Latest news from the Science Center, the companies we support and the innovation ecosystem.

July 17, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Power Moves: Malvern's Frontline Education has a new CEO

The cofounder of NewSpring and former general board member of the University City Science, Center Mike DiPiano, is now its newly elected chairman. President Steve Zarrilli said DiPiano has been key to the board’s growth over the last eight years, especially in its Impact Report

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July 12, 2019 | Science Center In The News

What Do You Want to Know About Funding Your Hustle?

Philadelphians are no strangers to hustling. From working side jobs to building businesses, people in Philly are not afraid to live that entrepreneur life.

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July 11, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Entrepreneurs: What do you want to know about funding your hustle in Philly?

The organizer of the citywide reporting collaborative Broke in Philly, of which Billy Penn is proud to be a part, is throwing an event next week to help entrepreneurs and freelancers figure out how to access more capital. Called “Funding the Hustle,” it’ll boast panel discussions, lightning talks and one-on-one networking opportunities. Some conversations will be geared toward West Philly business owners, but everyone’s welcome.

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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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July 8, 2019 | Press Releases

Beat the Heat with Microbially-Augmented Popsicles at Esther Klein Gallery

Are microbially-augmented popsicles, grown on palm trees and delivered by parrots the answer to the climate crisis? Orkan Telhan, an internationally renowned artist and former University City Science Center BioArtist-in-Residence, will exhibit in his hometown of Philadelphia for the first time at Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) with his latest exhibit, Fruits of Matadero, opening Thursday, July 11th. The exhibit is a public commission by Matadero Madrid and the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, Spain and featured at EKG.

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July 3, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Biotech Tour: Inside University City's BioLabs@CIC

The new co-working and lab space already has a lengthy waitlist. We took a tour to see what local scientists and entrepreneurs are eager to gain access to.

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July 1, 2019 | Science Center In The News

University City Science Center switches up board leadership

Craig Carnaroli has chaired the board since 2011.

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July 1, 2019 | Press Releases

University City Science Center Names New Board Chairman

Mike DiPiano, Managing General Partner and Co-founder of NewSpring has been elected Chairman of the University City Science Center’s Board of Directors. DiPiano succeeds Craig R. Carnaroli, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania, Board Chair since 2011 and who remains on the Science Center’s Board of Directors as a Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee.

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June 28, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Could Philly be getting a museum devoted to computers?

Philadelphia’s a city known for its firsts: the first free library system, the first zoo and even first residential street in America were started here. But if it’s up to longtime tech exec Jim Scherrer, we’d be talking more about one of Philly’s other firsts — the first computer.

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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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