Insights and commentary from our University experts, thought leaders, and graduate students on pharmaceutical, science, healthcare, and educational topics.

New microbiology course offers look into bread, chocolate and coffee

For me, the words “bread, chocolate, and coffee” conjure daydreams of a warm summer day, sipping espresso and indulging a Pain au Chocolat at a French bistro by the sea. But would you be surprised to hear that that same daydream is only possible because of microbes? Yes, those savory and sweet concoctions only make it to our cups and plates after spending some quality time with bacteria and yeasts. This semester, students in USciences Applied Microbiology course will learn about the process of fermentation in producing bread, chocolate and coffee. Fermentation was, quite likely, “discovered” by accident in ancient...

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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements

Dan Hussar and P4 student Melissa White are coauthors of an article, "New Drugs: Insulin degludec, Lixisenatide, and Patiromer sorbitex calcium," that has been published in the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Dan spoke on the topic, "New Drug Update 2016," at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in Dallas on November 6 and in a Grand Rounds presentation at Chambersburg Hospital on November 18. On November 20, he spoke with members of the Delaware County Pharmacists Association on the topic, "The Future of Our Profession." Islam Ghazi recently published two...

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USciences to Host PADLA Annual Conference

University of the Sciences will host the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) 14th Annual Conference and Expo on December 20, 2016. The PADLA is the regional chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association and is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and information with other distance and e-learning professionals concerned the myriad of issues and technological changes in the field. The conference will include 25 presentations, with several presentations from USciences faculty and staff, including one from Phyllis Blumberg, PhD, director of the teaching and learning center, about assessing and improving your online teaching,...

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The U.S. Surgeon General "Facing Addiction" report challenges myths, offers transforming vision

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has released a landmark public health report with a vision for transforming our behavioral health system so that we can adequately treat substance use disorders in America. Coming in the midst of an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic, the document spells out why federal officials have shifted their approach on drug control policy to a public health approach. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health was released on Nov. 17, 2016 with fanfare, during a live-streamed broadcast from the Paramount Studios in California, featuring health agency officials, celebrity speakers, recovery...

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What to Look for When Buying Lotion to Protect Your Skin from Harsh Winter Weather

Dry patches of red, itchy skin are unpleasant symptoms of the effects of harsh winter weather. Just like you need a jacket, hat, and scarf to protect yourself from the conditions, your skin needs to be shielded from the elements, too. “Lotions and creams create a protective barrier that keeps skin from drying, weakening, and cracking,” said Jeff Moore, instructor of pharmaceutics in the pharmaceutical sciences department at University of the Sciences. “That barrier allows time for hydration and healing to occur from the inside.” Moore is manager of the Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory where he provides his students with hands-on...

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First-Year Research Opportunities Kept Passion Project Going for USciences Student

Born without his left hand, a high school friend of Megan O’Briant DPT’22 never used prosthetics. Megan O'Briant DPT'22 (left) shows off a prosthetic hand she made at the First Year Science and Interprofessional Health Fair “The prosthetics weren’t easy to use. They were heavy. He was never interested in wearing one,” said O’Briant. But her friend’s real-life problem posed an interesting engineering challenge for O’Briant. Combining the lessons learned from existing prosthetic designs, she set out to design the most ideal hand for her friend creating prototypes with her 3-D printer. She sought to create the most powerful, lightweight,...

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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements

Dorela Prifanji PharmD’17 was recognized with the Student Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists. The award is given to a student actively involved in initiatives related to advancing the practice of health system pharmacy. Lia Vas PhD, professor of mathematics, has been granted sabbatical leave during which she has received approximately seven invitations to present at institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Norway while also collaborating on a research project with Dr. Roozbeh Hazrat of Wester Sydney University in Australia. Dr. Vas said she hopes to increase visibility of research at USciences and foster new projects...

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USciences Physics Students Attend PhysCon in San Francisco

Students from USciences’ Society of Physics Students (SPS) traveled to San Francisco, Calif. in November 2016 for PhysCon, the quadrennial physics conference held by the National Society of Physics Students. From Left to Right: Caitlyn McConnell, Oberon Wackwitz, Mia Vega, Katee O'Malley, Luke Conover toured San Francisco during PhysCon. During the trip the group attended the conference, hearing from Dr. S. James Gates, a theoretical physicist known for his work in supersymmetry, who recently won the National Medal of Science for his outstanding contributions to the field of physics, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Cornell. Additionally, the students participated in...

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Genesis CAREs Presents Discussion of Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice

On November 9, 2016, Genesis Healthcare Center for Aging Research and Education (Genesis CAREs) presented a panel discussion for about 80 USciences students, staff, alumni and partners on the topic of interprofessional evidence-based practice. The panel included Dr. Penelope Moyers, Dr. Patricia Finch-Guthrie, Ms. Patricia Anderson Magnus from St. Catherine's University in Minneapolis, and USciences’ Dr. Anthony Acquavella, medical director of the graduate physician assistant studies and vice chair of the department of physician assistant studies. The discussion centered around a new book Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice, by Dr. Moyers and Dr. Finch-Guthrie. During the discussion there were several examples offered...

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Brewing Science Students Gain Hands-On Experience in Internships with Local Breweries

Having completed months of lab courses studying the biology, chemistry and physical makeup of beer, the first cohort of students enrolled in the Brewing Science Certificate program got a taste of brewing at a commercial scale at their first internships at local breweries this fall. The six students, who are on pace to graduate the program this year, got hands-on experience working at local breweries like Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton, Conshohocken Brewing Company, and Lavante Brewing Company in West Chester. Students are matched with internships that correspond with their career objectives. For example, some students are looking to work on...

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USciences Helped Romy Antoine BI’12 Find the Intersection of Science and Entrepreneurship

What started as a class research project has turned into a career for Romy Antoine BI’12. While he had kept a fitness and lifestyle blog previously, the idea to build the blog into an online personal training company, called RippedNFit, really took off as a business during his senior year at USciences, when he re-designed and expanded the site for his capstone project. “I re-designed the blog and published articles using the concepts I learned in class over the years,” said Antoine. The website now includes daily motivation, workout routines, and recipes. Antoine also uses the blog to publish articles...

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