September 2009 Insider Story Continuations - Back to the Newsletter

Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Members Present at ACS National Meeting
When the American Chemical Society (ACS) held its 238th National Meeting on August 16-20, 2009, in Washington, D.C., students and faculty from the University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department joined more than 11,000 scientists and headed to the capital. The theme of the The event featured more than 8,000 reports on new discoveries about chemistry and a host of other fields — including medicine, health, food, energy, environment — that involve chemistry.

Over the course of four days, University of the Sciences students and faculty delivered more than 20 oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of subjects:

List of Presentations

With more than 154,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

In addition to presenting at the ACS National Meeting, members from the department participated in the following activities:

Grant-related Activities

Publication Activities

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Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Grabs Gold
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Academic Honor Society for First Year Students has awarded the University of the Sciences' chapter a 2009 Alpha Gold award for its success in inducting 95.5 percent of its invitees in 2008-09.

Under the leadership of advisor Kevin Wolbach, the chapter’s notably high yield helped ALD’s national membership reach record levels this year. In 2008, the University of the Sciences chapter received a bronze award for a 14 percent membership increase in 2007-08.

Last year, ALD inducted 105 outstanding new students. Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education and at University of the Sciences, the extension of an invitation to join is based on first semester grades of first-year students. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be in the top 20 percent of the class.
However, last year, the GPA cut-off for new members was 3.69, which means the top 20 percent of ALD’s first-year class had the highest GPA of any previous class inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta.

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Samson College of Health Sciences Undergoes High-Tech Renovation
The Facilities Department worked closely with the Samson College of Health Sciences to complete Phase II
of their scheduled renovations. The Phase II project included the renovation of existing classrooms, a conference room, restrooms and common areas at 4500 Woodland Ave., as well as the addition of :

  • 4 New Classrooms
  • An ADA Restroom
  • 1 New Conference Room
  • A New Addressable Fire Alarm System
  • 4 New Lab Support Rooms
  • A New Computer Lab (to accommodate eight students)

The new classrooms are all equipped with state-of the-art LCD projection systems and furniture, and the conference rooms have a large wall-mounted plasma screen monitors.

Brand new automated doors at the main entrance will also be installed/completed this Fall.

These enhancements/upgraded facilities satisfy accreditation requirements and will serve to enhance the quality of the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs' offerings.

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Join the Walk to Fight Heart Disease
University of the Sciences has been invited to participate in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual 5k Start! Philadelphia Heart Walk on Nov. 14, 2009. The walk is a non-competitive event to raise awareness and raise funds to support the AHA's mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  The Office of Community Partnerships will spearhead this campus-wide effort here at the University but they need your help!

The AHA uses a “Team Captain” system in which each captain helps in the recruitment and fundraising efforts. The AHA has an easy-to-use internet set-up that will allow the University to both recruit walkers and also raise funds - all via email!

Being a captain does not require a lot of work, but it can make a big difference in reducing heart disease, stroke, and other devastating cardiovascular diseases that kill close to one million Americans each year. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are all welcome to participate and serve as Team Captains.

Can you help? Are you interested in becoming a Team Captain for University of the Sciences? If you’re not sure or want to learn more about what’s involved, please contact Mary Kate McGinty, associate vice president of community and government relations, at 215.596.8719 or m.mcgint@usp.edu.

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Tee Off at 2nd Annual Golf Team Fundraiser

University of the Sciences’ golf team is holding its second annual fundraiser tournament on Columbus Day - Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.

The event, held at the Island Green Country Club, will help raise money for the team’s spring golf trip in March 2010. The day tees off at 8 a.m. with participants playing an 18-hole scramble in teams of four, and concludes with a barbeque and prizes.  

Students, staff, and faculty are all invited to show their support for the golf team by playing in the tournament. If you cannot attend, but still want to support the team, please consider sponsoring a hole or making a donation.

For more information, or to participate, please contact Gayle Garrison (g.garris@usp.edu, 215-895-1109) by Sept. 25.

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Soccer Club Team Loses Heartbreaker to Villanova
Marc Caserio, M.Ed
Director, Campus Recreation

Friday, Sept. 4 marked the first ever Club Soccer game in University of the Sciences history. It was an exciting but emotional time for everyone involved, especially for Mike D’Uva PharmD'11. Coming in as a freshman five years ago, Mike was a stellar high school soccer player and devoted fan of the game. He tried valiantly to implement a soccer program here at the University but kept running into major roadblocks. However, he didn’t allow the obstacles to stand in the way of accomplishing his goal. His determination, perseverance, and commitment is an inspiration to us all. Through his passion for the game and a lot of groundwork laid out by the Department of Campus Recreation, we implemented a Club Sports Program over the summer, including field hockey.

With limited practice space and time, the Soccer Club did not disappoint the fans in attendance. They faced a tough Villanova team that has been playing together for years. After going down 2-0 in the first half, the team never wavered or backed down from the challenge. During the second half, they had many scoring chances but only managed to score on Michael Gredzik’s BI'13 goal with five minutes to play. In the end, Villanova won 2-1, but the significance of the game was far bigger than the outcome. Throughout the game, they displayed unbelievable sportsmanship and teamwork. Most important, Mike D’Uva’s dreams and vision became a reality. Through his leadership, 22 young men took the first step in their quest in becoming a top-notch soccer club program. The team is comprised of dedicated individuals whose passion for soccer and healthy competition should be recognized. We have many talented players that most likely could have played Division I soccer. We are still working on formalizing the schedule but as of now we have the following games scheduled:

Oct 10th – Away vs. Princeton University
Oct 17th and 18th – Tournament at Delaware University
Nov 7th – Home vs. University of PENN (Home games are at Fairmount Park)

Come out and support the team! I guarantee that you will have a fun time and witness history in the making.  The team also practices out in the Quad on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. If you have any questions, please let me know.          

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August Research Activities

Principal Investigator




Start Date

End Date


DaSilva, Jamie (Graduate Student)

Pharmaceutical Sciences

NIH NRSA (Resubmission)

Effect of Social Buffering During Stress on Sleep in a Stress-Sensitive Animal



McEwen, Charles

Chemistry and Biochemistry


Acquisition of a Novel Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometer-Mass



Spinler, Sarah Pharmacy Practice Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation Effectiveness of Heparin Dosing Protocol at Reducing the Frequency of Initial Excessive Heparin Dosing in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Coronary Syndrome 7/1/2010 7/1/2011
Pophristic, Voki Chemistry and Biochemistry NSF (ARI-R2) 09-562 Renovation and Integration of the Chemical Instrumentation Facility of the Department  of Chemistry & Biochemistry, West Center for Computational Chemistry and Center for Drug Design and Delivery at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 4/1/2010 11/30/2010
Jessop, Amy Health Policy Roche Laboratories HCV Cinical Care Coordination Model 11/1/2009 10/31/2010
Jessop, Amy Health Policy FourJay Foundation Hepatitis Assessment Improvement Project 11/1/2009 10/31/2010
Wedden, Erika (Graduate Student)   AHQR      
Ramirez, M./Jessop, A.   NIH R15




Pophristic, Voki






Alexander Sidorenko


NSF (PD 10-1403)




Justin Everett






Steve Metraux




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