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April 24, 2018 | Press Releases
Explore Innovation for Social Change: Science Center, Venture Café and CIC Partner to Offer Philly Tech Week Event
Social needs can’t be addressed by maintaining the status quo. Change requires a holistic exploration of the people, policies and issues surrounding a problem – and a willingness to think beyond existing circumstances. On Monday, April 30th, the University City Science Center will partner with the Venture Café Global Institute and CIC to deliver Innovation for Social Change: A Venture Café Experience as part of Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast.
‘Be an Innovator!’ Returns to Innovation Plaza as part of Philadelphia Science Festival
The University City Science Center is bringing its Innovators Walk of Fame to life with the interactive Be an Innovator! program on Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. - noon. Be an Innovator! highlights innovators from the past and present through interactive activities connecting art and science. This is the third consecutive year the Science Center is partnering with the Philadelphia Science Festival to present the program, which will take place at Innovation Plaza, 37th and Market Streets.
Is Technology the 21st Century Version of a Phantom Limb? New Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit Explores the Post-Digital Landscape
Three Brooklyn-based artists use digital art to illustrate technology as an expansion of our bodies in Phantom Limb, the latest exhibit at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG). An opening reception for Phantom Limb will be held on April 12, 2018 at EKG, 3600 Market Street, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Phantom Limb runs through May 26, 2018, and features work by Danielle Ezzo, Sophie Kahn and Zach Nader. The exhibit draws attention to the evolving post-digital landscape in relation to the self through diverse forms of digital art.
Science Center’s BioArt Residency Kicks Off with Brooklyn-Based Artist
The first of three artists has been selected for the University City Science Center’s new BioArt Residency program. Laura Splan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores intersections of art, science, technology and craft. She will begin a three-month residency at uCity Square-based biotech company Integral Molecular on April 6, 2018.
$50,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant Will Support BioArt Residency at the University City Science Center
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded the University City Science Center a $50,000 grant to establish an artist residency program that explores developments in science and biotechnology. Three artists will each spend three months working on creative research projects in the lab of Integral Molecular, a uCity Square-based biotechnology company. This grant is part of a $920,000 investment the Knight Foundation announced in the arts today.
University City partners receive $5 million grant from Lenfest Foundation to accelerate career opportunities for local residents
University City District (UCD), the University City Science Center and Drexel University have been awarded a $5 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation. The three-year grant will support a unique partnership that leverages University City’s explosive economic growth to train and place unemployed West Philadelphia residents in family-sustaining jobs today, while equipping the community’s workforce with the skills and certifications needed to connect to the jobs of the future.
Contribution from AT&T Supports Science Center Program for High School Students
Representatives from AT&T presented the University City Science Center with $20,000 at the Project Inquiry Student Showcase on February 7, 2018 at the Science Center. The contribution from AT&T funded the latest cohort of FirstHand’s Project Inquiry program, which gives high school students an in-depth and focused experience with STEM subjects.
Collaborative Research [RE]Imagining Art at New Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit
Six teams of researchers based at Indiana University Bloomington have reimagined science, and the results are on display in a new exhibit at the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG). [RE]Imagining Science opens on February 8, 2018 and runs through March 24, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 at the gallery, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia.
Mentor, Adviser and Serial Entrepreneur, is the Newest Entrepreneur in Quorum
Karina Sotnik, a serial entrepreneur, mentor, adviser and educator with over a decade of experience growing international companies in Silicon Valley, is the latest Entrepreneur in Quorum. In her current role as the Director, Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs at the University City Science Center, Karina is developing and operating a suite of programs targeting companies looking to expand internationally. As Entrepreneur in Quorum, Karina will offer targeted advice for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses. From February through June, Karina will hold Office Horus in Quorum where entrepreneurs can meet with her one-on-one for 30-minute sessions.
Eagles vs. Patriots: A formal challenge for our friends in Boston
The University City Science Center, Wexford Science + Technology and uCity Square (“Philadelphia”) formally challenge CIC, BioLabs and the Venture Café Foundation (“Boston”) to a friendly Super Bowl wager. While not legally binding, if Philadelphia and Boston do not meet the terms of the wager within five days of the Super Bowl, the losing city will be subject to constant and unrelenting ridicule from the winning city.