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November 14, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Day in the Life of Quorum: Innovation Through Connection

Part space, part program, part community resource; on the uCity Square campus and beyond, “Quorum” means a lot of things to a lot of people.

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October 31, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

The Art of Science

In 2001, Ben Doranz and Sharon Willis set up shop on a two-person lab bench at the Science Center’s Port Incubator. Today, Integral Molecular is a biotech leader that has grown steadily to 26,000 square feet at uCity Square, a joint development among the Science Center, Wexford Science & Technology and Ventas. As they’ve each grown, Integral and uCity Square have sunk deep roots in West Philadelphia, serving as model citizens who play active roles in workforce and economic development and community outreach.

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October 17, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Aron Starosta, Accelerator Architect

Get to know the man who has built close to 30 accelerator programs around the world. Someone who’s created an untraditional application process and who often needs to convince clients of his cutting-edge program designs – but whose results speak for themselves.

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October 3, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Navigating Deirdre Murphy’s Oculus at Esther Klein Gallery

Throughout the recent work in Oculus – which consists of acrylic paintings, mixed media and collaborative sculpture– there is a structural thread: naturalistic elements are paired with patterns of visualized data.

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September 19, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Increasing the Depth of the Local Ecosystem

Increasing the Depth of the Local Ecosystem How Social Responsibility is Shaping the Future of the Science Center   The University City Science Center was established in 1963 by a group of leading academic and research institutions as a...

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September 12, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Meet the Ecosystem Builders: Our Nucleus Awards Honorees

Throughout the years, our fundraiser has evolved and shifted to reflect what’s happening with the Science Center (3675 Market Grand Opening party, anyone?) This year, we are debuting the inaugural class of Nucleus Award honorees, recognizing excellence in the three pillars that shape what we do – commercialization, convening and cultivation – and are sustained by our generous supporters.Not to worry: there will still be plenty of time for networking and celebration at Nucleus 2019 next week. And in anticipation of next week’s celebration, we sat down with our three award recipients, Mihir Shah and Matthew Campisi of UE Life Sciences, Kiera Smalls of Philly Startup Leaders, and Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive.

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September 5, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Educating the Educators: Joining Forces for a New High School Curriculum

A year of meaningful partnerships continues for our STEM education program, FirstHand, as we recently joined forces with a Cambridge, MA-based organization, to help bring a new curriculum into high school classrooms.

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August 22, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Eternalized Moment: Edith Neff's Mural Commission for the Science Center

It’s a curious thing about public art: since it’s rarely a destination in itself, you can pass it by without notice, countless times. In Philadelphia - a city known for its proliferation of public art - a mural can easily blend into the backdrop of daily life, until one day you “find” it, as if for the first time. On the second floor of the Quorum, there is a large-scale painting worth seeking out. Painted by the late Edith Neff, this masterwork of Philadelphia Realism captures a specific moment in the history of the city.

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August 13, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Visualizing the Fruits of Matadero

With boldly painted walls of blue and red, the Esther Klein Gallery – temporarily transformed – feels like an anachronistic travel agency. A robotic plush macaw is perched on a silver palm tree, greeting visitors as they enter. Meanwhile, tastefully framed travel posters advertise popsicles. The graphics appear vintage, but the text promotes Frutas Robóticos de Calidad - quality robotic fruits. Nearby, a compact and stylish kinetic bioreactor –capable of designing genetically modified organisms– is on display.

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August 8, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Spring Board for the Future

Joshua Thompson has been part of the Science Center in several different roles; first as a FirstHand participant in the Project Inquiry pilot followed by the Varsity Cohort, then as part of FirstHand’s inaugural Summer Intensive for high school students. He even performed comedy for our board of directors. And since the start of the summer, Josh has transitioned from FirstHand student to FirstHand intern.

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