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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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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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07/25/2016

Incoming Students Get Acquainted with Campus at Orientation

Students new to University of the Sciences got a taste of campus life this summer during Orientation. In June, 310 students, accounting for 95 percent of all incoming students, made two-day visit to campus during one of three sessions starting on June 22 and ending June 30. “The students participated in a number of events designed to help them acclimate to the USciences campus, meet other students, and begin to connect with their academic cohort,” said Susanne Ferrin, director of student engagement. The students got an overview about their colleges, got to know the dining hall and about student services...

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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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