September 5, 2016 |
Rayman Solomon went to Wills Eye Hospital and cataract surgeon Mark Blecher hoping for just a sip of the fountain of youth. A 69-year-old dean emeritus at the Rutgers-Camden Law School, Solomon isn't one to indulge in fantasy. But Blecher says a recently developed lens he surgically implanted in Solomon's left eye less than two weeks ago could bring him closer to the vision he had as a youth than anything previously available. "We're using very fancy tricks of optics to re-create the physiology of a 20-year-old," said Blecher, who has been practicing for almost 30 years.
August 16, 2016 |
Latest in an occasional series about recruiters The employees that advertising agencies want most don't exist. Employers want digital strategists with 10 to 12 years' experience, "but they aren't going to find anyone, because the field hasn't been around that long," said advertising recruiter Ginger Kochmer. "There's a shortage of good talent," said Kochmer, who leads the Creative Group in Philadelphia, a specialty recruiting agency within Robert Half International, the worldwide human resource consulting firm.
July 26, 2016
Safeguard Scientifics Inc., Wayne, has hired Martina F. Aufiero as senior vice president and managing director, technology. She had been managing director and head of corporate development for a New York-based financial technology firm, Tradeweb. Tompkins VIST Bank, Wyomissing, Pa., has hired Joe Cavallo as manager of its new Pottstown branch. He had been assistant branch manager at National Penn Bank. Penn Community Bank, Doylestown, has hired Jacklyn M. Bingaman as senior vice president, director of marketing.
July 22, 2016 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System plans a new office tower at the current site of a mostly empty lot at 3600 Civic Center Blvd. to be built in phases beginning in early 2017, an official said. The 540,000-square-foot, 18-story Center for Healthcare Technology building is to be constructed beside an existing patient parking garage that opened in 2015, Penn Medicine spokeswoman Susan Phillips said in an e-mail on Wednesday. The building's first phase of construction will result in a 250,000-square-foot, eight-story office building for Penn Medicine corporate functions, including information technology and human resources, and a childcare center for the institution's employees, Phillips said.
June 23, 2016 |
A new college ranking has declared the University of Pennsylvania one of the top places in the United States to study computer science. The rankings by College Choice put Penn at No. 15 out of 50 schools nationwide for undergraduate degrees in computer science. Penn scored 88.35 on a scale of 0 to 100. The report lauded the university's Center for Human Modeling and Simulation - which animates human movement for medical research - as a top selling point, and said that students who graduate from Penn's program typically get entry-level jobs starting at $60,000.
June 21, 2016 |
Engineers and machinists have built war helicopters in Delaware County since vertical-lift pioneer Frank Piasecki opened his shop in Sharon Hill, after making a Navy prototype in World War II. Will successor Boeing Corp.'s helicopter plant in Ridley Township - the Philadelphia area's top remaining industrial employer - keep its place as a leading military contractor, as drones and robotic warfare start to replace human fighters? Nearly 5,000 Boeing employees will build 50 $30 million Chinook helicopters for the U.S. and foreign armies, and 21 fuselages for $70 million-plus Ospreys for the U.S. Marines this year.
June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
May 5, 2016 |
The Please Touch Museum, which emerged debt-free from bankruptcy in March, received grant of $750,000 to be paid over two years from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Philadelphia children's museum said Wednesday. The Pew money will be used to help expand the museum's reach to children 10 and older by researching and developing ways to integrate digital technology into Please Touch's traditional hands-on learning approach. In the first phase of research, the museum will use 1,000 square feet of existing exhibit space to pilot new exhibits that incoroporate digital elements, while examining the "motivations and concerns of parents regarding the use of media as part of their children's education and entertainment experiences," Please Touch said.
April 24, 2016 |
Borromeo String Quartet violinist Nicholas Kitchen expands on his thoughts about the intersection of classical music and emerging technology. Do you think it is inevitable that printed music will go away or perhaps become a quaint old rarity? Let me consider a slightly different question as a prelude to answering the main question: What are the benefits reading music from PDF files instead of paper? Let's just consider that basically most everyone on earth has or is trying to get a computer, tablet, or smartphone, as well as access to the internet.
April 12, 2016 |
Wearing a high-tech prosthetic hand, Eric Young grabbed hold of a Saltine. Crunch. The hand's rubbery, motorized fingers closed too quickly, and that's the way the cracker crumbled. Then engineer Kelsey Muller flipped a switch, activating pressure-sensitive electronics so that when Young tried it again, the fingers would slow down at just the right moment. Presto! Cracker intact. "What we're doing is replicating the natural reflex," Muller said. Her demonstration was one of more than a dozen Sunday afternoon at a Philadelphia symposium on an emerging technology called haptics.