdoc Research Associate, Schulten Lab
  • Changjian Chen, Visiting Scholar, working with T. Huang
  • Christopher Mayne, Research Programmer, Schulten Lab
  • David Hardy, Research Programmer, Schulten Lab

Grant Funding
Congratulations to the following investigators who received grant funding during the period of November 16, 2012 – January 31, 2013:

  • Characterization of Hydrogels. (PI: S. Robinson; Sponsor: Evonik)
  • Self-Healing Materials for Automobile Tires: Phase 1 Capsule Survival.  (PI: N. Sottos; Sponsor: Bridgestone)
  • The printing of 3-D cover page for journal (Advanced Functional Materials). (PI: T. Ross; Sponsor: University of Wisconsin/AFOSR)
  • Unraveling the physics of nanofluidic phenomena at the single-molecule level. (PI: N. Aluru; Sponsor: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award
Qualified graduate students are invited to apply for the Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award.
Robert C. Bilger is recognized internationally as one of the leading researchers in psychoacoustics and hearing. He served the Department of Speech and Hearing Science as a faculty member and department head. The award recognizes graduate students engaged in research to study the auditory system and carries a $2,000 cash award.
The deadline for application and all support materials is no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013.
For any additional information, please contact: Charissa Lansing <crl@illinois.edu>

Winter Synergy Now Online
The Winter 2013 issue of Synergy features Beckman researchers developing a revolutionary new DNA sequencing method, as well as a look inside the daily workings of the Institute's Microscopy Suite. There are also profiles of alumnus Matt Meitl and Beckman Fellow Sarah Erickson-Bhatt.

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.

Art Kramer
February 22, 2013