Beckman Institute Announces 30th Anniversary Events

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a series of events in October 2019. The events showcase Beckman’s research and interdisciplinary spirit, and look to the next 30 years of advancing science on the University of Illinois campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Encore of "Quantum Rhapsodies"

Quantum Rhapsodies April 2019

6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2
Beckman Institute Atrium

The performance of “Quantum Rhapsodies” features live music, narration, and video. The Beckman Institute will offer this encore presentation after the performance’s successful premiere in April. The encore features the Jupiter String Quartet, narration by creator and physicist Smitha Vishveshwara, and beautiful visualizations that celebrate the quantum world. Because space in the atrium is limited, overflow space will be available. This will be especially useful for those who have already seen the show.

A reception will begin in the atrium at 5:30 p.m.

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Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science

Professor Yaakov Stern, Columbia University
4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
Beckman Institute Auditorium

In his talk “Cognitive Reserve: An Evolving Concept,” Stern will discuss how lifestyle, genetics, and brain anatomy may affect age- or dementia-related brain changes. A reception will follow

The annual Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science honors Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of the Institute, and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown, the founding director. The series is funded by a gift from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Learn more.


Science Showcase!

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
Beckman Institute Atrium

Grab light refreshments and hear a few of Beckman’s graduate students share informal, compelling stories about their research. The participating students all attended a three-day workshop with NPR podcast host Sandra Tsing Loh.

Beckman Pop-up Escape Room

CU Advnetures

4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4
1005 Beckman Institute

Learn more about the Beckman Institute through puzzles and riddles in a pop-up room created by Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space. The escape room will take about 15 minutes and is suitable for up to four participants at a time.