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Feb. 21, 2007 - Inside USP is the Official Newsletter for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

We want to hear from you! Tell us your news, activities, and accomplishments, so that we can share them with the campus. E-mail your news to b.kirschner@usip.edu.

Red Cross Training
Over 200 students, faculty, and staff packed the Wilson Dining Hall on Feb. 7 for the Department of Student Life's annual Make a Deal for a USP Devil charity auction. The event raised a record $2,500 with 75 percent of the proceeds going to MANNA and the remaining monies going to to the Asian Student Alliance, who had the highest level of participation.

Genetic Tests Pose Tailored Care
by Dinah Wisenberg Brin, Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2007
"I think this is an explosion about to happen," said Robert Field, chairman of the health policy and public health department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. "Five or 10 years ago, this was the promise of genetic technology. Today, we are seeing the first applications. I think five years from now, certainly 10 years from now, this will indeed dominate medicine.


Spring 2007 Arts Calendar

Unforgettable India
7:30 p.m., AstraZeneca Auditorium, McNeil STC

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 Celebration
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

Advances in Pharmacy Practice
New Drugs of 2006 and Current Issues in Pharmacy Law
8:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., AstraZeneca Auditorium, McNeil STC

USP Kingsessing Players Coffee Bar

Advances in Pharmacy Practice
New Drugs of 2006 and Current Issues in Pharmacy Law
8:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., Plains, PA

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

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

3/7 - 3/10/07
NCSSSMST Conference
McNeil STC

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

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

Out of the Frying Pan and Out of the Fryer
There is a trans-fat-free wave currently rolling through the food service industry and the Philadelphia City government, if not across the nation. For USP’s dining services, that wave came through over a year ago according to Dining Services Director Stephen C. Finch. "I came to USP about 14 months ago and the first thing I did was get the trans fat out of the fryer," Finch said. (read more)

black_dot Sue Pettus Named Assistant to SVP

black_dot Women Cagers Ranked in NE Region Poll

black_dot Focus Group Wanted For Fitness and Recreation

black_dot Tax Tips From Joe Trainor

black_dot New Museum Items on Display, Exhibition Planned

black_dot Kurtz Breaks Three-Point Record

black_dot Bridging the Gap Lecture Series

black_dot Chesnavich Named to CACC Women's Basketball Honor Roll

black_dot Aifuwa Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

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Photo courtesy of Al For.


Founders’ Day - 186th Anniversary
Cephalon CEO, Faculty Member and Student To Be Honored Feb. 22
You are invited to celebrate USP's 186th anniversary of its founding Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at 2 p.m. While it’s known that an honorary doctorate in science will be bestowed upon Frank Baldino, Jr., PhD, Chairman and CEO of Cephalon, Inc., you will have to be present in the McNeil STC’s AstraZeneca Auditorium to learn which current student and faculty member will receive the first Awards of Merit. Don’t forget to enjoy a piece of cake and wear your gown all day! (read more)

Students Participate in Six Sigma Training
USP’S Department Of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business has placed four students at McKesson where they are completing Six Sigma training. “Six Sigma is a program designed to improve operational excellence, including improving quality and efficiency, within the various functions of a corporation,” said William Ashton (pharmaceutical and healthcare business). (read more)

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)

February Safety Newsletter - Stay Safe in the Cold
Brrr, it’s cold outside. Prolonged exposure to low temperatures, wind and/or moisture can result in a cold-related injury such as frostbite and hypothermia. The Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is passing on some suggestions from the National Safety Council on how to keep warm and avoid frostbite and hypothermia. (read more)

News for Faculty
28th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pharmacy Practice
The introduction of new drugs into the marketplace is one of the most important topics for pharmacists. In response to this need, PCP is pleased to present the 28th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pharmacy Practice, a continuing pharmacy education program, developed for pharmacists to be kept up-to-date in pharmacy practice. The first of three dates is Sunday, Feb. 25. (read more)

The Future of Drug Safety Symposium
What does the future hold for government and private efforts to assure medication safety? The symposium, "The Future of Drug Safety: Trials, Errors, and the Promise of Pharmaceuticals" on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, from 4:30–6:30 p.m., will bring together four of the nation’s most prominent experts on drug safety to consider key issues from different perspectives—government, industry, and academia. (read more)

