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

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Founders' Day
Dr. Cathy Poon (right, pharmacy practice) received the first Faculty Award of Merit at Founders' Day 2007 from Dr. Barbara Byrne, senior vice president for academic affairs. Laura Unger B'07 was the first Student Award of Merit winner and Frank Baldino, Jr. was bestowed an honorary doctorate in science. (read more)



Spring 2007 Arts Calendar

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

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

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

Day Light Saving Time begins - find your computer fix here

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., McNeil STC

The Future of Drug Safety: Trials, Errors, and the Promise of Pharmaceuticals
4:30–6:30 p.m., McNeil STC

Glasser Visiting Professor Lecture
1-3 p.m., PTC 140

Glasser Visiting Professor Lecture
4:30-6:30 p.m., McNeil STC

Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science joins the Bioinformatics Program to present:
Dr. Susan Davidson, UPenn
1-2 p.m., McNeil STC 137

Race For Humanity
9 a.m.

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

New Seminar Series
The Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science joins the Bioinformatics Program as well as the Mathematics Club and Physics Club for a new monthly seminar series. The first is scheduled for March 27 by UPenn's Dr. Susan Davidson. The talks are open to the campus community. (read more)

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Lead photo courtesy of Kelly and Massa.

Community Header Mentoring Day: Young Leaders Lead Young Leaders
On Thursday, Feb. 22, several USP students were involved in the Young Leaders for a Better Philadelphia program on campus. The program gave West Philadelphia Catholic High School students the opportunity to come to campus and “shadow” USP students to class, talk with professors, and learn about college life. (read more)



Dr. Judith Rodin To Receive Hon DSc
With graduation right around the corner, the task force on Honorary Degrees has announced that former University of Pennsylvania president Judith Rodin, PhD is the 2007 honorary doctorate in science recipient this year. (read more)

Home Page Screen GrabUSP Homepage Gets Update
Keep your eye out for something different about www.usip.edu ... The main homepage has received dramatic, temporary updates to the look and improvements to the usability of the interface while better reflecting the USP brand and diversity of USP programs. (read more)

Planning Committee to Study New College at USP
Barbara Byrne, senior vice president for academic affairs, has announced that Bill Ashton (pharmaceutical and healthcare business) will chair a committee to study the feasibility for a college of health business and policy. (read more)

Men’s and Women’s Hoops Fall Short in CACC Playoffs
The men’s and women’s team went deep into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs, but came up short in their quest for automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. (read more)

Alpha Lambda Delta Set For 2007 Inductions
A very exclusive group of freshman will be inducted into the USP chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students on March 16. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in the AstraZeneca Auditorium in the McNeil STC. (read more)

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News for Faculty
300 Educators to Attend NCSSSMST Conference at USP
Approximately 300 school teachers, counselors, and administrators from some of the top secondary schools in the nation will descend on the USP campus on March 9 for the annual professional conference of the National for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology (NCSSSMST). USP is serving as the co-host for the conference which will take place in Philadelphia from March 7-10. (read more)

2007 Glasser Visiting Professor To Lecture at USP in March
Dr. Elaine Holmes, professor of chemical biology at Imperial College in London, England, will lecture at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as the 2007 Glasser Visiting Professor. Dr. Holmes will be the guest of USP’s department of biology and will present two seminars on campus during her stay. (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)

Ready, Set ... Race For Humanity
The Second Annual 5k Race for Humanity Walk/Run is set to begin on Saturday, March 31 at 9 a.m. All proceeds this year will benefit the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. (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)

Executive Leadership Team Report from Feb. 21:
Rod Wigent (COGS), Shanaz Tejani-Butt (pharmacology and toxicology), and Karen Mitchell (sponsored projects) provided a strong and comprehensive progress report on the University’s research initiative. The report points to tangible measures of increased research and scholarly activity … Joe Trainor, vice president of finance, alerted ELT that tuition would most likely be increased to 6.1 percent for FY2008 … ELT discussed the release of the University’s strategic plan, and how the plan and next steps would be communicated. The strategic plan will be released to the entire this month. 

Board of Trustees Report from Feb. 22:
USP President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino welcomed Richard Miller, president and CEO of Virtua Health to the Board of Trustees meeting. Miller provided a brief overview of his organization, his future vision for Virtua Health, and the partnership between Virtua and USP … Dr. Gerbino also announced that Judith Rodin would be the recipient of this year’s honorary degree at our May commencement ceremony … Reports were also made by the Finance and Audit Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Advancement Committee. (read more)

News from the Office of Operations:
Safety Reminder from the Safety Committee: Whenever there is a fire, unexpected chemical reaction, smoke release due to burnt popcorn or maintenance work, or any incident that occurs in your area in which the Fire Department or our Public Safety and Security officers respond, please remember to identify yourself and communicate essential information about what occurred to the responders. (read more)

Enhanced 911 phone system: The campus in now equipped with enhanced 911 functionality on our phone system. When "911" is dialed from the university, the City of Philadelphia's 911 call center is notified and automatically provided with the exact location of the caller's phone. This includes the school name, the official address, the building name, the room number, and the phone number from which the call was placed. USP campus security is notified of the building name, the room number, and the phone number at the same time.

Human Resources Enters into Agreement with Kistler Tiffany Benefits
In an effort to assist the University in continuing to be able to offer a competitive benefits package for our faculty and staff, the University will be engaging the services of a benefits broker.  After looking at five companies, the University has entered into an agreement with Kistler Tiffany Benefits, a trusted leader in Employee Benefits Consulting. (read more)

Take Advantage of Health Advocate
Health Advocate, a USP employee assistance program provides help and assistance in four major areas that cover virtually all healthcare and insurance related issues. (read more)

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Child pain-relief study finds ibuprofen No. 1
By LINDSEY TANNER / Associated Press, Monday, March 5, 2007 (Philly.com)

Momentum failing for cervical cancer vaccine bill
Associated Press, Monday, March 5, 2007

This drug war pits generics vs. brand names
By Matthew Perrone / Associated Press, Monday, March 5, 2007 (Philadelphia Inquirer

Bayer to cut 6,100 jobs worldwide
Associated Press, Saturday, March 3, 2007 (Philly.com)

Report: FDA eyes kids' cold drugs
Associated Press, Friday, March 2, 2007 (Philly.com)

The futures of a health threat.
By Mike Stobbe / Associated Press, Thursday, March 1, 2007 (Philly.com)

Colleges Still Unsure How to Use New SAT (Post-Gazette.com)
Many schools are waiting to see how writing scores correspond with performance. More...