Featuring the 50th

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2018 marks the Monell Center’s 50th anniversary, and we are proudly celebrating our storied history of sensory discoveries! Below are some of the highlights from this milestone year.


Regilding of Face Fragment (Summer 2017)

Befitting our golden anniversary, we recently restored the gold leaf on Face Fragment, the sculpture that lives outside our main building on Market Street. Read more here about Face Fragment’s creation and its years as Monell’s sentinel and symbol.


50th Anniversary Proclamation from Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney (December 15, 2017)

Mayor Jim Kenney proclaimed December 15, 2017 to be Taste and Smell Day in Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our founding.



50th Anniversary Logo Designed by Susan Kare

Susan Kare, daughter of Monell’s founding Director Morley Kare, designed the logos for our 50th anniversary year. Ms. Kare, known for designing the first Mac icons and typeface, took her inspiration from the distinctive “M” logo that legendary designer Paul Rand created for us in 1989.




50th Anniversary Banner 

It’s a banner year for Monell, and now all visitors and passers-by know it!


Monell Matters: 50th Anniversary Social Media Campaign

In celebration of Monell’s 50th anniversary, we are taking to social media to share reasons why #MonellMatters. To see the updates throughout the year as they happen, find us on Facebook at Monell Chemical Senses Center or on Twitter at @MonellSc.




Experience Café in NYC as part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s “The Senses” exhibition (April 18, 2018)

Cooper Hewitt’s Experience Café featured a night of tasting sounds, smelling words, and touching sensory materials with designers and scientists involved with the exhibition entitled, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Monell scientists presented scientific background intended to spark ideas for inclusive design for smell loss, or anosmia.


The Future of Food at the Philadelphia Science Festival (April 23, 2018)

From culturing algae to cultivating insect proteins to recycling food waste, technology offers inventive ways to sustainably nourish a global population expected to grow nearly 40% by 2050. Scientists from the Monell Center and Drexel University’s Center for Food & Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences discussed food sustainability from sensory, nutritional, and culinary perspectives.


WHYY Telethon! (June 22, 2018)

Monell partners with local public radio station WHYY to spark scientific curiosity and raise funds for science reporting.



Martin Meyerson Lecture by Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD (October 14, 2018)

International Taste and Smell Disorders Conference at Monell (November 14-15, 2018)

Alumni Days (November 15-16, 2018)

Taste and Smell Dinner (November 15, 2018)

Nancy Rawson, PhD, on Sensory Nutrition at the Franklin Institute Speaker Series (November 6, 2018)