Monthly Lectures

Monthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM at the Community College of Philadelphia's Main campus in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Exceptions are noted below.
NOTE: The Community College of Philadelphia is now requiring visitors to sign in with photo ID. This includes PhACT meetings. Please allow extra time when coming to meetings to complete this process.
Parking is available for $4.00 in the college parking garage on 17th St. The garage is open until 6 PM. Note: Free parking in the Bonnell lot across the street is no longer available.
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PhACT thanks Dr. David Cattell and the Philadelphia Community College for providing us with an excellent meeting space.

The general public is more than welcome to attend our lectures. You do not need to be a PhACT member to attend.
For more information, contact Bob Glickman at
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Disasters: Geology vs. Hollywood

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Jon Nyquist
Professor Nyquist holds the Week's chair in Environmental Geology at Temple University, where he is chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. He uses movies as the cornerstone of his general education course, "Disasters: Geology vs. Hollywood," to teach science to non-science students. For developing the course, Nyquist was honored with an inaugural Provost‘s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education.
Nyquist began his career at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Health Sciences Division in 1986. His research emphasized the use of aerial geophysical techniques to characterize land areas, help make land-use decisions, and support environmental restoration programs. Nyquist was active in developing techniques to use remotely piloted airplanes to carry new types of geophysical sensors. He has been president of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society.
Dr. Nyquist obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, and the University of Maryland, respectively, and his doctorate in geophysics at the University of Wisconsin. He holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin. Nyquist is past president of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, and a recipient of the Harold Mooney Award from the of Society of Exploration. He is a member of the International Association of Mathematical Geologists, the Geological Society of America, and several geophysical societies.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - TBD

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: TBD

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Science Gone Wrong

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Dr. Paul Offit
Dr. Paul Offit will discuss his new book, PANDORA'S LAB: SEVEN STORIES OF SCIENCE GONE WRONG.
Specifically, Dr. Offit will focus on two of the seven scientific inventions he argues changed the world -- for the worse. Of interest, Dr. Offit got several of his initial ideas for this book in discussions with PhACT members following a meeting about two years ago.
Dr. Paul Offit is an internationally known vaccinologist based locally at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - PhACT Expedition

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: On site Details
Destination is unknown right now. Please check back later for updates.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - TBD

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: To Be Determined Details
Speaker: Ken Silber
Please check back later for details.

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