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Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Anchoring the far north end of the campus, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is located on the site of the first University building (which had been the Urbana-Champaign Institute, better known by students as 'the Elephant'), which was demolished by a storm in 1880. Later, as Illinois Field, the site was home to one of the nation's first collegiate homecoming celebrations in 1910. Today, the Beckman Institute, completed in 1989, serves as the largest academic building on campus. The Institute was made possible by a $40 million dollar donation from alumni Arnold and Mabel Beckman, supplemented by $10 million dollars from the State of Illinois.

The Beckman Institute is a major research center focusing on breaking down the barriers between traditional research areas. Eighteen research areas from over two dozen departments focus on biological intelligence, human-computer intelligence interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. Research done at the Beckman Institute is so cutting edge that gaining access to some areas of the building requires security clearance and even retinal scans.

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