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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.

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March 7, 2018 | Science Center In The News


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.

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March 2, 2018 | Science Center In The News

Finding Art in the Gut, and Other Unexpected Places

Angela McQuillan, Curator at Esther Klein Gallery, is featured in the Vocation section of the New York Times.

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February 20, 2018 | Science Center In The News

A Philly company disrupts the home pregnancy test

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.

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February 16, 2018 | Science Center In The News

ForbesBooks Radio Interview with Jeanne Mell

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.

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February 16, 2018 | Science Center In The News

$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.

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February 15, 2018 | Science Center In The News

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.

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February 13, 2018 | Science Center In The News

Cities on a hill?

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.

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February 9, 2018 | Science Center In The News

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.

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February 7, 2018 | Science Center In The News

Local high school students explore STEM careers

Local high school students have been exploring STEM careers. AT&T funded their latest project with a $20,000 dollar check.

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