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Academic Pharmacy NOW

Jul | Aug | Sept 2011

Volume 4 Issue 3

Creating the Evidence:

What Works in Healthcare Pharmacy Educators


Practice-Based Research Networks American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Discover 路 Learn 路 Care : Improve Health

table of contents

News in Brief 5

News Briefs


In Memoriam

Features 2011 AACP Annual Meeting Wrap-up



Capitol Hill News


Blood Substitute Raises Chances of Surviving Severe Trauma

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PBRN Work is Transforming Healthcare


Students Use ‘House’ TV Show as Research Material

Looking to the Future While Remembering the Past



More Pharmacy Schools Celebrate Special Anniversaries

2011 Teachers of the Year Photo Credits

Faculty News 35

Faculty News

Front cover: istockphoto

Page 21: University of Washington

Page 7: AACP

Page 26: Top: Robert Amador, Mark Langford Photography; Bottom: Johnnie L. Early II, Dean, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy

Page 8: Farnsworth: University of Illinois at Chicago; DeNuzzo: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Page 9: Cooper: Auburn University; Cline: University of Minnesota; Comstock: Virginia Commonwealth University Page 10: Carlin: University of Illinois at Chicago; Belcastro: Purdue University; Smith: Virginia Commonwealth University Pages 12–13: GMMB Page 14: Simon K. Hurst Photography Pages 16–17: The University of Arizona Page 18: Jesse Jones, University of Florida


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Page 27: Robert Amador, Mark Langford Photography Page 30: The University of Tennessee Page 31: University of Minnesota Page 33: Casey A. Cass, University of Colorado Boulder Back cover: istockphoto

letter from the editor

Dear Colleagues: I write this as I begin the last day of a two week business trip to India—my first visit to the country. There was a dual purpose for the trip. First, I attended the 71st Congress of FIP (International Pharmacy Federation) in Hyderabad and then I continued on to Mysore where I spoke at a program for Indian pharmacy educators on Pharm.D. education, experiential education and assuring quality in educational programs. Last week in Hyderabad, the Council of FIP, analogous to the AACP House of Delegates, voted to accept AACP as an “ordinary member” after more than a decade when AACP decided not to continue our organizational membership status in the global association. FIP has extraordinary working relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and has gotten pharmacy “on the radar screen” of this group representing the health ministers/secretaries around the globe. WHO has endorsed FIP’s statement on Good Pharmacy Practice, which presents a very expansive role for pharmacists’ patient care services to enhance safe medication use. FIP and WHO jointly released a statement on the pharmacist’s role in tuberculosis prevention and treatment this month. Dr. Ralph J. Altiere, dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado, was elected president of the FIP Academic Section at the meeting. Joining him from the U.S. are Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal, ACCP staff, as section secretary; Dr. Vimal Kishore, Bynum & Sons, Inc. professor of pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana, as treasurer; and Dr. Michael Z. Wincor, associate professor and associate dean of globalization and continuing professional development at the University of Southern California, as a member-at-large on the section executive committee. The U.S. returned to FIP leadership in the academic section at a very strategic time as the focus on strong needs-based pharmacy education as an essential foundation for strong science and practice becomes a more vital emphasis for FIP in general. Everything is big in India! Since 2008, more than 70 universities have been approved to initiate 6-year entrylevel Pharm.D. programs and approximately 20 have also initiated 3-year post BPharm programs. The Pharmacy Council of India established a quality framework for approval that includes specifications for clinical practice programs for the year-and-a-half of clinical rotations/internships built into the 6-year program, but such approval is not equivalent to an accreditation system. This was the focus of much of the discussion in Mysore. This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now initiates a new column where information on global pharmacy education activities of AACP and member schools will be highlighted. There certainly is much to cover. Staying abreast of the trends and progress in pharmacy education and science, both domestically and globally, helps AACP and its members identify trends and opportunities to build important new activities for our students, faculty and society. Sincerely,

Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. Executive Vice President and CEO

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News Briefs UT Austin Pharmacy Researchers Work to Accelerate Cancer Drug Discoveries with New Grants Drs. Kevin N. Dalby and Maria D. Person have received grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for research to further understand cancer biology and develop new cancer treatments. Dalby was awarded $2.4 million in support of work at the university’s Texas Institute for Drug and Diagnostics Development (TI-3D) as part of a $12.6 million award to the Gulf Coast Consortia CPRIT Throughput Screening Program, of which Dalby is co-director. The consortia will provide the researchers with access to resources, such as robotic machines and chemical library screening, normally only available to scientists working in large pharmaceutical companies. The Dalby laboratory focuses on understanding the roles of protein kinases in cancer. Protein kinases are a class of enzyme that regulate cellular signaling and are considered to be the major drug target of the 21st century. Dalby, associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, develops novel compounds that inhibit the activity of protein kinases, which can potentially be utilized therapeutically, as well as to further understand basic mechanisms of cancer. Person, director of the Protein and Metabolite Analysis Facility at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at the College of Pharmacy, received $1.3 million to purchase state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment. Person’s work involves collaborating with researchers at the university and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to understand cancer at the molecular level, in animal models and through human population studies.

University of Montana Professor Advocates for Continued Investment in Research In the April 21 edition of the Missoulian, Dr. Richard J. Bridges, chair of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana, penned an op-ed illustrating how investment in Montana’s research community produces positive economic results while enhancing the residents’ quality of life.

In “Invest in Montana research, continue to reap long-term benefits,” Bridges asserts: “The real bottom line is that research and discovery, which go hand-in-hand with education, are the very lifelines of innovation that drive job growth and enhance our quality of life. Just as it is important to realize that the rewards of scientific research are many, we must be equally aware that Montana has become a player and directly benefits from the national investment in research.” To read Bridges’ op-ed in its entirety, visit the Missoulian Web site at

University of Washington Students from Different Health Professions Train as Patient-Care Teams Between May 31 and June 3, 2011, more than 300 students from the University of Washington (UW) schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing and the physician assistant program came together to participate in the largest-known student team training of its kind to have occurred in the country to date. Using human simulators and standardized actors as their “patients,” groups of students rotated through three different rapidly changing, acute patient case scenarios and practiced collaborating as healthcare teams. Also collaborating together to facilitate the training and scenarios were more than 50 volunteer faculty instructors and staff from the health sciences schools, UW Medical Center, UW Harborview and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The next All Health-Professions training session will take place in early March 2012. Nearly 500 students and 75 faculty members will come together for an afternoon of learning how to disclose errors to patients as healthcare teams.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Students Participate in Active Advocacy In the spirit of advocacy, a group of St. Louis College of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff attended the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Legislative Day in February where they gathered with practicing pharmacists and fellow student pharmacists from across the state to meet with legislators and discuss healthcare policy issues. During the first part of the day, a series of speakers educated attendees on current legislative issues affecting pharmacy. After lunch, students toured the capitol and met with state senators and representatives to discuss healthcare and education.

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In addition to learning about pharmacy-related issues, students were provided with a broader perspective on the healthcare policy and learned how they can influence policy. “Pharmacy is such a highly regulated profession that is hugely impacted by the laws and regulations that are made at both the state and federal levels,” explained fifth-year student Evan Schnur. “Unfortunately, legislators can’t be experts on everything, so it is important for pharmacists and student pharmacists to develop relationships with these folks to educate them on pharmacy issues.” For 140 first- through fifth-year students who opted to stay on campus, a lecture on health literacy provided them with valuable information surrounding patient communication. Afterwards, participants immersed themselves in the theme for the day, “walk in a patient’s shoes,” by using using MetroLink and MetroBus to experience the difficulties that many patients face getting to and from healthcare appointments.

ACPE Extends Time Between SelfStudies for Comprehensive Reviews of Established Programs The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors has approved a measure to extend the time between self-studies for comprehensive reviews of established programs to eight years. After informal discussion for several years, ACPE President Dr. Heidi M. Anderson charged a subcommittee to review time and resource requirements for ACPE accreditation of professional degree programs at colleges and schools of pharmacy. The subcommittee was appointed in January 2011 and charged with numerous tasks, which include studying the cycle length of other appropriate accrediting bodies (i.e., medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, etc.), and considering requirements for resources (i.e., financial and human) and the current/future economic constraints facing higher education. There was consensus among the subcommittee and subsequently by the Board that beginning in January 2012, established programs will be evaluated under this new timeframe for self-studies. ACPE will continue processes for interim monitoring of programs using data provided through AACP’s Assessment and Accreditation Management System (AAMS) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Enhancement of peer monitoring systems, such as AAMS, supported the ability of ACPE to expand this timeframe. ACPE’s application and review process for programs at new colleges and schools will remain the same.


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University of Houston Researchers Publish First Report of Kp-KPC Infections in Texas A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) College of Pharmacy and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) in Houston’s Texas Medical Center have documented what is believed to be the first reported cases of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing isolates in Texas. Bacteria producing KPCs are rapidly emerging as a cause of multidrug-resistant infections worldwide. Bacterial isolates harboring these enzymes are capable of hydrolyzing a broad spectrum of beta-lactams, including the penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems and monobactams. Treatment of infection caused by KPC bacteria is particularly worrisome as the carbapenems often are agents of the last resort for resistant Gram-negative infections. In a report published in the February 2011 issue of Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease, the team—UH pharmacy faculty members Dr. Elizabeth B. Hirsch and Dr. Vincent H. Tam, UH staff member Kai-Tai Chang, and SLEH’s Todd Lasco and Juan-Pablo Caeiro—documented Kp-KPC in three SLEH patients hospitalized between May 2009 and January 2010. The cases were identified against control isolates provided by colleagues at a hospital in New York, one of several northeastern states where the infectious disease is considered endemic. Automated systems used in clinical microbiology laboratories can misclassify these isolates as susceptible to carbapenems, potentially leading to inappropriate treatment that has been associated with increased patient mortality. Accurate identification of KPC isolates is crucial to controlling their spread and decreasing patient mortality.

USC Awards First-Ever Doctor of Regulatory Science Degree At this year’s University of Southern California (USC) commencement, three graduates forged a new path by earning the Doctor of Regulatory Science degree. The USC School of Pharmacy awarded the Doctor of Regulatory Science, abbreviated as DRSc, to Martin Solberg, Michael Jamieson and Susan Bain at the USC commencement ceremony on May 13, an international first. This professional doctorate is a novel, specialized program of study that cultivates research, leadership and inquiry skills in advanced students pursuing the emerging profession of global regulatory science. The curriculum focuses on product lifestyle strategy, project and personnel management, and global regulatory strategy and policy.

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Academic Pharmacy Mourns the Passing of a Great Leader In Memoriam Richard (Dick) P. Penna Richard P. (Dick) Penna, former AACP executive vice president and chief executive officer, lost his battle with brain cancer on Aug. 16, 2011. He was 75 years old. Penna received his B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. During his distinguished career he advanced the profession of pharmacy through his strong ideas, passionate speaking and diligent work in promoting the profession as a vital component of healthcare delivery. In 1985, Penna joined AACP as associate executive director and was named executive vice president and CEO in 1995. For more than two decades, Penna’s vision has been evident in reshaping pharmacy education. He worked effectively with pharmacy educators to meet the changing needs of the profession. He transformed AACP into a dynamic organization that is well-positioned to meet the future educational needs of the profession. “The AACP family was so blessed to have Dick’s vision, energy, leadership and commitment to excellence for all the years of his service,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO. “All of society have benefited from his work as he tirelessly strove to improve medication use and pharmacy practice.”

Medical Center Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin. “His influence in the field of addiction education, assistance and prevention, while rarely recognized, has been foundational in the development of our pharmacy-based addiction services. We have lost a giant.” Dr. Susan M. Meyer, professor and associate dean for education, pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, was a key member of AACP’s leadership team during Penna’s tenure at the Association. “Dick Penna was an unforgettable boss, mentor and friend,” said Meyer. “Dick was committed to the profession of pharmacy and to pharmacy education, and he had a keen sense of the synergy between the two. He led AACP seeking to understand the strengths and needs of the variety of AACP members. What I will remember most about Dick is that he was genuine in his speech and actions. He was kind, he was generous and he was principled.” In 2002, Penna received the prestigious APhA Remington Honor Medal recognizing his distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Penna; brothers: Albert, Larry, and Peter Penna; daughters: Terri Kemmerer and Anna Penna, Son: Richard Penna; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send your financial donations to St. Francis-St. Mary Catholic Church, 113 First Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716.

During his tenure at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) from 1966-1985, Penna advocated for pharmacy involvement in patient counseling and espoused many of the components of pharmaceutical care before the term was in vogue. His experience as a community practitioner prepared him to deal with the scarcity of information on OTC counseling. As codeveloper of the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, he encouraged pharmacist involvement with patients in addition to providing the resources to improve the quality of that involvement. “Dr. Penna was a strong supporter of the AACP Substance Abuse SIG,” said former AACP President and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska

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In Memoriam

Hugh F. Kabat

Norman R. Farnsworth

Richard R. Cline

Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Hugh F. Kabat passed away July 20.

