The Arnold O. Beckman Family Annual Science Lecture, Dinner to Feature Keynote Nobel Prize Winner

Students to be recognized for academic achievements in science, technology, engineering and math

Online PR News – 22-November-2013 – Irvine, California – Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn will be keynote speaker at The Arnold O. Beckman Family Annual Science Lecture and Dinner on Monday, Dec. 9. The event will highlight the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Scholar Awards Fund which provides funding to academically outstanding students who contribute to the advancement of science and technology in the United States.

The lecture and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center on the UC Irvine campus. This year, one dozen graduate students will receive $120,000 in awards to benefit their academic achievements. All proceeds from this event will benefit the ongoing awards program of the Orange County chapter of ARCS Foundation. Reservations are required, with tickets at $200 per person. Benefactor opportunities are also available.

Dr. Blackburn, the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology at UC San Francisco, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering the molecular nature of ” telomeres” – the ends of chromosomes that serve as protective “caps” essential to preserving genetic information. As guest speaker, Dr. Blackburn will present “Implications of Telomeres and Telomerase for Human Health and Disease.”

Among her many awards, Dr. Blackburn was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and received the L’Oreal UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Awards for Women in Science, the Franklin Medal, and the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.

ARCS was formed in 1958 to advance the competitiveness of the United States by strengthening scientific and technological innovation. The organization stands for supporting individual potential for the overall support of scientific advancement, including science, technology, engineering and math. To date, it has grown to 17 chapters throughout the United States, donating $87 million to colleges and universities throughout the nation. In 1999, the ARCS Foundation Orange County Chapter was established by G. Patricia Beckman, daughter of the Beckman Corporation founder, to support young American men and women in PhD programs at UC Irvine.

The local scientific community is invited to this event and to find out more about ARCS’s activities in Orange County. To RSVP or to obtain additional information about membership, the ARCS newsletter or ARCS field trips, please contact Barbara Hamkalo at or Ellen Lewis at or visit