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The News Magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy NOW


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News in Brief 5


News Briefs

Raising the Bar


In Memoriam


Capitol Hill News


Diary of a PharmCAS Super-User


2009 Teachers of the Year


A Virtual Reality at Purdue

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Leading the Revolution 2009 Annual Meeting


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Faculty News


Members Working for You

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The Last Word

Cover: Page 8: Sarah Kiewel Page 10: Dr. C.A. Bond: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Dr. Calvin Brister: West Virginia University Page 11: Dr. Lon N. Larson: Drake University; Dr. Henry A. Palmer: University of Connecticut; Dr. Emmanuel B. Thompson: University of Illinois at Chicago Photo Services Page 14: South Carolina College of Pharmacy Page 15: Ohio Northern University Page 21: Photos by John Underwood of

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Purdue University and are courtesy of Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) Pages 22–25: Dr. Christina Madison, University of Southern Nevada Page 37: Christina Murrey, José C. Rodriguez, The University of Texas at Austin Page 38: Loma Linda University Page 39: Nick Romanenko, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Page 41: Washington State University Page 45: Dr. Mary Monk-Tutor, Samford University Back cover:

letter from the editor

Dear Colleagues: No doubt everyone can recite the memorable MasterCardTM commercial that ends with “priceless.” Adapting it to those things close to our hearts would go something like this: The average cost of attending one year of Pharm.D. education at an in-state public school : $14,636. The average salary of a U.S. pharmacy school dean: $208,675. The average starting salary of a Pharm.D. resident: $38,500. The economic impact of a college or school of pharmacy…priceless! Actually, the paper by Drs. Gourley, White-Means and Wallace, which deservedly earned the 2009 Rufus Lyman Award for the best paper published in the previous year in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, did such a calculation. Their bottom line stated that “for every dollar invested in The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy by the state of Tennessee, the net economic impact is $27.90.” Not a bad return! This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now profiles nearly ten percent of AACP member institutions and the economic impact they are making in their communities and states. It’s not just all numbers, either. In fact, a case can be made that the greatest returns from investments, whether public or private, in pharmacy education are the intangibles that can never be adequately captured in numbers. These are things like the outreach our faculty and students make to K-12 schools or to senior centers. It is the care provided in studentrun clinics and the impact of a compassionate interaction with a homeless person who hasn’t encountered kindness in a long time. The list of these types of activities is endless and critically important. In these challenging economic times it is crucial that each of us in the Academy is able to make the argument for our value and the ROI achieved when the state, federal government or private donors consider whether to put their resources in our portfolio or someone else’s. I trust the cases made in this issue will enable others to tell their own story. And speaking of stories, AACP leaders and staff cannot stop talking about the outstanding AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars held in Boston in July! With exceptional attendance and an array of programs of superior quality, everyone walked away fulfilled and equipped with more new ideas for courses and faculty development than could ever be implemented in a year. The success of our meeting is that programming comes from members who are committed to sharing with and learning from each other about how to make pharmacy education better and stronger. It keeps us on the cutting edge whether in terms of active learning, experiential education, social media or pharmacogenomics. Please accept our thanks for all the contributions you have made to this year’s and previous meetings. The call will soon be issued for special sessions and abstracts for the 2010 meeting in Seattle. Watch the AACP Web site and E-lerts for details. Best wishes for a great new academic year!

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

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news in brief

News Briefs URI College of Pharmacy Receives Gift Commitment The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy received a $500,000 gift commitment from an alumnus that will go toward the cost of the college’s planned $75-million building. Ernest Mario, who received a master’s degree and doctorate from the college in 1964 and 1966, respectively, pledged the money as president of the Mario Family Foundation. The URI Foundation said the money would help pay for a 167-seat 3D “visualization auditorium” that will use a projection system similar to IMAX to display molecular and anatomical images and data. URI plans to build the new 147,000-square-foot pharmacy building in the north district of the Kingston campus, which is being transformed into a life-sciences hub. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, said URI Foundation President Glen R. Kerkian.

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy to Train Pharmacy Faculty from Saudi Arabia A new project is underway to start clinical training in Arizona to benefit pharmacy faculty members in Saudi Arabia. The University of Arizona (UA) College of Pharmacy will soon launch the program to train two dozen pharmacy faculty members from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During the first three years of the contract, the program will bring in more than $3.4 million to the college to pay for needed personnel and cover other expenses. The objective is to teach the professors more about clinical pharmacy practice and education so they can then return to Saudi Arabia to further develop their clinical pharmacy education programs. According to Michael Katz, coordinator of the UA college’s international education efforts, this could be the largest agreement involving international pharmacy faculty training in the United States. He hopes this agreement will spur a larger international training and education program at the college.

Telepharmacy Rescues Drug Stores, Improves Healthcare and Creates Jobs in North Dakota Towns Through the use of state-of-the-art telecommunications tech-

nology, pharmacists are able to provide pharmaceutical care to patients at a distance. Telepharmacy expands access to quality healthcare to communities nationwide, primarily in rural, medically-underserved areas. Through the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project, a licensed pharmacist at a central pharmacy site supervises a registered pharmacy technician at a remote telepharmacy site through the use of video conferencing technology. The technician prepares the prescription drug for dispensing by the pharmacist. The pharmacist communicates face-to-face in real time with the technician and the patient through audio and video computer links. The North Dakota Telepharmacy Project is a collaboration of the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences, the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy, and the North Dakota Pharmacists Association. North Dakota was the first state to pass administrative rules allowing retail pharmacies to operate in certain remote areas without requiring a pharmacist to be present. As of September 2008, 72 pharmacies are involved in the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project, 24 central pharmacy sites and 48 remote telepharmacy sites supported by a HRSA grant. Approximately 40,000 rural citizens have had their pharmacy services restored, retained or established through the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project since its inception. The project has restored valuable access to healthcare in remote, medically underserved areas of the state and has added approximately $12 million in economic development to the local rural economy including adding 40–50 new jobs.

Maryland Health Officials Seek Guidance from School of Pharmacy Representatives from the state of Maryland and several pharmacy professional organizations visited the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on May 7 to talk with its Board of Visitors about pharmacists’ role in the federal governments’ pending healthcare reform plans. John Colmers, Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, led his presentation with a recap of the recent H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak, and asked for feedback from the School of Pharmacy, with its extensive network of pharmacists, on “what worked and what didn’t work.” Colmers said that “we are not out of the woods yet. We have identified that this is a virus that is in our population and we are

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in the phase now of lessons learned.” He said his department is gathering data on medication and counseling provided by pharmacists during the outbreak. Colmers also said his department is a strong partner with the school, which is the oldest and largest pharmacy school in the state and is associated with a network of several hundred preceptors for students. The volunteers, usually pharmacists, serve as practitioner-educators.

Wayne State Student Pharmacists’ Service Project Reaches South Africa From Detroit to Africa, second-year student pharmacists at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University (WSU) are crossing international borders and “Fighting AIDS with Nutrition” (FAWN). Within a two-week period, the students collected cans of nutritional supplement and $1,300 in donations to ship 115 cases (24 cans/case) to Botswana, Malawi and South Africa. The shipment of liquid nutritional supplement is expected to strengthen the immune system of 20 AIDS victims for three months. WSU student pharmacists James Barclay, Naila Catic, Jona Lekura and Chidi Nwanyanwu chose FAWN to meet their community service requirement for the early practice patient care course. They learned of the non-profit organization to assist AIDS patients in South Africa from course coordinator Geralynn Smith, director of experiential education programs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

The University of Findlay Announces College of Pharmacy The University of Findlay announced that its School of Pharmacy is now the College of Pharmacy. The decision reflects the growth of the program, which began admitting students in fall 2005, and its growing role within the university and Findlay communities. The School of Pharmacy was previously under the umbrella of the College of Health Professions, but is now the College of Pharmacy and joins other academic colleges at The University of Findlay for business, education, health professions, and liberal arts and sciences. The pharmacy program, which was the first new program of its kind in 100 years in the state of Ohio, will graduate its first class of 60 students in 2010. The creation of the program was in response to an aging population with greater reliance on pharmaceutical treatment of diseases and ailments.

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the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, created a new field of research—microbial endocrinology—when he discovered that bacteria could actually respond to the very same neuroendocrine hormones that make up the human nervous system. The field, he explained, represents the intersection of microbiology and neurobiology. “It has provided a new way to look at how bacteria interface with us in both health and disease,” Dr. Lyte said. “When you consider that bacteria can recognize hormones such as those that are produced during stress, then a whole new way of looking at the mechanisms by which infection occur takes on a new light.” Dr. Lyte said the field of microbial endocrinology also seeks to understand how hormones in our gut, which are produced by the gut’s enteric nervous system (also known in the press as “the second brain in the gut”), regulate the bacteria that live within our intestinal tract and are essential for our survival as they help to process the food we eat. Dr. Lyte has since been awarded a book contract from Springer Publishers for a volume dedicated to the research field he created. He will co-author the work with the help of a long-time collaborator in England. The book, to be published later this year, will have contributions from investigators working as far away as Russia.

New University of Florida FDA/CDER Graduate Scholarship Program This fall, the Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is partnering in graduate education for the first time with the University of Florida (UF) in an effort to recruit individuals to become research scientists trained in safety and regulatory decision-making. The FDA/CDER Graduate Scholarship program works in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. It offers funded graduate education to career-minded healthcare professionals who are interested in research surrounding the safe, effective and cost-effective use of medications. The new research program will provide master’s and doctorate education developed to advance scientific training and analysis involved in the safety and regulatory decisions unique to the center’s and agency’s mission. The partnership plans to admit 15 to 20 recent graduates from the health sciences annually into graduate programs in the UF College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. Extensive hands-on experience in FDA regulatory science, including regulatory review opportunities and mentoring, will be provided by affiliate faculty located at CDER.

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UCSF Study Reveals How to Make Gasoline from Yeast and Bacterium A chemical precursor molecule of gasoline can be produced from biomass and salt, according to research by University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy’s Dr. Christopher A. Voigt and UCSF colleagues. In this case, the precursor is methyl halide, and the gasoline derived from it through catalytic conversion is chemically indistinguishable from that produced from petroleum and would not require new vehicle engines, according to Voigt. His approach to methyl halide production uses cellulose-rich, non-food crop waste or grasses and consequently would not displace food-producing crops.

The results of this research were published online April 20, 2009 by the Journal of the American Chemical Society and have subsequently attracted international media attention. Voigt, who is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is the principal investigator of the study. Using tools from synthetic biology, the group programmed the DNA of yeast to produce methyl halides from biomass and salt. In doing so, they created an artificial symbiotic relationship between a bacterium and yeast. The bacterium, which was originally isolated from a French garbage dump, can eat non-food agricultural waste and convert it to a form that the yeast can then turn into methyl halides.

New Members Join AJPE Editorial Board Five new members of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) Editorial Board began their three-year terms in July. Drs. Harold L. Kirschenbaum (Long Island University), Amy L. Seybert (University of Pittsburgh), Zubin H. Austin (University of Toronto), Frank Romanelli (University of Kentucky) and Monica G. Holiday-Goodman (The University of Toledo) will join returning Board members Drs. Patrick J. Davis (The University of Texas at Austin), Sudip K. Das (Butler University), Gary E. Delander (Oregon State University) and JoLaine R. Draugalis (The University of Oklahoma) who were reappointed for three-year terms along with 16 continuing members of the Board.

Board members serve as reviewers for manuscripts, write editorial viewpoints, serve as guest editors, review Journal performance and recommend to the editor topics that would be of interest to Journal readers. Board members completing their terms are Dr. Bradley A. Boucher (The University of Tennessee), Jeffrey C. Delafuente (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Dr. Wendy Duncan (St. Louis College of Pharmacy). Criteria considered for Editorial Board appointments include: consistent publication of high quality papers in the Journal, outstanding contributions to one or more disciplines in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences, leadership in pharmacy education and expertise in a field of education or health professions.

Roosevelt University Appoints New Dean to Develop College of Pharmacy Roosevelt University is creating a College of Pharmacy at its Schaumburg Campus and has appointed Dr. George E. MacKinnon III, former AACP vice president of academic affairs, as founding dean. The new College of Pharmacy will be Roosevelt’s sixth college and the first it has opened since 1970. The creation of this college is important because pharmacists are urgently needed in Illinois and across the nation. According to a study by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state will have more than 500 openings for pharmacists annually through 2014. Employment of pharmacists is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much faster than the national average for all occupations, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. “We are prepared to meet the demand for pharmacists head on,” said Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton. “We expect to have 65 students when the college enrolls its first class in fall 2011 and we anticipate that number will grow to a total of 195 students within three years.”

A Wisconsin native, Dr. MacKinnon possesses more than 20 years of experience as a pharmacy administrator and educator. He has held joint academic appointments in medicine and pharmacy at several educational institutions and has engaged in clinical practice, research, teaching and administration. He previously was associate dean, founding chairman and professor at the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy –Glendale and the assistant dean for experiential and postgraduate education at the Chicago College of Pharmacy. “Roosevelt University is presented with a tremendous opportunity through the establishment of the new College of Pharmacy to offer a health science program in Chicago’s northwest suburbs in partnership with world-class regional and rural health care facilities, national chain pharmacies and local pharmacy practitioners,” said Dr. MacKinnon. “The new College of Pharmacy will embody the spirit of Roosevelt University in preparing its diverse graduates to become responsible citizens in a global society, of which the profession of pharmacy is an integral part of ensuring optimal medication therapy outcomes in patients.”