Dr. Norman R. Farnsworth, distinguished professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), died Sept. 10, 2011. He was 81. Farnsworth received a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds three honorary doctorates and three honorary professorships in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Richard R. Cline, 41, passed away June 17, 2011 after progression of disease from a brain tumor. Cline joined the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems and a member of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy graduate faculty. He joined the PRIME Institute in 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007.

“Hugh was very much respected at the University of Minnesota and contributed significantly to the practice of pharmacy in this state,” said Dr. Marilyn K. Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “ I was happy to consider him a personal and professional friend, as I know many around the state did as well.” Kabat joined the College of Pharmacy faculty as a new Ph.D. in the 1960s. He brought with him his hospital pharmacy practice background and blended that with his formal education in pharmacy administration to build strong graduate programs in hospital pharmacy and the social and administrative sciences. He was renowned for his great rapport with students, both graduate and undergraduate. In all, he advised more than 100 students who received their M.S. or Ph.D. degree on issues of social, economic or political aspects of pharmacy in healthcare delivery. Kabat moved on to The University of New Mexico in 1984 and retired from there in 1996. He also served as president of AACP in 1997-98. In lieu of flowers, his family would prefer donations to: The University of Minnesota Foundation Hospital Pharmacy Fund #2121, P.O. Box 70870 St. Paul, Minnesota 55170.


Farnsworth, who directed UIC’s Program for Collaborative Research, was a pioneer who spent more than 50 years studying the medicinal properties of natural plant products. He served on the UIC faculty for more than 40 years and as head of pharmacognosy for 12 years. Farnsworth continued to play a pivotal role in the field of pharmacognosy until his death. He was a longtime member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional Medicine and was director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine Program at the UIC College of Pharmacy. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Natural Products Alert Database (NAPralert), a system he established in 1975. Farnsworth was the first vice president and second president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. In 1982, Farnsworth became director of UIC’s Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Under Farnsworth’s direction, UIC’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in 1999 became one of six research centers established by the National Institutes of Health to study dietary supplements. Farnsworth was born in Massachusetts and was a veteran of the Korean War, drafted into the Army infantry at 18 in 1949. Seriously wounded the following winter, he was awarded the Korean Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, the Combat Medical Badge, and the Bronze Star with a “V” device. Farnsworth is survived by his wife, Priscilla; one brother, Bruce; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation/University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy for the Norman R. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy.

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Cline was a dedicated teacher who believed in instilling a strong basis in the social and administrative sciences to serve students well in their future roles as professionals. He also strived to instill in graduate students his belief that the scientific method represents one of the best ways for humankind to address many of the problems facing society today. His role as teacher and mentor was greatly appreciated by the many students he has encountered over the years. “Cline was a valued member of our faculty and a tremendous resource for many of us in the college,” said Dean Marilyn K. Speedie. “He always brought a thoughtful, intelligent approach to issues. His wisdom and advice were always greatly appreciated.” Beyond his role in the college, Cline was a dedicated friend, mentor and colleague to many. He is survived by his beloved wife Heidi and their two kids Jillian and Reid.

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Ben F. Cooper Jr.

Rinaldo V. DeNuzzo

Thomas J. Comstock

Dr. Ben F. Cooper Jr., dean emeritus of Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 in his native Warsaw, N.C. He was 86.

Mr. Rinaldo V. DeNuzzo, 88, passed away June 2, 2011 following a brief illness. He retired as professor of pharmacy practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in 2010 after 58 years of teaching at the school. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army (Air Corps) and became a captain in the U.S. Air Force where he proudly served his country during WWII and the Cold War as an aerial navigator, aviation mechanic and pharmacy officer. He graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1952 and taught at the college until his retirement.

Dr. Thomas J. Comstock, age 47, who taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy from 1982 to 2004, died June 4, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he grew up in Niles, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1977. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Utah, and after teaching student pharmacists at The University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn., he moved to Richmond, Va., and taught at VCU.

Cooper was the third dean of pharmacy at Auburn, serving from 1973 until 1987. He came to the Plains from Northeast Louisiana University (what is now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), where he was dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions from 1966 to 1973. During his tenure at Auburn, Cooper led the school through much growth, including construction of a new building (the current Walker Building) and major revisions to the curriculum, including those which resulted in the creation of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. The first Pharm.D. class started in 1980. He also served as interim vice president of academic affairs during President H. Hanley Funderburk’s administration. Cooper earned associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He held professorships at UNC, Oregon State University and The University of Georgia. He was honored as Pharmacist of the Year during his time in Louisiana, received the Bowl of Hygeia from the Alabama Pharmacy Association in 1979, the Phi Lambda Sigma Award from the School of Pharmacy in 1981, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association in 1983. His wife Hazel received the same award in 1985.

“Prof,” as he was affectionately called by both students and colleagues, practiced clinical pharmacy up until the last three years of his life and held pharmacy licenses in several states. Among his many career achievements, he served as a member of the U.S. Congressional Review Panel on Prescription Drug Payments, coordinator of pharmaceutical services for the XIII Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., chair of the New York State Department of Health’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, and board member of the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was a regent of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and assisted the college in areas ranging from public relations to alumni affairs. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters by ACPHS in recognition of his lifetime achievements. Following his retirement, he remained involved with the institution as a member of the Office of Institutional Advancement. He is survived by his wife (Lucy Sneed DeNuzzo), his daughter (Lisa A. DeNuzzo), three sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Comstock’s teaching, research and patient care activities focused on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs in patients with renal impairment, with the goal of improved patient outcomes. He was an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy– Nephrology Practice Research Network, and other pharmacy and nephrology organizations, and served on the nephrology editorial panel for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Thousand Oaks, California, where he worked as a clinical scientist for Amgen Inc. until the time of his death. In addition to spending time with his family, Comstock was passionate about running, masters swim club, skiing and a newfound love of triathlon competition. He is survived by his wife, Anne Comstock; sons, Benjamin Comstock (Leesburg, Va.), and Grant Comstock (Peace Corps–Sebetia Lesotho); daughter, Allison Comstock (Simi Valley, Calif.); his mother, Ruth Comstock (Richmond, Va.); brothers, William Comstock (San Diego, Calif.), Robert Comstock (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and George Comstock (Richmond, Va.).

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Herbert S. Carlin

Patrick F. Belcastro

J. Doyle Smith

Dr. Herbert S. Carlin, of Newtown, Penn., former faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy and former pharmacy director of the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1962-1972, died March 3, 2011. Carlin obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 1954 and a Master of Science and honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now University of the Sciences) in 1958 and 1984, respectively. After serving as a community pharmacist in Warwick, R.I. from 1954-1956, Carlin took over as assistant director of pharmacy at Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia. He then served as pharmacy director for the University of Colorado in 1959-1962 before joining UIC.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Patrick F. Belcastro, 90, of West Lafayette, Ind., died Thursday, May 19, 2011. Belcastro received his elementary and high school education in Pittsburgh and received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in pharmacy in 1942 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He earned his master’s degree in 1951 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Purdue University in 1953. Upon retiring in 1990, he served as professor emeritus of pharmaceutics until 2006.

Dr. J. Doyle Smith, 90, emeritus professor and former chairman of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry, died May 22, 2011 in Richmond, Va.

As pharmacy director for the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1962-72, Carlin helped shape the future of pharmacy practice in Illinois. He facilitated the integration of clinical pharmacy in the hospital and is responsible for introducing clinical pharmacy into the College of Pharmacy’s curriculum. Beloved as a dedicated faculty member, Carlin was known as a pioneer, encouraging pharmacists and students to pursue interdisciplinary research, a novel idea in the field at that time. During his career at the college, Carlin also decentralized the unit-dose dispensing program so that pharmacists were in closer contact with other healthcare professionals, assigning more pharmacists to work on the floor and out of the nurse medication room. Carlin implemented many new services during his tenure at the medical center and was the first in the Chicago area to initiate 24-hour pharmacy services, satellite pharmacies and an IV additive service. After working as apothecary-in-chief at New York Hospital from 1972-1986, Carlin moved into the industry, first as vice president of Schein Pharmaceuticals from 1987-2000 and then as president of Pharmaceutical Management Insight starting in 2000.


Belcastro’s publications appeared in various periodicals. He also was a contributing author of a textbook, Physical and Technical Pharmacy. From 1966 to 1993 he was a contributing editor of International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. He has served as a member of the editorial advisory board of Pharmaceutical Technology since 1977. From 1968 to 1982 he was a member of the National Association Boards of Pharmacy’s Licensure Examination Committee. He also was a member of the advisory panel on intravenous sets and devices. Belcastro has been a member of several professional pharmaceutical and honorary organizations.

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Doyle graduated from Lane High School and attended the University of Virginia where he received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with majors in chemistry and organic chemistry. In 1946, he began his teaching career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Medical College of Virginia as an associate professor. He advanced through the ranks to professor in 1962 in the School of Pharmacy. After serving one year as acting chairman, he became chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1962 and served in that capacity until 1974. In 1980, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society for outstanding contributions in the advancement of the profession of chemistry. Doyle was a member of Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He was a member of a number of scientific and professional societies and was known for his many research interests. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Downing and Minor Smith, his wife, Nancy Page Smith and a daughter, Elizabeth Page Smith. Please make memorial contributions to the Bon Secours Hospice, 5875 Bremo Road, Richmond, Va., or to the J. Doyle Smith Award, c/o VCU School of Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry, P.O. Box 980581, Richmond, VA 23298-0581.

Capitol Hill News

by Will Lang

Take a SWOT at the Federal Budget Creating an unsustainable strain on the nation’s productivity—exacerbated by years of inaction on entitlement programs and questionable domestic policies—the growing imbalance of revenues and expenses, places the nation in jeopardy of economic and social upheaval. This is not the nation of Greece that we are talking about here! It is clear that to continue business as usual has the potential to bankrupt our nation. The United States Congress is grasping at straws and political posturing leaves Senators and Representatives alike coming up empty-handed in attempts to forestall an economic melt-down. Total federal spending in 2010, mandatory and discretionary, was $3.5 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that mandatory spending, which includes Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, accounts for 55 percent of federal spending. Interest on our debt costs us 6 percent of the federal budget. Discretionary defense spending costs us 20 percent of the federal budget. This leaves just 19 percent for nondefense, discretionary spending or in short, everything else! Nineteen percent of $3.5 trillion is a lot of money, about $670 billion. This amount of money funds all of the federal programs of interest to academic pharmacy that support your teaching, research and service activities. Many newly-funded programs are a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) including the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and its new initiative, the Partnership for Patients program. For the first time in legislative history there is a funded focus on creating a healthier America through the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Existing federal programs of interest to academic pharmacy include all the federal public health agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Food and Drug Administration. Each of these agencies supports research activities of pharmacy faculty and provides service opportunities through the advisory groups and grant review committees, which are integral to the ongoing work of the agencies. In the last few years congressional action

has led to reduced funding for many agencies while the benefits of research they support have never been more highly recognized and important to society. The quality of higher education remains a high priority within the Department of Education. The current public policy regarding the value of higher education did not end with the Spellings Commission. Issues related to program integrity, including state authorization of distance education programs, transfer of credit and an ongoing spotlight on accrediting agencies themselves requires constant vigilance by institutions to maintain compliance with changing departmental rules to avoid the loss of access to Title IV student financial assistance programs. Job attainment is almost entirely the federal expectation of higher education. Continued concern about the increasing costs of higher education compared to the value of that education make it difficult to build support for student financial assistance programs. The Pell Grant is the federal financial assistance program seemingly worthy of congressional support. Health professions education, once seen as immune to public policy implications, now faces similar expectations for contributing to the national deficit discussion. Recent action resulting in the passage of the Budget Control Act has eliminated the in-school interest subsidy for graduate and professional students with federally subsidized loans.

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So, what does academic pharmacy want out of the federal budget? Reduced federal expenditures certainly provide plenty to be threatened by, but what about the opportunities that an environment short on policy and long on politics offer? If you were to undertake a quick SWOT analysis, what would you list as the Academy’s strengths and weaknesses in dealing with this public policy threat? Here are a few that I can list and I am interested in hearing YOUR ideas. We need your input to help develop the next policy agenda for AACP. Send your input to Will Lang at Strengths: clear commitment to education quality; well articulated educational outcomes; biomedical research capacity frequently developed in a collaborative, interprofessional manner; commitment to interprofessional education; patient-focus, and prevention and wellness integration in the professional curriculum. Weaknesses: Limited recognition by others of your strengths; poor level of member contribution to AACP policy interests related to education and health; poor record of engagement in federal initiatives and programs that are not easily identified as pharmacy-centric. Opportunities: Public policy interest in changing the way students receive education; need for innovation to actually improve the quality of education, not just innovation for innovation’s sake; program and course assessment approaches that are transparent and establish accountabilities; need for health-system to be reorganized around health professionals competent to deliver patient-centered, team-based care, supported by informatics and dedicated to quality improvement; recognition that poor medication management costs our health-system billions of dollars annually; increasing expectation that prevention and wellness care trumps the value of care after you are sick; the burden to society in terms of productivity and cost resulting from chronic illness.

