Events

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

Date: Monday, September 14, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Science on Tap -- Dracula, Tequila and Fungus: A Night about Bats

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Against Time: Letters from Nazi Germany, 1938-1939

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Carnivorous Plants

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.

Click here for tickets and information. [link to: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/72-science-on-tap-quizzo]

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.

This is a free event. Click here for more information. [link to : http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/48-discover-the-history-of-phi...

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 http://scienceontapphilly.com/

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.

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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 http://www.historyofvaccines.org/, 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 http://scienceontapphilly.com/

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

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