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news in brief UF Researchers Say Genetic Tests May Improve Dosing of Widely Used AntiClotting Drug Doctors can use a patient’s genetic information to more accurately prescribe doses of a commonly used blood-thinning drug whose potency and side effects vary greatly from one person to the next, reports an international team of medical scientists, including researchers from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Writing in the Feb. 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers describe how they developed a way to use information about a patient’s genetic makeup to determine optimal doses of the anticoagulant warfarin, commonly referred to as a blood thinner. An estimated 2 million new patients with heart conditions or other risk factors begin warfarin treatment annually in the United States, making warfarin one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. It is used to prevent blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes or death. “In this study, we used data from the largest, most diverse group of patients to date to develop a method for using genetic information in combination with other patient information to determine the dosage of a very commonly used drug,” said Dr. Julie A. Johnson, director of the UF Center for Pharmacogenomics, associate director of the UF Genetics Institute and winner of the 2007 AACP Paul R. Dawson Biotechology Award. “This is one of the top five drugs that cause hospitalizations for adverse effects. The real value will be to patients getting warfarin therapy prescribed for the first time.” On the basis of the findings, the National Institutes of Health announced it will soon launch the largest multicenter, randomized clinical trial in the United States to test whether a gene-based strategy for prescribing the initial warfarin dose will improve patient outcomes. The University of Florida will be one of 12 centers participating in this trial. “Warfarin is a complicated drug to use because of its very narrow therapeutic window,” said Johnson, a professor and chairwoman of UF’s Department of Pharmacy Practice. “It’s a matter of balance. At one end there is a clotting risk, at the other is a bleeding risk, and in the middle is where we get the desired benefits from the drug. Finding the right dosage for a patient can be very tricky.” Adding to the challenge is that one person may need 10 times more of the drug than the next. Traditionally, doctors target the dose by taking a person’s standard clinical information, such as age, weight, gender, ethnicity and health conditions, and gradually adjust the dosage over a few weeks by observing how the drug affects clotting. However, when information about two genes, CYP2C9 and VKORC1, is factored into the initial determination, scientists found they could more accurately predict ideal dosages. Scientists used health information and DNA samples from 4,043 patients and created three dosage procedures. One was based on


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age, weight and other standard health variables. A second procedure added genetic information to the patient data and was referred to as the pharmacogenetic algorithm. A third model simply used a fixed dose of five milligrams of warfarin per day. After matching their predictions with what eventually turned out to be the appropriate warfarin dosage for each patient, the scientists found the pharmacogenetic method provided a significantly better prediction of the actual therapeutic dose. The greatest benefits were observed in 46.2 percent of the patients, who required either 21 milligrams or less, or 49 milligrams or more of warfarin per week, according to the study. These are the patients on the extreme ends of the dosage range who would suffer the most ill effects from an overdose. The study included patients from countries around the world, including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States. “This research study has made an important advance toward personalizing medicine — it uses data from countries around the world to develop a gene-based strategy for warfarin dosing that could benefit a wide range of patients,” said Dr. Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which partially funded the study. “This is a wonderful example of international cooperation and the results are especially valuable for the United States, since our population is so genetically diverse.” The investigation relied on more than 20 teams in nine countries on four continents joining to form the International Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Consortium, which was spearheaded by scientists involved in the National Institutes of Health Pharmacogenetics Research Network and PharmGKB, an online pharmacogenomics resource where data from the study is now freely available to scientists. In the Feb. 19 issue of The New England Journal in which this research appeared, Drs. Janet Woodcock and Lawrence J. Lesko of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research noted that understanding individual differences in the response, either positive or negative, to medicines is an important goal for pharmacotherapy. “Pharmacogenetics has the potential to increase benefit and reduce harm in people whose drug responses are not ‘average,’” they wrote. “Given the expected volume of genetic information and the relative paucity of randomDr. Julie A. Johnson, professor ized, controlled trials involving at the University of Florida’s marketed drugs, we need clear colleges of pharmacy and thinking about what is required medicine and director of the UF for the adoption of pharmacogeCenter for Pharmacogenomics. netic testing.”

news in brief Pharmacists Could Cut Medication Mistakes and Save Thousands of Dollars, Says UNC Study Pharmacists who spend extra time talking to heart patients about their drugs and looking for medication errors make a significant difference at reducing mistakes, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The study suggests pharmacists could play a significant role at reducing medication errors, which cost the United States as much as $177 billion a year. The study also explained that many commonplace errors go unnoticed, causing adverse health reactions. Dr. Michael D. Murray, Mescal S. Ferguson distinguished professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and colleagues at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, studied the effect of a program that trained pharmacists to prevent drug-related errors. They studied 800 people with heart failure or high blood pressure who took part in one of two clinical trials. One group worked with pharmacists who had been trained to instruct patients on the proper use of their medications, to monitor the patients and to communicate with their doctors to spot errors.

The other group got medication from pharmacists with no special training. Murray and colleagues, writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, said they found 210 medication errors or harmful side effects among the patients in the study. The most common errors included giving patients a prescription for a drug that should be avoided in elderly patients, vaginal yeast infections in women taking antibiotics, or prescriptions for multiple products containing the painkiller acetaminophen. Compared with the control group, people who got their drugs from specially trained pharmacists had a 35 percent lower risk of adverse drug reactions and a 37 percent lower risk of medication errors. Murray and colleagues said pharmacists trained at looking for medication errors and explaining proper use of medications to patients with complex conditions could save a 50,000-patient outpatient practice roughly $600,000 in annual charges to the payer.

Butler Helps Faculty, Staff Lead Healthier Lives Through New MTM Program College of Business Executive-in-Residence Jack Smith is on blood pressure medicine; he also exercises more and follows a low-sodium diet full of fruits and vegetables. Smith’s regimen comes as a result of his participation in Butler University’s new “Manage My Medication” program.

heartburn, low thyroid or depression, or taking four or more monthly prescription medications. Once qualified, a patient will receive an initial consultation with one of Butler’s faculty pharmacists. Consultations include a review of patient’s medications, medical history and insurance to see if there are opportunities to save money on medications. All patients also receive screenings for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as a BMI test.

Developed by Butler’s Health Horizons, a collaborative effort between the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) and Butler’s Human Resource Department to improve the health and well-being of faculty and staff, “Manage My Medication” brings Butler employees who are taking multiple medications or “After we do a review we put together a medication action plan,” who have certain diseases together with COPHS faculty phar- said Maffeo. “This could be anything from the time of day they should take their medications to whether they should take their macists for one-on-one consultation. medicine with or without food.” If a patient needs medication The decision to start the program was threefold. “Butler became changes or further medical treatment, the faculty pharmacist medically self-insured in 2007 and with this change, the optimi- contacts their physician. zation of healthcare resources and medications has become critical,” said Dr. Carrie M. Maffeo, director of health education and Each patient comes back in for a follow-up appointment about assistant professor of pharmacy practice. “It was also a natural two or three months after their initial visit. fit for COPHS, which has the expertise as pharmacists, so it’s A small number of Butler student pharmacists support the proreally tapping into the resources that we have.” gram by volunteering their time to develop patient charts and The program also reinforces the college’s focus on public health “take away” wallet-size medication cards that list the patient’s and wellness, one that is supported by a $25 million grant from medication, insurance and physician’s contact information. Students also have the opportunity to sit in with the faculty pharmathe Lilly Endowment. cist for the consultations. While the program is open to all faculty and staff enrolled in Butler’s insurance plan, as well as spouses and domestic partners, Since the program began in early February, more than 45 faculty only some employees qualify. To qualify, employees must be tak- and staff have participated and another 40 have shown interest. ing at least one monthly prescription medication for high blood Maffeo said she expects even more faculty and staff to join in the pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, diabetes, asthma, GERD/ months ahead. academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009


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In Memoriam

C.A. Bond

Calvin C. Brister

On June 8, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy family lost one of its most treasured members when Dr. C.A. (CAB) Bond passed away at his Amarillo home.

Dr. Calvin C. Brister, professor emeritus at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, passed away on Dec. 30, 2008. Dr. Brister was a wellknown and respected professor. He retired in July 2008 after 37 years of service at the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Brister brought a genuine love and compassion for his fellow humankind and the ability to always see the value and potential in every person he encountered at the Health Sciences Center. A scholarship fund is being established in memory of Dr. Brister. He had a special place in his heart for students with financial needs and the school hopes to honor his memory by providing support to students in his name. Checks can be made out to the WVU Foundation with Dr. Brister Scholarship for Pharmacy in the memo portion. Gifts may be sent to the WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507.

CAB was a founding faculty member and associate dean for the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy. He did his undergraduate work at the University of San Francisco and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He also completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency in clinical pharmacy at the University of California Hospital and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital. CAB spent 23 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine where he was professor of pharmacy and psychiatry. He also served as UW’s associate dean for professional affairs for 12 years. In 1994, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognized his practice as one of the eight best clinical pharmacy practices with a VA Practice Achievement Award. CAB and his wife, School of Pharmacy department chair and AACP past president Dr. Cynthia L. Raehl, relocated to Amarillo from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1995 to help plan the new TTUHSC pharmacy school, recruit the founding faculty and admit the first class of students for its inaugural semester in the fall of 1996. “I came to TTUHSC because it presented me with an opportunity to help create a school with one of the best professional curriculums,” CAB said in 2006 as the school celebrated its tenth anniversary. “I was impressed with the quality of the building and facilities and how committed the people were.” During his long and distinguished career, CAB’s dedication to the profession of pharmacy was recognized many times. Together he and Cindy received seven Research Literature Awards from the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the most recent coming in 2008. “The partnership that Cindy and CAB enjoyed benefited all of pharmacy in that together they produced outstanding research and insights into clinical pharmacy practice that moved the national agenda for patient-centered pharmacy practice forward,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO. CAB also earned Fellowship status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and ASHP, and in 2005 he received the ACCP Russell Miller award for his sustained contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy. In 2001, CAB was the recipient of a TTUHSC President’s Distinguished Research Award. Five years later, the university bestowed upon him the title of University Distinguished Professor. He was also named the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus honoree by his alma mater, the University of California, San Francisco.


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Nathan Back Dr. Nathan Back, professor emeritus of the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and first chairman of the Department of Biochemical Pharmacy, passed away on March 1, 2009 in Jerusalem, Israel at the age of 83. Dr. Back, who arrived at the university in 1959, was the author of 180 PubMed articles as well as many books and referred papers. His work on the fibrinolysin systems and kallikreins earned him an international reputation. In 1995 he participated in mission to Israel as advisor to the Negev College in the pharmaceutical sciences where he explored the establishment of a pharmaceutical sciences program to ease the country’s shortage of pharmacists.

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Lon N. Larson

Henry A. Palmer

Emmanuel B. Thompson

Dr. Lon N. Larson died on May 8, 2009 from cancer. He was born Jan. 17, 1949 in Joice, Iowa to Royden and Dorothy (Otto) Larson who preceded him in death. He grew up in Woden, Iowa, earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Drake University in 1972 and went on to receive an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from The University of Mississippi in healthcare (pharmacy) administration. He worked in regional health planning and health insurance before beginning his academic career at The University of Arizona. He came to Drake University in 1991, where he went on to be named the Ellis and Nelle Levitt professor of pharmacy social and administration sciences.

University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy dear friend and colleague Dr. Henry A. Palmer passed away on May 23, 2009 following a long illness and a heroic fight. In May, the School of Pharmacy honored Hank and many donors to the newly established Palmer Professorship at a brunch in the pharmacy/ biology building. We are heartened to know that Hank was able to thank and visit with colleagues, friends and former students one last time, an event made even more special by the presence of his family.

Dr. Emmanuel B. Thompson, 80, associate professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, died Jan. 7, 2009. The award-winning teacher’s research focused on cardiovascular pharmacology and he also worked with other pharmacology researchers testing natural plant remedies for diseases such as sickle cell anemia.

Dr. Larson recently received Drake University College of Pharmacy’s highest award, the 2009 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal. He is the only member of Drake’s faculty and staff to have twice received the Madelyn M. Levitt Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. Larson also received Alumni Achievement Awards from both Drake and The University of Mississippi. In June 2009, Dr. Larson received the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) Robert G. Gibbs Distinguished Pharmacist Award posthumously. The award is presented to a pharmacist in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of pharmacy and to the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Dr. Larson had two passions in life: teaching/mentoring students and baseball. He recently gave a lecture titled “Choosing Your Attitude” in which he explained that although he had cancer, he considered himself the luckiest man alive.

It is hard to sum up a life and a career like Hank’s. His impact on literally thousands of students and pharmacists will be felt for many years to come. His former students and protégés can be found across the United States and around the world making a difference in the lives of patients and practicing their profession with the empathy and dedication to purpose that was the essence of their mentor. We will all miss his wise counsel, his enduring optimism, and his love for pharmacy and pharmacy education. We will not soon see his like again. Hank’s best and most important decision came early in his life when he married Janice. For five decades, Janice and Hank forged a partnership based on love, commitment and service to others; we are all the better for having these two exceptional people in our lives.

Dr. Thompson was a senior research pharmacist at Baxter Laboratories before joining the College of Pharmacy in 1969. He taught undergraduate and graduate students in pharmacy as well as public health, applied health sciences and nursing. He was a lecturer in pharmacology at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and Chicago State University, and worked with high school and undergraduate minority students in summer research programs. He was elected Teacher of the Year by pharmacy seniors in 1971 and received the Urban Health Program’s Health Sciences Faculty Award in 1993. After Dr. Thompson’s retirement in 1994, he continued to teach part-time and worked to develop a program to encourage undergraduate minority students to attend graduate school in health sciences research.

—reflected by Dr. Robert L. McCarthy, dean, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

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news in brief Better Meds, Lower Cholesterol Levels are Goals of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Study Drug makers might be able to triple the absorbing power of some medications and lower toxic risks of others, as a result of a study at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on how bile acids travel through the gut.

Many medication compounds and nutrients can get stuck in membranes in the intestine. Bile acid transporter proteins help them along. “We can determine how the compounds travel across the membrane,” Swaan added.

The study, led by Dr. Peter Swaan, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and colleagues at the School of Pharmacy, has been boosted by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Also, the study could help lower doses of drugs already on the market to make them safer and still effective, and lower toxicity risks in some patients. The study could also help some drugs in manufacturers’ pipelines absorb better. About half of all drugs that are tested in clinical trials fail due to inadequate absorption into the body. The study could result in more drug candidates reaching the market, he said.

Swaan said the researchers want to exploit the natural cleansing and digesting process of bile acid recycling through the gall bladder, intestines and liver. By studying the structures of intestinal bile acid transporters, special membrane embedded proteins that ease bile acids through, then perhaps drugs can be designed to better transport through highly complex intestinal membranes. “We have made some fairly good progress. This builds on our previous work that helped us find key residues for apical bile salt [acid] transporters that play a role in drug-protein interactions. We can develop a three-dimensional model, which can be used in the rational design of novel therapeutics…for enhanced intestinal permeability.”

Swaan is encouraged by the results. So far they have identified a pathway in a bile acid transporter and measured its dimensions by which the bile salts go through at about 600 molecular weight (size). “This is good because most drug molecules are around this molecular size.” Additionally, the research could provide therapies to help reduce cholesterol because bile acid transporters, by preserving a circulating pool of bile acids, are involved in maintaining a balance of cholesterol, which is a natural substance serving important functions including making cell membranes and some hormones.

Oklahoma Teams Up with Union Public Schools to Educate Youth About Asthma According to a January 2007 article in the Tulsa World, Oklahoma has the third-highest prevalence of childhood asthma in the country, a fact that does not surprise most asthma specialists in the Tulsa area.

teachers and parents of children at each school, utilizing the American Lung Association’s “Asthma 101” program. There were two training sessions at each school (one in English and one in Spanish) for a total of four sessions.

In response to these statistics, the Tulsa Area Asthma Steering Committee (TAASC) identified partners such as the American Lung Association–Regional Chapter, The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Pharmacy, Tulsa Health Department, Community Service Council, the OU Physicians Tulsa for Community Health (Bedlam Clinics), OU Family Medicine and Union Public Schools to address asthma in the Tulsa region through education and preventative asthma medication management.

The next stage consisted of a school-based asthma management program for children with asthma. Second-year OU student pharmacists utilized the American Lung Association “Open Airways for Schools” program. This six-lesson (45 minutes for each lesson) program spanned three weeks and was targeted specifically to third through fifth grade students. Children who complete this program should be able to take steps to prevent asthma symptoms, recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur, and discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers and friends.

In April, TAASC conducted a pilot project in two public schools in the Tulsa area. Through the direction of the OU College of Pharmacy, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students were screened for asthma, utilizing an American Lung Association questionnaire. Any child indicating they may be “at risk” for asthma or having uncontrolled asthma symptoms were referred to their medical provider or to the OU Physicians Community Health Clinic. After the screening phase, training was implemented by conducting an asthma education and awareness program for


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In a relaxed atmosphere, using flip charts and the availability of crayons for random drawings, students were guided through the program by trained student pharmacists. Demonstrations of “belly breathing” or breathing through a straw engaged the children in understanding asthma symptoms. The encouragement by the student pharmacists to see the final prize—“you will be an asthma expert when we finish”—was a goal each elementary school student wanted to accomplish.

