August 19, 2015 |
Documentaries about science don't really make for ratings winners. Those that are produced seem to focus on a few popular topics - evolutionary biology, medicine, astronomy. Chemistry seems left out in the cold. PBS hopes to change this ugly situation with The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements , a superb three-part documentary about the history of chemistry. It airs in one marathon sitting from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday on WHYY TV12. Narrated by Michael Emerson, best known for playing crime-fighting genius Harold Finch on CBS's Person of Interest , The Mystery of Matter provides a historical survey of chemistry from its birth as a distinct scientific field in the 17th and 18th centuries to the establishment of the famous periodic table and the discovery of radioactivity and the existence of subatomic particles.
June 7, 2015 |
Sister Rose Monica Katusz, 68, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia who taught here and did missionary work overseas, died Saturday, May 30, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis for 47 years. Sister Rose Monica was born Kathryn Mary Katusz in Wilkes-Barre, and was reared in Dundalk, Md., where she graduated from the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the convent in 1965 and professed her first vows in 1968.
June 6, 2015 |
Rhys H. Craver Sr. grew up in coal country in northeastern Pennsylvania, and it made him "a tough guy," son Rhys H. Jr. said. In college, he was on the football and wrestling teams. And he was compassionate enough, his son said, that once during his college teaching days, "when a janitor needed a new dryer" for his clothes, "he gave him ours" and bought another. On Tuesday, June 2, Mr. Craver, 85, who retired in 1991 as a chemistry professor at Rowan University, died of dementia at his home in Stone Harbor, N.J. Born in Pittston, Mr. Craver graduated in 1947 from Forty Fort High School.
April 26, 2015 |
Alice McLaughlin Davis, 83, of Germantown, a respected chemistry teacher at William Penn Charter School, died of cancer Thursday, April 16, at home. Her father, Frank McLaughlin, believed that girls should be given the same opportunities as boys, and he paid for her college education. She built on that foundation. A member of the first generation of her family to attend college and to receive an advanced degree, she later became the first female upper-school science teacher at Penn Charter and its first female science department head.
April 21, 2015 |
Joe Paolini and James Papeika both went out for shortstop during their freshman year at Holy Cross. "We ended up going with Joe at shortstop, but we knew right from the giddy-up that Paps was going to be a part of it for a long time," Lancers coach Steve Paolini said. "I told them that day, 'You guys are going to be joined at the hip for the next four years.' " The coach was right. The two juniors stand side-by-side in the infield, with Papeika at second base and Paolini at shortstop.
February 11, 2015 |
George J. Beichl, 96, of West Philadelphia, a chemistry professor for five decades at St. Joseph's University, a prisoner of war during World War II, and a former president of the German Society of Pennsylvania, died Friday, Feb. 6, at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Born Aug. 20, 1918, in Brewerytown to immigrants who met in Philadelphia, Dr. Beichl was raised with a focus on education. On his deathbed, Dr. Beichl's father, a saddler, said he wanted his son to do more than work with leather.
January 14, 2015 |
A MAN WHO will let a Florida king snake crawl through one sleeve of his robe and out the other is a man to be reckoned with. And then there was the iguana that had free rein of his home in Wayne and later Berwyn. In fact, the king snake had free rein, too, until his wife put her foot down. It is now in a tank. But Joel M. Kauffman was a man to be reckoned with for many other reasons, as well. A prominent chemist, researcher and medical writer, he would receive several hundred emails daily from people who just wanted to pick his brain.
December 26, 2014 |
The Triumph of David was a mess. Old, original paint on the 17th-century canvas was faded and flaking in many spots. Newer paint from several inexpert restoration attempts had become discolored. Standing before the massive painting at Villanova University, art conservator Kristin deGhetaldi could tell all this with her experienced eye. But in order to bring the painting back to life, how could she tell where the old paint ended and the new paint began? The answer: a mix of art and science.
November 12, 2014 |
KHALIL ROANE should never have to carry another book through the halls of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High. His hands should be unencumbered, free to flip through his phone, look up stats and maybe even watch some game film. That's because the 5-8, 185-pound junior running back leads the city in carries. In the last two games alone, Roane has rushed 70 times (39 and 31, respectively). Oh, and he also plays outside linebacker. So, double-dipping must be tough, right? "It's not really hard," Roane said.
October 16, 2014 |
Ralph Tekel, 94, of Center City, a retired La Salle University chemistry professor who as a graduate student contributed to the Manhattan Project - albeit without his knowledge - died Wednesday, Oct. 8, of pneumonia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. According to his daughter Billie Elias, in 1944 Dr. Tekel was part of a research team led by Dr. Henry Hass at Purdue University called Project 220. The team was asked to prepare Freon-like materials called fluorocarbons, Elias said.