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    Recent News

    August 2017

    NCNPR Director Named Honorary Member of Pharmacognosy Society

    Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research

    August 18, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

    Pharmacognosy, the study of medicinal drugs made from plants and other natural sources, is at the heart of Khan’s more-than-25-year career at the natural products…

    Read more: “NCNPR Director Named Honorary Member of Pharmacognosy Society”


    First Year Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats

    August 15, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – For 115 first-year pharmacy students, the school year unofficially began Thursday (Aug. 10) at the White Coat Ceremony, where each received his or her white coat, a symbol of professionalism.

    The annual event is an opportunity to formally impart the seriousness of a pharmacist’s responsibility to new pharmacy students. The students will wear their white…

    Read more: “First Year Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats”


    NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University

    August 10, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Australia, making the NCNPR part of research collaborations on every inhabited continent.

    The agreement will allow the two entities to work together on research and other scholarly…

    Read more: “NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University”


    Alumni Insight: Montez Carter, ‘98

    Montez Carter, UM School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. class of 1998.

    August 4, 2017

    Montez Carter, UM School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. class of 1998, is the president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga., and the recently elected chair-elect of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. He will serve as chair-elect until November 2017, and then as chair the following year. The School of Pharmacy spoke with him about pharmacy’s role in his evolving career…

    Read more: “Alumni Insight: Montez Carter, ‘98”


    Pharmacy School and Diabetes Patients Collaborate on Research

    August 2, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Capping off nearly a year of discussions with people who have diabetes and diabetes stakeholders across the state, researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy invited them all to a meeting in Oxford to generate diabetes research questions as part of a research initiative.

    Researchers involved in the project, called “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management Research Collaborative: A Conference Series,” invited people with diabetes to a series of meetings throughout

    Read more: “Pharmacy School and Diabetes Patients Collaborate on Research”


    July 2017

    Staff Spotlight: Sheri Conner

    July 28, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Sheri Conner is the School of Pharmacy’s coordinator of clinical affairs on the school’s Jackson campus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She began her career at UM on the pharmacy school’s Oxford campus in 2010, and in 2011, had the opportunity to move to Jackson and serve in her current position.

    School of Pharmacy: Can you talk about your background?

    Sheri Conner: I have a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in business education. I started my teaching…

    Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Sheri Conner”


    Pharmacy Faculty: Marie Barnard

    Marie Barnard, assistant professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    July 24, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Marie Barnard began work as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration on July 1, 2017.

    Barnard most recently served as interim director of the UM Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. She has also worked as assistant dean in the UM School of Applied Sciences and executive director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.

    Originally from Drexel Hill, Penn., she earned her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science from the School of Pharmacy

    Read more: “Pharmacy Faculty: Marie Barnard”


    School of Pharmacy Professor Retires After 32 Years of Service

    Rachel Robinson, retiring assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice, and her grandchildren at her retirement ceremony in June 2017.

    July 20, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Rachel Robinson, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, retired on June 30, 2017, after 32 years of teaching and mentoring at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

    Robinson received both of her degrees from the UM pharmacy school, earning a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1978 and her Pharm.D. in 1997.

    She began working at the School of Pharmacy in 1985 as a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacy…

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Professor Retires After 32 Years of Service”


    Pharmacy Professor Honored with Educational Innovation Award

    Jamie Wagner, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    July 18, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Jamie Wagner, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, received the 2017 Innovations in Continuing Pharmacy Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy at its annual meeting Sunday, July 16 in Nashville, Tenn.

    The award honors an individual who develops and demonstrates an original technique to promote

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Honored with Educational Innovation Award”


    Pharmacy Friend: Cliff Osbon

    Cliff Osbon, 2017-2018 president of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association

    July 12, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Cliff Osbon is the president of Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., an independent specialty pharmacy provider in Flowood, Missisisppi. He is also the newly-installed president of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association.

