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.
October 9, 2014 |
When the left leg of junior forward Brooke Yarsinsky cramped up during Cherokee's field hockey game against Camden Catholic last week, teammate and senior forward Jessica Havers went immediately to her side. This came as no surprise. The two, close friends, have been there for each other throughout their two years of playing field hockey together. "It's nice to have someone that's always there for me," Yarsinsky said. "I know I can always count on her on and off the field. " The undeniable chemistry began long before field hockey.
September 26, 2014 |
For at least six girls on the Williamstown field hockey team, there's always someone special on the field they can count on. With three sets of sisters playing for the Braves - Allie and Jamie Trimble, Kamryn and Kate McKinney, and Gloria and Deborah Adebowale - the team dynamic and chemistry on the field have been an incredible sight for coach Kellyn Riley in her first year with the team. "It's nice to see them develop and push each other," Riley said. "The younger siblings kind of look up to the older siblings.
August 18, 2014 |
Under the rapt stares of about 100 children and a statue of Benjamin Franklin, a staff member at the Franklin Institute poured liquid nitrogen into a bucket of water. A cloud mushroomed out over the sides and raced toward the youngsters. "Wow!" a chorus of surprised and delighted children squealed, reaching out to touch the indoor cloud. A few hundred more children scurried through the institute's famous heart and new brain exhibits Saturday, when the museum opened to more than 1,400 people free of charge.
August 11, 2014 |
What If , a buoyant, bumpy ride of a romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan , asks the question: What if the right person comes into your life at the wrong time? Everything clicks, but one of the potential partners is already in a relationship, solid and satisfying. Is it possible for the two people to put aside physical attraction, and simply (or not so simply) be friends? In the film - directed by Michael Dowse from an Elan Mastai script that had been on the fabled Hollywood Black List survey of top unproduced screenplays - Kazan is a Toronto animator who lives with her lawyer boyfriend ( Rafe Spall )
July 24, 2014 |
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.
July 22, 2014 |
Dominic M. Roberti, 81, of Bryn Mawr, a chemistry professor and longtime cancer survivor who helped others face lives as cancer patients, died Tuesday, July 15, of a heart attack at his home. Dr. Roberti worked for nearly 30 years at St. Joseph's University before retiring in 1995. He taught and held a variety of administrative positions, including acting dean in 1968 and 1969. He helped author the report that led to the admission of the first women to St. Joseph's in 1970. Dr. Roberti returned to teaching in 1971, and developed environmental and food-chemistry classes designed for nonscience majors.