Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science
Sharing interdisciplinary science
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.
2021 Beckman-Brown Lecture presented by Nicholas A. Christakis
Nicholas A. Christakis, the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, presented the 2021 Beckman-Brown Lecture in October 2021.
His talk was titled, "Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society." He discussed how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path — and how we are united by our common humanity.
Previous Beckman-Brown Lectures
"Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society," Nicholas A. Christakis, the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University (Oct. 6, 2021). Watch the recorded lecture.
Unfortunately, the 2020 lecture was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Cognitive Reserve: An Evolving Concept," Yaakov Stern, professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University (Oct. 3, 2019)
"Predictions: Understanding Global Warming," Dr. Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (Oct. 15, 2018)
"Surface Glycans as Cellular IDs," Dr. Laura Kiessling, Department of Chemistry, MIT (Nov. 3, 2017)
"Enzymes by Evolution: Expanding the Scope of Biocatalysis," Dr. Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at California Institute of Technology (Sept. 19, 2016)