March 2008 Inside USP Story Continuations - Back to the Newsletter

Advances in Pharmacy Practice
The Advanced Concepts Institute of USP will conclude the 29th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pharmacy Practice, a live continuing pharmacy education program on new drugs of 2007 and current issues in pharmacy law.  The program features two live back-to-back CE activities, accredited for 2.0 credits each, for a total of 4.0 live credits.

Join Dr. Daniel A. Hussar P’62, MS’64, PharmD’67 for New Drugs of 2007, and Joseph J. McHale P’82, MS, JD, to discuss Current Issues in Pharmacy Law on Sunday, March 30, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on USP’s campus.

For the complete program brochure and registration information, please visit: www.advancedconceptsinstitute.com.

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"Describe USP in Five Words or Less" Contest for Students: Enter to Win $500
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.
Rod Miller, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Development, announced today a competition for students to share perceptions of USP, its history, its legacy, its mission, and its future. We are hoping to receive a broad range of entries that capture what USP means to today’s students.

Is it that USP inspires discovery and innovation in pharmacy, healthcare, and science? Or something else?
Who knows, you might see your words used in some of our public communications and advertising campaigns.
An internal USP judging panel of faculty, staff, and student representatives will determine the winning entry. The contest is open solely to currently enrolled USP students.

Each entry must be in five words or less - no limit on the number of entries; however, the entries must be sent in separate e-mails - there'll be one winner!

Send your name, phone number, e-mail address, and entry to contest@usp.edu.
All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13.
We look forward to reading your insights and suggestions.

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FINALLY!  Fundamentalist win the Intramural Basketball Championship.
The undefeated Fundamentalist, 11-0, win their first ever Basketball Championship.  The Fundamentalist were composed of Anthony Bevilacqua, Garen Karaguezian, Keith Creagh, Ambrose Delpino, Darren Leatherman, and Mike Mullane.  After last season’s lose to Ten 1 Six in the championship, Bevilacqua, the team’s determined leader, vowed the Fundamentalist will win it all this year.  They started off the season with vengeance, averaging 89 points a game and outscoring their opponents by an average of 59 points over the first 6 games.  They also broke a USP record by scoring 124 points in one game.  However after winter break they faced some tough competition in their final two games of the regular season.

After squeaking by Air Max 90’s, lead by Mike Daniels, 45-40 they played their most difficult game of the year against Diversity, their eventual opponent in the Championship.  Diversity, the young squad lead by Scott Cahayla, took the more experienced Fundamentalist to 2 overtimes before losing 56-53.  It was the most competitive and entertaining game I have witnessed since starting at USP 4 ½ years ago.  There were several lead changes and both teams battled to the end. 

The Fundamentalist breezed past their first two opponents, defeating Phi Psi (A) 58-42 and Ten 1 Six 46-23.  In the championship game the Fundamentalist once again faced their toughest challenge of the year, Diversity.  The Fundamentalist doubled teamed Diversity’s All-Star Cahayla taking the early lead.  Diversity’s Tang Vu stepped up and kept them in the game but the teamwork and hustle of the Fundamentalist was too much for Diversity to handle.  Darren Leatherman, Championship MVP, lead his team to a 48-40 victory.  Even though Darren played outstanding the whole team played a key role in winning.  Congratulations to the Fundamentalist!   

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DPS Tip: Help Prevent Identity Theft
Victims of Identity Theft have described the experience as “life altering” and by the time, you realize you are a victim it is too late.  Rectifying the damage done by the thief is time consuming, expensive, and can result in the bad credit.

To prevent becoming a victim obtain a copy of your credit report, review it yearly, rectify discrepancies, protect your personal information, shred personal documents/mail, never carry important personal documents unless absolutely necessary, and memorize passwords/pin numbers.

If you feel you have been a victim of identity theft, contact your bank, credit card companies, local police department, and local post office, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and complete the Identity Theft Complaint Form at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/filing-a-report.html.

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Degree Audit Allows Online Transcript Access
The USP Academic Advising Center has announced that beginning Feb. 1, 2008, all USP students will have on-line access to Degree Audit. This will enable each of you to view your respective transcripts in "real time". In this way you will be better able to make informed decisions about course selections and address questions and concerns in a timely fashion. It is hoped this feature will help enhance academic decision making and help each of you to better manage your education.

