January 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 83: January 2017

Honors and Awards

Ewoldt Receives Presidential Early Career Award
Randy Ewoldt, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers (PECASE). President Obama has named 102 scientists and researchers as recipients of PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U. S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Pan Receives 2016 NML Researcher Award
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been named a recipient of the 2016 NML Researcher Award, sponsored by the journal of Nano-Micro Letters (NML). The award recognizes 15 outstanding researchers whose research fields are nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in the last three years.  

Kisley Named to Forbes “30 Under 30” List
Lydia Kisley, the first Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, was featured in the Forbes “30 Under 30” List for 2017. She works with Deborah Leckband and Paul Braun from the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and Martin Gruebele, from the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group. Kisley aims to “inspire and design materials and biomaterials in smarter ways by using unique microscopy in order to understand them better.”

White Selected Fellow of International Society of Engineering Science
Scott White, professor of aerospace engineering and member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the international Society of Engineering Science.

Jasiuk Receives IAAM Award
Iwona Jasiuk, professor of mechanical science and engineering and member of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials. She received the award at the award ceremony of American Advanced Materials Congress 2016, held December 4. She also presented a lecture titled “Novel copper-carbon nanomaterials.”

Bhargava Receives Agilent Thought Leader Award
Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received an Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the development of infrared spectroscopic imaging, and its application to life sciences research.

Leburton Honored by IEEE
Jean-Pierre Leburton, professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been honored with a lifetime membership from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This special honor is awarded to individuals in the association who have exhibited leadership, volunteerism and dedication to advancing technology for humanity. Life member status recognizes Leburton’s outstanding achievements and research that have made a significant impact on the growth and development of IEEE.

Suslick Named Fellow of NAI
Kenneth Suslick, professor of chemistry and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Suslick co-founded ChemSensing, which began the commercialization of the Suslick research group’s optoelectronic nose technology, and its successor, iSense Systems LLC in Mountain View.

Faculty Elected 2016 Fellows of AAAS
Beckman faculty members Jianjun Cheng and Brian T. Cunningham are among six Illinois faculty members that have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They were chosen for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Cheng, professor of materials science and engineering, is in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Cunningham, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group.

News and Notes

Beckman Undergraduate Engagement Event: February 3
The Beckman Institute continues to reach out to Illinois undergraduate communities to engage their interest in research here at Beckman. Associate Director for Research Patty Jones is arranging our next Undergraduate Engagement reception to be on Friday, February 3, from 4 – 5 pm and is looking for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who would like to mingle with undergraduates from the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) and Health Professionals (HP) Living-Learning communities in the University dormitories.  Please email Patty (pmjones5@illinois.edu) if you are interested in joining this informal mentoring event.

From Technology Services—Electronic Tax Statements
There is a new security measure in place this year to help protect employees’ electronic tax statements from hackers. That new measure is called 2 Factor Authentication (2FA).

Employees will still be able to access their W-2s electronically from the campus network without 2FA. But Employees who have not signed up for 2FA will NOT be able to access their electronic W-2 from OFF campus. People can sign up for 2FA at: https://verify.uillinois.edu, but they must do so from a computer on the campus network.

Technology Services has more about 2FA and electronic tax statements at: http://techservices.illinois.edu/news/2017/set-2fa-get-your-w-2

Software Carpentry Workshops
NCSA will host several Software Carpentry workshops during Spring 2017, starting with a Python and Git workshop on January 26–27.  These workshops cover research workflow and data management skills, including version control and basic programming (Python or R).  Register today at go.illinois.edu/swc

Software Carpentry (SWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching basic computing skills to researches. SWC workshops cover research workflow and data management skills, including The Unix Shell, version control (Git), basic programming (Python or R), and database management (SQL). This effort is part of the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) program. For more information, please visit http://cse.illinois.edu/.

Beckman to Host BrainHack Global 2017 Site
The Beckman Institute is one of the host sites for a global neuroscience computing event – BrainHack Global 2017 (http://events.brainhack.org/global2017/).   Professors Brad Sutton, Sanmi Koyejo, and Sepideh Friberg are coordinating Illinois’ participation in the event, which will be Thursday, March 2, 2017, through Saturday, March 4, 2017.  Please stay tuned for details about online registration and schedule.

Beckman Institute Building Revitalization
This semester, the Beckman Institute is planning several activities related to our physical building. First, we will be prototyping digital displays in the Beckman Café area, as an additional method for information sharing. Second, we plan to replace the carpet on the upper floors of the building and therefore we will be interviewing neighborhood groups within Beckman to learn about your requirements for graduate student cubicle layouts. Third, we have asked Illinois professors of architecture and industrial design to prototype new concepts for our Atrium space. Please stay tuned for more details. If you have questions, please email Associate Directors Kara Johnson and Patty Jones.

