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Franklin Institute Laureates Symposium

On April 24-25 the University will have the pleasure of joining with the Franklin Institute in bringing to our campus a series of events in honor of the 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medals and Bower Awards in Science and Business. These events are part of the Franklin Institute's Awards Program which dates back to 1824 and is among the oldest comprehensive science awards program in the world. Since the winners of the awards will participate in the symposia, we will have an opportunity to welcome them and to hear about their distinguished work.

I want to extend an invitation to all members of the University research community to attend the symposia at Penn, which are listed below along with the RSVP information.

Members of the University are welcome to attend any portion of this program to be held April 24-26, but you are especially invited to the four being held on our campus. In each case, the honoree is a participant in a symposium in his or her honor. They are:

Honoring Dr. Sumio Iijima (2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal of Physics); The Advancing Frontier of Carbon Nanotubes or Carbon Nanotubes and Beyond. Auditorium LRSM, Wednesday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Chaired by Dr. Elias Burstein, Mary Amanda Wood Professor of Physics Emeritus, the program includes Dr. Iijima, whose talk will be introduced by Nobel Laureate Leo Esaki, Marvin L. Cohen, of UC Berkeley; John E. Fischer, Materials Science; and Millie S. Dresselhaus, MIT.

Dr. Iijima, professor of materials science and engineering at Meijo University, is being honored "For the discovery and elucidation of the atomic structure and helical character of multi-wall and single-wall carbon nanotubes, which have had an enormous impact on the rapidly growing condensed matter and materials science field of nanoscale science and electronics."

Please respond with your plans to attend to Kathy Kramer at

Honoring Dr. Lucy Suchman (2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science); Refiguring Sociomaterial Relations at the Interface. University of Pennsylvania Museum Academic Wing, Room 345, Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Chaired by Dr. Gregory P. Urban, Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Suchman, professor of sociology at Cartmel College at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, is being honored " For her fundamental contributions to ethnographic analysis, conversational analysis and Participatory Design techniques for the development of interactive computer systems. Her techniques for system development have created a paradigm change in the way interactive systems are designed."

Please respond with your plans to attend to Ronnie (Veronica) Kent at

Honoring Dr. Mary Dell Chilton (2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science); Agrobacterium and the Molecular Basis of Crop Improvement. 10 Leidy Labs, Wednesday, April 24, 1-4 p.m. Chaired by Dr. Andrew N. Binns, Carolyn Hoff Lynch Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, the program includes Dr. Chilton along with Dr. Paul J. J. Hooykaas, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences Clusius Laboratory, University of Leiden; and Dr. Ingo Potrykus, Swiss Federaal Institute of Technology.

Dr. Chilton of Syngenta Biotechnolgy is being honored "For her key discoveries and wide ranging contributions in the development of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid as a major vector system for plant genetic engineering."

Please respond with your plans to attend to Pauline Saribas at

Honoring Dr. John W. Cahn (2002 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science) and Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky (2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science). Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Chaired by Dr. Takeshi Egami, Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the program includes Drs. Cahn and Navrotsky along with Dr. W. Craig Carter, MIT; Dr. Juraj Mazlan, University of California, Davis; Dr. Russel J. Composto, Materials Science and Engineering; and Dr. Peter Davies, Director, Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME).

Dr. Cahn of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is being honored " For profound contributions to the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations. His lifelong dedication to understanding materials has inspired generations of scientists and engineers to develop new materials based on his groundbreaking theories."

Dr. Navrotsky of the University of California at Davis is being honored "For her wide spectrum of accomplishments in crystal chemistry that have importantly contributed to the fields of bonding energies, ceramics and materials research, chemical equilibria, geology, mantle petrology and thermodynamics. For example, her findings have established, convincingly, the identity of materials at hundreds of kilometers of depth in the Earth that otherwise are inaccessible to direct observation."

Please respond with your plans to attend to Pat Overend at For complete information about this seminar see

For more information about the complete program and the honorees please visit the Franklin Institute website at

--Neal Nathanson, Vice Provost for Research

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 30, April 16, 2002


April 16, 2002
Volume 48 Number 30

Both the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine announce the recipients of their annual teaching awards.
Gearing up for Open Enrollment means thinking about how the changes in benefits could influence which medical or dental plan is most cost-effective.
President Judith Rodin protects and defends free speech on campus, reiterating a message from her January 1995 Welcome Back which is still relevant today.
SEAS announces a new Ennis Professor, named for Dr. Alfred Ennis (Moore School '28).

Penn participates in the Franklin Institute Laureates Symposium, hosting four symposia on campus which are open to the University community.