USC Pharmacy School Application Requirements and Tips From an Accepted Student

I will begin with the statistics of the accepted students into the University of Southern California Doctor of Pharmacy program for 2009. 460 students were offered interviews from a pool of over 2000 applicants. 240 students are accepted (11 students from out-of-state schools), and the expected class size for 2009 is 190. One must note that USC offers their undergraduates the opportunity of guaranteed admission as long as they complete their requirements in the TAP program (these students take up a large chunk of seats available for other applicants).

Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree is now a requirement for admission at USC. The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 (the average GPA of accepted students is a 3.60). Since USC does not require taking the PCAT, other admission criteria is weighed more heavily (GPA, interview performance, extracurricular activities, personal statements, etc.).

For the application process, it is very important for you to note that the University of Southern California sends out interview invitations on a rolling basis, so it is important that you turn in your PharmCAS application and supplemental application as soon as possible. The deadlines for both are early November, but I highly recommend that you turn both in no latter than early August (I turned in my applications by mid-July, just 1.5 months after the application was made available).

At your interview, you will be asked questions by a current pharmacy school student as well as a faculty member. Think of it more of a conversation where you also ask questions back to both of them. When you first arrive at the interview session, you will be greeted by several current pharmacy students, who do a great job of calming you down prior to your interview. Take this opportunity to ask questions and warm up your oral communication skills. Do not worry to much about the “essay” portion as it is just a test of how well you take notes off of a random article that you read. BE SURE to follow all directions provided to you as it is also a test on how well you pay attention to details.

Here are the pre-requisites for USC’s pharmacy program:

Calculus (for science majors)

Statistics (non-business)

Physics w/lab (science/life science majors- thermodynamics & Electromagnetism recommended)

General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)

Mammalian Physiology w/lab (human preferred-excludes plant, cell and marine physiology)

Microbiology w/lab (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)

Molecular or Cell Biology(for science majors-one upper division course)

General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)

Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)

Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)

Human Behavior (General Psychology or Introductory Sociology)

Microeconomics

For Internationals (holders of foreign US bachelor’s equivalent):

English (expository writing)

Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking

For specific course equivalencies from your college, please check the forms available from USC’s website.

The Pharm.D. program at USC is a 4 year program. USC is a private school, and our estimated tuition and cost of living …

Scavenger Hunt – Education and Entertainment

For the sake of creativity in teaching use something old and keep it new. Scavenger Hunting is a great way to teach. Not only will your students be able to learn something new but, enjoy the time doing so. During the years teaching I would look for alternative ways to teach valuable lessons. Some were not so fun but imperative. When the opportunity came that the lesson could be fun I took full advantage of the opportunity. Although, maybe your looking for entertainment. If so, a Scavenger Hunt is great way to do so whether your guests are young or adults people get a kick out of something of an adventure. Putting together a theme is easy.

– topic

– supporting ideas

– conclusion

The last party I attended was at Christmas and we made hard candy. I’ve remember this for years isn’t getting together and making memories that last a life time what it’s all about? I haven’t had a better hostess than my one friend that made every party something to remember. From birthday party playing twister and disco for 21st, to Halloween contest carving and costumes. These are memories cherished.

Scavenger Hunts for use with Education, Corporate, and Kids

The benefits of scavenger hunts are

– great for relationship-builder,

– active way to get to know a topic,

– city, resort, or backyard.

A theme from science, math, history is used in all sorts of settings.

Great way to

– build skills,

– problem-solving,

– creativity,

– time management,

– prioritizing

– decision making.

– team work

– motivation.

Scavenger Hunts are used

1. on the Internet,

2. while traveling in other counties,

3. in a car,

4. school competitions,

5. parties,

6. corporate use,

7. or with films.…

Stephen King’s Insomnia

Stephen King’s Insomnia was first published in 1994 and like a number of King’s other novels, it is set in the state of Maine and in the fictional town of Derry. The genre of this book is not traditional horror but rather a supernatural or sci-fi thriller. Other aspects of the book are also somewhat unfamiliar to King’s normal offerings, firstly the book is very long at over 800 pages in length and also the main characters are all in their 60’s and older.

Even though Insomnia is in the supernatural or science fiction genre, King still manages to address a number of important issues whilst continuing uninterrupted with the book’s main story. Subjects such as abortion, domestic violence and women’s rights are all covered in such a way as not to detract from the entertaining storyline.

The plot of Stephen King’s Insomnia is rather slow to get going and things don’t really pick up pace until at least 100 pages in but this allows King to really create a cast of believable characters that the reader can empathize with throughout the novel. Ralph Roberts who is a retiree starts to have problems with insomnia and the condition deteriorates as he manages to get less and less sleep until he can’t sleep at all. Ralph starts to see things that aren’t able to be seen by other people such as people’s energy fields or ‘auras’ and alien beings that he calls ‘little bald doctors’ as a result of their appearance. Ralph also discovers that Lois Chasse, a woman he has feelings for is also able to see these alternate planes of reality and the alien creatures.

As with many of King’s books, one of the main themes of Insomnia is the fight of good versus evil and in this particular case the hero is Ralph Roberts who is a retired widower and a very ordinary and believable character who faces up against the Crimson King and his followers. There are a number of highly entertaining twists as King develops the plot, one in particular where Ralph is shown a piece of the future and has to make a life altering decision based on the vision, prompting the reader to question individual morality against self-preservation. As with many of King’s novels the ending isn’t all happiness however as the main protagonist is killed and is accompanied by the consoling remark that at last Ralph can rest.

Stephen King’s Insomnia had a very important part to play in the progression of King’s series of books because when Ralph defeats the Crimson King ultimately saving the life of the young boy Patrick Danville, it sets the direction for King’s Dark Tower series. Although the first novel in the Dark Tower series was published in 1982 and there were 3 books before Insomnia was even written, Insomnia introduces the reader to the pivotal character of Danville in the future Dark tower books.

Insomnia may not be a traditional Stephen King novel, it’s length, character …

Importance of Value Education

Seven sins: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Just in case you believe that great social problems are beyond your scope, consider this story: God said to me: Your task is to build a better world. I answered: How can I do that? The world is such a large, vast place, so complicated now, and I am so small and useless. There nothing I can do. But God in his great wisdom said: Just build a better you.

– Anonymous

The moral values present a true perspective of the development of any society or nation. They tell us to what extent a society or nation has developed itself. Values are virtues, ideals and qualities on which actions and beliefs are based. Values are guiding principles that shape our world outlook, attitudes and conduct. Values however are either innate or acquired. Innate values are our inborn divine virtues such as love, peace, happiness, mercy and compassion as well as the positive moral qualities such as respect, humility, tolerance, responsibility, cooperation, honesty and simplicity.

Acquired values are those external values adopted at your “place of birth” or “place of growth” and

are influenced by the immediate environment. Examples of acquired values are one’s mode of dress, the way you bless, cultural customs, traditions, habits and tendencies.

The main causes of moral degeneration are:

– Lack of respect for the sanctity of human life.

– Breakdown of parental control of children in families

– Lack of respect for authority, seen through the brazen breaking of the law and

Total disregard for rules and regulations

– Crime and corruption

– Abuse of alcohol and drugs

– Abuse of women and children, and other vulnerable members of society.

– Lack of respect for other people and property.

To solve all these type problems it is necessary to know the main causes of the above problems. We know today children are tomorrow’s citizens. If we give good education to the present day children, the future of the next generations will be well. My opinion education is the solution for all types of the problems. Now we are living in the modern century. If we use science and technology in the proper way it is not difficult for us to solve all the problems of the non-moral and value things.The main object of the study is to inculcate moral and value based education in schools and colleges and to know the attitude of intermediate students towards moral values. Gandhiji advised the inmates of Sabarmati Ashram on the practice of the following values in their day-

to-day life:

1. Ahimsa

2. Non-stealing

3. Non-possession

4. Swadeshi

5. Manual work

6. Fearlessness

7. Truth

8. Chastity

9. Equality of religion

10. Removal of untouchability

11. Control of palate

Important life goals and personal characteristics:

Life goals and Personal characteristics are very necessary for all types of persons in the society.

