Science Week Recap

Release Date: October 19-23, 2009

Chestnut Hill College hosted a week-long series of science career events for students and the public from October 19-23, 2009 on the College campus. Funding for Science Career Week was provided through a grant from the Delaware Valley Innovation Network. 

The art exposition, “The Craft of Science and Scientist” was on display in the Dwight V. Dowley Gallery, 5th Floor, St. Joseph Hall on Monday, October 19, 2009. The exhibition featured posters of famous scientists with a short biography of their life and discoveries as well as discipline-specific posters that overview disease topics such as cancer, AIDS and influenza, and some artistic works using lab materials.

Robert Ramos, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Drexel University presented the lecture, “Really Cool Science: Artificial Atoms Cooled to Near Absolute Zero Temperatures” on Monday, October 19, 2009.
Lakshmi Atchison, Ph.D., professor of biology at Chestnut Hill College presented the lecture “Stand Up to Cancer: Fight, Conquer and Live Healthy” in the East Parlor. Following her talk, Robert Meyer, Ph.D., professor of biology, presented the lecture “Troubled Waters” with information about the Wissahickon Watershed.

Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., global head of infectious diseases at Johnson & Johnson was the keynote speaker during Science Week, presenting a talk on October 22, 2009. He spoke about “Curing HIV,” and provided an overview of strategies that could lead to a complete eradication of HIV in people currently infected with the AIDS virus.


The panel discussion, “Professions in the Sciences” was held on Thursday the East Parlor. Professionals from six various career paths discussed careers in the armed services, medicine, genetic counseling, veterinary science, basic and clinical research, auxiliary health profession sciences and careers involving chemical and diagnostic analysis. Panel Members included personnel from the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, The United States Army, Abington Hospital, Temple University, and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On Friday guests enjoyed a panel discussion titled “Getting Started with a Science Degree” in St. Joseph Hall. A panel of recent Chestnut Hill College graduates and students discussed their employment opportunities after graduating with a degree in the sciences.