Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Philadelphia Science Festival: Science on Tap Quizzo

What do you get when you combine chemistry, anatomy, Star Trek, natural history, Harry Potter, and beer? Science on Tap Quizzo!

Your favorite pub science wunderkinds invite you back to everyone’s favorite scientific trivia throwdown. Join Quizmaster Jason Richardson of the Black Tribbles (2014 Geeks of the Year) for a night of (un)scholarly-like competition.

This event will be held at National Mechancis Bar & Restaurant, 22 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Emcee: Jason LeVonn Richardson, artist, community activist and proud nerd, is the founder of both the comic book and multimedia studio haven in South Philly, J1 Studios and J1-Con, the largest anime convention in Philadelphia. The 2014 winner of Philadelphia Geek Award’s “Geek of the Year” can be heard on the 2014 winning “Streaming Media Project of the Year” geek talk radio podcast Black Tribbles (which can be found on Gtown Radio and WHYY’s Newsworks network).

Program Partners: American Philosophical Society, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, National Mechanics.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Philadelphia Science Festival: Explorer Sunday

Discover the History of Philadelphia Science: A Self-guided Tour

Take yourself on a tour of Philadelphia’s rich scientific history! Hear the tale of Thomas Jefferson’s mastodon. Visit an historic surgical amphitheater. Peek inside one of Lewis & Clark's notebooks from their famous exhibition. Learn about the mysteries of alchemy. Experience the creation of soda pop.

Self-guided tour includes the American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Physick House, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Begin at any participating location; maps will be available at all stops on the tour.

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Presenting Partners: American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks Physick House, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Medicine

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Science on Tap: The Lost World of Plant Monsters: Animal-Plants, Stone-Plants, and other Categorical Challenges

Stone-Plants. Animal-Plants. Sensitive Plants. Eighteenth-century natural history was populated with categories that we no longer recognize but that at the time presented serious challenges to classification.

This talk revisits a world of plant monsters -- whose ability to walk, to feed, or to feel breached the boundaries between animal and vegetable kingdoms and helped to revise what it means to be a plant, a human, or something in between.

Lynnette Regouby is an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum. She received her PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BA and MA from the University of Oklahoma. Her research investigates analogies between plants and humans in 18th century art, literature, and science. At the APS Museum, she is co-curating the new exhibition, Jefferson, Science, and Exploration, which opens in April 2015.

This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on this monthly program, go to

This month’s Science on Tap event is hosted by the American Philosophical Society. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science

Presenter: Dr. Lynnette Regouby
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Jefferson, Science and Exploration Opening Celebration

You’re invited! Be among the first to visit this new exhibition and celebrate opening day with us.

Join us for a special “after hours” reception and raise a glass to Thomas Jefferson! Curators will be on hand to welcome you and share background stories about creating the exhibition.

Most people are familiar with Thomas Jefferson as a statesman; fewer think of him as a scientist. Yet he was a passionate natural historian who fostered American participation in a broad range of fields from paleontology to botany to meteorology—all of which are featured in the exhibition, "Jefferson, Science, and Exploration". Jefferson's promotion of scientific discovery and westward expansion helped forge a new national identity.


Jefferson, Science and Exploration
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Old Oceans: The Historical Ecology of Ocean Giants

Research today reveals that the oceans of the past harbored giants in profuse numbers. Come back in time and visit a Caribbean coral reef with groupers the size of small cars, a New England bay where the cod ran so thick it was hard to navigate a boat, and a small Pacific Island where shark teeth were used to make weapons.

This journey back through time is made possible by the science of Historical Ecology, a scholarly field that combines ecology, anthropology, geology, and history. Through Historical Ecology, scientists are able to describe what ecosystems were like centuries before formal scientific data was recorded. Equipped with an understanding of past marine ecosystems, modern-day scientists can develop conservation strategies to help recapture some of their former vivid splendor.

Join us as Dr. Joshua Drew shares his work on historical ecology and the evolution and conservation of today’s marine ecosystems.

Dr. Joshua Drew is a lecturer and director of the MA program in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from Drew University and his PhD from the Boston University Marine Program. Drew’s research focuses on the evolution, historical ecology, and conservation of coral reef systems across Melanesia and the Southwest Pacific. You can follow his work on Twitter: @Drew_Lab

This event is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Drew
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Shots for Spots and Want-It-Nots: Measles, Measles Vaccine, and Refusers

The recent measles outbreak stemming from exposures at Disneyland has focused attention on this disease that was eliminated from the United States in 2000. Karie Youngdahl, director of the History of Vaccines project, will put the current outbreak in historical context by looking at the epidemiology of measles over time and attempts at immunizing for measles from the mid-1700s. She will also discuss resistance to vaccination and the ways that arguments against vaccine have been made by anti-vaccinators from Edward Jenner’s time to now.

The award-winning History of Vaccines website, found at, offers historical and contemporary information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases with the aim of exploring the impact vaccines have had on human health. Their blog covers emerging issues. The History of Vaccines is a project of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional medical society in the United States.

