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May Commencement and Conferment Honorees Named

By Brian Kirschner

University of the Sciences is pleased to announce its keynote speaker and honorary degree recipients for the fourth Bachelor’s Degree Conferment Ceremony on Friday, May 15 and the 194th Commencement honoring the class of 2015 on Wednesday, May 20.

Bachelor’s Degree Conferment Ceremony 

Students in the doctor of occupational therapy, doctor of physical therapy, and doctor of pharmacy programs who entered the University as a first-year student in 2011, or who transferred into those programs before earning a bachelor’s degree, are eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree as they continue their matriculation toward their professional degree. The Bachelor’s Degree Conferment Ceremony is scheduled for noon on May 15 in the Athletic/Recreation Center. This year, the University is pleased to welcome alumnus Keith Marmer MPT’89, DPT’04, MBA’10 as the keynote speaker.

MarmerDr. Marmer started his path toward business and innovation development following graduation from University of the Sciences with a master of physical therapy degree in 1989. He was a practicing physical therapist before founding PT Plus in 1992. In 1995, he launched PhysioMetrics of Mt. Laurel, NJ, where he led the company as CEO for much of his tenure as well as serving briefly as executive vice president for innovation.
In 2004, Dr. Marmer earned his doctor of physical therapy degree from USciences while serving as managing partner with Infinity Partners Consulting. He subsequently landed as an assistant professor in the Department of Healthcare Business before becoming assistant dean in the Mayes College of Business and Policy in 2008. Dr. Marmer remained with USciences until 2011, earning his MBA, and overseeing administrative management for the former Division of External Affairs while handling business development and technology transfer.
In his 25 years of experience from clinical practice to executive ranks, Dr. Marmer has delivered a proven track record of growth and development for many organizations.

Dr. Marmer is currently chief business officer for Penn Center for Innovation at University of Pennsylvania. There he oversees all day-to-day activities related to business and relationship development for a portfolio that exceeds $75 million in annual revenue. Prior to joining the Penn Center for Innovation in 2014, Dr. Marmer was associate dean for research innovation and director of the Office of Technology Development for Penn State University’s College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. Among his responsibilities, Dr. Marmer focused on fostering innovation, start-up companies, economic development, managing intellectual property, and external partnerships.

194th Commencement

Honorary Degree recipients will become part of the class of 2015 when USciences holds its 194th commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. on May 20 in The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The University is excited to recognize alumnus James C. Appleby P’87, RPh, MPH, executive director and CEO of The Gerontological Society of America, and distinguished University of Maryland professor of the history of science (Emeritus) Stephen G. Brush, who will be presented with honorary degrees.

ApplebyMr. Appleby leads the nation's leading professional membership organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its more than 5,400 multi-disciplinary members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers, and the general public.

Mr. Appleby is best-known as an innovator and entrepreneur who excels at transforming organizational cultures. Since joining the GSA staff in 2008, he has focused the organization on advancing innovation in aging.  He has built multiple non-dues revenue-generating initiatives, including projects related to detecting cognitive impairment, communicating effectively with older adults, pain management and more.  The Society’s new National Adult Vaccination Program focuses on improving immunization rates across the life-course.  

Under his leadership, GSA is seen as a preferred partner organization for business and philanthropic groups in the aging arena.  GSA collaborates with a large number of stakeholder organizations and is home to three major John A. Hartford Foundation-supported grants focused on improving the care of older adults. In addition, GSA has been selected to serve as host Society for the quadrennial meeting of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress in San Francisco in 2017.

Before coming to GSA, Mr. Appleby had a 17-year career with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the 60,000-member professional association representing pharmacists and pharmacy students.  He served in a variety of roles including Director of Education, Publisher, and Vice President of Industry Relations before being appointed Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Strategy.  In this latter capacity, he was responsible for leading the Association’s major business units and served as the senior executive responsible for the Association’s relationships with the pharmaceutical, chain drug, and wholesaler industries.

Among his other accomplishments at APhA, he was a principal architect of the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery training program, used by pharmacy chains and schools of pharmacy nationwide to prepares pharmacists to immunize patients. The program, which showcases the patient-care role of the pharmacist, has dramatically improved immunization access for millions of Americans. In addition, Mr. Appleby spearheaded the APhA Self-Care Institute, providing pharmacy educators with the latest self-care therapeutic information, and the APhA Pain Management Partnership, which highlighted the role of pharmacists in ensuring appropriate pain care. Mr. Appleby also oversaw the establishment of the Association’s highly popular certificate training program series and the introduction of Pharmacy Today, the Association’s news magazine, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Mr. Appleby continues to be very active in the pharmacy profession, serving as vice-chair of the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and as a member of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Board of Visitors.
Prior to joining APhA, Mr. Appleby was a member of the faculty and Assistant Director of Pharmacy Continuing Education at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  He has worked as a hospital pharmacist at the Presbyterian–University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Mr. Appleby graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Magna Cum Laude, from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Temple University.
He is a member of APhA, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the Washington DC Pharmacists Association, the American Geriatrics Society, and the American Public Health Association. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Sara Martin and son Alexander.

BrushProf. Brush is an internationally known expert in the history of science. A graduate of Harvard University in 1955 with a degree in physics, he completed graduate studies at Oxford University in theoretical physics in 1958 on a Rhodes Scholarship.

As a researcher at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in California, he studied the properties of matter at high pressure through Monte Carlo simulations. His discovery, using an early form of computer simulation, that a gas of charged particles with no attractive forces or quantum effects would undergo phase transitions to solid states was relevant to subsequent models of stellar structure.

Prof. Brush also had an interest in the history of science, writing a comprehensive history of molecular lattice models in statistical physics. He also participated in developing the “Harvard Project Physics” course, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that led to an innovative curriculum designed for high school students. 

In 1968, Prof. Brush joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he was the university’s first full-time historian of science. In 2001, he was awarded the Joseph Hazen Education Prize of the History of Science Society "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of the history of science."

A prolific researcher and writer, Prof. Brush has published more than 320 works, including books, book chapters, and articles. In 1976, he published The Kind of Motion We Call Heat: A History of the Kinetic Theory of Gases in the 19th Century that received the prestigious Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society. His latest book, How Theories Became Knowledge, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

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