The outlook for federal funding in the coming years, including FY13, for programs of interest to academic pharmacy remains dismal. Expectations that federal funding for FY13 would be reduced were verified when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its budget guidance to federal agencies. “Unless your agency has been given explicit direction otherwise by OMB, your overall agency request for 2013 should be at least 5 percent below your Threats: Public perception that education is 2011 enacted discretionary appropriation. just about jobs; politics that devalue educaAs discussed at the recent Cabinet meettion as a benefit to society in the context of ings, your 2013 budget submission should an enlightened citizen; apathy amongst facalso identify additional discretionary fundulty and students in regard to engagement ing reductions that would bring your rein personal, professional or organizational quest to a level that is at least 10 percent advocacy; cost cutting as the only remedy to below your 2011 enacted discretionary apreducing the federal deficit; revenue increaspropriation.” academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2011 11 es as a non-starter to deficit discussions.

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Academic Pharmacy Pledges its Support for ‘Script Your Future’ We know the data. We know patients don’t take their medications as prescribed and we know patient education is needed to improve medication adherence. In 2009, the National Consumers League (NCL) brought together public and private organizations to find a way to increase medication adherence in order to improve health outcomes and lower overall health costs in the United States. This conversation culminated in a 100-partner community and created a national medication adherence campaign, Script Your Future. Built from five key facts, the campaign seeks to raise awareness among patients and their caregivers about the importance of taking medication as prescribed as a vital first step toward better health outcomes. Script Your Future made its official debut in early May 2011 at a national media event at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. The press briefing featured U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin; Dr. William Shrank, then faculty member at Harvard University Medical School; heart health advocate Ron Michaud; and University of Maryland pharmacy faculty member Dr. Cherokee Layson-Wolf. At the event, Script Your Future announced the launch of two Web sites: for patients and caregivers and for health providers.

A student pharmacist talks with a patient about proper medication therapy management.


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The sites feature resources to assist a patient or provider in conversations about medication adherence and offer videos for inhaler use and other relevant content to ensure patients and providers have the resources they need to improve medication adherence. The campaign also launched a series of video and audio public service announcements (PSAs) from the Surgeon General. The audio PSA broadcast to 3 million patients that first day of the campaign and PSAs are part of the ongoing target market roll-out in the six cities: Baltimore, Md.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Sacramento, Calif. At the briefing, AACP coordinated a community outreach event supported by the tremendous efforts of more than two dozen student pharmacists and faculty members from the University of Maryland, Howard University and College of Notre Dame schools of pharmacy. Community outreach included one-on-one conversations with patients about the importance of medication adherence for improving health. The engagement of student pharmacists and faculty members left a lasting impression on all participants at the campaign launch, including the Surgeon General, and demonstrated to a broad community that academic pharmacy was prepared to promote the role of the pharmacist in patient care and medication adherence. To capitalize on the enthusiastic support from academic pharmacy and recognizing pharmacists were among the most trusted health professionals, NCL and Script Your Future have worked to nationally feature academic pharmacy during the month of October, aligning the next campaign events with both American Pharmacy Educator Week and American Pharmacists Month. NCL quickly launched the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge in partnership with AACP and the NACDS Foundation.

Throughout the month of October, 83 colleges and schools of pharmacy will host a variety of Medication Adherence Challenge events in their local community to help spread the medication adherence message. By participating, each school receives access to an online inventory of digital materials and a campaign media kit filled with medication list wallet cards, posters and other marketing materials for their campus. Focusing on the three target chronic disease states for Script Your Future, diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease, teams are encouraged to be creative and find unique vehicles to spread the word! Challenge teams have plans to host medication therapy management sessions, conduct public speaking events on disease state indicators and medication adherence, write letters to the editor and launch media public service announcements and advertisements. In November, teams will submit their Challenge activities in a brief report spotlighting their successes in order to compete for one of at least two Challenge Award packages that includes a $500 cash prize, a plaque and a Web-interview with Script Your Future that will be hosted at

Medication adherence is a growing public health concern. Script Your Future unites and empowers patients and caregivers to know their medications and make a commitment to use them properly in order to improve their health. To learn more about the campaign, go to or contact AACP staff member Whitney Zatzkin at

—Whitney Zatzkin

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin meets with pharmacy students and faculty at the Script Your Future event.

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Blood Substitute Could Help Sustain Life, Says OU College of Pharmacy Researcher


or decades, scientists have tried to create a safe alternative to blood. Now, a University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Pharmacy researcher may have found a new way to deliver oxygen to the body and sustain life when donated blood supplies are low or not readily available, as with a battlefield injury. Dr. Vibhudutta Awasthi, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is developing a nano-sized carrier of hemoglobin that may be safer than other attempted blood substitutes. Hemoglobin is the red molecule inside blood cells that carries oxygen around the body. Outside the protective shell of the red blood cell, however, hemoglobin can be toxic, producing free radicals that harm organs. So Awasthi has found a way to create a miniaturized delivery system—a microscopic capsule of sorts—for hemoglobin. He is encasing it in tiny liposomes that can then carry oxygen throughout the body. Each liposome is about one-thirtieth the size of a human red blood cell. The product is called NeoLEH.

“If hemoglobin is encapsulated inside of a nanocarrier, you are creating a barrier against the oxidative toxicity of hemoglobin,” Awasthi said. Because the NeoLEH is so much smaller than a red blood cell, it can more efficiently deliver oxygen to the tiniest blood vessels. Oxygen is essential to keeping tissue, organs, the brain and ultimately the patient alive. The hemoglobin used to create NeoLEH is organic, not synthesized. It’s purified and concentrated from red blood cells that have expired in blood banks and would otherwise be discarded. Awasthi recently was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to work on his artificial oxygen carrier over the next four years. Awasthi said NeoLEH would not be a permanent replacement for human blood, but could keep a patient alive for several hours, or even several days, until a transfusion could occur. For example, a soldier wounded in a remote area could be infused with the artificial blood to keep him/her alive until help arrives, or an EMT could transfuse the substance into patients who might otherwise die before they reach a hospital. NeoLEH could even be used during surgeries that produce a lot of bleeding, Awasthi said. He added that the ideal blood substitute must have a long shelf life, work for all blood types, be free of pathogens and have minimal side effects. It also must be cost-effective when manufactured in large amounts.

Awasthi has found a way to create a miniaturized delivery system—a microscopic capsule of sorts—for hemoglobin. Dr. Vibhudutta Awasthi, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Oklahoma, is developing a nano-sized carrier of hemoglobin that may be safer than other attempted blood substitutes.


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More Pharmacy Schools Offer Residency Opportunities In the April/May/June edition of Academic Pharmacy Now, colleges and schools of pharmacy across the country demonstrated how they are providing leadership and administrative support for the expansion of residency programs or positions. Adding to the growing cadre of institutions offering their graduates residency opportunities are the University of Houston and Midwestern University/Downers Grove.

University of Houston The University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) offers three unique residency and fellowship opportunities for pharmacists in collaboration with fellow institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC): a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Residency; a two-year Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy; and a Concurrent M.S./Residency in Pharmacy Administration. A collaboration between UHCOP, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) and Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions, the PGY2 residency program is designed to develop expertise and clinical competence in pharmacotherapeutic, technological and stewardship aspects of infectious diseases in various practice settings. The SLEH/UHCOP Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship combines patient care, monitoring, research and teaching components, with the first year focusing on clinical activities and the second year emphasizing research in collaboration with expert faculty researchers at the college. Experiences include immunocompromised patients, critically ill patients, and general medicine patients, as well as training/practice in healthcare informatics, medical microbiology, pharmacoeconomic issues with antimicrobial therapy, and infection control, just to name a few. Residents and fellows in the infectious disease programs will be integral members of the St. Luke’s Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Epidemiology, an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ 2010 Best Practices Award

recipient, and the Houston Infectious Disease Network, a de facto Practice Based Research Network of TMC clinicians who confer on the latest developments in the field and share experiences and knowledge from their practices and research.

area. These partnerships are formalized through Pharmacy Residency Training Institution Affiliation Agreements, which articulate the responsibilities of both the College of Pharmacy and the partner institutions in delivering the residency and fellowship programs.

The two-year Concurrent M.S./Residency in Pharmacy Administration is designed to prepare the next generation of pharmacy leaders. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an M.S. degree in pharmacy administration from UHCOP and PGY1/PGY2 certificates from their residency host site at The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Harris County Hospital District, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital or Texas Children’s Hospital.

The college also affiliates with Jewel-Osco and Dominick’s in the delivery of their accredited community pharmacy residency programs. Each program’s residency advisory committee is comprised of preceptors, college administrators, representatives from the clinical site(s) and the respective residency program director (RPD), who acts as the chair. At some clinical sites, especially those where there are no pharmacy faculty who practice in the respective residency/fellowship specialty, the college appoints a clinical site coordinator (CSC), who manages the onsite learning experiences, serves on the respective residency advisory committee and is granted adjunct faculty status.

Midwestern University/ Downers Grove In response to the demand for postgraduate pharmacy programs, Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy is growing its college-based residency and fellowship programs. Midwestern University is a health sciences institution; however, it is not affiliated with a single major medical center. Thus, the college has developed its programs through strong partnerships with several hospitals, clinics and community pharmacies in the Chicago area. All of the college’s residency programs are ASHP-accredited with the exception of the critical care program, which is currently a candidate for ASHP accreditation. Strategic partnerships have been developed with various medical facilities across the Chicago

The cornerstone to all of the college’s pharmacy postgraduate programs is the focus on building teaching skills. “We look for prospective residents and fellows who have a strong interest in teaching,” explains Dr. Jacob Gettig, assistant dean for postgraduate education. “In addition to in-depth clinical education at our various sites, we offer a teaching certificate program that gives our postgraduate trainees valuable teaching and precepting experiences, so they can build their teaching portfolio.” Residents and fellows assist with teaching the introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experience courses, as well as provide lectures and workshops in other courses.

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University of Arizona Pharmacy Elective and Senior Project Based on TV Show ‘House MD’ Is it proper procedure to do a retinal biopsy by sticking a needle through the front of a patient’s eye? (Read on to find out.) Should a Pharm.D. student know the answer to that question? No, says Dr. David A. Apgar, clinical assistant professor in the pharmacy practice and science department at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. But a student pharmacist should know how to research the answer. Knowing how to research answers to medical questions is one of the learning objectives of the elective course PhPr 899-002, “House MD: Fact or Fiction?” which Apgar leads.

Using a TV show to improve skills Using the popular television series House MD as a teaching tool, Apgar’s independent study course aims to increase students’ ability to research medical literature; improve students’ ability to write and to cite references; and evaluate the accuracy of selected medical information as represented on the show. House MD is an American medical drama that debuted on the Fox network in November 2004. Its central character is Dr. Gregory House, an unconventional medical genius whose hypotheses about patients’ illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights.

How did Apgar come up with the idea of using House MD as the basis for a pharmacy course? “In 2007,” says Apgar, “a Pharm.D. student, Annie Walenga, asked me a question about a statement made on an episode of House MD concerning routine pregnancy testing in patients on hormonal contraception. I had recently seen the same episode, so I answered her question by indicating that the statement on the show was incorrect. The next day Annie saw me in the hall and said I should start a course about the TV show. From her idea grew the independent study course which was offered for the first time the next semester, in spring of 2008.”

Even television makes mistakes House and his team sometimes make errors—either because they have insufficient medical knowledge or because the show’s producers chose to make medical conditions more dramatic than they truly are. It’s the job of the students in PhPr 899-002 to analyze the accuracy of the signs and symptoms, diagnoses and treatments presented. To date, 50 students have taken the course, which uses the first 12 episodes of Season One of the show. Students view the episodes on DVD. Each week, they download a document that consists of a summary of the episode to be studied that week, followed by several questions to research and answer. The questions are based on some elements of the episode that are partially or completely inaccurate. The students’ research is designed as a way for them to discover

University of Arizona student pharmacists are using research to prove or disprove Dr. House’s practice and theories.


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From left: University of Arizona P4 Student Pharmacist Ashley Sweaney, Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. David A. Apgar and P4 Student Pharmacist Karolina Seminova.

the inaccuracy. They then write up their findings in a formal way, complete with appropriately formatted reference citations. To assess student outcomes of the course, Apgar provides individual feedback to each student. The result has been that all the students have better searching skills, better writing skills and better citation formatting skills after completing the course. Also, they all have become more familiar with a number of sources used in the course. Some of the major examples of these sources include UpToDate, Harrison’s Internal Medicine text, Cecil Internal Medicine text, Mandell’s Infectious Disease text, and several other specialty textbooks (e.g., on rheumatology, endocrinology, and oncology).

From course to senior project As Annie Walenga entered her fourth year of clinical rotations in 2008, she asked Apgar if she and two other students could work with the House TV show concept for their Pharm.D. senior project. Together they developed the project proposal, and the result was the first senior project in which students evaluate the accuracy of medical statements on the show, onehalf season at a time.

It’s the job of the students in PhPr 899-002 to analyze the accuracy of the signs and symptoms, diagnoses and treatments presented.

The senior project differs from the course. In the senior project, each team of students studies a different season of House. They rate each episode on the accuracy of presenting signs and symptoms, methods used to arrive at the final diagnosis and the final therapy presented.

