September 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 89: September 2017

Bashir Named Executive Associate Dean to Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rashid Bashir, a professor and (former) head of bioengineering and a member of Beckman’s Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Theme, has been appointed as the executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

Faculty Named Journal Editors

Aaron Benjamin, a professor of psychology, and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, a professor of educational psychology, have been appointed editors of journals published by the American Psychological Association. Benjamin is editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, and Stine-Morrow of Psychology and Aging. The six-year editorial terms begin in 2019. Both are members of Beckman's Intelligent Systems Theme.

Yourdkhani Receives Award in “Science as Art” Competition

Mostafa Yourdkhani, a postdoctoral research associate in the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group, recently received first place in the “Science as Art” contest sponsored by the Materials Research Society. See the image at

In Case You Missed It! (ICYMI)

Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

Neuroscience graduate student Sara Schmidt and speech and hearing science professor Fatima Husain, both members of the Intelligent Systems Theme, conducted a study that found that tinnitus patients have differences in the region of the brain called the precuneus, which cause the brain to stay more at attention and be less at rest. More at

Recent Grants Awarded (7/1/17-8/24/17)

  • Integration of Neural Networks and Attachment in Human Infants (PI: McElwain; NIH)
  • Portable optogenetics/two-photon imaging instrument for in vivo brain study (PI: S. Boppart; NIH)
  • GSK Ctr Project 1-Optical Imaging of Natural History of Human Skin Pathologies (PI: S. Boppart: GlaxoSmithKline)
  • NRT-UtB: Training the Next Generation of Researchers in Engineering and Deciphering of Miniature Brain Machinery (PI: Gillette; NSF)
  • A Machine Learning Platform for Predictive Toxicology (PI: Bhargava; Dow Agrisciences LLC)
  • Investigating the Effects of Nutrition on the Maturation of Brain Networks Associated with Memory in Infants (PI: Gratton; Abbott)
  • Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatices (PI: Tajkhorshid; NIH)
  • Research Training Program in Environmental Toxicology (PI: Schantz; NIH)

New Hires

Welcome to the newest members of the Beckman Institute:

  • Jiayang Wang, 0% Visiting Scholar (Z. Liang)
  • Caterina Lamuta, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Benjamin Zimmerman, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Zhe Chen, 0% Visiting Scholar (A. Kirlik)
  • Haibing Wei, 0% Visiting Scholar (J. Moore)

Free Flu Shots Available at Beckman Sept. 19

The Beckman Institute will once again be a host site for McKinley Health Center’s annual Flu Clinic. Free flu shots will be available for benefit eligible students and state employees from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Room 1003.

Faculty and staff members should bring their insurance card from a state-sponsored health plan and their university ID card. Students should bring their university ID.

For more information, visit McKinley Health Center’s website:

Join Beckman Institute on LinkedIn!

The Beckman Institute has a new LinkedIn page! Follow us for updates on jobs, new employees, honors and more at

NEW Illinois Brand Guidelines

The University of Illinois has unveiled a new iMark. See for details and to download logos. Coming soon … a new Beckman wordmark.

If you have questions about these changes, or need help implementing the new logo, contact


For all events at the Beckman Institute, visit

Yoga at Beckman
Bring a mat! Fridays, Sept. 8 – Dec. 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 5269 Beckman (*in Room 1005, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27) *No classes September 22, November 10, 17, 24*

Graduate Student Seminar
Noon, Wednesday, Sept. 6, Room 1005

  • William Randall Arnold (Advisor: Aditi Das), "The Cardiotoxic Implications of Modulating CYP2J2 Arachidonic Acid Metabolism"
  • Richard O. Bido-Medina (Advisor: Sepideh Friberg), "Impact of Zika Virus on Adult Human Brain Structure and Functional Organization: a Collaboration with the Dominican Republic"
  • Jenny Ching-Yen Tang (Advisor: Shen Dillon), "LiMn2O4 Surface Chemistry Evolution During Cycling Revealed by in situ Auger Electron Spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy"

Director’s Seminar
Noon, Thursday, Sept. 7, Room 1005
"Atomic Precision: There’s Still Plenty of Room at the Bottom," by Joseph Lyding, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of Beckman's Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group

Indo-US Research Symposium
11 am- 5 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 12
1025 Beckman Institute
Registration required:

Thursdays at 12:20 Concert
Sept. 14, Beckman Atrium
The Black Chorus Chamber Choir

OTM Share the Vision Innovation Showcase
All day Thursday, Sept. 21, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Register at

Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 21-22, Beckman Institute

Beckman Directory Photo Shoot
Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 27-28, 2017
Sign up at

Save the Date:

Beckman-Brown Lecture
4 pm Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Speculative Futures
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2017)

Klaus Schulten Memorial Symposium
Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 7-9, 2017
Registration ends Oct. 27

Diffuse Optical Imaging Workshop
Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 8-9, 2017
Register at

Human Subjects Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
For more information, please contact Patty Jones,

Note from the Director

I’d like to welcome you all back to the Beckman Institute and the U of I for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

If you’ve been away for part of the summer, you may notice some changes: we have new carpet and some new configurations of some cubicle space! We’re looking forward to more changes in the future, and we’d like everyone to be a part of the process. You can share ideas at and participate in our design contest! Visit

As part of the effort to revitalize the Institute, we all need to take some small steps—being respectful of our workspaces and those of others, keeping noise in public areas to a minimum, and cleaning up after ourselves in the kitchen and other public areas. We are all proud to be part of the Beckman family, and it’s important that we constantly remind ourselves of the value of this research home that Arnold Beckman provided for us nearly 30 years ago. 

Thanks for making the Beckman all that it is. I look forward to an exciting future.

Jeff Moore
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology