SmithGroup JJR Lecture Series

The SmithGroup JJR, formerly Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls Associates, of Detroit is the architectural firm that designed the Beckman Institute. The firm was particularly proud of this project and presented a modest endowment to support a lecture series in their name. The gift was given in honor of the founding director of the Institute, Theodore L. Brown. Dr. James D. Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and recipient of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, presented the inaugural lecture in the series.

2018 SmithGroup JJR Lecture

Photo of Sandra Tsing Loh

Towards Better “60 Second Science”

Sandra Tsing Loh, host of the syndicated daily radio science minute and NPR podcast “The Loh Down on Science” and adjunct associate professor in drama and science communication at University of California, Irvine.
Noon Friday, April 20, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium


The Elevator Pitch. Scientists dread it, but they shouldn’t. With friendship, cheer, and a handy “Loh Down on Science” communication toolkit, we look at recent Beckman Institute videos of “60 Second Science.” We analyze the language, celebrate the science, laud the presenters … and remake this moribund format from the ground up. The take-home for the truly brilliant minds and innovators at the Beckman Institute? “Never fear 60 Seconds of Science again.”

Previous SmithGroup JJR Lectures

L. Mahadevan - April 2017
England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, professor of physics, Harvard University

Michael Posner - April 2016
professor emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

Chad Mirkin - October 2014
George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University

Victor Regnier - April 2013
Professor of architecture and gerontology at the University of Southern California

Jeff Hawkins – November 2010
Founder, Numenta, Inc.

Felice Frankel – September 2008
Senior Research Fellows, Harvard

Helen Neville – October 2007
Psychology/Neuroscience, Oregon

James Carey – April 2006
Entomology, Cal – Davis

Douglas Noll – October 2003
Biomedical Engineering, Michigan

Lawrence Rabiner – October 2001
Vice President AT&T Labs

George Whitesides – March 1999
Chemistry, Harvard

Norman Allinger – March 1995
Chemistry, Georgia

James Watson – October 1992 (inaugural speaker)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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