What about that needle? So what are some of the medical anomalies the students have found in the program? In one episode, House and his team diagnose a patient with tuberculosis and hand him a “pill” of streptomycin—but streptomycin is given by injection, not by tablet. And what about that needle in the eye for a retinal biopsy? The scene was wrong on two counts: 1) to take a retinal biopsy, the needle should be inserted sideways, through the white of the eye, not through the front of the eye, where it would pierce the lens and the cornea and cause blindness; and 2) the diagnosis the medical team is trying to make in this episode is usually done using a test of the patient’s spinal fluid, not a retinal biopsy. These are just the kinds of inaccuracies students in PhPr 899002 would discover.

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University of Florida Pharmacy Technician Training Broadens Career Options Pharmacy technician jobs, once seen as entry-level positions for younger workers, are now a way for older workers to remain in the job market. As economic uncertainty and unstable job markets linger, many workers now see these jobs as stable and fulfilling second careers. The change in demographic became apparent after the first year of the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy’s 14-week training program for pharmacy technicians. Program Development Coordinator Judy Riffee, R.Ph., began teaching pharmacy technicians at the college’s Gainesville campus in 2008. An experienced pharmacy educator in the UF College of Pharmacy division of continuing education, Riffee expected a class of young adults. Now, she is finding most of her students to be 40- to 60-year-olds, well-educated and eager to get back into the job market in a meaningful way.

“The education and work experience of my current class ranges from librarians and engineers to healthcare and finance professionals. The common thread seems to be a downturned economy that is greatly affecting job retention and taking many people out of the workplace for which they were originally trained,” Riffee said. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts pharmacy technician jobs to increase substantially, by 31 percent nationally over the next seven years. The department’s 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook also noted a favorable job market for those with formal training or certification. The DLS Handbook, revised every two years, reported this job forecast: “As cost-conscious insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient-care centers and pharmacists become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will continue to see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy.”

Phillip Lofthouse, recent graduate of the pharmacy technician training program at the University of Florida, working in the Shands at UF in-patient pharmacy.


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AJPE Unveils Updated Web site; Welcomes New Editorial Board Members

Becoming a pharmacy technician wasn’t something that Phillip Lofthouse, 47, had considered before. Now a graduate of the UF pharmacy technician program, he is working at the inpatient pharmacy at Shands at UF medical center. “Getting medications to patients is a big thing—it’s the best thing I ever did,” said Lofthouse. UF offers its training course twice a week, either in a Florida classroom setting, or nationally, online through video-recorded lessons by Riffee. All students also complete an 80-hour pharmacy externship near their location. The UF course meets the Florida Pharmacy Board’s newly adopted 2011 training requirement for all Florida pharmacy technicians. The new law no longer accepts previous work experience for licensing. Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, an accredited training program such as UF’s is now the only way to meet the Florida Board of Pharmacy’s education requirement for technicians.

The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) launched a state-of-the-art Web site last month, rolling out new features and enhancements that will be sure to impress both new and existing users. The new site includes comment posting capabilities, a powerful search engine, downloadable references, a ‘new site features’ section and an RSS feed, just to name a few of its features. Be sure to check out the new for much more. Seven new members of the AJPE Editorial Board began their 3-year terms in July. These include Dr. Stuart T. Haines (University of Maryland), Dr. Adam M. Persky (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Dr. Susan M. Meyer (University of Pittsburgh), Dr. Eric G. Boyce (University of the Pacific), Jennifer Marriott (Monash University, Australia), Dr. Anna Ratka (Texas A&M Health Science Center), and Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali (University Sains Maylasia). They will join returning Board members Dr. Deborah HarperBrown (Chicago State University) and Susan Burton (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa) who were reappointed for 3-year terms, and 15 continuing members of the Board. The Board members serve as reviewers for manuscripts, write editorial Viewpoints, serve as guest editors and recommend to the Editor topics that would be of interest to Journal readers.

The UF course was developed to prepare students for taking either of two national certification exams. Though taking the exam is not required in Florida, UF’s students are encouraged to do so upon completion of the program, Riffee said. All of her students who have gone on to take the exam have passed, she added. The state of Florida does require pharmacy technicians to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Since January, the UF program has expanded to include more cities in Florida, with additional live classes added in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

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Academic Pharmacy Continues to Make Global Impact Since AACP launched Academic Pharmacy Now in 2008, the magazine has featured pharmacy faculty and students who are acting globally to improve the healthcare of people around the world. To continue sharing the rich evidence of the connections created between educators and students who provide outreach to underserved people in many areas of need, Academic Pharmacy Now will feature a regular column devoted to the Academy’s work abroad.

Namibia gets first-ever pharmacy degree program with help from UW School of Pharmacy

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More than 13 percent of adults in the sub-Saharan African nation of Namibia have HIV or AIDS. Namibians also face high risks of contracting diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Compounding these health issues is the fact that the country’s 2 million people have fewer than 200 pharmacists to provide care for people who require essential medications, a recent University of Namibia press release reports. The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services recently took an important step toward reducing this severe shortage of pharmacists. Thanks in part to a collaboration with the University of Washington (UW), Namibia opened the country’s firstever pharmacy degree program at the University of Namibia (UNAM), located in the capital city of Windhoek. This past March, Namibia’s Former President Sam Nujoma officially launched the pharmacy program and welcomed the first class of students. Dr. Andy Stergachis, UW professor of epidemiology and global health and adjunct professor of pharmacy and health services, was in Namibia for the celebration. He was a key player in the formation of this degree program. “It was powerful to see this group of pharmacy students who will be part of something so important to the entire nation of Namibia,” said Stergachis. Stergachis is a principal investigator on the UW Management Sciences for Health/Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) grant. SPS is a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help developing countries strengthen and manage pharmaceutical systems and improve access to and use of quality medicines. Through this grant, Stergachis and two School of Pharmacy faculty members — Dr.


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Louis P. Garrison and affiliate professor John Watkins—traveled to Namibia in early 2009 to train UNAM leadership on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoeconomics. In 2010, Stergachis and two other UW pharmacy professors spent time in Ethiopia conducting similar training. In April 2009, UNAM officials sent a delegation to UW to meet with leadership from the School of Pharmacy, the Department of Global Health, and the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). During that visit, School of Pharmacy Dean Thomas A. Baillie and other UW faculty members expressed interest in helping UNAM develop a pharmacy degree program within the UNAM School of Medicine. Since that time, multiple UW pharmacy faculty members have advised UNAM faculty members on curriculum issues and helped with faculty recruitment. Stergachis has returned to Namibia several times to offer additional workshops and consultations to faculty and administrators at the UNAM School of Medicine.

Meanwhile, leaders at UNAM have been advertising the new degree program, ensuring the curriculum meets international best practice standards, reviewing applications from potential students and recruiting faculty. The Namibian Ministry of Health has also been building and enhancing clinical training centers for the students. In February 2011, everything came together when 24 student pharmacists started classes at the University of Namibia. This marked the creation of a degree program that has not existed in Namibia since the country gained independence from South Africa in 1990.

Samford Develops Dynamic Partnerships for Global Education The Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy collaborates with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Sparkman Center for Global Health in a program designed to build faculty capacity with the University of Zambia. Samford is part of a planning grant from the Higher Education for Development for an Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative. The primary objective of the grant is to develop a strategic plan in order to identify broad-based needs and priorities for enhancing healthcare worker training in the University of Zambia School of Medicine. UAB provides assistance from the schools of medicine, nursing and allied health, and Samford does the same for pharmacy. In collaboration with UAB, Samford is also a part of the Global Professional Fellowship Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The purpose of the Fellows program is to address global health needs by strengthening education of healthcare providers. The program is being conducted at UAB in partnership with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Zambia, The National Institute of Public Administration in Zambia, the University of Malawi, and the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance in Malawi. As part of the Global Professional Fellows Program there are currently in Birmingham about 20 Fellows from Zambia and Malawi, and among them is Derick Mumcombwe, faculty member and pharmacist from the University of Zambia. Mumcombwe is being housed by Samford faculty and will spend one week out of the four-week program at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Top: The first class of student pharmacists at the University of Namibia, joined by several university officials. Bottom: Sam Nujoma, University of Namibia chancellor, presents the University of Washington (UW) with a certificate of appreciation, accepted by Dr. Andy Stergachis, UW professor of epidemiology and global health and adjunct professor of pharmacy.

A McWhorter School of Pharmacy faculty member visited Zambia in the fall of 2008 and for the last two years, the school has sent yearly one faculty and three to four senior student pharmacists for a one-month experience (APPE). In addition, the head of the University of Zambia pharmacy program, Dr. Lungwani Muungo, visited Samford for one week last summer. The school is currently assisting them with the development of the University of Zambia’s new master’s degree program in clinical pharmacy.

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2011 Teachers of the Year Each year, AACP member institutions submit their Teachers of the Year for recognition at the Annual Meeting. This year’s honorees were feted at a special luncheon of the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. AACP con­gratulates the 2011 Teachers of the Year: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Mr. Andrew G. Flynn Ms. Ellen L. Kennett Dr. Dorothy E. Pumo

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Florida A&M University

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Dr. Janet P. Barber Dr. Jameeka S. Devoe Dr. Leonard R. Rappa Dr. David W. Seal Dr. Angela C. Singh

Dr. Janis J. MacKichan Dr. Chris Paxos Dr. Stacey R. Schneider

Dr. Charles R. Breese Dr. Sarah T. Melton

Hampton University

Auburn University

Husson University

Dr. Anna Solomon

Butler University Dr. Stephanie Enz Dr. Sarah Nisly

California Northstate College of Pharmacy Dr. Parto Khansari

Chicago State University Dr. Ehab A. Abourashed Dr. Duc P. Do Dr. Abir T. El-Alfy Dr. John S. Esterly Dr. Yolanda M. Hardy Dr. Colleen Lauster

Concordia University Wisconsin Dr. Ernest S. Stremski

Creighton University

Dr. Simone O. Heyliger

Northeastern University Dr. Steven N. Leonard Dr. Ganesh A. Thakur

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Angela S. Garcia

Dr. Aaron M. Domina Dr. Roger J. Phipps

Ohio Northern University

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Sandra L. Hrometz Dr. Donald L. Sullivan

Dr. Thomas D. Corso Dr. Lakhu Keshvara Dr. Dolores A. Kutzer

Pacific University Oregon

Loma Linda University Dr. Naomi R. Florea Dr. Robert Teel Dr. David J. Weldon

Long Island University Dr. Anna I. Nogid

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Boston Dr. Judy WM Cheng Dr. Stephen G. Kerr

Dr. Jennifer M. Jordan Dr. Sigrid C. Roberts

Palm Beach Atlantic University Dr. Curt J. Carlson

Presbyterian College Dr. David H. Eagerton

Purdue University Dr. Sharon M. Erdman

Regis University Dr. Peter A. Clapp Dr. Stephen W. Luckey

Dr. Keith J. Christensen Dr. Brian S. Henriksen Mr. Ronald J. Hospodka Dr. Kathleen A. Packard Dr. Amy M. Pick Dr. Somnath Singh Dr. Jennifer A. Tilleman

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Worcester

Drake University

Dr. Shaifali Bhalla Dr. Walter Prozialeck Dr. Carrie A. Sincak

South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Midwestern University/Glendale

South Dakota State University

Ms. Jennifer L. Tran

Duquesne University Dr. Marc W. Harrold

East Tennessee State University Dr. Stacy D. Brown Dr. Charles C. Collins Dr. Jim Thigpen


Dr. Jennifer L. Donovan

Mercer University Dr. Susan W. Miller

Midwestern University/Downers Grove

Dr. Bill J. Bowman Dr. Mark Olsen

North Dakota State University Dr. Aaron Anderson

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Dr. Lucio Volino

Samford University Dr. Maryam Iranikhah Dr. Theresa J. Smith Dr. Edward E. Soltis Dr. Becky K. Baer

South University Dr. Samit U. Shah

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Dr. A. Michael Crider Dr. Keith A. Hecht

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Dr. Erin Callen Dr. Carroll L. Ramos

St. John Fisher College Dr. Amy L. Parkhill

St. John’s University Dr. Danielle C. Ezzo

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Dr. Amie McCord Brooks

Sullivan University Dr. Maria Lourdes Ceballos-Coronel

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Dr. Jayarama Gunaje Dr. Eric J. MacLaughlin Dr. Reza Mehvar Dr. Nikita Mirajkar Dr. Steven Pass

The Ohio State University Dr. Nicole Kwiek Dr. Milap C. Nahata

The University of Arizona Dr. Richard N. Herrier Dr. Georg T. Wondrak

The University of Findlay Dr. Bradley W. Shinn

The University of Georgia Dr. Robert D. Arnold

The University of Iowa Dr. Jeffrey C. Reist

The University of Kansas Dr. Patricia A. Howard

The University of Mississippi Dr. John D. Bridges Dr. Erin R. Holmes Dr. Richard L. Ogletree Dr. John M. Rimoldi Dr. Laurie E. Warrington

The University of Montana Dr. David S. Freeman Dr. Lisa V. Wrobel

The University of New Mexico

University of Kentucky

The University of Oklahoma

Dr. Jim R. Pauly Dr. Frank Romanelli

Dr. Alan R. Spies

The University of Tennessee Dr. J. Richard Brown Dr. Christa M. George

University of Maryland

The University of Toledo

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Diane M. Cappelletty Dr. Christine N. Hinko Dr. Jerry Nesamony Dr. Kimberly A. Schmude

University of Minnesota

Dr. Kristin Watson Dr. Miguel Martin Dr. Jeannine M. Conway Dr. Michael T. Swanoski

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Missouri–Kansas City

Dr. Jason J. Schafer

Touro College of Pharmacy–New York Dr. Keith Veltri

Dr. Frank J. Caligiuri

University of New England Dr. Kenneth L. McCall Dr. Christian J. Teter

Union University Dr. David A. Kuhl Dr. Ashok E. Philip Dr. Mark A. Stephens

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Ralph H. Raasch

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Dr. William A. Prescott Jr.

