East Falls Campus to Host Open House for Prospective Students Oct. 14

Open HouseHundreds of prospective students and their families are expected to attend the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) – East Falls Campus Open House on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In addition to going on a tour of campus, they will meet with various academic departments, chat with faculty members and department chairs, and speak with current students about their ongoing research and projects. Visitors also will talk to athletic coaches, discuss study abroad opportunities and sample dining services offerings.

“Open House is a great time to visit because you have all the resources right at your fingertips,” said Kathy Kissane, senior associate director of admissions. “You have faculty, staff and current students available to answer questions you may have–along with the benefits of hearing answers to other people’s questions. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Visit here for more info.

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Real Estate Development Student Becomes Etkin Johnson Student Scholar

Through the program, student Aminat Temitope Akanji will be immersed in Philadelphia’s land use industry.

Through the program, student Aminat Temitope Akanji will be immersed in Philadelphia’s land use industry.

M.S. in Real Estate Development student Aminat Temitope Akanji has been accepted into the competitive Etkin Johnson Student Scholar Program, which immerses its participants in the land use industry in Philadelphia.

During this academic year, Akanji and the other awardees of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) program will attend events and committees, volunteer, meet with mentors and network with ULI members—including developers, architects, bankers, brokers, construction managers, planners and public officials—to enhance their scholastic endeavors.

“The College of Architecture and the Built Environment is very proud of Aminat winning this opportunity, which is one more instance of our students advancing their careers by interacting with professionals in the field,” said David Breiner, Ph.D., associate dean of the College and associate professor of architecture at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Akanji feels privileged to be honored and said the knowledge gained from the experience will help her to develop housing solutions for low-income families in Nigeria, as well as improve the state of real estate management in the country.

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XPRIZE Winner at Jeff ID This Wednesday

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DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off Party Celebrates Jefferson Merger: Philadelphia Style

The DesignPhiladelphia kick-off party on Oct. 4 highlighted the merger of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Philadelphia Style reported.

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Engineering Professor Turns Trash Into Usable Textiles

Professor Brian George turns hemp hurd from woody stalks to powder and then into usable sheets of materials in his laboratory.

Professor Brian George turns hemp hurd from woody stalks to powder and then into usable sheets of materials in his laboratory.

On the one hand, there is garbage—all the things we throw away that take up space in landfills.

Now, what if we could take some of that garbage—say, poultry feathers, peanut shells and hemp—and use it to replace textile materials such as wood pulp, cotton and polyester in a variety of applications?

That’s the question being addressed by Brian George, Ph.D., associate professor and director of graduate engineering at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), whose research has focused on putting such low-cost and abundant trash to better use in the textile industry.

For instance, poultry production creates up to 4 billion pounds of feather waste annually in the U.S., most of which ends up in landfills, said George, speaking at a Sept. 29 Knowledge Exchange lecture sponsored by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service. In his research, George has used the feathers to create an environmental ground cover that can reduce the rate of invasive plant species entering the ecosystem while controlling soil erosion.

Or consider that billions of pounds of peanuts are processed each year, and the majority of shells go into the trash. These peanut fibers, however, have potential use as an erosion control fabric if they can be made more flexible and stronger.

In addition, waste from hemp and flax are possible sources of fibers for use in wipes and erosion control fabrics and as the absorbent material in diapers, George said. His research has found that adding even small amounts of hemp boosted wipe strength and, with some tinkering, might also improve absorbency.

While the trash that George works with is a low- or no-cost alternative to conventional materials, some recycled materials—such as soda bottles, which require more processing and cleaning—may end up costing more. But if we want to reduce waste and positively impact the environment, George said, “consumers have to drive this change or someone has to come in and disrupt the industry.”

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Jefferson’s upcoming Knowledge Exchange talks include:

“Trick or Treat? Sucralose Is More Than Sweet: The Active Ingredient in Splenda Changes the Way Bacteria Process Natural Sugars” by Mary Ann Wagner-Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Health Sciences Program, College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Jefferson – East Falls Campus; Friday, Oct. 27.

“The Power of Sound: Harnessing Acoustics for Improving Patient Care” by John Eisenbrey, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Radiology, Jefferson – Center City Campus; Friday, Nov. 17.

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Jefferson Names the ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio

The ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio reflects the collaborative nature of the modern workplace and Jefferson’s industry-focused curriculum.

The ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio reflects the collaborative nature of the modern workplace and Jefferson’s industry-focused curriculum.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) last week named the ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio in recognition of the International Textile Alliance’s support of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center.

