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March 2008
The Newsletter of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

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Wednesday, March 12
4 to 5 p.m., Health Policy Speakers Series, Dr. Leonard Friedland, “International Vaccine Trials,” McNeil STC, Room 337

Thursday, March 13
Annual Science Career Fair, USP Campus
Wednesday, March 19, McNeil STC 237
Neuropsychology Grand Rounds: Clinical Case Presentation & Discussion with Dr. Roy Hamilton, McNeil STC, room 237
Thursday, March 20
1-3 p.m., Writing Proficiency Exam

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Forensic Science Seminar Series, McNeil STC

5-7 p.m., Mathematics Seminar to Honor the Late Dr. Stanley Zietz, McNeil STC
Saturday, March 22
10 a.m., Femi Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, USP Campus
Monday, March 24
5 p.m., Gino Segre, Misher Visiting Professor, "Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics," McNeil STC
Tuesday, March 25
1 p.m., Gino Segres, Misher Visiting Professor, “A Matter of Degrees, What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet And Universe,” Wilson 209
Saturday, March 29
9 a.m., 3rd Annual 5K Race for Humanity Walk/Run to benefit CureSearch, USP Campus

9 a.m., Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology of Philadelphia, USP Campus
Mark Your Calendars
April 17 at 5 p.m.: USP Honors Colloquium with "Longitude" author Dava Sobel.
Click here for the full Events calendar

Campus Update
Get a run down of student meetings, activities, and events here.

"Challenge Yourself at the ARC"
Hours of Operation | Aerobics Schedule|Intramurals Schedule | Sports Tournaments/Special Events Schedule | Personal Training | Aquatics

Sports Shorts
Youth Basketball
Members of USP men's basketball team pose with the Haddon Heights boys basketball team coached by John McCaffrey, USP’s executive director of facilities services.

Rifle Capture MAC Champ., Hoops Teams End Seasons with CACC Playoff Losses
USP’s mixed rifle team captured the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference on March 1, while the men’s and women’s basketball squads saw their respective seasons ended in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs. (read more)
dot Aifuwa Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
dot Devils Cross Country Teams Named as All-Academic Teams
dot Dundas is Named to CACC All-Conference Men's Basketball Team
dot Bauer Qualifies for NCAA Championships

dot Chesnavich and Weiss Earn All-CACC Women’s Basketball Honors
dot FINALLY!  Fundamentalist win the Intramural Basketball Championship

USP Helps the West Philly Tool Library Nail Its Goal
The West Philly Tool Library, which provides tools and other home maintenance materials to community residents, is getting a big boost from USP in the form of support, expertise, and, of course, tools. (read more)

OT Dept. to Aid Aging Homeowners with Rehabilitation Effort
The OT department is joining the AARP and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia to improve the lives of aging West Shore residents. USP will assist with home repair modifications to low-income members of the West Shore community. (read more)


Founders' Day
Founders' Day celebrants, left to right, Delbert Payne, chairman of the USP board of trustees; Anne "Maggie" Murphy, student award of merit winner; Dr. Aminta Hawkins-Breaux, former dean of students; Dr. Melanie B. Oates, faculty award of merit winner; Dr. Leonard S. Jacob, honorary degree recipient; Dr. M. Gary Sayed, provost; and Dr. Philip P. Gerbino, USP president.

USP Celebrates Founders’ Day
Calling USP an “academic culture second to none,” honorary degree recipient Leonard S. Jacob, BI’70, MD, PhD, gratefully accepted the honor as USP celebrated the 187th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 21. In addition to Dr. Jacob’s honor, a faculty and a student award of merit were presented. Founders' Day recalls USP's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, by 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries. (read more)

Research Day Abstracts Due
Research Day
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 6th Annual USP Research Day to be held on Thursday, April 24. The day recognizes the research efforts of faculty members and students, showcasing the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus. Dr. William Charles Sessa, Jr., P'84., will deliver the annual John C. Krantz, Jr., distinguished Lecture. (read more)

Grant to Integrate Geriatric Issues into Healthcare Education 
Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Peterson, USP will play a role in organizing, evaluating, and implementing programs to educate healthcare professionals for the Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia. (read more)

