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January 2009
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The Newsletter of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

2008 Year in Review
This issue of the Insider takes a look back at the highlights from a year that included new academic leadership, a new college, and a host of events, speakers, and celebrations that made 2008 memorable.

In the News | Community Relations | Alumni | Athletics

A New Provost
Before the calendar had officially turned the page from 2008 to 2009, University President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino announced that Dr. Russell J. DiGate had been named provost, the University’s highest academic post. Dr. DiGate, who was dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy since 2004, had been filling in as interim provost since September. In his first order of business, Dr. DiGate appointed Dr. Lisa Lawson as interim dean at PCP, the first woman to hold the post, and Dr. William Cunningham as dean of students.

Dr. Laurie Sherwen to Provide Leadership for CHS
Dr. Laurie N. Sherwen joined the University as dean of the College of Health Sciences in December. As the former dean and professor of the Division of the Schools of the Health Professions at Hunter College of CUNY, she brings a wealth of experience in scholarship, publication, and research.

Mayes Ribbon CutMayes Ribbon Cutting
In May, trustee and alumna Dr. Kathleen Mayes P’76, PharmD’78, officially dedicated the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. The college connects the knowledge bases of healthcare, business, technology, and government policy.

Research DayResearch Day Showcases the University’s Best
The 6th annual Research Day in April recognized the research efforts of faculty members and students, while showcasing the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus.

Patricia Leahy LabEighth Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture and Lab Dedication
A new location for the Patricia Leahy Research Lab was unveiled as the Department of Physical Therapy hosted the annual memorial lecture.

Wistar Ribbon CuttingNew Partnership with Wistar Announced
The Wistar Institute and University of the Sciences announced a partnership in a new Center for Chemical Biology and Translational Medicine on Dec. 16. Combining Wistar’s strengths in basic biomedical research with the University's expertise in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, the partnership will enable more rapid translation of basic science discoveries into compounds with potential for refinement into new medicines and therapies for patients.

Fall Fest
From the annual alumni awards to the student carnival the University's Fall Fest & Alumni Reunion brought the campus to life with students and their families, alumni, faculty, and staff.
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Nancy Shils to Lead Alumni Relations
Nancy Shils joined Institutional Advancement as the new manager of alumni relations. Shils served more than 10 years as the associate director for Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving at the Wharton School.

Alumnus John A. Gans To Receive Pharmacy Profession’s Highest Honor
John A Gans P’66, PharmD’69, will be awarded the 2009 Remington Honor Medal, the pharmacy profession’s highest honor administered by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Golf26th Annual Alumni Golf Outing A Success
One hundred and five people took advantage of near perfect weather conditions during the 26th Annual University of the Sciences Alumni Golf Tournament to raise money for a good cause in August.

Community Relations

Race for Humanities
Giving back to the community and helping others through service is one of the University’s missions. Each year numerous student groups raise monies for local charities (above, Race for Humanity), plant trees, or participate through classroom experiences to give back.

OT Students Open Their Hearts to Aging Homeowners
Dedicated volunteers and community partners like the University, joined AARP and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, to offer free home repair services to low-income members of the West Shore community.

Helping the West Philly Tool Library Nail Its Goal

When the West Philly Tool Library opened up literally next door to campus, it was only natural for the University to get involved to provide tools and other home maintenance materials to community residents.

Race for Humanity Sprints for the Cure to Childhood Cancer

More than 250 runners participated in the third-annual 5K Race for Humanity Walk/Run, sponsored by Omega Chi Psi, that benefited CureSearch, the National Childhood Cancer Foundation Children’s Oncology Group.

Spring Break Trip Raises Hope and Homes

A group of nine students headed south for Spring Break, not for partying, but for a week’s worth of labor for Habitat for Humanity.

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Event Photo Galleries

Distinguished Speakers

John C. Krantz, Jr., distinguished Lecture: Dr. William Charles Sessa, Jr., P'84.

Honors Colloquium
:  Dava Sobel, the N.Y. Times best-selling author of books such as Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets, presented the keynote speech titled, “The Quest for Longitude.”

First Forensic Science Seminar Series
: Michael Garvey BI’94, former FBI Forensic Molecular Biologist; Dr. Janet Monge, Forensic Anthropologist; and Joseph Lisa, Esq. Criminal Enforcement Council, Environmental Protection Agency.

Health Policy Symposium
Health Policy Symposium, “The Future of Vaccines - Challenges, Successes, Opportunities”: Renowned ethicist Dr. Arthur L. Caplan and leaders in vaccine research and development, including Dr. Alan R. Hinman, Dr. Paul A. Offit, Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin, and Dr. Thomas M. Vernon.

Mathematics Seminar: Dr. Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan, Dr. Mark Pinsky, and Dr. Roberta S. Wenocur honored the life and achievements of Dr. Stanley Zietz (1950-2007).

Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities: Noted physicist and writer on science, Dr. Gino Segre presented the Misher Visiting Professor of the Humanities lecture.

Glasser Visiting Professor
: Visiting Researcher from Italy, Dr. Pier Giorgio Righetti of Milan’s Polytechnic Institute

Malis Memorial Lecture: Adam Levine, sewer historian and consultant to the Phila. Water Department, presented "From Creeks to Sewers."

