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Human-Centered Computing: Call for Nominations

By Dennis M. Wint, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Deadline for Complete Nomination Package: May 31, 2006
Franklin Institute Awards Program:

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 deadline for nominations is May 31, 2006. A downloadable Call for Nominations and information about developing a nomination can be found at

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. 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 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

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