Favorite Poem Project Returns
Six years ago, as a follow-up to the first Misher Week, USP took on an event that was sweeping the country – the Favorite Poem Project. The event returns on the evening of April 11, during National Poetry Week, as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration are invited to read their favorite poems. The event will be presented in a formal, video-taped, open-to-the-public reading. Click here to learn more about USP’s Favorite Poem Project and use the online submission form. (read more)

ARC 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 
Participate in this warm-up to the Femi Memorial Basketball Tournament on March 14 from 6-10 p.m. in the Bobby Morgan Arena. Champions will have their $30 Femi Tournament entrance fee reimbursed. For further details pick up the entry form and rules packet at the ARC Front Counter. The deadline is Monday, March 12. In addition, you can enter online at www.usip.edu/arc or email m.caseri@usip.edu.

Executive Leadership Team and Board of Trustees Report
The ELT meets on Feb. 21 and the Board meets on Feb. 22. See the upcoming March 7 edition of Inside USP for a complete update.

Emergency Closing/Cancellation Decisions
When any circumstance, usually weather, raises a question about whether USP should be closed or classes should be cancelled, responsibility and authority for making a decision rests with the President, the senior vice president for academic affairs, and the vice president for operations.
Typically the two VPs consult and make the decision. Currently, that means Barbara Byrne and Pat Lepore have to make such a decision, recognizing that there is no right answer and any decision will be questioned by a number of members of the University community. If you want to know more about how they proceed and under what circumstances, click here.

News from the Office of Operations
At the onset of the spring semester, USP began tracking the recycling activity across campus with a goal of collecting 72,000 pounds of recycled material by the end of the semester. In just one area - cafeteria and vending - the University disposes of 10,000 units per week of potentially recyclable material. Join us in capturing these recyclables as well as cardboard and white paper across campus. Please use blue containers for white paper. Need a blue container? Contact Facilities at 215.596.8955

Temporary changes in Human Resources
Sue Pettus, who is now the assistant to the senior vice president for marketing and development, was previously the contact in the human resources office for handling the recruiting efforts of the University, the HR webpage, and the management of the Datatel HRIS system. To ensure there is no interruption in service to the USP community, the HR department has made changes. (read more)

Reminder – Employee Relations Services
The primary purpose of Employee Relations is to protect the interests, rights, and privileges of faculty and staff in all levels of university operations and programs. Through the HR office, Employee Relations is designated by the university to function as an impartial and neutral resource to assist members of the university community. Employee Relations provides information relating to university policies and procedures and facilitates the resolution of problems and complaints through informal investigation and mediation. The rights and interests of all parties to disputes are considered, with the aim to achieving fair outcomes. The primary contact in the HR office regarding Employee Relations is Katherine Wright (k.wright@usip.edu). If Katherine is unavailable you may contact Susan Rohanna (s.rohann@usip.edu).

New Voluntary Travel Services Benefit
HR is pleased to announce a new voluntary employee benefit: Flagship Global Health. Flagship Global Health is a membership-based, international company dedicated to priority access to the world’s leading specialists when they are needed the most. (read more)

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Women urged to consider aspirin to cut stroke risk
By Marilynn Marchione / Associated Press, Tuesday, February 20, 2007 (Philly.com)

FDA warns of dangers of Internet drugs
Associated Press, Sunday, February 18, 2007 (Philly.com)

MP3 players as learning labs
By Madlen Read / Associated Press, Sunday, February 18, 2007 (Philly.com)

Indonesia to resume cooperation on bird flu
By Zakki Hakim / Associated Press, Saturday, February 17, 2007 (Philly.com)

Democrats vow to boost child health plan amid state concern
TOM HESTER Jr. / Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2007  

Harvard names 1st female president
By Jesse Harlan Alderman / Associated Press, Monday, February 12, 2007 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Health plan's goals, costs
By Josh Goldstein / Inquirer Staff Writer, Wednesday, February 7, 2007 (Philly.com)