October 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 66: October 2014

Congratulations to …
Klara Nahrstedt, Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Image Formation and Processing Group, on being named the 2014 winner of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. Nahrstedt is a leading researcher in multimedia systems. She has made seminal contributions in the QoS management for distributed multimedia systems. The award will be presented in November.

Scott White from the Autonomous Materials Systems Group has been chosen for the 2014 American Society for Composites (ASC) Outstanding Research Award. A Willett Professor in aerospace engineering, White has gained international recognition for pioneering several areas of composite materials research.

New Grants Received

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Investigating the Effects of Nutrition on the Maturation of Brain Networks Associated with Memory in Infants (PI: Gratton, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Impact of Nutrients on Neonatal Brain Development and Function (PI: Rhodes, Abbott Nutrition)Enhanced Chemical Characterization Efforts for Selected CNLM Projects (PI: Sweedler, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Diet-Modified Brain Chemistry and Plasticity:  Nutrition as a Case Study (PI: Sweedler, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Impact of Fiber on the Gut Microbiome and Cognition in Mice (PI: Woods, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Nutritional Enhancement of Cognitive and Physical Performance in Active Duty Air Force Personnel: A Randomized Controlled Trial (PI: Barbey, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Impact of Natural Vitamin E and Supplemental Lutein on Brain and Eye Development of Infant Primates (PI: Erdman, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Neural Mechanisms of Nutrient-Induced Cognitive Enhancement (PI: Gulley, Abbott Nutrition)
  • A Nutritional Intervention to Enhance Brain and Cognitive Development in Small-for-Gestational-Age Piglets (PI: R. Johnson, Abbott Nutrition)
  • Self-Healing Materials for Automobile Tires: Phase 1 Capsule Survival and Self-Healing Materials for Automobile Tires: Phase II Encapsulation of Antizonants and more (PI: Sottos, Bridgestone) 

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

  • Koyal Garg, Postdoctoral Research Associate (M. Boppart)
  • Silvia  Pelaez, Visiting Scholar (G. Popescu)
  • Jingfei He, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Emily Radlowski, Postdoctoral Fellow, (S. Schantz)
  • Svetlana Pinet, Visiting Scholar (G. Dell)
  • Brahim Mohammedi, Visiting Scholar (N. Sobh)
  • Tanveer Talukdar, Postdoctoral Research Associate (A. Barbey)
  • Catarina Rendeiro, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Rhodes)
  • Yu Han, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Lihong Ma, Visiting Scholar, (G. Popescu)
  • Guangpu Shao, Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Shukhan Ng, Postdoctoral Research Associate, (L. Stine-Morrow)
  • Wei Luo, Visiting Scholar (P. Braun)
  • Maria Elena Botero Quintero, Visiting Scholar (J. Pierre Leburton)
  • Rita Strakovsky, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. Schantz)


Flu shot clinic
11 am-1:30 pm, Wed, Oct. 22-Thursday, Oct. 24, Room 1003. Bring your University ID.
Directory Photoshoot
9 am – 3 pm Wednesday, Oct. 22, and 9 am – 1 pm Thursday, Oct. 25. Room 1005
Slots have been scheduled in advance, but there’s a chance we can work you in! Stop by Room 1005.

Thursdays at 12:20 Concerts:
Oct. 24, Beckman Atrium
Performance by the Black Chamber Chorus

Oct. 30
The David Fletcher Trio
Nov. 13
The Graduate Saxophone Quartet

Successful 25th anniversary event

Thanks to all who planned and attended Beckman’s 25th anniversary event. Four members of the Beckman Foundation Board, as well as all current and former Beckman Institute Directors joined the Beckman community in celebration of the quarter century anniversary. Former Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows gave presentations about their research and how the Beckman Institute has impacted their careers. Kudos to all!
Art Kramer
Director, Beckman Institute
October 2014