“The support of ITA is invaluable to our students and the textile design programs,” said Marcia Weiss, director of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center and associate professor of textile design. “The studio has become a place for students from multiple disciplines to gather, collaborate and create. This is a great springboard to their future careers in the textile industry.”

Signs outside the studio were unveiled as part of the ITA Textile Design Symposium Oct. 5, part of DesignPhiladelphia. ITA donated $100,000 in support of the state-of-the-art Futures Center, which opened in fall 2016.

Representatives from ITA and Jefferson attended the naming ceremony.

Representatives from ITA and Jefferson attended the naming ceremony on Oct. 5.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Jefferson to promote textile education and student development,” said Catherine Morsell, executive director of ITA. “It’s an honor to have the textile design studio branded with the ITA name. We’re proud to be a part of this exceptional educational institution and its initiatives benefiting textile students and future textile industry professionals.”

The ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio reflects the collaborative nature of the modern workplace and Jefferson’s industry-focused curriculum, Weiss said. Students in the undergraduate and graduate programs work side-by-side in the studio to develop unique products, utilizing woven, knitted, printed and non-woven platforms.

The studio includes hand and power looms, knitting machines, computers, collaborative working and critique spaces, and yarns in a wide variety of colors and fibers, she said. The furniture and some machinery are on wheels, so they can be easily repositioned to facilitate executive workshops for textile industry professionals and industry-sponsored projects with faculty and students.

“ITA is committed to the growth and advancement of the textile industries and is working to secure its future by attracting fresh talent and future leaders from today’s up-and-coming generation of students,” said Todd Nifong, chair of the ITA Educational Foundation. “We see great things happening for students and the industry at the ITA Textile Design Collaborative Studio.”

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Geodesign Forum to Focus on Geospatial Technology to Create Sustainable, Healthier Communities

Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change

Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change

The University’s fifth annual Geodesign Forum, taking place Friday, Oct. 6, as part of DesignPhiladelphia, will focus on the role geodesign technology and modeling plays in the planning and design of the built environment for sustainable, active and healthier communities.

“Using GIS technology, state-of-the-art 3D modeling and the vision of organizations such as the United Nations, students have an incredible opportunity to explore innovative solutions to growing challenges of urbanization in ways that can have a global impact on sustainable community development,” said James Querry Jr., director and associate professor of the M.S. in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Sessions at the forum will include:

The Role of Geodesign in Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Etta Jackson, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Conscious Global Change
The Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC) was founded to help eradicate poverty across the planet. With the advent of the Millennium Earth Project, ICGC—in special consultative status with the United Nations—quickly established GIS and geodesign as an enabling technology to help achieve the UN 2030 goals for sustainable development. A proof-of-concept and current pilot project will be highlighted in this session.

Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health

Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health

Geospatial-Based Analyses Toward SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being
Russ McIntire, Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Population Health
This presentation will summarize targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 that relate to non-communicable diseases and will feature geospatial-based projects and methods used to address non-communicable diseases in the U.S. that are applicable around the world. The talk will examine opportunities and challenges with using geospatial-based methods to improve public health in developing regions.

Regenerative Planning and Designing for Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods
2017 Geodesign and Sustainable Design Graduate Students at Jefferson
This project explores the integration of sustainable practices at the urban scale, attempting to create adaptive reuse of the City Branch of Philadelphia (aka The Rail Park, Phase 2). The design process consisted of analyzing the site from basic elemental lenses, identified as air, water, earth, fire (energy), experience, culture, fauna and flora. Upon this research, the students identified aggressive goals, which lead to the comprehensive and regenerative design.

Spatial Analytics in Sustainable Design: Measuring the Success of Design
Tatianna Swenda, Adjunct Professor of Geospatial Technology at Jefferson, and Max Zahniser, Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Design at Jefferson
Truly sustainable design always seeks to understand the interdependencies between a project and its nested systems. Building energy modeling, indoor airflow modeling, indoor-focused daylight modeling and other common green building design technologies are critical to optimizing the design of a building. However, even those are misleading if they don’t include surrounding context and they omit considerations with respect to district scale dynamics.

Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri

Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri

The Use of 3D Procedural Modeling in Urban Design and Planning
Eric Wittner, Product Manager for CityEngine and Procedural Technology at Esri
This session will explore how Esri’s tools and technology can be used in the process of sustainable design, specifically showing procedural generation of 3D content, interactive live 3D analytics and real-time dashboards. The presentation will include how to integrate data from a variety of sources, such as BIM, SketchUp and other modeling and design technologies, into GIS, and then how to share designs with stakeholders through Esri’s web-based, mobile and VR interactive tools. Lastly, Esri’s vision for 3D technology and the future direction of CityEngine will be presented.