University of Alberta Dr. Christine A. Hughes

University of Pittsburgh Dr. Neal J. Benedict Dr. Susan M. Meyer Dr. Paul L. Schiff Dr. Pamela L. Smithburger

University of the Incarnate Word

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Lila P. LaGrange

Dr. Charles K. Born Dr. Keith R. McCain Dr. Kathryn K. Neill

University of the Pacific

University of Charleston

Dr. Vincent J. Willey

Dr. Rajul A. Patel

University of the Sciences

Dr. Rebecca S. Linger

University of Wyoming

University of Cincinnati Dr. Teresa M. Cavanaugh

Dr. Jessica Burch Dr. Bruce W. Culver

University of Connecticut

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Sean M. Jeffery

Dr. Jurgen Venitz

University of Florida

West Virginia University

Dr. Reginald F. Frye

Dr. Gerald M. Higa

University of Houston

Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Lindsay A. Schwarz Dr. Jeffrey T. Sherer Dr. Louis Williams

Dr. Donald I. Hsu

Wilkes University

University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Sheila M. Allen Dr. Bradley C. Cannon Dr. James F. Fahey Mr. Thomas A. Tolhurst

Dr. Marie A. Thomas

Xavier University of Louisiana Dr. Keturah R. Robinson

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Pharmacy Build Brid Bright Fu 2 011 Annu 2011 AACP Annual Meeting PHOTO: SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

July 9–13  San Antonio, Texas

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Nearly 1,900 members of the Academy convened in San Antonio July 9–13 eager to attend the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting. With highly informative special sessions on interprofessional education, assessment, and leadership and management, meeting attendees left armed with tools to continue building Bridges to Our Bright Future at their home institutions and ready to shape the future of global healthcare. “The 2011 AACP Annual Meeting continues to receive rave reviews from members, attendees, guests and exhibitors,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO. “The event exceeded all expectations and we look forward to continuing this trend next year in Kissimmee, Florida.” academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2011

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This year’s Teachers Seminar kicked off the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 9 as more than 280 educators and students packed the Grand Hyatt Hotel to learn about advancing faculty abilities in conducting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Attendees listened to keynote speaker Dr. Mary M. (Peggy) Piascik, 2009-10 AACP Donald C. Brodie Academic Scholar-in-Residence, describe the results of her project that evaluated promotion and tenure documents of U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy for evidence that SoTL is valued. Following the morning’s opening session, participants had the opportunity to attend several break-outs during which speakers addressed strategies for success and a continuous professional development model to develop a plan for SoTL. At this year’s Welcome Reception on Saturday evening, attendees joined Editor Joseph T. DiPiro in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. A timeline highlighting significant milestones over the past 75 years of the Journal and a special video message from Academy and AACP leadership were shown at the reception. Dr. George Cocolas, AJPE editor from 1980-2003, was in attendance and marveled at the Journal’s illustrious history on display.

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While the focus of the night’s celebrations was on AJPE, some faculty members couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show their school spirit. Groups from the University of Maryland, The University of Oklahoma and Northeastern University embodied their school’s spirit with festive hats, matching scarves and t-shirts. The reception also featured School Posters at which attendees could mingle and network with fellow pharmacy educators. Annual Meeting plenary speakers Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman astronaut aboard NASA’s space shuttle Discovery, and Dr. Greg Holzman, associate deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, had attendees riveted by their inspirational and enlightening discussions. Bondar explored ideas of lifelong learning and implementing change in education. She also probed attendees to think about their “footprint” on the profession and to reflect on what they’ve done, where they’ve gone, but what is still left to learn.

Top: Northeastern University School of Pharmacy administration and faculty donned matching t-shirts during the 2011 Annual Meeting Welcome Reception that read, “I AM Northeastern.” Bottom: 2010-11 AACP Academic Leadership Fellow Graduate Dr. Jill A. Pfeiffenberger (middle) is feted at a commencement dinner with mentor Dr. Lisa A. Lawson, dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (left), and Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO (right).


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“We learn from someone, not something,” she said. “The stars are aligning but there are also new patterns. We must move with the stars to keep people engaged.” At the Science Plenary, Holzman discussed the opportunities for strengthened partnerships between the CDC and pharmacy educators to assist community-based organizations develop, implement, and evaluate high-quality clinical and community preventive services and programs. Programming at the 2011 Annual Meeting explored new developments in pharmacy education and practice. Special sessions provided attendees with a plethora of professional development opportunities. Sessions spanned four days and focused on innovative topics such as integrating WIKI technology for students and faculty, and imple-

menting IPE activities in a variety of learning environments, including didactic courses, simulated patient care laboratory and experiential settings. Both attendees and non-attendees have the opportunity to benefit from the meeting’s educational content at any time by purchasing the new Value Package, which provides access to AACP’s new Online Learning Center. For more information, visit

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Tuesday night marked the end to another exceptional Annual Meeting as the Academy gathered together to celebrate its collective accomplishments. The Closing Banquet featured the presentation of the Rufus A. Lyman Award to authors Dr. Margarita Echeverri, Dr. Cecile Brookover and Dean Kathleen Kennedy from Xavier University of Louisiana for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2010. The authors validated a tool to assess Xavier student pharmacists’ perceived level of cultural competence. Kennedy expressed her humility and gratitude for the award, and noted that the paper’s publication in AJPE gave them the opportunity to discuss the research being done at Xavier in the area of cultural competence. Kennedy also charged her fellow educators with testing and utilizing the tool in their own educational environment. Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin, AACP immediate past president, was presented with a presidential clock honoring his continued service to the Association and the Academy. In keeping with the musical precedent set by Dr. Victor A. Yanchick in 2010, the duo led the audience in a sing-a-long to Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.” AACP would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the meeting’s sponsors and exhibitors, as well as the many speakers and contributors who helped make the 2011 Annual Meeting an unequivocal success. Join us next year in Kissimmee, Florida, July 10-14, for Pharmacy Education 2012!

Top: Dr. Wendy C. Cox, assistant dean for professional education and clinical assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, discusses the poster, “Design and Implementation of a Course Review Process” with Dr. Jeff J. Cain, director of education technology at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Bottom: Dr. Brian L. Crabtree, 2011-12 AACP president, is sworn in at the Final House of Delegates Session at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

President Crabtree Sets an Agenda of Excellence and Relevance AACP President Dr. Brian L. Crabtree, professor of pharmacy practice at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, announced that during his presidential term he’ll focus on excellence and relevance in pharmacy education. In order to accomplish his agenda, Crabtree believes the Academy must reward a diversity of excellence among its members; develop preceptors as integral to the quality of the education colleges and schools offer; undertake a significant enhancement to our research and graduate education portfolio; and enhance the balance of AACP’s advocacy portfolio. Stay tuned for future communications about President Crabtree’s leadership agenda. Thielemans academic Pharmacy now  —Maureen Jul/Aug/Sept 2011


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Pharmacy Educators and Practitioners Work Together to Transform Healthcare Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN), often housed in academic institutions, are groups of clinicians devoted to conducting research on practices and practice models that will lead to improved healthcare. Their goal is to improve patient outcomes through practice-based research that transcends a single study. PBRNs are essential to examining the medication use system and issues related to patient safety. Academic Pharmacy Now highlights what pharmacy faculty members at institutions are doing to advance the quality of pharmacy and the effectiveness of practice through a PBRN.

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The University of Tennessee

University of Houston

In 2007, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy developed the UT Pharm Net PBRN. The network was developed shortly after attending the AACP-sponsored conference “Embracing the PBRN Model to Improve Medication Use Process” that same year. Funding for the conference was made possible [in part] by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Earlene E. Lipowski, 2006 Donald C. Brodie AACP Academic Scholar-in-Residence, was the principal investigator. Attendees at the conference established key strategies for launching a pharmacist PBRN, which proved to be helpful in the development of UT Pharm Net.

Also established in 2007, the Houston Infectious Disease Network (HIDN) is an alliance of infectious disease clinicians and researchers committed to collaborative outreach activities that enhance and expand education, research and best practices for the safe and effective delivery of healthcare to patients while adhering to and advancing principles of antimicrobial stewardship.

The mission of UT Pharm Net is to 1) provide a forum for pharmacists to conduct collaborative research focused on medication use, clinical pharmacy practice and pharmacist education/training; and 2) optimize medication use and clinical pharmacist practice that results in high quality, reproducible clinical outcomes that are translatable to patient care.

Organized by infectious diseases pharmacy faculty at the University of Houston (UH) College of Pharmacy, the HIDN is composed of 30-40 clinicians, researchers, fellows and residents representing about 20 academic, nonprofit and private institutions primarily within Houston’s Texas Medical Center.

UT Pharm Net membership consists of pharmacists who practice in primary care settings throughout the state. It was determined that the network be developed in the area of primary care initially due to the large number of pharmacists practicing in this area that were either full- or part-time faculty. There are currently 18 members who practice in seven different locations. Members communicate at least quarterly using video and teleconferencing technology. UT Pharm Net members have access to a secure, online, customizable database that was developed by the UT Biomedical Information Sciences Unit. This database can be used for a variety of data collection needs and allows for maintenance of one database per project instead of one database per project per location. To date, UT Pharm Net has received $375,000 in external funding to assess patient outcomes related to type 2 diabetes mellitus in an interdisciplinary care environment. Patient follow-up will conclude in October 2011. This project has served not only as a method to conduct research, but also as a way for pharmacists across the state to collaborate and share best practices to improve patient care. One way this was accomplished was by sharing patient education materials while creating a standardized packet for patients enrolled in the study.

“The goal behind creating the network was the simple idea that if you bring together people with similar interests, but likely different experiences and approaches, the potential for generating real solutions to our common concerns and individual or institutional challenges increases dramatically,” said HIDN founder Dr. Vincent Tam, UH College of Pharmacy associate professor and clinical specialist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston’s TMC. Although largely made up of pharmacists, HIDN’s membership also includes infectious disease physicians and microbiologists, with clinical and/or research specialties ranging from bacterial and fungal to viral, HIV and AIDS, as well as critical care, oncology and infectious disease specialization. HIDN hosts bimonthly educational sessions for members to learn about developments in the field from national and international experts, exchange practice experiences and discuss research opportunities. The group also produces an annual “Significant publications on infectious diseases pharmacotherapy” round-up article—now entering its fourth year—in the American Journal of HealthSystem Pharmacy. HIDN members select “candidate” publications from peer-reviewed medical literature from the preceding year, then distribute the list of 50–60 articles to members of the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists via online survey to cull the field down to the top 10 papers.

UT Pharm Net members communicate at least quarterly using video and teleconferencing technology.


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University of Minnesota

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In an effort to improve the medication use process, a new collaboration was initiated in February 2008 bringing together the College of Pharmacy, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and pharmacist practitioners across the state. This new effort is called the Minnesota Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network. The PBRN’s purpose is to collect information using a network of pharmacies to address questions related to the medication use process, and to serve as a living laboratory to address societal questions related to health and wellness. The network also serves as a meeting point for sharing and generating new ideas for the practice of pharmacy, healthcare, health systems, technologies, communities and society overall. “At the college, we set a high priority on being involved with, shaping and leading change in pharmacy practice,” said Professor and Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems Head Dr. Stephen W. Schondelmeyer. “This network is about us working with community pharmacies across the state to develop practice enhancement and research projects that meet their needs.” The Minnesota Pharmacy PBRN has been accepted for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks Registry. Professor and Associate Department Head Dr. Jon Schommer has led the effort at the college to establish the Minnesota Pharmacy PBRN. The PBRN’s 21 principal investigators have a total of 14 projects in various stages and three projects have been completed. One of the projects served as a graduate student’s doctoral dissertation—another benefit of the Minnesota PBRN for the college. Current projects range from novel delivery methods for medication therapy management, to evaluating health information technology to improve the quality and safety of medication management. According to Schommer, the key to new projects will be learning from and listening to the community pharmacists. “This ensures that our projects are relevant and applicable to community practice,” he said. Schommer is also developing ways to query medical and pharmacy data to address questions related to healthcare utilization and quality. To do so, he has tapped into one of the nation’s oldest primary care practice-based research networks in the United States—the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Research Network. “MAFP has significant experience with data queries. This insight has been very helpful to apply to our pharmacy network,” said Schommer.

