Jefferson Offers Medical Marijuana Graduate Certificates: AP, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and others

Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will be offering graduate-level certificate programs in medical marijuana, the AP reported in a July 13 story that was picked up by more than 125 news outlets, including The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, ABC News, The Daily Mail (U.K.) and the National Post (Canada).

“Charles Pollack, head of the Lambert Center, says health care professionals have had few evidence-based educational options to learn about medical marijuana’s benefits and risks in clinical settings. The new programs aim to change that,” the AP reported.

The news also was reported by Education Dive, Cannabis Business Times and Bloomberg Radio, as well as dozens of television and radio stations nationwide.

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Submit Your Idea for JAZ Tank: CannaVATION

Faculty, staff, students and alumni must submit their business model for a medicinal cannabis or industrial hemp product or service by Aug. 13.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni must submit their business model for a medicinal cannabis or industrial hemp product or service by Aug. 13.

Calling all innovators. JAZ Tank is back for its fourth year, and we’re asking you to tap into your inner inventor and present your ideas about innovation in medicinal cannabis and hemp at Thomas Jefferson University’s 2018 JAZ Tank: CannaVATION on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

JAZ Tank: CannaVATION invites faculty, staff, students and alumni from all of our campuses, as well as the general public, to submit their business model for a medicinal cannabis or industrial hemp product or service by Monday, Aug. 13.

A panel of judges will be reviewing submissions and selecting finalists to present short pitches at Jefferson on Oct. 3 for the grand prize package, which includes:

Cash: $10,000+ in Financial Support
Legal Support: One Free Provisional or Utility Patent Application
Consultation: Business and Clinical Consulting Services to Build Your Business

JAZ Tank reserves the right to award additional prizes.

Visit here to submit your idea, and contact with any questions. The 2018 JAZ Tank: CannaVATION is brought to you by Jefferson Innovation and the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Jefferson.

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University’s Conference to Advance the Trauma-Informed Movement

Educator Howard Stevenson, PhD, will present one of the keynote sessions.

Educator Howard Stevenson, PhD, will present one of the conference’s keynote sessions.

Childhood trauma can drastically impact development, physical health and emotional well-being, research shows. In addition, a strong relationship exists between trauma in childhood and a host of adult health problems, including cardiac disease, obesity, diabetes and depression.

To address this national epidemic, which impacts Philadelphians at a higher rate, the University will host the second annual Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference, “Preventing Childhood Trauma and Its Impact Across the Lifespan: An Interprofessional Agenda for Providers, Advocates, Policy Makers and Community Members,” from July 23-25. Leading experts, including faculty members, will present on a broad array of topics critically important to advancing the trauma-informed movement, said Jeanne Felter, PhD, LPC, director of the Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

“The University’s CTC program has a rich opportunity to play a critical role in moving Philadelphia toward its goal of becoming trauma-informed,” Dr. Felter said. “It’s among the only clinical graduate programs nationally that offers a fully integrated clinical trauma curriculum. In collaboration with important regional partners, Jefferson is poised to support the development of a healthy, vibrant, trauma-informed workforce in Philadelphia and beyond.”

The three-day meeting will attract an international audience of 500 attendees from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, said Dr. Felter, the Zeldin Family Foundation Term Chair. “Our numbers and reach far exceeded our expectations. We’re so encouraged about how our expertise and focus resonate with a growing community across systems and sectors.”

Benefitting the many K-12 educators attending the conference, the program will feature several sessions focused on developing tangible skills that educators and school personnel can immediately employ in their classrooms and schools to support trauma-impacted children. The meeting also will offer a number of talks designed specifically to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals and paraprofessionals in the justice system, law enforcement, health and behavioral health. And new this year, the University added a community track to inspire and train individuals and groups who don’t formally belong to the human service workforce but are invested in creating safe and healing families and communities.

Dr. Felter said she’s particularly excited about topics that will draw individuals from across disciplines and sectors, including trauma-informed supervision, self-care and vicarious trauma, as well as the keynote speakers, filmmaker and author Lee Mun Wah and educator Howard Stevenson, PhD. Both speakers will encourage participants to reflect upon and engage with each other around diversity, cultural humility and racial/cultural trauma in order to deepen sensitivities and expand capacity to form and nurture safe, healing relationships.

Filmmaker and author Lee Mun Wah will discuss “What Stands Between Us” in his keynote.

Filmmaker and author Lee Mun Wah will discuss “What Stands Between Us” in his keynote.

“I am hoping to propose that a key aspect in all types of trauma is the recognition or acknowledgment of the historical experiences surrounding tragic events,” said Dr. Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and professor of Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. “The denial of these experiences by way of willful or unconscious decision-making or out of fearful and threatening emotions, while expected, has negative consequences for healing from those traumas.”

