ICK!: Creatures That Make Your Skin Crawl and the Lovely Reasons Why
Tue, Apr 29
No reservation required
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
SpeakersAdam PiazzaAdam Piazza began his career at the Franklin Institute in 2002 as a high school intern working primarily in the museums exhibits performing science demonstrations. He also held positions as a Discover Camp and Camp-In Counselor, a Workshop Facilitator, and is currently a Scientific Interpreter with the Museum Programs department. Adams true passion lies in design; he graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010. When Adam is not at the Franklin Institute, he is traversing the city looking for photo opportunities with abandoned buildings, perusing the shelves of local thrift shops, or water coloring onto family portraits of people he is not related to. Adam has a soft spot for hosting quizzo and eating deep fried pickles.Irene MoonIrene Moon is an artist that principally produces insect art, or art with other arthropods. Under the name Katja Seltmann, she has worked in entomology for over ten years and is presently a researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology. She brings the aesthetics of the entomology laboratory, deliberately playing upon many of our deep fears and stereotypes about insects. Her work is an attempt to educate and reconfigure our fears them by exposing the factual roots (and misinterpretation) of these myths. The most recent activities of Irene Moon are listed through the Begonia Society website at: http://www.begoniasociety.org.Richard McCourtRick McCourt’s is a biologist and science writer whose research is on the biodiversity and evolution of green algae, aka pond scum. He has reported on science for National Public Radio and co-edited a book on science writing.Yon VisellYon Visell (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel University. His research at Drexel University (www.re-touch-lab.com) aims at "reverse engineering" the sense of touch in order to design new technologies that allow people to interact with digital objects as seamlessly as they do with real world objects. He writes scientific articles on engineering and touch, designs interactive gadgets, and creates electric art and music performances that can inundate, and sometimes overload, the senses.
PartnersThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityFounded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.Frankford HallFrankford HallLocated on Frankford Avenue, Frankford Hall is a unique restaurant specializing in German beer. It's a great place to relax with friends and enjoy great food.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.