The Franklin Institute Awards
Special Events | April 15 - 18, 2008
Beginning Tuesday, April 15, the Franklin Institute Award medalists will be on hand to participate in a series of educational events and related activities at The Franklin Institute that are free and open to middle school, high school, and college students, as well as to the general public. The medalists will present seminars and lectures focusing on their area of expertise at various universities throughout the region.
Tuesday, April 15
10:00 –11:30am, Planetarium Hall, The Franklin Institute
Interactive demonstrations by the medalists demonstrating the specific concepts behind the work for which they are being cited. (Students and public welcome.)
The event this year will feature the Carnegie Mellon University “DARPA Urban Challenge” winning robotic car.
Self-Driving Robotic SUV “Boss” Demonstration
10am – 11:30am, Winter Street entrance
Meet, Dr. Takeo Kanade, 2008 winner of the Bower Award for Achievement in Science and Tartan Racing’s Direct of Technology, Chris Urmson.
See LIVE demonstrations of the self-driving robotic SUV, “BOSS” at the Winter Street entrance from 10am – 11:30am on Tuesday, April 15.
Meet the Scientists
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Franklin Theater, The Franklin Institute
A lively Q & A session between Philadelphia area high school students and The Franklin Award medalists. This rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists and leaders in technology and business is moderated by the students of the PACTS program at The Franklin Institute. (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science). A reception follows immediately after program concludes in the Harcourt Center. (By invitation only.)
Wallace Broecker Panel Discussion: “The Ocean and Earth’s Climate: Past, Present & Future”
2008 Franklin Medalist in Earth and Environmental Science 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Franklin Theater, The Franklin Institute
Moderated by NPR’s Dr. Joe Palca
Other participating panelists include Dr. D. James Baker/Global Carbon Measurement Program, The William J. Clinton Foundation; Dr. John Byrne/Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware; Dr. Nancy M. Targett/College of Marine and Earth Studies, University of Delaware.
Open to the public. Reservations required.
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Sponsored by The Franklin Institute
Wednesday, April 16Albert Eschenmoser Symposium: “Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry: Challenges – Past, Present and Future”
2008 Franklin Medalist in Chemistry
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania, Chemistry Laboratories Room 102
Speakers include Dr. Eschenmoser, Professor Scott E. Denmark/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Professor M. Reza Ghadiri/Scripps Research Institute; Professor Erik J. Sorensen/Princeton University. Co-Sponsored by The Franklin Institute, University of Pennsylvania Dept. of Chemistry and AstraZeneca.
Victor Ambros, Gary Ruvkun and David Baulcombe Symposium: “The Biology of Small RNA’s”
Joint 2008 Franklin Medalists in Life Science
9:00 a.m. – Noon, University of Delaware/Roselle Center for the Arts, Gore Recital Hall
Co-sponsored by The Franklin Institute, Delaware Biotechnology Institute, iDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research; Office of the Provost, University of Delaware and College of Agriculture, University of Delaware.
Takeo Kanade Symposium: “Current Topics in Robotics and Computer Vision”
2008 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
9:00 a.m. – Noon, University of Pennsylvania /Berger Auditorium
Speakers include Dr. Kanade, Professor Matthew T. Mason, Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Camillo J. Taylor, University of Pennsylvania. Co-sponsored byThe Franklin Institute, the GRASP Laboratory and Dept. of Computer & Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 17
Arun Phadke and James Thorp Symposium: “The Development of Computer Relaying and Phasor Measurement Technologies”
Joint 2008 Franklin Medalists in Electrical Engineering
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Drexel University/Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center Auditorium
Speakers include Drs. Phadke and Thorp, Mark G. Adamiak, PE/GE Multilin; Stanley H. Horowitz, Consultant & Former Head of System Protection, AEP; Dr. Daniel Karlsson, Gothia Power, AB, Professor Willis F. Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-sponsored by The Franklin Institute, Drexel University College of Engineering, American Electric Power, GE Multilin, Gothia Power AB, Sweden, PECO and Quanta Services.
Deborah Jin Symposium: “The BCS-BEC Crossover in Cold Atoms”
2008 Franklin Medalist in Physics
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania/Carolyn Lynch Lecture Hall
Speakers include Dr. Jin, Professor Murray Holland, University of Colorado, Professor Randall Hulet, Rice University, Professor Kathryn Levin, University of Chicago. Co- sponsored by The Franklin Institute and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania.
Judea Pearl Symposium: “Advances in Probabilistic Reasoning and Causal Inference ”
2008 Franklin Medalist in Computer and Cognitive Science
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania/Institute for Research in Cognitive Science – Large Conference Room, 4th Floor
Speakers include Dr. Pearl, Professor A. Philip Dawid, University of Cambridge, Professor Michael I. Jordan, University of California, Berkeley, Professor Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsored by The Franklin Institute and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science & Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania.
Friday, April 18
Gina Kolata Lecture and Book Signing, “Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss – and the Myths and Realities of Dieting”
Host of the 2008 Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony - Author and Senior Writer, The New York Times
10:00 a.m. – Noon, Patent Library, The Franklin Institute