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Feb. 7, 2007 - Inside USP is the Official Newsletter for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

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Red Cross Training

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USP and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health conducted an emergency preparedness exercise on Monday, Jan. 29. USP’s pharmacy students had the opportunity to participate in the event as volunteers distributing mock bottles of emergency medications. Dr. Joseph DiMino P’62, Montgomery County director of health/medical director, was honored for his contributions to public health.


Make A Deal for A Devil
7 p.m., Wilson Dining Hall

The Department of Biological Sciences seminar series:"A New Paradigm in Drug Discovery: Evolving Small Molecules by Genetic Chemistry for the Pharmaceutical Industry." presented by Dr. Pascal Longchamp, Ph.D., MBA, business development leader of Evolva SA. 
2-3 p.m., McNeil STC, Room 137.

PhotoVoice Deadline

Live Healthier in 2007

Black History Month Celebration Guest Speaker: Aranthan S. Jones II, director of policy and research for the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip
1 p.m., Griffith Hall C

Founders' Day
2-2:45 p.m., AstraZeneca Auditorium, McNeil STC

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Black History Month Celebration
2nd Annual Fashion Show
7-10 p.m., Alumni Hall

Bloodborne Pathogens/Biosafety Training Session
9:00 a.m., Wilson Hall, Room #205

3/5 – 3/9/07
Spring Recess (No Classes)

3/5 – 3/6/07
Financial Aid Office closed for training

Meeting of the Faculty Council
1-3 p.m., Griffith Hall C

Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business Career Fair
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., location TBA

The Future of Drug Safety Symposium
4:30-6:30 p.m., AstraZeneca Auditorium, McNeil STC

Faculty Council Open Forum – Morale Task Force Report
1-3 p.m., Griffith Hall C

5th Annual USP Scholarly Day and John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Aerobics Schedule
Special Events Schedule

Dining Services
Weekly Menu

PhotoVoice Project Focuses on
‘Culture of USP’

Dr. Claudia Parvanta’s (social sciences) SS400 class is conducting a 'PhotoVoice' project on the culture of USP. All are invited to submit digital images or hard copy photographs for consideration in this project. Online submission is preferable. Deadline is Feb. 8. (read more)

black_dot Bad Weather? University Closing Policy Reminder

black_dot Jennifer S. Beal Joins Career Services Department

black_dot DPTs Go Red

black_dot 300 Educators to Attend NCSSSMST Conference at USP

black_dot Live Healthier in 2007

black_dot Expert Commentary: Bush’s Call For National Health System Surprising

black_dot Traxel Wins Literary Award

POD photo courtesy of Al For.



Founders’ Day Set for Feb. 22
USP will celebrate the 186th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 22, 2007, with a number of events, including an honorary degree to be bestowed upon Frank Baldino, Jr., PhD, Chairman and CEO of Cephalon, Inc. Founders' Day recalls USP's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, by 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries. At 2 p.m., a full processional in the AstraZeneca Auditorium of the McNeil Science and Technology Center will mark the start of an official ceremony that will award Dr. Baldino with an honorary doctorate in science. To further mark the occasion, USP President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino will announce two awards to recognize a current student and faculty member who live by the values upon which the University was founded. (read more)

Lehrberger Named Director of Financial Aid
Paula Lehrberger has joined USP as its new director of financial aid, announced Joe Trainor, vice president of finance. Lehrberger has over 17 years of experience working in financial aid in the higher education setting. Since 2003, she was director of financial aid at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (read more)

Great GardensUSP Garden Makes List
The Lower Mill Creek Garden, USP’s green oasis on the corner of 43rd St. and Chester Ave., is one of 70 gardens to be featured in A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region by Adam Levine and Rob Cardillo. The book will be available Feb. 28. For more information, visit www.phillygardenguide.com.

Iglarsh To Receive Paris Distinguished Service Award
Z. Annette Iglarsh (physical therapy) will receive the Paris Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 17, 2007, at the annual Sections Meeting of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) in Boston. This prestigious award is given to “honor a most outstanding orthopedic section member whose contributions to the section are of exceptional and enduring value.” (read more)

10 Devils Named to CACC Fall Academic Team
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia had 10 student-athletes named to the 2006 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Fall All-Academic Team it was announced on Jan. 30. Four of the student-athletes selected have the distinction of being three-time selections. (read more)
black_dot Women's X-Country Earns Div. II Academic Honors

Expert Commentary: Bigger Not Better In Pharmaceutical Industry
Pfizer, Inc. eliminating 10,000 jobs and closing up to five facilities in a cost-cutting move will send ripples through the industry. “Bigger may not be better” in the pharmaceutical industry said Dr. Harold Glass (health policy). “We have seen a significant number of mergers in recent years among large pharmaceutical companies. These companies look for the cost savings necessary to fund the large costs of finding and developing new drugs,” Glass said. “However, larger pharmaceutical companies have not proven to be more productive in either R&D or marketing. In fact, there is a growing sense that the opposite has occurred. Larger organizations have become less nimble and effective." (read more)

Online Room Scheduling Follow-up – Canceling a Room

News For Faculty
Exam Schedules Posted
Class exam and final exam schedules for the Spring Semester are now posted on the Registrar's Office web site, www.usip.edu/registrar and click on the appropriate link in the left pane. For your convenience, the class exam schedule throughout the semester and the final exam schedule are now on separate links. Remember that the entire academic calendar (spring 2007 through fall 2007) is also available from the link in the left pane of the Registrar's Office website.

