Awards Event Schedule

The 2022 Franklin Institutes Awards Laureates - photo montage

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present a series of informative and engaging in-person, hybrid, and virtual events highlighting our 2022 laureates.

All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time.

Note: Times listed for symposia and seminars are seated program start times. Many in-person programs offer refreshments and a registration period prior to the listed time. Please refer to the event website or flyer for details.

  • ​7:00–8:00 PM: Inspiring Minds: Kafui Dzirasa​
    VIRTUAL EVENT
    Discussion with Kafui Dzirasa, 2022 Benjamin Franklin NextGen Award

    Moderated by Franklin Institute Chief Bioscientist Jayatri Das, Ph.D. and STEM Scholars Student Nia Armstrong

    Featuring:      
    Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate
    Duke University Medical Center

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    Contact: Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute

    Hosted by The Franklin Institute

  • 9:30 AM–4:30 PM: Exploring Intact Protein Assemblies with Mass Spectrometry
    HYBRID EVENT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

    Laureate symposium featuring Dame Carol Robinson, 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry

    Featuring:   
    Carol Robinson DBE, FRS, FRSC, FMedSci, Laureate
    University of Oxford

    Arthur Laganowsky, Ph.D.
    Texas A&M University

    Joseph A. Loo, Ph.D.
    University of California, Los Angeles
        
    Brandon Ruotolo, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan 

    Michal Sharon, Ph.D.
    Weizmann Institute of Science

    Vicki Wysocki, Ph.D.
    The Ohio State University

    Location: 
    University of Delaware
    Mitchell Hall
    134 The Green
    Newark, Delaware 19716

    Price: Free

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    Contact: Prof. Sharon Rozovsky, University of Delaware

    Sponsored by The Franklin Institute and the University of Delaware


    7:00-8:00 PM: ​Against the Odds: Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó
    VIRTUAL EVENT

    Discussion with Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science

    Featuring:
    Katalin Karikó, Ph.D., Laureate
    BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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    Contact: Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute

    Hosted by The Franklin Institute

  • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM: ​From Solving Mysteries to Cellular Biomechanics, to Vulnerable Plaque Rupture, to Jet Trains That Ski
    HYBRID EVENT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

    Symposium honoring Sheldon Weinbaum, 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Biomedical Engineering

    Featuring:       
    Sheldon Weinbaum, Ph.D., Laureate
    City College of New York

    Luis Cardoso, Ph.D.
    City College of New York

    Bingmei Fu, Ph.D.
    City College of New York

    Mitchell Schaffler, Ph.D.
    City College of New York

    Qianhong Wu, Ph.D.
    Villanova University

    Location:
    The Inn at Villanova
    Room 115
    601 County Line Road
    Radnor, PA 19087

    Price: Free

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    REGISTER

    Contact: Prof. Qianhong Wu, Villanova University

    Sponsored by The Franklin Institute, Villanova University, and Temple University


    9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Layer by Atomic Layer: MOCVD Growth for a Carbon Neutral Society
    HYBRID EVENT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

    Symposium honoring P. Daniel Dapkus and Russell Dupuis, 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering

    Featuring:
    P. Daniel Dapkus, Ph.D., Laureate
    University of Southern California

    Russell Dupuis, Ph.D., Laureate
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Hiroshi Amano, Ph.D.
    Nagoya University

    Dieter Bimberg, Ph.D.
    Chinese Academy of Sciences
    TU Berlin

    James Coleman, Ph.D.
    University of Texas at Arlington

    Chennupati Jagadish, Ph.D.
    Australian National University

    Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D. 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Location:
    Drexel University
    Bossone Research Center
    Mitchell Auditorium
    3140 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Price:  Free

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    Contact: Prof. Bahram Nabet, Drexel University

    Sponsored by The Franklin Institute and Drexel University


    11:00 AM-12:30 PM: ​The Future of mRNA Therapeutics
    HYBRID EVENT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

    Featuring:
    Katalin Karikó, Ph.D., Laureate
    BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Location:
    Drexel University College of Medicine
    New College Building
    Geary Auditorium A
    245 N 15th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Price: Free

    REGISTER

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    Contact: Dr. Noreen M. Robertson, Drexel University

    Sponsored by The Franklin Institute and Drexel University College of Medicine

  • 9:00 AM-12:30 PM: ​Social Innovation: From Bench to Society
    HYBRID EVENT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)

    Laureate symposium honoring Kafui Dzirasa, 2022 Benjamin Franklin NextGen Award

    Featuring: 
    Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate
    Duke University Medical Center

    Freeman Hrabowski III, Ph.D.
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Michael Platt, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania

    Kay Tye, Ph.D.
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    University of California, San Diego

    Location:
    University of Pennsylvania
    Biomedical Research Building
    Gaulton Auditorium
    421 Curie Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Price: Free

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    Contact: Kimberly Runyun, University of Pennsylvania

    Sponsored by The Franklin Institute; Department of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Mahoney Institute for Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania; and Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania


     

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    5:30 PM: The 2022 Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner
    IN-PERSON EVENT

    Presented by

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    The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony will be live-streamed at 7:00 pm ET.