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7 posts from June 2014


Pharmacy Prof Awarded Fellowship for Collaborative Research in Africa

AdejareUniversity of the Sciences’ Adeboye Adejare, PhD, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will return to his native land next summer through an all-expense-paid Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. He was one of 33 scholars selected to conduct joint research at participating universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

This highly competitive fellowship is an Institute of International Education initiative that encourages African-born scholars in the United States and Canada to share their acquired research skills with colleagues from African colleges and universities through collaborative work.

Dr. Adejare and Dr. Chinedum Babalola, a pharmacy professor at University of Ibadan in Nigeria, will spend next summer exploring the interaction between compounds and small endogenous materials that can serve as targets for drug action. Dr. Babalola oversees the University’s Center for Drug Discovery Development and Production, which was established in 2011 to help improve the quality and availability of essential medicines in West Africa.

Each fellowship will last between two weeks to three months, depending on the length of time needed to complete the research. The goal of this program is to establish an ongoing academic partnership in areas such as curriculum co-development, faculty and student exchange research, study abroad opportunities, and mentorships.

"Fellows will help achieve the goal of contributing to the development of African higher education as a vibrant and internationally competitive sector, fulfilling the aspirations of building prosperous and inclusive economies, viable knowledge societies, and sustainable democracies,” said Dr. Omotade Aina, director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Dr. Adejare’s research interests include drug targeting, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds, and pharmaceutical profiling. He earned his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from The Ohio State University, as well as his BS and MS from University of Iowa.


Recent Grad Gives Back to the Game of Basketball, Gains Free Education

UsciencesgradWhile some recent college graduates have already entered the workforce or continue their job search, Patrick Connaghan PhB'14 is preparing to leave for Ireland in August to further his education, continue his basketball career, and explore his Irish roots.

That’s because the former University of the Sciences student-athlete was selected as one of 13 international Victory Scholarship recipients through the Sport Changes Life Foundation. Scholars, like Connaghan, will have the opportunity to pursue their graduate degrees, continue to play or coach their sport of choice at all levels, and serve as mentors to disadvantaged, at-risk youth across Ireland.

"The game of basketball has taught me so much in terms of life lessons, such as perseverance and integrity,” said Connaghan, of Warrington, Bucks County. “I am thrilled to have the chance to inspire young people through a sport which has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined.”

Through practical education and inspirational sports programs, Connaghan and his peers will closely work with young Irish students to help steer them down a path to a bright future. The purpose of the foundation is to demonstrate to youth that the valuable lessons learned through sports can change their lives and shape their futures.

This fall, Connaghan will begin the master of business program at the Institute of Technology, Carlow in southeast Ireland, and play on the University’s basketball team and/or the professional club basketball team. Other institutions that participate in this scholarship program, include University of Ulster; National University of Ireland, Galway; Limerick University; and Trinity College Dublin.

Connah“One of the best things I learned as a student-athlete at USciences was how to balance school, sports, and a social life,” said Connaghan. “As a young adult on my own for the first time in my life, I’m grateful that my coaches and mentors at USciences taught me how to manage my time in positive and productive manner.”

David Pauley, head coach of men's basketball at USciences, said it has been a privilege to coach Connaghan over the past four years, and watch him grow into a respected leader on and off the basketball court.

Connaghan is ranked among several lists of top 20 career leaders from the men’s basketball program at USciences. He is currently ranked seventh in offensive rebounds per game, as well as ninth in defensive rebounds per game.

“I plan on leaving a lasting impact on the youth of Ireland because I never want to see kids miss out on their full potential,” said Connaghan. “It is an honor and yet another dream come true to be a part of the Sport Changes Life family and continue my basketball career in an international setting.”

Follow Connaghan’s journey through Ireland at @Connaman on Twitter. 

Nearly 100 Philly Middle Schoolers Explore STEM Careers at USciences

IMG_1861As part of an ongoing commitment to Philadelphia schools and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, University of the Sciences hosted its first Career Day for Middle School Students on May 9.

