October 2016 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 81; October 2016


New Research Theme at Beckman

The Beckman Institute major research themes of Biological Intelligence (BioIntel) and Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction (HCII) have merged to form a new major research theme called Intelligent Systems, co-chaired by Kara Federmeier and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow. The seven new initiatives of Intelligent Systems provide new pathways for collaboration, while existing faculty laboratories – including Image Formation and Processing, Decision Neurosciences Lab, the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, and more – provide heritage and a tradition of excellence that continues as well. More on the theme at http://beckman.illinois.edu/research/themes/intelligent-systems

The Search is on …

For a new director of the Beckman Institute! Nominations are due October 18 and self-nominations are Nov 1. More at http://beckman.illinois.edu/about/beckman/job/director-2016

Honors and Awards

Three Beckman Faculty Members Named University Scholars
Congratulations to Scott Carney, professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, Ioannis Chasiotis, professor of aerospace engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, and Rebecca Stumpf, associate professor of anthropology and member of the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, for being named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Beckman Faculty Receive GEBI Endowed Appointments
Beckman faculty members were named for Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative endowed appointments. Rashid Bashir, professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been named as the first Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. Rohit Bhargava, professor bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, Yoram Bresler, professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group, and Dan Roth, professor of computer science and member of the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative Group, were also recently named as Founder Professors of Engineering.

Pan Earns AHA Award for Research on Detecting Heart Disease
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in bioengineering and member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was recently named co-recipient, with Ph.D. student Aaron Sxhwartz-Duval, of an American Heart Association award for developing a controlled non-seed mediated gold nano-architecture with supreme branching and anisotropic behavior. The preliminary work was recently published in Nano Research. It is the first time the team demonstrated that supreme hyper-branching is possible even with inorganic nanocrystals and polymer hybrids.

Federmeier Named President-Elect of Society of Psychophysiological Research
Kara Federmeier was recently named the president-elect of the Society of Psychophysiological Research. Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research fosters research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior.

Beckman Institute: Did you know?

The Visualization Lab at the Beckman Institute recently purchased a Photron SA-Z, color ultra-highspeed video camera with capabilities of 12-bit, 20,000 frames per second (fps) at 1024x1024, 67,200 fps at 512x512, and top speed at 2,100,000 fps at 128x8 resolution. The Photron SA-Z also features an electronic shutter at 159ns, 20,000 ISO, variable triggering modes, and 64 GB on-board memory. Current users are from mechanical science and engineering, chemistry, animal biology, and other departments. Also, the Vis Lab has updated high-powered LED lighting, and macro-video lenses available up to 18x. Contact Travis Ross, travisr@illinois.edu, for more information.

Energy Savings Project at Beckman

The Beckman Institute is part of an energy saving initiative project that will be conducted by an accredited Energy Service Company (ESCO). Schneider Electric is the contractor that was chosen and the project is getting underway. The contractors will be walking through labs, mechanical areas, and office spaces in the Institute over the next several months for the design phase of the project. Requests will be sent in advance via email to access specific lab areas of the building. Your help and cooperation during this project is greatly appreciated.

Welcome to New Employees

  • Yue Zhuo, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ariel Zhang, 0% Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Hua Liu, 0% Visiting Scholar (S. Robinson)
  • Junhui Xiao, Database Applications Programmer (ITS)
  • Lina Liu, 0% Visiting Scholar (G. Popsescu)
  • Jae Hyun Park, 0% Visiting Scholar (N. Aluru)
  • Xinwei Li, 0% Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Ping Yang, 0% Visiting Scholar (M. Fabiani and G. Gratton)
  • Min Wang,0% Visiting Scholar (M. Fabiani and G. Gratton)
  • Illya Kuznietsov, 0% Visiting Scholar (F. Dolcos)
  • James McGraw, Account Technician II (R. Bhargava)

Recently Awarded Grants

  • Functional Role of adult neurogenesis in cognitive recovery from fetal alcohol (PI: Hamilton, Rhodes; NIH)
  • Computational Adaptive Optics for Imaging the Mouse Retina (PI: Boppart, S; Wasatch Photonics)
  • Measuring the Brain: From the synapse to thought (PI: Sweedler; NSF)
  • Speech Errors Reveal Phonatactic Learning in the Language Production System (PI: Dell; NIH)
  • Partnership for Primary Care Imaging of the Ear (PI: S. Boppart; NIH)
  • Optical Amplification Microscopy of Weak Back-Scattered Light (PI: S. Boppart; NIH)
  • Developing computational models of neural processing (PI: Levinson; Sandia National Lab)
  • BRAIN Initiative: Integrated Multimodal Analysis of Cell-and Circuit-Specific Processes in Hippocampal Function (PI: Sweedler; NIH)
  • Everyday Reading, Personality, and Cognitive Health in Older Adults (PI: Stine-Morrow; NIH)
  • Cumulative Effects of Prenatal Stress and Chemical Exposures on Child Development (PI; Schantz; NIH)
  • Developing quantitative biomarkers for monitoring longitudinal changes in brain (PI: Sutton; NIH)
  • Spectroscopic imaging anaylyses of polyolefin polymers (PI: Bhargava; Chevron Phillips)

Upcoming Events

Director's Seminar
Thurs, Oct. 13, noon, room 1005
Discovering "Genetic Codes" for Nanomaterials Morphologies and Employing the DNA-encoded nanomaterials for Sensing, Imaging and Targeted Drug Delivery, Yi Lu, professor of chemistry and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group

Neuronal Identity Crisis in Psychiatric and Neurological disorders: Why it Matters and What We Can Do About It,
Rita Cowell, University of Birmingham, Alabama
Monday, Oct. 17, 11 am Room 5602

McKinley Health Center Flu Vaccination Clinic
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25, 11-1:30 pm
Room 1003