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Jefferson announced that it is establishing the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, the first in the U.S. in collaboration with the internationally recognized National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training in Dublin, Ireland, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Feb. 22.

A collaborative team of Jefferson design students made an exciting, bold collection that premiered at the Epson Digital Couture event in New York earlier this month, Printwear reported.

“I really like working with other majors and seeing all their perspectives on projects or whatever we’re working on. As a grad student, with my background, my schooling, courses, expertise allowed me to work on this project using different fabrications and print that we created,” graduate textile design student Regan Marriner said.

Textile engineer faculty member Mark Sunderland participated in an expert panel during the event.

Jefferson RISE allows students a seamless transition from their undergraduate programs to graduate school.

Jefferson RISE allows students a seamless transition from their undergraduate programs to graduate school.

The rapidly changing workplace demands that people continually learn and refine their skills to remain employable. In the spirit of the lifelong learning initiative at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), the University will launch Jefferson RISE—a unique program in which high-achieving undergraduate students advance their knowledge by pursuing distinctive graduate programs at Jefferson.

“RISE students will be better equipped to tackle the challenges of the latest industrial revolution and offer superior solutions gained from their transdisciplinary and experiential graduate education at Jefferson,” said Philip Russel, associate vice provost.

RISE allows students a seamless transition from their undergraduate programs to graduate school with minimal application-related paperwork. Students invited to participate in the RISE program also will benefit from early acceptance to graduate programs, financial incentives related to standard admission and enrollment fees, and other exclusive privileges.

Oliver Thompson ’14 ‘M16 said graduating with multiple degrees from the University benefited his career.

“By continuing their education at Jefferson, students extend their learning in a familiar and vibrant culture that they have come to love,” Russel said. “Students also often will be able to learn and collaborate with distinguished professors who have inspired and mentored them in their undergraduate programs.”

Jefferson leads the way in creating seamless transitions from undergraduate to graduate study, noted Matt Dane Baker, senior vice provost for academic affairs. This practice takes on several forms and has been designed to add value—and in many cases—reduce the cost for students.

For example, the University operates several combined undergraduate pre-professional-to-graduate professional options, such as the five-year combined B.S. in Health Sciences-M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and B.S. in Psychology-M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling programs. Both would reduce study by one year and the total cost of the education. Jefferson has similar programs for occupational therapy, pharmacy, athletic training, public health and more.

A second option Jefferson offers allows a student to combine a professional undergraduate degree with a specialty graduate degree, such as the 4+1 B.S. in Interior Design-M.S in Sustainable Design. The University also features programs for undergraduate and advance graduate study in the same discipline, such as the five-year B.S. in Business/Accounting/Finance/Fashion Merchandising-MBA program.

The University’s newest set of offerings lets students study and qualify for licensure in two distinct disciplines, including the combined B.S. in Interior Design-M.S. in Architecture and B.S. in Architecture-M.S. in Interior Design.

“We believe all these programs provide excellent options for students that will differentiate the Jefferson graduate in the marketplace,” Baker said. “This can only enhance our 95 percent success rate of employment or graduate school placement upon graduation.”

RISE graduates will join a growing group of accomplished alumni who have already graduated with multiple degrees from Jefferson—including people like Oliver Thompson 14 M16, job captain at the architecture and design firm Studio 1200 in Short Hills, N.J. His work includes base building design, adaptive reuse of existing structures and ground-up construction. Thompson completed a summer internship with the company during grad school and received a full-time offer following graduation.

Thompson earned a B.S. in Architectural Studies with a minor in Environmental Sustainability at Jefferson, and after working closely with program director Rob Fleming, he decided to pursue his M.S. in Sustainable Design here as well. The program’s emphasis on collaboration and its holistic, realistic approach to sustainability and design sold him.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University during my undergrad, and I loved Philly,” he said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I feel I had a stronger start in the graduate program because I could dovetail my undergraduate work to fit my graduate experience.”

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is teaming up with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training to set up the first education and training center for biologics manufacturing in North America, The Irish Times and Silicon Republic reported Feb. 21.

Read more in Jefferson Today, and see below.

While a student, Dr. Kellie Jaremko dedicated her neuroscience research to the study of pain and opioid addiction.

While a student, Dr. Kellie Jaremko dedicated her neuroscience research to the study of pain and opioid addiction.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) has named Kellie Jaremko, MD, PhD, the 2018 Resident/Fellow of the Year.

