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June 27, 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.

Riding off into the sunset ... Pat Lepore (operations) gave Dr. Barbara Byrne (academic affairs) a farewell ride on his Harley-Davidson on June 27 in honor of her retirement. Dr. Byrne's last day at USP is June 28.

USP in the News

DVSFWinners from the Delaware Valley Science Fairs for which USP is a major sponsor were on the 10! Show on June 27. (watch)

Clinical council to review, OK pharmaceutical-use guidelines BizJournals - Jun 24 9:48 PM
The Advanced Concepts Institute of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is teaming up with Sanovia Corp. to develop a library of evidence-based guidelines for the appropriate use of "high-cost" pharmaceuticals and biotech products.

A mirror for the moon
...But is this the future of astronomy or just pure lunacy? Paul Halpern, professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, US, welcomed the proposal enthusiastically... Chemistry World, 21 June 2007

Thursday, June 28
Final Orientation for new incoming students

Friday, June 29
Summer One Session Ends

Monday, July 2
Summer Two Session Classes Begin

Wednesday, July 4 & Thursday, July 5
Independence Day Holiday

Monday, July 9
Summer One Grades Due

Wednesday, August 15
11 a.m., Employee Family Picnic

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Hours of Operation - http://www.usip.edu/arc/hours.shtml
Aerobics Schedule - http://www.usip.edu/arc/programs.shtml
Special Events Schedule - http://www.usip.edu/arc/events.shtml

Dining Services
Weekly Menu

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black_dot Shock Symposium Led by Dr. Law

black_dot Albert Joins Strategic Events, Devine-Pennock Takes Dual Role

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black_dot Cappuccino Closing on Fridays for Summer

black_dot ANGEL Workshop Slated For July 18

black_dot UCD Hosts Free Concert in Clark Park

black_dot The Woodlands Spring/Summer Programs 2007

black_dot Summer University City Dining Days

USP Bulletin
The 2007 spring USP Bulletin is available to read online. Click here to download a copy.




Studying Health Care in Japan
As a joint effort of the department of pharmaceutical and healthcare business and the department of health policy and public health, 12 graduate students will be visiting Japan from July 1–11.  The business students will participate as part of the international pharmaceutical business course and the health policy students as part of a special topics elective. Bruce Rosenthal (pharmaceutical and healthcare business) and Dr. Robert Field (health policy and public health) will accompany the group. (read more)

USP’s Summer Institute Begins
Fifteen middle grade teachers were chosen from the School District of Philadelphia to participate in the 2007 Summer Institute for Middle Grade Science Teachers at USP from June 27 through July 26. The Institute, overseen by Dr. Lois H. Peck (biological sciences), offers an inquiry-based curriculum focused on exploration, explanation, and application, and challenges teachers to explore scientific principles and develop student-centered lessons that they could use in the classroom. The classes are taught by USP faculty members, Dr. Catherine Bentzley (chemistry); Catherine Purzycki (biology); Dr. Amani Gandour (mathematics, physics and computer science); and Amy Kimchuk (mathematics, physics and computer science).   

Ten Devils Named to CACC Spring All-Academic Team
USP led the way with 10 student-athletes named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Spring All-Academic Team. USP's 10 athletes were among the 69 total student-athletes from the 12 conference schools earning a place on the list. (read more)

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News for Faculty
General Education Skills Listing
For those Faculty and Advisors who will be advising students under the new General Education Curriculum, a list of courses approved for General Education Skills is now available for reference. The list is posted in the General Reference section of the Registrar's Office Portal page. Access: campus.usip.edu > Administration tab > Registrar > under General Reference (right hand column) click > General Education Skills - Approved Courses - 6-7-07. This list shows which Gen Ed Skills have been approved for which courses.  This list has been approved by the FC Committee on Curricula and the FC Executive Council. 

