February 6, 2015 |
JOHN C. GRAHAM was able to find humor just about anywhere, even amid the horrors of war. As a soldier in World War II, he participated in the disastrous invasion of Anzio in Italy in 1944, in which American and British troops were trapped by German defenders for five months before they could break out. John Graham kept a diary, which, being an artist, he illustrated. He wrote about foxhole living, how to make a radio out of a potato, and how it was important to keep your lips in shape if you were a bugler, which he was for a time.
November 17, 2014 |
Ronald Earl Rowe, 77, of Glenside, a longtime science teacher, died Monday, Nov. 10, at Abington Memorial Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. Born Oct. 29, 1937, Mr. Rowe was raised in West York, Pa., and graduated from West York High School in 1955. In 1959, he graduated from Millersville State Teachers College, now Millersville University, with a bachelor's degree in science education. Mr. Rowe went on to pursue his master's degree in teaching from Cornell University and graduated in 1963.
September 24, 2014 |
IF YOU COULD not develop a passion for microbiology, you would have been advised to stay away from Norm Willett. "Norm is the consummate microbiologist," a colleague once said. "He loves microbiology. " Not only did he love it, he wanted other people to love it, too. "His enthusiasm for communicating it to everyone, no matter what their status - student, colleague or administrator - is evident in even short conversations," Toby K. Eisenstein, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Temple University School of Medicine, said in a tribute to Norm.
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.
June 11, 2014 |
THE FRANKLIN Institute has expanded its commitment to science education and made space for world-class traveling exhibits in the process, thanks to the new three-story Karabots Pavilion, opening Saturday. The addition will kick off with a "brain party" to celebrate its main attraction, "Your Brain," a permanent exhibit on the pavilion's second floor. But while all the sensation runs through the brain, it's only part of the opening day itinerary. The first 500 visitors can experience the Institute's new furnishings and a rare gallery of 80 scientific artifacts for free, while the rest must pay normal admission prices.
November 26, 2013 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, for Jan Winston Long, 94, of Kennett Square, a longtime teacher who died Wednesday, Oct. 30, of congestive heart failure at Kendal at Longwood. The service will be at 2 p.m. at Kendal, a retirement community at 1109 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. From 1946 to 1985, Mr. Long was a teacher at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school in West Chester. He taught math and earth sciences, was a dorm parent, and also coached track and cross-country.
October 5, 2013 |
On the third day of the federal government shutdown, the people who run an important regional science-education center began to get worried. About paying their rent. Making payroll. About their ability to pay the hotel bills of the expert they dispatched to Egypt to help that troubled land revise its entire education system. The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education, a nonprofit research agency whose work influences schools across the Philadelphia region, gets 92 percent of its funding from the federal government.
August 12, 2013 |
Being a Temple University professor and then a dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University apparently was not enough for Frank X. Sutman. He needed classroom interludes far, far away. "This started with India in 1967," when Mr. Sutman spent the summer there with future science teachers, his son, Frank J., said. "He always had a fascination for travel and learning about people from other cultures," his son said. On Saturday, Aug. 3, Mr. Sutman, 85, died of pneumonia at his home in Linwood, N.J., where he had lived since 1998.
January 16, 2013 |
When Bob Wanton began his career in the 1960s, meteorologists really did need to keep their eyes on the sky. Simply scanning a computer screen? Please. "I had to go outside every hour to do an observation," says Wanton, 68, who retired last year after 46 years with the National Weather Service. His first office, at what's now Atlantic City International Airport, was in a World War II-era Quonset hut. Not exactly high-tech, but perfect for accessing the elements. "I logged everything on a form," recalls the Lindenwold resident and grandfather of three.
October 10, 2012
The Franklin Institute has won seven federal grants, totaling more than $9 million, that will support science education and community outreach in the Philadelphia area, the institute has reported. The grants include five National Science Foundation-funded projects, a NASA grant, and a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) award. The NSF grants include: $5.8 million to promote climate-change education among urban residents; $1.9 million ($330,346 to the institute) for the Science Festival Alliance, a collaborative effort to expand and sustain science festivals nationwide; $993,705 for a project to engage children in after-school science programs; and $815,123 for LEAP into Science: Engaging Diverse Community Partners in Science and Literacy, a joint effort with the Free Library to augment an existing program focused on children's literature and science.