Capitol Hill News

by Will Lang

Willnewsonin brief the Hill

Academic Pharmacy: Supporting Evidence-based Policy Making This edition of Academic Pharmacy Now provides clear evidence that a college or school of pharmacy is an economic engine that supports and improves the community in which it is located. With the current focus on healthcare reform in the United States Congress, it is important to also recognize the impact that colleges and schools of pharmacy are making on public policy. At press time, the Senate Finance Committee continues to work toward a bi-partisan proposal for health reform. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has filed and passed out of their committee the Affordable Health Choices Act (1). The House of Representatives is working toward combining the proposals developed by the Committees on Education and Workforce, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means into HR 3200 (2). Many of the provisions included in both the House and Senate proposals reflect a clear appreciation for a reorganized healthcare system that will benefit from the evidence-base developed through the teaching, research and service of pharmacy faculty. Whether a final healthcare reform bill will eventually be signed by the President remains to be seen. Yet, the health and education issues reflected in these legislative provisions will remain important with or without legislative resolution. The overarching policy issues of cost, access and quality find some resolution or support through the evidence-base created by academic pharmacy. AACP has contributed dozens of examples to congressional staff of how community-campus partnerships are creating greater value across the healthcare continuum, improving the quality of care patients receive, and increasing, or at least maintaining, access to critical community-based services including service delivery utilizing telemedicine technology. To ensure that a healthcare system reorganized by legislative fiat or local action to address community need includes the integration of comprehensive clinical pharmacy services across the continuum of care will require sustained evidence from academic pharmacy.

Comparative Effectiveness Research Comparative effectiveness research is an important element of current healthcare reform proposals due to its expectations for creating an evidence-based approach to system reorganization focused on outcomes and not on payment structure. Both House and Senate proposals include provisions that would increase support for comparative effectiveness research. To reach consensus on how care is delivered and what outcomes should be expected from that care, we need to compare systems of care and individual practice patterns for their effectiveness.

Quality Measurement Defining and measuring quality is another policy element included in both House and Senate proposals. The determination of what quality is allows for the creation of measures that can determine a provider’s, practice’s, or system’s ability to provide quality care. Pharmacy is in the beginning stages of defining and developing quality measures. These efforts can be expected to receive greater support through the quality provisions of both House and Senate proposals. Academic pharmacy is actively engaged in quality measurement related to the delivery of pharmacy services

through the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) (3). The consensusbased activities of the PQA are in line with what is envisioned in congressional expectations for improving quality and moving toward an evidence-based system of care.

Care Coordination Both House and Senate proposals contain several provisions associated with improving the coordination of care by increasing the likelihood that a patient will receive care through a medical home responsible for ensuring his or her needs are met efficiently and effectively. The House legislation looks to health professions education for developing innovative education experiences that would support the development of medical homes as well as the integration of medication therapy management across the continuum of care. Creating teams from a disparate, independent group of practitioners, many focused on very specific aspects of a patient’s mental and physical well-being, is difficult. We need a strong research agenda that is committed to the establishment of educational models that will ultimately establish team-based care as the standard of care. This agenda is supported in part by federal programs such as the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) (4) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (5) through its patient safety and clinical pharmacy collaborative. Through participation in an AHEC or the collaborative, academic pharmacy can change the patient, professional and payer perception of the value of integrating clinical pharmacy services into care models. These partnerships also provide students with a patient-care experience that is culturally and economically varied, enabling them to become empathetic and culturally competent caregivers. It is clear that academic pharmacy has contributed a significant evidence-base to the important policy discussion around healthcare reform. It is also clear is that local communities benefit from engagement with academic pharmacy partners and the results, while not always recognized at the national level, can and do create the opportunity for increased access to high quality care that is team-based and meets the needs of individual patients and the community as a whole. This local activity is the true reform mechanism to which our nation must look. It is essential that academic pharmacy not rest on its laurels since the health of our nation remains at stake regardless of the ups and downs of federal legislative efforts References: 1.

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Television Comedian with Local Ties Gives Commencement Address at MUSC Healthcare would be an empty field if it wasn’t for colleges of pharmacy. At least, that’s the way Stephen Colbert sees it. Colbert, host of the popular program “The Colbert Report” on cable TV’s Comedy Central, was the featured speaker at the 180th Commencement of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) on May 15. He gave a shout-out to pharmacists for helping all the other professional students through their programs. “But the real heroes graduating today are the pharmacists,” Colbert said in his address, beginning a rousing round of applause. “Where would we be without them? And more importantly, how would you have graduated without them? Graduates, let’s take a little poll here. Who was your favorite study partner? Ritalin? Adderall? Provigil? Anyone have a whole study group? Students are laughing, not the faculty. Isn’t that interesting?” Colbert, the youngest of 11 siblings, grew up in Charleston, S.C. where his father was vice president for academic affairs at MUSC. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Approximately 815 graduates received their degrees from MUSC’s six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy) during the outdoor ceremony in the Horseshoe on the MUSC campus. The pharmacy Class of 2009 at MUSC represented a transitional year for pharmacy in the state of South Carolina—the Class of 2010 will be the first class composed entirely of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) students. SCCP was formed in 2004 with the pharmacy schools of MUSC and the University of South Carolina combined to form a single college with two campuses. Colbert attended Virginia’s Hampden Sydney College and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago where he trained and performed with the famed Second City comedy troupe. He later moved to New York City and worked with network and cable television programs, including Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” which earned numerous Emmy and Peabody awards. In 2005, he became host of his own popular show on Comedy Central.

“Incidentally, besides giving me an honorary doctorate, I was hoping you could give me an honorary prescription pad, too,” he added.

To see a video clip of Colbert’s comments about student pharmacists, visit

Stephen Colbert, host of the popular program “The Colbert Report” on cable TV’s Comedy Central, was the featured speaker at the 180th Commencement of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) on May 15. He is pictured with Drs. Joseph and Cecily DiPiro.

Stephen Colbert, the youngest of 11 siblings, grew up in Charleston, S.C. where his father was vice president for academic affairs at MUSC. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.


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ONU Faculty and Students Raise Expectations at Ray’s Markets Every faculty member at Ohio Northern University (ONU) Raabe College of Pharmacy has the opportunity to shape the young minds of future pharmacists and considers it a priority to enrich their educational experience and enhance their professional development by providing unique patient care opportunities in the community. Dr. Kristen N. Finley, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, made it her priority when she organized an outreach program with ONU’s Raabe College of Pharmacy and Ray’s Market in January 2009. Ray’s Markets are located in Lima, Ohio where approximately 19.2 percent of families and 22.7 percent of the population are below the poverty line, including 33.3 percent of those under the age 18 and 14.3 percent of those age 65 or over, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Goals for the collaboration were to increase the development and implementation of evidence-based disease management programs in the community; raise cultural awareness among students to engage in patient care within various patient populations; and promote the importance of public health through immunizations and screenings. All screenings performed throughout January–May 2009 were free of charge to the general population.

ings, and they varied from first-year professional students to their fourth year on advanced pharmacy practice rotations. This was an amazing opportunity to teach student pharmacists in the grocery-chain setting and instill the importance of giving back to the community. Students were able to take blood pressures, use blood glucose meters, perform osteoporosis heel scans, educate patients and most importantly, provide excellent service to Ray’s customers. “This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” Finley said. “I was so impressed with the professionalism demonstrated by our students and their ability to shape a patient’s healthcare experience in such a positive way.

The initial “Heart Health” screenings took place once a week during February and March and lasted approximately six hours. The screenings consisted of blood pressure measurements, blood glucose readings and educational resources distributed to patients. A tri-fold board display with information on hypertension and lifestyle modifications was also present during the event. Student pharmacists from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy collaborated The second focus for the months of April and with Ray’s Market to provide “Heart Health” screenings for residents of Lima, Ohio from JanMay was “Women’s Health,” with topics including uary–May 2009. Students took blood pressure measurements, blood glucose readings and osteoporosis, prenatal care, cardiovascular issues provided educational resources to patients. They also addressed women’s health topics such as osteoporosis, prenatal care, cardiovascular issues and breast cancer awareness. and breast cancer awareness. At these screenings, four tables were set up to discuss the abovementioned topics and every table had a tri-fold board display and educational resources for patients to take home. “By creating this educational outreach opportunity for our stuThe prenatal care table even had recipes and foods rich in folate dents, I hope that they will continue to help the needs of their for patients to sample. Blood pressures were measured as well communities and inspire their students one day to be passionate as patients’ bone density T-scores using the Sahara Dexa scan about patient care.” machine. Ohio Northern University will continue its collaborative relaApproximately 400 patients were screened and educated during tionship with Ray’s Market by providing other health screenJanuary–May 2009. Two to five ONU student pharmacists were ings, immunizations and wellness events throughout the 2009– present at the “Heart Health” and “Women’s Health” screen- 2010 year.

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Diary of a PharmCAS Super-User The following is the second in a series of diary entries from a PharmCAS Super-User, documenting their experience from the launch of the program to present time. Be sure to check out future entries in upcoming editions of Academic Pharmacy Now. mCAS and r first year of Phar ou h ug ro th it e ad We m n go from here. August 1, 2004: e and where we ca nc rie pe d ex e th on ct admission cycle an have time to refle live for the 2005 ne eir go th dy to ea IT alr s M PharmCAS ha CAS and PharmAd ing to use Pharm this year, we’re go fullest. d used paper pies of materials an co ted in pr d ive rece perless environLast year, we still oving to a more pa m ’re we , ok ar ye is Th d data, we can lo correspondence. to information an ss ­ ce m ac ar of Ph se e ea Th e . IT on-the-fly ment. With th ior in PharmAdM pl S ap CA r m ou ar th Ph wi on things up sily communicate will allow us to ea AdMIT software cants via e-mail. ’d like to make armAdMIT that we Ph of s re tu nifea ce ni ly can we commu We noticed other ion cycle. Not on iss m ad cais ni th mu g m rin co r and have ou better use of du ly through e-mails na sil rso ea s pe nt ry ica ve pl ap nd cate with can also se we t bu , m ste sy e in th tions logged with . ters through e-mail let ge er m ail m d ize is another feature of PharmAdMIT ct pe as ing lin du he e interviewers and The interview sc . Once we enter th ar nt ye is ica th pl t ap en le em du to sche that we’ll impl m, it’ll be a breeze e ste er sy th e ht th rig to d in re tes sto terview da scores can be w vie ter in , be at en th p of ores can th interviews. On to ofile and these sc PharmAdMIT pr ’s nt ica pl ap e th in ture. oring/ranking fea tallied into the sc m very w of applicants fro moving our revie t readou ab so ng ve ki ha tal the data we We’ve been objective. With all e here. or es m id ch str mu ter to ea e subjectiv make much gr n ca we , ps mrti ge Ph r fin loaded from ar ily available at ou eady being down alr e er ar id es ns or co sc to es we want GPAs and PCAT y other local scor an d we if an es en or Ev sc . w IT CAS; intervie into PharmAdM ess can be entered d manipuin the review proc ation into Excel an rm fo in is th of all rt po simply want to ex at. we can easily do th e, er th m fro it e lat e PharmAdMIT. W tracking feature of tal en to c lem ifi ec pp sp su e e ar Then there’s th items and fees that lar supplemental en applicants wh s m ite e os can set up particu th k ar m d an IT M armAd nd that informaour school in Ph e items, we can se es th k ar m we n view these via their submit them. Whe plicants can easily ap d an S CA m ar tion back to Ph ts. PharmCAS accoun CAS ived from Pharm d statistics we rece an can ta da we s, of ol a or ho sc eth g With the pl r participatin he ot all as ll we as ow ol, e “drill-d n” about our own scho our applicants. Th of ics ph e ra og m de quick look at som closely study the t for getting a very ea gr ok is lo IT y M sil Ad ea m very feature in Phar e’ve been able to ic information. W d in-state) just an te ta f-s -o of the demograph ut (o pe ty nt ica pl ap y or ally help with reat gender, ethnicit rmation should re fo in of tive nd ki is our more produc to name a few. Th we can enhance e er wh e se s. ll ea wi ar cruitment. We me of our targeted we will change so efforts and maybe


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June 1, 2005: An other admissions cycle is over. Looking back, th ere were so man y new processes we implemented. The processing of applications by PharmCAS seem ed to go much m ore smoothly this year. How the Ph armCAS staff man ages to verify applicant inform ation as expeditio usly as they do is beyond me! Elec tronic letters of re commendation were added in th e PharmCAS syste m this year. We weren’t sure how all of that would go but it went amazingly well. Many suggestions were made after the last admissions cycle and Ph armCAS really pa id attention! It’s great to know th ey take into acco unt the feedback they get from appl icants and college s and schools of pharmacy. Our staff and ad missions committ ee members are really starting to “buy into” the wh ole electronic process and the fact that things do n’t always have to be done the wa y they were in the past. The initial fear of moving to a more high-tech environment has dissipated. Applica nts and admissio ns teams seem to be comfortable with the electronic format. It’s been a good year and it looks like the next admissions cycle wi ll be even better. We keep finding more and more th ings that PharmCA S and PharmAdMIT have to offer.

Can you guess the identity of this PharmCAS Super-User? Keep reading the diary to find out who it might be.

Mark Your Calendars: American Pharmacy Educator Week is Coming Soon As the summer draws to a close, AACP is gearing up for the inaugural celebration of American Pharmacy Educator Week, October 25–31, 2009. This week, to be held annually during the last week of October, is a chance to recognize the innovative discoveries and accomplishments of America’s pharmaceutical scientists and educators who dramatically influence science and the delivery of patient care every day. To help prepare member institutions for American Pharmacy Educator Week, the CEO dean of each college or school will receive a kit of tools and resources to implement new and inventive ways that will encourage students to consider a career in academic pharmacy. The kit includes the following materials to get schools started with activities for the week: 1. The official proclamation from the United States Congress announcing American Pharmacy Educator Week as a national celebration to show appreciation for the work of our nation’s pharmacy educators. 2. “Mini Folder” brochures that provide information for students on: a. Why they should consider career paths in pharmacy education, b. Career opportunities available in pharmacy education, c. Facts and figures about the Academy, and d. Exceptional discoveries that have taken place at America’s colleges and schools of pharmacy. 3. Posters to display year-round with quotes from national leaders in pharmacy education. 4. Decals with discoveries that showcase the great work of our pharmacy educators. These can be placed in highly traversed hallways, on floors or anywhere they are likely to catch the eyes of on-the-go students and faculty. 5. Buttons faculty members can wear to express why they love their career in academia. 6. Letter to the Editor template that deans can modify to include pertinent information for local or state media outlets. 7. AACP Online Career Center Business Cards to share with students so they can see what positions are currently open in the Academy. 8. Adopt-a-Pharmacy-Student plan to help you mentor and recruit students on your campus. 9. CD with downloadable materials such as a Web banner, Letter to the Editor template and Adopt-a-PharmacyStudent guide. Do you have a passion for learning, inspiring others and impacting patient care? “Academic pharmacy allowed me to continue my research while mentoring students. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to make a life-changing impact on so many of the students I have taught and mentored. I love pharmacy education because it has given me a world of satisfaction that only a chosen few can achieve.” Victor A. Yanchick, Ph.D. Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

“I love to learn and enjoy helping others learn, too. As a motivator, my goal is to teach students how to teach themselves and become lifelong learners. If I can get them to love learning, then I have succeeded.” Stephen H. Fuller, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPP Associate Professor Campbell University School of Pharmacy

“My mentors taught me how to make a positive impact on the future of pharmacy—by being an educator. I must constantly stay abreast of information, search for new ways to facilitate learning and work with wonderful students, faculty and staff that challenge me every day. What better career can one have?” Gireesh V. Gupchup, B.S.Pharm, Ph.D. Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

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shape the future of tomorrow’s healthcare…today. become a pharmacy educator! Talk with your Mentor today or visit the AACP Web site at for more information.