Volunteers Needed For WXPN Music Fest
USP will once again host a booth at the WXPN XPoNential Music Festival. This year we are moving to an exciting new location - the Kids Corner in the Camden Children’s Garden. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. (read more)

Conversation about Healthy Relationships Program
A Conversation about Healthy Relationships is a free, interactive and informative program on Tuesday, July 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center. A panel of experts will cover such topics as relationships where love does not hurt, what to do if you feel someone is stalking you, and how to help friends and family if they are in unsafe relationships. USP is a part of the West Philadelphia Campus Community Consortium, one of the program sponsors. (read more)

Dr. Virbhadra Cited By Patna Daily
Dr. Kumar Shwetketu Virbhadra, visiting professor of physics at USP, was recognized by his hometown paper, Patna Daily, for his achievements in the field of physics. He is honored for being the author of the most research papers in the top-50 highly cited papers on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum cosmology. He has researched Einstein’s general theory at such privileged universities as Institute of Fundamental Research, University of Cape Town, Duke University and now USP. Virbhadra has a masters of science from Patna University and a doctorate degree from Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad.

Tribute to Margaret Mary (Peg) Culin
Margaret Mary (Peg) Culin died on May 31, 2007. Peg worked at the Institute from 1951 until her retirement in 1992.  Her entire experience at the University was in the Office of the Dean, primarily in the positions of Administrative Assistant and Director of Pharmacy Student Advising. (read more)

Wilson 217 (Computer Lab) Scheduling
The Computer Lab in Wilson Hall (WI-217) is now scheduled through the Registrar’s Office, not the Department of Math, Physics and Computer Science. The equipment and supplies will be maintained by the IT Department. The IT Helpdesk should be contacted if any equipment or supplies need attention. (read more)

Holiday Reminder – Please remember to change your voice mail and set the e-mail “out of office” assistant with messages that the University is closed July 4, 5, and 6. Also, please take the time to turn off all non-essential electrical appliances such as coffee pots during the long holiday weekend.

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Submit Open Enrollment Forms
Please remember to submit your forms for Open Enrollment to the Human Resources Office.  If you are not able to provide HR with the enrollment forms prior to June 27, you will see a deduction for your present coverage with the July 1 rates.  If you are making any changes to your coverage the adjustment will result in the next available paycheck.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at ext. 8930.

New USP Dental Plan Options
Metlife Dental is the new dental insurance provider. USP has two plan options effective July 1, 2007. Please complete the enrollment/change form only if you are changing from one plan option to another plan and/or if you are adding or deleting coverage for yourself or dependents. (read more)

Time to Rehire Student Workers for New Fiscal Year
If your department will have students working beyond June 30, 2007, the student needs to submit a work-study or budget employment form to Human Resources. Student will not be paid for hours worked beyond June 30 without providing the appropriate form to the Human Resources Office. (read more)

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See Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, June 26:
p. A1:  "Senate acts to curb Phila. smoking ban."
p. C2:  "Doctors: AMA must seek retail clinic ban."

See Camden Courier-Post, Monday, June 25:
p. A2:  "Study: Staph superbug may be more common than thought."  Common hospital infection.

See Wall Street Journal, Monday, June 25:
p. B3:  "What Assembly-Line Managers Can Teach Hospital Wards."  Hospitals find new ways to increase efficiency.

See Wall Street Journal, Sat./Sun., June 23-24:
p. A3: "Diet-Supplement Rules Tighten."

See New York Times, Saturday, June 23:
p. A8:  "F.D.A. Approves Vitamin Rules."
p. C1:  "Keeping Early Retirees Afloat: A Program to Bring Health Insurance to About 800,000." Ages 55 to 64.

See USA Today, Monday, June 25:
p. 1A:  Special Section: "Your aging parents and you."
p. 4A:  "Many worry about being able to care for relatives in the future."
p. 5A:  "Proposed legislation would help caregivers with financial, day care aid."  
p. 1B:  "Elder care shifting from nursing homes."  More boomers' time, money spent on caring for aging parents.
p. 2B:  "Getting the best elder care means not waiting until the last minute."