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Dancing in Honor of Black History Month

International Society’s Culture Shock is a multi-cultural dance group that has been representing University of the Sciences at several major events throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. On February 27, in honor of Black History Month, they were invited to perform at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Harrison Auditorium for its 27th Annual Celebration of African Cultures. The group serves to promote cultural diversity and acceptance of underrepresented cultures through dance from all parts of the world. Last Fall Culture Shock was given the opportunity to share their many talents with audiences at the Community College of Philadelphia's "World...

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Smart Materials on the Menu at Science Cafe

A talk about smart materials that respond to stimuli was served up by Dr. Preston B. Moore, professor of chemistry & biochemistry, when he took part in the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) Science Café on Feb. 22, 2016, at Stoney’s British Pub in Wilmington, DE. The Science Cafés are science talks for laymen about materials-related topic of current interest. Dr. Moore, who also is director for USciences West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design, focused on the synthesis and simulations of smart materials that feature well-developed interfaces and stimuli-responsive behavior materials and their potential...

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USciences Prof's Book Recognition Not a Weird Tale

How scary is this? Associate Professor and Writing Programs Director Dr. Justin Everett was nominated for The Bram Stoker Awards for his book "The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror" (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Everett and co-editor Jeffrey H. Shanks, who is an archaeologist with the National Park Service, were nominated in the Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction category. According to Everett, Weird Tales was a pulp fiction magazine published between 1923 and 1952 known for its lurid blend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Like its counterparts Amazing Stories and Astounding Stories (which is...

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Turing Pharma and the drug price debate

In September 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Daraprim® (pyrimethamine) from $13.50 per tablet to $750. The 5,000 % price increase put the national spotlight on the practice of rising drug prices, including for generics such as Daraprim, which is used to treat toxoplasmosis infections. The company’s CEO, Martin Shkreli, has been vilified in the press and in social media, which has kept the subject in the public consciousness. The price hike by Turing, which had only acquired the drug that August, was seen by many as price gouging. Shkreli’s action has heightened scrutiny of drug pricing policies, and...

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New course offering to immerse students in ‘Modern Vaccinology’

Happy New Year! This spring, I am excited to launch a new course in the Department of Biological Sciences that will immerse USciences students in modern vaccinology. Students enrolled in BS415: Modern Issues in Vaccinology will have the opportunity to actively engage the public and their colleagues in scientific discussions regarding vaccines and immunization programs. Before I get into details about this new course, I want to take a moment to briefly introduce myself. My name is Stacey Gorski, PhD, and I am an assistant professor of biological sciences here at USciences. I am also an alumna of this University...

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Grad Students Provide In-Depth Coverage from AES Annual Meeting

Two graduate students in the master of biomedical writing program at University of the Sciences provided in-depth coverage from the American Epilepsy Society's 69th Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8, in Philadelphia.

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PCP Grads Pursue Residency Programs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Two PCP graduates are currently completing pharmacy residencies with the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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Student Physical Therapists Recognized at Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture

Student physical therapists Tara Farnitano DPT’16 and Christine Kettle DPT’16 were selected as the recipients of this year’s Patricia Leahy scholarships based off their impressive academic performance and passion for helping patients in neurological rehabilitation clinical settings.

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Daraprim – The Ultimate Drug Pricing Outrage?

As recently as 5 years ago, the cost of Daraprim was about $1 a tablet. The US marketing rights to the drug in the United States were sold by GlaxoSmithKline in 2010, and the rights to the drug have been sold several additional times during the last five years. In the period preceding August 2015 Daraprim was marketed by Impax Laboratories at a cost of $13.50 a tablet.

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Lifestyle Factors Could Put College-Age Women at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer, Says USciences Prof

Breast cancer prevention needs to become a shared conversation among women of all ages because it can strike at any age and is generally more aggressive when diagnosed in women under the age of 50, said Isabelle Mercier, PhD, a pharmaceutical sciences professor at USciences.

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