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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When in Rome…Visit the Fashion Capital of the World

(Photo Courtesy: Hayley Lind)

(Photo Courtesy: Hayley Lind)

As fashion majors studying in Italy, my roommate and I felt compelled to visit Milan, the fashion capital. With all of its luxury labels, hip events and its sophisticated culture, it most certainly did not disappoint.

I was only there for two days, but both days were filled with fashion and excitement. I got to experience the flagship stores of some of the most high-end brands, from Prada to Gucci to Armani. These stores were located in an opulent gallery that is referred to as the “Golden Rectangle.” I can only dream of shopping at these stores one day.

After that we visited Brera Design district. This was the young, bohemian district where a lot of art galleries are located. The locals in this area had the best street style, all sporting cool shades, leather jackets, and unique, sneaker-inspired shoes.

This district contained more designer shops and boutiques, and the highlight of our trip—the Marc by Marc Jacobs flagship store. He is my favorite designer, so naturally I spent several hours in the shop, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the leather bags, shoes, clothing and jewelry. I splurged on a pair of black cat eye sunglasses. They are without a doubt one of my favorite purchases thus far! After shopping, we went to happy hour at the Marc Jacobs café, which was attached to the store. This seemed like the place to be, as a lot of the locals were hanging out there. We were not too impressed by the service, but enjoyed our drinks.

The next day, we walked around some more, experiencing some awesome exhibits, as it was Milan Design week. There were numerous stores and galleries that had events going on. We saw everything from avant-garde lights to modern furniture to home furnishings by the luxury brand Hermes. We were extremely lucky to acquire free swatches of fabric from one of the designers. I got several brocade and velvet pieces that I am going to use in my final project for my Design Concepts class here in Rome.

(Photo Courtesy: Hayley Lind)

(Photo Courtesy: Hayley Lind)

Milan was definitely a more relaxed trip, as we got to do whatever we wanted the whole time. We got to uncover the whole city, which ended up being a lot different than I originally expected. It had a very chill atmosphere, and the locals did not act snobby considering how nicely they were dressed. Most people were seemingly young professionals ranging from ages 20-40, so it was easy to feel comfortable there.

Milan is the fashion capital of the world, and now I can see why. The city was super chic, sophisticated, and filled with luxury from almost every brand imaginable. It was much cleaner and nicer than Rome, and I almost feel like I should be studying abroad there instead! I had a truly unforgettable experience in Milan, and already look forward to going back some day.

(Hayley Lind: Blogger)

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(Photo Courtesy: WWD)

(Photo Courtesy: WWD)

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(Photo Courtesy: WWD)

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