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The College of Architecture and the Built Environment honored students’ academic achievements April 17.

Some 40 students were honored April 17 at the inaugural induction ceremony for the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, the Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society and the Sigma Lambda Alpha Landscape Architecture Honor Society.

“The College of Architecture and the Built Environment is excited to induct students into our own chapters of discipline-specific honor societies, some of which are new to campus,” said David Breiner, associate dean of the College. “They recognize our students’ academic achievements and provide a venue for them to network with accomplished professionals in the workplace.”

Tau Sigma Delta includes students in the architecture, architectural studies, interior design, interior architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable design programs. Undergrads must be juniors and seniors and in the top 20 percent of their class, while grad students must have completed half their courses and be in the top 20 percent of their class.

For Sigma Lambda Chi, construction management undergraduates must have a 3.0 GPA after 90 credits and grad students need a 3.5 GPA after 18 credit hours.

With Sigma Lambda Alpha, landscape architecture juniors and seniors must have a 3.4 minimum GPA.

Before the induction ceremony in the Kanbar Performance Space, Mary Woods, professor of architectural theory at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, presented the lecture “What Would Gordon Matta-Clark Do Today: Lessons from Urban Ruin.”

Andrew Hart, assistant professor of architecture, co-organized a new gallery show focused on the iconic Philadelphia-based movie Rocky and the city’s obsession with it, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April 16.

The original 1976 move starring Sylvester Stallone could not have been made anywhere else, Hart says, because “if you take Philadelphians out of the movie, you don’t have Rocky.” The eighth installment of the franchise kicked off filming in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Rocky (re)Runs is open to the public through April 29 at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine St., 215-550-1446. For more information, click here.

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing highlights the University’s focus on training the the workforce of the future, wrote Ron Kander, executive dean, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, and Kathy Gallagher, executive vice president and COO, in The Medicine Maker.

Six regional health systems today announced the founding of a nonprofit clinical research consortium–Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium™)–a streamlined clinical trial system that will span New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The founding members of PIER Consortium include Atlantic Health System, Drexel University, Einstein Healthcare Network, Geisinger including AtlantiCare, Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University.

Clinical trials have traditionally been offered at academic medical centers and through affiliated hospitals to ensure patients are treated safely and effectively with the best standard of care. Unfortunately for patients, this can mean traveling many miles, sometimes across the country, for novel treatment. The PIER Consortium will bring clinical trial sites to larger numbers of patients, while also bringing new treatments to market faster.

“The concept for creating a world-class, collaborative, clinical research network of regional health institutions began in 2013 with the arrival of Steve Klasko, as Jefferson’s President and Chief Executive Officer,” said David Whellan, MD, Senior Associate Provost for Clinical Research at Jefferson and Chief Operating Officer of PIER. “Our mission is to improve the quality of patient care in the moment and improve quality of life in the future.”

The goal of having a broad network of physician-researchers is to speed up the clinical trial process and deliver effective therapies to patients sooner. “It can take decades to prove a drug is safe and effective for a particular disease, which can be too late for many patients seeking treatment,” Dr. Whellan added.

An estimated 80 percent of clinical trials fail to finish on time. Having contracts in place and physicians identified could allow trials to both start and reach participation capacity more quickly. The expertise shared across sites through PIER will allow clinical researchers to enroll patients in trials more quickly and streamline the clinical trial process across institutions. This will create a more effective process for patients, trial sponsors and researchers.

“PIER offers turn-key solutions with one contract and a single Institutional Review Board,” Dr. Whellan said. “With physician champions at each site, start-up activities will be coordinated to help each site hit the ground running.”


Robert Bartosz, director of finance and business planning at Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, previews the Teddy Bear Clinics at this year’s Philadelphia Science Festival.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) continues its sponsorship of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide celebration of the region’s strength and expertise in STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Join Jefferson students, faculty and staff from April 20-28 and help engage the Philadelphia community in fun, hands-on activities demonstrating the importance of science in our everyday lives and to specifically showcase the talents and expertise of the University.

The Science Festival features events like Be an Engineer, the Material Science of Hemp, Can You Make Beer Like a Scientist and concludes with the signature Science Carnival on the Parkway on Saturday, April 28. Here, Jefferson teams will present a wide variety of activities, such as Geometry and Architecture–How Are Kinetic Structures Designed, Can You Hear the Sound of Silence, What Has More Germs Than a Toilet Seat, From Cells to Elephants–What’s Cancer Got to Do With It and more.

