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.
December 25, 2014 |
Helen F. Giles-Gee, the first African American and first female president of the University of the Sciences, has resigned after 21/2 years, the university announced Tuesday. Her resignation, which came as the 2,800-student campus was preparing to close for winter break, is effective next Wednesday, the university said. Giles-Gee was not available for comment, said university spokesman Brian Kirschner, who described the president's departure as a "personal decision. " "At this time, and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences.
December 24, 2014 |
WHEN UNIVERSITY of the Sciences students return from winter break, they will have a new president. The university yesterday announced the resignation of Helen Giles-Gee after 2 1/2 years. Giles-Gee, who became the school's first female president and 22nd president overall when she assumed the post in July 2012, will step down Dec. 31. Board of Trustees chairman Marvin Samson will serve as interim president. "At this time and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences," Giles-Gee wrote in a statement.
December 17, 2014 |
When Bill Nye performed three sold-out shows in New York last summer, many in the audience copied his trademark by wearing bow ties. Look for a similar tribute Tuesday night among those who come to see him at the Merriam Theater. During a public appearance in February, however, the well-known science communicator counted just two audience members sporting his signature neckwear. The location? The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. Nye, who gained fame as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" on public television in the '90s, debated museum founder and avowed creationist Ken Ham on the topic of evolution.
December 15, 2014 |
Samir Doughty scored a school-record 47 points, and Math, Civics, and Sciences beat visiting Elmer L. Meyers, 89-63, Saturday in a nonleague boys' basketball game. Doughty held the previous record of 45 points. The St. John's recruit broke the record on a one-handed layup with 5 minutes, 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Doughty had 21 points in the final period. Coaches vs. Cancer. Lamarr Kimble scored 27 points as Neumann-Goretti defeated Susquehanna Township, 70-62, at Cheltenham.
December 6, 2014 |
Garret Kerr has been among the best Division II basketball players in the country, but he added something to his glossy resumé Thursday - a giant-killing three-pointer against a Division I program. Kerr took a pass from teammate T-John Casiello and drilled a high-arching three from the right wing with 2.1 seconds left to give the University of the Sciences a 54-52 win over Drexel in a stunner at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. It was the first time the 6-foot-4 senior from Middle Township, N.J., and the son of former Flyers star Tim Kerr, played against a Division I team, and the first win by the Devils over Drexel in 10 games.
November 26, 2014 |
A LOT OF urban kids resist getting into environmental studies because creeks and woods and the creepy crawly creatures that live in them are alien to them. "They don't want to sit in the dirt; they don't want to sit in the grass; they don't want to hold an earthworm," a teacher once said. But Phyllis Green's students at the Turner Middle School got acclimated fast as they squished in the mud on the banks of Cobbs Creek. In fact, Phyllis's students focused on restoring the creek, a body of sluggish water that has known the ravages of urban civilization, pollution and other disruptions through the years and sorely needed tender loving care.
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.
November 8, 2014 |
"BIG HERO 6" celebrates the virtues of intelligence in a way that's actually fun. This new Disney-Marvel cartoon follows a bright, budding engineer named Hiro (voice of Ryan Potter) whose robot building skills earn him early admission to a science academy, where his brother and pals are building cool things. Hiro earns admission to the school based on his amazing innovation-caplet-sized minirobots that combine to form different shapes, at the whim of the controller with the right headset.