Beckman-Brown Lecture on Interdisciplinary Science

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.

Collage image with a portrait of Arnold Beckman on the left, the opening gates of the Beckman Institute in the center, and a portrait of Ted Brown on the right.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the Beckman-Brown lecture has been canceled for fall 2020.

Yaakov Stern at the podium in the Beckman auditorium in October 2019 giving the Beckman Brown lecture.

Cognitive reserve

During Beckman's 30th anniversary celebration in October 2019, Yaakov Stern delivered the Beckman-Brown Lecture in Interdisciplinary Science. Stern, a professor of neuropsychology and chief of the Cognitivie Neuroscience Division at Columbia Univesrity, spoke on "Cognitive Reserve: An Evolving Concept."

Previous Beckman-Brown Lectures


"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)