The Beckman Institute offers three postdoctoral fellows programs: the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, the Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program, and the Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Applications for the 2018 postdoctoral fellows programs are accepted until Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

Beckman’s Visualization Lab featured in Oct. 10 Tech Talk

As part of the Beckman Institute’s Tech Talk series, Travis Ross, manager of Beckman’s Visualization Lab, will provide an overview of the lab and its services from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 10 in Room 5602. Josh Gibson, a.k.a. @DrStrangeAnt, will explain how the lab has aided his research. A hands-on demo in the lab will follow the talk. The next talk in the series features the Microscopy Suite on Nov. 14.

Research IT Team Members Lead Sessions at IT Pro Forum

Research IT team members Tony Rimovsky (IT Architect) and Tracy Smith (Director of Research IT) will lead multiple presentations and workshops at the Spring 2017 IT Professionals Forum on June 7-8.

Rimovsky will present and lead a series workshops about Illinois’ Amazon Web Services on June 7th and 8th including:

June 7

June 8

Smith will present at a session on June 8:

The IT Professionals Forum is a learning and networking event at the University of Illinois and may be attended by IT Pros at no cost if registered by the deadline. For more information or to register visit

What is CU Hack Night?

CU Hack Night is a group of civic-minded individuals who seek to find solutions to community challenges. Hack Nights began as a community group in January 2017. The weekly Tuesday night meetings include dinner, technical presentations and breakout sessions focusing on projects ranging from bee pollination to mass transit and public health. Hack nights locate publicly available data with the goal of addressing challenges in local communities. The group focuses on having fun with new and old friends to create new solutions.

For more information visit the CU Hack Night Twitter or Facebook pages.

Social Media Analytics Summit Success

The Social Media Analytics Summit (led by the Illinois Data Science Initiative and co-sponsored by Research IT, Technology Services) was a gathering of over 200 registrants that spanned academic research, industry research, social media practitioners, students, and other interested parties. The goal of the summit was to showcase what is happening in the realm of social media analytics both on the Illinois campus and beyond. A researcher from Spredfast (one of the largest social media analytics companies) and the network science group from Indiana University presented on things happening with social media analytics beyond Illinois. The State of Illinois marketing officer was also present to understand what is happening in this realm. It was an incredibly successful summit and hope that this was a springboard for many activities to come within the realm of social media analytics.

Scaling to Petascale Institute Will Be Held In June

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are organizing a free, week-long “SCALING TO PETASCALE” Institute. The goal is to prepare participants to scale simulations and data analytics programs to petascale-class computing systems in support of computational and data-enabled discovery for all fields of study.

Read about the institute

Social Media Analytics Summit

The Social Media Analytics Summit is co-sponsored by the Illinois Data Science Initiative (iDSI) and Research IT at Technology Services, and is focused on bringing together researchers, educators, students, and outside industry partners who are interested in understanding what is happening within the realm of social media analytics research.

We will also be introducing the iDSI and our upcoming work on the creation of a social media macroscope for research. Registration is free, but space is limited. Please register at For a full schedule visit the Social Media Summit page.