October 25–31, 2009

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

How can your school participate in American Pharmacy Educator Week? Consider hosting an information booth on campus to promote careers in pharmacy academia to current students. Display an American Pharmacy Educator Week Web banner advertisement on your school’s Web site and link it to the Academic Pharmacy Career Information section on the AACP Web site. Suggest that your faculty wear buttons during the week that share why they love their career in academia. American Pharmacy Educator Week materials will be available for download on our Web site by visiting www.aacp. org/career/facultyrecruitment/apew. Also, don’t forget to submit your American Pharmacy Educator Week activities for inclusion in an upcoming issue of Academic Pharmacy Now. E-mail with stories and photos of how you celebrated the discoveries and accomplishments of America’s pharmaceutical scientists and educators.

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2009 Teachers of the Year Each year, AACP member institutions submit their teachers of the year for recognition at the Annual Meeting and Seminars. This year’s honorees were feted at a special luncheon and at the Closing Banquet at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston. AACP congratulates the 2009 Teachers of the Year: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. Dudley G. Moon Dr. Michael J. Raley

Loma Linda University Dr. Naomi R. Florea Dr. Rebecca J. Gryka Dr. Robert Teel

Appalachian College of Pharmacy Dr. Charles R. Breese Dr. Sarah T. Melton

Long Island University Dr. Bupendra Shah

Auburn University Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Boston Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Levine Dr. Timothy J. Maher

Butler University Dr. Julie M. Koehler Dr. Angela V. Ockerman

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Worcester Dr. Linda M. Spooner

California Northstate College of Pharmacy Dr. Xiaodong Feng

Mercer University Dr. Leisa L. Marshall

Creighton University Dr. Keith J. Christensen Dr. Robert I. Garis Dr. Eric B. Hoie Dr. Aimee L. Limpach Dr. Amy M. Pick Dr. Victoria F. Roche Drake University Dr. Robert P. Soltis Duquesne University Dr. Marc W. Harrold East Tennessee State University Dr. Stacy D. Brown Dr. Rick Hess Dr. Brooks B. Pond Florida A&M University Dr. Nathaniel E. Eriakhuemen Dr. Marlon S. Honeywell Dr. Sylvia H. Jackson Dr. Jasmine N. King Dr. Magdi R.I. Soliman Idaho State University Dr. Kevin W. Cleveland Dr. James C.K. Lai Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Kimberly A. Burns Dr. Teresa A. Schweiger Dr. Sarunas Sliesoraitis


Midwestern University–Chicago Dr. Shridhar V. Andurkar Midwestern University–Glendale Dr. Erin C. Raney Dr. Volkmar Weissig North Dakota State University Dr. Robert K. Sylvester Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy Dr. Dale E. English II Dr. Robb McGory

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Dr. Donald R. Gerecke Samford University Dr. Marshall E. Cates South Carolina College of Pharmacy– MUSC Campus Dr. Philip D. Hall South Carolina College of Pharmacy– USC Campus Dr. James M. Chapman Jr. South Dakota State University Dr. Xiangming Guan South University Dr. Samit U. Shah Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Dr. J. Christopher Lynch Dr. Cathy D. Santanello Southwestern Oklahoma State University Dr. Scott F. Long Dr. Randall P. Sharp St. John Fisher College Dr. Fred F. Farris Dr. Karl G. Williams

Northeastern University Dr. Barbara L. Waszczak

St. John’s University Dr. Mary Ann Howland

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Hamid Omidian

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Dr. Zachary A. Stacy

Oregon State University Dr. David T. Bearden Dr. Natalea A. Braden Dr. Gary E. DeLander Dr. Myrna Y. Munar Dr. Philip J. Proteau

Sullivan University Dr. Raghunandan Yendapally Temple University Dr. Anna Wodlinger

Pacific University Oregon Dr. Brad S. Fujisaki

Texas A&M Health Science Center Dr. Mary L. Chavez

Palm Beach Atlantic University Dr. Curt J. Carlson

Texas Southern University Dr. Edward C. Bell

Purdue University Dr. Kevin M. Sowinski

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Dr. Craig D. Cox Dr. Kenneth L. McCall III Dr. Reza Mehvar Dr. James Stoll

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The Ohio State University Dr. Kenneth M. Hale Dr. Werner Tjarks The University of Arizona Dr. Michael Mayersohn Dr. John E. Murphy The University of British Columbia Dr. Mary H.H. Ensom Dr. David W. Fielding Dr. Lucy Marzban Ms. Tessa Nicholl Dr. Ronald E. Reid Dr. Wayne Riggs Dr. Adil Virani The University of Georgia Dr. Robin L. Southwood The University of Iowa Dr. Michael E. Ernst Dr. Michelle A. Fravel Dr. Kathleen E. Horner Dr. Ryan B. Jacobsen Dr. Deanna L. McDanel Dr. Jeffrey C. Reist Dr. John M. Swegle

Thomas Jefferson University Dr. Emily R. Hajjar

University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. Edward (Ted) B. Roche

Touro College of Pharmacy New York Dr. John D. Bauer Dr. Keith Veltri

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Adam M. Persky

Touro University Dr. Brett H. Heintz

University of Pittsburgh Dr. Neal J. Benedict

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Dr. Nicole Paolini-Albanese

University of Puerto Rico Dr. Jorge Duconge

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Dr. Eddie B. Dunn University of California, San Francisco Dr. Mark Baje Dr. Kevin Box Dr. James Gasper Dr. Jeff Lansman Dr. Nancy Nkansah Dr. Norman J. Oppenheimer Dr. Paula Rivera University of Charleston Dr. Gannett P. Monk

University of Rhode Island Dr. Erica L. Estus University of Southern California Dr. Roscoe Atkinson Dr. Tien M. Ng Dr. Michael Z. Wincor University of the Incarnate Word Dr. Helmut B. Gottlieb University of the Pacific Dr. Sian Carr-Lopez University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Mr. Jeffrey C. Moore

The University of Kansas Dr. Rick T. Dobrowsky

University of Cincinnati Dr. Patricia R. Wigle

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Dr. Christopher Betz Dr. Benny L. Blaylock Dr. Seetharama Jois Dr. Michelle O. Zagar

University of Colorado Denver Dr. Douglas N. Fish Dr. Ty H. Kiser

University of Wisconsin–Madison Dr. Beth A. Martin

University of Connecticut Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

University of Wyoming Dr. Kem P. Krueger

University of Florida Dr. Gerald E. Gause

Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Joanne Peart

University of Hawaii at Hilo Dr. Daniela Guendisch Dr. R. Scott Holuby Dr. Kenneth R. Morris Ms. Mimi F. Pezzuto

Washington State University Dr. Mark W. Garrison Dr. Raymond M. Quock

The University of Mississippi Dr. Stephen J. Cutler Dr. Daniel M. Riche The University of Montana Dr. David S. Freeman Dr. Lisa V. Wrobel The University of New Mexico Dr. Mark T. Holdsworth The University of Oklahoma Dr. Tracy M. Hagemann The University of Texas at Austin Dr. Carolyn M. Brown The University of Toledo Dr. Mary F. Powers Ms. Kimberly A. Schmude The University of Utah Dr. Karen M. Gunning

University of Washington Dr. Nanci L. Murphy

University of Kentucky Dr. Mikael D. Jones Dr. James R. Pauly

West Virginia University Dr. Jason D. Huber Dr. Lena M. Maynor Mr. W. Clarke Ridgway Dr. Mary K. Stamatakis

University of Maryland Dr. Peter Swaan

Western University of Health Sciences Dr. Huan (Mark) M. Nguyen

University of Minnesota Dr. Michael C. Brown Dr. Angela K. George

Wilkes University Dr. Jonathan D. Ference

University of Missouri–Kansas City Dr. Cameron C. Lindsey Dr. Patricia A. Marken

Wingate University Dr. Olga M. Klibanov Xavier University of Louisiana Dr. Camtu N. Ho

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Patient Safety Focus of Immersive Virtual Environment for Training Pharmacists at Purdue Cost and limited availability of pharmacy clean rooms—sterile environments where pharmacists prepare materials that need to be guaranteed contamination-free— make it difficult for students to gain experience in such a facility. But thanks to a Purdue University project, it is now easier for students to train in proper clean-room procedures using a flight simulator-like virtual version. The 3-D immersive environment—think the holodeck of the Starship Enterprise—was created from hundreds of digital photos of actual hospital clean rooms and even includes ambient sound recorded in those facilities. “It gave us a first-hand feel of what we can expect,” said Tara Holt, a third-year Purdue student pharmacist. “The detail that was put into this project really helped make it as close to reality as possible.”

part of Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), the university’s central information technology organization, and ITaP’s Rosen Center for Advanced Computing. It uses cutting-edge techniques, virtual environments among them, to explore new methods for research and education.

lows them to navigate and manipulate it. Head-tracking capability adjusts the view as a user looks around, or “walks” through the environment, which is detailed down to the labels on the medicine bottles. The software also has been modified to run on desktop and laptop computers.

Astronauts and pilots train in flight simulators, Abel reasoned, so why not student pharmacists? He collaborated with Envision Center Managing Director Steve Dunlop, who enlisted help from Purdue Computer Graphics Technology Department students.

The virtual clean room was created from hundreds of digital pictures taken at Clarian Health Partners and Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis, facilities compliant with USP 797, the federal regulation governing pharmacy clean rooms. The computer-graphics technology students also captured ambient sound and included it in the simulator.

“To our knowledge, this is the only virtual clean room,” Dunlop said. Student pharmacist Lindsey Corbets said the virtual clean room let her practice what she has been taught and explore how a clean room is set up. But she sees possibilities beyond that.

The result stunned Jill Tyner when students began working in the virtual environment during the first semester of 2009. Her reaction wasn’t atypical.

Generally found in hospitals and home “The technology that made this possible healthcare companies, pharmacy clean “I think virtual reality technology is going is unbelievable,” said Tyner, a Purdue rooms are used to prepare drugs, intra- to become a very big part of teaching,” student pharmacist. “After this experivenous drips, syringes, chemotherapy said Corbets. “It can be used in many dif- ence, I would feel comfortable stepping treatments and the like, especially those ferent types of classes, from simulating into a clean room and explaining the difadministered directly into the blood- clean rooms all the way to showing what ferent areas.” stream—a factor that makes vital the use the inside of a body could look like.” The virtual clean room is not perfect— of a clean room and proper clean-room procedures. Concern over the rise of The Envision Center is exploring several and that’s by design. Abel asked Carrie antibiotic-resistant pathogens has only other immersive virtual training projects Jacobs, a sixth-year pharmacy doctoral for healthcare and for geriatric care pur- student, Sheetal Patel, a Purdue pharincreased the need for such expertise. poses, as well as for first responders and macy fellow, and Ashley Vincent, a pharThe number of clean rooms where stu- emergency personnel and construction macy resident, to test the simulator bedent pharmacists can train is limited, managers. fore bringing in students and to prepare however. When the training involves a lab curriculum for use with the facility. real materials, it also can be expensive, A Purdue Provost’s instructional grant, Version one, they decided, was a bit too sometimes prohibitively so. Dr. Steven along with funding from Purdue’s phar- clean. R. Abel, assistant dean for clinical pro- macy school, paid development costs for The Envision Center team added a pop grams in the Purdue University School of the virtual clean room. can to a refrigerator for medicines, some Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said Purdue student pharmacists tend to The simulator runs in a multiwall immer- empty cardboard boxes along a wall, get brief training at the end of their third sive environment at the Envision Center improperly stored syringes, misplaced year, just before they serve a practicum and will work on wall-sized panels and medicine bottles and other clean room portable display systems, too. The equip- no-nos. Abel said the idea is to help that could land them in a clean room. ment employs 3-D glasses and a wireless teach proper clean-room procedures by The situation got Abel thinking when controller (similar to a Nintendo Wii having students identify improper items he toured Purdue’s Envision Center for controller) to put users in the middle of included in the virtual environment. Data Perceptualization. The center is the virtual world being projected and al-


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Top: Dr. Steven R. Abel, assistant dean for clinical programs in the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, points out features of the virtual clean room to students navigating the immersive environment. The virtual clean room was modeled from hundreds of digital pictures taken at real hospital pharmacy clean rooms. Right: Ashley H. Vincent, a Purdue pharmacy resident and virtual clean room instructor, introduces students to the virtual pharmacy clean room, which is running in the background in an immersive, 3-D environment at Purdue’s Envision Center for Data Perceptualization.

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University of Southern Nevada faculty member Dr. Christina Madison and the Southern Nevada Health District nursing staff provided free immunizations as part of a collaboration with Catholic Charities for the World Refugee Day event.


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Raising the Bar University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy provides enhanced clinical pharmacy services to Las Vegas Valley by Maureen O’Hara

In July 2009, the University of Southern Nevada (USN) College of Pharmacy celebrated its 10th anniversary as the state’s first and only college of pharmacy. Among the college’s many accomplishments during its first decade is the successful placement of clinical pharmacy faculty into all of the major hospital systems in the Las Vegas Valley, significantly raising the level of pharmacy practice in the Valley and in turn, providing better patient care.

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At the time of the college’s inception, only two major hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley had clinical pharmacists. Now all hospitals in the Valley have either cofunded or fully-funded USN College of Pharmacy clinical faculty staffing and rounding with physicians. The effort to introduce clinical pharmacy services to all hospitals began after an ad hoc committee of practice faculty was formed to assess the college’s needs and identify different clinical positions required both in the classroom and on rotation sites. Simultaneously, the college’s administration was reaching out to acute care hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley to determine what needs they had to fulfill, hoping that they could help the hospitals meet their clinical needs while fulfilling the college’s curricular needs. Dr. Renee Coffman, dean of the USN College of Pharmacy, spearheaded the initiative and first looked to University Medical Center, a Clark County hospital, as a site for practice faculty and student rotations. “Medical and nursing students from the University of Nevada system were doing clinical rotations there and from our perspective, we really needed some advanced clinical sites as we increased the number of students over time,” Coffman explained.

Top: USN student pharmacists created a poster display to communicate the Know your Sign Campaign, which promoted STD testing and awareness. Middle: USN student pharmacists Robert Miravite and Wendy Nissen provide blood pressure checks at the World Refugee Day Event. Right: USN faculty member Dr. Christina Madison, along with USN student pharmacists and nursing staff, provided free vaccinations including influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, pertusiss, and Hepatitis A and B during a Project Homeless Connect health screening for the homeless population in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.


