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January 19, 2018 | Science Center In The News
How the creative economy and design thinking are transforming Philadelphia
Leaders of major corporations, universities, healthcare systems, and technology firms are investing heavily and integrating processes called Design-Thinking, Creative Leadership, and Human-Centered Design. With so many dollars at stake, we’re asking the very simple question, “why?”
Art Inspired by Networks On Display at Esther Klein Gallery: Workshop, Lecture and Opening Reception Planned
The Esther Klein Gallery’s (EKG) newest exhibit features work from a group of young artists participating in the PENN Network Visualization Program. Networks Within and Around Us runs through January 26, 2018. A lecture by Dr. Danielle Basset will be held on Friday, January 19th at Quorum, 3711 Market Street Suite 800, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception with the artists from 6 – 8 p.m. at EKG, 3600 Market Street.
Decision Resources Group and the University City Science Center Team Up to Accelerate Life Sciences Industry Growth in Philadelphia
Decision Resources Group (DRG), a leading provider of healthcare information, analytics, and advisory services, and the University City Science Center, a non-profit committed to catalyzing and connecting innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, today announce a collaboration that will connect entrepreneurs participating in the Science Center's Phase 1 Ventures (P1V) program with the expert insights and guidance of DRG's experienced life sciences consultants in order to accelerate the development of early-stage biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Philly Tech Companies Benefitted Big From State Tax Credits in 2017
2017 was another big year for local companies benefitting from Keystone Innovation Zone tax credits. And for the second year in a row, companies in Philadelphia’s University City zone received the highest number of tax credit awards out of all of Pennsylvania’s 28 zones.
As 3675 Market Street rises in West Philadelphia, new details are emerging about how the new building will, as outgoing University City Science Center President Stephen Tang puts it, “catalyze and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in our region.”
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her art practice, which is a curious mélange of video, performance, photography, speculative fiction and collaborative experimentation, integrates biotechnology and science. Concerned with technology’s influence on our definitions of gender, the self, and animal sentience, she is known for documentaries such as Death Down Under (2012-2013), which examined the ecology of death, and Animal Attraction (2000) on telepathic communication with animals.
University City Science Center shifts focus ahead of move to new HQ
Business incubation runs deep in the University City Science Center’s veins. President and CEO Stephen Tang would argue it pioneered the modern-day concept — the highest award in the business incubation space is named after Randall Whaley, the Science Center’s former president, for example — but now, a new partnership with the Camden Innovation Center, or CIC, is changing the Science Center’s game.
UC 2.0: Development in University City is transforming West Philadelphia
When University City District was established 20 years ago, the West Philadelphia neighborhood was a much different version of itself.
Like many parts of Philadelphia, it had suffered from urban decay and blight over the years as the city’s manufacturing base dwindled and residents fled for the suburbs.
Channeling da Vinci, the Science Center investigates the art of science
In the Renaissance spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, the University City Science Center has embarked on a new, interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science. Angela McQuillan, curator at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery, notes that these two spheres “have not always been as separate as we experience them in our society today.”