The span of the Minnesota Pharmacy PBRN is far reaching. At the beginning of 2010, the network included 305 geographically-dispersed community and institutional-based pharmacies—or 25 percent of all pharmacies across the state in rural, suburban and urban settings.

USC Pharmacy Faculty Use PBRN Concepts in Safety-net Clinics The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy currently serves 12 safety-net clinics with clinical pharmacists working shoulder-to-shoulder with physicians and other healthcare professionals in the provision of services to underserved populations in the greater Los Angeles area. At each of these clinics, clinical pharmacists have shown that their role on the healthcare team results in quality improvements in overall care, enhanced medication safety and cost savings. Pharmacists in these settings taught patients self-management skills, reviewed medical, laboratory and medication histories, evaluated and modified drug therapy, ordered routine laboratory tests, monitored adherence to drug therapy regimens and provided follow-up care and referrals.

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Looking to the Future While Remembering the Past Academic Pharmacy Now continues its milestones and anniversaries series with more schools celebrating excellence in pharmacy education.


University of Colorado From Boulder to 9th Avenue in Denver, and now to its current home on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy celebrated 100 years of education, patient care and scientific discovery in August with a new building and dedication, new name and kickoff to a year-long celebration of the school’s century of care. The new four-story, 171,146-square foot pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences building, which houses the school, is the newest education and research addition on the campus and the first to seek LEED certification. The building was made possible by an $11 million grant from the Skaggs family and The ALSAM Foundation. During the dedication ceremony, the school was named the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in recognition of Mr. L.S. Skaggs, his family and The ALSAM Foundation whose generosity made the building a reality.

Over the course of its 100-year history, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has provided care to thousands of Coloradans through health fairs and collaborative diabetes clinics throughout the state, hosted an annual prescription drug disposal event, honored a long-held tradition of embracing diversity and excelled in the discovery of a new colon cancer marker. Dr. Vasilis Vasilou is one of many pharmacy faculty members conducting research breakthroughs at the school. Dr. Vasilou spent the last 15 years researching detoxifying enzymes to discover a new colon cancer marker that could one day improve both detection and treatment of colon cancer. Another breakthrough was made by Dr. LaToya Jones-Braun whose work focused on keeping the hepatitis B vaccine potent at room temperature. This will help ensure thousands of people are vaccinated and potentially save millions of lives. Dean Emeritus Louis Diamond (right) and Dean Ralph J. Altiere (left) unveil the new Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences sign designating the new name of the school.



A Year of Major Milestones   Ohio Northern University Founded in 1884, Ohio Northern University’s (ONU) College of Pharmacy has had the privilege to graduate more than 8,500 pharmacists during its 127-year history. The R.H. Raabe College of Pharmacy, which celebrated 125 years in 2009, integrates a comprehensive foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences and the practice of pharmacy along with a strong liberal arts curriculum. ONU’s graduates are particularly active in local, state and national health-related organizations. Outstanding clinical facilities and preceptors illustrate the application of knowledge to actual therapeutic decisions.

University of Illinois at Chicago In September of 1859, a group of prominent Chicago druggists gathered with one common goal: to formalize the education and practice of their beloved trade. Those meetings bore the Chicago College of Pharmacy, or as we know it today, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. The UIC College of Pharmacy changed greatly over the years. In its first 20 years, the young college struggled to find its footing with the challenges of the Civil War followed closely by the Great Chicago Fire. The college graduated only two students in its first decade of existence. Since then, the college has been housed in more than six locations within the city, finally finding a permanent home on the West Side of Chicago in the Illinois Medical District. Today, the UIC College of Pharmacy graduates nearly 200 professional and graduate students who go on to be leaders in their chosen professions. In September 2009, nearly 150 years to the day after the college was founded, more than 650 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends traveled from 24 states and two nations to celebrate the college’s history and its future.

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Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

• Michael S. Pittman was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Arts & Sciences.


• Aimee F. Strang was named assistant dean for pharmacy academic affairs and curricular assessment.

• Amy Barton Pai has been appointed chair of the New York State Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Coalition. • Michael A. Biddle Jr. was named assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Vermont campus. • Jacquelyn E. Canning was named assistant professor, ambulatory care/psychiatry, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany campus. • Joanna R. Schwartz was named president of the Vermont Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Emily Sutton was named assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Vermont campus.

Grants • Amy Barton Pai received a $13,250 grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to assess the comparative effectiveness of treatments for patients hospitalized with euvolemic and hypervolemic hyponatremia.

Promotions • Indra Balachandran was granted tenure as associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences. • Laurie L. Briceland was named assistant dean for pharmacy admissions and experiential education. • David W. Clarke was named dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. • John J. Denio was named dean of students. • Yuri V. Kholodenko was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Arts & Sciences.

• Tanya A. Vadala was promoted to assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • HaiAn (Andy) Zheng was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Appalachian College of Pharmacy Awards • The college was selected as an APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes Community.

Auburn University Awards • Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd was the non-student recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2011. • Amy R. Donaldson earned the 2011 Hargreaves Faculty Mentor Award. • Anna Solomon was named the Student Government Association Teacher of the Year for 2011. • The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama contributed $25,000 to the Auburn University Foundation in support of the Harrison School of Pharmacy.

• Patrick D. Meek was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

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Campbell University Appointments/Elections • Jennifer Smith was appointed as a member of the 2011 Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Council.

Awards • Robert M. Cisneros was selected to participate in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. • Brian Healey received the 2010 PPD CEO Performance Excellence Award. • Byron May was selected to participate in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. • Kathey B. Fulton Rumley was named the 2011 Acute Care Pharmacist of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. • Jennifer Smith is the recipient of the 2011 American Diabetes Association’s Patient Care Award.


Promotions • Naser Z. Alsharif, professor of pharmacy sciences • Keith J. Christensen, associate professor of pharmacy practice • Gary N. Elsasser, professor of pharmacy practice • Kathleen A. Packard, associate professor of pharmacy practice • Amy M. Pick, adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice • Maryann Z. Skrabal, adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice

Drake University Appointments/Elections • Nicholas Lehman, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Abebe Mengesha, assistant professor of pharmaceutics

• Wesley D. Rich was promoted to assistant dean for administration.

• Raylene M. Rospond, deputy provost

Creighton University

• Renae J. Chesnut, full professor, pharmacy practice

Promotions • Sally L. Haack, associate professor, pharmacy practice

Grants • Christopher J. Destache has been awarded a one year, $37,500 grant from Creighton University for “LB692 CTS” to promote efficacy of combination antiretroviral nanoparticles in a mouse model of HIV-1; and a one year, $410,913 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Once Monthly Antiretroviral Nanoparticles for HIV-1 Treatment.” • Michele Faulkner, Keith J. Christensen and Thomas L. Lenz received funding for one year from “Wilde River Technology Extension Center” for a development on interactive electronic health record as a training tool for student pharmacists in the amount of $3,000.

• Chuck Phillips, full professor, pharmacy administration • Lori L. Schirmer, associate professor, pharmacy practice • Geoffrey C. Wall, full professor, pharmacy practice

Duquesne University Appointments/Elections • Janet Astle, director of student and government relations • Janet Astle, Bruce H. Livengood and Christine K. O’Neil, executive committee of the school


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• Rehana Leak, assistant professor of pharmacology, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences • L.A. O’Donnell, assistant professor of pharmacology, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Christine K. O’Neil, director of curricular development

Promotions • Shaifali Bhalla has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy science and awarded tenure. • Susan Cornell has been promoted to adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice.

• M. Perry, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Kathy E. Komperda has been awarded tenure in pharmacy practice.

• K. Wolfgang, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Huzefa Master has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.


Northeast Ohio Medical University

• David A. Johnson, principal investigator. Project Title: Effect of Estrogen on Cognition and Memory in a MPTP Model of Parkinson’s Disease. Period of Project: January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2009. Source: Duquesne University; Faculty Development Fund. Amount Granted 2011-12: $4,300. Total Grant: $8,600 • Rehana Leak, principal investigator. Project Title: Adaptations to Paraquat Toxicity in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease in Vivo. Period of Project: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013. Source: Faculty Development Funds. Amount Granted 05-11: $10,000. Total Grant: $10,000. • L.A. O’Donnell, principal investigator. Project Title: Protecting the Developing Brain: Crosstalk between Neuroinflammatory Signals in Neonatal Neurodegenerative Disease. Period of Project: June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013. Source: Duquesne University’s Hunkele Dreaded Disease Award. Amount Granted 06-11: $8,736 Total Grant: $8,736.

Midwestern University/ Glendale Appointments/Elections • Karen M. Nagel-Edwards appointed chair, Section on Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, APhA-APRS. • Timothy J. Todd elected to the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

Awards • David D. Allen has been selected as a 2011 American Pharmacists Association Fellow. • Susan P. Bruce has been selected as a 2011 Greater Akron Chamber “30 for the Future” recipient.

Northeastern University Appointments/Elections • Michael Conley, assistant clinical professor • Elizabeth B. Hirsch, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Awards • Vladimir P. Torchilin received the “Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award” from Northeastern University honoring outstanding research and creative activity of national and international significance.

Grants • Heather A. Clark awarded $10,000 by the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology for project titled “Lighting Up Diagnostics.” • Richard C. Deth awarded $388,750 by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) for work titled “Effect of Drugs of Abuse on Neuronal Redox and Methylation Status.”

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Promotions • Nathaniel M. Rickles earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

Ohio Northern University Appointments/Elections • Kimberly A. Broedel-Zaugg was installed as trustee representing District 3 of the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

Awards • Nathaniel Mabe, a third-year student pharmacist, was honored for his Goldwater research essay. Mabe is conducting his research at ONU under the guidance of Boyd Rorabaugh, associate professor of pharmacology and cell biology.

Palm Beach Atlantic University Promotions • Dana A. Brown, associate professor • Seena L. Haines, professor

Purdue University Appointments/Elections • Kellie L. Jones has been elected secretary to the Board of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.

Grants • Eric L. Barker received $205,875 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Aging for “Anxiety in a Genetic Animal Model of Alcoholism: Role of Endocannabinoids.” • Richard F. Borch received $35,860 from Trask Trust Fund for “Immune Response Enhancement Using Linker-Modified Proteins” and $2,000 from American Chemical Society for “ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.” • Stephen R. Byrn received $9,732 from Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC for “Handa Pharmaceuticals,


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LLC” and $40,000 from Science Applications International Corp. for “Study to Support Formulation of a Small Molecule with Therapeutic Potential for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.” • Noll L. Campbell received $27,391 from Indiana University for “Pharmacological Management of Delirium” and $212,409 from NIH for “Pharmacological Management of Delirium.” • David A. Colby received $20,000 from Trask Trust Fund for “Stable Salts to Generate Fluoroform” and $10,000 from AACP for “A Strategy to Incorporate Flourine Onto Biologically Active Molecules.” • Mark S. Cushman received $208,937 from University of Illinois at Chicago for “Novel Antiobiotic Development for Biodefense.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $84,404 from U.S. Department of Defense for “A Pedley 10/11 Targeting the Stability of PCNA at Nuclear Foci Upon DNA Damage” and $42,500 from the University of Notre Dame for “Advancement of New Anticancer Agents.” • Richard A. Gibbs received $200,970 from PHSNIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for “The Role of a Novel Vitamin E Metabolite in Colon Cancer Prevention and Therapy” and $368,445 from NIH for “The Role of a Novel Vitamin E Metabolite in Colon Cancer Prevention and Therapy.” • Monica L. Miller received $1,000 from American Pharmacists Association Foundation for “Blood Sugar Screening in Tumaini Street Children.” • Mick Murray received $1.025 million from Regenstrief Foundation for “The Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Database Available for Comparative Effectiveness and Pharmacoepidemiology Research.” • Carol B. Post received $199,944 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Protein Stability and Antiviral Activity in Human Rhinovirus” and $280,201 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “NMR Structure of Peptide and Protein Complexes.”

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• Jean-Christophe Rochet received $72,094 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Mechanisms of DJ-1 Protection Against Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity.” • Lynne S. Taylor received $3,500 from Merck Research Laboratories for “Merck Co., Inc.” and $10,000 from Merck Research Laboratories for “Merck Co., Inc.” • Lynne S. Taylor and Stephen R. Byrn received $165,000 from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for “Dissolution Behavior of Amorphous Solid Dispersions.” • Joseph Thomas III received $19,555 from Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana for “Outcomes and Perceived Needs Among Individuals with TBI and SCI (Traumatic Brain Injury & Spinal Cord Injury) in Indiana” and $279,338 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Aging for “Prognostic Significance of Insufficient ADL Help on Health Outcomes/Utilization.” • Elizabeth M. Topp received $50,000 from Catalent Pharma Solutions for “Catalent.” • Kara D. Weatherman received $11,011 from Cardinal Health for “Training Program Partnership with Cardinal Health.”

Samford University Appointments/Elections • John J. Arnold was appointed Voting Delegate to the United States Pharmacopeial (USP). • Michael D. Hogue was sworn in as president, American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, and member of the APhA Board of Trustees. • Robert M. Riggs was elected to the post of Region III’s Southeast Rho Chi Councilor.

