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PCOM to Participate in Philadelphia Science Festival

April 19, 2018

The Philadelphia Science Festival includes 200 of the city's most influential institutions, museums, cultural center.The Philadelphia Science Festival includes 200 of the city's most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is continuing its longstanding partnership with the Franklin Institute as a participant in the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that engages the community with the ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives.

A citywide collaboration that runs April 20-28, the festival unites 200 of the region's most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal. This year, PCOM faculty, staff and students will showcase their expertise to educate thousands of Philadelphians at the following events:

Sunday, April 22: Fishtown Science Crawl, 2 p.m., Front Street Café
A team of PCOM volunteers led by Sarah Allen, PhD, assistant professor, psychology; and Kerin Claeson, PhD, associate professor, anatomy, will be on hand at one of the festival's most popular events to discuss the effects of alcohol on the brain.

Sunday, April 22: Murder at the Mütter: Illusion, 2 p.m., Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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.)

Thursday, April 26: Brain Food: Science Night at the Market, 7 p.m., Reading Terminal Market
At this event, new to the festival, Dr. Allen and Brian Balin, PhD, professor and chair, bio-medical sciences, will discuss the foods that can boost your brain power—and the foods that can bust it.

Saturday, April 28: Science Carnival on the Parkway, 10 a.m., Ben Franklin Parkway
Explore the Mega Brain®—the world's only portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit—and learn about brain form and function from a team of faculty and students, led by Dr. Balin and Denah Appelt, PhD, professor of neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology. The MegaBrain® will be located in front of the Franklin Institute building.

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. 

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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.

For more information, contact:
Daniel McCunney
Associate Director, News and Media Relations
Email: danielmc1@pcom.edu
Office: 215-871-6304 | Cell: 267-449-1360

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