Beckman alumni Melissa Duff is one of many young neuroscience and psychology researchers who have taken both the research lines pursued and interdisciplinary lessons learned at the Institute to seed their own programs and careers in academia and the business world.
Running a human psychology experiment can be just as educational as attending classes, according to some of those doing the day-to-day laboratory grunt work that turns hypothesis into data and, eventually, research papers.
Beckman Institute faculty member Ling Meng earned a Ph.D. by changing his research focus from outer space to the inner workings of the human body, turning detector technology developed for satellite missions into something useful for medical applications.
Faculty members running a research group are often required to play many roles other than just that of being a good scientist, from fund-raiser to personnel manager to student counselor. More and more researchers are also adding the title of entrepreneur to their curriculum vitae, and some are using a government program to gain insight into business practices.
Synergy for Fall 2012 features the varied forms of learning that take place at the Beckman Institute, from professors learning to become entrepreneurs, to students getting a different kind of education in the lab, to summer educational programs.