University of the Sciences will mark its 192nd anniversary on Feb. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. with its annual Founders’ Day celebration. The ceremony includes bestowing an honorary degree upon Joseph L. Fink, III, P’70, JD, professor of law and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, as well as the groundbreaking for the Science and Technology Center (STC) II building. Founders' Day at USciences recalls the University's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, by 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries.
Dr. Fink will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree for his “leadership in pharmacy law and public policy in the pharmaceutical industry; and for (his) continued dedication to innovation and excellence.” He has devoted his career to the advancement of pharmacy, law, research, and education, and truly embodies the innovative spirit of USciences Founders’ Day. Licensed to practice pharmacy in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, Dr. Fink has been admitted to the practice of law in both states, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the 57,000-square-foot STC II expansion will immediately follow Founders’ Day. The state-of-the-art building will be a showcase for clinical and professional education. In addition to simulation labs and patient exam rooms, the STCII will feature a prominent, ecological green roof that serves to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The footprint of the three-story building has been designed to take advantage of the unique hillside topography. The building is expected to be completed by spring 2014.
To further mark the Founders' day occasion being held in the University’s AstraZeneca Auditorium of the McNeil Science and Technology Center, University President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee will announce two awards recognizing a current student and faculty member who represent the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the University’s founders, and who have engaged in research or some form of scholarly pursuit that results in new developments or discoveries.
When the University was founded in the 19th century, the practice of pharmacy still relied heavily on centuries-old folk wisdom passed down from apothecary to apothecary. In 1821, 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.