Held in conjunction with state Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), University City Science Center, and three local middle schools, a half-day program focusing on STEM careers was developed by USciences faculty and staff for nearly 100 local students from Samuel B. Huey School, Jubilee School, and The City School.

University president Helen Giles-Gee, PhD, kicked off the day with welcome remarks, which included her hope and expectation that one day the young students would attend USciences. The fifth-graders were also given a tour of USciences’ campus by student ambassadors, and participated in a science expo held by students and faculty from chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, pharmacy, and pharmacology/toxicology programs.

IMG_1829They had the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments highlighting the STEM academic disciplines, and then experienced lunch in a college dining hall. The day wrapped up with a presentation on career interest and exploration.

Click here to see all photos from the day.

Participating staff and faculty, included: Kimberly Bryant, director of career services; Kevin Wolbach, interim associate dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences; Catherine Bentzley, PhD, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Grace Farber, PhD, assistant professor of biology; Carl Walasek, statistics instructor; Scott Greene, director of the Student Excellence and Professional Preparation programs; Mary Kate McGinty, director of government and community affairs; and Danielle Stollak, program manager of University City Science Center's STEAM Initiatives.


USciences Launches Free Open, Online Courses on iTunes U

ItunesuPeople of all ages and backgrounds across the world are one click away from experiencing a free education from University of the Sciences. That’s because the University recently launched two open, online courses on iTunes to allow individuals to explore the interdisciplinary teaching styles of some of its professors.

“These open, online courses are a tremendous opportunity for universities, like USciences, to draw attention to our high-quality curriculum and outstanding faculty,” said Mark H. Nestor, PhD, associate provost and chief information officer of academic affairs. “This type of forum also allows us to project our brand globally."

Available through a free app in the iTunes Store, iTunes U provides access to thousands of courses prepared by instructors worldwide, including the USciences courses which cover the topics of AIDS and the history of time. These courses are openly available to the public and are made up of several modules, or “lectures.” While enrollment for these online courses is not required, an iTunes account is needed to access them.

Dr. Murphy

Although the concept of the AIDS course was initially developed by Kevin Murphy, PhD, chair of the Department of Humanities; it was further enhanced by including a total of 33 lectures from an interdisciplinary team of USciences faculty. Michelle Ramirez, PhD, MPH, associate professor of anthropology; Samuel Talcott, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy; and Margaret A. Reinhart, director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, each contributed lectures to this well-rounded course.

“By providing lectures from the medical science, anthropologic, and philosophic perspectives, participants of this course will be able to gather four different and pertinent angles to this international problem,” said Dr. Murphy. “Our course covers topics ranging from the cellular and medical dimensions of AIDS to the gender and ethical elements of the disease.”

Dr. Robson

Similarly, the second USciences course offered on iTunes aims to introduce students to the complex, mysterious, and often elusive nature of time. Spearheaded by history professor, Roy Robson, PhD, students who participate in this course will have the opportunity explore time through a multidisciplinary, historical, and multicultural approach covering diverse fields such as physics, medicine, psychology, sociology, religion, art, and philosophy.

“Although this free service provides self-paced courses without assessment or acknowledgement of completion, it has the potential to encourage students to continue their educations at USciences,” said Dr. Murphy.

Andrew Esposito, instructional designer in the Office of Academic Technology at USciences, developed and produced these courses on iTunes. To access USciences’ free courses via iTunes U, visit http://bit.ly/1kzQvTz.

Click here to listen to KYW Newsradio's June 18 segment regarding USciences' open, online courses.


Incoming OT Student on Track for Doctorate at 21


(Photo: John Ziomek/COURIER-POST )

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Quindlen DrOT'18, a high school senior at Gloucester County Institute of Technology, is on the fast track to a doctor in occupational therapy degree at University of the Sciences.

