Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Oct. 5-7

A year-long celebration of two decades of research success is set to conclude Oct. 5-7 with the Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Symposium. 

A year-long celebration of two decades of research success is set to conclude Oct. 5-7 with the Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Symposium. Anyone interested in attending can register online until September 30 by clicking here.

The Symposium will feature keynote lectures by three of the top scientists in the United States, as well as discussions involving former and current Beckman researchers and officials looking at the past, present, and future directions of the Institute and interdisciplinary research. All events, except for the receptions, dinner, and poster session, will take place in the Beckman auditorium (room 1025).

Lecture topics for the keynote speakers have been set. The opening keynote lecture on Monday, Oct. 5, will be given by Susumu Tonegawa, who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987. Tonegawa’s talk is titled “Molecular and Circuit Mechanisms for Hippocampal Memory.”

Tuesday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Insel’s talk is titled “Translational Neuroscience: Then, Now, Imaging.” Following Insel’s talk, all three previous Beckman Institute Directors, Ted Brown, Jiri Jonas, and Pierre Wiltzius, will speak, followed by talks on Beckman research milestones and alumni reflections.

The keynote address for Wednesday’s final day of the symposium will be delivered by Charles M. Lieber, the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. His talk is titled “Nanowires as a Platform for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.”

After Lieber’s address, perspectives from Beckman’s four research themes will be presented. The 20th Anniversary Symposium will conclude with “Vision for the Future” talks from current Beckman faculty members.

For more on the Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Year and the 20th Anniversary Symposium, go to Beckman@20.