Awards Event Schedule

Introducing the 2021 Class of Franklin Institute Awards Laureates

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present a series of informative and engaging virtual events highlighting our 2021 laureates. All events are free and open to the public.

All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time.

  • Discussion with Kizzmekia Corbett, 2021 Benjamin Franklin NextGen Award
    Moderated by Franklin Institute Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das and STEM Scholars Student Taleen Hamad

    Featuring:      
    Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D., Laureate
    National Institutes of Health

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    Contact: Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute

    Hosted by The Franklin Institute

  • 9:45 AM–3:00 PM: The Past, Present And Future Of Formal Semantics​

    Laureate symposium honoring Barbara Partee, 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science

    Featuring:   

    Barbara H. Partee, Ph.D., FBA, Laureate
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Seth Cable, Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Gennaro Chierchia, Ph.D.
    Harvard University

    Pauline Jacobson, Ph.D.
    Brown University

    Christopher Potts, Ph.D.
    Stanford University

    Florian Schwarz, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania

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    Contact:  Prof. Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania

    Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics, Department of Computer and Information Science, Initiative in Integrated Language Science and Technology, and MindCORE
     


     

    1:30–2:45 PM: Color Vision, X-Chromosome Inactivation, And The Female Advantage​

    Laureate address by Jeremy Nathans, 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science

    Featuring:       
    Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D., Laureate
    Johns Hopkins Medical School

    Contact: Prof. Salil Lachke, University of Delaware

    Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Program, University of Delaware

  • Colloquium featuring Margaret Murnane, 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics

    Featuring:       

    Margaret M. Murnane, Ph.D., Laureate
    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    Contact:  Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute (contact for Zoom link)

    Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Discussion with Monica Turner, 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science
    Moderated by Franklin Institute Environmental Scientist Dr. Rachel Valletta

    Featuring:       

    Monica G. Turner, Ph.D., Laureate
    University of Wisconsin–Madison

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    Contact:  Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute

    Hosted by The Franklin Institute

  • Laureate address by Margaret Murnane, 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics

    Featuring:       

    Margaret M. Murnane, Ph.D., Laureate
    University of Colorado at Boulder

    EVENT FLYER

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    Contact: Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute

    Hosted by The Franklin Institute and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Laureate symposium honoring C. Daniel Mote, Jr., 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering

    Featuring:       

    C. Daniel Mote, Jr., Ph.D., Laureate
    University of Maryland
    National Academy of Engineering

    Contact: Prof. C. Nataraj, Villanova University

    Hosted by the Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems, Villanova University

  • Symposium honoring Kunihiko Fukushima, 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

    Featuring:       

    Kunihiko Fukushima, Ph.D., Laureate
    Fuzzy Logic Systems Institute
    Osaka University, Former
    NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories, Former

    Tomaso Poggio, Ph.D.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Jürgen Schmidhuber, Ph.D. 
    NNAISENSE and the Dale Mole Institute of A. I. Research (IDSIA) 

    Terry Sejnowski, Ph.D.
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    University of California, San Diego

    Bernard Widrow, Sc.D.
    Stanford University

    Donald Wunsch, Ph.D.
    Missouri Institute of Science and Technology

    EVENT FLYER

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    Contact: Prof. Bahram Nabet, Drexel University

    Hosted by Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony is presented by

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    This program will be accessible to all at no charge via livestream. 

    WATCH THE CEREMONY

    Contact: Beth Scheraga, The Franklin Institute