Promotions • Dee Dugan, promoted to associate professor • Teresa W. Wilborn, promoted to professor

Shenandoah University Appointments/Elections • Dawn E. Havrda was recertified as a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. • Jenny Kim has been appointed as an assistant professor, Department of Pharmacogenomics.

• Alan J. Zillich and Karen S. Hudmon received $100,000 for “The Patient Centered Medical Home and Integrated Tobacco Cessation Care.”

• Kelly P. Masters has been credentialed as a certified diabetes educator and was recertified as a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.


• Michelle L. Rager has been credentialed as a certified diabetes educator.

• Eric L. Barker, professor • Patti Darbishire, clinical associate professor

• Amber Wesner has been appointed as an assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice.

• Sharon M. Erdman, clinical professor


• Tony R. Hazbun, associate professor

• Sarah Parnapy Jawaid was chosen to participate in the 2011-12 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

• Carol A. Ott, clinical associate professor • Chiwook Park, associate professor


• Brian M. Shepler, clinical associate professor

• Jennifer E. Bryant has been promoted to associate professor. • James S. Green has been promoted to associate professor.

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• Dawn E. Havrda has been promoted to professor.


South Carolina College of Pharmacy

• Michael Dickson, professor

Appointments/Elections • Eugenia Broude, scientist • Kim Creek, professor and vice chair, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences • Brianne Dunne, assistant professor

• Earle W. Lingle Jr., associate professor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Appointments/Elections • Gireesh V. Gupchup, dean, School of Pharmacy

• Jason S. Haney, assistant professor

The Ohio State University

• Bryan Love, assistant professor


• Whitney Maxwell, assistant professor

• The College of Pharmacy was selected as an APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes Community.

• Christina Piro, assistant professor • Igor Roninson, professor and endowed chair of the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence for Translational Cancer Therapeutics • Misha Shtutman, assistant professor

The University of Arizona Appointments/Elections

• Patrick M. Woster, professor and endowed chair of the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence for Drug Discovery

• J. Lyle Bootman has been appointed UA senior vice president for health sciences and received an honorary doctor of science degree from The Ohio State University.

• Jun Wu, assistant professor



• Marie A. Chisholm-Burns received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists; the 2011 Nicholas AndrewCummings Award from the National Academies of Practice; the 2010 Vision Award from the University of Arizona’s Commission on the Status of Women; and the 2011 Soroptimist Ruby Award.

• Sondra H. Berger, director of international programs • John A. Bosso, inducted member National Academy of Practice-Pharmacy • Philip D. Hall, campus dean, Medical University of South Carolina Campus • Heather Kokko, director of dual degree Pharm.D./ MBA program with the Citadel • Kelly R. Ragucci, assistant dean for curriculum, Medical University of South Carolina Campus • Bryan Ziegler, interim director of Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center


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• Kelly Green Boesen, Preceptor of the Year Award • Richard N. Herrier, Clinical Science Educator of the Year Award • Theodore G. Tong was honored as an Advocate for Diversity in Medicine by the Victoria Foundation. • Georg T. Wondrak, Basic Science Educator of the Year Award

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The University of Iowa

• Michael Ihnat, associate professor of pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences



• Paul W. Abramowitz, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists executive vice president and CEO-designate.

• Nancy Brahm and Kimberly Crosby both received the OU-Tulsa President’s Leadership Award for Service.

• Barry L. Carter has been appointed to the firstever Partick E. Keefe Professorship in Pharmacy through the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

• Vincent C. Dennis, 2011 OU Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching


• JoLaine R. Drauglis received the David Ross Boyd Professorship, a life-time appointment, from the OU Board of Regents.

• Lee E. Kirsch is the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Parenteral Drug Association.

• Beth H. Resman-Targoff was named 2011 Pharmacist of the Year by the Oklahoma Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists.

The University of Kansas


Awards • Lester A. Mitscher was recently inducted as a 2011 American Chemical Society Fellow.

The University of Montana Grants • Dianne L. DeCamp has received $269,444 from NIH for High-Level Expression of Human EAAT3 for Biochemical and Structural Analysis. • Katherine S. Hale has received $187,188 from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for a Hypertension Self Management Education Service Provided by Community Pharmacists and The University of Montana. • Darrell A. Jackson has received $425,108 from NIH for Synaptic Modification of AMPRs by Oxidative Stress.

The University of Oklahoma Appointments/Elections • Lucila Garcia-Contreras, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Vibhudutta Awasthi, NIH-NHLBI R01, $1,493,228.”Biologic evaluation of liposomeencapsulated hemoglobin” and American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid, $140,000, “Modulation of host defense by SP-A-TLR4 interaction.” • W. Michael McShan, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), $135,000, “Mobile Element SpyCIM1 Enhances Survival in S. pyogenes.” • H. Anne Pereira, Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE)Award, $325,000. “New drugs for bad bugs.” • Scott Schaeffer, HRSA, $100,000. “Poison control and stabilization and enhancement program-deaf/ hard of hearing.” • Michael J. Smith, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), $18,294. “Examination of Medicaid data from 14 states.” • Kelly M. Standifer, Department of Defense DMRDP, $1,356,521. “Molecular mechanism of chronic pain and its modulation by posttraumatic stress disorder and nociceptin orphanin FQ.” • Youngjae You, OU Cancer Institute Breast Cancer

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faculty news

Research Seed Grant Award, $50,000. “Synthesis and in vitro study of longer-wavelangth absorbing photosensitizers targeting cancer cells for PDT (photodynamic therapy) in recurrent breast cancers.”

Promotions • Nancy C. Brahm, clinical professor of pharmacy: clinical and administrative sciences-Tulsa • Kimberly M. Crosby, associate professor of pharmacy: clinical and administrative sciences-Tulsa • Kevin C. Farmer, professor, pharmacy: clinical and administrative sciences-Tulsa • Nancy A. Letassy, professor, clinical and administrative sciences-OKC • Todd R. Marcy, associate professor, clinical and administrative sciences-OKC • Michael J. Miller, associate professor with tenure

Retirements • Gordon P. Sachdev, George Lynn Cross Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

The University of Tennessee Appointments/Elections • Todd Bess was appointed to serve a second threeyear term starting June 1, 2011 on the Advisory Committee on Examinations for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

• Roland (Rolly) Dickerson was the recipient of the 2011 Dean Joseph B. Sprowls Distinguished Lecturer Award and selected as a 2011 Fellow of ASHP. • Stephan L. Foster has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Alumni Public Service Award for the UT Health Sciences Center Campus. • Stephanie Grimes and Alan Knauth received the APhA-APRS Best Postgraduate Paper Award at the APhA Meeting in Seattle. • Trevor McKibbin received the McKibbin HOPA New Practitioner of the Year Award. • Stephanie J. Phelps received the Richard A. Helms Award for Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice during the 20th Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. • Laura A. Thoma was awarded the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Service Appreciation Award. • UT’s Rho Chi Alpha Nu Chapter won the Region III Chapter Achievement Award at the Rho Chi Annual Meeting on March 27, 2011 in Seattle. • J. Aubrey Waddell received the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APPM) Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice. • Michelle Zingone was presented with the PLS Alumna Award on March 12, 2011 at the Rho Chi & Phi Lambda Sigma Initiation Banquet.


• Stephan L. Foster will be inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and was invited and accepted as a Founding Member of the Edward Jenner Society.

• Candace S. Brown, The National Institutes of Health, $2.55 million over four years for her project “A Controlled Trial of Gabapentin in Vulvodynia: Biological Correlates of Response.”


The University of Toledo

• Bradley A. Boucher was elected to the Rho Chi Society Executive Council at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle.


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Appointments/Elections • Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich was elected president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS).

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• Sai Hanuman Sagar Boddu, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Jerry Nesamony has been selected as an item writer for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Awards • Diane M. Cappelletty, Teacher of the Year • Paul W. Erhardt was one of two recipients who received the Innovation in Medicinal Chemistry Award at the International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind held in Nagpur, India. • Christine N. Hinko, Outstanding Adviser of the Year • Jerry Nesamony, Professor of the Year • Kimberly A. Schmude, Outstanding University Professor

Grants • Katherine A. Wall, R15 grant from the NIH titled “Synthesis of Glycopeptide-Based Cancer Antigen Vaccines.” Steve Sucheck is co-principal investigator. The three-year award is for $230,000 direct costs.

Promotions • Curtis D. Black, promoted to distinguished university professor emeritus of pharmacy • Mary F. Powers, professor of pharmacy practice

Retirements • Curtis D. Black, Merck professor of clinical pharmacy

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections

Awards • William J. Jusko received the 2011 Leadership Award from the American Society of Pharmacometrics.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Appointments/Elections • Tiffany Dickey has been named assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Washington Regional Medical Center, in association with the Northwest Campus of the College of Pharmacy. • Victoria Seation has been named assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, in association with the Northwest Campus of the College of Pharmacy. • Jonathan Wolfe has been named director of planned giving for the College of Pharmacy.

Awards • Marjan Boerma has been selected by the Radiation Research Society Awards and Honors Committee as the 2011 recipient of the Michael Fry Research Award. • The college’s chapter of APhA-ASP was named Chapter of the Year.

Promotions • Jan K. Hastings has been named associate dean for development for the College of Pharmacy.

University of Florida Promotions • Yan Gong has been promoted to research associate professor. • Lisa D. Inge was promoted to clinical associate professor.

• Eugene D. Morse was appointed to the editorial board of Personalized Medicine in Oncology.

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faculty news

• Julie A. Johnson has been promoted to distinguished professor.

• Keith A. Rodvold, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, Best Research Manuscript 2009.

• W. Thomas Smith was promoted to clinical associate professor.

• Nancy L. Shapiro was named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


• James Shaw and A. Simon Pickard were awarded 2010 Best Policy Research Poster of the Year for “Multinational Evaluation of Conditional Median Models of EQ-5D Health State Preferences” at the 17th Annual International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference.

• Julie A. Johnson has received a $500,000, oneyear administrative supplement from UF to launch a personalized medicine program in Clinical and Translational Science Institute. • John S. Markowitz and Haojie Zhu have received a two-year, $408,000 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue their program in pharmacogenomics of antiviral agents. This award is titled “Genetic Variants of Human CES 1 Influence the Activation and Antiviral Activity of Oseltamivir.” • Veronika Butterweck has received the 2011 Bionorica Phytoneering Award from the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research at the 42nd International Symposium on Essential Oils in Antalya, Turkey. The award includes a check for $14,500.

• James Shaw, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Top Reviewer.

Grants • Joanna E. Burdette, Liz Tilberis Grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for her project “Identifying early events in ovarian cancer using ovarian surface and tubal epithelial three-dimensional culture.” The $450,000 grant will be paid in three equal installments from 2011–14.

University of Illinois at Chicago

• Michael T. Johnson, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, federal contract for up to $13.8 million to develop antibiotics to treat anthrax, tularemia and plague. The five-year contract is from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense’s combat-support agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.



• A. Simon Pickard was elected vice chair of the EuroQol Group Executive Committee.

• John McBride, associate director, pharmacy IT, hospital pharmacy services and clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice

• Monsheel Sodhi, assistant professor, pharmacy practice • Daniel R. Touchette was named the director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy PracticeBased Research Network.

Awards • Gail B. Mahady, United States Pharmacopoeia, Extraordinary Contributor. • A. Simon Pickard received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology Stanley A. Edlavitch Award for Best Student Abstract (advisor/ co-author).


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University of Houston Appointments/Elections • Susan M. Abughosh has been appointed to the editorial board of Epidemiology: Current Research. • Karim A. Alkadhi has been appointed to the editorial boards of Pharmacie Globale, Current Neuropharmacology, Advances in Pharmacological Sciences, World Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology-Current Research.

faculty news

• Douglas C. Eikenburg has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Ke-He Ruan has been appointed editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.

Awards • Richard A. Bond was the only researcher from the U.S. to be recognized at the June 2011 Medical Futures Innovation Awards ceremony in London. • Anne M. Tucker has received the Houston Area Dietetics Association’s 2011 Bluebonnet Award.

Grants • Elizabeth A. Coyle has received the 2011-12 Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Residency Award in the amount of $40,000 from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists in support of the UHCOP/Cardinal Health PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Residency. • Kevin W. Garey has received a one-year, $76,010 grant from Merck & Co. for “Inhibition of Host Inflammatory Response of C. difficile toxins by Monoclonal antibodies to Toxins A and B” and a two-year, $94,015 grant from Merck & Co. for “A contemporary analysis of echinocandin use.” • Elizabeth B. Hirsch (co-PI) has received a oneyear, $35,000 grant from the Roderick D. MacDonald Research Fund at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) for her project, “Development of a rapid and reliable screening method for detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)producing isolates in SLEH.” • Claire M. Mach has received the 2010-2011 Gynecologic Cancer Foundation/Carol’s Cause Endometrial Cancer Research Grant, a one-year, $25,000 award for her project “MicroRNA-based Strategy for Targeting Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma.” • Maria V. Tejada-Simon has received a $60,210 grant from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation for her project, “Therapeutic potential of Rac inhibitors in cognitive disorders.”

