Marshalling a healthy dose of pomp and circumstance, the Franklin Institute Science Museum (FI) in Philadelphia honored seven distinguished scientists and engineers on April 27 as part of its annually awarded Benjamin Franklin Medals and Bower Awards. A red carpet lined with uniformed swordsmen led awardees and distinguished guests and FI contributors into the institute's grand domed entrance hall for the medals presentation and a black tie dinner. ABC News anchor Cokie Roberts hosted the ceremony.

The night's awardees included Judah Folkman, the director of the surgical research laboratory at Children's Hospital in Boston, who won the life sciences medal for founding the field of angiogenesis and demonstrating that tumors are angiogenesis-dependent. No stranger to awards, Folkman told The Scientist that the Franklin Medals, founded in 1824, have particular resonance because they symbolize an American society that values inventiveness and discovery. As for the angiogenesis field, Folkman notes the...

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