Franklin Institute looking for HCI Nominations

26 Jan 2006 - 1:38pm
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Dave Malouf

I almost never forward stuff like this to the list, but I felt that for the
Franklin Institute to be taking the time out to focus on HCI this year, is
definitely worth our attention as an event in and of itself and then by
helping it by participating in that process if you want/can.

For those not familiar. The Franklin Institute is in Philadelphia and is a
great museum and research center akin to the Smithsonian and the American
Museum of Natural History.

Just thought people would be interested.

-- dave


Human-Centered Computing - Call for Nominations

Human-Centered Computing
Call for Nominations

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of The Franklin Institute, I invite you to nominate candidates for
the 2007 Bower Award and Prize to be presented to a distinguished scientist
in the field of Human-Centered Computing. The Bower Award for Achievements
in Science is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to a researcher
of any nationality for outstanding work in the applied or basic sciences, or
engineering. A predetermined field of study is chosen each year as a theme.
A gold medal and a cash prize of $250,000 are awarded to the individual
selected to receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.

The theme for the 2007 Bower Award for Achievement in Science is
Human-Centered Computing. We are soliciting nominations of individuals who
have significantly advanced Human-Centered Computing; who have clarified the
relationship between human cognition and computing; or who have successfully
translated some important aspect of basic research into significant,
practical results. Areas of contribution can include issues of design,
collaborative work, and assistive technology.

The Franklin Institute Awards Program is among the oldest and most
comprehensive international science and technology awards programs in the
world. Previous Franklin Institute Laureates in Computer and Cognitive
Science include Marvin Minsky, Lucy Suchman, John McCarthy, Douglas
Engelbart, Whitfield Diffie, and Noam Chomsky. I urge you to nominate a
candidate whose name should be added to this distinguished list.

Please forward this call for nominations to colleagues who might wish to
make a nomination or to professional associations to which you belong. A
downloadable Call for Nominations and information about developing a
nomination can be found at
Please also feel free to post this material on any appropriate websites you
may manage.

Questions about the appropriateness of a particular nomination are welcome
and should be directed to Dr. Philip W. Hammer, Vice President, The Franklin
Institute, at bhammer at If you know of a candidate who has made an
extraordinary contribution in the area of human-centered computing, I
strongly encourage you to participate in this 2007 Bower nomination process.

Sincerely yours,

Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Franklin Institute

Deadline for Complete Nomination Package: May 31, 2006.

Franklin Institute Awards Program:

Please accept our apologies if you have received this call for nominations
multiple times, as we have disseminated it throughout the HCI community via
many channels simultaneously.


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