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5 posts from February 2015


USciences to Host Philly Younger Chemists Committee's Annual Poster Session

YccUniversity of the Sciences will again host the Philadelphia Younger Chemists Committee's 15th annual Student Poster Session on Tuesday, March 31, from 6-9 p.m., in the Bobby Morgan Arena at the Athletic/Recreation Center (43rd St. at Woodland Ave.).

"We hosted this event last year, and over 130 students from nearby colleges and high schools came and presented their research at USciences," said Voki Pophristic, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemistry at USciences. "Our American Chemical Society Student Chapter is a co-organizer of this event, and we look forward to seeing a variety of research projects on display this year."

This poster session is open to all graduate, undergraduate, and high school students of chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry. For more info, visit phillyycc.org.


First Look: Beginning SEA-PHAGES at USciences

CrossHello USciences Community,

My name is Trevor Cross and I will be helping to pilot the HHMI SEA-PHAGES program in the Biological Sciences curriculum. What is HHMI SEA-PHAGES you might ask? HHMI stands for Howard Hughes Medical Institute and SEA-PHAGES means Science Education Alliance- Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science. It's a mouthful, but this is a collaboration between HHMI and many other colleges, universities, and even high schools across the nation as well as some locations overseas, a collaboration that USciences is now happily a part of!

What does this mean for USciences? It means that the Biology Department will be piloting a discovery-based undergraduate research course where a group of first year biology majors will have the opportunity to isolate and characterize their own unique bacteriophage from their own soil sample. By participating in this class, students will get to experience what it's like to do research by having their own project, contribute to a growing public database of phages and genomic information, and have a scientific discovery to call their own! As someone who has been a student in this class and a TA/peer mentor for this course, I can say from experience how AWESOME it is and how excited I am to be a part of this initiative as it unfolds here at USciences!

We will be starting our pilot section of this course in the Fall so as the students work hard to find their phages and characterize them, I intend to share the class' story here as it unfolds.

See the links below to the HHMI SEA webpage, the USciences press release, and phages database to see where students' phages are proudly displayed and accessible to other researchers, viewing one of my own sequenced phages as an example of what students will have at the end of the course.

I can't wait to begin this journey at USciences!

Trevor Cross
Laboratory Technician


Healthy Valentine's Day Tips

Whether you’re kicking back on your own or going to a fancy dinner with your Valentine, Valentine’s Day is almost here (and so is the heavily discounted candy the day after). Here are three healthy tips for this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Stick to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa bean than milk chocolate, meaning that dark chocolate is high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant that has shown that reduce amounts of cell damage, help lower blood pressure and prevent inflammation. Try to stick to at least 65% cacoa.
  2. Try cooking at home rather than going out to eat. Eating at home allows you to control your portions as well as ensure that you are eating good quality foods. Skip the foods containing a lot of fat and sodium. Save money in the bank as well!
  3. Since Valentine’s Day is all about hearts, try to do some heart healthy exercise! Rather than staying in and watching a movie, go for a walk, an exercise class or try something new like rock-climbing or dancing! Put a new meaning on Valentine’s Day! 


Kinesiology's Own Dr. Freeman Featured in CBS News!

On February 8th, the Kinesiology Department's Professor Dr.Freeman was featured in a CBS News Article about 'Simplifying Your Lifestyle Could Be Key To Better Health'!

Check out the article at: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/02/08/if-its-time-to-get-out-of-the-rat-race-you-may-want-to-try-simplifying-your-lifestyle/


Gluten, what is it exactly?

    Gluten free foods are a huge market right now. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains. Some people are allergic (celiacs disease) or sensitive to gluten, and eating it can make them sick. Celiacs is an autoimmune disease, and when people with celiacs eat gluten, it causes an attack on the small intestine. Gluten free has become a fad diet, which can be dangerous, because food marketed as gluten free can be highly processed therefore being high in extra sugar and fat. A gluten free diet should consist of nuts, fruits, veggies, meat and fish, soy, rice, beans, quinoa, potatoes, and other unrefined carbohydrates.

 Post created by Kelly Cuccolo, SGA Rep of the Kinesiology Club. 



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