This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on this monthly program, go to

This month's Science on Tap is hosted by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Karie Youngdahl
Presenter: Karie Youngdahl, Project Director, The College of Physicians
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

In America, Lafayette’s momentous departure from his homeland for the War of Independence has long been hailed as the start of an extraordinary career to be celebrated for generations. In France, it is often seen as just one of his many misbegotten undertakings. Yet no one has managed to offer a satisfactory answer to the crucial question of why:

Why did Americans shower Lafayette with so much acclaim in his own time that he remains a hero today, being named an honorary U.S. citizen in 2002 — only the seventh person ever granted this distinction? And why, in contrast, does his memory continue to be denigrated in his own land?

Join us as Laura Auricchio, drawing on substantial new research conducted in libraries, archives, museums, and private homes in France and the United States, gives us history on a grand scale as she answers these crucial questions.


Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University. Auricchio has been the recipient of major fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University. She is currently the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School for Public Engagement.

This event is free and open to the public.


Presenter: Dr. Laura Auricchio
Date: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Guano Happens: An Illustrated History of Fertilizer in America

In late summer 2014, some 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio lost access to tap water because of a massive bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in Lake Erie. Every summer, similar events occur in watersheds that drain regions where soilsare saturated with chemical fertilizers on farms and lawns. If humans are responsible for this annual toxic tide, why has it been so hard to stop it? In this talk, Timothy Johnson will discuss the environmental history of chemical fertilizers in the United States, exploring topics as diverse as guano islands, explosives production, and comic books to show how fertilizers became an indispensable tool for farmers, in spite of the considerable costs they have incurred.

Timothy Johnson is the Allington Dissertation Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for 2014-15 and a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on environmental and political history. Johnson’s dissertation is titled “Growth Industry: Unearthing the Origins of Fertilizer-Fueled Agriculture in America, 1865–1950.” The project investigates the chemicalization of American agriculture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on this monthly program, go to

This month’s Science on Tap event is hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science

Presenter: Timothy Johnson, Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Reading Thomas Jefferson’s Mail

“In a sense, my career as a historian has been reading other peoples' mail. For the past 15 years I have been reading Thomas Jefferson's--both the letters he wrote and those he received. He corresponded over the years with long-time Virginia friends, men and women whom he met in France when serving there as American minister in the 1780s and stayed in touch with for the rest of his life -- individuals who sought jobs when as president he had the power of patronage, members of Congress and his Cabinet and, of enormous importance to him, his daughters and grandchildren. This body of documents helps us to understand not just Thomas Jefferson but early American politics, business, and society. If we understand Jefferson's world, we are better equipped to understand our own."

Join us as Dr. Oberg shares her insights into the life and character of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Jefferson was president of the American Philosophical Society from 1797 to 1814 -- both before, during and after his presidential term. This talk is one of the many events over the next two years that will add to our historical understanding of Jefferson and how his multi-faceted legacy continues to be relevant today.

Barbara Oberg is a Research Scholar in the History Department at Princeton University and Editor Emerita of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a comprehensive edition of Jefferson's writings and correspondence (a project begun by the late Jefferson scholar and Member of the Society, Julian P. Boyd) published by Princeton University Press. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where her primary fields of study were eighteenth-century British intellectual history and American history of the early republic.

She has served as the president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Oberg was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society in 1998.

This event is free and open to the public.
Closest Parking: Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street (entrance on 4th next to Ritz Movie Theater)

Presenter: Dr. Barbara B. Oberg
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday: 2015 Celebration! – Building the City

Philadelphia in Franklin's era was known as the Athens of the New World. As master builders and carpenters erected homes ranging from simple to elaborate, Franklin turned his attention to safety features that were both useful and practical helping to provide the infrastructure for this growing metropolis. Through his Pennsylvania Gazette he stressed the need for a better water supply, urged the formation of fire companies, and suggested the paving and lighting of streets. In his private time he created the Franklin stove and his experiments with electricity gave rise to the lightning rod.

On January 16, 2015, the Franklin Birthday Celebration will present the Franklin Founders Award to Laurie D. Olin in recognition of his lifetime work in landscape design and urban planning. In 2013, Mr. Olin received the National Medal of Arts. His work through his firm, The Olin Studio, has helped make Philadelphia a more livable and successful city — a shining reflection of Dr. Franklin’s commitment to the improvement of civic life.

The 2015 Philadelphia Celebration will start with a free morning seminar on the topic of Building the City. Afterwards there will be a procession up 5th Street to Dr. Franklin’s grave followed by a luncheon honoring Mr. Olin.


Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder is a collaborative organization of representatives of Franklin related organizations that each year plan a celebration in Philadelphia of Franklin’s birthday. The celebration’s intent is to bring national attention to Franklin’s ideas, ideals, and accomplishments which remain relevant today. Each celebration is built around a separate theme related to a different facet of Franklin’s interests. While Franklin’s involvement in a particular field is explored, the focus also is on contemporary research and development within that field. Each year, the Franklin Founder bowl is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to that field.

Presenter: Paul R. Levy