February 2015 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 69: February 2015

Bashir Elected Fellow of IAMBE
Rashid Bashir, affiliate faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems and professor of Bioengineering, has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). The honor goes to researchers from across the world who have made "outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering."

LeBurton and Ma Named CAS Fellows
Jean-Pierre Leburton, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jian Ma, affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group and assistant professor in bioengineering, have been named 2015 Fellows of the Center for Advanced Studies at Illinois. Fellows and awarded one semester of release time to pursue their projects in the coming academic year.

Leckband Named Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society
Deborah Leckband, Beckman part-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was recently honored as one of the newest Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She was recognized at the BMES annual meeting in October in San Antonio, Texas.

Insana Selected as Editor-in-Chief

Mike Insana, full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been selected as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

Pan Named Fellow of RSC
Dipanjan Pan, Beckman part-time faculty member in Bioimaging Science and Technology and assistant professor in bioengineering, recently was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his professional contributions to the chemical sciences. The RSC, with offices in London and Cambridge, UK, was created in 1841 and currently has more than 50,000 members worldwide.

New Initiative Focuses on Language and Literacy

Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative (ILLI) is a new strategic initiative at the Beckman Institute that plans to build a campus-wide community of faculty, researchers, and students to collaborate and share resources with regard to language and literacy. For more information, visit http://beckman.illinois.edu/research/initiatives/illi

Grants Awarded
The following projects recently received funding:

  • Impact of key cognition nutrients on the maturation on human stems into neural stem cells.  Part II (PI: Chen; Abbott Nutrition)
  • Unsupervised Deep neural Network Architectures for Multimodal Learning (PI: Huang; MIT-Lincoln Laboratory)

Beckman Open House
March 13-14
Please join us for this community-wide event. If you are not associated with one of the research groups hosting an exhibit, but are interested in volunteering, please contact Maeve Reilly, mjreilly@illinois.edu.

For a list of the exhibits, visit: beckman.illinois.edu/events/open-house/exhibits

Proof of Concept Funding

The Illinois Proof of Concept Fund (I-POC) helps bridge the gap between University innovations and the marketplace by supporting projects that demonstrate market viability to potential investors and partners.

I-POC projects consist of a defined set of milestones that, when completed, help overcome a specific hurdle to an innovation's transfer outside of the University. 

Awards will range from $10,000 - $50,000, distributed over a 12-18 month period.

More information: I-POC website.

New Hires:

  • Juanisha Hutchison, Snack Bar Attendant (Beckman café)
  • Yanlu Xie, 0% Visiting Scholar (M. Hasegawa-Johnson)
  • Baptiste Hanssens, 0% Visiting Scholar (P. Moulin)

Information Technology Services (ITS) News

  • Satin Poster Paper Now Available. To ensure timely printing of posters during peak demand, ITS has acquired a second poster printer. As a result ITS now offers a choice of satin finish paper or glossy finish paper for your posters. See http://beckman.illinois.edu/its/poster-printing-instructions for details.
  • New and Improved ITS Web Site. The Office of Communications has revamped the ITS web site, providing an easier to read and navigate experience. The new site can be seen at http://beckman.illinois.edu/its.

Applications Being Accepted for Student Awards/Fellowships

Graduate Fellows: deadline Monday, Feb. 23
Nadine Barrie Smith Fellows, which honors female engineering graduate students conducting research in medical imaging: deadline Friday, March 20
Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research, for student research in neuroscience: deadine Friday, March 20
Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research for graduate students in Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction: deadline Friday, March 20
Janssen Family Undergraduate Research Award for an undergraduate pursuing research in neuroscience or psychology: deadline Friday, March 20


“Stretching the potentials of optical time stretch in bioimaging and beyond,”  Kevin Tsia, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Medical Engineering Program, the University of Hong Kong
Noon, Monday, February 16, 2269 Beckman

“Transforming the Institution for Women Faculty in STEMM,” Jennifer Sheridan, Executive and Research Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison
Wednesday, February 18 Beckman Auditorium

Thurdays at 12:20 Concert
February 19, Beckman Atrium
Colbert-Uwate Duo

Director’s Seminar: “The Evolution of Vascular Materials,” Nancy Sottos, professor of materials science & engineering, and Beckman part-time faculty member in Autonomous Materials Systems Group
Noon, Thursday, February 26, 1005 Beckman

Science Café: “Ceramic scaffolds for bone regeneration,”  Laurie Rustom, MechSE grad student
Pizza M, 208 W. Main, Urbana
5:30 pm Wednesday, March 4

Day of Service
Saturday, April 11
Beckman faculty, staff or students interested in participating as part of the Beckman Institute group, please contact Maeve Reilly, mjreilly@illinois.edu.
Our primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging 148,000 meals - one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered - for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana.

Brain Awareness Day
Saturday, April 18, 1-5 pm
Orpheum Children’s Museum, Champaign

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
February 12, 2015