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Women in Science: Does the Glass Ceiling Extend to the Lab?

PHILADELPHIA--(April 18, 2012) – Despite a long and productive history of scientific research and discovery that dates back to ancient times, women are still somewhat of a rarity in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. What strides have women in science made and what challenges remain? On April 25, group of women scientists will discuss their accomplishments in the worlds of academia, entrepreneurship and pharmaceuticals as part of a special Smart Talk program at Quorum at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.

Gwen Binder-Scholl, vice president of operations of Adaptimmune’s US operations, Deborah Crawford, senior vice provost for research at Drexel University, Jane Hollingsworth, co-founder and CEO of NuPathe, and Susan Rohrer, senior director- licensing and external research at Merck, will share their stories during a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Smart Talk is a quarterly program at the Science Center which gives startup and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies from industry leaders in the region. Past programs have focused on media relations, marketing, managing growth and pitching to investors. Smart Talk is co-sponsored by Deloitte LLP and the University City Keystone Innovation Zone. Odell Studner is a contributing program sponsor for the Women in Science panel, which is also part of the Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week.

Smart Talk will take begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 25 with registration and continental breakfast. The program will run from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. There is no charge for the event which will be held at the Science Center’s offices at 3711 Market Street, Suite 800. However, space is limited and advance registration is required. Online registration is available at:

About the Science Center

The University City Science Center accelerates technology commercialization, regional economic development, and the market availability of life-enhancing scientific breakthroughs by bringing together innovations, scientists, entrepreneurs, funding, laboratory facilities, and business services. Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to

About the Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 20-29 showcasing the impact of science and technology past, present and future. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia’s own rich history of innovation with dozens of lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits and other informal learning experiences at museums, libraries and even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are collaborating to produce the Festival, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit or call 215-448-1128.

About Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia April 23-28. The annual week of events is intended to grow the impact of this innovative region through programming focused on technology, collaboration and improving Philadelphia.

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Kristen Fitch

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