See the full list of Jefferson Science Festival events here.

Stuart Lehrman's painting "Reckless Assault" will be on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas.

Stuart Lehrman’s painting “Reckless Assault” will be on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas.

The painting “Reckless Assault” by adjunct faculty member Stuart Lehrman will be on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Brownsville, Texas, as part of its 46th International Art Exhibition. The show runs April 25-May 26.

“My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos,” said Lehrman, who teaches design essentials at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “The process is a constant experiment with the physical properties of paint (color, texture and sheen), moving between addition and subtraction, making and unmaking.”

Executive Dean Barbara Klinkhammer, President and CEO Stephen Klasko, Collaborative Executive Director Beth Miller and JeffDESIGN's Bon Ku at the Celebration of Design and Community.

Executive Dean Barbara Klinkhammer, President and CEO Stephen Klasko, Collaborative Executive Director Beth Miller and JeffDESIGN’s Bon Ku at the Celebration of Design and Community.

Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative gave its Leverage 2018 award to President and CEO Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, for excellence in design at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

The award recognized two Jefferson entities: JeffDESIGN, including the curriculum for design thinking in medicine; and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Joining Dr. Klasko at the Celebration of Design and Community on April 10 were Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of the College Architecture and the Built Environment, and Bon Ku, MD, MPP, assistant dean for health and design, and director of JeffDESIGN.

“No institution can call itself great when its community has a 20-year gap in life expectancy between ZIP codes,” Dr. Klasko said. “This award recognizes our commitment to making life better in our city … by design.”

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono architectural and design services to nonprofit organizations and raises awareness of the importance of design in revitalizing communities.

“The Collaborative sees many parallels between Stephen Klasko’s approach and our philosophy,” said Beth Miller, Collaborative executive director. “He understands the impact of creative, inclusive problem-solving and the power of design to foster innovation, empathy and optimism. He shares our belief that the best solutions emerge from interdisciplinary collaboration and that design is a key contributor to the reinvention and revitalization of greater Philadelphia’s underserved communities.”

This year, the Collaborative has provided volunteer design services to a new initiative at JeffDESIGN—a mobile design thinking laboratory called CoLab Philadelphia, which will travel to different neighborhoods throughout the city. CoLab Philadelphia will be launched at a community event in Kensington on April 25.

“This award from an organization that includes so many of our graduates shows that our commitment to improving our city, neighborhoods and community is alive and well,” Klinkhammer said.

Jefferson College of Population Health Dean David Nash collaborated with Numerof & Associates on a new survey that examines how fast healthcare is adopting population health strategies and moving toward value-based care, reported Becker’s Hospital Review and Fierce Healthcare.

Drew Harris, assistant professor in the Jefferson College of Population Health, addressed the complex issues, particularly in poor, urban communities, that can impact gun violence in a commentary in The Philadelphia Inquirer April 13.

"My Grandpa's Hands" by doctorate in occupational therapy student Sarah Weinblatt will be on display.

“My Grandpa’s Hands” by doctorate in occupational therapy student Sarah Weinblatt will be on display.

As part of Jefferson’s Humanities Week, all students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the “Who Are We?” art exhibition, which will be on view Wednesday, April 25 through Friday, April 27 in the Hamilton Building lobby on the Center City Campus.

The exhibit will feature artwork by 14 Jefferson students illustrating their passions, dreams and ambitions as part of the University’s continued commitment to encourage student engagement in the arts and humanities in recognition of their capacity to foster essential skills related to healthcare, including observation, critical thinking, self-reflection and empathy.

On Thursday, April 26, the Jefferson community is welcome to commemorate the artists with refreshments at “Celebration of the Humanities.”

Featured at the event will be contributors to Jefferson’s annual literary and arts journal, Inside Out, as well as the inaugural recipients of the Asano Humanities and Health Certificate–a co-curricular program that rewards sustained engagement in arts and humanities activities throughout the academic year.

Event Overview:

“Who Are We?” Art Exhibition
Wednesday, April 25 – Friday, April 27
Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

Celebration of the Humanities
Thursday, April 26
6-7:30 p.m.
Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

Both events are free, and no registration is needed. For more info, email Rebecca.E.Harris@jefferson.edu. Learn more about Jefferson’s Humanities and Health programs here.