Lantern Theater Company: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in ARCADIA (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in THE TRAIN DRIVER (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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Women in Science / Science Onstage
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Women in Science / Science Onstage

A day-long event presented in partnership with Chemical Heritage Foundation
Saturday, September 19, 2015 • 10AM - 4:30PM

At Chemical Heritage Foundation • 315 Chestnut Street • Philadelphia, PA 19106

This day-long event will be a fun, INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE that celebrates the Lantern's production of the science history play Photograph 51 and accomplishments of women scientists – locally and across the world, in history and today.

Visit the SCIENCE FAIR, organized by members of the Association of Women in Science and featuring local female scientists. Choose from several small, interactive EXHIBITS and DISCUSSIONS that explore the evolution of science education for girls vs. boys and the science behind Photograph 51. Show off what you have learned with QUIZ GAMES and DEBATES. Hear from our keynote panel of experts, including 2014 MacArthur Fellow Danielle Bassett.

Event Schedule

10AM - 11:30AM
Check-in and Registration opens for Breakout Sessions (select any 3)

10AM - 11:30AM | Opening: Women in Science Fair
Women scientists from all around Philadelphia share their work in an engaging and interactive format, giving you the chance to ask questions and get a clear picture of what women are doing in science now.

11:30AM - 1PM | Lunch & Lisa Rosner Talk
Over a complimentary box lunch, history professor Lisa Rosner leads a short talk on women in science through history while actresses portraying famous women scientists interact with tables. Each table represents a different female scientist from history and has a set of "trading cards" featuring scientists bios and suggested questions for the actresses.

1PM - 3PM | Breakout Session #1 – Cowboys vs Empiricists
As evidenced in our Science Fair, scientists work in a variety of ways – but we want to know how you work! Would you rather race to show a model, have it be wrong, and be forced to rework the whole thing from scratch or take the time to cross your t's, dot your i's, and present your theory when the whole team thinks it's ready? Participate a rousing, on-your-feet debate about the battle between leaps of faith and rigorous fact-checking.

1PM - 3PM | Breakout Session #2 – (Women in) Science Jeopardy
Will you take Famous Women Scientists for $300? Throughout the day you've had the opportunity to pick up all sorts of interesting tidbits and facts about women in science. Now, compete with a team in a Jeopardy-style game where science is the subject, women are the focus, and you supply the questions. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

1PM - 3PM | Breakout Session #3 – Breaking Out of the Guilded Cage: Jane Marcet
When Jane Marcet was born in 1769, it was unheard of that a woman would write a science textbook let alone one for non-expert readers. And yet, in 1806 Jane Marcet did just that, publishing Conversations in Chemistry featuring a female teacher and two female pupils. Hear the story of this enterprising woman with Lisa Rosner, Distinguished Professor of History at Stockton College, and catch a performance of one of the chapters of her famous book.

1PM - 3PM | Breakout Session #4 – Of Photographs and Mystery: X-Ray Crystallography
Just what in the world is x-ray crystallography? When and how did scientists come to practice this lab technique? Join CHF's Institute for Research staff member Jacqueline Boytim for an immersive tour in the museum, and learn about the people, ideas, and instruments that have allowed us to peer into the world of molecules that lies beyond human vision.

3PM - 4:30PM | Closing Reception: Science as a Human Endeavor
Featuring keynote speaker Danielle Bassett, Physicist and 2014 MacArthur Fellow; Deborah Zoe Laufer, Playwright; Linsay Firman, Associate Director for the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation

Event ends

Chemical Heritage Foundation
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and making known the history of the chemical sciences. Founded in 1992 and located at 315 Chestnut Street, CHF includes a library, museum, archive, research center, and conference center.  visit website
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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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