January 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 61: January 2014

Boppart and White named finalists for 2014 Innovation Transfer award

Stephen Boppart and Scott White are two of the three finalists for the 2014 Innovation Transfer award, which recognizes an individual or group from the University of Illinois whose research has resulted in either a discovery or a work with the potential for significant societal impact. The award ceremony is open to the public and will be held at 5 pm Thursday, February 27, at NCSA.
HIV Virus Modeling Cited as Top Supercomputing Led Discoveries of 2013
Molecular simulations of the HIV capsid conducted by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, led by Klaus Schulten, have been listed as one of the top supercomputing discoveries of 2013 by HPC Wire magazine.
Clancy Named in Nature’s Top 10
Beckman affiliate Kate Clancy, of the Cognitive Science Group, was named one of Nature’s “2013 Most Important People of the Year” for her research on women sexually assaulted while doing anthropological fieldwork.

Dissolving Circuit Listed as “Coolest Science of 2013”
John Rogers, faculty member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, developed a circuit that dissolves when exposed to water. The animation of this process made Smithsonian Magazine’s list of “Coolest Science in 2013, in GIFs.”

Recent Awards
Congratulations to the following investigators who have received grant funding during the period of December 16, 2013-January 15, 2014:

  • An Integrative system for enhancing fluid intelligence (Gf) through human cognitive, fitness, HD-tDCS, and nutritional intervention(INSIGHT) (PI: Barbey, IARPA)

New Hires
Welcome to the following new employees of the Beckman Institute:

  • Yan Liu, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Aiqi Sun, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)

OTM seeking interns
The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is the campus unit responsible for evaluating, patenting, and licensing the intellectual property resulting from research at the University. The OTM's Internship Program is a 12-month, paid internship that assists graduate students (JD, MBA, PhD, and MS) from the University of Illinois in developing an understanding of intellectual property law, market and industry analysis, and provides an introduction to licensing methods and strategies. For more details on training sessions, visit http://otm.illinois.edu/2013interns
Illinois Marathon

Are you participating in the Illinois Marathon, April 24-26, as a volunteer, a walker or a runner? If you are, please let us know about it. Email mjreilly@illinois.edu to let us know how you are participating.
Upcoming events
Nathan Medeiros-Ward, Beckman Postdoc Fellow, will present at the upcoming Chambana Science Café, 5:30 pm Wed, Feb. 5, at the Champaign Public Library. “Driven to distraction: A look at multitasking and driving” is the topic of his talk. The Science Café, sponsored in part by the Beckman Institute, brings scientists to the public to talk about their research in an informal setting. If you are interested in presenting at a future event, please contact Nathaniel Anderson, nandrsn3@illinois.edu .
The first Director’s Seminar of 2014 is scheduled for noon on Feb. 6. Tim Bretl from the Artificial Intelligence Group will speak on the “Principles of Optimality in Robotics and Neuroscience.” Lunch will be served. The entire schedule is here.

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 http://publish.illinois.edu/imageofresearch/
Powerpoint and Poster Templates
Going to a conference? Beckman Institute Powerpoint and poster templates can be found on the BI Communications web page. The site also holds information on creating digital signage and files containing Beckman Institute stylized text.

Welcome to 2014 at the Beckman Institute

I hope you all managed to have a break over the holidays, and are back to work reinvigorated and refreshed. 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.
Best of luck in all your endeavors this year! Stay warm!
Art Kramer,
Director of the Beckman Institute
January 17, 2014