USP Celebrates Black History Month
Aranthan S. Jones II, director of policy and research for the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, will be the guest lecturer on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 at 1 p.m. in Griffith Hall C as USP celebrates Black History Month. On Feb. 23, the Black Student Union will hold its 2nd Annual Fashion Show from 7-10 p.m. in Alumni Hall (read more)

Women’s Week 2007 - Monday, Feb. 12 – Friday, Feb. 16
USP will commemorate Women’s Week 2007 from Monday, Feb. 12 through Friday, Feb. 16 with a number of events and activities aimed at celebrating the strong, independent women of our institution. (read more)

Make A Deal for A DevilAnnual Charity Auction Slated for Feb. 7
The Department of Student Life is welcoming the new semester with its annual charity auction, Make a Deal for a USP Devil, which will take place on Feb. 7, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Dining Hall. The event gives USP students an opportunity to have fun while giving back to the community.
(read more)

3 on 3 Femi Memorial Basketball Tournament
USP will host the Femi Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 24, 2007, to honor the memory of Olufemi “Femi” Paschal Ogunkorode. All Proceeds will be donated to The Femi Memorial Fund. Participating teams are guaranteed three games with a trophy and prizes awarded to the winners and Tournament MVP. For more information and a registration form, visit: www.usip.edu/arc/femimemorial/.

Executive Leadership Team Report

The ELT held a planning meeting on January 31, 2007. Among the topics discussed were admissions, future partnerships, the 2007-08 budget, and the review of the February Board of Trustees' meeting. (read the full notes from the meeting)

Commencement Participation Policy
The policy governing who may participate in the commencement ceremony in May has caused some problems in the past. Dr. Barbara Byrne, senior vice president for academic affairs, and the deans have developed a revised policy which can be accessed here. The major change is that a student who meets all non-academic requirements (e.g. bills paid, etc.) but has outstanding academic requirements can participate if she/he can reasonably be expected to fulfill those outstanding requirements before the beginning of the next fall semester.
(read more)

News from the Office of Operations
black_dot Dining Services is now offering trans fat-free cuisine. The Courtside Café will open at 8:30 a.m. starting Monday, Feb. 12 and will offer a small breakfast menu.

black_dot The Security Department will continue to offer the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program free to female students, faculty, and staff, and this year, for the first time, to men also. RAD is a national program on hands-on self defense. The course will be taught by Michelle Ray, a trained and certified RAD instructor, from University of Pennsylvania. The course dates are Thursday, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, and Monday, Feb. 26. Classes are scheduled from 8-10:00 p.m. in the ARC, aerobic room. If you are interested in signing up for this course, please send an e-mail to USP.RAD@gmail.com

Memorandum on Vacation Balances Coming Soon
The Human Resources Office is finalizing the calculations for all full- and part-time, 12-month employees' vacation balances.  As was communicated earlier, the vacation year now coincides with the fiscal year July 1 through June 30.

HR will be sending out memorandums within the next two weeks to each employee with the available amount of vacation time they will have available to use by June 30, 2007.  HR will also be sending copies of these memos to each employee’s department head so they can work closely with each individual to ensure they use their vacation time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 8930.

Beginning the month of February, members of the Human Resources Office will begin to meet various departments to discuss the employee handbook information guide.

black_dot New Hires and Promotions


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Cancer vaccine price, insurance problems limiting patient access, LINDA A. JOHNSON / Associated Press, Saturday, February 3, 2007 (Philly.com)

Medicaid enrollments drop in 6 states over ID, citizenship rules, KATHARINE WEBSTER / Associated Press, Friday, February 2, 2007

Flu trackers take a cue from storm watchers, By Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press, Friday, February 2, 2007 (Philly.com)

AstraZeneca cutting 3,000 jobs, Philadelphia Business Journal - Feb. 1, 2007

Obama: Health care for all in U.S. in 6 years, Friday, January 26, 2007 (Philly.com)

Pfizer cutting 10,000 jobs worldwide, Tuesday, January 23, 2007 (Philly.com)

Democrats balk at Bush's health care proposal, By Tony Pugh, Margaret Talev and Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Newspapers, Wednesday, January 24, 2007