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07/20/2016

Revamped Mobile App Puts USciences at Students’ Fingertips

Students, faculty, and staff are able to access all things USciences more easily with the new USciences mobile app which re-launched this summer. The app, which first debuted in 2012, has been updated to help create a more mobile lifestyle. “Today’s students expect to find information at their fingertips when they need it,” said Dr. Rodney Murray, executive director of academic technology services. “Access to directories, maps, news and events, learning system content, campus photos, and videos are now available on their smartphones and tablets.” This new version works to create a more functional and seamless experience. The original app...

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07/14/2016

Students learn the importance of interdisciplinary care during medical mission trip to Jamaica

The team of 10 students and four faculty members from University of the Sciences who traveled to Jamaica for a medical mission trip. A group of 10 students and four faculty members from University of the Sciences traveled to Jamaica this summer where they learned to work side by side with other health care students to care for the underserved people of the island nation. From left to right: Oluwadamilola Oyenusi, Maura Jones, and Erin Grannan at clinic in a local church The medical mission was supported through Women of Health Occupation Promoting Education, an organization originated in 2000 by...

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07/07/2016

Janna Manjelievskaia PhD’17 takes her passion for health policy into a career in policy research with the Department of Defense

Janna Manjelievskaia PhD’17 is translating her academic studies and passion for health policy into a career conducting research into preventative care measures at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Manjelievskaia is currently working on a study looking at the prevalence of hepatitis C virus screening among the Baby Boomer cohort. Her current work is also the subject of her dissertation, which focuses on the adoption and implementation of clinical practice guidelines for family physicians, specifically related to hepatitis C virus screening. “My hope is that this research will show how often hepatitis C virus screening is...

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07/05/2016

Bryan Heyer ES’18 granted National Science Foundation summer research fellowship.

Bryan Heyer ES’18 is using the summer break as an opportunity to get out of the classroom to gain hands-on experience studying in the field with distinguished geoscientists. Heyer recently began a nine-week fellowship with the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates, studying the earth’s critical zones. Critical Zones are areas spanning from the tops of the trees to the to the base of weathered bedrock with complex systems because of the intricate interactions between the rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms that make up the zone. The fellowship began with an intensive orientation program at the Susquehanna...

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06/28/2016

More Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Achievements

Richard Minoff, director of undergraduate pharmaceutical and healthcare business, traveled to Accra, Ghana to present a two-day course for Roche Pharmaceuticals. The course was for the company’s Sub-Sharan marketing, medical, and market access managers on the best practices for annual brand planning. The course emphasized marketing insights development, brand story development, and strategy development. Roche managers from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Gabon and Ivory Coast attended. Paul Halpern, who chairs the American Physical Society's historic sites committee, announced that the committee is honoring two physics sites with commemorative plaques. The first is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Holifield Radioactive Ion...

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06/27/2016

In Haiti, USciences Alumni Care for Those Who Have Lost Everything

Gary Lewis BS’71 and Adriene Zook PharmD’11 counsel patients about their prescriptions at a clinic in Haiti. Six years since a catastrophic, magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti, battering the island nation and its people, the access to healthcare hasn’t improved. Many who live in small villages without any regular doctor or medication to treat their long-term conditions. Efforts led by a University of the Sciences graduate are working to change the poor circumstances and improve access to healthcare, even if progress is slow. Gary Lewis BS’71, RPh, made his first medical mission trip to Haiti in March 2010, just two...

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Learning Beyond Borders: Honors program brings the classroom to Peru

Honors students at Machu Picchu in Peru. Photos by Christine Flanagan. Floating along in a quiet riverboat and listening to the sound of animals in the Amazon rainforest around them, 12 students in University of the Sciences’ Honors Program had a rare opportunity for self-reflection as they immersed themselves into a foreign culture and foreign environment. The 10-day trip to Peru capped a year-long course of study by the students enrolled in the first and second year of the Honors Program. This year’s humanities curriculum included studying the history and socio-politics of Latin America, their relationship with nature and the...

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06/21/2016

5 things to look for when shopping for sunscreen

As school lets out and the entire family heads down the shore for vacation, it is important to know what to look for and what to steer clear from when shopping for the best sunscreen. Although it may seem that all of the bottles and all of the varieties are the same, sunscreens can be complicated. Sunscreens are, after all, products regulated by the federal government with active drugs and ingredients that can impact different people in different ways. Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington professor of pharmacy at the University of the Sciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, recommends that...

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06/14/2016

Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Sets Post-Grads Up for Successful Careers

Fellows who recently completed the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Program at University of the Sciences Getting real experience in some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the region, five post-graduates recently completed the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Program at University of the Sciences, a well-established program that bridges learnings across industry, academia, and clinical practice. “Obtaining an entry-level position in the pharmaceutical industry can be difficult as companies often seek applicants with prior industry experience,” said Dr. Hilary Mandler, the program’s director. “Pursuing an industry fellowship provides pharmacists with practical job experience and offers opportunities to...

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06/09/2016

USciences students help Philadelphia residents get a “Meducation”

Emily Klein HS'15, Kyle Derikito PharmD'16, and Dr. Claudia Parvanta at Health Center 3. Being able to read the directions on a prescription bottle can be critical in effectively taking medications, but for many Philadelphia residents who can’t read English, it is a guessing game. Students from University of the Sciences participated in a research project designed to put an end to that dangerous issue for patients with limited English proficiency at city-run health clinics in Philadelphia. Students who participated in the research project, run by Dr. Claudia Parvanta, chair of the Department of Behavioral Health and Social Sciences at...

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