Flying Slippers Blog

February 8, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Curt Hess

Outside of the office he’s known as our real estate expert responsible for helping negotiate the largest expansion in the Science Center’s 55-year history, delivering new buildings and revitalizing Market Street with new landscaping, restaurants and an apartment building. Inside the organization, he’s known for his leadership skills, witty commentary and stints as Office Holiday Party emcee.

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January 25, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Steve Tang: A Reflection on 10 Years as CEO

He’s spent the last 10 years as President & CEO of the Science Center. In April, Steve Tang will begin his next chapter leading OraSure Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR). Throughout his tenure at the Science Center, Steve has helped transform our organization into an innovation powerhouse, launching new programs, strengthening partnerships and advancing tech-based economic development in Greater Philadelphia.

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January 11, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

New Year, New FirstHand Video

“When I put on a lab coat, I feel like a scientist. I feel like I’m learning things that will help shape my future. I feel like I’m making a difference.” That’s just one of the voices from our new FirstHand video. The students in the video share what it’s like to participate in a FirstHand program, the feeling they get when they put on a lab coat, and what it’s like to work alongside professionals making a career out of science.

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December 28, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Year in Images

2017 has been a big year for us! Here’s a look back at some of our favorite milestones over the last 12 months.

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December 14, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

On the Walls: Preserving EKG’s Art at the Science Center

For 40 years, the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at the Science Center has been a unique resource in our community, encouraging the overlap of art, science and technology through exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, performances and special events. The gallery’s mission came to fruition in 1976, when former Science Center President Randall M. Whaley advocated for better communication between artists and scientists, developing a program that, to his knowledge, was the first of its kind.

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November 30, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

5 Reasons Why CIC Chose Philly

In less than a year, CIC Philly will open its doors at the new (or soon to be new) 3675 Market Street, in the heart of University City. For those of us based in Cambridge, MA, this opening is the culmination of ideas that began in 2012, when we first began exploring the Philadelphia market. What we saw in Philly in 2012 was impressive, but in the years since, it’s been the combination of new innovations and an established core, that really set this city apart. I’ve been coming to Philadelphia regularly from Boston for more than 18 months now and I’m excited about what Philly has to offer.

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November 16, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Lynette Moore, Manager Development & Stewardship

When she’s not busy fundraising for the Science Center, Lynette Moore can be found with a power tool or paintbrush in hand, giving new life to old furniture. A native of Seattle, the Washington State alum moved to Philadelphia six years ago, and has called it home ever since (hear that, Amazon??).

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November 2, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

HeavyWater: A Collaboration Between Artificial & Human Intelligence

Picture an army of Alexa’s processing massive amounts of data so humans can get back to doing human work. That’s the vision of HeavyWater, a startup that is harnessing artificial intelligence to create an alternative workforce that liberates human beings from handling mundane business processes.

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October 19, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

FirstHand Isn’t Your Typical Science Class

On any given morning, students participating in FirstHand programs can be found shuffling into the lab, getting their notebooks out, and ripping into a snack pack. Class starts with a brain teaser, like connecting words. Today, students are asked to find a word that connects different pairs of words – like ‘bed’ and ‘paper.’ Once the students land on ‘sheet,’ it’s time to transition into their lesson. As students grab their lab coats and their goggles, their alter egos emerge.

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October 5, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

More, from less, for more: One company’s quest to tackle early breast cancer detection in developing countries

“More, from less, for more.” That’s the guiding principle of UE LifeSciences. The Philly-based company is revolutionizing the cancer realm, and giving women who typically do not have access to early breast cancer detection, a fighting chance. Founded by Mihir Shah and Matthew Campisi in 2009...

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