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The Beckman Institute at 25
November 12-13, 2015

A symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the
Beckman Institute at Caltech and Harry Gray's 80th birthday.

The Beckman Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center
for research in the chemical and biological sciences.
The Institute was dedicated in 1989 with funds from the
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91125
(626) 395-6811

  • SYMPOSIUM: The Beckman Institute at 25
    November 12 & 13, 2015

    We will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Beckman Institute and Harry Gray's 80th birthday at a symposium November 12th and 13th, 2015. [More]

  • Visibility Program

    Next Program: The Beckman Institute presents a continuing series of seminars to provide the Caltech community greater awareness of opportunities. Watch here for the next in the series. [More]

  • Beckman Museum to Open on First Fridays

    09/29/14: The Beckman Room, a small museum devoted to the work of Arnold O. Beckman, will be open on the first Friday of the month. [More]

  • New in the lobby: "Revolutionizing Science" An Interactive Display

    07/01/14: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has selected the BI to receive the Arnold O. Beckman "Revolutionizing Science" touch screen presentation display. [More]

  • New Director of the Biological Imaging Center

    09/03/13: Andres Collazo has joined the Beckman Institute as Director of the Biological Imaging Center. [More]

  • New Pilot Program

    09/03/13: A new Pilot Project proposed by Long Cai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will start October 1. [More]

  • New Resource Centers

    09/03/13: Two ongoing BI programs have been approved to become full Resource Centers beginning this year. The Molecular Observatory and the Programmable Molecular Technology Center. [More]

  • New Facilities

    09/03/13: The Caltech Center for Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis (3CS) and a facility for maintenance and housing of zebrafish, frogs, and lamprey. [More]

  • New Director for X-ray Crystallography

    6/3/13: Michael Takase arrived today to take up his new position as Director of the BI's X-ray Crystallography Facility. [More]

  • New Pilot Program Projects

    10/1/12: Three new projects in the Pilot Program have been established, in the fields of optogenetics, mammalian cell engineering, and nanoprobes of brain activity. [More]

  • New Bacterial Nano-Weapon Discovered

    2/27/12: Grant Jensen and his team, using instrumentation in the Beckman Resource Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy (BRCem), have found that certain bacteria inject proteins into other cells by means of "spring-loaded poison daggers." [More]

  • David Tirrell Becomes BI Director

    1/30/12: David Tirrell, the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, has been appointed director of the Beckman Institute, succeeding biologist Barbara Wold. [More]

  • Dr. Michael W. Day, 1951-2012

    1/30/12: Mike Day, the Director of the BI X-ray Crystallography Facility, died on January 27, 2012. [More]

  • Celebrating the Legacy of Arnold O. Beckman

    11/10/11: A special symposium was held at Caltech, as part of the 2011 Western regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, honoring Arnold Beckman's contributions to the field. Noted biotechnologist Leroy Hood and long-time Beckman associate Gerald Gallwas were featured speakers. [More]

  • Advanced Method for Imaging Living Organisms

    7/25/11: A novel method for imaging living organisms and tissues, providing excellent resolution, depth and speed without damaging the samples, has been developed in the BI Biological Imaging Center, led by Scott Fraser. [More]