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06/27/2016

Learning Beyond Borders: Honors program brings the classroom to Peru

Honors students at Machu Picchu in Peru. Photos by Christine Flanagan. Floating along in a quiet riverboat and listening to the sound of animals in the Amazon rainforest around them, 12 students in University of the Sciences’ Honors Program had a rare opportunity for self-reflection as they immersed themselves into a foreign culture and foreign environment. The 10-day trip to Peru capped a year-long course of study by the students enrolled in the first and second year of the Honors Program. This year’s humanities curriculum included studying the history and socio-politics of Latin America, their relationship with nature and the...

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06/21/2016

5 things to look for when shopping for sunscreen

As school lets out and the entire family heads down the shore for vacation, it is important to know what to look for and what to steer clear from when shopping for the best sunscreen. Although it may seem that all of the bottles and all of the varieties are the same, sunscreens can be complicated. Sunscreens are, after all, products regulated by the federal government with active drugs and ingredients that can impact different people in different ways. Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington professor of pharmacy at the University of the Sciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, recommends that...

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06/14/2016

Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Sets Post-Grads Up for Successful Careers

Fellows who recently completed the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Program at University of the Sciences Getting real experience in some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the region, five post-graduates recently completed the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Program at University of the Sciences, a well-established program that bridges learnings across industry, academia, and clinical practice. “Obtaining an entry-level position in the pharmaceutical industry can be difficult as companies often seek applicants with prior industry experience,” said Dr. Hilary Mandler, the program’s director. “Pursuing an industry fellowship provides pharmacists with practical job experience and offers opportunities to...

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06/09/2016

USciences students help Philadelphia residents get a “Meducation”

Emily Klein HS'15, Kyle Derikito PharmD'16, and Dr. Claudia Parvanta at Health Center 3. Being able to read the directions on a prescription bottle can be critical in effectively taking medications, but for many Philadelphia residents who can’t read English, it is a guessing game. Students from University of the Sciences participated in a research project designed to put an end to that dangerous issue for patients with limited English proficiency at city-run health clinics in Philadelphia. Students who participated in the research project, run by Dr. Claudia Parvanta, chair of the Department of Behavioral Health and Social Sciences at...

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Camp Discovery: helping cancer patients regain quality of life

Cancer patients came together for a different type of summer camp. Camp Discovery, in its fifth year at University of the Sciences, is a place for women whose lives have been impacted by cancer to learn, regain confidence in themselves and their abilities, and have fun. The camp was held at USciences from Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 10. A second week of camp will be held at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden from June 13 through June 17. The camp is a collaboration between USciences professor Dr. Colleen Maher and Dr. Rochelle Mendonca at...

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06/06/2016

From Dancer to Doctor: Chynna Dulac DPT’16 found her dream job working as a physical therapist for a touring Broadway show.

While many students who graduated from University of the Sciences on May 25, 2016 with their doctorate in physical therapy will be headed to clinics, hospitals, or private practice to begin their careers, Chynna Dulac DPT ’16 will be headed on tour. Rather than take a traditional track, Dr. Dulac will travel with NeuroTour Physical Therapy, a company that specializes in providing physical therapy services to national and international theatrical productions, concert tours, and film productions. Dr. Dulac said she has a special connection to working with dancers, actors, and artists because of her background as a dancer on stage...

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05/17/2016

Dr. Amy Jessop honored with Public Health Recognition Award

Dr. Amy Jessop, an associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences and director of Hepatitis Treatment Research and Education Center, received the Individual Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on May 10 for her work with Prevention Point Philadelphia. Dr. Jessop is a member of the board of directors at Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), an organization focused on reducing the risk for those who are at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases. The organization was founded in 1991 as an underground syringe exchange. It was...

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05/16/2016

USciences faculty show off classroom innovations at annual poster session

Faculty looking for new and different teaching methods to implement into their classrooms got a spark of inspiration Friday, May 13 at the annual Educational Innovations Poster Session. At the session, USciences faculty presented their own studies of classroom innovations that work to get students more engaged and learning more effectively. The event, held at the Athletic/Recreation Center, capped a week of faculty and staff enrichment workshops that followed the end of the spring semester. The winning posters will be announced at the annual faculty luncheon on June 9. There are two categories — the Leahy Faculty Award for Learning...

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USciences team to be honored at American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Awards

The New Jersey American Heart Association will recognize University of the Sciences’ CPR Leadership Team for going above and beyond basic CPR curriculum requirement at an award ceremony on June 1. The Heartsaver Awards, held at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness in Hamilton, NJ, honor individuals who made a rescue effort to save the life of an individual experiencing a cardiac emergency or any organization or business that takes extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival. The Chain of Survival is five steps crucial to someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, heart...

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Kayla Askey PharmD’20 awarded for research into plant extract’s toxicity to breast cancer cells

Kayla Askey PharmD’20 won first prize in the PharmD category last month at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sigma Xi Student Research Day for her research on a South African medicinal plant which contains extracts that are selectively toxic to breast cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unaffected. Askey’s research poster, presented at the April 13 event, outlined research into the use of extracts from a medicinal plant called Myrothamnus flabellifolius, which induced apoptosis of breast cancer cells. The extract causes the Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) cells to die within 72 hours after treatment without affecting the normal breast cells, according...

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