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Showcase Your Talents for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Do you have a band? Can you sing? Do you consider yourself a comedian? Do you dream of stardom? If you do, signup for University of the Sciences' Got Talent Competition for a chance at fame and to win a cash prize of $150! All proceeds from this campus-wide event will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The competition will be held Sept. 23, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Bobby Morgan Arena in the ARC.

Reserve your spot now by signing up today! To sign up, email Melissa Fontana at mfontana@mail.usp.edu. The entry fee is $7 per performer. Even if you don’t have a talent you want to showcase, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to come out and support our students and have fun! Admission at the door will be $3 per person.  



Student, Faculty, and Staff News
New Faculty Senate officers have been announced.  Roy Robson was named Senate President. Elisabeth Morlino was named Vice President.  Barbara Bendl was named Secretary.

Director of Physician Assistant Studies, Janet DeSipio, and Karin Richards, director of Exercise Science and Wellness Management and director of Health Sciences, attended the University of Utah School of Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies summer conference from June 20-25, 2010.  This is a nationally recognized program that draws healthcare professionals from across the US.

Welcome to Dr. Nianhuan Yao who joins us as a post doctoral associate in Dr. Zhiyu Li’s lab.

Welcome to Dr. Zhuzhu Li who joins us as a post doctoral associate in Dr. Bin Chen’s lab.

Dr. Natalia Coleman had a poster presentation: “Effects of novel NMDA receptors antagonists on mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation into neurons” at the 8th Annual International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting in San Francisco in June 2010.

Two graduate students in Dr. Catherine Moore’s lab presented posters at the 9th Biennial Northeast G Protein Signaling Workshop held at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia on June 22, 2010:  Jacqueline Freed PhD'12 and Dr. Moore ARF6 regulates CXCR4-mediated migration of metastatic cancer cells” and Anastasia Jancina PhD'12 and Dr. Moore “ARF6 modulates the phosphorylation of CXCR4, a critical player during cancer metastasis.”

Dr. Adeboye Adejare served as a member of the NIH, NINDS Neurological Sciences and Disorders C Study Section at the meeting in Seattle, WA, June 3-4.

Department of Pharmaceutical Science’s annual picnic was hosted by Dr. Diane Morel on June 13.  Unfortunately, the rain prevented faculty and staff from defeating the graduate students in the volley ball game as usual!

AAPS Night @ the Ballpark - AAPS Student Chapter Event, at Citizens Bank Park to see a Phillies versus the Toronto Blue Jays game on June 25.



Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Policy for Fall 2010 Semester
For the Academic Year 2010-2011, all full-time undergraduate and graduate students as well as all International students (regardless of credit load) will be required to comply with the University policy regarding Student Health Insurance.

As noted in the student handbook, all full-time students must either demonstrate to the University that carry current health insurance through a family or employer or equivalent plan or they must enroll in the student health insurance plan provided through the University.  Students are required to waive out annually regardless of whether they have informed the university in previous years of their insurance status.

This year, the online enrollment and waiver process will “go live” in early August.  All students who plan to be enrolled full-time in the fall 2010 semester will be required to waive out of or enroll in the plan at that time.  Students who do not comply with the policy will be presumed to not have appropriate insurance coverage and will be automatically enrolled in the university plan in early September.  You may go to the SHAC website to review the plan benefits and resources at any time (http://www.usp.edu/shac).

The university-sponsored plan, again provided through ICHP/AmeriHealth – a Blue Cross entity in Pennsylvania – will cost individual students an annual premium of $1340.00.  For the convenience of students, you will be able to pay for the premium in two installments of $670.00 per semester.  However, please note that this is an annual plan and any student who enrolls in the plan for the Fall 2010 semester is considered to have enrolled for the year by terms of the insurance provider.

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