January 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 68: January 2015

Beckman Faculty Named AAAS Fellows
Joseph Lyding, full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dan Roth, part-time faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group and professor of computer science, are among six faculty members from Illinois who have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Monaikul Receives MRC-SOT Young Investigators Award
Supida Monaikul, a Beckman graduate student working in the Neurotech Group, was recently awarded the Midwest Regional Chapter-Society of Toxicology Young Investigators Award. Her project plans to examine the adverse effects of PCB exposure on adolescents.

Rogers Named One of the “8 Scientists Who are Changing the World”
John Rogers, full-time faculty member in 3D Micro- and Nanosystems and professor of materials science and engineering, has been named one of 8 “Scientists Who are Changing the World” by Yahoo! News.

Beckman Student Researchers Provide Award-Winning Images
Sizhu You, a graduate student who works in Beckman faculty member Ken Suslick's group, was recently awarded the top prize in the School of Chemical Sciences Image Challenge with "From the New World: A Sugar Planet." Other finalists with Beckman ties include Melinda Sindoro, from Steve Granick's group; Boon Chong Goh, from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group; and Tyler Earnest, from Zan Luthey-Schulten's group.

Grant Funding
The following grants were recently awarded to Beckman researchers:

  • “Emotion, Aging, and Decision Making” (PI: Stine-Morrow; NIH)
  • “Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center” (PI: Schulten; DOE)
  • “Google ATAP Continuous Authentication Program” (PI: Hasegawa-Johnson; Google)

New Hires
Welcome to new employees of the Beckman Institute.

  • Amy Leng, Director of Budget and Resource Planning (Business Affairs)
  • John Biggan, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Rachel Stuehm, 0% Visiting Scholar (M. Dye)
  • Qian Wu, Postdoc Research Associate (J. Sweedler)
  • Yuhang Jing, 0% Visiting Scholar (N. Aluru)

Beckman Open House
The biennial Beckman Open House, March 13-14, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the exciting research that is taking place within the Beckman Institute. It also gives school children and members of the community an inside look at the people and the research within the Beckman Institute. To register an exhibit for the Beckman Institute Open House, please have ONE assigned contact person for your research group complete the online registration form: illinois.edu/fb/sec/2716641

Important Lync Change on February 3
On the evening of Tuesday, February 3, 2015, CITES will change the minimum Lync client version that is required to connect to the campus Lync servers, which provide campus telephone service. Lync clients that do not meet the minimum version requirements will be unable to log in to Lync. Standalone IP phones and Lync mobile clients are NOT impacted by this change.

Please see the CITES web page regarding the updated minimum version requirements: http://www.cites.illinois.edu/mshelp/lyncversions.html

Tools for Presentations and Posters
You can find Powerpoint and poster templates, as well as versions of the Beckman wordmark here: http://beckman.illinois.edu/about/services/communications-office

If there are other tools that would be helpful for communicating messages about Beckman, please contact the Communications office: communications@beckman.illinois.edu.
Please also pass on any news you have regarding your research projects.

Upcoming Events

120 Years of Innovation in Imaging: The MGH Department of Radiology
10 am Monday, Jan. 12
James A. Brink and Georges El Fakhri from Massachusetts General Hospital present the history of MGH and current services available.

Director’s Seminar
Noon Thursday, Jan. 29
Getting Lost During Navigation: The Unconscious Processes, presented by Ranxiao (Frances) Wang, professor of psychology
Happy 2015! I hope you had relaxing and enjoyable holidays.

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 featured stories on our research programs.

Art Kramer
Beckman Institute