Students Challenged to Improve Lives Through Healthy Communities at Nexus Maximus Kickoff

Over 200 students from 10 schools will be participating in the fifth annual Nexus Maximus.

Over 200 students from 10 schools will participate in the fifth annual Nexus Maximus.

The University’s signature Nexus Learning event, Nexus Maximus, kicked off Sept. 20 in the Gallagher Center with over 200 students—including some 60 from schools around the world—challenged to improve lives through healthy communities.

Assigned a Philadelphia ZIP code, transdisciplinary teams of four to six students will collaborate, problem solve and develop an innovation over four fast-paced days to advance the health and wellness of people in that specific community. Their final projects will be shared on Monday, Sept. 24.

Working with students from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) include those from Aalto University in Finland; Ulster University in Northern Ireland; Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Germany; Yonsei University in South Korea; DUOC UC in Chile; St. John’s University in New York; Pace University in New York; Medgar Evers College in New York; and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

“This will be the most diverse group yet for Nexus Maximus, and we will apply all this creative energy to innovation for better communities in Philadelphia,” said D.R. Widder, Jefferson’s vice president of innovation and Steve Blank Innovation Chair. “It’s a great combination of what Jefferson is all about.”

Students will attend workshops at the DEC Center to inform their projects.

Nexus Maximus participants head into the DEC Center for workshops to inform their projects.

Along with gaining a global perspective on a vital topic, students will benefit by attending workshops led by Jefferson and visiting faculty members and industry experts to inform their projects, said Nathan Solomon, director of Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad.

Sessions over the weekend feature topics like “Integral Sustainable Approaches” by Rob Fleming, director of the M.S. in sustainable design program at Jefferson; “Concrete Storytelling” by Nancy Varghese, director of strategic alliances and business development at Cheyney; and “The Influence of Pollution and Allergies on Healthy Living” by Kyle Brogden, director of global OTC R&D at Johnson & Johnson, which regularly sponsors Nexus Maximus.

Pamela Topping, PhD, a nurse and interior designer who works at Ulster University’s Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, will discuss her doctoral research on intergenerational design for those with memory loss or cognitive impairment.

“Pamela’s contribution is part of the wider partnerships across architecture, interior design and architecture, urban planning, and health and life sciences that we hope to grow in the future with Jefferson,” said Saul Golden, RIBA, SFHEA, a lecturer in architecture and spatial design at Ulster, who flew over with seven students from its Belfast School of Art.

Nexus Maximus, now in its fifth year, serves as a launch pad for new collaborations between schools and among students, Widder said. The largest Nexus Learning event on campus includes students from freshmen to graduate level in over 30 disciplines, such as industrial design, architecture, business, occupational therapy and engineering.

Following the recently announced partnership with Jefferson, Cheyney joined Nexus Maximus for the first time. Psychology sophomore Cambria Graham and marine biology senior Tytisha Harris said they both looked forward to working with students from other majors and gaining perspectives from different points of view on the issue.

Second-year M.S. in occupational therapy students at Jefferson attended the event, in part, to apply the skills they have acquired in their coursework to real-life challenges, said Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD, OTR/L, interim East Falls program director.

Students immediately broke out into their groups to begin their projects.

Students immediately broke out into their groups to begin team-building and working on their projects.

Jes Trio, a post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy student at Jefferson, will be participating as well. After practicing as an OT for 30 years, she wanted to use her background to better solve community health issues.

“I chose Jefferson for this very reason—to try entrepreneurial ventures and to move my profession forward into new and innovative practice, both in the U.S. and internationally,” Trio said.

Appreciating the synergy of a strong global presence, Johannes Kaira, MSc, an educator in the Aalto Ventures Program, has high hopes for the weekend. He brought his students across the Atlantic to help them break out of their comfort zone.

“I want them to find their intuition and gain courage to trust it, as well as lower their threshold for starting action,” Karia said.

Faculty from St. John’s and Pace also saw huge benefits to being part of Nexus Maximus.

“This will be an exciting learning experience for our students in terms of team-building and problem-solving skills in a relevant domain,” said Luca Iandoli, PhD, associate dean for global programs and research at St. John’s, another school participating for the first time. “It’s a great fit with St. John’s mission of improving lives of underserved communities.”

Jaclyn Kopel, EdD, director of the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace, enjoys watching ideas evolve over just a few days, from being extremely rough to something that actually can be implemented.

“I hope my students start to learn and appreciate design thinking,” she said. “I also want them to learn to embrace uncertainty and to think outside of the box.”

Final presentations and judging will start at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in the Gallagher Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the final presentations and workshops. See the schedule here.

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Signs From The City’s Homeless Featured in “Signs of Humanity” Exhibit: KYW Newsradio

Poignant, funny and sad signs collected from some of Philadelphia’s homeless people were featured in Jefferson’s “Signs of Humanity” exhibit and presentation, KYW Newsradio reported Sept. 20.

Associate Professor Rosemary Frasso, public health and medical students, and artist Willie Baronet collaborated on the exhibit, and research from interviews with some of the homeless people is being compiled.