Acknowledging Beckman in Your Publications
Please remember to acknowledge the Beckman Institute in your publications. You can do this in any or all of the following three ways, as appropriate:

  • State the Beckman Institute as your organizational affiliation.
  • If your research results relied on the use of the Beckman Institute's Biomedical Imaging Center or the Imaging Technology Group (Microscopy Suite or Visualization Laboratory), please state that your paper's Acknowledgements section (such as:  "... was carried out in part in the xxxxxxxx at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.”).
  • If you or any of your co-authors were supported by a Beckman Institute seedling grant or one of our Beckman Institute Fellowships or awards, please say so in your paper’s Acknowledgements section.  

If you have further questions about how to appropriately acknowledge Beckman in your publications, please consult with Patty Jones, Associate Director for Research (pmjones5@illinois.edu).

New Hires
Welcome to the following new hires at the Beckman Institute (from December and January):

  • Eric Holmes, Laboratory Coordinator (G. Dell)
  • Yangyundou Wang, 0% Visiting Scholar (S. Carney)
  • Jonathan Wirsich, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. Friberg)
  • Wenlong Lu, 0% Visiting Scholar (G. Popescu)
  • Hyojin Lee, 0% Visiting Scholar (N. Aluru)
  • Tabea Kohlfaerber, 0% Visiting Scholar (S. Boppart)
  • Roshan Dsouza, Postdoctoral Research Associate (S. Boppart)
  • Xing Jiang, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Moore)
  • Brahim Mohammedi, 0% Visiting Scholar (N. Sobh)
  • Liuyan Tang, 0% Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)
  • Beth Etchison, Business/Administrative Associate (Business Office-Grants)
  • Doris Dahl, Communications Coordinator (Communications Office)
  • Huiqian Du, 0% Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Xiaomin Liu, a 0% Visiting Scholar (S. Boppart)

Upcoming Events

David Sheff
7 pm Mon., Jan. 23, Champaign Public Library
Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Sheff discusses his memoir, Beautiful Boy, a candid chronicle of his son's drug addiction and his journey toward recovery. Co-sponsored by the Beckman Institute.

Dow Chemical Presentations
Noon: “Innovation at Dow: Impactful Solutions to Big Global Challenges”
A.N. Sreeram - Dow Chemical Company Chief Technology Officer
1 pm: Overview of Dow Chemical Company Research Priorities
“Enabling the Information Age through Chemistry,” Dr. Peter Trefonas – Corporate Fellow
“Introduction to Consumer, Infrastructure & Performance Silicones,” Dr. Ian Tomlinson – Senior Fellow
Tues., Jan. 24
Room B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory

Neuroscience Seminar
First Year Projects Presented by 2nd Year NSP Students
3:30 pm Tues., Jan. 24
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Director’s Seminar
“Traumatic Brain Injury, Waves, Fractals,” Martin Ostoja-Starzewski
Noon Thurs, Jan. 26
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Bioengineering Seminar
“Therapeutic genome editing using CRISPR-Cas9”
Dr. Thomas Gaj, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioengineering,
University of California, Berkeley
9 am Thurs., Jan. 26
2240 DCL

The Health Innovations Lecture Series
“Future of surgery in a big data world”
Heidi Nelson, M.D., Fred C Andersen Professor of Surgery and Chair,
Division of Surgery, Mayo Clinic
11 am Fri., Jan. 27
Room 1005 Beckman

Illinois Informatics Institute—Distinguished Lecture
“Virtual Role-Play with Interactive Characters”
W. Lewis Johnson, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Scientist, Alelo Inc.
11 am Tues., Jan. 31
1040 NCSA

Investitures: Rashid Bashir, Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering; Rohit Bhargava, Founder Professor of Engineering; Yoram Bresler, Founder Professor of Engineering; Yurii Vaslov, Founder Professor of Engineering
3 pm Tues., Jan. 31
Room 1122 NCSA

Graduate Student Seminar
Noon Wed, Feb. 1
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Investiture: Dan Roth, Founder Professor of Engineering; Jennifer Bernhard, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering; and Jonathan Freund, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering
3 pm Wed., Feb. 1
Room 1122 NCSA

Beckman Institute Open House
March 10-11

From the Director:

Welcome back to campus and the beginning of the spring 2017 semester.  2017 marks the sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois, and, although Beckman has only been part of the University since 1989, we have played an important role in the development of multidisciplinary research and our core facilities have greatly contributed to the impact of the research that is conducted here.

I’d like to thank you for all you do as part of the Beckman Institute, whether you work in a lab, or in an administrative office. I hope you will all plan on participating in the Beckman Open House March 10-11 … and tell your family and friends to stop by to see what’s happening where you work.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, our web site 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.

Jeff Moore,
Interim Director
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology