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March 12, 2018 | Science Center In The News
Artists and scientists look for common ground, thanks to this Knight Foundation grant
Three artists will spend three months posted up in University City with one goal in common: exposing the subtle poetry of science. A $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to the University City Science Center will allow artists to explore working on creative research projects in the lab of Integral Molecular, a biotech company located at 3711 Market.
PHILADELPHIA ARTS GROUPS TO LIFT DIVERSE VOICES WITH $923,600 IN FUNDING FROM KNIGHT FOUNDATION
From diversifying arts board leadership to commissioning 25 Asian-American artists to create site-specific works, a range of projects from nine Philadelphia arts organizations will receive $923,600 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The groups are large and small, ranging from the Kimmel Center to the experimental performance group Swim Pony.
In the late 1970s, the first over-the-counter home pregnancy tests were introduced to the American market. Now, nearly 40 years later, Lia Diagnostics is about to launch a new generation of flushable tests, made of biodegradable paper, not plastic.
Jeanne Mell, VP Marketing Communications & Community Engagement at the Science Center, talks about the mission-driven nonprofit that catalyzes and connects startups, research, and economic development in life & physical sciences, healthcare & technology.
$5 million from Lenfest Foundation will bring career training to West Philly
In West Philadelphia, where some 81,000 residents live under the poverty line, access to skills and a pathway to careers can provide lasting change. That’s the driving force behind the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, a joint effort from Drexel University, the University City District and the University City Science Center that received a $5 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation Thursday.
More than 81,000 West Philadelphians live in poverty. Here's one way to change that | Opinion
Philadelphia’s University City is a neighborhood of aspirational endeavors that make the city and the world radically better places. Groundbreaking advances in immunotherapy at Penn and CHOP undergird a national Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate novel treatments and cures. Commercialization efforts at the Pennovation Center and the University City Science Center in uCity Square promise the launch of new companies like the rapidly expanding Spark Therapeutics and, in turn, create new pathways for regional job growth.
Runaway gentrification. Concentrated poverty. Racial and economic segregation. Cities in the United States today are struggling with some of their biggest challenges since the darkest days of the 1960s and 1970s, when “white flight,” deindustrialization, and crime were at their peaks. Together, these concerns add up to what I have dubbed the New Urban Crisis.
At the Science Center, 12 West Philly school kids learned about STEM and design
Unless Philly’s talent pipeline grows, the local tech ecosystem will continue to be strapped for the talent it needs. The bigger problem, though, is the economic inequalities the digital divide reimposes on low-income communities.