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As the relationship between the hospital and the college developed, Coffman was able to place additional clinical pharmacy faculty at the hospital, which now boasts three fully-funded positions in internal medicine and approximately $350–$400,000 in faculty salaries. One such faculty member is Dr. Mark Decerbo, associate professor of pharmacy at USN College of Pharmacy, who holds a practice site at University Medical Center. Decerbo has been instrumental in the recruitment of qualified clinical faculty, serving on the college’s recruitment committee, meeting with potential

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faculty candidates and attending various meetings to not only promote available positions at USN, but careers in pharmacy academia as well. Other Las Vegas Valley hospitals with USN College of Pharmacy clinical faculty are Sunrise Hospital and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “This is a win-win situation for us and the hospitals,” Coffman said. “They have received clinical pharmacy services that allow them to offer more to their patients, such as help with medication therapy management and formulary adherence, while at the same time providing us with opportunities for our students to do rotations and for our clinical faculty to have practice sites.”

“I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to educate our students about public health and how a pharmacist can play an important role in providing this kind of care,” Madison said. “My goal when I became a pharmacist was to help people and every day I come home from working at my practice site and I feel that I have made a positive impact in someone’s life.”

Coffman added, “What’s most exciting is the opportunity for students to be involved in not only public health but to see patients on a daily basis who are coming into the district health clinics. So our students are providing a lot of clinical pharmacy services in addition to the faculty member.”

USN student pharmacist Robert Miravite checks a patient’s blood pressure at a Health Screening community event.

Two years ago, the USN College of Pharmacy partnered with the Southern Nevada Health District to provide clinical pharmacy services to the Public Health District, which serves more than 1.7 million Nevada residents. At the time, pharmacy services offered by the health district consisted of a per diem contract with a pharmacist who repackaged bulk medications once a month. Coffman met with district officials and reached an agreement to place pharmacy faculty in their clinics to see patients, manage their medications, and also train the college’s students doing advance pharmacy practice experiences. Dr. Christina Madison is the USN College of Pharmacy faculty member who is fully integrated into all of the Southern Nevada Health District clinics, which includes sexually transmitted disesase, Tuberculosis, family planning, immunization and HIV clinics. At the Tuberculosis clinic, Madison’s role is to provide drug information and therapeutic recommendations to physicians and nursing staff, and at the immunization clinic, Madison ensures proper vaccine documentation, identifies any additional required vaccinations and administers vaccines to infants, children and adults.

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More than 1,800 members of the Academy convened in the birthplace of the American Revolution in July to attend the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting. With record-setting numbers of special sessions on faculty recruitment and retention, pharmacy education assessment, accreditation and leadership, meeting attendees left armed with tools to continue Leading the Revolution at their home institutions and ready to shape the future of global healthcare. academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009


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“The success of the Annual Meeting is that members come together to learn from and with each other,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO. “This is an elegantly simple yet highly essential equation.” Surpassing last year’s Teachers Seminar attendance, this year’s event kicked off the 2009 Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 18 as more than 300 pharmacy educators gathered at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel to engage each other about “digital natives” and the promises and pitfalls of teaching today’s millennial students. Participants brought their laptops to the interactive session and worked as teams to prepare presentations in various creative manners not using PowerPoint. Blogs, Twitter and podcasting were among the many Web 2.0 topics that were explored. Across the hotel, five years of Academic Leadership Fellows Program alumni gathered for a special reunion and symposium, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Top: Members of The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy were voted the most spirited school contingent at the Show Your School Spirit Welcome Reception on Saturday evening. Middle: Dr. Rodney J. Ho (left), recipient of the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award, Dr. Bruce A. Berger (center), recipient of the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, and Dr. Duane D. Miller (right), recipient of the Volwiler Research Achievement Award, discussed excellence in pharmacy education and research at the Examining Excellence Awards Plenary on Monday afternoon. Bottom: The 2009 AACP/Wal-Mart Scholars were feted at a Welcome Reception given by the Council of Faculties and Department Chairs.


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Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Fellows enjoyed presentations from legacy speakers, a networking lunch for sharing memories and camaraderie among five years of Fellows cohorts. The University of New Mexico claimed victory at the Show Your School Spirit Welcome Reception, which officially kicked off Annual Meeting festivities on Saturday evening. Dressed in red shirts and waving red-and-white foam paws, College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. John A. Pieper accepted the top prize donning a university mascot Lobos hat. Groups from West Virginia University, Mercer University and the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York embodied their school’s spirit with matching hats, decorative jewelry and homemade t-shirts. The reception also featured School Posters at which attendees could mingle and network with fellow pharmacy educators.

President Baldwin Seeks to Expand Pharmacy’s Educational Horizons AACP President Jeffrey N. Baldwin, professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy, announced three major initiatives for the Academy to pursue over his next year as president: faculty recruitment and retention and assessment services, the establishment of a global alliance for pharmacy education, and maximizing pharmacists’ contributions to primary care. To learn more about President Baldwin’s “20/20 Vision: Expanding Pharmacy’s Educational Horizons,” visit the AACP Web site at

Top: AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine (left) and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Patricia A. Chase (right) congratulate Dr. Rae R. Matsumoto (center) on her completion of the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Top right: Immediate Past Speaker of the House Dr. Rodney A. Carter discusses AACP’s programs, products and services during the Exhibitor’s Opening Reception on Sunday evening. Bottom: From left: Immediate Past President Dr. Victor A. Yanchick, AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine and President Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin.

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William Taylor, best selling author of Mavericks at Work and founding editor of Fast Company, a magazine that chronicles the convergence of new ideas, breakthrough technologies and enduring values, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 19. Taylor’s captivating message focused on the importance of leadership in a time of crisis. He challenged the audience to become innovators and change agents, and to respond to crises while plowing forward. “Leaders must go against the status quo now more than ever,” he said. “Emerge from this period of turmoil with closer connections to students and patients, with more energy from colleagues, and with a clear and compelling vision of the pharmacist. Remember, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. We must respond to those crises and learn lessons as we go forward.”

Top left: At the 2009 Closing Banquet, Dr. George R. Spratto (center) was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Top right: Delegates listen to Speaker of the House Rodney A. Carter at the Final House of Delegates Session on Wednesday, July 22. Bottom left: AACP Senior Vice President Dr. Kenneth W. Miller listens to the Academic Leadership Fellows Program symposium keynote speaker Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Miller announced his retirement from AACP during the Closing Banquet.


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Punctuating his message was an example of London Drugs, a chain of pharmacies in western Canada at which customers can do just about everything, from purchasing a wedding license and life insurance to visiting a day spa or consulting with a pharmacist. Taylor noted that this company, despite its seemingly chaotic business operation, has created an engaging and heartwarming relationship with its surrounding community and therefore plays a significant role in the lives of its customers on a daily basis.

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“It’s not enough to focus on efficiency anymore,” he said. “Look for ways to make the experience with your students or patients more meaningful. Create an emotional and psychological contract with them.” Following the opening general session, Taylor signed more than 100 copies of Mavericks at Work while talking with attendees about their passion for teaching, research and service. Programming at the 2009 Annual Meeting explored new developments in pharmacy education and practice. More than 100 special sessions provided attendees with a wider range of professional development opportunities. Sessions spanned four days and focused on innovative topics such as utilizing Web 2.0 to reach millennial students and teaching interprofessional education to ultimately improve patient outcomes. New to this year’s meeting were four simultaneous science symposiums that catered to the diversity of AACP member interests. The sessions discussed such varied topics as objective structured clinical examinations, women and the pathway to leadership, nanotechnology and drug development, and enhancing the preparation of pharmacists and other healthcare professions in the area of patient safety. Attendees also had two opportunities to peruse the more than 450 Research and Education Posters that highlighted individual and school research activities,

while discussing the latest pharmacy education products and services at each of the nearly 40 exhibitor booths. Tuesday night marked the end to another exceptional Annual Meeting as the Academy gathered together to celebrate its collective accomplishments, as well as say goodbye to two longtime friends and staff of AACP. The Closing Banquet featured the presentation of the Rufus A. Lyman Award to authors Dr. Dick R. Gourley et al. from the Universities of Tennessee and Memphis for the best pa-

Top right: 2010 Pharm.D. candidate Jennifer Nesiba of the University of Nebraska Medical Center talks with other meeting attendees about UNMC faculty member Dr. Jayashri Sankaranarayanan’s research and education poster, “Assessing a Community Service Learning Model of Pharmacy Student Led Education of Diverse Elementary Students.” Bottom: Keynote speaker William Taylor (seated) signed more than 100 copies of his book, Mavericks at Work, and spoke with attendees about their passion for research, teaching and service.

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per published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Dr. Gourley challenged the audience to think about their own institution’s economic impact and replicate their study to promote the societal and fiscal contributions made by colleges and schools of pharmacy nationwide.

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Top left: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Barbara G. Wells (right) and associate dean for clinical affairs Dr. Leigh Ann Ross (left) discuss Ross’ research and education poster, “Implementation of a Community-Based Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management Services Model.”

Top right: At the Closing Banquet Tuesday evening, thenAACP president Dr. Victor A. Yanchick thanked members of the Academy for their commitment and dedication to pharmacy academia. “It truly has been an honor to represent academic pharmacy and I have learned so much because of this experience,” he said.

Bottom: AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine talks with attendees during the Welcome Reception and School Posters event.

Bottom right: (from left) Dr. Todd D. Sorensen of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Peggy Piascik of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Russell B. Melchert of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences share memories of the 2005–2006 cohort of the Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Top right: AACP Vice President for Professional Affairs Dr. Arlene A. Flynn (right) discusses the Academic Leadership Fellows Program with Dr. Debra A. Copeland of Northeastern University.


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Honoring his significant and sustained contributions to pharmaceutical education, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. George R. Spratto, dean emeritus at West Virginia University. Dr. Spratto’s successful career spans more than three decades for which he thanked his professional colleagues as well as his late mother, who worked in a factory so that Dr. Spratto could attend college. Dr. Cynthia L. Rahel, AACP immediate past president, was presented with a presidential clock honoring her continued service to the Association and to the Academy. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Arthur A. Nelson Jr. accepted the honor on behalf of Dr. Raehl and thanked her for boldly challenging the Academy and making a lasting imprint on AACP. Two members of AACP staff were also recognized at the banquet for their nearly 35 years of collective service to the Academy. Senior vice president Dr. Kenneth W. Miller and member services coordinator Sam Tart thanked AACP and its members for their support and

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dedication to academic pharmacy. Each will receive a rocking chair as a token of appreciation from the Association. 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 2009 Annual Meeting an unequivocal success. While the bar has been raised yet again for the 2010 Annual Meeting July 10-–4 in Seattle, AACP will continue Expanding Our Horizons in pharmacy education and practice. We hope to see you there! —Maureen O’Hara

Annual Meeting Rebate Program a Success In these tough economic times, AACP wants to ensure our members have access to the invaluable programs, products and services that help them prepare America’s future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and educators. To help alleviate the financial burden on our member institutions, AACP offered an institutional discount for current members who registered for the full Annual Meeting at the early-bird rate of $540. Eighty-nine schools took advantage of the rebate program, which collectively saved our members nearly $30,000.

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Pharmacy Education Creates Its Own $timulus Package The state of our nation’s economy is not only taking its toll on American wallets, but on their health as well. According to a recent survey by the National Business Group on Health, more than one in four respondents reported forgoing healthcare treatment to save money on copayments or insurance costs, and one in five responded that they have skipped taking prescription medications. Despite these hardships, our nation’s colleges and schools of pharmacy continue to be significant sources of economic stimulation and key providers of healthcare services to underserved communities. This year’s Rufus A. Lyman Award was presented to a team of authors who have sparked a national interest in expanding the data on pharmacy schools’ positive societal and fiscal contributions. Their paper, “The Economic Impact of a College of Pharmacy,” quantifies the dollar value of economic returns to a community when a college of pharmacy attains its fourfold mission of research, service, patient care and education.

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feature story Drs. Dick R. Gourley and Shelley I. White-Means, both from The University of Tennessee (UT), and Dr. Jeff Wallace of the University of Memphis, concluded that the UT College of Pharmacy’s revenue of $22.4 million resulted in an indirect output impact of more than $29.2 million, for a total impact of nearly $51.6 million in output (production of goods and services), while supporting 617.4 jobs and total earnings of $18.5 million during the 2004–2005 school year. To read their complete text, visit the AJPE Web site at The research findings of Gourley et al. prompted editors here at Academic Pharmacy Now to ask our members what they are doing to positively impact their local and state economies all while improving patient care.

University of Hawaii at Hilo By the time its inaugural class graduates in 2011, the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) College of Pharmacy will stimulate more than $50.2 million per year in economic activity in the state. The college will also support an additional $15 million in earnings, according to a study by a UH Hilo economist. “If growth continues as planned, our data shows the College of Pharmacy will more than double its current output, making it a significant growth pole within the university as well as within the state,” said Dr. David Hammes, UH Hilo professor of economics. Hammes conducted an analysis of the current and projected economic impact of the college. The data was based on the period between 2008 through 2012. Hammes found in his study that the College of Pharmacy is bringing in $4.2 million revenue from tuition for the 20082009 academic year. These are tuition dollars that would not come to Hawaii without this program because UH Hilo is the


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only school in the Pacific basin that offers a doctorate in pharmacy, Hammes pointed out. “Building a college that educates pharmacists in Hawaii owes a great deal to the leadership of Chancellor Rose Tseng and Dr. Jerry Johnson,” said Dr. David McClain, president of the 10-campus University of Hawaii System. “Their vision and its execution represent yet another channel via which the university is a positive force in the economy of our state.” But beyond tuition revenues, students, faculty and staff are responsible for injecting $7.7 million into the local economy this year through increased spending by visitors, attracting grant and research funds, and on spending for living expenses. Hammes found that direct expenditures of $12 million result in a total increase of $22.8 million in increased demand for final goods and services within the state and supports 274 new jobs statewide. These impacts will grow as the college expands, Hammes said.

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The University of Texas at Austin Tough economic times have forced some Americans to turn to self-care, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and alternative medicines, but researchers at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) College of Pharmacy warn that doing so may be putting patients’ health at risk. “Sufferers of various ailments are reaching for these products because of the painful economic downturn, an increased availability of non-prescription drugs as well as a growing self-care revolution in the country,” said Renee Acosta, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy who teaches a course on OTC drugs. The College of Pharmacy has taught OTC drug courses for years and this fall hired a faculty member to teach complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The college also has a faculty member who specializes in herbal use among Mexican Americans and another who studies CAM patterns in African Americans. “Botanicals and nutritional supplements can be extremely helpful to patients when used under the care of a qualified practitioner or with proper knowledge,” said Rosa Schnyer, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese botanical medicine who joined the faculty this semester.

His research has shown that more and more people, particularly along the U.S.-Mexican border, are using herbal products instead of conventional medicines to treat health problems but are failing to inform a physician. “Although medicinal plants are commonly assumed to be a safe, inexpensive and natural alternative to conventional medications, some herbal products could potentially pose a health risk to consumers,” Rivera said.

“It is important for pharmacists to know which non-prescription botanical and nutritional pharmaceuticals are safe for patients to use over the counter and which may interact negatively with their medications,” she said, adding that 62 percent of adults in the U.S. use some form of CAM to either augment or replace conventional medical care.

African Americans are also substantial users of CAM therapies yet little is known about their patterns of CAM use. Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of pharmacy, has been trying to find out. Her study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, looks at patterns of CAM use in African Americans. She is exploring patients’ treatment decisions, particularly as they relate to use of prescribed medications and complementary and alternative treatment practices.

Dr. José O. Rivera, assistant dean in the College of Pharmacy and director of the UT El PasoUT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, in collaboration with Dr. Armando GonzálezStuart, has been studying herbal use and potential problems for the past eight years.

