PCOM to Participate in Philadelphia Science FestivalApril 19, 2018
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
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
Thursday, April 26: Brain Food: Science Night at the Market, 7 p.m., Reading Terminal
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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