February 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 62: February 2014

Applications for Beckman Awards and Fellowships
Applications for the inaugural Thomas and Margaret Huang Award, the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award, and the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship are due on March 24. Please see the web sites for more details.
An event celebrating the awards and the recipients will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 3- 5 pm in the Beckman Atrium.
New Hires
Welcome to the following new employees of Beckman Institute:

  • Yan Liu, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Jim Monti, Postdoctoral Research Associate (A. Barbey)
  • Till Rudack, Postdoctoral Research Associate (K. Schulten)
  • Brandon Smith, Visiting Simulation Systems Research Programmer (H. Kaczmarski)
  • Aiqi Sun, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Ling Wang, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Christopher Zabrocki, Program Coordinator-IGERT (D. Jones)
  • Lin Wang, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Sweedler)

Upcoming Events
Dan Simons to Speak at Chambana Science Café
5:30 pm Wed., March 5
Champaign Public Library
Dan Simons, Beckman full-time faculty member in Human Perception and Performance, will speak on “What you’re missing: The limits of visual awareness.”

Becoming Weather Aware: Severe Storm Preparedness

7 pm Wed., March 5
Beckman Auditorium
University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students out on the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will bring his knowledge, stunning photos, videos, and enthusiasm for weather to a free event sponsored by Illinois Public Media. Co-hosted by Beckman Institute.
Thursdays at 12:20
In the Beckman Atrium
3/6: The Urban Brass Quintet
3/13: The Graduate Saxophone Quartet
Illinois Small Business Development Center workshop series
March 7 and 14
Beckman Institute
Help for high-tech start-ups to gain a competitive advantage in securing SBIR/STTR funds.
Registration required.
Medical Humanities Lecture Series
"The Case for an Unusual Collaboration: Artist-Designer, Physicians, and Nurses"
David Yager, Dean of the Arts, UC Santa Cruz
4:30 pm Thursday, March 13
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Principles of Fluorescence Techniques
April 7-10
Registration deadline: March 21, 2014
The Thinking Eye: A Presentation by Edward Tufte
7 pm Thurs., April 10
Foellinger Auditorium

Biophotonics Summer School
May 19-30
Application deadline: March 20
Frontiers in Elastography
Symposium, June 2-3
Abstract and registration deadline: May 15
The Beckman Café will be closed during Spring Break, March 24-28.

Hopefully we are heading into spring—and the warmer temperatures will not only warm us, but revitalize our spirits!

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,
Director of the Beckman Institute