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Founders' Day 2016

Honorary Doctor of Science
Dinesh C. Patel MS'75, PhD

Award of Merit—Faculty
Clyde M. Ofner, III, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Award of Merit—Students
Patrick Coppler PA’17
Dorela Priftanji PharmD’17

Award of Merit—Staff
Patty O'Hagan
Student Affairs Administrator

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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ceremony 2-2:45 p.m.

About Founders' Day

Founders' Day at USciences recalls the University's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821. At that time, 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries met in Carpenter's Hall to establish the basis for the improved scientific standards we enjoy today and to train more competent apprentices and students. They pledged “to invite a spirit of pharmaceutical investigation" and to guard the public from "the introduction of spurious, adulterated, deteriorated, or otherwise mischievous articles." A year later, they organized and incorporated the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)—the first college of pharmacy in North America—now a part of University of the Sciences. The group ushered in a new era of the practice of pharmacy—the identification, selection, compounding, and analysis of drugs—and laid the foundation for a legacy of future advances and discoveries.

About Awards of Merit

The University continues a tradition started in 2007 with the presentation of an Award of Merit to an undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member, and faculty member. The chosen individuals represent the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the University's founders and have engaged in research or some form of scholarly pursuit that results in new developments or innovations.

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