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March 15, 2011

La Salle Partners with Local Organizations to Offer the Inaugural Citywide Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival


For two weeks in April, the City of Philadelphia will turn into a hands-on laboratory for learning for the inaugural Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF), a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology. As a core collaborator in the PSF, La Salle will host or participate in many of the more than 100 mostly-free Festival events that will be held throughout the city from April 15 to 28.

“We are proud to be part of the inaugural Philadelphia Science Festival,” said Thomas Keagy, Dean of La Salle’s School of Arts and Sciences. “Our involvement in the Festival demonstrates our commitment to science and technology and to making them more accessible to a wider audience.”

A highlight of the Festival will be the massive Science Carnival around Logan Circle on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Saturday, April 16. The free carnival will feature hands-on interactive exhibitions, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment designed for people of all ages, no matter how much they know about science and technology.

Some of the Festival’s events include; Science Day at the Ballpark with the Philadelphia Phillies, a city-wide Astronomy Night, an advance screening of Disneynature’s “African Cats,” lectures on the science of beer, chocolate, and cheese, as well as Seed Starting: Gardening with Kids.

Some of the PSF events La Salle will host or collaborate with include:

  • “Flavor Tripping” The Magical Miracle Berry
    • In collaboration with Starr Restaurants, La Salle will host this fun “science of the senses” at The Continental on Monday, April 18.
  • The Art Trust and Art Exhibition
    • Artwork by La Salle Digital Arts (DArt) students will be exhibited at the Art Trust through April. Students will create their own unique interpretations of an illustrated image of a DNA sample.
  • Explorer Cafés  Series
    • La Salle will host two special PSF Explorer Cafés in Holroyd Hall. On Wednesday, April 20, the topic will be “What Makes Us Human, Part One.” The topic will continue with Part Two during the Explorer Café on Wednesday, April 27.
  • Murder at The Mütter
    • La Salle will be one of the partnering institutions for this adult murder mystery night on Thursday, April 28. David Cichowicz, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and Director of La Salle’s Forensic Studies minor will run one of the event’s forensic stations.
  • Cool Jobs Night
    • Faculty members from La Salle’s Chemistry, Biology, DArt, and Integrated Science, Business, and Technology departments will participate in the evening’s networking component at the Tuesday, April 26 event. Several La Salle alumni with “cool jobs” in science and technology will take part in a panel discussion.

The Festival’s events are an ambitious range of programs designed to engage and intrigue audiences, while showcasing how vital science and technology are to everyday life. The events were developed by the Festival’s steering committee which includes La Salle’s Michael Prushan, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Julianna Gwiszcz, Director of The Explorer Connection.

As the birthplace of much science and technology, Philadelphia was one of four U.S. cities selected by the National Science Foundation to receive funding to host a science festival of this model. The Festival, which is presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, is designed to help Americans recognize the need for science education reform in order to maintain international leadership, technology, and engineering. The National Science Foundation also funded science festivals in San Diego, San Francisco, and Cambridge, Mass.

For information on La Salle's PSF events, click here.

For a full schedule of the PSF events, visit


About The Philadelphia Science Festival:

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 15 to 28 showcasing the impact of science and technology, past, present, and future. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia’s own rich history of innovation with dozens of free lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits, and other informal learning experiences at museum, libraries, even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are collaborating to produce the inaugural Festival, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company, and organized by The Franklin Institute.