Life Goals:

– …

Writing a Child Story: 8 Elements to Consider

While writing an entertaining child story is obviously more art than science, most successful child stories pay attention to the following 8 elements.

#1: Theme

A good child story has an underlying theme. The underlying theme of “Peter and the Wolf,” for example, is “don’t tell lies” or “be honest.” The underlying theme of “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss is “don’t be racist” or “all (Sneetches) are created equal.” A theme can be the moral of the story, or an insight or viewpoint that the story conveys. Common themes are courage, love, perseverance, friendship, etc.

As an underlying theme, the theme usually emerges subtly as the story unfolds. A direct statement of the theme usually comes across as preachy and uninteresting. Remember what your high school English teacher used to say: “show, don’t tell!”

Also, keep your theme positive and constructive. Your story may be sad, but make sure it’s not negative, cynical or depressing!

#2: Plot and Pace

Plot is what happens in a story. Pace is the speed at which the story develops.

Generally, a simple chronological unfolding of events works best for storybooks (no flashbacks or complicated jumping around in time).

The plot usually revolves around a dominant problem or conflict which the main character must resolve. The problem or conflict may be with another character, with circumstances or even internal to the main character (e.g. overcoming their own fears).

The plot usually proceeds through phases: beginning of the conflict, initial success or difficulties, further difficulties or reversals, final resolution or victory, and outcome. As the story progresses through these phases the conflict becomes more intense and increases the dramatic tension, until it the story climaxes and the conflict is resolved.

For the most part, the main character succeeds or fails through his or her own efforts. In fact, it is through this process that the character learns or grows, and this lesson or growth typically conveys the theme.

TIP: Create a thumbnail layout/mockup of your text. This way you’ll be able to better judge how your story unfolds and its optimal pacing.

Proper pacing of your story is essential. Too slow and the reader/listener will lose interest, too fast and they won’t have time to get excited or they will miss important details.

The pace in storybooks should be fairly brisk without “rushing.” Avoid lengthy introductions or descriptions of the setting. Start the action immediately from the beginning and bring the story promptly to a close at the end.

Even more so than adults, children appreciate action. So, keep the pace of your story fairly quick by using action and unfolding events. Don’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions or reflections. Again, “show, don’t tell!”

#3: Narrative Voice and Point of View

Narrative voice is the viewpoint from which the story is told. Most stories are told either in the “first person” (from the perspective of “I”, “I did this”) or “third person” (from the perspective of “They”, “They did that”). If you choose to write …

Computer Profession in Career Astrology

Astrology is no doubt a Vedic science by which one person can get clear picture of his life if the analysis and calculations are taken into consideration in right means. Accurate employment probabilities are calculated by an efficient astrologer by carefully observing ones horoscope.

Factors responsible for computer profession

· Ascendant: general physical and mental abilities of the native

· 2nd house: significator of higher education, communication and speaking

· 3rd house: distance communication and transmission

· 5th house: intelligence and competition

· 7th house: business and service sector

· 10th house: main significator of profession and means of live hood of the native

· 11th house: income

· Rahu [dragon head]: significator of electronics

· Mercury: significator of calculations, accountancy,statistics and mathematics

· Venus: learning, expert mathematician,

· Saturn: stands for machinery

· Jupiter: highly educated, learned and, ambitious

Different combination for computer profession

· Jupiter in trine /quadrant, Venus is powerful and Mercury in the 2nd, the native will definitely opts for computer profession

· Jupiter in trine/quadrant, either Venus or mercury is exalted, the native will select computer line as profession

· Mars is posited in 2nd and aspected by benefice planets or Mars and moon combined in 2nd, the native will get a job in computer field.

· Rahu in 2nd, indicates computer education

· Jupiter is powerful and influencing 3rd/4th/6th/10th houses

· Mercury and Venus related in healthy way

Horoscope of Bill Gates [28/10/1955]

Ascendant –Gemini; Jupiter — 3rd house; Mars and Mercury –4th; Sun, Venus and Saturn — 5th; Rahu– 6th; Moon — 10th; Ketu — 12th.