    Osbon graduated from University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy in 1984

    Read more: “Pharmacy Friend: Cliff Osbon”


    UM and Jackson State Partner to Further Pharmacy Education

    July 10, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – In an effort to provide more opportunities for aspiring pharmacists, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and Jackson State University have collaborated to create the Preferred Admission Program, which offers qualified JSU students admission to

    Read more: “UM and Jackson State Partner to Further Pharmacy Education”


    Staff Spotlight: Kordarius Parker

    Kordarius Parker works at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    July 7, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Kordarius Parker began as the new Records Coordinator for the School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in June 2017.

    School of Pharmacy: Can you tell us about your background?

    Kordarius Parker: I am a Mississippi native from a small ­­town called Goodman. I am the only…

    Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Kordarius Parker”


    June 2017

    Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers

    Dr. Kristie Willett won the 2017 Instructional Innovation Award at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy Faculty Retreat

    June 19, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy recognized four professors and researchers for their excellence in and commitment to service, research and teaching at the annual faculty and research scientist retreat on June 15.

    “Our faculty and scientists are consistently recognized externally for their efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “I was honored to present them with awards…

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers”


    NCNPR Director Wins Medicinal Plants Award

    Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    June 16, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy, will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award in Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis and Standards from the Society for Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmaceutical Analysis.

    The award recognizes Khan’s work at the NCNPR on quality assessment methods…

    Read more: “NCNPR Director Wins Medicinal Plants Award”


    Meet Lindsey Cooper, Early Entry Admissions Counselor

    Lindsey Cooper, admissions counselor for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    June 5, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – On May 30th, 2017, the UM School of Pharmacy welcomed Lindsey Cooper as its new admissions counselor for Early Entry students. Originally from Fulton, Miss., Cooper graduated from Ole Miss in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and got her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Mississippi State in 2011. After six years as a guidance counselor at an elementary school, she spent a year in the Ole Miss Office of Admissions…

    Read more: “Meet Lindsey Cooper, Early Entry Admissions Counselor”


    Staff Spotlight: Lela Chalmers

    University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy administrative assistant Lela Chalmers

    June 1, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Lela Chalmers is an administrative assistant in the Department of Pharmacy Administration. She has been at the School of Pharmacy since July of 2016…

     

    Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Lela Chalmers”


    May 2017

    Pharmacy School Remembers Associate Dean Emeritus Charlie Hufford

    University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy associate dean emeritus research and graduate programs Charlie Hufford

    May 17, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Charles D. Hufford, associate dean emeritus for research and graduate programs and professor emeritus of pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, died Monday (May 15) at the age of 72. His career at Ole Miss spanned 1972 to 2015.

    Faculty and alumni remember him as an encouraging and effective leader who quietly supported the careers of many throughout his 43 years at the school. Colleagues called…

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Remembers Associate Dean Emeritus Charlie Hufford”


    Pharmacy Professor Inducted into Nelson Order

    University of Mississippi Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs LouAnn Woodward inducts School of Pharmacy professor Josh Fleming into the Nelson Order for teaching excellence.

    May 17, 2017

    JACKSON, Miss. – Joshua Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was inducted last week into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Named for the former vice chancellor for health affairs Norman C. Nelson, the award honors faculty at UMMC who demonstrate commitment to…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Inducted into Nelson Order”


    How a Scholarship Became a Lifelong Bond for a UM Student and Alumnus

    May 11, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Seven years ago, Jasmine Turner was a senior in high school trying to decide what her future held. A self-described, small-town girl from Tippo, Mississippi, Turner was unsure whether she wanted to stay close to home or go a bit further and attend Ole Miss. With dreams of attending pharmacy school, she chose the latter. But only one issue remained… paying for tuition. 

    After reading about different scholarship opportunities, Turner applied for the “Ole Miss

    Read more: “How a Scholarship Became a Lifelong Bond for a UM Student and Alumnus”


    Pharmacy Professors Named Distinguished Teaching Scholars

    Dr. Kim Adcock of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

    May 11, 2017

    OXFORD and JACKSON, Miss. – UM School of Pharmacy professors Kim Adcock, Robert Doerksen, Erin Holmes and John Rimoldi have been recognized as Distinguished Teaching Scholars for a three-year term beginning this year. This honor recognizes faculty members who have proven to be exceptional teachers and colleagues and who…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professors Named Distinguished Teaching Scholars”


    USDA and NCNPR Partner to Create Natural Insect Repellents

    Research scientists work to find natural products that can be used as insect repellents at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

    May 3, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – A decades-long partnership between the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit at USDA and the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy is looking to nature to develop environmentally safe chemicals to manage pests.

