Students Light Up Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Halloween Soul Crawl

This is the second year that Laurel Hill has asked Jefferson lighting students to illuminate its annual tour.

This is the second year Laurel Hill Cemetery has asked Jefferson lighting students to illuminate its annual tour.

Industrial design and architecture students will help light up the night at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Halloween Soul Crawl: Haunted History Tour this weekend. They created six different stations throughout the cemetery—including the mausoleums and an assortment of monuments—that will feature vibrant and haunting light shows.

Fourteen students worked on the event as part of a class project in the Lighting as Public Experience course taught by Lyn Godley, associate professor of industrial design at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). This is the second year Laurel Hill has asked the lighting students to illuminate its annual tour.

At the Soul Crawl, guests go on flashlight tours along winding, dimly lit paths and hear stories of the cemetery’s rich and spooky history.

The Halloween Soul Crawl: Haunted History Tour takes place Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. For more info and to buy tickets, click here. Jefferson students with ID can purchase discounted $12 tickets.

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Jefferson Health Hack Seeking Innovation in Wearables, Remote Medicine, and Medicinal Cannabis: Technical.ly

The Jefferson Health Hack, Nov. 2-4, is seeking innovators to disrupt the status quo in wearables, remote medicine and medicinal cannabis and hemp, Technical.ly Philly reported Oct. 18. The winning teams will receive $5,000 each.

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Division Decisions Don’t Define You

Division Decisions Don’t Define You Caroline Duffy The D1 obsession. Every high school athlete has gone through it. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has three divisions, D1, D2, and D3. Thomas Jefferson University is a D2 school. There are different aspects in each division, yet, the main perk of being a D1 and D2 …

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Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable While Studying Abroad, Writing Professor Stresses

Katie Gindlesparger, PhD, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric, authored a piece in the journal College English.

Katie Gindlesparger, PhD, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric, authored a piece in the journal College English.

Students writing about their travel experience often paint a curated, overly positive picture of their trip, said Katie Gindlesparger, PhD, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric. However, these recaps usually don’t fully capture their time abroad.

She witnessed it herself after participating in the first iteration of the University’s Nexus Abroad study abroad program in 2012. She took 12 students to Germany, Austria and Spain to learn about World War II and the effects of the war on contemporary Europe.

“I was deeply moved by how eager they were to understand the trauma,” said Gindlesparger, director of the Writing Program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “They were quiet, unsettled and unnerved. Yet, when I returned to their published blogs after our trip, I was surprised to see—freshly and with some distance—that they had glossed over all of their unsettlement to present rosy representations of the trauma they saw.”

In an effort to help better prepare faculty to meet student needs abroad, Gindlesparger developed recommendations. Among the tips recently published in the journal College English:

  • Analyze why we’re encouraged to only talk about the positive aspects of travel.
  • Spend more meaningful time interacting and sharing stories with locals while abroad.
  • Be mindful of how much time it takes to do critical thinking and reflective work while traveling. If we don’t make time for it, it won’t happen.
  • Avoid going into “vacation mode” when studying abroad. Faculty must make the time for students to reflect on what they’ve seen.

Gindlesparger believes students should sit with a problem in order to solve it, be OK with not knowing all the answers and feel “unsettled” while studying abroad.

“I hope the article will help our faculty and others support students as they grapple with all of the hard questions travel can—and should—bring up,” she said.

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Nikki Haley resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley Resigns as UN Ambassador Alex Judd On October 9th, it was announced that Nikki Haley will resign as the US ambassador to the UN  and by the end of 2018 there will be a new UN ambassador, hand picked by the president. It was a relatively unexciting announcement, the complete opposite of most …

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Help Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Challenges at the Jefferson Health Hack Nov. 2-4

HackThe widely celebrated Jefferson Health Hack is back. Over three days, participants will network, brainstorm and collaborate to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges.

A healthcare hackathon thrives on the collision of different worlds, experiences and cultures. It brings together people from disparate disciplines who may not work together otherwise to dream up scalable solutions for the most pressing issues in healthcare. These meetups can drive ideas and startups worth millions, as well as jumpstart significant improvements in our day-to-day practices.

The event will be held Nov. 2-4 at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), focusing on three tracks:

  • Healthcare With No Address: Ten years from now, where and how will you access and supply health and wellness information? How and why will you interact with experts? What new products will drive the move to decentralization and “health with no address?”
  • Wearables and Data Science: It’s 2018 and we can now take an electrocardiogram on demand, right from our wrist. Our personal devices are becoming guardians and companions to our health. What’s the next frontier?
  • Medical Cannabis and Hemp: Medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp are growing into multibillion dollar industries. How can tech drive the connection between these industries and a healthier future?

No software hacking experience is required. The only prerequisite is a willingness to share your experiences with others and your passion to work on a solution for a problem. The competition is structured to give flight to your ideas. Three grand prize winners will each receive $5,000 in funding.

There are three ways you can participate in the Jefferson Health Hack. Want a shot at the grand prize? Sign up as a participant. Are you a titan of industry or an expert in your field? Join us as a mentor. Want to help out behind the scenes? Become a volunteer.

See the full schedule and register here.

