Celebrating Science

Celebrating Science

Wistar takes part in inaugural Philadelphia Science Festival

From the days when folks like Caspar Wistar, Benjamin Franklin, and David Rittenhouse graced the Colonial scene to its modern role as a powerhouse in technology and biomedicine, one thing is clear: Philadelphia is a science town. 

Last April, The Wistar Institute took part in the inaugural celebration of Philadelphia’s scientific spirit as a founding member of the Philadelphia Science Festival. The Festival, a two-week series of events at the region’s museums, research institutes, and universities, kicked off with a grand “Science Carnival” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on April 16. James Hayden indoctrinating a new fan of microscopy at the Science Carnival

There, Wistar joined all manner of pro-science organizations for a fun, albeit rainy, day of activities for adults and children alike. At the Wistar booth, visitors could view and take a picture of their own cells — swabbed from the insides of their own mouths — on a microscope, under the expert guidance of James Hayden, director of Wistar’s Microscopy Facility. Their pictures were then posted to Wistar’s website for later download.

Hayden was joined by Professor Ronen Marmostein, Ph.D., Anne Ravert of Wistar’s Leadership Council, and a bevy of eager volunteers from laboratories across the Institute. 

As part of the Science Festival, Wistar also hosted Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestselling book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer to a packed auditorium.