How Jefferson Lost His Statue at Jefferson University

A statue of Thomas Jefferson was removed in the Tuttleman Center last semester. On November 16th, 2017, a student lead...
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The Jefferson mens’ basketball team is 17-12 on the year and is 12-5 in the southern conference of the Central...
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Jefferson Unveils Plan for Biologics Manufacturing Institute: Philadelphia Business Journal

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.

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Jefferson Students and Faculty Participate in Epson Digital Couture Fashion Event: Printwear

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.

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With New Jefferson Program, Students Rise to the Demands of the Changing Workplace

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.”

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Jefferson Teams Up with NIBRT for Biologics Facility: Irish Times, Silicon Republic

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.

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SKMC Alumna Named ASRA’s Resident/Fellow of the Year

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.

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Jefferson to Establish the First Education and Training Center for Biologics Manufacturing in North America in Partnership with Global Leader NIBRT


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.

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Highest Honors: Jefferson Graphic Design Top Design School and Students to Watch 2018 in Graphic Design USA Magazine

news_program_2018gdusaFor the seventh year in a row, the Jefferson Graphic Design Communication program is represented in the prestigious “Students to Watch 2018” issue of Graphic Design USA Magazine. Peter Aston and Zachary Faust were named Students to Watch in the January/February 2018 issue. Peter and Zack were among only approx. seventy students chosen nationwide—and the Jefferson Graphic Design Communication program was among only forty or so Colleges or Universities nationwide—represented with this prestigious distinction to be included in the list of Top Design Schools 2018 by Graphic Design USA Magazine.

Peter and Zack follow in the footsteps of alums Lauren King, Kelli Seiple, Nicole Meyer, Caroline Noebels, Sarah Driban, Jessica Eversmeyer, Kristine Garcia, Annelise Babula, Jewell Richardson, Christina Lanzisero and Natalie Vespe as previous Students to Watch. Congrats Peter and Zack!

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The Reset Generation

By: Alex Judd           With nearly every passing generation, there is either the discovery of a...
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