PhilaU Students and Faculty Lead Philadelphia Science Festival Events

Philadelphia University students and faculty will help promote science education as part of the citywide 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival from April 25 to May 3.

As part of the annual city science festival, PhilaU students and faculty in architecture, chemistry, biochemistry and physician assistant studies will lead hands-on events and demonstrations to share the excitement of science with school-age children as well as adults.

“This is Philadelphia University’s fourth year as a co-sponsor of and active contributor to the Philadelphia Science Festival,” said Jeff Ashley, associate professor of chemistry and interim director of the Center for Teaching Innovation & Nexus Learning. “We’re pleased to participate in this citywide event celebrating science and share the expertise of our students and faculty in science, architecture and health.”

More than 100 programs are scheduled for this year’s festival. PhilaU students and faculty will participate in the following exhibits and events:

Murder at the Mütter: Serial Killer
Sunday, April 27
2:30 to 6 p.m.
The Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia

PhilaU chemistry and biochemistry students, led by professors Jeff Ashley and Matt Milkevitch, will guide participants through hands-on forensic analysis techniques used to solve crimes, including fiber analysis, shoe castings and soil analysis.

Neighborhood Science After School
Monday, April 28
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

Physician assistant studies and pre-medical studies honors students will highlight the wonders of liquid nitrogen and the chemical make-up of human DNA through hands-on activities at this library event. Students will use human cheek cells from participants to construct a visible mass of human DNA. Kihong Ku, assistant architecture professor, and PhilaU architecture students will showcase interactive prototypes with robotic elements used to create smarter building environments.

Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Festival culminates with an all-day carnival featuring more than 150 exhibitors offering hands-on activities, experiments, games and live entertainment. PhilaU physician assistant studies students and program director Jesse Coale will conduct an operating room simulation at the site. Architecture students will exhibit projects including a web interface for room scheduling, an interactive fabric wall and a responsive shading screen.

For more information and a complete list of festival events, visit

For last year’s Festival, professor Mark Sunderland discussed the properties of sweat-proof clothing with local scientists.

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