Great Gigs: Carnival Edition
The Franklin Institute's Franklin Theater
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
SpeakersAlexandra DavatzesAlexandra Davatzes earned her BA in Geology from Pomona College in 1999 and her PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2007. She was a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Ames research center, working with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team. Alix moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to join the faculty at Temple University where she teaches classes in Evolution and Extinctions, Planetary Geology and Sedimentary Petrology. Alix's research focuses on meteor impact processes and field studies of impactites in South Africa and Australia. She is particularly interested in learning what the meteor impacts can tell us about the crust and environmental conditions on planetary bodies throughout the inner solar system.
Event featuring Alexandra Davatzes:Dr. Cynthia OttoDr. Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, an associate professor of critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, gets to enjoy many of the opportunities that a career in veterinary medicine has to offer. She is a board certified veterinary critical care specialist working in the small animal Emergency Service, a scientist, a teacher, a disaster responder (including deployments to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina), and a dog trainer. Her newest job title is Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, where in addition to playing with puppies all day, she collects data on how to help improve the health and performance of dogs that use their noses to detect things like lost people, bombs and even cancer .
Events featuring Cynthia Otto:Dr. Frederic BertleyAs a current Dell Inc. Inspire 100 World Changer, Dr. Frederic Bertley oversees programs aimed at improving the quality of science education throughout the K-12 population, and augment science literacy for families as well as the non-scientist adult population. Frederic has a strong record in academia; he holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physiology and a Ph.D. in Immunology, both from McGill University. Dr. Bertley has lectured or taught classes in several STEM disciplines at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Throughout his career, Dr. Bertley spent time developing science curricula for students from primary to graduate schools. Currently, he is a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Life Sciences Initiatives in Massachusetts, and is the Goodwill Ambassador to Senegal for Science Education and Innovation. Dr. Bertley has received numerous honors, including the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Service Award, Merck Scholarship, The President’s Award (QBAMA) and Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree. Dr. Bertley has keynoted or been an invited speaker at numerous venues including the White House, the US Department of Interior, and The United Nations.
Event featuring Frederic Bertley:Ed SeguineChocolate Research Fellow for Mars Chocolate, North America, Ed Seguine has spent nearly a third of a century using his skills tasting and making chocolate, and supporting farmers, cooperatives, and cocoa institutes. Today, his skills are employed in Mars’ cocoa sustainability efforts in breeding productive, disease resistant varieties while preserving all the delicious diversity present in the genome. Ed represents Mars in the international community wherever cocoa and chocolate taste is involved and is an internationally recognized chocolate reference taster.
Event featuring Ed Seguine:Mark Williford
Mark Williford is an energetic forensic expert specializing in Firearm and Toolmark Identification as well as Crime Scene Investigation. Mark, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Girard College in 1988 and pursued his passion in photography until he entered the Philadelphia Police Department in 1993. As a Police Officer, Mark was assigned to 25th Police District, where he learned, first hand, about crime scenes and evidence. In 1996, he was transferred to what was then called the Mobile Crime Detection Unit. This unit later became known as the Crime Scene Unit. After 11 years as a CSI for the Philadelphia Police Department, Mark wanted to expand his expertise in forensic science and transferred to the Firearms Identification Unit in 2007. Mark’s last assigned was in the Firearms Identification Unit until he retired in 2012. Mark is currently employed with the Montgomery County Department of Police in Maryland where he leads the Firearms Examination Unit. He stays involved in forensics and is an active instructor for the Association of Women in Forensic Science. He loves teaching and finds time to educate youth and adults throughout the country in Forensics. Throughout the years, Mark has built long lasting relationships with the Franklin Institute, The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, The College of Physicians, Arcadia University and Stria Consulting Group.
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PartnersThe Franklin InstituteThe Franklin InstituteIn 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)The Association of Women in Forensic Science provides networking opportunities for female forensic professionals as well as educational opportunities, mentoring and outreach programming for female adolescents ages 12-18 with the desire to pursue a career in forensic science.Mars IncorporatedMars IncorporatedMars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary MedicineIn 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established at the urging of the University's School of Medicine. It was recognized that prevention and control of animal diseases had important implications for human health. Human and veterinary medicine were viewed as "one medicine."Temple UniversityTemple UniversityFounded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.