Her research focuses on understanding cultural and social elements that may affect both quality of care and therapeutic outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses, particularly ethnic minority patients who experience a disproportionate burden of poor health.

Top: There are more than 100,000 over-the-counter (OTC) drugs on the market, says Renee Acosta, who teaches an OTC course in The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. As more and more drugs switch from prescription to over the counter, she recommends seeking advice from a pharmacist when buying these products. Bottom: Dr. José O. Rivera’s research has shown that more and more people, particularly along the U.S.-Mexican border, are using herbal products instead of conventional medicines but are failing to inform a physician about their use. This photo of an herbal stand in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was taken for his study of herbal stores. academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009


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Loma Linda University One of the many ways in which colleges and schools of pharmacy impact their local economy is by providing free patient care at local health fairs to underserved members of the community. Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy students and faculty did just that when they provided valuable health information and medication counseling to more than 75 residents of Moreno Valley, Calif. during a four-hour health fair in May. The health fair, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and staffed by School of Pharmacy faculty and students, represented the first time the school’s professional student organizations collaborated to provide community service.

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy first-year student pharmacists Connie Elejalde, Erin Carpenter and Emily Garispe helped Moreno Valley residents with their diabetes. Having easy access to health information is a significant perk for a community that suffers from a higher-than-average unemployment rate.

Residents received diagnostic testing for such diseases as osteoporosis, diabetes and hypertension. They also received counseling for cholesterol, cough and cold, asthma, heartburn and their existing medications. Each booth focused on a specific disease state and was managed by one of the student professional organizations. One faculty member was also assigned to each booth to mentor the student pharmacists. The economic impact of the health fair is significant because of the challenging financial situation facing many Moreno Valley residents. The socio-economic make up of Moreno Valley is primarily struggling immigrant families that are on a tight budget and work in service or skill-based jobs.

University of Connecticut At the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Pharmacy, providing care to the uninsured is a top priority, as well as an opportunity for interprofessional collaboration and positive stimulation to the local economy. In cooperation with UConn’s schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Nursing, the School of Pharmacy takes part in the Urban Service Track Program, established to prepare healthcare professionals committed to providing healthcare to underserved populations in Connecticut’s inner cities. These Urban Health Scholars obtain clinical training experiences in urban communities, serving those who cannot afford healthcare, including the homeless, migrant farm workers and other underserved groups.


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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey The economy in New Jersey has also been hit hard in 2009. Dr. Enid Morales, a clinical associate professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is devoted to providing crucial medication therapy management to members of underserved communities in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She recently consulted with a 15-year-old girl at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center who had not been taking her asthma medication. Joining her were two student pharmacists on their first clinical rotations. Together, they spent the next half hour with the teenager, educating her about the pathophysiology of asthma and the important role medication plays in controlling disease progression.

Patients may skip medications for lack of money or miss appointments for lack of cab fare. Cultural beliefs and educational barriers may interfere with patients’ adherence to medical and pharmaceutical regimens. Patients concerned about lost wages or missed school days may neglect to attend follow-up care. Limited access to healthy foods may hamper patients’ efforts to control diabetes or hypertension through diet. All of these considerations—and more—must come into play when Morales and her students counsel patients.

This innovative program is the only one in New Jersey that allows student pharmacists to train under the mentorship of a clinical pharmacist at an outpatient community health center. Assisting Morales—and learning valuable professional and sociocultural lessons—are sixth-year student pharmacists serving advanced clinical clerkships in ambulatory care. The work of Morales and her students is made more complex by the social and health challenges of their patients, who have multiple hardships and few economic resources. Many of the center’s patients have serious chronic illnesses, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and HIV/AIDS. Struggles with employment, housing, literacy and domestic issues may compound their medical problems.

“The ‘best’ medication is not good therapy if the patient can’t afford it,” said Dr. Enid Morales of Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Working as the onsite pharmacist at a community health center, the professor has mentored nearly 100 students, including Hasham Khawaja (right), through a clinical clerkship program providing direct patient care and pharmaceutical services to a low-income minority population.

Oregon State University Oregon State is also helping to deal with the nationwide crisis of the uninsured through federally-qualified health centers that receive funding and support from the Health Resources and Services Administration. One such place is the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (CHCBLC). This organization operates four community health centers, two of which are school-based. The main health center, located in Corvallis, Ore., is less than a mile from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. The partnership between these two organizations has created a scenario in which the health center, College of Pharmacy and patients reap many benefits. Faculty from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy entered into a partnership with the CHCBLC

in 2006. Clinical faculty provide services in two of the four locations, which include disease state management in chronic pain, diabetes and hypertension. Consults on complex medication regimens can also be requested. The partnership between the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties and the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy has created unique and beneficial opportunities for both organizations. Most importantly is that the health center’s patients have benefited from the partnership. They now have an additional healthcare provider focused on improving health outcomes through the safe, appropriate use of drug therapies, as well as a resource for managing their own health. academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009


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University of Pittsburgh Over on the East Coast, the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is also providing free patient care to underserved Pittsburgh communities and its economic impact is felt throughout the region. For more than 10 years, the Lamsam Program has partnered with community agencies, such as Health Care for the Homeless, and works to ensure that costeffective medicines are available in adequate quantities in community clinics. This past year, the Health Care for the Homeless served 6,000 patients in almost 18,000 visits. This translates into a cost-avoidance of nearly $750,000 each year because of the availability of cost-effective medications onsite. In addition, the School of Pharmacy supports faculty students and residents who provide clinical pharmacy services at eight clinic sites weekly. The Lamsam Program also provides clinical pharmacy services at the North Side Christian Health Center. Forty percent of patients who utilize this urban community health center are uninsured. Prior to the program’s involvement with the Health Center, patients with diabetes struggled to monitor their blood sugars or even access essential medication such as insulin. The School of Pharmacy faculty, pharmacy residents and students assist the patients with the paperwork necessary to access free medications and supplies.

Virginia Commonwealth University Thanks to newly-created pages on the school’s Web site titled “Medical Outreach and Global Health Initiative,” Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy is making it easy for its students to help underserved and lower-income communities while also helping to alleviate the financial burden on many patients who seek quality healthcare services. Dr. Evan Sisson, assistant professor of pharmacy and Web page creator, wanted to make basic outreach information more accessible for students. Examples of recent projects include the 2007 and 2008 Remote Area Medical Health Expedition in Wise County, Va. During the 2008 RAM expedition, nearly 1,600 volunteers provided 5,475 services to 2,670 patients. Among those volunteers were 14 VCU School of Pharmacy students and two faculty members who spent nearly three days working with patients who had no academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009 40 medical insurance.

While 2009 figures are not yet available, RAM organizers said a total of $1,725,418 worth of free medical care was provided at the 2008 event. Two other large community outreach efforts are the VCU School of Pharmacy Health Fair and the VCU/MCV Campus Community Health Fair. This year, the school’s third annual health fair at a local middle school offered a twist on the usual: in addition to 17 patient-education booths and diabetes and hypertension screenings, health-education classes designed specifically for second through seventh graders were available. While their parents visited the “adult” portion of the fair, children were invited to participate in interactive mini-classes on topics such as heart health, nutrition, substance abuse, poison and smoking prevention.

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Washington State University While most pharmacy professors don’t make home visits to isolated elderly people in need of help, the same cannot be said for Dr. Stephen M. Setter, associate professor of pharmacy at Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy. Setter and two other WSU pharmacy professors—Drs. Joshua Neumiller and Brian Gates—help the Spokane, Wash. Mental Health agency and the Visiting Nurse Association of Spokane provide services to people with little or no safety net. At the invitation of the social worker or nurse, they and a few student pharmacists visit a patient at home, review their medications, examine their drug regimen and look for signs of drug interactions. They then make recommendations on how to improve the patient’s therapy and also go on follow-up visits to see that the patient is being compliant. A fellow WSU professor has made recent progress with another underserved group. For two weeks in October, Dr. Lisa Woodard and six student pharmacists drove approximately 45 miles outside of Spokane and set up a diabetes screening station at the Chewelah Casino, owned and operated by the Spokane Tribe.

Brian Presley, a Washington State University student pharmacist, engages with Laurence McCarthey at a diabetes screening in October 2008.

The group attracted 68 patients and did random blood glucose tests, blood pressures and body composition testing. Participants also received information on how they could make healthier lifestyle choices. Three participants were referred to a physician and all participants were invited to meet the students again at the casino in April for a follow-up visit.

University of Washington Students and faculty at the University of Washington (UW) School of Pharmacy facilitate and participate in a wide array of health programs that are free-of-charge to members of their local community, all of which have a significant positive impact throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. During the 2007–08 NFL season, for example, several student pharmacists helped Novartis Pharmaceuticals with its pilot Tackle Hypertension project. The students checked patients’ blood pressure and offered insight on hypertension at Seattle Seahawks home games as well as at area Costco stores during the weekends. Preventing or treating hypertension can reduce the incidence of stroke in the United States by 31 percent and

heart failure by 48 percent, according to Hypertension: Principles and Practice. And given that the AHA estimates that stroke and heart disease will cost the United States a combined $234 billion this year, such reductions can mean huge savings to the healthcare system. With this in mind, the NFL and Novartis expanded the Tackle Hypertension project during the 2008-09 season, launching similar initiatives in six additional NFL cities. And UW student pharmacists were once again called upon to help at Seahawks games. In addition to participating in these kinds of external projects, UW student pharmacists also regularly coordinate their own health fairs, workshops and programs to deal with a wide range of important health issues. academic Pharmacy now  Jul/Aug/Sept 2009


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Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections • Jeffrey Brewer, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Albany Campus • Ronald A. DeBellis, assistant dean, Vermont Campus • Paul Denvir, assistant professor, sociology and communication, Albany Campus • Lynn Evans, assistant professor, psychology, Albany Campus • Salvatore Morana, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, Vermont Campus • Marcel Musteata, assistant professor, pharmaceutics, Albany Campus • Anthony Nicasio, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, Albany Campus • Amit P. Pai, associate profes-

sor, Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus • Michael Racz, assistant professor, biostatistics, Albany Campus

Awards • Leon E. Cosler has been selected as a reviewer for grant applications to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). • Arnold Johnson has been appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. • John Polimeni has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania.

Promotions • Ray Chandrasekara was promoted to associate professor with

tenure in the Department of Arts and Sciences. • Carlos A. Feleder was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Kevin M. Hickey was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Arts and Sciences. • Nicole M. Lodise was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Grants • Robert M. Levin received $82,275 from Astellas Pharma Global Development for his grant application titled “Effect of solifenacin alone or in combination with antioxidants in the treatment of experimental overactive bladder dysfunction in rabbits.”

Auburn University Appointments/Elections • Paul W. Jungnickel was elected for a third 2-year term as National Secretary of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.

Awards • Krisan T. Anderson and Faculty Mentor Pamela Stamm are one of the 65 student-faculty recipi-

ent pairs for the 2009 AACP/ Wal-Mart Scholars Program.

Retirements • Kenneth Neil Barker, Sterling Distinguished Professor of pharmacy care systems and director of the Center for Pharmacy Operations and Designs, will retire effective Oct. l, 2009.

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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Awards


• Alice C. Ceacareanu was awarded the AMGEN Oncology Leadership Award for 2009 Research Excellence.

• Eugene M. Morse was selected to receive a $1,501,194 five-year AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) award from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center.

• Karl Fiebelkorn was presented with the Robert M. Cooper Memorial Award. • Donald E. Mager was elected as Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

• Robert M. Straubinger received a $236,157 shared instrumentation grant from the National Center for Research Resources for a

high-performance computational cluster to support research in proteomics in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Core Instrumentation Facility.

Promotions • Gayle A. Brazeau was promoted to professor of pharmacy practice.

University of California, San Francisco Appointments/Elections


• Susan Desmond-Hellmann was named chancellor of UCSF.

• Christopher Cullander has accepted the position of campus director of institutional research.

University of Cincinnati Appointments/Elections • Teresa M. Cavanaugh, assistant professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences • Kelly T. Epplen, assistant professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

Grants • Gary A. Gudelsky, co-investigator with Neil Richtand, received funding from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs for $160,000 for a research project titled “Paliperidone, glutamate and dopamine in a primary schizophrenia prevention model.”


• Gary A. Gudelsky, co-investigator on an NIH grant with Neil Richtand (PI), was awarded $400,000 for two years for the project “Antipsychotics, hypoglycemia, glutamate and cognition.” • Pamela C. Heaton received funding from the state of Ohio in the amount of $1.2 million for a Medtapp DUR program. • Gerald B. Kasting received an award of $491,139 for a threeyear project titled “Prediction of Epidermal Bioavailability of Contact Allergens.” The project is sponsored by COLIPA, the European Cosmetics and Toiletries Association.

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Promotions • Jill M. Boone, professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences • Karen A. Gregerson, granted tenure, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Pamela C. Heaton, associate professor with tenure, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences • Karissa Y. Kim, associate professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

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Dr. Mary Monk-Tutor, pharmacy professor at Samford University, has an interest in established pharmacies, especially those with soda fountains, because of their rich cultural and professional history in the community. So when she took a six-month sabbatical from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy four years ago, she used it as an opportunity to travel throughout the Southeast and document their history through interviews and photographs. Two dogs, an RV and seven states later, MonkTutor and her husband Terry created Drug Store Soda Fountains of the Southeast, a coffee table book that chronicles their journey. She tells Academic Pharmacy Now about their adventure below.

Describe what the book is about. What types of pharmacies did you visit? The book includes the history of more than 50 of these unique pharmacies scattered across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, the Carolinas and Tennessee, along with full color photographs and nostalgic soda fountain recipes. Many of these pharmacies are over 100 years old. We also included a few other pharmacies in the book that did not have a soda fountain because they were just so interesting that we could not leave them out. A few of these are Chelsea Apothecary in Chelsea, Ala., Bondurant’s Pharmacy in Lexington, Ky. and Corner Drug Store in Vicksburg, Miss.

How did you and your husband embark on this project? We wanted to be able to collaborate on something and thought that my sabbatical project would be a good opportunity for this. So, we needed a project topic that involved something related to pharmacy and fine arts. We also wanted to be able to travel together as a family. I have an interest in established pharmacies, especially those that still have soda fountains. When we looked at all of those things together, we came up with the idea


Pharmacy Educator Takes Trip Down Memory Lane of traveling around in a motor home with our dogs, visiting drug store soda fountains. We would have loved to visit every state, but my sabbatical was only six months long (and gas was close to $3/gallon) so we restricted our geographical area to the South.

better balance and perspective in my life. Four years later, I am still working on my sabbatical project by promoting the book. I continue to plan additional research on the topic and hope to have an opportunity to take another sabbatical in the future.

Who did you interview? Did you hear any interesting stories while talking with locals and pharmacists?

What feedback have you received from your colleagues and students?

I interviewed the owners and managing pharmacists at each pharmacy, along with other store employees and even some customers. One of my favorite anecdotes from the trip occurred in Brent’s Pharmacy in Jackson, Miss. when an elderly customer told me that he loved to bring his grandson to the soda fountain because “it’s the only place that’s exactly the same as when I was a kid.” Other favorite anecdotes include the fact that Hoskins Drug Store in Clinton, Tenn. had a successful, full-service beauty salon inside the store until 2000. Bell’s Pharmacy in Sebree, Ky. still makes cherry colas using a syrup dispenser they purchased in 1936.