Directions for accessing Degree Audit have been included for your use. Simply follow the easy steps outlined below:

Check your academic progress - Degree Audit
You can review a list of the requirements for your degree program and those that you've met or completed.
1. In the "Student" menu, Select "Program Evaluation" under Academic Planning
2. Check your active program
3. At the "What work do you want to include?", select All.  This will factor in all courses you've completed as well as any courses you're currently enrolled in and any classes you may have planned in future semesters.
4. Click Submit
5. A page will display your degree audit.
6. Click OK.

Upon review of your Degree Audit, be sure to address any questions or concerns with your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor is committed to your success but you must take the initiative to make it happen.

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APTAAPTA Conclave Provides Exposure for USP Students
Lauren Kressaty DPT'09 reported: "With the gracious support of faculty and the administration, the fifth-year physical therapy class was able to attend the American Physical Therapy Association’s National Student Conclave.  It was a rare chance for the entire class to attend because it was held at a close location, in Valley Forge, Pa.  We were all excited to see how large the association is and meet other students pursuing similar career paths.  Also, it was an excellent opportunity for us to network and learn more about the field of physical therapy and career opportunities after graduation."



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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Established in Misher
Effective July 1, 2008, Intellectual Heritage, the Writing Program, the Writing Center, Forensic Science, Science Teacher Certification and Pre-Med will move to the newly established "Center for Interdisciplinary Studies" (CIS) to be housed in the Office of the Dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. M. Gary Sayed, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced.
Intellectual Heritage courses, Forensic Science and Teacher Certification have always been inter/multidisciplinary rather than the offering of an individual department and this move reflects that reality.  Similarly, the Writing Program, the Writing Center, and Pre-Med serve the needs of all disciplines.  Combining them within the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences should make it easier to build upon their similarities and respond to curricular needs.

Details of the move will be worked out during the spring semester. Input for the decision was sought and considered from the Humanities Department and its Chair, the Dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences, the President of Faculty Council, and the Associate Provost.
Leslie Bowman will become the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Deirdre Pettipiece will continue as Director of the Writing Program and Justin Everett as Director of the Writing Center.  Bill Law will continue as Director of the Forensics Program, Lois Peck as Director of Teacher Certification, and Suzanne Murphy as Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs.  Faculty who teach in these programs will have a primary appointment in their home departments and a secondary appointment in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Faculty teaching assignments will be coordinated by the CIS Director and salient department chairs.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Information for the 2008-09 academic year.
Tax Breaks College Students Shouldn’t Miss
1. Student Loan Interest:  Current college students paying interest on unsubsidized loans can claim a tax deduction on their federal student loan interest.  A student loan borrower who is not claimed as a dependent can qualify to deduct up to $2,500 for student loan interest.
2. College Tuition:  Through the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit students can deduct a credit amount directly from the taxes they owe, which makes them more valuable than a deduction.  However, a student or family cannot get a refund for these credits if they do not pay taxes.  Students may also consider the Tuition and Fees Tax Deduction, which can reduce taxable income by as much as $4,000 in 2007. 

For information on the above deductions and credits, contact your tax preparer or the Internal Revenue Service ( www.irs.gov) at (800) 829-1040.

Scholarship Information
The Financial Aid Office receives notification of scholarships from a variety of privately funded sources.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office or the scholarship web site (if available) for further information if you are interested in applying for any of the following awards.

Newly Listed Awards

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or be in the top 5% of their class.  The scholarships pay for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. In return, recipients are obligated to serve as paid employees in NIH research laboratories during the summer and after graduation. In addition to financial assistance, the scholarship program offers invaluable training and mentoring, as well as practical experience in a state-of-the-art research setting. For more information, check the NIH website at http://www.ugsp.nih.gov/home.asp?m=00.  Deadline is February 29, 2008.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the national professional organization for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the United States. The AICPA supports several scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in business and accounting, with the earliest deadline being April1, 2008.  Eligibility criteria and application forms are available online at http://www.aicpa.org/aec.

Previously Listed Awards

The El Paso Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists is announcing the availability or two $1,000 scholarships.  Applicants must be Pharmacy majors from the El Paso, TX area.  For information and an application, check www.tshp.org.  The deadline is February 28, 2008.

The Hispanic College Fund is offering a variety of 2008-09 to students of Hispanic heritage.  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, with a GPA of 3.0, and must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Information is available at www.hispanicfund.org.  The deadline is March 15, 2008.

The National Federation of the Blind is offering scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000.  Applicants must be legally blind and must be pursuing a full-time degree.  Winners must participate in the NFB national convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities.  Applications and information are available at www.nfb.org/scholarships and in the Financial Aid Office.  The deadline is March 31, 2008.

