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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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July 25, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Brief History of Rain

Today we host the 11th Annual RAIN Conference and the first to take place in our bigger, better Quorum space. The conference will explore how we can humanize the workplace in an era of emails, remote workers and automation. Also new this year: RAIN will segue into a Venture Café focused on a different but complementary theme of empathy in the workplace.

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July 11, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Phil Brooks

In 2014 we launched FirstHand, our nationally recognized program designed to expose local middle and high school students to STEM through hands-on, project-based learning and career exposure. Last year we announced a grant from the Lenfest Foundation that would link that initiative to workforce development, by training and placing West Philadelphia residents at life-sustaining jobs at science and tech companies at uCity Square and beyond. And this past April, Phil Brooks joined us as Director of STEM Workforce Partnerships to make that vision a reality.

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June 27, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Redesigning Summer Vacation

There is no question that the words “summer vacation” conjure up all types of positive feelings for students and that their last day of class is among the most anticipated of the year. For a group of 8 students that just wrapped up 8th grade and are on the cusp of entering high school, that anticipation came in the form of last week’s FirstHand  Summer Intensive.

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June 13, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Around the World at BIO 2019

It seems like you can identify the last time someone was in Philadelphia by how they describe our city. Were they here in the last few years? Chances are they have a pretty good impression of us. Has it been 15 years since their last visit? They have no idea what Philadelphia is capable of.

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June 6, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

‘All Made Light’: Lois Goglia’s Exhibition in Context

In her recent exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery, X-Ray Visions, Lois Goglia presents several interconnected series of works featuring medical imaging as a source for aesthetic investigation. Drawn at first to the conflicted beauty of an x-ray image during a hospital visit, the Connecticut-based artist has continued to explore visual representations of the internal, expanding her practice to incorporate DNA sequencing gels, ultrasounds, and MRI imaging.

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May 30, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

How Philadelphia Became Cellicon Valley: BIO 2019 Sneak Peek

3675 Market Street is a stop on BIO's Philadelphia’s “Cellicon Valley” Ecosystem tour. We had a conversation about the achievements that gave Philadelphia the moniker.

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May 16, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Finland Meets Philly

Mention to anyone while traveling that you live in Philly, and it’s only a matter of time before you are asked about cheesesteaks, Rocky, Will Smith or something of the sort. While Philadelphia is a town of neighborhoods, each with their own local flavor, it’s worth noting and reminding folks that the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S. has a lot to offer on the global stage.

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