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A Good Fit for Drivers


On Sunday, November 3, 2013, students and faculty from USciences, occupational therapy program put their training into practice through a Car-Fit event on campus. Car-Fit is a program developed by the AARP, AAA, and AOTA to help seniors learn about how well they fit into their cars and the various safety features of which they should be aware. USciences utilized a grant from the Lindback Foundation to run its program, view photos.

W. W. Smith Charitable Trust Reception Recognizes Scholarship


University of the Sciences hosted a reception for the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust and the student recipients of its annual scholarship on November 7, 2013. The Smith Trust has been funding scholarships for USciences students for the past 28 years with their support totaling more than $1.7 million. Their annual grant is used to support full-time undergraduate students from the Delaware Valley who have financial need and are in good academic standing.


Student recipients had an opportunity to express their gratitude to the trust’s grant administrator, Michelle Montgomery (left). This year, there are 23 scholarship recipients.

A Campus-Wide Day of Service

MLK-DayFor the first time, the USciences community came together to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. With classes cancelled, more than 400 students, faculty, and staff participated on Monday, January 20, 2014, in community cleanups and service projects, workshops, and lectures. A donation drive filled nearly 60 large boxes with clothing and personal hygiene items, pet necessities, and school supplies. These donations were distributed to nearly a dozen local nonprofit organizations, including People’s Emergency Center, Dress for Success, Salvation Army, PAWS, and Feel the Warmth. Additionally, more than $120 was collected to help offset the costs of educational materials for students at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, view photos and video.

USciences Well Represented by Philadelphia Business Journal Awards


University of the Sciences was well represented by the Philadelphia Business Journal as University president HELEN GILES-GEE, PhD, was honored among some of the most influential women in Philadelphia at the publication’s 2013 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 19. The University was also recognized at the publication’s 2013 Innovation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 24 with CHARLES N. MCEWEN, PhD, (left) Houghton Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and AMY JANKE, PhD, (right) assistant professor of psychology, vying for Educator/Researcher of the Year, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s partnership with Mercy Philadelphia Hospital helping to position the hospital as a finalist for Healthcare Company of the Year, read more.

Read All About It

MetrauxSTEPHEN METRAUX, PhD, associate professor and interim program director for health policy, was quoted in the New York Times on how to help homeless families, read more.

Richards_KarinKYW Newsradio featured KARIN RICHARDS, acting chair of the Department of Kinesiology, on a pair of stories regarding staying physically fit during the winter months (listen) and knowing when one is too sick to exercise (listen).

Hoglund_webAs blasts of Arctic air this winter send millions of Americans into a prolonged deep freeze, experts are offering advice on dealing with dangerously frigid temperatures. Tips provided by LISA HOGLUND, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy, appeared on Philly.com as well as many other outlets.


Find more at usciencesblogs.typepad.com/in_the_news

Books in Print: Physics Professor’s Picture Book Aims to Spark Interest in Science Among Youth

Pluto_cover-4With hopes to make science education a household conversation across the nation, PAUL HALPERN, PhD, professor of physics, published his second children’s picture book, What’s the Matter With Pluto?: The Story of Pluto’s Adventures with the Planet Club.

“Science is really important to children, and we need to continue developing future generations of leaders who are enthusiastic about science and technology because we have fallen behind other countries in these categories,” said Dr. Halpern.

This book discusses the solar system and pairs the narrative with nearly 40 pages of colorful and personable illustrations, drawn by nationally recognized cartoonist Vance Lehmkuhl. It allows children ages 4 to 10 to explore the story of Pluto as seen through the eyes of the planets themselves.

For more information regarding Dr. Halpern’s children’s book, or to make a purchase, click here.

USciences IPEX: 24-Hour Snowstorm Time Lapse Timelapse

Watch as a January snowstorm enveloped the Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) construction site. The time lapse shows a 24-hour snapshot from 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Learn more about the IPEX at usciences.edu/ipex

USciences and Cheyney Sign Articulation Agreement

CheyneyUniversity of the Sciences and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania formalized an articulation agreement on Monday, December 2, 2013, that paves the way for qualified Cheyney undergraduates to seamlessly enter advanced degree programs at USciences. This partnership offers students a broad range of educational opportunities in four USciences programs.

“This is the definitive collaboration between universities that provides efficient pathways from one institution into another. It enables qualified students to secure advanced degrees in dynamic and innovative healthcare fields,” said Dr. HELEN GILES-GEE, president of University of the Sciences. “The student is the ultimate benefactor.” read more or view photos.

From left to right: USciences assistant provost Dr. JOHN CONNORS; USciences president Dr. HELEN GILES-GEE; Cheyney president Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital; and Cheyney provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. Phyllis Dawkins.

Sports in Short

Three Join USciences Athletics Hall of Fame HOF

University of the Sciences welcomed its three newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 25 at the Athletic/Recreation Center.

MICHAEL BROWN P’83 was a three-sport athlete at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, playing one year of basketball (1979–1890) and golf (1982–1983) and four years of baseball (1979–1982). His 45 career stolen bases are the most in program history, a record that still stands 32 years after he finished his playing days.

CHAUNTRELLE CLAYTON PMM’03 was the first player in the women’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Clayton’s mark of 1,207 career rebounds still stands as the Devils’ all-time record. Clayton still holds every career and season rebounding record at USciences and ranks in the top 10 all-time in 10 different statistical categories.

AMY DALESSANDRO MPT’96 was a four-year women’s basketball and softball player from 1991 to 1995. She finished her hoops career as the Devils’ all-time leader in both points and steals. On the diamond, Dalessandro set a school record in 1995 with 46 hits in a season, read more or view photos.

High Academic Success Continues for USciences Student-Athletes

IChoseDivisionThe University of the Sciences athletics program ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division II schools in the nation in the latest Division II release of the Academic Success Rate (ASR). USciences’ ASR was 96 percent for the four-year cohort of 2003–2006. In the seven-year span from 2006 to 2013, the Devils have ranked no lower than seventh nationally in any given year and have had an ASR of 96 or better in each of the last five cohort years. The 96 percent ASR is, for the seventh-consecutive year, the best rate among all 14 institutions within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). USciences had six of its 11 athletic programs (mixed and women’s rifle are counted as one sport by the NCAA for ASR purposes) produce an ASR of 100% for the cohort years 2003–2006. The national four-year ASR average decreased one point overall to 71 percent, while the entering class of 2006 dropped three points to 69 percent from 2005, read more.


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