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A Historical Op-Ed

A Historical Op-Ed Mitchell Kurek Source: Daily Wire The United States has certainly had its fair share of political drama these past few years, but few stories rival the current events seen in the executive branch of our government. An op-ed anonymously released through The New York Times by a member of the Trump Administration …

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Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Fact vs. Fiction

With Labor Day and heat waves (hopefully) behind us, the Admissions office at Jefferson is ready to move into the 2018-2019 school year at full force. For you Seniors out there, we know the start of your year means the start of application season, with many hours of your once “free time” now dedicated to crafting the perfect essay, tracking down your favorite teachers for letters of recommendation, and touring campuses to decide where you will apply. Throughout the college application process, Jefferson Admissions Counselors will be sharing some helpful information about all things college in our Counselors’ Corner series. We’re here to provide behind the scenes advice on how you can make yourself a strong applicant.

For our first tip in Counselors’ Corner, we will be distinguishing between the biggest facts and fictions we hear from students as they apply to Jefferson. How many can you guess correctly?

1. If I use the Jefferson Application instead of the Common Application, it will increase my chances of becoming admitted.

Fiction. We do not have a preference for which type application you choose to submit. Simply use whichever application you find to be more efficient. If you are applying to other schools on the Common Application, feel free to use it for us as well.

2. I’ll be eligible for a higher merit scholarship if I apply by the Early Action deadline.

Fiction. We will review all eligible applicants for the same merit award opportunities regardless of if they apply by the early action or regular decision deadline. Additionally, all applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship; there is no additional form or application to fill out. Keep in mind there are other benefits to applying by the Early Action deadline. Check those out on our Apply page.

3. Visiting campus can be an important step of the application process.

Fact. Visiting campus can really help you get a feel for what type of college experience you are looking for. Do you see yourself in big classes or small classes? Are you more excited about an urban campus or a cozy, tranquil setting? We have a variety of exciting events throughout the fall and spring that will help you move one step closer to uncovering what’s important to you in a college. So come visit campus and get to know Jefferson! Oh, and did I mention if you visit campus you’ll receive a $40 application fee waiver?

4. I’m just a “number” to my admissions counselor.

Fiction. Your admissions counselor is your first point of contact for all things Jefferson. We care about making the application process an easy and even fun one. We are so excited to get to know you as we help you navigate this monumental step. Your assigned admissions counselor will read every part of your application and can be your biggest advocate. Be sure you are making a relationship with us!

5. If several students from my high school are applying to Jefferson, I have a lower chance of being admitted.

Fiction. We review students for admissibility based on their academic history and perceived ability to contribute to the Jefferson community. It’s great if some of your classmates want to apply to Jefferson! But it won’t impact your personal admissions decision.

6. My admissions counselor won’t actually read my essay.

Fiction. Use your essay as an opportunity to tell us a little bit more about you. Is there an activity on your application you’d love to expand on? Great. Is there something unique about your background that you’d love to share? Perfect. Please use your essay section thoughtfully—learning about who you are as a student and as a member of our community is one of our favorite parts of the job!

7. The most important advocate you can have throughout the application process is yourself.

Fact. We totally get that applying to college can seem confusing and even a little daunting. That’s why we encourage you to reach out with any concerns that you have—we thoroughly believe that there is no such thing as a silly question! Building a strong relationship with your admissions counselor will help us get to know you. In addition, the better we know you, the better we are equipped to assist you on your college journey.

The most important thing to remember as you navigate this process the next few months is that you are in the driver’s seat. You decide where you will visit. You decide where you will apply. And ultimately, you decide where you will attend. Our admissions office is here to assist you throughout the process, from answering questions about your intended major to filling out your application to greeting you on campus at our many events. Come meet us on campus at one of our upcoming information sessions and be sure to follow us on our social media to stay up to date on deadlines and what’s happening on campus!

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Faculty Member and Alumna Nominated in the Timmy Awards

Jefferson's Neil Harner is a finalist in the best tech manager category in the Timmy Awards.

Jefferson’s Neil Harner is a finalist in the best tech manager category in the Timmy Awards.

Tech in Motion Philadelphia has selected Neil Harner, director of digital and graphic design communication, as a finalist in the best tech manager category in the Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for tech professionals in the Philadelphia area. Harner also is an assistant professor at the University and the founder/CEO of Inverse Paradox, a digital agency specializing in web design, e-commerce and web-based marketing.

In addition, Milkcrate—founded by M.S. in sustainable design alumna Morgan Berman ’14—is a finalist in the competition’s best tech startup category.

The winners will be determined by online voting and a panel of expert judges. Philadelphia’s 2018 Timmy Awards will be Oct. 9 at the Science History Institute.

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RSVP Now to Attend JAZ Tank: CannaVATION Competition on Oct. 3


Eight finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges demonstrating the depth and breadth of their innovation.

