April 2014 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 63: March/April 2014

Boppart's Developments in Medical Instruments Earn Him 2014 Innovation Transfer Award
Steve Boppart, full-time faculty member in Bioimaging Science and Technology, received the 2014 Innovation Transfer Award for his work on developing medical instruments that change the way both primary care doctors and cancer surgeons treat their patients. More at http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=7627
Lansing Named ASHA Fellow
Charissa Lansing, part-time faculty member in Human Perception and Performance, and associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, was recently named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The fellowship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
Popescu Promoted to SPIE Fellow

Gabriel Popescu, Beckman full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been promoted to a Fellow of SPIE. SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.
Quality of Working Life
What would your ideal working environment look like? Treadmills in the building? Employee recognition events? A Beckman bookclub? How can Beckman as a whole move toward that? Now’s your chance to share your ideas about your working environment. We’ll be organizing Quality of Working Life committees to discuss how we can make the Beckman Institute a great place to work.
If you have a thought about what might better the quality of your working life, and are willing to get involved to make that happen, please contact Maeve Reilly, mjreilly@illinois.edu.
Congrats to the Following Grant and Award Recipients

  • Biophotonics Summer School (PI: Popescu, NIH)
  • Intravital Multimodal Microscopy of IL-12 Induced Cell Dynamics in Skin (PI: Boppart, Neumedicines, Inc.)

Welcome to Our New Colleagues

  • Courtney Allen, Visiting Project Coordinator (P. Jones-IARPA project)
  • Andrew Miller, Database Applications Programmer (IT)
  • Marcin Wozniak, Visiting Scholar (W. Dobrucki)

Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Awards
The Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Steering Committee will sponsor a very limited number of awards to be given at the end of spring semester 2014. The intent of the Awards is to support and encourage students with interdisciplinary interest in CS/AI. The competition is open to all University of Illinois Graduate Students currently pursuing degrees that involve research on CS/AI-related topics. Relevant departments include (but are not limited to): Anthropology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. Again, relevance is determined by the nature of the questions being pursued, not by departmental affiliation.
For more information, please contact Amanda Foley at ajfoley2@illinois.edu
NCSA Fellowships
Illinois faculty are invited to apply for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship program, which provides seed funding to support demonstration or start-up projects, workshops, and other activities. See more at http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/about/org/fellowships. Applications are due April 15, 2014.

Upcoming Events:
Thursdays at 12:20
Concerts by School of Music performers
Beckman Atrium
April 10: I-Pan (steel drums)
Director’s Seminar
Noon, Thursday, April 24
The Temporal Dynamics of Spoken Word Recognition; Principle and Applications of Magnetomotive Optical Coherence Tomography (MM-OCT)
Joe Toscano; Jongsik Kim – Beckman Fellows
Student Awards Ceremony
3-5 pm Saturday, April 26
Beckman Atrium
A celebration of the Beckman student awards: The Nadine Barrie Smith Fellowship, the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award, and the inaugural Thomas and Margaret Huang Award.
Graduate Fellows Poster Session
2-3 pm Thursday, May 1
Beckman Atrium
Poster session followed by reception.
Biophotonics Summer School

May 19-30

Frontiers in Elastography Symposium
June 2-3
Abstract and registration deadline: May 15
Computer Science and Engineering Annual Meeting
April 10-11, NCSA
For more information and registration: http://cse.illinois.edu/news/cse-annual-meeting-2014
Beckman Team for Mutt Strut
If you and your dog are interested in joining a Beckman team (Beckman Barkers?) for the Champaign County Humane Society’s Mutt Strut on May 10, contact Amanda Foley at ajfoley2@illinois.edu

Thanks for all you do for the Beckman Institute!
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