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    Etc.: Announcing the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award laureate
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Monday, February 29, 2016


    We are happy to announce that the members of have chosen Benjamin Langmead of Johns Hopkins University as the laureate of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences!

    The ceremony for the presentation of the award will be held at the 2016 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston ( It involves a short introduction, the presentation of the certificate, and the laureate seminar.

    In the words of his nominators, Ben Langmead ( is one of the most influential and highly cited authors of open source bioinformatics software. His Bowtie read alignment tool and its sequel Bowtie 2 ( are widely used, with more than 10,000 citations between them, and they are used within more than 50 other software tools. Ben also has a series of publications on open source cloud-enabled tools that have collectively pushed back the frontier of what everyday biological researchers can do with large sequencing datasets. All of Ben's software, and all the software from his lab, are free and open source. He has also made available a large collection of open teaching resources that have become very popular (

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