He said therapists and activists acting on behalf of children, families and individuals suffering from unanticipated dehumanizations are ethically compelled to help them toward emotional well-being.

“Racial politics and the politics of hostilities and violence toward children, families and individuals who are different has spiked and has led to traumatic reactions and health detriments associated with clinical traumas not unrelated to different forms of interpersonal abuse and violence that therapists treat daily,” Dr. Stevenson noted. “These hostilities are most problematic when they are face to face and unpredictable and when we are not prepared. Forgetting and denying our national history and legacy of racial and colonial dehumanization would represent a retraumatization that requires interventions that respond to the in-the-moment rejections of difference.”

The more therapists and activists understand racial literacy approaches to problem-solving face-to-face racial conflicts, the better they can sort the lifespan and intergenerational healing of historically dehumanized and disenfranchised communities, he said.

In Wah’s talk, “What Stands Between Us,” attendees will learn about the impact and intent of their communication; ways to respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues; how to listen mindfully and with awareness; how personal stories can affect perceptions and attitudes; ways to create a sense of community through dialogue and stories; how to work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved; and ways to mindfully observe what’s being said and what isn’t.

Along with putting together a comprehensive panel of speakers, the planning team also recognized that a conference like this can place an emotional toll on attendees.

“Though great care has been taken to encourage safety and sessions have been designed to minimize emotionally reactivity, case studies and examples of childhood trauma can draw out difficult feelings,” Dr. Felter said. “We will be encouraging all participants to create a safety plan, and we will have self-care rooms set up during breaks. These quiet spaces away from noise and crowds will feature opportunities for art making and coloring mandalas and movement opportunities like walking and yoga to help attendees feel grounded and relaxed.”

Preventing Childhood Trauma and Its Impact Across the Lifespan: An Interprofessional Agenda for Providers, Advocates, Policy Makers and Community Members is presented by Jefferson’s Community and Trauma Counseling program in association with the Jefferson College of Population Health, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Lakeside Global Institute, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education and Philadelphia DBHIDS.

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Architecture Alumna’s Work on Display at MoMA

Kristy Balliet’s proposed Loud Lines installation at MoMA PS1 invites people to inhabit the courtyard “between the lines.

Kristy Balliet’s proposed Loud Lines installation at MoMA PS1 invites people to inhabit the courtyard “between the lines.” The project will be on display at MoMA until Sept. 3. (Image/courtesy BairBalliet)

Architecture alumna Kristy Balliet ’99 and her firm BairBalliet have been selected to show their work at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of its Young Architects Program.

This year’s competition challenged architects to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water, as well as addresses environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.

Balliet’s proposed Loud Lines installation at the MoMA PS1 nonprofit art center in Long Island City, N.Y., invites people to inhabit the courtyard “between the lines,” she said.

“Loud Lines are formally idiosyncratic as they abide by structural vector logics but feature peculiar intersections,” Balliet described. “Loud Lines are materially nuanced as they’re both colorless—black by day—and vibrantly colorful—pulsing a neon glow by night. Loud Lines exude atmosphere, cooling the courtyard with misting water and rendering their solidity as porous. Loud Lines present themselves as both bold urban icons—reaching high in the sky—and background frames—providing a backdrop to the party. Bucking the tradition of canopies or objects, Loud Lines offers a series of drawn frames that form a variety of rooms each with their own spatial characteristics, suggesting a multitude of audiences and engagement.”

She calls the project “playful” and hopes visitors, especially young people, will see it and walk away thinking about drawing, architecture and everyday objects in a new way. Loud Lines will be on display at MoMA until Sept. 3.

Balliet credits Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), then known as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, with helping to launch her career and teaching her how to be resourceful. “I learned very early, thanks to several great professors in my foundational years, that architecture is expansive,” she said. “In order to make an impact, you had to make choices and spend your energy developing a point of view.”

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How to Make the Most of Amazon’s Prime Day

Jefferson's Nioka Wyatt, shares some tips for Amazon's Prime Day.

Jefferson’s Nioka Wyatt shares some tips for Amazon’s Prime Day.

Billions of dollars will be spent during Amazon’s Prime Day, which runs until 3 a.m. EST on July 18. Nioka Wyatt, director of the fashion merchandising and management program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), shares some tips to make the most of what experts dub “Black Friday in July.”

  • This is the season for home technology innovation and targeting physically active consumers. Amazon is offering their branded technology for the home at discounted prices. For example, the Echo Dot runs $29.99 and the TV Fire Stick costs $19.99.
  • They have flash deals, so the best way to shop is to download the app and select the alert option to get notified when certain prices for products are reduced.
  • Peruse Amazon’s Deals of the Day for extra savings.
  • Leave key items in your cart and pay attention if the price drops. Amazon has extensive algorithms to gauge consumer purchase intentions.
  • Be a smart shopper. If you’re searching for electronics, don’t forget to check prices at Walmart and Target because they may offer price match.
  • Due to the influx of eager consumers, Amazon’s website crashed several times yesterday. Having items in your cart or on your Wish List—even if you aren’t ready to purchase—will help to minimize the frustration of starting from scratch.
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Jefferson’s Online Degree Program Ranked Among the Best in State named Jefferson the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. named Jefferson the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. has named Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. The organization based the rankings on program quality, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings and reputation.