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Discover Fashion and Textiles Day Offers Inside Look at Programs

The FIA Award for Best in Show went to Dalton Wade Reidenbach for this piece in his "Bawdy Opulence" collection.

Attendees will explore the collaborative culture at the heart of Jefferson’s textile and fashion programs.

Prospective students will go for a deep dive into the University’s world-renowned fashion and textile programs at Discover Fashion and Textiles Day on Oct. 23.

“This is the best way for prospective students to learn about our programs and how our unique perspective sets us apart,” said Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Students and their families will hear first hand from faculty, department directors, current students and alumni, as well as our Career Services Center.”

Attendees also can tour the University’s Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, a $3 million enhancement where students work across materials, design, merchandising and management disciplines.

Marcia Weiss, director of textile design programs and the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, said Discover Fashion and Textiles Day allows attendees to explore the collaborative culture at the heart of Jefferson’s textile design, fashion design and fashion merchandising and management programs.

“It’s a great day to learn about the success stories of our students, industry class projects, internships, companies they work with and more,” agreed Nioka Wyatt, director of the fashion merchandising and management program.

Showing the University’s reputation on an international stage, Jefferson fashion programs have been named among the top 25 programs in the world and top 10 in the country, according to the influential fashion website Fashionista. The highly regarded Business of Fashion and CEOWorld Magazine also have ranked Jefferson fashion programs among the best in the world.

In addition, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Jefferson as one of the most innovative schools in the North Region.

Discover Fashion and Textiles Day is Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register here. Jefferson’s East Falls Campus also will hold its next Open House on Nov. 10.

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Community and Trauma Counseling Professor on Trauma, Memory and Healing After Kavanaugh Hearing: Radio Times

In a Radio Times interview, Astra Czerny, PhD, assistant professor of Community and Trauma Counseling, discussed issues of trauma, memory and healing in the aftermath of the recent Senate hearing with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

You can listen to the Oct. 15 show here.

 

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Inspired Students Attend Forbes Under 30 Summit

Six students and Blackstone LaunchPad’s Abena Nyarko (center) attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston.

Six students and Blackstone LaunchPad’s Abena Nyarko (center) attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston.

Through the University’s Blackstone LaunchPad program, six students attended the recent Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston as scholars, joining more than 7,000 young entrepreneurs, visionaries and disruptors. Speakers ranged from former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to Spanx CEO and Founder Sara Blakely, to NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.

“They saw a reflection of themselves in the attendees and speakers and had the opportunity to learn from other people’s experiences and shared interests,” said Abena Nyarko, program manager of Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “It inspired and motivated them to do more.”

Fashion merchandising and management junior Steven Ruoff, who attended the Forbes Summit, plans to start a minimalist fashion brand after graduation.

“I learned that no dream is too big or too small and that if you want it badly enough, you’ll surround yourself with the right people and take the necessary steps to get you there,” he said of the experience.

Along with the Forbes event, Blackstone LaunchPad plugs students into numerous other entrepreneurial and venture growth opportunities, including webinars, idea incubators/accelerators, competitions, legal clinics, industry and community mentors/experts, and more, said Nyarko, noting two Jefferson students will attend the AfroTech summit in California next month.

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Textile Design Student Uses Microbial Dyes for Forward-Thinking Fashion

Student Sivan Ilan is exploring dyeing fabric and yarn through microbially derived pigments.

Jefferson graduate student Sivan Ilan is exploring dyeing fabric and yarn through microbially derived pigments.

Synthetic dyes rank as one of the major pollutants in the fashion industry. With the growing interest in sustainability, researchers continue to search for alternatives.

Dyeing fabric and yarn through microbially derived pigments is one possible option. This technique, being explored by M.S. in textile design student Sivan Ilan ’19, can reduce the demand for synthetic pigments and allow for more creative applications that can harness the power of organisms.

At the recent London Design Festival, she showcased a new line of apparel designed with Philadelphia-based biotech startup Biorealize’s Microbial Designer Kits. As the inaugural Biorealize Design Fellow, Ilan is working with Orkan Telhan, the company’s chief design officer, on the creative possibilities of microbially dyed yarn embroidered on previously owned denim.

“On their second time around, this series of garments is given a new life,” Ilan explained. “Drawing on botanical motifs from the natural world, the renewed garments move toward an environmentally responsible kind of making. Off-set seams and superimposed florals are designed to catch viewers’ attention by displaying imperfections and the handmade touch, contrasting the characteristics of a mass-production saturated market. The garments embrace a circular approach to fashion and a new way to think about the consumption of it.”

With a process called bioremediation, the synthetic dyes on existing yarn are selectively removed by natural microorganisms, she said. Remediated yarn offers an alternative aesthetic by working on an existing product, and they allow designers to combine environmental responsibility with their creativity for forward-thinking fashion.

“As a graduate student at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), my body of work is focused on sustainability in textiles and fashion,” Ilan said. “I have been exploring ideas like circularity, environmentally conscious practices and consumer culture as they relate to textile design, so it was a great match to my interests to support Biorealize’s development with microbially dyed yarn.”

After graduation, she plans to continue on the path of sustainability in textiles and fashion and implement her knowledge through practical practices within the industry. “I’d like to support more brands and designers in their efforts moving toward a better, more responsible way of designing and producing textiles,” Ilan said.

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