· Lord of ascendant Mercury is exalted and aspecting 10th,

· Jupiter as 7th lord is aspecting 7th

· Lord of 9th [fate] Saturn is exalted and associated with Venus [the lord of 5th, indicates intellect and basic education] and Sun [the lord of 3rd, indicates communication and transmission].…

Why Her Voice May Signal the Best Time to Conceive – TTC 101

Trying to have a baby is an important time between couples. The decision to have children is only the beginning, and in some cases, the ability get conceive may take several months, or even longer.

Tips on conceiving a child have been around for thousands of years and have spanned across all cultures. Science can also help in providing some of those tools that can be used to determine the best time to try for a new baby.

A study in done in October of 2008 at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) may lend credence that women have a tendency to give off signals when their bodies are most fertile. For couples who are “Trying to Conceive”, this may be another tool to use to assist in starting a family.

The study was run with about 70 women that averaged about 20 years of age, with normal cycles and not currently using birth control. Researchers conducted tests to see if hormone changes affected the participant’s voices during their most fertile times of the month.

Researchers recorded each subject during the course of the month as a baseline for comparison and sampling. Each subject was to speak the following sentence “Hi, I’m a student at UCLA” during their peak and low end of their fertility cycles.

When these recordings were compared, researchers found a distinct difference in the level of pitch at the peak of their fertility cycle which was about 48 hours prior to ovulation. Researchers hypothesized that the change in hormones during that time might account for the change in their voices.

In summary, scientists are continually looking at ways to help couples in their quest to start a family. Having children can be a frustrating experience if the couple is ready, but the process does not produce expected results quickly enough. Conceiving tips like these may help couples in trying to get pregnant naturally.…

Famous Accountant – John Grisham

John Ray Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on 8th February. His father was a construction worker and mother was a homemaker. After moving to several places his family finally settled in Southaven, Mississippi, in 1967. During his childhood days, he had an ambition of becoming a proficient baseball player. He also struggled to get into the Delta State University team, but failed. He then realized that he didn’t have the perfect skills and eventually shifted gears into an accounting career. He attained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Mississippi State University in 1977. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He started his law practice and continued this practice for almost 10 years in Southaven, specializing in personal injury litigation and criminal defense. During law practice, he came into politics when he was elected as a democrat to the Mississippi’s State House of Representatives in 1983 and handled his responsibility until 1990. In his second term, he was became vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee, and was a member of the Judiciary A, Military Affairs Committees and Insurance. His political life was going absolutely fine, but after some time he felt boredom due to slow pace of state legislature. Soon, his life turned to a new path when Grisham witnessed the shocking evidence of a twelve-year-old rape sufferer. This incident inspired him to write a novel emphasizing on the subject – discover what would have occurred, just if the girl’s father had killed her attackers.

Starting a novel along with a responsible job was easy but he managed to do it and took three years to complete this novel named A Time to Kill. Grisham finished the novel in 1987 and got it published in June 1988 after number of rejections by publishers. The day Grisham completed his first novel ‘A Time to Kill’, he began to write a next novel named ‘The Firm’. It was about a young lawyer attracted to an actually law firm that was not actually what it seemed. By the time his ‘A Time to Kill’ was already a grand hit. Quickly, he came on the map after he sold the rights of ‘The Firm’ to Paramount amount to $600,000. Grisham’s writing profession took the fast pace and earned reputation as the master of the legal thriller.

The Pelican Brief, his next creation hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Grisham’s success took another gear when A Time to Kill was reprinted in the hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. Grisham and his wife Renee have two children Shea and Ty. Grisham and his family split their time between a plantation near Charlottesville in VA and their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi. Apart from writing Grisham also devoted most of his time in different charitable causes. He contributed for Gulf Coast relief due to Hurricane Katrina. He is still in touch with his …

The Facts of Animal Testing

Alternatives to Animal Testing

As per Animal Welfare Act, the research scientists involved in animal testing are required to consider the alternative to testing on animals before beginning a research project. They must search the available literature for any alternatives, and submit their findings and search history to their concerned department.

