Pres. Shirley Tilghman: Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Presentation

Alumni: WINDOW is CLOSING ... JOIN US to hear Princeton President Shirley Tilghman at her Creativity Laureate award evening. She discusses her love for science, early breakthroughs and how she translated creativity from the lab to her Presidency.

ALUMNI: The Princeton Club of Washington invites you (with a SPECIAL ALUMNI RATE) to join many fellow alumni in honoring molecular biologist and Princeton's past president Shirley M. Tilghman as she offers her Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award presentation. 

Her distinguished achievements are many: the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science; Lifetime Achievement Award (Society for Developmental Biology); the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.  In her postgraduate work at the National Insitutes of Health (NIH), she was part of the team that cloned the very first mammalian gene, and that breakthrough led to a number of later genomic milestones, each of them important to medicine today.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and received a Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard. At Princeton, 19 Princeton graduating classes (1941 to 2005) have made her an honorary member.

No prize, however, is as special as the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate award -- which will be formally presented to her at the Smithsonian Castle (Friday, April 11). She will share her thoughts on this award, and all alumni are cordially invited to join the Princeton Club in honoring her distinctive imprint on Princeton. In her ime on campus, she translated her creativity from the laboratory to her work as Princeton's President. She joins other luminaries in receiving the Creativity Laureate (Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Yo-Yo Ma, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor among them), which is presented by the Creativity Foundation.

She will discuss how she has challenged and expanded the world of teaching and research, in a conversation with Katherine Brittain Bradley '86, Princeton University Trustee and President of Washington, DC's CityBridge Foundation.

You will gain many new insights on her work as she accepts the Smithsonian Associates’ 14th Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award. The annual honor recognizes and celebrates influential thinkers, innovators, and catalysts in the arts, sciences, and humanities, in traditional and emerging disciplines. It's a unique prize, and you'll hear a distinguished honoree.

Shirley Tilghman saw her role as making the university's world "a better place through the power of the mind and the imagination." During her tenure at Princeton, you'll hear how she:

  • Worked diligently to improve the diversity of Princeton’s faculty and students
  • Fostered a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research
  • Developed a wide range of initiatives including the university’s Global Scholars Program and the Bridge Year Program for entering freshmen.

Come hear how her distinctive mind works, and join others offering their questions.

Shirley M. Tilghman
2014 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Presentation

: Friday, April 11, 2014
TIMING: 7 pm
WHERE: Smithsonian Castle
The Commons - Smithsonian METRO (Orange/Blue)
1000 Jefferson Dr, SW
(cross street is 10th)
Washington, DC

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