The Color of Science

The Color of Science

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

The Franklin Institute celebrates the vast contributions of local scientists and engineers from diverse backgrounds, by providing visitors an opportunity to meet them, learn from them, and become inspired by them.

With leading experts from the Philadelphia area placed within the museum exhibits that best represent their field, they will spend the morning providing hands-on experiences that demonstrate foundational concepts in their area of expertise. Visitors are invited navigate the exhibits and personally interact with these STEM professionals to fully appreciate the many opportunities available in all STEM fields. 

Featured Scientists:

Monique McCray
With close to fifteen years of experience in the architecture and design profession, Monique has been involved in the design and construction of various commercial buildings around Philadelphia and the surrounding region. As a project designer, she works on developments primarily in the Education and Public Safety sectors designing schools, emergency operations centers and police buildings.

David Wilcots
David is a homegrown geologist and paleontologist from Philadelphia, Pa. At an early age, David was fascinated by dinosaurs and the study of archeology. David has over 30 years of experience working as an environmental geologist and has worked for several environmental and engineering agencies around the region. These days he uses his years of experience collecting fossils as a volunteer paleontologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Patrice Gardner
Patrice is a Philadelphia native with a passion for science and a great love of art. Patrice has dedicated her professional career to connecting under severed populations to the rich science community of Philadelphia. An active member Communities of Learning for Urban Environments and Science (CLUES), Patrice uses her training in media arts to promote environmental literacy to youth in underserved communities.

Melinda Hayes, CST
Melinda Hayes is a Certified Surgical Technologist at Willseye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa where she assists surgeons during their daily operations. Specializing in medical technology, Melinda’s responsibilities include operating complex surgical equipment and instrumentation, prepping operation rooms, and assisting doctors in surgical procedures.

Theresa Rowe, MSN
Theresa Rowe is the Director of Heart Failure Services at Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. Theresa uses STEM on a daily basis in her work as an advanced nurse practitioner, educator, and care program provider. Theresa and her team of professionals are responsible for assessing patient needs, developing a plan of care, and assisting with program development and patient education.

Albert Hicks, MD
Dr. Albert Hicks’s passion for science was ignited at age 13 in the shadow of the Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute. His uncle encouraged him to join The Franklin Institute’s Partnership for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program, where he learned important skills for becoming a doctor and fostered his life long love of STEM. Now an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, Hicks is saving lives and educating the next generation of doctors as a fellowship program director at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Texas.

Khara Gresham, DMD, MPH
Another PACTS alumni, Khara Gresham is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry currently practicing in Boston, Ma. Khara is a passionate educator and advocate promoting awareness around topics of equality and public access to quality care. In addition to her work in community heath centers, Khara mentors the next generation of dentists as an instructor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Loni Philip Tabb, Ph.D.
A leading researcher in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics, Dr. Loni Tabb currently serves as a professor at Drexel University where she uses math, maps, and public health data to study how the places we live affect our bodies. Leaning on her background in mathematics, Dr. Tabb has made groundbreaking discoveries that are helping public health professionals keep us all healthier and better informed.


Tickets: Included with General Admission

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The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103