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July 12, 2018 | Press Releases

Latest Iteration of Science Center’s BioArt Residency Fuses Climate Change and Biotech

Deirdre Murphy is the newest artist to participate in the University City Science Center's BioArt Residency program. Murphy is a Philadelphia-based artist whose interests lie in the interconnected qualities of art and science with a focus on bird migration, climate change and data visualization. She will begin a three-month residency at uCity Square-based biotech company Integral Molecular on July 6. Murphy is the second of three artists selected to participate in the program.

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July 12, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Honored at Dedication Ceremony

The newest class of the Innovators Walk of Fame and their families and representatives gathered for a dedication ceremony to unveil their new commemorative blocks on June 27th. The six immigrant entrepreneurs have created jobs, disrupted technology innovation, advocated for entrepreneurship, and made the world a better place.

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June 29, 2018 | Science Center In The News

QED Grant Helps Wistar Institute Move Forward With Finding a Cure for Melanoma

Dr. Maureen Murphy says her first professional goal was to become a nun. Growing up in Catholic school in Sussex County, New Jersey, she tried on the idea of becoming a nun, but “thought there was something inherently wrong with the patriarchal way that religion went.”

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June 28, 2018 | Bioart Blog

What Does Biology Sound Like?

Our environments surround us with sounds, sometimes so subtle that the human ear has become desensitized to them. These sounds range from unintended noises such as the sound of scratches on a vinyl record to the sounds we hear in our domestic environments like the dishwasher going through a cycle of cleaning in the kitchen.

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June 28, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Dylan Garner on Coaching a Different Kind of Sport

From sports to design, coaching is a motivating factor for Dylan Garner, Creative Director at Cohere, a creative agency on a mission to build better cities. When Dylan mentored a team of FirstHand students through a design challenge, her coaching and design expertise helped the students create a new brand identity and logo for a startup at the Science Center. (You can read more about this history-making Project Inquiry experience in our 2018 Annual Review.) We asked Dylan a few questions to get a better sense of her mentorship experience at FirstHand. Check out the Q&A below!

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June 26, 2018 | Press Releases

Edith’s Ghost IRL at Esther Klein Gallery

Edith, the upcoming exhibit at Esther Klein Gallery, is the IRL sequel to a virtual exhibit that took place at a rural Connecticut gallery. Edith will feature works by Colin Klockner that were displayed virtually during the 2017 exhibit Edith’s Ghost at the Ghost gallery, also a project of Klockner’s. Curated by Meredith Sellers, Edith opens on June 28 with an opening reception from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at EKG, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia. Edith runs through July 28, 2018.

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June 21, 2018 | Press Releases

David Pacitti Elected to University City Science Center Board of Directors

David Pacitti, President of Siemens Medical Solutions USA and Head of Siemens Healthineers Americas, was elected to the University City Science Center’s Board of Directors at its annual Shareholders Meeting on June 15, 2018. The Science Center also announced the election of Maxine Ballen as Director Emerita. Pacitti and Ballen join the following current and emeritus members of the Science Center Board:

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June 21, 2018 | Bioart Blog

A Tour at the Science History Institute

We took a tour of the Science History Institute with our current Artist Resident, Laura Splan. We were able to see the library and peak into the huge archive of material, objects and artifacts that the Institute is archiving for public access and viewing.

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June 14, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Turning $9M into $71M: A Look Inside Our Accelerator Programs

“Every year, regardless of being public or not, my job has been different than the year before,” Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO of Stitch Fix explained in a recent NYT interview. As seasoned entrepreneurs know, businesses evolve over time, requiring different skills, resources and expertise. At the Science Center, we’re acutely aware of this and have developed a suite of accelerator programs that at its simplest, transform projects from ideas in the lab to businesses with revenues.

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June 14, 2018 | Press Releases

Tracy S. Brala Joins University City Science Center as Vice President, Ecosystem Development

Tracy S. Brala has joined the University City Science Center as Vice President, Ecosystem Development.

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