    The collaboration includes roughly a dozen research projects dedicated to creating natural agrochemicals, such as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Charles Cantrell, a research…

    Read more: “USDA and NCNPR Partner to Create Natural Insect Repellents”


    April 2017

    Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet

    April 27, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two Ole Miss chapters of pharmacy honors societies will co-host a banquet this Friday to initiate new members into both societies and recognize the outstanding academics and leadership of existing society members.

    The UM chapter of the Rho Chi Society, which honors pharmacy academic achievement, will induct 22 second-year pharmacy students, 15 graduate students and two faculty members. Pharmacy students must be academically in the top 20% of their class to be considered for Rho Chi…

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet”


    UM School of Pharmacy Named Smart Financial Value

    April 25, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was recently named one of the best financial values in the country among pharmacy programs in a study by personal finance and loan refinancing company SoFi.

    The School of Pharmacy ranked twelfth nationwide based on the ratio of its graduates’ average salary to average student loan debt. The study used data from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy on first-year tuition and fees and student loan debt from…

    Read more: “UM School of Pharmacy Named Smart Financial Value”


    UM Pharmacy Students to Present at Veterinary Conference

    Alexandria Gochenauer, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student, will speak at the 2017 Veterinary Pharmacy Conference.

    April 21, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two UM School of Pharmacy students are to speak this weekend at the Annual Veterinary Pharmacy Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted by the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

    Second-year pharmacy students Robert Ross and Alexandria Gochenauer, who are both interested in veterinary pharmacy, were recommended to speak at the April 20-22…

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Students to Present at Veterinary Conference”


    Pharmacy Dean Shares School’s Dedication to Science

    University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Dean David D. AllenApril 20, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – As the April 22 March for Science approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the impact and potential of the scientific work that takes place around me at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. The research my colleagues conduct at the pharmacy school’s campuses in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is essential, life-saving work that reaches from residents in the Mississippi Delta without access to a pharmacy to those infected with malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The School of Pharmacy is fortunate to be home to the National Center for Natural Products Research, which seeks…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Dean Shares School’s Dedication to Science”


    Pharmacy Students Prepare for Rotations at Annual Conference

    April 18, 2017

    JACKSON, Miss. – Third-year pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi will have the opportunity to meet their preceptors, or the professional pharmacists they’ll work with during their fourth-year rotations, at the annual Preceptor Conference on Thursday, April 19, at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

    At the conference, students will be able to ask their preceptors questions to prepare for…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Students Prepare for Rotations at Annual Conference”


    Pharmacy Associate Dean to Lead to Pharmacy Publications Group

    Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyApril 17, 2017

    JACKSON, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Pharmacy, has been appointed as the chair of the board of directors of Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc. PPI oversees the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s publication, Pharmacotherapy. She succeeds Edith Nutescu, who served as the chair for two years.

    “Dr. Nutescu provided extraordinary leadership as chair of the PPI board of directors,” Ross…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Associate Dean to Lead to Pharmacy Publications Group”


    School of Pharmacy Begins Clinical Study of Antimalarial Drug

    April 11, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Research Clinic is looking for students and residents in the Oxford and Lafayette County area to participate in a clinical study for the antimalarial drug primaquine.

    The World Health Organization lists primaquine as one of the safest and most essential medications in the world. The study begins later this month and will coincide with WHO’s…

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Begins Clinical Study of Antimalarial Drug”


    Pharmacy Professor Wins Prestigious Elsie M. Hood Teaching Award

    John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of the 2017 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.April 11, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of the 2017 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

    This award recognizes one Ole Miss professor each year who embodies teaching excellence and exceptional student engagement. Students and faculty submit letters of nomination, and honorees are usually nominated many times over before winning.

    “I am deeply humbled to be in the company of past Elsie M. Hood award recipients, many of whom I…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Wins Prestigious Elsie M. Hood Teaching Award”


    Alan McKay Named UM Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year

    April 10, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Alan McKay, founding dean emeritus of the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, has been named the 2017 University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

    McKay accepted the award April 8 at the annual School of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend banquet.

