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Student, faculty, and Staff News and Notes

Dr. Dan Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy, was a source for NBC10 on a story about generic drug safet. Watch it here.


A Philadelphia Magazine article titled, "The Next Center City?," listed USciences President Dr. Philip Gerbino as one of University City 's “Western Powers.” Read the feature here: http://bit.ly/ihcte0


Joe Evanick has been named the new Instructional Designer and Trainer. Evanick has a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  Before coming to USciences, Evanick spent the past two years at West Chester University as an Instructional Design Specialist where he provided course design assistance as well as learning management system (LMS) training and support to WCU faculty and staff.  Prior to working at WCU, Evanick worked as an Instructional Designer, designing online courses at Learning Sciences International in Blairsville, PA and at Baker College Online in Flint, MI. He has experience with several learning management systems and will be the University's main trainer when we move to our next LMS (stay tuned). He can be contacted by phone, x7090, or email, j.evanick@usp.edu , if you need help designing or improving online components of your course.


The winners of the Intellectual Heritage Course writing contest have been announced. Congratulations to first place winner Hope Ferguson BC'12 for “Moon Dancer;” second place winner Matthew Ciapetta PharmD'15 for “Turning to Modern Medicine When Prayers Aren't Answered;” and third place winner Tatyana Labovskaya PharmD'15, “Newton to Einstein.” (click on the title to read the work).

The students will honored and presented with a cash prize on Thursday, March 24 during the Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities.

The winning papers were nominated by faculty teaching the courses, and the nominees were read by a committee of three humanities faculty, who selected the three winners. Intellectual Heritage courses are required of all second-year students.


The Division of Student Affairs had several members present various topics at the regional Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (DVSAC) including, Dean BJ Cunningham, Associate Director of Student Life  Everett Herman, and Student Housing and Services Specialist Je'Nai Collier. Executive Director Business Support Services and Chief Security Officer Ben Gollotti presented on behalf of the Deprtment of Public Safety. The conference planning committee was also chaired by Dr. Walt Perry, associate dean/director of multicultural affairs, and Director of Career Services Kim Bryant. 


Exercise Science & Wellness Management Club is hosting The Biggest Loser this spring semester though the ends of April. Thirty participants are each paired up w/an ESWM student who serves as a wellness coach. The participants receive the Weekly Wellness Wire (LINK) and partake in m onthly workshops, moving towards the goal of a winner based upon body FAT loss, not weight … though you can argue that all who participate are winners.


Exercise Sciences and Wellness Management Program Director Karin Richards completed her first Disney marathon in January. She has the Mickey Mouse Medal to prove it.


SAVE THE DATE: The annual USciences Research Day and Krantz lecture will be held on Thursday, April 14. This year's Krantz lecturer is UPenn's Dr. Charles Bosk, Department of Medical Ethics. Also that day, the Annual Health Fair, organized by the Exercise Science & Wellness Management program is slated between 1 to 3 p.m. Both events will take place in the ARC.


The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) invited world renowned Occupational Therapist Dr. Michael Iwama from the University of Toronto to campus on Feb. 24. He spoke about his theories in OT.

SOTA is planning the Third Annual OT night on March 24. Last year's event drew OT students from all over the region. This year's inspirational speaker is Clay Dyer, an individual who is missing three of his four limbs yet still manages to fish professionally. He has even made appearances on ESPN and the Versus channel and competes at an extremely high level. SOTA has raised over $10,000 dollars to host the event and expects over 150 students to attend.


Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy reports that the joint USP/TTC program held in January was a success. There were over 50 attendees, despite the snow on the second day. Proceeds will be used to support graduate research this upcoming year.



The Pharmaceutical Sciences Club sponsored a student intern panel discussion with Career Services on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Students learned about resume styles and key words, anticipating and responding to interview questions, and outcomes associated with internship experiences.

The student panel of former interns included: Lisa Park PhSci'10, PhD'14; Hee Man Tang PhSci'10, research assistant; Ashley Azar PH/TX'11; and Peter Young PH/TX'11. Introductions were made by the new president of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Club, Sarah Riggs, BS PhSci'12.


P. Park, M. Makoid, along with Dr. S. Jonnalagadda published the design of flexible ciprofloxacin-loaded PLGA implants using a reversed phase separation/coacervation method. European J. Pharm. Biopharm., 77,233-239, 2011.


Dr. Bin Chen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Babasola Fateye PH/TX'12, gave an oral presentation at the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) West conference on Jan 27, 2011, in San Francisco . It was titled “Combination of PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway inhibition with photodynamic therapy (PDT) in endothelial and prostate cancer cell lines”.


Provisional Patent Application has been filed for “Bicyclo-Heptan-2-Amines” (discovery of novel, potent and selective sigma2 receptor ligands) by Zeynep Ates-Alagoz, Boyenoh Gaye PhC'13, and Dr. Adeboye Adejare, pharmaceutical sciences chair.


Dr. Vandana Miller took part in a panel discussion as part of the 2011 International Public Science Events Conference . The panel, “ Scientist citizens: the future of public engagement,”

touched on the responsibility scientists have to “engage with society and to put issues and solutions into context, to become ‘Scientist Citizens' that help the public understand what is known and what is still under debate.” Dr. Miller was joined by :

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January Research Activities

Principal Investigator

Department

Sponsor

Title

Start Date

End Date

Submitted:

 

 

 

 

 

Porter, John

Biological Sciences

UPenn: Rebecca Wells (Resubmission)

Isolation, Identification And Characterization Of A Toxin Causing Biliary Atresia

6/1/2011

5/31/2016

Porter, John

Biological Sciences

Else Pardee Foundation

Molecular Biology Of The Podophyllotoxin Bisoynthetic Pathway

6/1/2011

5/31/2012

Parvanta, Claudia

Behavioral and Social Sciences

MetLife Foundation

Building Health Literacy For Medication Adherence: A Pharmacy Based Pilot Research Project

6/1/2011

5/30/2013

Moore , Preston

Chemistry and Biochemistry

NSF MRI (Resubmission)

MRI: Acquisition Of A High Performance CPU-GPU Computer Cluster For Scientific Computing At USciences

9/1/2011

8/31/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funded:

 

 

 

 

 

Willey, Vincent

Pharmacy Practice

American Pharmacy Association (APhA) Foundation

Evaluation Of Comprehensive Pharmacist-Let Services To Patients With Respiratory Diseases

1/15/2011

12/15/2011

Neau, Steve

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professional Service Solution (PSS)

Unrestricted Educational Grant & Lab-Based Services Agreement

10/17/2010

12/31/2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pending:

 

 

 

 

 

Peck, Lois

 

Glaxo Smith Kline

 

 

 

Peterson, Andrew

 

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation (NACDS)

 

 

 

Ramirez, Michelle

 

NIH RO3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December Research Activities

Principal Investigator

Department

Sponsor

Title

Start Date

End Date

Submitted:

 

 

 

 

 

Coleman, Natalia

Pharmaceutical Sciences

TAPITMAT UPenn Subaward

Role of Nmda Receptors In Nf1 Drug Discovery Using Embroyonic Stem Cell Model

2/1/2011

1/31/2013

Levinson, Karen

Student Health and Counseling

Avon Foundation Inc**

Relationship Allies' - A Peer Education Program for Healthy Relationship Promotion and Dating Violence Prevention with Usciences Students

2/1/2011

1/31/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funded:

 

 

 

 

 

Maritz, Carol

Physical Therapy

Citizens Bank Foundation**

SWEET

12/31/2010

12/30/2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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