Big Ideas: Funding and Innovation
What role does the government play in advancing innovation? How are projects chosen to receive funding? Moderated by one former and one current director of the National Science Foundation, this program will feature researchers who’ve generated some of the most well-known scientific breakthroughs of our time and the role that federal funds continue to play in furthering innovation.
This event features Dr. Subra Suresh, a 2013 Franklin Institute Award Laureate. For more information on The Franklin Institute Awards program visit www.fi.edu/franklinawards
Price: $12/ $10 educator
Iron Gate Theater
3700 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
SpeakersAdam FontecchioDr. Adam Fontecchio is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at Drexel University. He is the Co-Director of Drexel University's Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, a hub for enabling teams of faculty, students, and entrepreneurs to pursue highly multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. He is also a leading researcher in investigations of liquid crystal interactions to develop novel devices. Using electrically controlled Bragg gratings, he has developed novel multiplexed formation techniques for reflective displays, remote sensing wavelength filtration and a novel strain gauge.Event featuring Adam Fontecchio:Chris HunterDr. Hunter obtained his Ph.D. in the UK working in parasitic diseases and after training in immunology at Stanford accepted a position in 1996 within the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His laboratory has been focused for the last 20 years on understanding how the immune response to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii protects against this common infection. His laboratory has pursued the mechanisms used by the immune system to control inflammation and also uses multiphoton microscopy to visualize in real time the immune response to infection in different tissues including the brain and to incorporate novel statistical approaches to describing lymphocyte behavior.Photo courtesy of Sabina Louis Pierce
Event featuring Chris Hunter:Garret FitzGeraldGarret A. FitzGerald, MD, FRS, is the chair of the Department of Pharmacology and director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the Perelman School of Medicine. His research takes an integrative approach to study how drugs work in the body. His lab leads the way, with many firsts, to help people lead healthier lives -- discovering how low-dose aspirin is important for heart health, showing which anti-inflammatory drugs might be harmful, and finding an internal body clock important to the circulatory system and when best to take medications.Photo courtesy of Sabina Louis Pierce
Event featuring Garret FitzGerald:Glen GaultonGlen Gaulton, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Gaulton leads Penn Medicine’s research programs – he has operational, planning, and financial responsibility for the academic component of all biomedical research endeavors and research training missions within the School of Medicine.Photo courtesy of Sabina Louis Pierce
Event featuring Glen Gaulton:Jordan Miller
Jordan Miller is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a founding member of Hive76 in Philadelphia, and a RepRap core developer. His research in the department of Bioengineering combines chemistry and rapid prototyping to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues.Photo courtesy of Sabina Louis Pierce
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PartnersThe Franklin InstituteThe Franklin InstituteIn 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.Penn MedicinePenn MedicinePenn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4 billion enterprise. Penn's Perelman School of Medicine is currently ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools and among the top 10 schools for primary care. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $507.6 million awarded in the 2010 fiscal year. The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top 10 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Penn Medicine also includes additional patient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region. Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2010, Penn Medicine provided $788 million to benefit our community.University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of PennsylvaniaPenn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.