April 4, 2016 |
James West, a bona fide rock star of science and technology, explained to the rapt group of young students assembled around his table that African drum communication was a model for the cellphone. Just as voices are transmitted from tower to tower before they reach their destinations, drum messages traveled from drummer to drummer, said West, 85, a professor of engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Rafi Mills, 12, was impressed. "I didn't know in Africa they had drum telephones," said Mills, an eighth grader at Masterman, a magnet school in Center City.
April 4, 2016 |
IF SHE COULD slip back in time and talk to her 16-year-old self, Philadelphia Science Festival Director Gerri Trooskin, 35, knows what she would say: "You have no idea how cool it's going to be to be a geek. Hang tight for a while . . . Come 2012, you're going to be pumped about it. Promise. " Come 2012 Trooskin had helped launch the Philadelphia Science Festival and was one of three finalists for the title of "Geek of the Year," an honor bestowed on "the passionate individuals that have made an impact here which the city wouldn't be the same without.
March 28, 2016 |
Brenda D. Gavin, 67, of Philadelphia, a nationally known venture capitalist and a business leader in Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 17, of a stroke at Pennsylvania Hospital. In life, Dr. Gavin nurtured many new life-science companies and mentored numerous colleagues; in death, she became a gift-of-life donor for four patients in need of transplant organs. One of the earliest women to become schooled and active in health-sciences venture capital investing, Dr. Gavin knew how to connect the right scientists and physicians to start successful new companies, her family said.
March 22, 2016 |
Wallace, who prefers to be called Wally, is passionate about dinosaurs. The 17-year-old spends many happy hours watching movies about them and reading a comic book series on them. He is proud of his collection of dinosaur figurines. Wally also enjoys reading about a variety of animals and sea life. Other favorite pastimes include fishing, going to the beach, watching and playing sports, dancing, and joking with his friends. His career goal is to work with animals, and he is considering becoming a veterinarian or an animal sitter.
March 20, 2016
Paul Halpern is a University of the Sciences physics professor and the author of "Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics" At its best, Twitter can offer the kind of creative connections and sharing of ideas that would have been nearly impossible decades ago. It can link individuals with parallel or complementary interests, and offer them the chance to enrich each...
March 17, 2016 |
Ben Franklin Parkway and I-676 bridge construction has forced the Philadelphia Science Festival to move its signature Science Carnival to the Delaware waterfront. And nobody knows whether the festival's longtime lead sponsor, Dow Chemical, will still be so generous if its merger with DuPont goes through. Still, all parties were beaming in the noonday sun Tuesday at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing - scene of this year's festival-capping Science Carnival - affirming that this celebration of all things STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
March 17, 2016 |
With all eyes on him, Kwahzere Ransom momentarily shielded his. The Math, Civics and Sciences sophomore stood at the foul line with about 30 seconds left in Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal at Philadelphia University and pulled the top of his jersey over his face. Before hitting a dramatic game-winning three-pointer to beat Constitution, 79-78, in overtime, Ransom had missed three consecutive free throws that could have helped the Mighty Elephants secure the victory.
March 17, 2016 |
University researchers and biotech firms worldwide are racing to study a powerful new gene-editing technique that holds the promise to treat hereditary diseases. Along with them is Michael Zhang, a senior at Conestoga High School. The 18-year-old from Berwyn just won a $75,000 prize for his work in the field. He was one of nine high school students recognized Tuesday night in Washington in the national Intel Science Talent Search. Asked if he had plans for his prize money, Zhang said it would go toward his tuition at Harvard University.
March 14, 2016 |
Mikey Krause had waited practically his whole life for this. The 3-year-old can recite every line spoken by Toy Story character Woody and he reenacts the movie with his toys. Now, wearing a yellow Woody T-shirt and a brown fabric holster on one hip, he stood awestruck, face-to-face with a Buzz Lightyear, several times taller than him at a Franklin Institute exhibit. But he couldn't stand still for long. "Come on!" he yelled, running between Buzz and the characters Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. His aunt, Jen Krause, 22, tried to keep up, pushing his stroller and carrying his cowboy hat and plush Woody doll.
February 16, 2016 |
A new racial gap has emerged on college campuses: Too few African American students are enrolling in majors that lead to high-paying jobs. Instead of pursuing science, business, and engineering, the students are studying education and social work, according to a recent analysis of data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. College administrators and students in interviews recognized the divide and its implications for socio-economic mobility and pay equity. "While they're in the right church, they're kind of in the wrong pews," said Anthony P. Carnevale, the director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and lead author on the report, "African Americans: College Majors and Earnings," which was released last week.