The Sallie Mae Fund is offering a variety of scholarships targeting under-served populations, which include:  Hispanic-American students, African-American students, children of those who were killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 attacks, and students from low-income families.  Students can view the scholarships and eligibility requirements at www.TheSallieMaeFund.org.  The deadlines vary, with the earliest being April 15, 2008.

The Lancaster County Pharmacists’ Association is offering scholarships to qualified pharmacy students.  Applicants must be full-time pharmacy students in their third, fourth, fifth or sixth year.  The student or parent must be a resident and taxpayer in Lancaster County.  For an application please contact Bob Kayden Jr. R.Ph., Chairperson of the Lancaster County Pharmacists Association by e-mail at chiefs89@comcast.net or by telephone at (717) 560-8822.  The deadline is April 30, 2008.
PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) is offering New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS) applications.  To be eligible, students must be in a Bachelor of Science program in:  Biochemistry, Biology, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmaceutical Chemistry.   ***Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, any Master of Science program or Bachelor of Science programs not mentioned above are NOT ELIGIBLE for this scholarship.***   
Students must be Pennsylvania residents, have a 3.0 GPA, be at least a sophomore, and be willing to commence employment in Pennsylvania in a field related to the student’s program within one year after completion of studies, and continue employment, one year for each year that the scholarship was awarded.  If the employment requirement is not met, the scholarship reverts to a loan, repayable to PHEAA.
Applicants must complete the FAFSA to be considered for this award.  To download an application or review additional information, please access PHEAA online at www.pheaa.org.  The deadline is December 31, 2007 for the 2007-08 academic year.  The deadline for the 2008-09 academic year is December 31, 2008.

Visit www.studentloanrebates.com to register for a percentage of your purchases at participating partners to be paid toward your student loan balance.  There are hundreds of participating partners, which include iTunes, Target.com, Gap.com and Expedia.  Registration is free, and you earn rewards through regular shopping.

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Margaret KasschauUSP Perpetual Plaques Find a Home in McNeil STC
Nine different perpetual plaques that had been scattered about the University have found a home on the second floor of the McNeil Science and Technology Center. The plaques represent numerous annual distinguished honors. Dr. Margaret Kasschau, Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Associate Provost, was the driving force behind unify the plaques in one location, and she held a reception on Feb. 26 to unveil their new location.

The plaques are:

Special Recognition Award
Outstanding Adjunct/Part Tim Faculty Award
Founder's Day Faculty Award
Founder's Day Student Award
The Patricia Leahy Memorial Award
The William F. Hommiller Award for Excellence in Teaching
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year Award
President's Special Achievement Award.

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MAC Championships

Coming off their best regular season match, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's rifle heads to the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) Championships on Saturday, March 1at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mixed Rifle vs. VMI Mixed team Sharpshooter Smallbore Division   11:00 a.m.
Women’s Rifle vs. Indiana U. of Pa.  Marksman Air Rifle Division   8:30 a.m.

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Research Activities for January 2008













Principal Investigator




Start Date

End Date

Gupta, Pardeep

Pharmaceutical Sciences


Efficacy of Human Addult Bone Marrow Derived Somatic Cells as Therapeutic



Parvanta, Claudia


NIH- Temple

Developing Radiological Risk Communication For Low- Literacy Populations



Lehrberger, Paula

Financial Aid


Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students



Zhiyu, Li



Human Serum Albumin-Mediated Delivery Of HER2-Silencing Sirna



Law, William



Acquisition Of Guava Easy Cyte Mini To Further Research And Educational Goals Of USP



ACI/ Peterson Andrew



USP Immunization Training Program for ShopRite/ Wakefern Pharmacists



Porter, John



Molecular Analysis of the Podophyllotoxin Biosynthesis Genes in Plant Endophytic Fungi



Peck, Lois


Philadelphia School District

USP Summer Institute For Middle Grade Teachers



Valdmanis, Vivian

Health Policy


The Urban Patients Study: Primary Care, Body Size, and Mortality





















Stefannacci, Richard

Health Policy


Management & Administrative Services Agreement



Gupta, Pardeep

Pharmaceutical Sciences


Efficacy of Human Addult Bone Marrow Derived Somatic Cells as Therapeutic



Zauhar, Randy



Molecular Medicine collaboration



Peterson, Andrew



Geriatric Education Centers (Gec) Grant Program



Zhiyu, Li

Pharmaceutical Sciences


Interaction between B. cereus RecQ helicase and topoisomerase III




Zauhar, Randy



Potential Therapy of Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Small Molecules















Ideishi, Roger-Austim Speaks






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