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USciences Well Represented by Philadelphia Business Journal
Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
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University of the Sciences has been well represented by the Philadelphia Business Journal as University president Helen Giles-Gee, PhD, will be honored among some of the most influential women in Philadelphia at the publication's 2013 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The University was also recognized at the publication's 2013 Innovation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24.
That’s because two professors were finalists vying for Educator/Researcher of the Year, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s partnership with Mercy Philadelphia Hospital helped position the hospital as a finalist for Healthcare Company of the Year. 
Each year, these awards honor healthcare innovators, institutions, and companies that strive to reshape the medical and science industries in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. And the University’s students and faculty do just that through concerted studies in science and healthcare. Charles N. McEwen, PhD, Houghton Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Amy Janke, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, will be honored among dozens of regional healthcare leaders at the ceremony. The University nominated Dr. McEwen as researcher of the year, while Dr. Janke was nominated as educator of the year.
Dr. McEwen holds a PhD from University of Virginia, and primarily focuses his research on the development of new and improved techniques in mass spectrometry, as applied to drug discovery, metabolomics, and small molecule analysis. Dr. Janke holds a PhD from Ohio University, and her research targets the intersection of health behaviors, psychosocial risk factors, and chronic disease with a recent focus in the area of pain and obesity. Earlier this year, she launched a study on how to best treat patients who are obese and in chronic pain.
Beyond the individual awards, however, the University’s pharmacy students and faculty are also being recognized through Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s initiative to help enhance the progression of patient care from the hospital to home. For the past two years, the hospital has teamed up with the University to focus on medication management to prevent hospital readmission among patients. The hospital has reported a downward trend with its readmission rate since beginning this partnership with Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.
Other Innovative Award categories included Best Medical Device, Emerging Executive of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for more information regarding these awards.
Each year, the journal also spotlights 25 established women executives for professional accomplishments and community involvement through its Women of Distinction awards. The selection process was highly competitive with more than 200 applicants vying for this prestigious award. Awardees were selected by an external panel of judges, and will be profiled in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal on Friday, Nov. 15.

Other awardees include Madeline Bell, president and chief operating officer of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Patricia Boshuizen, partner of KPMG; and Sharon Hirsh, president of Rosemont College.


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