West Philly Science Showcase
Tue, Apr 29
Philly tops the list of the best universities and hospitals across the country and many of these world-renowned institutions are located in West Philadelphia. Join experts from the University of Pennsylvania, University City Science Center, Monell Chemical Senses Center, The Wistar Institute, University of the Sciences, and Drexel University for an enlightening discussion on the groundbreaking research being conducted west of the river!
*Food and Beverage will be available for purchase
Price: $5 in advance, $7 at the door
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
SpeakersAndrew RappeAndrew M. Rappe is a Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A. B. in "Chemistry and Physics" summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1986, and his Ph. D. in "Physics and Chemistry" from MIT in 1992. He was an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley before starting at Penn in 1994. Andrew is one of the two founding co-directors of Pennergy: the Penn Center for Energy Innovation. He is also one of the founding co-directors of the VIPER honors program at Penn, the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research. His current research interests revolve around ferroelectric phase transitions in oxides, surface chemistry and catalysis of complex oxides, and the interplay between the two.Benjamin PascalBenjamin Pascal, MBA is the Chief Business Officer and Co-founder of Invisible Sentinel, a Philadelphia based diagnostics Company. Invisible Sentinel's first-in-class regulatory approved technology, Veriflow, minimizes the time, reduces the cost, and lowers the overhead associated with conventional molecular diagnostics. With a focus on the food and beverage industry, Mr. Pascal directs the marketing and sales efforts of the Company. Prior to Invisible Sentinel, he successfully developed and launched new products in the medical-device industry, including the coordination of a multi-disciplinary team for the development of B. Braun Medical’s first antimicrobial device. Mr. Pascal graduated with honors from The George Washington University with concentrations in Biology and Political Science and completed his M.B.A. at Lehigh University.Bill BernerBill Berner is the Lab Director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Penn, he taught high school Physics for 25 years.Charlie JohnsonA. T. Charlie Johnson received his education in Physics at Stanford University and Harvard University. He was a European Union ESPRIT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Delft University of Technology and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has been at Penn since 1994, leading a research group focused on nanostructure physics and nanoelectronics. His team currently works on wafer-scale synthesis of nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes, graphene, molybdenum disulfide), fundamental investigations of charge transport in these materials, and applications including chemical detection in air and liquids.Dr. Maureen MurphyMaureen Murphy, Ph.D, is a Principal Investigator and Professor at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on the tumor suppressor gene p53, which is commonly mutated in many types of cancer. Dr. Murphy obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry at Rutgers University, followed by a doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Murphy joined The Wistar Institute’s Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program in 2011, and became Program leader in the Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program in 2012.Dr. Raina MerchantRaina Merchant, MD, MHSP, is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Director of the Social Media Lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. She has established herself as a dominant voice in the area of social media and crowd sourcing as it affects population health, with leading academic scholarship and a joint appointment in the Office of Policy and Planning with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Her research is focused on resuscitation science and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest.Johannes EichstaedtJohannes used to be a German particle physicist, but now he is receiving his doctorate in Psychology at Penn. A Positive Psychologist, he specializes in understanding and measuring when things go well across the domains of life and figuring out the science of creating a happy, fulfilled existence. In his research, he and his colleagues are pioneering methods to track the psychological states and well-being of entire populations, using Twitter, Facebook and the Internet. Johannes has previously collected graduate degrees from the University of Chicago (M.S. Physics) and Penn (Master of Applied Positive Psychology).Matthew FarberMatthew Farber is a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Sciences under Peter Berget where he teaches a lecture and lab in Biotechnology. His research focuses on the science of beer with a focus on yeast proteases and their influence on beer quality. He has a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. A member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Matt aspires to brew better beer through innovative applications of biotechnology.Matthew StammMatthew Stamm is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel University. He heads the Multimedia and Information Security Laboratory (MISL) where he conducts research on signal processing and information security. His main research focus lies in information forensics, which involves creating mathematical techniques to detect multimedia forgeries such as falsified images and videos.Mridula VinjamuriDr. Mridula Vinjamuri has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Genetics from the University of Rochester. She researches olfactory stem cells and nerve cell regeneration as they apply to anosmia, or the inability to perceive odors.
PartnersMonell Chemical Senses CenterMonell Chemical Senses CenterFounded in 1968, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world’s leading independent research organization dedicated to the science of taste and smell. The Center’s cutting–edge interdisciplinary research advances understanding of the mechanisms and functions of these primal senses to benefit human health and well-being. In its role as a nonprofit, Monell provides a comprehensive resource for information and serves as an authority on the science of taste and smell. An integral part of Monell’s mission is preparation of the next generation of scientists. Hundreds of PhD-level scientists have received training through Monell’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, while the Center’s highly successful Science Apprenticeship Program for high school and college students is now in its 30th year. A Philadelphia asset, the Monell Center continues to pursue its groundbreaking exploration of taste and smell, building knowledge and the corresponding potential to benefit human life.The Wistar InstituteThe Wistar InstituteThe Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures.University of the SciencesUniversity of the SciencesUniversity of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. The 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of PennsylvaniaPenn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.University City Science CenterUniversity City Science CenterFounded in 1963, the Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The Science Center supports technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.Drexel UniversityDrexel UniversityDrexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
ActivitiesFEATURING:Bill Berner- University of Pennsylvania "Physics Demonstrations"Johannes Eichstaedt- University of Pennsylvania "Reading the Collective Mind through Facebook"Matthew Farber- University of the Sciences "Clear and Foamy Beer- Better Brewing Through Biotechnology and Biosensors"Charlie Johnson- University of Pennsylvania "Nano-biosensors for Cancer Detection"Raina Merchant- University of Pennsylvania "Harnessing the Power of Crowds to Find Life-Saving Devices in Philly"Maureen Murphy- The Wistar Institute "Cancer Biology and Tumor Suppressors"Benjamin Pascal- Science Center "The Power of Molecular Diagnostics in the Palm of Your Hand"Andrew Rappe- University of Pennsylvania "Theoretical Chemistry"Matthew Stamm- Drexel University "Information Forensics"Meera Vinjamuri- Monnell Chemical Senses Center "Chemical Senses: Olfactory Stem Cells and Nerve Cell Regeneration"