“We’re so proud of the success of our online programs, which give access to our innovative curriculum to students beyond our campuses,” said Mary Beth Kurilko, director of online programs at Jefferson. “We work hard to ensure our growing population of online students feel connected, supported and successful. This recognition in our peer group affirms the power of the combined University brand.”

Jefferson offers nine B.S. programs online, including business management, human resources management, behavioral and health services and organizational leadership.

Master’s programs at Jefferson include an Innovation MBA, sustainable design, healthcare quality and safety, population health intelligence and construction management.

See all the degree offerings here

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Jefferson’s Lambert Center To Offer First University Graduate Cannabis Certificates: KYW Newsradio

Thomas Jefferson University is offering the first University-based graduate certificate programs for professionals in the legal cannabis space, KYW Newsradio reported in multiple reports July 12 and 13.

Jefferson has “carved out a pioneer space in the legal cannabis world, from a scientific and medical perspective,” said Charles Pollack, MD, director of Jefferson’s Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, which developed and is offering three new certificate programs, including ones in cannabis medicine and cannabinoid pharmacology.


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Population Health Dean Nash Says Services Like Accolade Can Help People Navigate Health Care: Philadelphia Inquirer

David Nash, MD, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, said a service such as Accolade, based in Plymouth Meeting, may help people navigate the health care system, although there is no published evidence that it will reduce health-care costs for large corporations, according to a July 12 Philadelphia Inquirer story.



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With New Company, Industrial Design Seniors Help Propel Business Ecosystem

industrial design seniors Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl founded DiveDesign last year. They now have clients across the country.

Students Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl founded DiveDesign last year. They now have clients across the country.

Born out of collaborative class projects and fine-tuned during entrepreneurship and product competitions, industrial design seniors Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl’s company DiveDesign propels the work of the business ecosystem.

“We both have a shared passion for design, entrepreneurship and helping others in any way we can to achieve their goals,” said Tholl, noting their firm’s expertise lies in product ideation and development, prototyping, graphic design and visualization, engineering, photography, and patent search and advisement.

After partnering on industry projects and the JeffSolves program and taking several industrial design classes together at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Hecht and Tholl formally joined in 2017 to create DiveDesign.

With the help of the University’s Blackstone LaunchPad office, Hecht and Tholl developed their business model and strategy, built out a team structure, and connected with professionals and mentors. The pair also pitched their company as finalists during last year’s Top Ram business model competition, which further validated the business opportunity at hand.

“Throughout this process, we not only realized how incredible the people behind all the local startups are, but they’re also underserved when it comes to quality and affordable design services,” Hecht said. “We realized we could bridge this gap, whether that’s a prototype to show investors, final specs for mass manufacture or better graphics to attract customers. This was our opportunity, so we began tailoring our services to startups, along with inventors, makers and larger companies.”

To date, Hecht and Tholl—along with their team of six employees (including three fellow Jefferson students)—have worked with Philadelphia-area companies EasyPoint, Innovation Factory and Performance Brands; New York’s Long Drink Company; Minnesota-based Nifty Home Goods; Boston’s SparkCharge; and California-based T2 Design and Prototype. DiveDesign will continue to grow its client base and plans to open a new Philadelphia office next summer, with offices in New York and California to follow, Tholl said.

“It’s amazing how being part of the Blackstone LaunchPad community at Jefferson has led both students to great opportunities,” said Abena Nyarko, program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad. “Some of our event speakers have since become their clients, and resources shared in our newsletter have led them to events and opportunities that have connected them with local inventors, businesses and startups who have now become clients.”

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Faculty Member Stuart Lehrman’s Winning Photo on Display in NYC


The gallery named Stuart Lehrman’s “Road Rage #117” one of the winners of its National Photography Competition.

A photograph by adjunct faculty member Stuart Lehrman will be on display at SohoPhotoGallery in New York City until July 21.

The TriBeCa gallery named Lehrman’s “Road Rage #117” one of the winners of its 2018 National Photography Competition.

He printed some of his “Road Rage” photo series at the University’s Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging on PVC panel. Lehrman teaches design essentials at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

“My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos,” he said. “My ‘Road Rage’ photography series tackles these same problems and attempts to capture this same dynamic, through the lens of the camera. While out on the streets, I am always on the lookout for ambiguous accidents of beauty and power, ground into the common pavement.”

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