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Date:3/20/2008

> Frederick Smith receives the Bower Award for Business Leadership for conceiving and establishing the concept of guaranteed overnight delivery, and founding FedEx.

  • Albert Eschenmoser receives the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry for his lifetime of research into the structures of a cell's nucleic acids, leading to the understanding of why RNA and DNA have the structure they do.

Beginning Tuesday, April 15th, students and adults, visitors and members of the community are all invited into The Franklin Institute to participate in this celebration of science:

Tuesday, April 15

10AM-11:30 AM- Laureates Laboratory in Planetarium Hallway.
The Franklin Institute Awards laureates will be on hand to present interactive demonstrations that illustrate the specific concepts behind their work. Free and open to middle school, high school and college students as well as to the general public. The event this year will feature the Carnegie Mellon University DARPA Urban Challenge winning robotic car.

1:00 PM-3:30 PM Meet the Scientists in Franklin Theater
This lively discussion and Q & A is geared toward students and will be moderated by members of PACTS, (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science), the 15 year old program for middle and high school students in Philadelphia. For students-by invitation only.

7:00 PM 9:00 PM The Ocean and Earths Climate: Past, Present & Future, in Franklin Theater

A panel discussion featuring Dr. Wallace Broecker, recipient of the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science, moderated by NPRs 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. Free and open to public
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Contact: Lynda Bramble
lbramble@fi.edu
215-448-1176
The Franklin Institute
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