A Bugscope session is entertaining, educational, often amazing, sometimes frustrating for the adults, and always fascinating. In short, a Bugscope session is much like any one of the thousands of schoolchildren who have taken part in the unique Beckman Institute educational outreach program.
Bringing Beckman research to the people who are paying the bills is part of the Institute’s mission of public outreach. Every two years the public is welcomed into the building for the Beckman Institute Open House to learn more about the work that goes on at one of the country’s top centers for interdisciplinary research.
The upcoming Beckman Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration is looking like an A list event – one that everyone is invited to. Former and current University of Illinois and Beckman Institute officials and faculty are on the speakers list for the 20-year celebration, while the researchers, students, and staff members who are continuing the Beckman mission of interdisciplinary research in 2009 are being asked to join the party.
Huan (John) Wang has practically got the field to himself. A neurosurgeon at Carle Clinic, Wang is starting a research line at the Beckman Institute that will go where almost no one has gone before: exploring the thermal properties of the brain.
It’s time to celebrate at Beckman with anniversaries and our biennial Open House helping to make the next few weeks a memorable time at the Institute. The Spring 2009 issue of Synergy highlights all the events: Beckman Open House on March 13-14, and two important milestones, the 10-year anniversary of the educational outreach program Bugscope in March, and the 20th Anniversary Celebration in April.