24 posts categorized "Chemistry"

06/17/2015

USciences Community Gathered for Misher College Retiree Celebration on June 2

The University of the Sciences community gathered to recognize three Misher College of Arts and Sciences faculty retirees during a special on-campus reception in the McNeil Science and Technology Atrium on June 2.

The following professors were recognized for their years of service and dedication to students at University of the Sciences:

HofferPETER HOFFER, PhD, came to USciences in 1982 as an assistant professor of German, and was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and full professor in 1996. 

He contributed substantially to the curriculum of the department, the college and the University with his courses in the German language and literature, as well as European and world literature, western civilization, English composition and, especially, intellectual heritage, where his “Power, Democracy and Oppression” course became a beloved staple.

As a scholar, Dr. Hoffer ascended to the top-level of his discipline by virtue of a series of major, influential publications. Nearly a dozen articles in top-rated journals, and five published volumes, now standards in the field, have defined in important ways how Sigmund Freud will be understood for many years to come. 

GinaGINA KAISER, MS, joined the Department of Information Science in the fall of 1997 as an instructor, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2001. She researched and then migrated the library catalog to the Voyager integrated library system. She implemented the University's Journal List, more recently our journal/e-books list, into a more efficient way to access our electronic journal and e-book holdings, and continued to update the entries as needed.  

Gina has already begun volunteering her time at the Library for the Blind narrating books on tape.  She looks forward to playing her flute, cooking at a more relaxed pace, reading, and traveling and fly fishing with her husband.

BOB MANBECK, PhD, came to USciences in 1980. Throughout his career at USciences, Bob taught a 4-4 load, and his expertise was obvious in the variety of courses he taught. Classes in writing proficiency, freshman composition, public speaking, as well as surveys of literature, and—two of the mainstays of the curriculum—Belief and Thought and the Short Story. His commitment to his students was reflected in the awards he has won, including the Homiller Award for Excellence in Teaching and, notably, his promotion from assistant to distinguished assistant professor rank.

Bob’s resume is a testament to his intense involvement with curricular, administrative, and faculty concerns. He served on nearly 30 committees, many of them for a number of years; hardly a spot in the administrative life of the University has been unaffected by his good sense and balanced judgment.

06/11/2015

Recent Grad Applies Her USciences Education to New Job as Pharmaceutical Scientist

Cheyanne kocherArmed with her hard-earned bachelor’s degree, Cheyanne Kocher PhSci’15 recently started her career as a pharmaceutical scientist at Lannett Company, Inc., a Philadelphia-based company that develops, manufactures, and distributes generic prescription pharmaceutical products.

“I transferred to USciences as a second-year student and, as it turns out, that was the best decision I could have made for myself,” said Kocher. “The quality of education I received at USciences prepared me for my future and helped me secure a job in my field as soon as I graduated.”

Kocher said she particularly values the faculty mentorships and research opportunities she was given during her time at USciences. She worked closely with Anil D'mello, PhD, director of the undergraduate program in pharmaceutical science, on various research projects and presented three projects at the University’s annual Research Day in April.

One of Kocher’s most memorable experiences at USciences came last summer, when she was selected to be part of a research team that explored the effects of protein restriction in the offspring of animals.

“My long list of responsibilities that summer included animal handling, such as breeding rats, cross-fostering offspring, recording body weight measurements, food consumption, and loco-motor activity, as well as observing the dissection and processing of tissues,” she said.

Some of her favorite USciences courses were Controlled Release Dosage Forms, Manufacturing Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Research Methods in Pharmaceutics, and Cosmetic Science.

As for now, Kocher said she looks forward to starting her career as a pharmaceutical scientist and applying the skills she gained at USciences to her new role at Lannett.

05/01/2015

Chemistry Prof Earns Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science

MadhuMadhu Mahalingam, PhD, assistant chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of the Sciences, has been named the recipient of the Philadelphia Local Section of the American Chemical Society's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science. She will accept her award during a ceremony held at the University on Thursday, May 21.

“My main goal as an educator is to improve my students’ understanding of chemistry, as well as expand their ability to apply their lessons to new situations and enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Dr. Mahalingam.

This distinct honor recognizes Dr. Mahalingam’s excellence in undergraduate teaching in chemical science at USciences, where she instructs a large general chemistry course to students in the pharmacy, physical therapy, and biology programs. She is the first professor from USciences to receive this award, which was established in 2003.

To be eligible to receive the award, a professor must teach at an academic institution within the geographical boundaries of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Chemical Society—which includes the counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks in Pennsylvania and Burlington and Camden in New Jersey.

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.

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