Quindlen will be entering the University's doctoral program as a junior because she will have completed high school with 77 college credits. At this rate, she will be "Dr. Quindlen" by 21, working with autistic children as an occupational therapist.


Click here to read Carly Q. Romalino's story in the Courier-Post...


Annual Golf Clinics for Blind Children Draws Support from USciences Community

GolfffThe University of the Sciences community gathered to support The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s free golf clinic at the Overbrook School for the Blind on May 31. Each year, alumnus Norman Kritz P’51 co-hosts this event for blind or visually impaired girls and boys ages 5-21.

“Many of these kids have never participated in sports,” said Kritz, a clinic coordinator. “This affords them an opportunity to get out, play and learn a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives. It also allows their parents a chance to see them mingle with other kids that have the same physical challenges that they have.”

During the clinic, participants were paired with a PGA professional for one-on-one golf instruction. Golf clubs, balls, and golf bags were provided, and participants were given pizza and soft drinks following the session. Prizes were awarded, as well.

Now in its 19th year, this golf clinic is an offshoot of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s junior golf program, and aims to further encourage blind or visually impaired children interested in learning to play golf. The Overbrook School for the Blind, located at 63rd and Malvern Ave. in Philadelphia, offers a nine-hole, chip-and-putt style golf course. This organization also connects players with PGA instructors near their residence. Those teachers, in turn, will provide lessons at a nearby golf course. However, transportation to the lessons is not included.

Kritz received an award this year that recognized his unwavering support for this program. The University’s Kappa Epsilon members have been volunteering at these golf clinics since 2009, and several students, alumni and friends of the University also attend each year to volunteer their time.

USciences volunteers pictured above, from left to right, include: Luke Peyton PharmD'15; Kelly Smith BI'15; Maria Munoz P'17; Norman Kritz P'51; Emily Schwartz PharmD'15; Anthony Landolfo, friend of USciences; George Downs P'72; and Colleen Morse DPT'13. Smith, Munoz, and Schwartz are also sisters of Kappa Epsilon.

Students, Alumni, Staff Get Dirty to Fight Multiple Sclerosis, Raise Nearly $2K

MuckNearly a dozen students, alumni, and staff of University of the Sciences braved mud-filled pits, trenches, and craters as they participated in the Philadelphia MuckFest MS 5K on May 31. The team, dubbed Muddy Bunch, collectively raised nearly $2,000 to support the event’s mission of benefiting multiple sclerosis (MS) services and research.

"Just like the obstacles runners face during MuckFest MS Philadelphia, multiple sclerosis is unpredictable; you simply don't know what is going to happen next. That's why the money raised through this event is so important," said Tami Caesar, president of the National MS Society's Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.

This 5K fun-run is pure athletic hilarity, featuring a course packed with more than 20 outrageous and muddy obstacles. Each year, MuckFest MS Philadelphia attracts thousands of women and men, young and old, athletic and not-so-athletic, who band together on teams for a mucky 5K in support of a world free of MS.

Muck2It is not just about the fun and the slapstick shenanigans out on the course. There is also a mission behind the muck: 100% of funds raised by participants benefit the National MS Society, which provides programs and services that help people address the challenges of living with MS and funds cutting-edge research into the cause, treatment and a cure for MS.  MuckFest MS participants from across the United States have raised more than $16 million for the National MS Society.

For the past four years, Marc Caserio, director of campus recreation; and Marie Kiechel, fitness and wellness manager, have rallied together a group of USciences students to participate in the run. Caserio said this year's team was primarily made up of first-timers.

Team Muddy Bunch was made up of the following individuals: Kiki Chaudhary BI'15; Danielle Hoguet DPT'16; Brianna Ligotski DPT'18; Bhumi Patel PharmD'15; Priya Patel PA'14; Joshua Paul PharmD'15; Michael Rabinowitz PharmD'15; Robert Hand DPT ’14; Tyler Bartnick, friend of the University; Caserio, and Kiechel.

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