April 2017 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 85: April 2017

Honors and Awards

Congratulations to Bhargava
Rohit Bhargava has been named the inaugural Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit Award recipient! In honor of the sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois, the Beckman Institute Vision and Spirit award, in the amount of $150,000, recognizes Bhargava, who exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman’s vision in establishing the Beckman Institute, and who, like Beckman and other Institute faculty members, has fostered collaboration in order to mount a bold and risky experiment that meets not only short-term research goals, but inspires future long-term work, contributing significantly to the mission of the Beckman Institute. More at https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/4/vision_and_spirit2017

Imoukhuede Receives NSF CAREER award
Princess U II Imoukhuede, an assistant professor of bioengineering and a member of Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal, “qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”

Li Named IEEE Fellow
Xiuling Li, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow. Li has been recognized for her contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications. Her research focuses on developing innovative semiconductor structures and device concepts through both bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Kong Named AIMBE Fellow
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the pending induction of Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, to its College of Fellows. Kong’s research focuses on the synthesis, characterization and processing of nanobiomaterials for diagnostic imaging and molecular/cell therapies of wounds and vascular diseases and regeneration of neuromuscular interface.

Huang Honored as Top 10 Most Influential Scholar
Thomas S. Huang, a research professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group and the founder of the Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman, has been recognized as a Top 10 Most Influential Scholar by AMiner, a free online service for academic social network analysis and mining. He was recognized for his outstanding and vibrant contributions to the field of computer vision.

Graduate Fellows Named
The 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows have been named. Congratulations to

  • Timothy Moneypenny, Chemistry
  • Andrew Bower, ECE
  • Zhikun Cai, NPRE
  • Hassaan Majeed, BioE
  • Shachi Mittal, BioE
  • Matthew Moore, Psychology
  • Nitya Sai Reddy Satyavaolu, Chemistry

More on the awardees at: https://beckman.illinois.edu/research/fellows-and-awards/graduate/current-fellows

Grants Awarded

  • An upright multiphoton for biomedical research applications (PI: Llano; NIH)
  • X-Ray Microscopy of Amorphous/Crystalline Pharmaceutical Formulations (PI: Yin; AbbVie)
  • MR Guided Focused Ultrasound Controlled Stem Cell Therapy for Brain Tumor (PI: Li; NIH)

Welcome to

Recent employees of the Beckman Institute are

  • Po Yang, 0% Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Lisa Keating, Office Support Specialist (Director’s Office)
  • Mary Wakefield, Visiting Research Project Manager (S. Schantz)
  • Masanori Takabayashi, 0% Visiting Scholar (G. Popescu)
  • Paul Teal, 0% Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Thamires Lima, 0% Visiting Scholar (Y.  Zhang)
  • Ngoc-Bich Le, Visiting Database Applications Programmer (ITS)

Carpeting Update

New carpeting should be arriving sometime between April 18-30. In general, please be aware that replacing carpeting will be temporarily disruptive. If you are in a one-person or two-person office, you will displaced for about a week, during which time all your furniture is removed, old carpet pulled up, new carpet installed, and your furniture is put back.  If you are in one of the big graduate student offices (such as 2514, 3514, etc.), this process will probably take two or three weeks. And if you are in the “cubicle farms” in the middle of the office hallways, similarly you will be disrupted for 2-3 weeks.

Our Beckman staff will develop a schedule and work with citizens to plan out a neighborhood-by-neighborhood renewal campaign.  By “neighborhood”, we refer to a section of adjacent offices.  By this reckoning, we have 12 neighborhoods at Beckman (2000-block, 2100-block, 2200-block, 2300-block, the TCB Innovation Courtyards Neighborhood (3000-3100), 3200-block, 3300-block, 4000-block, 4100-block, 4200-block, 4300-block, and The Fifth Floor).  So, if there is some week you are having an important site visit, or otherwise engaged in activity for which you do NOT want to be interrupted to deal with carpeting, please let us know and we will work around it the best that we can.  We do plan to start with the fifth floor (Communications, ITS, and the Postdoctoral Fellows) and then go from there. For more information, please contact Associate Directors Patty Jones or Kara Johnson, or Facility Director Rob Fritz.

Upcoming events

Thursday at 12:20 Concert featuring Lyric Theatre
April 20, Beckman Atrium

SmithGroup JJR Lecture
“Shape: Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Engineering"  
Dr. L. Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics, Harvard University
Noon Friday, April 21
Reception PRECEDING the lecture, 4-5 pm Thursday, April 20, 5269 Beckman

Beckman Institute Graduate Seminar
Noon, Wednesday, May 3
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Beckman Institute Student Awards
3-5 pm Saturday, May 6
RSVP Stacy Olson: srolson@illinois.edu by April 28.

Thursday at 12:20 Concert
May 11, Beckman Atrium
The Pookas Clarinet Ensemble featuring Beckman’s own Sandy Ivy and Marc Taylor!

Save the Date

Share the Vision
September 21, 2017 at the Krannert Center
Champaign, Illinois
This year's event will focus on technologies at the intersection of engineering & medicine. Join us to hear from the University's leading innovators in the areas of:

  • Therapeutics
  • drug delivery & diagnostics
  • imaging & medical devices
  • bioinformatics & data analysis

http://otm.illinois.edu/events/speakers (Number of Beckman-affiliated speakers)

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
November 7-9, 2017 at the Beckman Institute

Note from the Interim Director
As we wind down the academic year, we begin welcoming our Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Fellows for 2017. Please join me in congratulating our student awardees and fellows.

Congratulations also to Rohit Bhargava, who was named our inaugural Vision and Spirit Award recipient. We hope to continue the tradition of recognizing our stellar Beckman faculty, and celebrating Arnold Beckman’s birthday each April 10!

Enjoy the spring weather and the end-of-semester activities!

Jeff Moore
Interim Director
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology