Ram Madness Pep Rally Kicks Off Basketball Season: 6ABC

The University’s rousing Ram Madness rally to kick off the 2017-18 basketball season and introduce the Jefferson Rams was featured Oct. 12 on 6ABC’s 11 p.m. newscast.

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Jefferson and Monell Sign Letter of Intent to Merge: Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Magazine

The Oct. 12 announcement that Thomas Jefferson University and Monell Chemical Senses Center have signed a letter of intent to pursue a merger was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia magazine and Philly Voice.

Stephen Spinelli Jr., chancellor of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), said the proposed combination offers both institutions the opportunity to expand into new areas of research and collaborations that will advance the respective missions or each and “add value to students, patients and society,” the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.

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Jefferson and Monell Center Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

The partnership with the the Monell Center would expand opportunities for world-leading sensory research to improve public health.

The partnership would expand opportunities for world-leading sensory research to improve public health.

Leadership at Jefferson and the Monell Center announced today the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to move forward with discussions of merging the two organizations.

The proposed merger would combine Monell, the world’s leader in taste and smell research, with research operations at the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and Jefferson Health to open new frontiers that will take transformative discoveries about the senses and translate them into clinical practice.

“We will be able to go further than ever before to link the senses to health,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “When you combine our clinical work with the entrepreneurial, academic environment of our University, the groundbreaking research that occurs at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and now add the esteemed Monell Center into the mix, this is how you improve lives.”

Monell is at the forefront of research on the senses of taste and smell. Since its founding in 1968, Monell research has advanced understanding of the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell to benefit human nutrition, health, and well-being. The Center’s interdisciplinary approach focuses on collaboration and innovation, leading to discoveries that guide real-world public policy, industry practices, and people’s behavior to enable healthier diets, safer environments, and lead to more powerful ways to address pressing health challenges.

Robert F. Margolskee, MD, PhD, president and director of the Monell Center; Jefferson Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr., PhD; and Dwight Riskey, PhD, chair of the Monell Center Board of Directors speak at the signing ceremony.

Robert F. Margolskee, MD, PhD, president and director of the Monell Center; Jefferson Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr., PhD; and Dwight Riskey, PhD, chair of the Monell Center Board of Directors speak at the signing ceremony.

“This partnership would bring together two outstanding Philadelphia institutions with a shared vision of making the world a healthier place for us all,” said Robert F. Margolskee, MD, PhD, President and Director of the Monell Center. “The tremendous synergies between Monell and Jefferson will enable us to build on our combined strengths in basic science and stem cell biology and translate them into clinical practice. Together, our research will identify solutions to nutrition-related diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and heart disease, and also extend to address cancer, infectious disease, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia.”

“The senses of smell and taste have wide-reaching health implications, from a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder to detecting the smell of early-stage ovarian cancer,” said Mark Tykocinski, MD, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University and The Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “Not only does Monell capture the imagination with research on why women are more sensitive to odors than men, and how breastfeeding can instill a love of vegetables in newborns but also gives insight into how disease and aging change the senses and affect quality of life.”

Merger discussions are a natural next step to the decades-long relationship between the Monell Center and Jefferson Health’s clinical otolaryngology (ENT) department. Over the years, the Monell-Jefferson group collaborated to advance research in chemosensory dysfunction and anosmia, loss of the sense of smell. Other studies investigated taste loss from radiation for head and neck cancers and studied how exposure to breathing noxious fumes impacted olfactory function in firefighters and other first-responders.

“This proposed combination offers both institutions the opportunity to expand into new areas of research and collaborations that will advance our respective missions and add value to students, patients and society,” said Stephen Spinelli Jr., PhD, Chancellor of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “It combines Jefferson’s deep focus on research and patient care with Monell’s world-renowned expertise on how senses impact quality of life and overall health.”

“In 1968, the Ambrose Monell Foundation helped establish the Monell Center to expand the fundamental understanding of taste and smell,” said Ambrose K. Monell, President of the Ambrose Monell Foundation and Monell Center board member. “Since that time, the Foundation has consistently supported the Center’s strong record of ground-breaking research. Now, we applaud the expanded opportunities presented by partnering with Jefferson to translate Monell’s basic discoveries into applications that benefit human health.”

Poised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, Monell’s scientists have a strong legacy of discoveries about how the human body detects and responds to chemicals in the worlds within and around us. Advances over the past decade dramatically illustrate how the primal senses of taste and smell extend well beyond our mouths and noses to detect and vanquish invading bacteria in our airways and parasites in our intestines. Still other developments focus on the regenerative capacities of taste and smell cells, which hold great promise for addressing the decline of the senses associated with aging.

“As Monell looks forward to our next half-century, a partnership with Jefferson would take advantage of the intertwined missions of our two organizations to grow the developing connections that link the senses with human health,” said Dwight Riskey, PhD, chair of the Monell Center Board of Directors.

Over the last four years, Jefferson has experienced tremendous growth. Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University combined to form the new Jefferson, creating a national comprehensive university delivering 21st century professional education. The combined university is redefining the higher education value proposition through a unique model focused on interprofessional and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning supported by design and systems thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, empathy, and the modes of thought central to the liberal arts and scientific inquiry. In addition, Jefferson Health has expanded from a Philadelphia-based academic medical center to a 13-hospital regional network spanning two states by partnering with community-based health systems and leveraging telehealth to deliver vital and accessible healthcare that is more convenient to patients.

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Jefferson Interior Design Program Ranked Top 20 in the Nation

Lauren Baumbach directs the B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson, which was just ranked ranked 20th in the country by DesignIntelligence. (Photo/Jack Carnell)

Lauren Baumbach directs the B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson, which was just ranked 20th in the country by DesignIntelligence. (Photo/Jack Carnell)

The B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has been ranked 20th in the country by DesignIntelligence. In addition, the company named Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design at Jefferson, one of the 25 most admired educators for 2017-2018.

The prestigious annual ranking is based on surveys of hiring professionals who indicated which schools they think best prepare students for success in interior design.

“With almost 200 Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited programs and additional non-accredited programs, this puts us in exclusive company,” said Lauren Baumbach, director of the B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson. “It takes a collaborative effort by our fantastic faculty and hardworking students to create excellence in the program. We very much appreciate the recognition by all of the educators and professionals in the field who ranked us in DI’s top 20.”

DesignIntelligence named Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design at Jefferson, one of the 25 most admired educators. (Photo/Jack Carnell)

DesignIntelligence named Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design at Jefferson, one of the 25 most admired educators. (Photo/Jack Carnell)

DesignIntelligence cited Phillips for her professionalism and knowledge of architecture and interior design.

“Phillips pushes her students to higher levels of achievement,” they wrote. “She is passionate about the field of interior design, provides constructive feedback while encouraging individuality and creates a learning environment, which results in students who are excited about the future in design.”

Baumbach calls Phillips an “exceptional educator.” “Lisa’s tireless dedication to teaching and her students is unparalleled,” she said. “We’re so happy that she has received this well-deserved recognition and that she’s part of our team.”

“Lisa Phillips has impacted hundreds of students in the Jefferson Interior Design program in becoming future leaders in their profession,” added Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Jefferson. “She’s a remarkable teacher and a role model in bringing Jefferson’s Nexus Learning approach–active and engaged learning, real-world projects and collaborative experiences–into the classroom.”

DesignIntelligence is a respected source for information on academic programs, emerging trends and management practices for related professions. The latest rankings were announced in DesignIntelligence Quarterly.

For more on Jefferson’s interior design program, click here.

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iMBA Students Achieve Top Ranking in Global Business Simulation Competition

iMBA students Love Karia and Syed Kazmi led the Jefferson team C-Highborn.

iMBA students Love Karia and Syed Kazmi led the Jefferson team C-Highborn.

A team of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) iMBA students recently achieved one of the highest scores worldwide in the Business Strategy Simulation (BSG), a web-based competition that offers students hands-on experience with the global marketplace.

Jefferson’s virtually managed company, named C-Highborn and led by students Syed Kazmi and Love Karia, obtained the second highest score in several competition categories, besting more than 3,800 teams globally.

BSG is part of the capstone strategy course at Jefferson’s School of Business Administration. Student teams, which inherit successfully managed companies, compete against each other. They make decisions, experiment with strategic thinking and apply business skills acquired throughout the entire iMBA program in creating and implementing a strategy.

“It’s a complex environment and requires a heavy upfront investment in time to learn the simulation,” said Irina Stoyneva, Jefferson assistant professor of management, who teaches the course. “Once the students get the knack of it, they can really demonstrate their creativity and decision-making skills. The C-Highborn team leaders, Love and Syed, were instrumental in delivering an outstanding performance and helped their team advance ahead of others from top universities.”

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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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