Newsletter for Friday, March 13
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University City appears to be ready for warmth. Photo via @ahchantz on Instagram.
PHILLY’S MONELL CENTER: ‘THE TASTE OF PEE,’ AND THE SMELL OF CANCER
Welcome to the Monell Center, a lab near 36th and Market that sits smack in between Drexel and Penn. Inside, 50 scientists and another 75 technical and administrative staff are working full-time in the only lab in the world dedicated exclusively to studying the basic science of smell and taste. It’s an independent nonprofit with an annual budget of about $17 million. Most of that comes from government grants, but some comes from Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Phillip Morris and Coca-Cola. These companies pay Monell for education and access to the scientists for consultation’s sake, but don’t pay to commission any studies. Here’s a look at some of the badass research that’s going on in the center.
EAGLES CHANGES: CHIP KELLY AND THE SUPER BOWL SEAHAWKS
That LeSean McCoy jersey you bought probably won’t be too stylish anymore seeing as he’s no longer an Eagle. Anyone who bought a Nick Foles jersey can relate. Same with Cary Williams fans. They’re all gone, of course. Everyone’s gone. It seems like that anyway, seems like coach Chip Kelly, given the keys to the franchise in January, has ditched all of his passengers at a rest stop and veered off in some other direction (Oregon?). But how much roster turnover should be expected in an offseason, especially for a team like the Eagles trying to make the jump from decent to great? Billy Penn studied league trends and compared the Eagles’ recent and past roster moves — here’s where they (and the Phillies and Sixers) fit in with roster turnover in their respective leagues.
TO DO: EAT CHILI WITH A TOP CHEF
WHAT: The 6th Annual Philly Chili Cook-off
WHERE: The Ukranian American Citizen’s Association, 847 N. Franklin Street
WHEN: 3 pm
HOW MUCH: $15 at the door; $10 online now
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HARDER TO GET INTO SEPTA THAN STANFORD: ALL ABOUT TRANSIT CAREERS
SEPTA aims to hire about 22-26 people per month. Specifically, in 2014, they hired 264 people. Keep in mind, they received 10,472 applications. That’s a 2.5 percent acceptance rate. For context, Stanford, which is the most selective University in the country, has a 5.7 percent acceptance rate. That’s a lot of applications, but for good reason. SEPTA Workforce Planning Manager Joseph G. Quinn says SEPTA wants a ton of applications because that allows for a very selective hiring process. Here’s how it works.
HOW TO GET (AND KEEP) TECH JOBS IN PHILLY: A BILLY PENN EVENT
Looking for a job? Looking to hire? Let Billy Penn help. Our experts in startups, government and tech will talk about the current tech talent landscape of Philadelphia and what organizations can do to find and keep tech talent here in the city. They’ll also give advice to job candidates about landing a job at their organization and tips for working in tech in Philly. Both recruiters and job candidates will be able to network at the event, including a chance to make hiring announcements at the end of the event. Oh, and did we mention there’s free food and alcohol? Sign up here.