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December 13, 2017 | Science Center In The News
In Conversation: KATHY HIGH with Sadie R. Starnes
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her art practice, which is a curious mélange of video, performance, photography, speculative fiction and collaborative experimentation, integrates biotechnology and science. Concerned with technology’s influence on our definitions of gender, the self, and animal sentience, she is known for documentaries such as Death Down Under (2012-2013), which examined the ecology of death, and Animal Attraction (2000) on telepathic communication with animals.
University City Science Center shifts focus ahead of move to new HQ
Business incubation runs deep in the University City Science Center’s veins. President and CEO Stephen Tang would argue it pioneered the modern-day concept — the highest award in the business incubation space is named after Randall Whaley, the Science Center’s former president, for example — but now, a new partnership with the Camden Innovation Center, or CIC, is changing the Science Center’s game.
UC 2.0: Development in University City is transforming West Philadelphia
When University City District was established 20 years ago, the West Philadelphia neighborhood was a much different version of itself.
Like many parts of Philadelphia, it had suffered from urban decay and blight over the years as the city’s manufacturing base dwindled and residents fled for the suburbs.
Channeling da Vinci, the Science Center investigates the art of science
In the Renaissance spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, the University City Science Center has embarked on a new, interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science. Angela McQuillan, curator at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery, notes that these two spheres “have not always been as separate as we experience them in our society today.”
Thanks to $500K, these nonprofits are teaming up to launch a Global Startup Accelerator
Two Philly nonprofits just got some serious cash to support local startups. Immigrant resource nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and University City tech hub Science Center just won half a million dollars to launch Global Startup Accelerator, a forthcoming initiative for Philly companies looking to scale internationally.
Backed by $500K, this upcoming program will help startups go global
In a push to help Philly companies scale past U.S. borders, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the University City Science Center will launch a program called Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) by January 2018.
BILL INCLUDING SCHNEIDER AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
A bipartisan amendment to help research-focused small businesses introduced by U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of H.R. 2763 – The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017.
Philadelphia celebrates its bid for Amazon headquarters
Philadelphia has thrown its hat into the ring to become Amazon’s corporate home away from home, vying with the likes of Austin, Tex., and Washington, D.C. in its bid to host a second headquarters for the Seattle company.
Philly’s official Amazon HQ2 bid names University City, Navy Yard as possible sites
Philly is officially in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, after the city submitted its pitch to the e-commerce giant today complete with a new website, a series of hype videos, dozens of letters of support, and three proposed sites for HQ2.
Adult Science Fair Lands at the PHS Pop Up Garden on October 22
Science fairs are a mainstay of everyone’s school years. This month, Sojourn Philly Restaurant Group is teaming up with the University City Science Center to bring a science fair for adults to Philadelphia.