GIS, 3D Modeling and Geodesign for Sustainable Design and Development takes place Friday, Oct. 6, from 1-5 p.m. in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building at 233 S. 10th St., on Jefferson’s Center City Campus. Visit here for more info on Jefferson’s DesignPhiladelphia programs.

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MEDstudio@JEFF Spotlights Hunger in Philadelphia Through Graphic Medicine Chalkboard Mural

Graphic MedicineJefferson’s (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) MEDstudio@JEFF will kick off a 10-day conversation around hunger in Philadelphia through creation of a graphic medicine chalkboard mural by artist-in-residence Tom Judd. The events are a collaboration with Philabundance, Mural Arts Philadelphia and part of DesignPhiladelphia, which runs from Oct. 5-14.

“An estimated 48.8 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Hunger and inadequate nutrition robs children of their ability to develop, learn, play and just be,” said Peter Lloyd Jones, PhD, director of Medstudio@JEFF in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “MEDstudio’s Graphic Medicine + Chalkboard Chronicle’s program is our way of shining light on this severe multigenerational problem. Through this and surrounding research and education programs at Jeff and beyond, our aim is no less than to help end hunger.”

MEDstudio@JEFF’s graphic medicine program explores how visual narratives communicate complex ideas, transcending verbal language to help build better communication for all. This graphic medicine experience with artist Tom Judd, Philabundance and Mural Arts Philadelphia investigates the way mural-making can help citizens understand hunger in the Delaware Valley—a problem that affects approximately 750,000 people in the region, yet remains largely invisible and misunderstood.

On Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m., MEDstudio@JEFF will launch the Graphic Medicine + Chalkboard Chronicles residency with a screening of Tom Judd’s documentary “The Chalkboard Chronicles” and a panel discussion, including MEDstudio’s directors, the founder of Philabundance, the director of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light project and a graphic librarian. Each day, Oct. 6-14, Tom Judd will add to his depiction of hunger in the Philadelphia region on a large scale chalkboard on Jefferson’s Lubert Plaza. On Oct. 14, Jefferson will host a closing reception, catered by the Philabundance Community Kitchen, to celebrate and learn about the chalk drawing.

MEDstudio@JEFF is currently building graphic medicine curricula for inclusion in health professionals’ education. Graphic medicine investigates the uniquely effective and authentic ways that drawing or sketching graphic narratives can communicate complex ideas, feelings and experiences between people. The program creates dialog among health care professionals, patients and the community to generate bidirectional, shared understanding.

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Merge Art Installation Designed to Reflect the Jefferson Merger

Merge is meant to symbolize the combination of the two universities–the greatest transparency, views and reflections can be seen where the two glass walls overlap.

Merge symbolizes the combination of the two universities–the greatest transparency, views and reflections can be seen where the two glass walls overlap.

The large glass art installation on view at Lubert Plaza as part of DesignPhiladelphia was designed to highlight the merger that created the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Created by students from Jefferson and the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), Merge is meant to symbolize the combination of the two universities–the greatest transparency, views and reflections can be seen where the two glass walls overlap.

Merge will be on display in Lubert Plaza on Jefferson’s Center City Campus through the end of DesignPhiladelphia on Oct. 14.

Merge will be on display in Lubert Plaza on Jefferson’s Center City Campus through the end of DesignPhiladelphia.

By partnering on this exhibit, Jefferson architecture students and FTI glazier craft workers complemented their classroom instruction with real-life experiences.

Work on Merge began in January, when the Jefferson architecture program, FTI and the Architectural Glass Institute teamed up to host the 2017 Architectural Glass Student Design Competition, at which third-year architecture students presented design-build proposals for glass pavilions.

Following that, six architecture students and six glaziers collaborated under the guidance of Jeff Kansler, Jefferson assistant professor of architecture, and FTI instructor Steve Metzger. In addition, three industrial design students working with faculty member Lyn Godley designed lighting for the exhibit. The group refined competition winner Ryan Mann’s winning design and fabricated it for exhibition during the summer.

Merge is on display in Lubert Plaza on Jefferson’s Center City Campus and is open to the public through the end of DesignPhiladelphia on Oct. 14. Learn more about Merge at a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Architecture and Design. Check out the other events Jefferson will host during the festival in East Falls and Center City.

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