Dr. Jaremko received her PhD in neuroscience and MD from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University where she was inducted into the AOA Honor Society and received the Hyman Menduke MD/PhD Research Award. While a student, Dr. Jaremko dedicated her neuroscience research to the study of pain and opioid addiction, which resulted in four first-author papers and a book chapter. She continued research on opioid use and alternatives in acute and chronic pain via collaborations at the Cleveland Clinic and Thomas Jefferson University with manuscripts currently in process.

An active ASRA member for the past five years, founder of the Resident and Medical Student Pain Education Special Interest Group, Educational Project leader in the Resident Section Committee and enthusiastic social media participant, Dr. Jaremko is an anesthesiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

In her current role at MGH, she’s working on a quality improvement project on phenylephrine infusion safety, among other multi-institutional collaborations. Her career goal is an academic career in anesthesiology combining translational research with clinical practice.

Dr. Jaremko also is an active Twitter user (@Neuro_Kellie), amassing nearly 3,000 followers and regularly contributing to ASRA meeting social media teams. Study and assessment of these efforts has resulted in peer-reviewed journal articles, and her passion for science outreach and education lead her to found a recurring interdisciplinary Twitter chat for students and experts in neuroscience (#NeuroNewsNight).

She will accept ASRA’s Resident/Fellow of the Year Award at the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine in April in New York City.

The honor is given annually to a resident or fellow member of ASRA who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to regional anesthesia or pain medicine; has contributed to the advancement of the profession, welfare of residents or quality of residency education; serves as a role model and mentor to his or her peers; and embodies the values of ASRA.

ASRA is a professional member organization of more than 4,000 physicians and healthcare providers from around the world.


Leaders announced this unprecedented global partnership, including (l-r) Alison Quinn and Killian O’Driscoll of NIBRT; Kathy Gallagher of Jefferson; Dominic Carolan of NIBRT; Ron Kander of Jefferson; Mary Lynne Bercik ’90, of Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing; and Michael Lohan of IDA Ireland.

With new biologic therapies turning acute and debilitating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and cancer into manageable chronic diseases and sometimes cures, biologics are rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world.

And yet because of the exquisitely complex manufacturing process and lengthier regulatory approval process compared to traditional small-molecule drugs, biologics remain challenging to produce with only a handful of centers throughout the world dedicated to training people to produce these potentially life-saving drugs.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) today announced it intends to close that gap by creating the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, the first—and only—education and training institute for biopharmaceutical processing in North America to be established in partnership with the internationally recognized National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT).

Leaders from Jefferson and NIBRT, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, announced this unprecedented global partnership today at the Biopharma Ambition Conference at Dublin Castle, with Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris, TD in attendance, with the goal of helping bring more biologic drugs to market.

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, said the partnership with NIBRT perfectly captures the philosophy of what defines a Jefferson education—making sure students are prepared to lead in tomorrow’s world.

“Jefferson is built on anticipating the emerging professions that will be commonplace 10 years from now and educating students in those disciplines today,” Klasko said. “In an increasingly global world, Jefferson and NIBRT are leveraging our respective strengths and creatively partnering to bring unprecedented value to students and industry.”

“There is a significant demand for global talent to support the growth of the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry and our relationship with Jefferson will help address this demand throughout the United States,” said Dominic Carolan, NIBRT CEO. “The combination of engineering expertise from Philadelphia University and biosciences experience from Thomas Jefferson University, now merged into Jefferson, made this an especially attractive partnership option for NIBRT. The NIBRT and Jefferson teams have been working closely over the last 18 months and we look forward to the successful launch of this groundbreaking project.”

NIBRT, internationally recognized for its excellence in bioprocessing research and training, serves about 4,000 industry professionals worldwide at its headquarters in Dublin, including many from the U.S. The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing will leverage the renowned NIBRT curriculum to provide a premier U.S.-based option with a significant potential market that includes 900-plus pharmaceutical-related companies in the Northeast U.S. The Institute will also utilize the latest single-use engineering technology pioneered by General Electric.

When fully operational, the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing is expected to serve 2,500 people annually, including working with the pharmaceutical companies, providing workforce training through community college partnerships and bioprocessing certifications through regional university partnerships. Importantly, the Institute will facilitate enrollment of 70 additional Jefferson students in bioprocessing engineering, from undergraduate through PhD levels.

Biologic pharmaceuticals are manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, plant or animal cell, often utilizing recombinant DNA technology. The development of biologic pharmaceuticals is growing rapidly, representing a major shift in the industry from traditional chemical synthesis techniques. More than 40 percent of therapeutics currently in research and development are biopharmaceuticals.

Jefferson is in the process of identifying a site for the more than 20,000-square-foot facility in the Philadelphia region and expects the first training opportunities for industry professionals to be offered in mid-2019.