Faculty Updates

Dr. DerMarderosian Honored by the American Chemical Society for 50 Years of Service

Dr. Robert Boughner Honored by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Dr. Peter Harvison Named Abramson Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Dr. Richard G. Stefanacci Honored by Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society

Dr. Paula Kramer Wins American Occupational Therapy Association Board Seat

Dr. McEwen Named First Houghton Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Dan Benau Named Director for the Biomedical Writing Program

Campus Happenings

Alpha Lambda Delta
Annual Induction Ceremony Held for Alpha Lambda Delta

187th Commencement Honors Three as 481 Students Earn Degrees

Founders’ Day Recognizes Alumnus Dr. Leonard S. Jacob

Pharmacists & PT
Pharmacists & Physical Therapists Recognized in October - Mayor Nutter Declares “American Pharmacist Month”

Honors Program Welcomes Inaugural Class

Positive Marks at Accreditation Midway Point

Move In Day
Move-in Day Kicks Off Packed Welcome Week

Summer Institute Engages Philadelphia Science Teachers

Parkhurst Dining Services is Getting Eco-Friendly

Operations Divisions Marks 2008 with Advances in Safety, Construction, and Technology

Streetscape Spruces Up Woodland Ave.

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CACC Team Sportsmanship Award
Women’s Tennis Team

CACC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

Joy Aifuwa PharmD’10

CACC All-Conference Honors

Baseball: Michael Curry PharmD’10 (first team)

Women's Basketball: Erin Chesnavich BI’10 (first team); Allison Weiss DPT’11 (third team); Emily Aponte BI’10 (all-academic team)

Men's Basketball: Keith Dundas PhSci’08 (third team)

Softball: Rachel Morgan PMM’09 (second team); Dayna Phillips BI’11 (second team)

Men's Cross Country: Pete Grant PharmD’12; Nick Willey PharmD’11; Nick DeAngelis PharmD’13; Matt Willard PharmD’12

Women's Cross Country:          Beth Crawford PharmD’12

Volleyball: Claire Tauschek DPT’11 (first team)

All-MAC Honors
Michelle Bauer PharmD’10 (second team selection in both smallbore and air rifle)

College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Academic All-American
Michelle Bauer PharmD’10, Alex Novin PharmD’10, Courtney Cavalieri PharmD’11, Elisha Shumard DPT’11, and Deborah Booth PharmD’13

Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area
Alex Novin PharmD’10 (rifle); Amanda Bedway PharmD’10 (Performer of the Year, tennis); Michelle Bauer PharmD’10 (Performer of the Year, rifle); Erin Chesnavich BI’10 (women’s basketball); Tyler Weisel PharmD’10 (tennis); Daniel Rubin PharmD’12 (tennis) Brittany Ebersole PhC’09 (softball); and Christine Puschak PharmD’13.

All-Philadelphia Area Small College Team
Keith Dundas PhSci’08 (men’s basketball)

Daktronics Northeast Region Baseball Team
Michael Curry PharmD’10 (second team); Peter LaRocco PharmD’13 (second team)

CoSIDA Academic All District At-Large Team
Amanda Bedway PharmD’10 (women’s tennis)

ABCA/Rawlings Northeast Region Team
Michael Curry PharmD’10

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Northeast Region Team
Michael Curry PharmD’10 (second team)

U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)
Men’s cross-country team (Division II All-Academic Team)
Women’s cross-country team (Division II All-Academic Team)
Joy Aifuwa PharmD’10 (Division II all-Academic Team)

Celebrating 100 Years of Hoops
The University celebrated 100 years of men's basketball in November and honored its All-Millennium Team, consisting of 20 outstanding players from the last 100 years and a lifetime supporter of Devils' athletics. (Photo Gallery)

DII Presidents Council to Welcome Dr. Philip P. Gerbino
President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino, was elected to the NCAA Division II Presidents Council. His term begins in February 2009.

BauerSuccess on the Range
Michelle Bauer PharmD'10 became the first athlete to qualify for an individual NCAA Championship. As a team, the Devils mixed rifle squad won its 13th Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) Sharpshooter Division Smallbore Championship, while the women captured their fourth MAC Championship.

Women’s Tennis Team Given Top Honor (Again and Again)

The CACC Team Sportsmanship Award is given to the team in each sponsored conference sport that best exemplifies the spirit of athletic competition and sportsmanship. The tennis team’s selection marks the third-consecutive year that they have been named as the recipient of the conference’s team sportsmanship award. Women’s tennis and women’s cross-country are now the only two athletic teams to have won this award three times.

Softball Takes First CACC Playoff Win

Rachel Morgan PMM'09 struck out 10 and Carolynn Snavely PharmD'10 singled in the winning run as softball notched its first CACC playoff victory with a 3-2 victory over Dominican College while tying the school record for wins (16) in a season.



Misher Festival
Monday–Friday, Jan. 26–30

Founders' Day
Thursday, Feb. 19

USP Olympics
Thursday, Feb. 19–Tuesday, April 21

Alpha Lambda Delta Induction
Friday, April 3

Research Day
Thursday, April 9

Wednesday, May 20

Move-In Day
Friday, August 28

Alumni Reunion
Saturday, Sept. 26

Please visit the website to learn more about the exciting events coming up in 2009.