JAZ® Tank is back for its fourth year–and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

A few months ago, we asked innovators to submit their business models for a medicinal cannabis or industrial hemp product or service. Now, the following eight finalists have been selected to pitch their ideas to our panel of judges demonstrating the depth and breadth of their innovation:

  • Hampons: Hemp-based tampons with cannabidiol to ease menstrual cramps
  • ARBR: Screening software to personalize medical cannabis
  • Cannabiscope: Interactive wheel to assist in cannabis strain classification
  • Hip to be Hemp: Biodegradable hemp-based heating and air conditioning filter
  • NJ Cannaclub: Scratch and sniff labels for cannabis to assist in the selection process
  • Semilla: Hemp and cannabis-infused sunflower seed butter and healthy edible alternatives
  • We the People: Biodegradable, hemp-based, mold-resistant kitchen and bath towels
  • Garden State: Automated solventless extraction system and medical cannabis edible dosing machine

You’re invited to come out on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to watch this year’s JAZ Tank: CannaVATION competition. The Grand Prize package includes $10,000 in financial support, plus business mentorship, legal support and business consultation.

Event Overview
JAZ Tank: CannaVATION Competition and Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2-6 p.m.
Jefferson Alumni Hall, Eakins Lounge

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here by Oct. 1. Learn more about the finalists, judges and event here.


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2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair

news_program_2018lancasterletterpressAn intrepid group of students from the AIGA Jefferson student group made the trek out to Lancaster, PA on a beautiful sunny day to attend the 2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair. Over thirty vendors were displaying their wares, including Professor Frank Baseman and the work of Base Press. A good time was had by all.


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Signs Of The Homeless To Go On Display At Jefferson: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Signs of Humanity,” an exhibition that includes signs from Philadelphia’s homeless and research from interviews with some of them, will be on display at Jefferson’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Building from Sept. 17-22,  The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sept. 14.

During a week in July, a group of Jefferson medical and population health students, Rosemary Frasso, director of the public health program, and artist Willie Baronet fanned out through Philadelphia’s street to purchase signs and talk to some of the city’s homeless people.

Frasso described the project as a humbling experience. “It could totally be any of us,” she told the Inquirer. “If you don’t have a safety net, you can land at the corner of 15th and Walnut.”


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Jefferson and Einstein Healthcare Network Sign Definitive Agreement

The merger would bring together two historically linked academic medical centers whose shared vision is to improve the lives of patients and their communities.

The merger of Jefferson and Einstein Healthcare Network would bring together two historically linked academic medical centers whose shared vision is to improve the lives of patients and their communities.

Einstein Healthcare Network and Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) have entered into a binding Definitive Agreement, legally binding the ideas and commitments described in the Letter of Intent, which the two organizations signed in March. The merger would bring together two historically linked academic medical centers whose shared vision is to improve the lives of patients and their communities.

With the Definitive Agreement in place, Einstein and Jefferson will move forward in seeking all necessary state and federal regulatory clearances.

A merged clinical academic enterprise would host the largest number of residents and fellows in the Greater Philadelphia region, making Jefferson uniquely positioned to educate the healthcare professionals of tomorrow with a multi-hospital clinical rotation unlike any other. The merger would also bring together nationally recognized MossRehab and Magee Rehabilitation, two of U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked rehabilitation hospitals.

“This is a critical step forward for the students and patients of both institutions and equally as important for our community as a whole,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. “Our joint planning in recent months has reinforced how much Jefferson and Einstein share the values dedicated to reimagining the future of health, education and discovery. As we move forward, we will be transparent and committed to the community in making this partnership work.”

“Today, the signing of the Definitive Agreement between Einstein and Jefferson brings us one step closer to merging into a single healthcare system,” said Barry R. Freedman, president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network. “Both organizations have a long and storied history in this region and we are excited to bring together our shared vision for delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare and providing exceptional education and training to the physicians of tomorrow.”

The Definitive Agreement extends the shared governance model that was established with the integration of previous healthcare organizations when merging with Jefferson. The agreement details that Einstein will designate an equal number of members to the expanded Thomas Jefferson University board and will have the same representation as Abington – Jefferson Health, Jefferson Health – Northeast, and Jefferson Health – New Jersey.

Following the integration, Freedman will remain as president and CEO of Einstein while adding the role of executive vice president at Jefferson Health. In this new role, Freedman will help guide the transition and integration efforts of Einstein into the Jefferson system while exploring new strategic initiatives for Jefferson. Dr. Klasko will remain the CEO of Jefferson Health with Bruce Meyer, MD, MBA, as president of the clinical enterprise.

The Definitive Agreement comes after Einstein and Jefferson signed a non-binding Letter of Intent in March.

This merger will enhance the services provided to our patients and their families in the communities we serve, and Einstein will continue living its mission of providing high-quality care with humanity, humility and honor.

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Email Rebellion

Email Rebellion Kaitlyn Brown Source: Brett Kavanaugh has been the topic of heated debate across the United States since his nomination to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court was announced earlier in July. Now, days into his confirmation hearing, more controversy ensued as leaked documents bring to light what many Americans already …

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