 

Many people argue that as animals are less intellectually advanced (which is false statement to begin with anyway), and hence can be used to find cures for HIV, cancer or other life-threatening diseases. However, it is inhumane to take the animals out of their natural habitat, and use them for any kind of research. In US alone, more than 70m animals are blinded, maimed, hurt, killed, scalded, genetically manipulated or force-fed chemicals in the name of household products, science, educational institutes and government agencies. The animal testing is not required by the law, but is done by the companies to protect themselves from consumer lawsuits.

 

Testing on animals costs billions of dollars annually. To measure the severe burn on live tissue, and animal is burned alive till the flesh is charred and can be easily removed in the large pieces, while the animal is still alive. Animal’s eyelids are sewn shut, and the protein levels are measured to demonstrate that there is no difference in the levels of protein in the eyes of sight deprived. Studies on head trauma include strapping down the head of the animal, and giving high impact blows to it, resulting in severe brain damage.

 

Animals and humans are different, and many drugs that have been based on the animal testing had to be taken off the market due to the side-effects, that were not shown during animal studies, but proved fatal for human. There are many drugs that have passed the animal testing, but end up harming or killing the humans. Rats do not have gall bladder, dogs have different circulation system as they walk on all fours, and cats do not have enzymes that can metabolize ibuprofen.

 

More than half of the animal tests conducted by the cosmetic companies, and most of these studies are flawed, resulting in incorrect scientific investigations that waste money, resources and time.  More than 25 billion animals are unnecessarily killed in the labs each year. In one study, the baby monkeys were taken away from mothers, and were abused. The conclusions were drawn that neglect and abuse leads to social maladjustment and psychological damage. Such animal testing does not justify the suffering of millions of animals, and wasting billions of dollars. It is a cruel act of violence forced upon those that cannot speak up or protect themselves from the slavery that some humans seem to believe is still okay in our modern world.

 

There is however a possibility of using the more reliable and less expensive alternatives to animal testing. For Draize eye test, sophisticated computer models or corneas from eye banks can be used instead of using the live rabbits. Other more suitable …

Human Growth Hormone – 3 Words That Will Allow You to Grow a Thicker, Longer Penis

Every single day I’m asked by at least one person about the legitimacy of being able to increase the size of your penis. I work in science, I always have and always will, so whenever someone asks me about whether these pills or penis enlarging creams work, I ask them to look at the science behind it. The penis is not a muscle, it’s not something that can be grown alone by changing your diet, by healthy living or by taking a magic pill or cream. Yes, these changes may improve your sexual health, they’ll give you better erections than you’ll ever know, but they won’t allow your penis to grow.

Ever Heard of Human Growth Hormone Before?

The only thing can alter your penis size is direct stimulation to the penis and a cocktail of hormones and biochemicals. One of the most important of these being the hormone that allowed you to grow in the first place – Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

Anabolic Explosion Created By Human Growth Hormone

HGH is a powerful hormone that is effectively one of the major components in allowing our growth as humans. It was made famous in the media a few years ago when it was revealed that the current world soccer player of the year, Lionel Messi, suffers from a deficiency in Human Growth Hormone and was given a daily shot of HGH to help him grow. Clearly the hormone helped boost a fantastic career for the soccer player who now earns the equivalent of $400,000 a week. Whist this media attention slowly died down, behind the scenes of the penis enlargement industry, scientists were marvelling at the benefits the human penis can achieve through the use of Human Growth Hormone.

Human Growth Hormone and Penis Growth

During puberty the level of biochemicals and hormones in young males are off the scale in comparison with fully developed males. HGH is one of the hormones that is sky high during puberty and essentially allows the penis to grow by itself. Now scientists have been trying to develop a system that can replicate the effects of puberty but on a compressed time scale. Basically they wanted to develop a system that allows substantial penis growth but in a much shorter time frame than that of puberty. The penis still needs to be stimulated through a series of well developed penis exercises. But it is the HGH that allows the real growth to occur. As its part of a complex system, Human Growth Hormone can’t simply be taken alone and then expected to produce results. These systems are now finished and starting to hit the markets.…