PCOM Co-Sponsors Philadelphia Science Festival

April 19, 2017

Science Festival

The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival, co-sponsored by PCOM and the Franklin Institute, is a nine-day event exploring the impact of science and technology. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Science Festival

PCOM will once again partner in the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival—an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration that runs April 21–29, the Festival unites 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal.

College faculty will showcase their expertise to educate thousands of Philadelphians at the following events:

Friday, April 21: Science After Hours: Prom, 7 p.m., Franklin Institute 
A team of PCOM faculty members led by Sarah Allen, PhD, assistant professor, psychology; Denah Appelt, PhD, professor of neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology; Brian Balin, PhD, professor , microbiology and immunology and chair, bio-medical sciences; and Kerin Claeson, PhD, associate professor, anatomy, will be on-hand to discuss their research and knowledge of the brain.

Sunday, April 23: Murder at the Mutter, 2:30 p.m., Mutter Museum
Greg McDonald, DO ’89, professor and chair, forensic medicine, will use his expertise to help attendees solve a staged murder during this wildly popular event. (Note: this event is sold out.)

Saturday, April 29: Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing
Explore the Mega Brain®, the world's only portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit, and learn about brain form and function from PCOM faculty and students. The exhibit will be located next to the Independence Seaport Museum.

In addition, Peter Bidey, DO ’08, assistant professor, family medicine; Larry Finkelstein, DO ’87, associate professor, family medicine; and residents from the PCOM/Suburban Community Hospital Family Medicine residency, took osteopathic manipulative medicine to Citizen’s Bank Park on April 9, as part of Science at the Ballpark. The event was held as a preview to the main Festival.

Created, organized and led by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the annual Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places across the city. For more information, visit the Philadelphia Science Festival website.

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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.


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Renee Cree
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