You were on a sabbatical while working on the book. What did taking a sabbatical mean for your career? While a sabbatical is often presented as a perk in academia, it can be difficult for those of us in pharmacy to actually take one because of ongoing responsibilities. Although no one in my school of pharmacy had applied for a sabbatical in about 20 years, my dean and department chair at the time were both very supportive. The best things about my sabbatical were having the opportunity to spend so much concentrated time with my family and to simply slow down the pace of my life a little bit. Focusing on one major project was actually difficult for me to adjust to after years of multitasking, but once I got used to the new pace, I regained a

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and not just from those involved in pharmacy. I think anyone who grew up going to a local drug store soda fountain has wonderful memories of that and appreciates the history and the nostalgia of the book. Student pharmacists who did not realize such a thing exists have also been interested in the novelty of the idea of serving food in the pharmacy. I’ve had the opportunity to make presentations about the project at national professional meetings and for local organizations, and it is always very well received.

How can someone purchase the book? Drug Store Soda Fountains of the Southeast ($48) was published in December 2008 by Health Care Logistics. It is available online at and at or by phone from Gifts for Healthcare Professionals at 1-800-276-1109.

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Drake University Appointments/Elections • Michael T. Andreski, assistant professor of social and administrative sciences • Cheryl Clarke, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Kim Huey, associate professor of health sciences • Andrea L. Kjos, assistant professor of social and administrative sciences • Ginelle Schmidt, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Matthew Hubble was named Adjunct Preceptor of the Year. • June F. Johnson received certification as a Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Manager. • Linda Kalin was named Riche Preceptor of the Year. • Carrie Koenigsfeld was named CPHS Preceptor of the Year. • Lon N. Larson received the 2009 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor.


• Chuck Phillips received the Hartig Distinguished Professor Award.

• Renae J. Chesnut received the Hartig Faculty Development Award.

• Heidi J. Price was named CPHS Mentor of the Year.

• John Gitua is the non-CPHS Teacher of the Year.

• Robert P. Soltis recently was named the first recipient of the C. Boyd Granberg Professional Leadership Award for his service

to professional pharmacy organizations. • David P. Zgarrick has been selected as a 2008–09 Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhAAPRS).

Grants • The Iowa Board of Regents has awarded a $60,000 grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund to Pramod Mahajan for a new laboratory for training and research in pharmacogenomics.

Promotions • June F. Johnson has been promoted to chair of the Department Pharmacy Practice.

Retirements • Richard J. Morrow, professor of pharmacology, retired this year.

University of Florida Appointments/Elections


• Leslie Hendeles was invited to be one of 13 voting members to serve on the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration.

• Hendrik Luesch has received a two-year, $641,000 National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for “Chemistry and Biology of Largazoles.” Luesch also has been selected as one of 10 inaugural recipients of the Jack Wessel Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors.

Awards • Working under the mentorship of Hendrik Luesch, Jason Kwan, a graduate student in medicinal chemistry, was awarded the 2009 American Society of Pharmacognosy Student Research Award.


• Two researchers in the UF College of Pharmacy have received 2009 Opportunity Funds Awards

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from the UF Division of Sponsored Research: Hendrik Luesch received $86,000 for his research, In vivo target identification and antitumor efficacy of novel anticancer agents. Sihong Song received $80,000 for his research, Alpha 1 antitrypsin for treatment of lupus. • Efe Odia has been awarded a $3,000 Health Science Student Fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation for Cost and Quality of Care in Epilepsy: An Episode of Care Approach.

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The University of Findlay Appointments/Elections • Debra L. Parker has been appointed chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department.

University of Houston Appointments/Elections • Catherine L. Hatfield has been appointed director, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences. • Russell E. Lewis has been elected at-large director of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Board of Directors. • Ke-He Ruan has been appointed associate editor of BMC Biochemistry.

Awards • Kimberly K. Birtcher has been awarded Fellow status with the National Lipid Association.

Grants • Rajender R. Aparasu has received a one-year, $98,000 grant for his project, Impact of Atypical Antipsychotic Use on Health Care Utilization in the Elderly. • Anees A. Banday has received a three-year, $308,000 grant from the American Heart Association for his research into Oxidative Stress and Transcriptional Regulation of Renal AT1 Receptors in Hypertension. • Diana S-L. Chow has received a $66,137 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation-North American Clinical Trials Network for Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamic Evaluations of Riluzole in 36 Acute Spinal Cord Injured (ASCI) Patients, and a $44,557 grant from TOLMAR Inc. for Comparative

In Vitro Evaluations of TOLMAR’s Liposomal Doxorubicin with Doxil. • Jason Eriksen has received a one-year, $99,970 grant from the Alzheimer’s Association for his study, Role of PGRN in Microglial Activity in Alzheimer’s Disease; and a two-year, $125,000 grant funded by the Department of Defense U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and awarded by the Alliance for NanoHealth for his study, Nanoparticle-based Molecular Imaging of Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, a Major Risk Factor for Stroke. • Michael L. Johnson has received a $100,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality for his study, Outcomes of Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARBs) Use for Heart Failure in the Elderly. • Maria V. Tejada-Simon has received a one-year, renewal grant of $60,000 from the Fragile X Research Foundation (FRAXA) for her study, Rac-dependent Regulation of Neuronal Morphology in Fragile X Syndrome.

Promotions • Diana S-L. Chow has been promoted to full professor. • Michael L. Johnson has been awarded tenure. • David A. Wallace has been promoted to clinical associate professor.

Idaho State University Appointments/Elections • Paul S. Cady has been appointed interim dean to fill the leadership role with the recent announcement of Dean Joseph Steiner. Steiner has accepted the position of dean of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Appointments/Elections • Michael E. Johnson was invited to serve as a member of the steering committee for the U.S.-China Roundtable on Scientific Data Cooperation. • Hayat Onyuksel accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Nanotechnology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, for the 2008–2009 term.

Awards • William T. Beck was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Member-atLarge of the Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Norman R. Farnsworth received the 2009 Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award from the American Society for Nutrition.

• Scott G. Franzblau was selected as a 2009 Teaching Recognition Program Award recipient. • Robert E. Gaensslen was selected as the 2009 Honors College Fellow of the Year by the UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year Selection Committee. • Kristen L. Goliak received the 2008 Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award presented by the Illinois Pharmacists Association.

Retirements • Charles P. Woodbury, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

The University of Iowa Appointments/Elections • Jill Fowler, assistant professor, clinical and administrative pharmacy

Awards • Karen A. Baker was awarded the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, which recognizes leadership, learning and loyalty.

• Erin Thatcher was a first place winner at the 2009 Regional Pappajohn NewVenture Business Plan Competition.

Promotions • Michael E. Ernst was promoted to full professor. • Aliasger K. Salem was promoted to associated professor with tenure.

The University of Kansas Promotions • Brian J. Barnes, associate professor of pharmacy practice with tenure


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• Karen E. Moeller, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice • Janelle F. Ruisinger, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

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University of Maryland Appointments/Elections • Steven Fletcher was named an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Maureen Kane was named an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Mary Lynn McPherson was appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality of Care at the End of Life for a four-year term. • Gail Rattinger was named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. • Wanli Smith was named an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Peter Swaan was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Xenobiotics and Nutrient Disposition and Action Study Section, where he will serve a three year term. • Jia Bei Wang was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling Study Section for a four year term. • Wanda Williams was named an instructor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Awards • Cynthia J. Boyle received the Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award for exemplifying

leadership qualities in support of the pharmacy profession. • David A. Knapp was honored on May 11 by officials at the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a life-size oil portrait to be hung in the new Pharmacy Hall Addition in 2010. • Gail Rattinger received the 2009 RPS Inc. American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy and a Best New Investigator Podium Presentation award from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. • Kathryn A. Walker was certified as a pain educator by the American Society of Pain Educators.

Grants • Amy Davidoff received $49,936 from the American Association of Retired Persons for Medicare Out-of-Pocket Spending: Update and Trend Analysis. She also received $371,250 from the National Cancer Institute for Patient Performance Status: Prediction Model Development and Validation. • C. Daniel Mullins received $50,000 from the Center for Medical Technology Policy for Health Technology, Comparative Effectiveness Analysis.

Needs of Kidney Transplant Recipients. • Mona L. Tsoukleris received $26,090 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for Pediatric Asthma Feedback and Alert System (PAAL).

Promotions • Amy Davidoff, research associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research • Stephen G. Hoag, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Charmaine D. Rochester, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science • Fadia Shaya, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research • Linda Simoni-Wastila, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research • Deborah Sturpe, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science • Hongbing Wang, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Francoise Pradel received $34,858 from the Drug Information Association for Adherence and Unmet Drug Information

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University of Kentucky Appointments/Elections • Kenneth B. Roberts, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy since March 2000, has announced he will step down from that position at

the end of this fiscal year. He has been appointed to the Earl Platt Slone Endowed Professorship in Pharmacy Practice and Science effective July 1, 2009.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland Appointments/Elections


• Paulo Carvalho has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• Anne Y.F. Lin will receive the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal from St. John’s University in New York.

Mercer University Appointments/Elections • Susan W. Miller was appointed to the AACP Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Assessment and Accreditation Advisory Group.

Grants • Ashish A. Advani was awarded a grant ($21,000) from Alaven Pharmaceuticals, LLC for the Drug Information Center. • Ajay K. Banga was awarded a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Transport Pharmaceuticals for “Transdermal Drug Delivery by a Combination of Microneedles and Iontophoresis.”

• Martin J. D’Souza received a grant from the Georgia Cancer Coalition in the amount of $50,000 for the study “Nanosphere Based Oral and Transdermal Vaccines for Breast Cancer-Next Generation of Vaccines.” Dr. D’Souza, also received multiple grants from the Dialysis Clinic, Inc. for “Effect of microencapsulated catalase and superoxide dismutase microspheres on oxidative stress” ($12,435); “Combination of gentamicin and NF-kB microspheres” ($8,937); “Determination of the toxicity of the microspheres of the anti-sense oligonucleotides to NF-kB” ($5,644); “Effect of microencapsulated anti-sense oligomers to NF-kB on cytokine production”($6,142); and “Combination of gentamicin and NF-kB microspheres” ($8,937).

University of Nebraska Medical Center Promotions • Jeffrey N. Baldwin has been promoted to professor.

The University of New Mexico Grants • Ludmila Bakhireva was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) for the project, Traditional


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and Novel Biomarkers in Identification of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.

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University of Minnesota Appointments/Elections • Nichole M. Kulinski joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems as an assistant professor.

Grants • Bjoern Bauer will serve as a coinvestigator on a $14,950 grant awarded by the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research. The $14,950 grant will support the proposal Improving Glioblastoma Chemotherapy Through BCRP. • Gunda I. Georg, Derek J. Hook and Vadim J. Gurvich, along with James Maher from the Mayo Clinic, have received funding through the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics in the amount of $622,693 to support their

project, Small Molecule Screens for Selective Growth Inhibitors in a Yeast Model of Familial Parganglioma. • Jon C. Schommer is the recipient of a $86,956 grant from the Pharmacy Manpower Project for his project a 2009 Sample Survey of the Pharmacist Workforce. • Doneka R. Scott received a $5,000 grant for an MPSO Leadership Retreat from The Target Campus Grant Program. • Timothy P. Stratton received a $15,000 grant from the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging for his project, TeleMTM, which includes MTM interviews for homebound citizens in Carlton County.

• Timothy S. Tracy, along with co-investigators Dick Brundage and Ilo Leppik, have received approval for the renewal of their grant, Pharmacogenetics and Drug Interactions (Years 5–8). The grant, involving both in vivo and in vitro studies to explore the interplay of genotype and fraction of drug metabolized on the extent of drug interactions, will be renewed in the amount of $1,171,415 direct costs ($1,768,836 total costs). • Natalia Y. Tretyakova received two R01 NIH grant renewals: DNA Cross-Linking by Diepoxybutane in the amount of $889,265, and Sequence Distribution of Tobacco CarcinogenDNA Adducts in the amount of $1,052,880.

Ohio Northern University Appointments/Elections • David Bright, assistant professor in pharmacy practice

Awards • Donald L. Sullivan was awarded the Jack L. Beal Post-bacculaureate Alumni Award from The Ohio State University.

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based Design of Broad-spectrum Glutamate Racemase Inhibitors.

• Janelle Crossgrove, New Investigator Program, AACP, $10,000 for Sex Differences in Beta-Amyloid Removal at the Blood-CSF Barrier.

• Mark E. Olah, NIH, $150,000 for Epac1 Signaling in Angiogenesis.


• David F. Kisor, Applied Medical Research, $5,100 for Absorption of Aspirin.

• Kimberly A. Broedel-Zaugg and Desirae Heimann, Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, $750 for Ohio

• Tarek Mahfouz and Amy Stockert, New Investigator Program, AACP, $10,000 for Structure-

• James B. Reiselman, Apotex, $75,000 for the development of a financial management simulation activity for community pharmacy.

Promotions • Kelly M. Shields, associate professor with tenure

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Purdue University Grants • Steven R. Abel received $60,131 from R.L. Roudebush VA Medical Center for “R.L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.” • Eric L. Barker, Gregory H. Hockerman and David E. Nichols received $209,177 from National Institutes of Health for “Psychostimulant Recognition by Serotonin Transporters.” • Eric L. Barker and Val J. Watts received $12,000 from Smith Family Break Thru Fund for “Drug Screening Assay Development for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C.” • Donald E. Bergstrom received $10,000 from Cornell University Medical College for “Understanding the Fundamental Properties of Reversible Assembly of Molecules.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $56,200 from Trask Trust Fund for “Reagents for Biomolecular Labeling, Detection and Quantification Employing Raman Spectroscopy.” • Robert L. Geahlen received $25,252 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Syk and Associated Proteins in Breast Cancer-Amendment B.” • Robert L. Geahlen received $24,343 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Tyrosine Protein Kinases and Lymphocyte Activation-Amendment B.” • Richard A. Gibbs received $26,951 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for


“Inhibition of Prenalyted Protein Processing.” • Jasmine D. Gonzalvo received $5,000 from ASHP Research & Education Foundation for “A Needs Assessment: Community Pharmacists Communication with Spanish-Speaking Patients.” • Mark A. Green and Kara D. Weatherman received $25,000 from Cardinal Health for “Cardinal Health Fellowship in Clinical Nuclear Pharmacy and Radiopharmaceutical Safety.” • Rodolfo Pinal received $35,000 from Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. for “Identification of Robust Analytical Strategy for Characterization of Amorphous Formulations.” • Carol B. Post received $201,963 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Protein Stability and Antiviral Activity in Human Rhinovirus.” • Jean-Christophe Rochet received $199,408 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Membrane Binding and Aggregation of a-Synuclein.” • Amy H. Sheehan received $77,890 from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Science Affairs LLC for “Joint Academic/FDA/Industry Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship.” • Daniel T. Smith received $24,479 from Clinton Foundation HIV/ AIDS Initiative for “Reformulation Approach to Improving the

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Oral Absorption of HIV/AIDS Drugs.” • Daniel T. Smith received $30,000 from Clinton Foundation HIV/ AIDS Initiative for “Reformulation Approach to Improving the Oral Absorption of Atazanvir.” • Daniel T. Smith received $50,000 from Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative for “Optimization of the Crystallization of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate.” • Lynne S. Taylor received $217,930 from Virginia Technology for “Enhanced Delivery of Phytochemicals by Nanodispersion in Polysaccharide Matrices.” • Ross V. Weatherman received $1,525 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Novel Bioconjugates as Probes of Estrogen Receptors.” • Yoon Yeo received $4,000 from National Science Foundation for “Nanostructured Materials for Future Therapy.” • Yoon Yeo received $800 from Samsung Medical Center for “Dependent of Effectiveness of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone on the Routes of Administration.” • Yoon Yeo and Gregory T. Knipp received $151,024 from PHSNIH National Cancer Institute for “Peritumorally Transformable Nanoparticles for Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy of Ovarian Cancer.” • Yoon Yeo received $120,000

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from Indiana State Department of Health for “Rapid and Sustained Axonal Reconnection for Injured Mammalian Spinal Cord.” • Yoon Yeo received $15,102 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Peritumorally Transformable Nanoparticles for Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy of Ovarian Cancer-Amendment B.”