Dr. Rebecca Finley will receive the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, the highest honor in health-system pharmacy.

Dr. Rebecca Finley will receive the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, the highest honor in health-system pharmacy.

Rebecca Finley, PharmD, MS, professor and dean of the Jefferson College of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Presented annually by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Whitney Award is the highest honor in health-system pharmacy.

The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, including sustained exemplary service, an outstanding single achievement or a combination of accomplishments benefiting the profession and public health.

Dr. Finley said she’s “overwhelmed” by the honor.

“It has been my privilege to know Dr. Rebecca Finley as a supervisor, mentor and friend for the past 20 years,” said Elena Umland, PharmD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Jefferson College of Pharmacy. “There is no one in the field of pharmacy who is more deserving of this award—and who by far exceeds the criteria for this award—than Becky. It is an honor for the Jefferson College of Pharmacy and all of Jefferson to celebrate her as the recipient of this award.”

The Whitney Award recipient is elected annually by a vote of past recipients. Since the award was established in 1950, the rich pharmacy heritage of pharmacy practice at Jefferson has been well-represented by four previous recipients. Herbert L. Flack (1961 recipient) and Dr. Joe E. Smith (1988) previously served Jefferson as directors of pharmacy. Dr. Herbert S. Carlin (1977) and Dr. Neil Davis (2000) completed their pharmacy residency training at Jefferson before making their contributions elsewhere.

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For more than 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety.

Dr. Finley will be presented her award on June 5 during ASHP’s Summer Meetings in Denver.

Channelle Halsey '12 launched her childrenswear brand My Little Gent in 2016.

Channelle Halsey ’12 launched her childrenswear brand My Little Gent in 2016.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City has named fashion industry management alumna Channelle Halsey ’12 a 2018 designer-in-residence.

“Being selected is a huge accomplishment,” said Halsey, who launched her childrenswear brand in 2016. “The program will give me the opportunity for additional education, guidance and access to resources and mentors. I plan to take full advantage of it to grow My Little Gent into everything I envision.”

She attributes much of her early success to the knowledge gained at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) where she learned the entire process of bringing a clothing line to market, including ideation, sourcing, pattern making, sample making, costing, and marketing and sales strategies.

The Incubator, which Jefferson sponsors, works to nurture emerging fashion entrepreneurs from Philadelphia design schools and the local fashion community. In the 12-month program, designers-in-residence have access to office and design/work space, business curriculum, mentoring and other resources at Macy’s Center City.

Plus, by connecting them to the global fashion network and encouraging them to expand and retain their businesses in the city, the non-profit organization contributes to the region’s creative economic development, said Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

“We’re thrilled to have My Little Gent as one of the nine companies selected for the 2018 residency,” Bloom said. “We have an exciting year planned of workshops on the business of fashion and impactful sales, runway show events and invaluable networking opportunities with industry leaders and mentors.”

In addition to Halsey, several other Jefferson alumni have earned the distinction of being named a designer-in-residence, including Melissa Choi ’06, Kaitlyn Doherty ’11, Jovan O’Connor ’06, Pia Panaligan ’06 and Amanda Stearns ’14.

Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Herb Magee talked to Deadspin about the 76ers’ Markelle Fultz and his shooting problems.

Magee is known as the “shot doc” for his legendary shooting and success working with NBA players to improve their shooting.

“The number one thing when you’re teaching anybody is: the guy who’s being taught must agree completely that he needs help. Number two, the person who’s teaching had better know what they’re doing. Number three, is the person learning willing to practice in the gym for hour after hour? If you do those things, then I think anybody can improve, to be honest with you,” he told Deadspin.

Read the story here.

Chris Jahnke, a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant on effective public speaking skills, will present at Ready to Run Pennsylvania.

Chris Jahnke, author, speaker and public speaking consultant, will present at Ready to Run Pennsylvania.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host Ready to Run Pennsylvania, which provides bipartisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The daylong program on Saturday, Feb. 17, targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women and officeholders.

Presented by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University, the event will feature Chris Jahnke, a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant on effective public speaking skills. Jahnke was a speech coach to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and has worked with nearly all the current and former Democratic women governors.

“The Specter Center firmly believes the U.S. is a rich and diverse nation,” said Evan Laine, director of the Specter Center. “If we’re to be embodied properly in the government, then we should expect the same diverse group of people representing us.”

The United States is currently ranked 99th in the world in women’s representation in federal government, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Jefferson faculty, staff and students can attend Ready to Run free of charge. Contact or for the special registration code.