Latest news from the Science Center, our resident companies and the innovation ecosystem.

September 24, 2018 | Press Releases

Digging Beneath the Surface at the Latest Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit

The latest exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery explores design, architecture and plant biology while highlighting the dynamic processes happening within plant roots. Without Roots features works by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Professor and Artist Dolores Bartholomew, students from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts participating in Bartholomew’s “Topics in Science” class, Dr. Jason Diaz of La Salle University, and the Gallagher Plant Biology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. An Art and Science Lecture will be held by Jason Diaz and Dolores Bartholomew on September 27 at 4 p.m. at the Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street, followed by the exhibit’s closing reception.

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September 19, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Looking Back on 10 Years at 3711 Market

Since 2009, the Science Center has called 3711 Market Street home. Almost ten years later, we’re preparing to start the next chapter two doors down at 3675 Market Street. As we write our last blog post from the 8th floor of 3711, we’re looking back on the memories and milestones. You might just spot yourself in one of the photos!

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September 17, 2018 | Science Center In The News

Q&A: New Science Center President and CEO Stephen Zarrilli

In October, hometown kid Stephen T. Zarrilli will take the reins as the 11th president and CEO of the University City Science Center. Zarrilli brings with him a 35-year resume packed with experience in public, private, venture-backed and nonprofit enterprises. Most recently, he served six years at the helm of Safeguard Scientifics in Radnor, another made-in-Philly success story.

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September 10, 2018 | Press Releases

Twelve Academic Technologies Selected for Science Center Proof-of-Concept Program

Twelve promising technologies developed at nine academic institutions across the tristate region have been selected as finalists for the University City Science Center’s QED Program. QED is designed to bridge the gap between academic research and product commercialization. Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Harrisburg University of Science and Technology; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Penn State College of Medicine; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Temple University; Thomas Jefferson University; University of Delaware; and University of Pennsylvania will participate in the 11th round of the proof-of-concept program.

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September 10, 2018 | Science Center In The News

Science Center names 12 QED finalists

Twelve experimental technologies under development at nine academic institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware were named finalists Monday for the University City Science Center’s QED Program.

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September 6, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Playground for Scientists and Artists

In April, the Science Center was awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish a BioArt Residency program. The goal? To stimulate scientific discovery and creativity between artists and scientists by placing artists inside the lab of Integral Molecular, a biotech company located at uCity Square.

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September 4, 2018 | Resident & Alumni News

Startup SocialLadder's new deal with Ticketmaster division is a 'big win'

Philadelphia tech startup SocialLadder is moving up another rung, announcing Monday the company, which connects live event promoters with more than 150,000 brand ambassadors to drive ticket sales, landed a major deal with a division of Live Nation’s Ticketmaster.

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August 28, 2018 | Resident & Alumni News

A New Way to Detect Breast Cancer

For poorer people in India and many other countries, a computer engineer has found a way to detect breast cancer without radiation.

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August 24, 2018 | Bioart Blog

From Celestial to Cellular Bodies

n Star Cluster and Dome of the Sky Deirdre creates portals in and out multiple universes. Here we see only a portion of migratory star patterns that song birds use in order to navigate. Like every star, every constellation structure has a glow with the fluorescent colors that create an uncanny yet familiar scene for the viewer.

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August 23, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

ic@3401: Where Innovation Meets Community

SocialLadder joined ic@3401 in February with a small team and a technology that leverages social media influencers as brand ambassadors. Six months, a capital raise, and a team more than triple the size later, the company is experiencing the growth most founders dream of.

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