Actor's Accidental Overdose Raises Awareness of Drug Interaction Dangers
If there is good to come out of tragedy, Dr. Daniel A. Hussar hopes the death of actor Heath Ledger raises awareness of the risks associated with medications. (read more)

"Describe USP in Five Words or Less" Contest for Students Ends March 13
How do you tell the USP story? What does USP mean to you? Can you sum up your experience in five words or less? If you do, you could win a $500 credit to your all-campus account. (read more)

USP Presents

Stanley Zietz

Tradition in Modernity
Professor of History Dr. Roy R. Robson will present “Tradition in Modernity: The Art of Pimen Sofronov” on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 5 p.m. in Griffith Hall C. (read more)

Stanley Zietz

Mathematics Seminar Honors Dr. Zietz
A mathematics seminar (5 p.m. on March 20 in the McNeil STC) featuring Dr. Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan, Dr. Mark Pinsky, and Dr. Roberta S. Wenocur will honor the life and achievements of Dr. Stanley Zietz (1950-2007). (read more)

Stanley Zietz

Gino Segré to Speak as Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities
Noted physicist and writer on science Dr. Gino Segré will present the Misher Visiting Professor of the Humanities lecture on Monday, March 24 at 5 p.m. in the McNeil STC. Dr. Segré will discuss his recent and well-received book, "Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics." (read more)

More Headlines

dot DPS Tip: Help Prevent Identity Theft
dot Degree Audit Allows Online Transcript Access
dot Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Established in Misher
dot Financial Aid and Scholarship Information for 2008-09
dot Dr. Peck is Keynote Speaker at Teachers of Science Reception
dot Research Activities for January 2008
dot USP Perpetual Plaques Find a Home in McNeil STC
dot APTA Conclave Provides Exposure for USP Students
In Memoriam
The entire USP community expresses its condolences on the sudden passing of Beth Kelly, Student Services Manager in the College of Graduate Studies, on Feb. 21, 2008. Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family and all of her loved ones.

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Class Notes

Martin Robbins P’55 has retired from his position as vice president of Express Scripts, Inc. He has recently been honored with the Platinum Award, the highest award given by SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) for meritorious service as a business management counselor. Marty helps people who are starting a small business by providing direction and sales training. In addition, he speaks at seminars and workshops on a variety of business topics. He and his wife Joan reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

Nancy (Mitchell) Postelnek P’81 was recently promoted to pharmacist in charge at ShopRite pharmacy in Middletown, NJ. She lives in Middletown with her husband Bob and their children Bryan (18), Erika (14) and Jeremy (12).

Heather (Grove) Gronholm P’99 and her husband Lars welcomed son Soren Kaj on January 3, 2008. He joins big sister Ava. Heather is a staff pharmacist for CVS and Lars is a pilot for Airtran Airways.

Nicole LaPadura BI’05 received her Masters degree in Biology from Hunter College on January 24, 2008. She is a research assistant at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and lives in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Submit Class Notes here.


Call for Nominations
The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the USP Alumni Association Annual Awards scheduled to be presented at Fall Fest 2008. If you know of someone, who based on the criteria deserves the recognition of his/her peers, please submit their nomination on the form and return to Pat McNelly (p.mcnell@usp.edu) by May 1.  This information can be accessed by visiting www.usp.edu/alumnifriends and clicking on Awards Nominations.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Friday-Monday, March 14-17
American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition
, San Diego, Calif.

Saturday, March 15
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) combined reception

6 to 8 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Elizabeth Wing E

Sunday, March 16
APhA Alumni and Friends Reception

7 to 9 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, poolside

Sunday, March 30
Advances in Pharmacy Practice, USP Campus
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. , updates from Dr. Daniel A. Hussar and Joseph J. McHale are planned for the three dates. (read more)

Thursday, April 10
Alumni Career Panel
4-5 p.m.

USP Alumni Association Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – USP Campus, Wilson Hall, 2nd Floor

For more information and to register, please visit www.usp.edu/alumnifriends/events.shtml