21 posts categorized "Chemistry"

03/17/2015

Honors Students Team Up with Habitat for Humanity Over Spring Break

HabitatStudents in the Honors Program at University of the Sciences teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County during their spring break earlier this month to renovate the interiors of three town-homes in Wilmington, Delaware. 

"Although we battled a winter storm during the week, we had the opportunity to make an impact with a group and community very close to our University's home town," said Stephen Moelter, PhD, director of the Honors Program at USciences.

A generous donation to the Honors Program allowed 11 students and two faculty members to participate in this annual Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Collegiate Challenge, which was held Monday, March 2, to Saturday, March 7.

Check out photos here: Honors Program: Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip

02/25/2015

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.

10/30/2014

USciences Named an 'Outstanding ACS Chapter Award' Recipient

AcsUniversity of the Sciences' student chapter of the American Chemical Society received national recognition for its activities during the 2013-14 academic year, as the American Chemical Society named it an Outstanding Chapter.

Of the 400 U.S. student chapters who submitted reports to ACS, only 44 (approximately 10 percent) received Outstanding status; 85 received Commendable and 151 Honorable. The USciences chapter was praised for its activities during National Chemistry Week, which the judges called “exemplars for the rest of the ACS student chapters,” as well as its involvement with the Science Olympiad, which was held on USciences' campus for the first time on Feb. 1, 2014.

Tom Barton, president of the American Chemical Society, praised the club’s members and its chemistry faculty advisors, Dr. Catherine Bentzley and Vanessa Jones.

“Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Dr. Bentzley's and Ms. Jones' efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” Barton said. “We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Dr. Bentzley and Ms. Jones for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

Last year, this on-campus organization was named Student Organization of the Year at USciences, and was under the leadership of alumnae Megan Mohadjer Beromi C'14, a doctorate student at Yale; and Julie Mercandante BC'14, a medical student the Commonwealth Medical College.

This chapter also won the second place in the 2014 Chemistry Wars, a competition between Delaware Valley chemistry programs, co-sponsored by USciences and Temple University’s ACS Chapters. They also organized the first Philadelphia Local ACS Chapter poster session at USciences, which was attended by more than 130 students from Philadelphia-area.

USciences' student chapter of ACS was invited to accept the award at the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver on March 22, 2015, as well as to present and attend research discussions.

Congratulations!

10/28/2014

USciences Prez, Students and Faculty Attended Life Sciences Future in Philly

PABioLSF14_-138University of the Sciences President Dr. Helen-Giles Gee, as well as students and faculty from USciences, joined hundreds of life sciences leaders and innovators during the Life Sciences Future Conference on Oct. 13-14 in Philadelphia.

Life Sciences Future was a two-day event designed by Pennsylvania Bio to reflect the rapidly-evolving landscape in healthcare - which includes biopharma, medical device and diagnostics, healthcare IT, contract research organizations, medical research institutions, and the investment community.

The first day of the event kicked off with Life Sciences Future Symposium: Partnerships in Science, which was designed for an exclusive audience of academic researchers, such as USciences students and faculty, to explore best practices for engaging business development representatives at large companies as well as the next steps in developing their technologies. The second day of the conference was jam-packed with speakers, topics and features all related to advancing science and healthcare industries.

Dr. Giles-Gee and students had the opportunity to meet and speak with Michael Sofia, inventor of Sofosbuvir – known by the brand name Sovaldi, a hepatitis C therapy drug approved by the FDA last December.

“The sessions were outstanding and much appreciated by the faculty and students who attended," Dr. Giles-Gee.

10/27/2014

USciences Well-Represented at Annual UMBC Research Symposium

Bio research University of the Sciences was well-represented at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences held at University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday, Oct. 25.

This annual event – sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health – showcased dozens of mentor-approved contributions from undergraduate students who investigated various aspects of chemistry, biology and biochemistry. 

Ashley Stewart MB'15 and Reecha Pandya BISci'15 joined Drs. Peter B. Berget and Matthew Farber, both professors in the Department of Biological Sciences, as they presented their research.

Stewart’s research, “Blood Sensors: Development of Biosensors for the Measurement of Factor Xa and Thrombin Concentrations in Blood,” aimed to advance diagnostic testing methods by creating a protein-based “detector” that can directly assess clotting measures in a patient’s blood. Dr. Berget, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, served as her research advisor for the project.

Pandya’s research, “Effect of Fermentation Parameters on Protease Activity in Beer” was intended to optimize beer fermentation conditions that minimize potential protease release, ultimately benefiting quality control for home brewers and commercial breweries. She conducted her research under the guidance of Drs. Farber and Berget. Dr. Farber is currently a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Berget specializing in cell biology and protein purification. 

07/08/2014

Doctoral Student to Present Award-Winning Research at ACS Meeting in San Francisco

AraA biochemistry doctoral student at University of the Sciences is set to travel across the country next month to present his award-winning research during the American Chemical Society's (ACS) meeting in San Francisco. Ara Abramyan PhD’15 was one of five U.S. recipients of the highly competitive ACS Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students.

Abramyan won for his research titled, “Computational studies of aromatic foldamer helices: molecular encapsulation and handedness inversion.” Vojislava Pophristic, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at USciences; and Zhiwei Liu, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry, served as research advisors and mentors for this project.

