October 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 90: October 2017

Honors and Awards

Gruev Receives Best Paper Awards
Viktor Gruev, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and Nimrod Missael Garcia Hernandez, a visiting scholar in ECE, received two awards for "Best Paper" at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems: one in the Sensory Circuits and Systems track and the other for Best Student Paper. Gruev is the principal investigator for the research.

Beshers Honored with Grad College Award
Sam Beshers, a research associate in the Neuroscience Program, was honored with the 2017 Graduate College Excellence Award.

Bashir to Receive 2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award from BMES
Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, has been selected to receive the 2018 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) premier recognition for outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.

News and Information

Computational Molecular Science Group Forms at Beckman Institute
The Computational Molecular Science (CMS) Group has been established within the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme at Beckman. Yang Zhang, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering, is named the founding group leader. Read more at https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/09/compmolecularscience
In Case You Missed It: A video of an emulsion generation technique from the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the Beckman Institute has received an honorable mention in the Nikon Small World in Motion digital video competition. https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/10/yourdkhani-emulsion

New Illinois Logo and Beckman Wordmark
Please be aware that the University is launching a new brand campaign. There is a new Beckman wordmark and a new Illinois logo. You can find more details at https://beckman.illinois.edu/about/services/communications-office, plus new powerpoint and poster templates. If you have any questions, please contact the Communications Office, communications@beckman.illinois.edu.

Design-A-Space at Beckman Contest
Leave a lasting mark on the Beckman Institute by designing a space in the Institute! Competition ends Dec. 16, 2017. Visit https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/09/purgatory-space for more details.

Sign up for New Email Discussion List
The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) and Science Communication Institute (SCI) are pleased to announce a new email discussion list for diving into a broad range of research and scholarly communication (RScomm) topics. To subscribe to this list, please go to: https://groups.google.com/group/rscomm/subscribe

Recently Awarded Grants (8/25/17-10/17/17)

  • Tissue microenvironment (TiMe) training program (PI: Bhargava; NIH)
  • Impact of prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors on infant cognition (PI: Schantz; NIH)
  • Everyday Reading, Personality, and Cognitive Health in Older Adults (PI: Stine-Morrow; NIH)
  • Focused ultrasound therapy for remitting the symptoms of MS in a rat model (PI: Oelze; NIH)
  • High Speed ultrasonic communications for implanted medical devices (PI: Oelze; NIH)
  • Directed Electromagnetic Perturbation and Quantum Biological Effects in Retinal Cells and Networks using Coherent Control of Femtosecond Optical Pulses (PI: S. Boppart; NIH)
  • Developing advanced MRI methods for detecting the impact of nutrients on infant brain development (PI: Sutton; Abbott Nutrition)
  • Precision nanotherapeutics for cancer treatment (PI: J. Cheng: NIH)
  • The biological impact of tend-and-befriend strategies: How female social relationships mediate stress in female scientists of color (PI: Rodrigues; American Assoc. of Physical Anthropologists)

Welcome to the Newest Members of the Beckman Institute

  • Meng Liu, 0% Visiting Scholar (J. Lyding)
  • Yun Liu, Postdoctoral Research Associate (J. Moore)
  • Zhiqiang Shen, 0% Visiting Scholar (T. Huang)
  • Gary Brennan, Business/Administrative Associate (Finance team)

Building Updates
The carpeting project is nearly finished!

New refrigerators have been installed in the second floor and third floor kitchenettes. Refrigerators are NOT permitted in offices, so please use the refrigerators in the shared spaces.

The nursing mothers room is now in Room 2307. To request a key, visit the Security Office.

If you have ideas or comments about the Beckman environment, visit the Beckman Institute Discussion Board: https://illinois.edu/blog/view/7423


Noon Friday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2017
Room 5269 Beckman Institute

Beyond the Buzz: The Power of Personal Stories About Science
Liz Neeley, Executive Director, StoryCollider
3 pm Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series
Animals in Biomedical Research by Dr. Sarah Allison, Division of Animal Resources Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Graduate Student Seminar
Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Room 1005 Beckman Institute
Mariam Camacho, Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Medicine
Jungeun (Jenny) Won, Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, electrical and computer engineering, and bioengineering
Joshua G. Hinman, Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, chemistry

Thursday at 12:20 Concert
Graduate Saxophone Quartet
12:20 pm Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Beckman Institute Atrium

Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science
"Cell Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs" by Dr. Laura Kiessling, Department of Chemistry, MIT
4 pm Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Beckman Institute Auditorium
Reception to follow.

Speculative Futures
November 2-3, 2017
Complete schedule: https://publish.illinois.edu/speculativefutures/

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
November 7-9, 2017
Beckman Institute Auditorium
Complete schedule: http://schulten-symposium.beckman.illinois.edu

What is the Freedom of Information Act (and how do I comply with it)?
A presentation by Matt Rogina, Assistant Director of FOIA for the University of Illinois
2:30 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017
Room 1005 Beckman Institute

Human Subject Research Conference
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Beckman Institute Auditorium
Register at go.illinois.edu/humansubjects

Note from the Director

Starting this semester I’ve begun meeting individually with Beckman faculty to learn about their research and Beckman activities. During these meetings I have been encouraging a more engaging partnership with postdoctoral fellow candidates, asking Beckman faculty to help shape the candidate’s proposals in ways that reflect the candidate’s interests as well as those of the potential Beckman postdoctoral fellow mentors. I’ve asked that we work with viable candidates to cultivate their application into a coherent project that (a) aligns well with future directions among a pair (or trio or quartet) of Beckman faculty and (b) will serve as “glue” to seed new collaborative activities, with a vision of how the proposed project will lay the foundation that could, for example lead to the development of a multi-PI grant.

I look forward to further discussions with faculty on this topic, and any suggestions you have to further the collaborative research environment at the institute.


Jeff Moore
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology