September 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 57: September 2013

Summer Synergy Now Available

The latest edition of Synergy features Blue Waters, the new supercomputer that Klaus Schulten used to create a map of the HIV capsid. It also highlights the Chambana Science Café, and showcases new Beckman employee Curtis Johnson, a group of students who conducted research at Beckman over the summer, new postdoctoral fellows, and Kirby Vandivort's trip to Italy. Read more at
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Congratulations to Beckman Faculty

The following Beckman faculty members were recently promoted.

  • Tim Bretl—promoted to associate professor
  • Gabriel Popescu— promoted to associate professor
  • Ryan Shosted— promoted to associate professor

Welcome to New Beckman Faculty and Staff

  • Andrew Nnoung, Business/Administrative Associate (Business Office)
  • Se Hye Kim, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Moore)
  • Antonio Chiarelli, Postdoctoral Research Associate (M. Fabiani)
  • Denise Taylor, Research Project Manager (S. Schantz)
  • Synthia Lane, Research Coordinator (S. Schantz)
  • Ann Hart, Research Project Coordinator (S. Schantz)
  • Daniel Sabri Dashti, Postdoctoral Research Associate (E. Tajkhorshid)
  • Bin Liang, Visiting Scholar (L. Yin)
  • Leszek Kalinowski, Visiting Scholar (W. Dobrucki)

Grant Funding

Congratulations to the following Beckman investigators who received grant funding during the period of August 1, 2013 – September 4, 2013:

  • PACT II: Portable Adaptive Cognitive Training. (PI: A. Kramer; Sponsor: Office of Naval Research)
  • Technical Testing. (PI: Scott Robinson; Sponsor: Georgia Pacific Consumer Products)
  • Hierarchical Feature Learning by Heterogeneous Networks with Application to Face Verification. (PI: T. Huang; Sponsor: NSF)
  • US-French Collaboration: Computational Imaging of the Aging Cereberal Microvasculature.
  • (PI: B. Sutton; Sponsor: NIH)
  • Seeded Reaction Waves in Composites: Fast Structure-Transforming Materials that Respond to Energetic Stimuli. (PI: J. Moore; Sponsor: DOD-ONR)
  • Reading in the Wild: The Adaptive Nature of Adult Literacy (PI: E. Stine-Morrow; Sponsor: NSF)
  • Novel Methods to Assess Effects on Child Development (PI: S. Schantz; Sponsor: NIH)

Photo Shoot September 18 and 19

New to Beckman? Been here a while but tired of your old directory photo? Sign up soon to get a professional photo taken the afternoon of September 18 or the morning of September 19. It will only take 5 MINUTES and you will have a professional photo to use in the Beckman directory and elsewhere. Visit to choose your time slot.
Upcoming Events

  • External Advisory Committee visit -- October 30 – November 1, 2013
  • The Director's Seminar Series kicks off September 19 with a talk by Cynthia Fisher on “Learning Words and Syntax: The Origins of Sentence Comprehension.” See the complete schedule.
  • Thursdays @12:20 concerts begin on October 10 with a performance by Noel Wan on harp. See the complete schedule.

Beckman Resources

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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
September 9, 2013