The five award recipients' research projects will be recognized at the award presentation ceremony during the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry Poster Session on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Abramyan will also receive an award certificate, a one-year molecular operating environment software license for his research group, as well as $1,150 to cover his travel costs to San Francisco.

Sanfran-generalDuring his time as a student, researcher, and teaching assistant at USciences, Abramyan has received many honors, including the University’s Graduate Excellence in Research Award, Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Abraham Glasser Endowed Fellowship; as well as the ACS Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award and a research grant from University of Chicago.

"Ara is an exceptional biochemistry PhD student, as well as graduate student instructor," said Dr. Pophristic. "His award – together with the ACS award alumnus Eleonora Gianti PhD'13 won in 2010 – speaks volumes about the quality of education and research conducted by our biochemistry students and faculty.”

Abramyan earned a master’s degree in drug discovery from the University College London, University of London; as well as a master’s degree in pharmacy from First Moscow State Medical University in Russia.

The theme for this fall's meeting is "Chemistry & Global Stewardship," and the four-day event will kick off Aug. 10 and run through Aug. 14. More than 15,000 chemists, scholars, students, and other professionals are expected to gather at the event; and more than 7,400 papers will be presented, and nearly 4,400 poster presentations will take place. 

Follow the conference on social media by using the hashtag #ACSsanfran.

06/18/2014

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.

04/24/2014

Medical Laboratory Science Student Turns Internship into Full-Time Job

MedtechMedical laboratory professionals are the behind-the-scenes backbone of healthcare, which is perfectly fine for Stephanie Noblit MT’14, a University of the Sciences student who admittedly prefers to keep a low profile.

“Medical laboratory professionals play a crucial role in the medical field because our work aids in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of various diseases and medical conditions,” said Noblit, a fourth-year in the Medical Laboratory Science Program at USciences. “Most often, patients assume that their physicians are responsible for evaluating their lab tests and results, but that’s our job in the healthcare field.”

Noblit is one of eight students from surrounding universities who have spent the school year putting their educations to use in the laboratory of Pennsylvania Hospital. At the internship, Noblit is also joined by her fellow USciences classmate, Antonio Esparza MT’14. Upon graduating this spring and completing her internship in July, Noblit will join the hospital’s laboratory staff as a full-time employee.

During her internship, Noblit has helped a team of pathologists and medical laboratory scientists, technicians, and specialists work together to solve the mysteries, put the pieces of the puzzle together, and answer the critical questions of medicine.

“Stephanie has an understanding of the concepts that allow her to analyze and solve the real medical problems she is now encountering in her internship,” said Margaret Reinhart, director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Because the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing career fields, job outlook is expected to remain positive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical laboratory positions are expected to increase by nearly 20 percent through 2016 – a rapid spike when compared to the average career growth rate.

Noblit credits her education and faculty mentorships to her success in her internship. She noted that she and Esparza were among the best prepared interns when it came time to handle the real-life scenarios they faced in the laboratory this year.

Click here for more information regarding the USciences' Medical Laboratory Science Program.

04/11/2014

VIDEO: 6abc Highlights Students, Faculty at USciences Research Day

 
 
6abc showcased the diversity and growth of research pursuits at University of the Sciences during its 12th Annual Research Day and 27th Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 10. Research Day recognizes and highlights the research efforts of faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, to encourage and promote communication and collaboration among researchers.
 
USciences distinguishes itself by offering undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research early in their academic careers. The diverse research activity that was on display spanned several aspects of the University’s scholarly pursuits, including:
  • Determining occupational therapists’ role in working with pediatric cancer patients
  • Discovering the personality traits that cause adolescents to kill
  • Using yoga to improve quality of life for patients with anorexia nervosa
  • Identifying predictors of successful post-secondary transitions for autistic students

02/24/2014

Alumni Seminar Series features Dr. Richard C. Remsing C’08

RemsingThe Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry brings prominent graduates back to their alma mater through its Alumni Seminar Series. On Feb. 17, alumnus Richard C. Remsing C'08, PhD, joined USciences for an accepted students “Chemistry Day.” He engaged prospective scholars with an active panel discussion and lectured for current students.

 “I hope to join a university faculty, begin teaching, and continue research,” Dr. Remsing said on his future goals. “I want to provoke passion in students about the incredible field of chemistry.”

After graduating from USciences in 2008, Dr. Remsing earned a doctorate degree in chemical physics from the University of Maryland. He currently holds a postdoctoral research position at University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering.

As an undergraduate commuter, Dr. Remsing had to fill a significant amount of time between classes with on-campus activities. Research fit this schedule nicely, and he published eight papers before completing his bachelors degree.

The team Dr. Remsing worked with during those years was the first to demonstrate an ecological method of extracting cellulose from wood – in other words: eco-friendly paper pulp. Dr. Remsing then moved from studying ionic liquids and other aspects of physical chemistry to the field of theoretical physics.

Today, he is a theorist: using computer systems to explain the principles governing molecular interactions and building models describing these findings.

“Statistical Mechanics was my favorite class at USciences,” said Dr. Remsing. “It was a preview of what I do now with computer simulation, and introduced me to a different type of research that I continue to use.”

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