Promotions • David R. Foster, associate professor of pharmacy practice • Changdeng Hu, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology

• Kimberly S. Plake, associate professor of pharmacy practice • Kevin M. Sowinski, professor of pharmacy practice • Alan J. Zillich, associate professor of pharmacy practice

• Rodolfo Pinal, associate professor of industrial and physical pharmacy

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections • Philip Empey, assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics • Scott M. Mark was selected to serve on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Quality Improvement Initiative Expert Panel. • Melissa Somma McGivney was appointed to a second three-year term as an American College of Clinical Pharmacy representative to the Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory Coalition.

Awards • Sharon E. Connor was honored by the executive board of the School’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists as the Faculty Member of the Year for 2009. • Sandra Kane-Gill has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Edward P. Krenzelok has been named the School of Pharmacy’s inaugural Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy Chair of Pharmacy.

• Susan M. Meyer, with colleagues in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine, has been selected to receive a University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Innovation in Education Award for We Need to Talk: Facilitating Improved Interprofessional Communication Through the Use of Standardized Colleagues, a project aimed at improving interprofessional communication between pharmacists, nurses, and physicians.


• Christine Ruby Scelsi was selected by the Class of 2008 as recipient of the Preceptor of the Year Award.


• Raman Venkataramanan received the 2009 Bristol-Myers Squibb Mentorship in Clinical Pharmacology Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Venkataramanan also received the 2009 University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, an award that recognizes faculty for their mentoring of doctoral students.

• Yuyan Jin was awarded a Critical Path Research grant for $120,408 from the FDA CDER for Public Health Model for Optimal Use of Antihypertensive Therapy. • Susan M. Meyer received $175,125 from Highmark and $52,000 from Pfizer for The Pennsylvania Project: Preparing Pharmacists for Patient-Centered Care.

• Kim C. Coley was promoted to the rank professor, pharmacy and therapeutics. • Amy C. Donihi, Colleen M. Culley and Sherrie L. Aspinall were promoted to the rank of associate professor, pharmacy and therapeutics. • Janice L. Pringle was promoted to the rank of research associate professor.

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The University of Oklahoma Appointments/Elections


• Michael James Smith has been appointed assistant dean for Tulsa programs.

• Staci M. Lockhart, appointed to clinical associate professor, Department of Pharmacy, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

• Kelly M. Standifer has been appointed chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Awards • Jodi N. Sparkman received the United States Public Health Service Unit Commendation as a member of the Rapid Deployment Force #3 Pharmacy Branch and Augmentees.

Grants • Vibhudutta Awasthi, NIH S10 Instrument Grant, “SPECT Imaging Module,” $367,023.

• Melissa S. Medina, appointed to clinical associate professor, Department of Pharmacy, Clinical and Administrative Sciences • Nathan Shankar, appointed to professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Retirements • Garo P. Basmadjian, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, retired June 30, 2009. • H. Richard Shough, professor and chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, retired June 30, 2009.

University of the Pacific Grants • Joseph A. Woelfel, San Joaquin County Department of Human Services, two grants each of $15,000; 1) Medication Use Safety Training and Pharmaceutical

Care for Seniors and their Caregivers and 2) Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Screening, Education, and Intervention for Seniors.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Appointments/Elections

• Cynthia DePiano, clinical assistant professor

• Longqin Hu, National Cancer Institute, $301,220, “Homogeneous HTS Assays to Screen for Inhibitors of Keap1-Nrf2 Interaction.” In collaboration with Dr. Tony Kong (Rutgers) and Dr. Lesa Beamer (University of Missouri), Dr. Hu received a new R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute.

• Deepali Dixit, clinical assistant professor


• Eugenia Levi, clinical assistant professor

• Dong Churl Suh, professor I


• Guofeng You, professor I

• Sandra M. Aguero, clinical assistant professor • Danielle J. Coppola, clinical assistant professor

• Debra L. Laskin, National Institute of Environmental Health Services, $363,291, “Activated Macrophages and Ozone Toxicity.”


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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Awards • Laura A. Mandos received the 2009 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

University of Southern Nevada Appointments/Elections


• Jason Asleson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Meghan Jeffres, Pfizer, $16,800, Epidemiology, prevalence and risk factors for acquisition of heteroresistant vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (hVISA) and vancomycin-intermediate (VISA) Staphylococcus aureus.

• Arup Chakraborty, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Andrew Draper, assistant professor of pharmacy practice


• Kayta Kobayashi, instructor

• Surajit Dey, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences

• Elizabeth J. Unni, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences

• Erik Jorvig, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences

• Alana Whittaker, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Paul Oesterman, associate professor of pharmacy practice • Darla Zarley, associate professor of pharmacy practice

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Awards • Amie Blaszczyk was named the 2009 Marvin Marks Volunteer of the Year by the North Texas Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.


• James Stoll has accepted the position of associate dean for faculty enhancement. • On Sept. 1, Thomas J. Thekkumkara will become regional dean for the main TTUHSC-SOP campus in Amarillo.

• On Sept. 1, Quentin R. Smith will become senior associate dean of sciences.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Appointments/Elections • Ron Ballentine was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who Publication, 2009–2010 Edition. • Donald F. Brophy was appointed as the interim chairman of the Department of Pharmacy. He also was appointed to the Editorial Board of Pharmacotherapy. • Gretchen M. Brophy was appointed to the NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Multi-drug Combinations to Promote neurological Recovery in Traumatic Brain Injury (RO1). • Renee L. Murray has joined the Department of Pharmacy as the director of the Office of Experiential Education’s IPPE Program. • Ann M. Wiesner will join the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy in August 2009. • James Zhang was appointed to the Scientific Committee, The International Health Economics Association (IHEA) 7th World Congress, 2009. In addition, he was selected for Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis Who’s Who Publication, 2009-2010 Edition.

Awards • Peter R. Byron received an engraved medallion—“a symbol of the university’s most prestigious academic positions,” following VCU’s first Investiture Dinner to honor faculty members holding endowed chairs and professorships.


• Kai I. (Annie) Cheang received the Elizabeth Fries Award at the VCU Women’s Health Conference. • Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode was the first-place recipient of the 2009 NACDS Foundation Community Pharmacy Faculty Award. • David A. Holdford and William R. Garnett were inducted as APhA-APRS Fellows of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at the annual meeting. • Joseph L. McClay was recognized with a 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Grants • Donald F. Brophy, “In vitro effects of recombinant human fibrinogen on hemostatic parameters in plasma from patients with fibrinogen deficiency.” Pharming Healthcare, Inc. April 1, 2009–March 30, 2010. Total budget $88,950. • Gretchen M. Brophy, co-investigator, “Biomarkers of Mild and Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury.” NIH Grant with the University of Florida. 5-year, $6,027,252 total budget. 10% Effort, $98,990 total VCU budget. Funding period: 5/20095/2014. • David A. Holdford (PI) and Terri L. Warholak and Donna S. West, $90,000, “A baseline evaluation of the integration of the ‘Science of Safety’ into the curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in U.S. colleges of pharmacy.”

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy/Food & Drug Association (2009). • Mary Jayne Kennedy, 7 R21 HD050564-03, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), “Urinary Proteomics in Aminoglycoside-Treated Newborns,” Co-Investigator: Henry Rozycki, Amount Awarded: $48,321 (direct and indirect), Funding Period: 4/1/09–3/31/10; and, A.D. Williams Foundation, “Evaluation of Genetic Biomarkers of Aminoglycoside-Induced Kidney Injury in Newborn Infants,” Co-investigators: Henry Rozycki, Todd Webb, Amount Awarded: $14,500, Funding Period: 4/1/09–3/31/10. • Sallie D. Mayer (PI), Cheang K, Moczygemba LR. Virginia Commonwealth University Council for Community Engagement Grant, research study titled, “Development and Implementation of a Chronic Care Model in a Medically Underserved Population.” Awarded May 2009, $18,000. • Leticia “Tish” Moczygemba (PI), Barner JC, Gabrillo ER. American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Foundation Junior Investigator Grant, “The Impact of Pharmacist-Provision of a Telephone MTM Program to Medicare Part D Beneficiaries: A 12-Month Follow-Up.” Awarded May 2009, $25,000. • Leticia “Tish” Moczygemba (PI), Goode JR, Osborn R, Alexander A, Kennedy A, Gatewood S, Matzke G, Dungee-Anderson

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ED, Kirkwood C, Rose R. Virginia Commonwealth University Council for Community Engagement Grant research study titled, “The Use of Diffusion Theory to Promote CARE (Coordination of medicAtion Reconciliation among providErs) in a Homeless Population.” Awarded May

2009, $10,000. • Ronald E. Polk (PI), Amy Pakyz, M. Oinonen. “A Study of “MIC creep” to vancomycin in the University HealthSystem Consortium Hospitals.” Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Total = $93,263, Direct = $74,610, Indirect = $18,653.

• Benjamin W. Van Tassell, “Pharmacologic MyD88 inhibition prevents adverse cardiac remodeling in experimental acute myocardial infarction.” A. D. Williams ($15,000).

University of Washington Appointments/Elections


• Kelly Lee has joined the Department of Medicinal Chemistry as assistant professor.

• Rodney J. Ho received a Technology Gap Innovation Fund commercialization grant from the UW and the Washington Research Foundation. The grant was for his project titled “Gdnanoparticles as high performance Magnetic Resonance (MR) contrast media.”

• Jie Xing has joined the Department of Medicinal Chemistry as a visiting scholar from China.

• Eldon Spackman has been awarded a $6,000 American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education predoctoral fellowship for the twelve-month academic year beginning in September.

Washington State University Appointments/Elections • Sayed S. Daoud, appointed, Department of Defense training grants review panel • William E. Fassett, appointed,

editorial advisory board, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. • Linda G. MacLean, chair-elect, AACP Self-Care Therapeutics/

Nonprescription Medicine SIG

Retirements • Angelo A. Ballasiotes, clinical assistant professor

Wayne State University Awards • David S. Bach and Linda A. Jaber received Awards of Excellence for their contributions

and leadership in promoting the principle of public health relative to pharmacy. • Howard J. Normile was the recip-

ient of the Outstanding Academic Partner Award for his efforts in creating an endowment to support pharmacy student education.

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West Virginia University Appointments/Elections


• Amber Chiplinski, clinical assistant professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

• Marie A. Abate was awarded a Community Pharmacy Foundation grant in the amount of $34,049 for her project, Integration/Analysis of a Multifaceted Medication and Health Management Information System in a Community Setting.

• Betsy Meredith Elswick, clinical associate professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy • Amanda D. Geist, clinical assistant professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy • Jason D. Huber, associate professor with tenure, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Awards • Working with Peter M. Gannett, Jarod Kabulski, a fifth-year graduate student, was awarded second place for his presentation, Au-bound P450 platform: an in vitro tool for predicting in vivo drug metabolism at the Science, Technology, and Research Symposium. • Eugene H. Makela was named one of two award winners in the Therapeutic Case Report competition at the annual meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. • Charles D. Ponte, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, received the 2008 School of Pharmacy Board of Advisors Excellence in Teaching Award. Ponte is a 2009 Faculty Recipient of the AACP/Wal-Mart Scholars Program and also received the credential of Certified Pain Educator (CPE) from the American Society of Pain Educators in March 2009. • Yon Rojanasakul was selected as a recipient of the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, the premier research honor bestowed by West Virginia University. • Working with Yon Rojanasakul, Siera Talbott, a sixthyear graduate student, received the first place award for her presentation, FLIP s-nitrosylation modulated NK-kappaB regulation: implications for death receptor signaling at the Science, Technology, and Research Symposium.


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• Jason Huber was awarded a NIH/NINDS grant in the amount of $320,469 for his project, Age Influences Neuropoietic Signaling at the Neurovascular Unit during Stroke. • S. Suresh Madhavan was awarded a Unisys Corp. grant in the amount of $423,420 for the Unisys Pharmacy Provider Call Center project. • Rae R. Matsumoto received $163,845 from The University of Mississippi for Novel Pharmacologic Interventions for Drugs of Abuse. She was also awarded two NIH/NIDA grants. The first grant is in the amount of $244,342 for her project, Sigma Ligands for the Treatment of Cocaine Overdose. The second grant is in the amount of $321,323 for, Synthesis and Evaluation of o-Active Cocaine Antagonists. • William P. Petros was awarded an Adherex Technologies grant in the amount of $55,000 for his project, Eniluracil Topical Formulation Development\Lab Testing. He also received an Adherex Technologies grant in the amount of $90,000 for his project, Pilot Study of Eniluracil Containing Ointment for Prevention of Hand Foot Syndrome (HFS) Following Capecitabine (Xeloada). • Yon Rojanasakul was awarded a NIH/NHLBI grant in the amount of $355,629 for his project, Regulation of Fas-Mediated Lung Cell Apoptosis. • Elizabeth J. Scharman was awarded a US DHHS/ HRSA grant in the amount of $139,737 for the Poison Control Centers Stabilization and Enhancement Grant Program. • Douglas C. Slain was awarded an ASHP Foundation grant in the amount of $5,000 for his project, An Assessment of a Pharmacy-Based Enhancement to the Hospital Medication Reconciliation Process.

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Faculty Vacancies in the Academy New Position Status

(as of Nov. 1, 2008)

Length of Position Vacancy Not reported 1.9% (8) >36 months 3.9% (16)

Existing position 53.6% (222)

0–6 months 51.2% (212)

31–36 months 1.2% (5)

New position 43.2% (179)

25–30 months 2.9% (12) 19–24 months 5.3% (22)

New position created by reallocating funds 3.1% (13)

13–18 months 13.5% (56)

Reason for Vacancy Expiration or termination of contract 4.2% (10)

Other 11.0% (26)


Individual in position retired 16.1% (38)

Spouse or partner relocation 3.8% (9)

Individual in position moved to a faculty position within the pharmacy college or school 3.8% (9)

Individual moved to a position in government or public sector 2.5% (6)

Individual in position moved to a faculty position at another pharmacy college or school 17.8% (42)

Individual moved to a practice position in the health care private sector 17.4% (41)

Individual in position moved to a faculty position in a non-pharmacy program 4.2% (10)

Individual moved to a position in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry 4.7% (11) Individual moved to an administrative position in a non-pharmacy program 1.3% (3)

7–12 months 20.0% (83)

Individual moved to an administrative position at another pharmacy college or school 7.2% (17)

Individual moved to an administrative position within the pharmacy college or school 5.9% (14)

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