University of Pennsylvania perelman school of medicine

The Perelman School of Medicine is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve human health, and in training the next generation of scientific leaders. The REACH Ambler project is housed in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and has links to the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) and the Superfund Research and Training Program. Project Staff: Frances K. Barg (Principal Investigator),  Edward Emmett (Principal Investigator), Shabnam Elahi, Lisa Jacobs

Science History Institute

The Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) is a library, museum, and center for scholars in Philadelphia. The Institute fosters dialogue on science and technology in society. Staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. The Institute collects, preserves, and exhibits historical artifacts; engages communities of scientists and engineers; and tells the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations. Discover more about the Institute's programs and exhibits at Project Staff: Jody Roberts (Principal Investigator), Lee Berry, Sarah Hunter-Lascoskie, Elizabeth McDonnell, Rebecca Ortenberg, Christy Schneider, Britt Dahlberg, Zackary Biro


An interdisciplinary collective of researchers and educators from the University of Pennsylvania, camra fosters collaborations among scholars through projects that explore, practice, evaluate, and teach about multimedia research and representation. For more information, visit their website Project Members: Matthew Tarditi, Jabari Zuberi, Tali Ziv

Act II Playhouse

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse is committed to creating and programming theatre in a venue whose intimacy draws audiences and actors into dynamic interaction. Act II produces new, classic, and contemporary plays and musicals that reflect the highest artistic standards, with a focus on a variety of live performances that are accessible and entertaining. Find at more at Project Staff: Bill D'Agostino

Community Participants

Robert Adams.  Salvatore Boccuti.  Rob Cardillo.  Gordon Chase.  Fred Conner Jr.
Gregory Cooke.  Susan Curry.  Jack DelConte.  Carol DiPietro.  Bernadette Dougherty.  
Helen DuTeau.  Jim Feeney.  Tim  Hughes.  Sue Leary.  Sharon McCormick.  
Anne McDonough.  Beth Pilling.  Victor Romano.  Eduardo Rovira.  Gioia Smith.  
Sharon Cooke Vargas.  Ruth E. Weeks.  Flo Wise.  John Zaharchuk.

Learn more about the community participants interviewed for this project.

With special thanks to

Ruth E. weeks, gregory cooke, and sharon cooke vargas 

for conducting pilot study interviews, providing research assistance, and serving as community contacts.

Maria voss, Scott Zgraggen, and dutch godshalk

for serving as community stakeholders.

Salvatore Boccuti, Matthew Tarditi, and Jabari Zuberi

for contemporary photographs of Ambler used on this website.