“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.” – Eugene Ionesco
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)
There is no meeting on January 31st. We will have a social starting at 5:30PM at Pour Brothers at 40 East University Avenue, Champaign.
Robb reports we netted $7,000 for the fruit sale. The primary beneficiary is Crisis Nursery.
Phyllis introduced Viktor Gruev who is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His primary interest is in biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics – biosensors and bioelectronics.
This is the 10th year your notetaker has been reporting for you, but I came up empty-handed in my notes at last Thursday’s meeting having been a little overwhelmed with scientific terms, etc. Consequently, here is what I have copied off Viktor’s website.
“We are working on developing a new class of sensors inspired from nature. The visual system of various animals, such as mantis shrimp or morpho butterflies, are able to detect spectral and polarization information with higher acuity compared to state of the art man-made imaging systems. Using a combination of CMOS technology and various nano-structures, we are developing a new class of bio-inspires spectral and polarization imaging sensors.
Our bio-inspired sensors have extreme sensitivity enabling many biomedical applications. These sensors are currently used for sentinel lymph node mapping in patients with breast cancer and blood flow evaluation in diabetic patients.
We are also currently working with a group of marine biologists to deploy our bio-inspired polarization sensors back in nature and understand why and how polarization information is exploited in nature. Our sensors are used for field studies from the Florida Keys to the Great Barrier Reef and the Mediterranean Sea. “


  Jan 31st Feb 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st
Introductions Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy
Reflection Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Greeters Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Song Leader Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 31st – Club Social – 5:30PM at Pour Brothers in downtown Champaign
Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)
February 14th – Mark Kessler will discuss Parkland’s Cobra Ventures program (Charlie)
February 21st – Dr. Bob Lawless, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, UIUC, will discuss the elderly and bankruptcy (Tom)
February 28th – TBD (Ondine)
March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)
March 14th – TBD (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD