Monday, March 24, 2008

Jackie Chan Science Centre in Canberra

Jackie Chan and Kevin Rudd, at ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research OpeningSeems I have visited the Jackie Chan Science Center, without realizing it. The Center is in the foyer of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU in Canberra. It was named for, and opened by, the Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan and the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 9 March 2008.

Chan lived in Canberra with his parents for several years in Canberra.

The Jackie Chan Science Centre will showcase the history and current research of The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at The Australian National University.

It was made possible by a generous donation by international movie star Mr Jackie Chan. Mr Chan first visited JCSMR in December 2002 to make a donation to cancer research in memory of his mother and long-time Canberra resident Ms Lee Lee Chan.

In 2006, Mr Chan made a further donation to JCSMR, which funded the new education centre in his name. This project is designed to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists by giving them an insight into the past success stories and current research at JCSMR. Initially consisting of a number of descriptive panels and windows into working laboratories, the Jackie Chan Science Centre will continue to develop as a place of discovery for budding researchers. ...

From: "Jackie Chan Science Centre Opening", Fact Sheet, ANU, 9 March 2008

The center is just next to the Vanilla Bean Cafe and the Finkel Lecture Theatre, where I attended an innovation seminar and one on Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program.

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