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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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09/23/2016

More Faculty, Staff, Student, and Alumni Achievements

The USciences Society of Physics Students received the Blake Lilly Prize from the American Institute of Physics. It is an award that recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. The chapter also received the Marsh White Award and the Future Faces of Physics Awards this year. The chapter is led by student project leader Kacy Catalano and the faculty mentor is Dr. Roberto Ramos. Dr. Roberto Ramos served as session chair at the International Applied Superconductivity Conference in Denver, Co. in September. The...

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09/20/2016

Melissa Lamberto Phys’11 turned her passion into a career as a medical physicist

The first in her family to attend college, Melissa Lamberto Phys ‘11 found her path to a rewarding career in Medical Physics at USciences When Melissa Lamberto Phys’11 was deciding on a major she knew two things: she loved science and caring for others. “I knew I wanted to focus on science and find a way to help people, but I wasn’t sure what my career options were,” said Lamberto. Although Lamberto was a biochemistry major, her professors helped her follow her passion for physics. It was Lamberto’s advisor, Elia Eschenazi PhD, who helped her discover her path to a...

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09/15/2016

Nick Tomasello Phys'16 BW'18 Published for Research into the Shrinking Observable Universe

The mystery of the universe was always the most exciting and intriguing part of physics for Nick Tomasello Phys’16 BW’18. “There is so much out there that we don’t understand,” said Tomasello. So for his senior project last year, Tomasello thought he would try to measure the universe, or at least the part that we can see, in an effort to increase his understanding and knowledge of the deep, dark unknown. With guidance from his mentor and advisor USciences Professor of Physics Paul Halpern, PhD, Tomasello decided to use a mathematical formula to recalculate the size of the observable universe,...

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09/01/2016

Health Tip: Protect Your Children with the Right Backpack

Each fall as students return to school it may seem the number of books and notebooks seems to multiply. While parents may fear the mountain of homework each night, they should also be concerned about the damage that an improperly worn backpack is doing to their child’s back. Supriya Sen OTD, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences, said it is important for parents to understand and appreciate the importance of what constitutes a good backpack for their child to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Poor fitting backpacks can lead to injuries such as strains, fractures, and...

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08/11/2016

BTE continues Investment into USciences’ BTE Technologies Advanced Training and Research Lab

A partnership between BTE and University of the Sciences continues to provide students with access to high quality equipment and software so that they can learn to provide the most effective treatment options on the most up to date machines. The BTE Technologies Advanced Evaluation and Rehabilitation Lab, which first opened in Samson College of Health Sciences in May 2011, was updated with a new gift from BTE this summer. The company presented the lab with The Eccentron, a negative resistance training machine, and provided training for faculty and staff. To use the machine, the patient pushes back against pedals...

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USciences Lab Researching Zika Virus to Determine How the Mosquito-Borne Illness Causes Birth Defects

Taking lessons learned from years of research into HIV, Zachary Klase PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences, has begun studying Zika Virus in his lab at University of the Sciences in hopes of uncovering more information about the mosquito-borne virus which has caused concern recently. “This is one of those viruses that has been around a long time, but not much research was done until the outbreak began,” said Dr. Klase. Zika’s largest impact has been in infants born to women who were infected during pregnancy. The virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, where a baby’s...

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08/04/2016

Health Tip: How to Keep Kids Active and Cool in the Peak of Summer Heat

Karin Richards, chair of the Department of Kinesiology at University of the Sciences. During the dog days of summer, when temperatures are holding steady around 90 degrees, it can be easy to let your children sit in front of the television while enjoying the cool of the air conditioning. But as the fall approaches, it is important to get the kids in an active routine, burning some energy during the day so that they can fall asleep on schedule at night, said Karin Richards, chair of the Kinesiology Department at University of the Sciences. “My daughter Madison is an only...

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07/27/2016

From Pool to Play: ARC Renovation Will Provide New Recreational Space for Students

After years of planning, the conversion of the former pool space in the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC) is becoming a reality. With several tons of concrete fill and months of work, the former pool area is transforming into multipurpose recreational space for students starting this fall. Crews have been busy transforming the area to the rear of the ARC for the past several months and the new facility is on target open in October. The 6,340-square foot room will allow students the space to play basketball, volleyball, badminton, or a host of other recreational activities. The design team for the project...

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07/26/2016

The Kathleen Mayes Graduate Fellowship Makes Pursuing a Graduate Degree at USciences More Affordable

Eleven students received the Kathleen Mayes Graduate Fellowship for the spring 2016 semester and University of the Sciences is accepting applications for eligible students to receive the fellowship for the fall semester. The fellowship was established in December 2016 by. Kathleen Mayes P’76, PharmD’78, who is also serving as interim president of USciences. The fellowship is intended to support graduate students in their pursuit of select master’s degree or certificate programs. It is open to students enrolling in bioinformatics, biomedical writing, health psychology, and the MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business, and it puts many of these degree programs within...

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USciences Expands SEA-PHAGES Research Program for First Year Students

Shivsai Gongalla BMS’19 and Samantha Donovan BMS’19 present their research poster at the 8th Annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium. Due to its popularity among students, the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program at University of the Sciences will expand in the 2017 school year to allow more first-year students to participate in the hands-on, research-based course. “Students learn extremely valuable skills and techniques during the program,” said Dr. Nicole Sunnen, assistant professor of biological studies and the primary faculty for the program. “Students learn science by actually doing science.” During the program, which spans two semesters and...

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