Promotions • E. James Essien, professor • Russell E. Lewis, professor

University of Kentucky Awards • The College of Pharmacy was selected as an APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes Community.

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections • Eberechukwu Onukwugha has been named 20112013 chair-elect of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Council.

Awards • Natalie D. Eddington received a Special Leader Award from the YWCA Greater Baltimore. • Margaret A. Hayes was named one of the Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 Women and was inducted into its Circle of Excellence. • Kristin Watson was selected by her peers at the School of Pharmacy as its AACP Teacher of the Year.

Promotions • Lisa Charneski has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice and science. • Bethany DiPaula has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice and science. • Cherokee Layson-Wolf has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice and science. • Jason M. Noel has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice and science. • Fadia Shaya has been promoted to professor with tenure in pharmaceutical health services research.

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University of Minnesota Appointments/Elections • Kerry K. Fierke joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor. • Vishal Lamba joined the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology as an assistant professor.

Grants • Lowell J. Anderson, Tom Larson and Randy Seifert received a $10,000 grant from McKesson to support a new advanced practice experience rotation in rural community pharmacy marketing of MTM and other pharmaceutical care services. • Angela K. Birnbaum is a co-investigator on the four-year NIH grant, “Preclinical Studies of a Heroin/Morphine Vaccine, 1R01DA030715-01.” The funder is the National Institute on Drug Abuse. • Jim Cloyd received a $433,000 grant from Neurelis for his study, “A Three-Period, Three-Treatment, Six Sequence Randomized Crossover Study of the Bioavailability and Pharmacokinetics of Diazepam After Intranasal and Intravenous Administration to Healthy Volunteers.” • Dan Harki received a Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics grant in the amount of $434,256 for his project, “Development of Antibodies for the Detection of Topoisomerase I- and Topoisomerase II- DNA Complexes.” He also received a $30,000 Leukemia Research Fund grant for his study, “Elucidating the Mechanisms of AML Cancer Stem Cell Toxicity by Parthenolide.” • Chengguo (Chris) Xing received a $30,000 Leukemia Research Fund grant for his study, “An Anticancer Agent Selective Against Drug-Resistant AML.” He also received a Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament/Leukemia Research Fund Award for his project, “Novel Anticancer Agents for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”


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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Appointments/Elections • S. Rahima Benhabbour, research assistant professor • Dalesha Carpenter, research assistant professor

Grants • Moo Cho, “New Chemical Entities for Targeted Release of Generic Chemotherapies,” NC Biotechnology Center, $100,000; and “New Chemical Entities for Targeted Release of Generic Chemotherapies,” NovoLipid Inc., $20,000. • Julie Dumond, “Optimizing Antiretroviral Use in Aging: Pharmacokinetics, Response, and Toxicity,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $108,119. • Rudolph L. Juliano, “Intracellular Trafficking of Antisense and siRNA Oligonucleotides in Cancer Cells,” National Cancer Institute, $307,100. • Kuo-Hsiung Lee, “Plant Antitumor Agents,” National Cancer Institute, $312,243. • Herb Patterson, “Comparison of the Relative Oral Bioavailability of Tolvaptan Administered via Nasogastric Tube to Tolvaptan Tablets Swallowed Intact,” Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. $174,425. • Scott F. Singleton, “Synereca Sponsored Research Amendment,” Synereca Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $43,558. • Alexander Tropsha, “Development, Validation, and Delivery of Externally Predictive QSAR Models of Hepatotoxicity;” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; $750,000. • Xiao Xiao, “Muscle as a Platform for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment by Gene Delivery,” National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, $321,900.

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Promotions • Rowell Daniels, associate dean for clinical affairs • David S. Lawrence, chair of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products • Jian Liu, professor • Mary Roth McClurg, director of assessment • Adam M. Persky, director of the Center for Educational Excellence in Pharmacy • Alexander Tropsha, associate dean for research • Xiao Xiao, vice chair of the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics


in Education Awards, sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, for the proposal “Innovative Instructional Approach to Foster Self-Directed Learning.” • Thomas D. Nolin was named the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award. • Ty A. Ridenour received the Service to the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Award. • Paul L. Schiff received the annual Stanford I. Cohen Teacher of the Year Award. • Amy L. Seybert has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Pamela L. Smithburger received the school’s Faculty Preceptor of the Year Award.

• Stephen M. Caiola, associate professor


• Rudolph L. Juliano, Boshamer Distinguished Professor

• Kim C. Coley received $85,625 from Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., for “Reclassification of ICD-9 Coding for Patients with Gout: Evaluation of Patient Characteristics, Prescribing Patterns and Resource Use.”

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections • Paul A. Johnston, research associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences • Levent Kirisci was named as statistical consultant for the World Health Organization Project on Assessing Health System Development Toward Person-Centered Care. Kirisci was also named as statistical editor of the International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine. • Lee A. McDermott, visiting research assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences • Xiang-Qun (Sean) Xie was invited to serve as a member of the NIH Biophysics of Neural Systems Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

Awards • Neal J. Benedict was named the recipient of the 2011 Innovation in Teaching Award. • Neal J. Benedict and Kristine S. Schonder received one of eight University of Pittsburgh Innovation

• Donna M. Huryn received a $943,449 grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute, Science Applications International Corporation-Frederick, for “Evaluation of Rationally-Designed Small Molecules Directed Against the c-Myc Oncoprotein.”

Promotions • Alexander Doemling, professor with tenure, pharmaceutical sciences • Wen Xie, professor, pharmaceutical sciences

Retirements • David J. Edwards, professor, pharmaceutical sciences

University of the Sciences Appointments/Elections • Leona Blustein, visiting assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice/ Pharmacy Administration

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• Karleen Melody, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice/ Pharmacy Administration • Shelly Otsuka, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration • Jennifer A. Reinhold was named to the editorial board of Prevention Magazine and will write a monthly column. • Radha Vanmali, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice/ Pharmacy Administration

Awards • Bruce R. Canaday received the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy 2011 Distinguished Service Award.

• Cathy Y. Poon, Vice Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

University of Washington Appointments/Elections • Peggy S. Odegard has been named the next chair of the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy.

Awards • Gail D. Anderson is the recipient of the School of Pharmacy’s 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award. • Thomas A. Baillie has been named chair of the University of Washington Health Sciences Board of Deans. He was also inducted as a 2011 American Chemical Society Fellow.

• Lindsay Curtin, Michael Cawley and Laura A. Finn won a Bright Idea Teaching Award for their work titled “Impact of Computer-Based Simulation on Achievement of Learning Outcomes.”

• Nanci L. Murphy received a Rho Chi Alumni Award for her work advancing the profession at the Rho Chi national meeting in March.

• Gladys M. Duenas, University of the Sciences Greek Advisor of the Year, Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration

• Jeannine S. McCune is the principal investigator on a new grant that aims to improve a child’s chance of survival when being treated with cyclophosphamide, a commonly used anti-cancer drug. The project is titled “Pharmacogenetics of Cyclophosphamide Adverse Drug Reactions in Children.” It is a two-year, $768,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute.

• Grace L. Earl won a Bright Idea Teaching Award for her work titled “Evaluating Student Online Discussion Forums to Improve Teaching Methods that Promote Thinking.” • Laura A. Mandos, Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year • Sarah A. Spinler was recognized recently at the ACCP Cardiology PRN meeting for her “significant contributions to ACCP during the past 2 years.” • Joan Tarloff was the recipient of the Society of Toxicology Endowment Fund 50th Anniversary Undergraduate Educator Award.


Promotions • Donald F. Downing received the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice Professorship, effective July 1, for a period of 5 years. • Shiu-Lok Hu has been selected as the recipient of the Milo Gibaldi Professorship in Pharmaceutics, effective July 1, for a period of 5 years.


• Peggy S. Odegard has been named the chair of the Department of Pharmacy.

• Lisa E. Davis, professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration


• Jill A. Pfeiffenberger, assistant provost of academic affairs


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• Duane C. Bloedow, senior lecturer of pharmaceutics.

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Virginia Commonwealth University

• Amy L. Pakyz, associate professor with tenure, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science


• Masahiro Sakagami, associate professor with tenure, Department of Pharmaceutics

• Kelly Goode and Sallie D. Mayer have been named “Community Champions” for two of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Project IMPACT: Diabetes.

• Brigitte L. Sicat, associate professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

• Leticia R. Moczygemba received a Best New Investigator Podium Research Presentation Award from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research at its 16th Annual International Meeting.

• Evan Sisson, associate professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

Retirements • Ronald E. Polk, professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

• Sarah Steinhardt has been named the 2011-12 Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow.

• William E. Smith, professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science


Wayne State University

• Kai “Annie” Cheang; American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Grant-in-Aid; $155,000; “Oral Contraceptives, Insulin Resistance and Cardiovascular Risk Profile in African-American vs. Caucasian Women.” • Michael Hindle (co-PI); $1.9 million; “Effective Delivery of Pharmaceutical Aerosols During NonInvasive Ventilation.” • Benjamin W. Van Tassell; American Heart Association; $300,000; “IL-1 Induces Beta 1-AR Dysregulation in Heart Failure Through a PI3K GammaDependent Mechanism.”

Promotions • Spencer E. Harpe, associate professor with tenure, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science • David A. Holdford, professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science • Cynthia K. Kirkwood, professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science • Laura A. Morgan, associate professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

Appointments/Elections • Denise H. Rhoney, appointed interim chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Grants • Lynette R. Moser, for the third consecutive year, has received $15,400 in university funding to support a P2 Pharmacy Learning Community, designed to improve academic performance in the P2 year. • Denise H. Rhoney, Otsuka American Pharmaceuticals, $100,000, Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Response of Tolvaptan in Neurocritical Care.

Promotions • Susan L. Davis, promoted to associate professor (clinical) • Candace L. Garwood, promoted to associate professor (clinical) • Pram Kale-Pradhan, promoted to professor (clinical) • Dennis Parker Jr., promoted to associate professor (clinical)

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West Virginia University Appointments/Elections

Western University of Health Sciences

• Erik Bey, assistant professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences and eminent scholar in Lung Cancer Research at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center’s Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program


• Lena M. Maynor, director of advanced pharmacy practice experiences

• Roger S. Klotz was elected chair-elect of the executive committee for the Section of Home, Ambulatory, and Chronic Care Practitioners for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

• Charles D. Ponte has been named to the Advisory Board for the 2012 revision of “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes” APhA certificate program for pharmacists.

Awards • Charles (CK) Babcock is now a certified diabetes Educator (CDE).

Grants • Cindy Tworek is the subcontract principal investigator for the Morgantown, West Virginia, site of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant, “Assessing the Influence of Packaging and Product Configurations on Appeal and Perceived Risk of Tobacco Products: Experimental Field Studies among Young Adults.” • Diana Vinh received a Public Service Grant in the amount of $7,327 for the proposal “Enhancing Communication with Community Networks to Promote Mobile Mammography” by the University Senate Service Committee. • Tara R. Whetsel received a Public Service Grant in the amount of $7,564 for the proposal, “Development of a Multi-Level Diabetes Education Team,” by the University Senate Service Committee.

• Janice Hoffman and Chen Chen were appointed to the Academy of Long Term Care Board for the California Pharmacists Association.

• Anandi V. Law has been confirmed for a 3-year appointment on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. • Mark Nguyen was recently installed as incoming president of OCSHP (Orange County Society of Health-System Pharmacists). • Daniel C. Robinson was initiated as secretary of the Council of Deans for AACP. Dean Robinson also served as the Administrative Delegate from WesternU.

Awards • Karl M. Hess has been named recipient of the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). • Janice Hoffman, Fadi Khasawneh, Maria Lambros and David Min were awarded the Faculty Service Award. • Wallace J. Murray has been selected to receive the 2011 Rho Chi National Faculty Advisor award. • Stephen A. O’Barr was initiated as chair of the AACP Biological Sciences Section and was selected to participate in the 2010-11 Academic Leadership Fellows Program. • Emmanuelle Schwartzman successfully received her CDE (certified diabetes educator) certification. • Jeffrey Wang received the Chinese American Faculty Association of Southern California 2011 Service Award.


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Grants • Arezoo Campbell, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands; $7,500, “Cerium Oxide in diesel exhaust and neuroinflammation.” • Karl M. Hess, Chariat Supsin: APhA Foundation Incentive Grants Program, “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers of Elderly Patients and Primary Care Providers Regarding Shingles and Shingles Vaccine Administration.” • Cynthia Jackevicius: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Canadian equivalent to NIH) $1 million over four years, “Measuring and Improving the Quality of ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Care.” • Sunil Prabhu, Ying Huang, Jeffrey Wang, Arezoo Campbell, NIH, $149,000, “Chemoprevention of Pancreatic Cancer Using a Combinatorial NanoDrug System.”

Wilkes University Awards • Jonathan D. Ference received first place in the Tufts Information Mastery Change Agent Awards. • Zbigniew J. Witczak was inducted as a 2011 American Chemical Society Fellow.

Promotions • Scott Bolesta was promoted to associate professor with tenure. • Jonathan D. Ference was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Wingate University Awards • The School of Pharmacy was selected as an APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes Community.

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