    McKay completed his master’s and Ph.D. in health care administration, now called pharmacy…

    Read more: “Alan McKay Named UM Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year”


    UM School of Pharmacy Prepares for Busy Weekend

    April 5, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is gearing up for one of its biggest weekends of the year, as both alumni and students gather for a full slate of competition, fellowship and awards.

    The school’s annual Alumni Weekend is set for Friday and Saturday (April 7-8), complete with class reunions, a golf tournament, a cookout and an awards banquet. Meanwhile, student teams will be facing off against one another in the annual…

    Read more: “UM School of Pharmacy Prepares for Busy Weekend”


    UM Natural Products Center Director Wins Prestigious Botanical Award

    April 4, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississppi School of Pharmacy, was honored Monday (April 3) night with the 2016 Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award from the American Botanical Council.

    The presentation came at the 17th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, hosted by NCNPR this week at the Oxford Conference Center.

    The American Botanical Council focuses on using science-based and traditional information to promote and educate about the responsible use of herbal medicine. The Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder…

    Read more: “UM Natural Products Center Director Wins Prestigious Botanical Award”


    March 2017

    School of Pharmacy Hosts International Botanical Conference”

    March 31, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Oxford is again the destination for scientists and other visitors from around the world gathering to discuss the ancient, yet rapidly evolving, study of botanical medicines.

    The 17th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is set for April 3-6 at the Oxford Conference Center. The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy…

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Hosts International Botanical Conference”


    Pharmacy Student Wins Kappa Epsilon Foundation Scholarship

    Alix Cawthon, student at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyMarch 27, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Alix Cawthon, a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Mississippi, is the winner of a Kappa Epsilon Zada M. Cooper Scholarship.

    Kappa Epsilon is a professional pharmacy fraternity founded in 1921 with the mission to serve women pharmacists, and now champions women’s health issues. The fraternity’s Foundation promotes scholastic and professional advancement among its members with awards, fellowships and scholarships like the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship, a $750 award given to five students each year.

    Cawthon became a member of the UM chapter of Kappa Epsilon as a sophomore in the Early Entry pharmacy program…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Student Wins Kappa Epsilon Foundation Scholarship


    UM Pharmacy Administrator Named APhA Fellow

    Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyMarch 24, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is being named a 2017 fellow by the American Pharmacists Association this weekend.

    The designation honors those with a history of exemplary service and achievement in the pharmacy profession for at least 10 years. Ross will receive the award Saturday (March 25) at the APhA annual meeting in San Francisco.

    Ross is also a professor of pharmacy practice and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical…

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Administrator Named APhA Fellow”


    Rho Chi Hosts Annual Research Day

    March 17, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy chapter of the Rho Chi Society, a pharmacy academic honor society, is hosting a research day on Mar. 21 for pharmacy students to present posters detailing their ongoing research. Judges will evaluate the posters and choose three winners from among the displays.

    Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration at UM and treasurer of the chapter, said the event is a great way to learn about the pharmacy students’ research.

    “I really enjoy seeing the diversity in their research,” Holmes said. “I think that summarizing their work into a poster and…

    Read more: “Rho Chi Hosts Annual Research Day”


    Pharmacy Professor Volunteers for Heart Health

    March 13, 2017

    JACKSON, Miss. –Meagan Brown, UM School of Pharmacy clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, not only works to reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease in at-risk patients, she has also been a member for the past three years of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women organization that spreads awareness of the importance of heart health.

    Through volunteering with Go Red for Women, Brown became part of the Jackson chapter of Circle of Red, a…

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Volunteers for Heart Health”


    UM Pharmacy Student Accepts Internship at Mayo Clinic

    Anna Crider, student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, wins a summer 2017 internship at the Mayo Clinic.

    March 2, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Anna Crider, first-year UM pharmacy student, accepted a pharmacy inpatient summer internship through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester partner to allow interns exposure to clinical pharmacy while they gain a better understanding of the pharmacist’s role and intervention in the hospital setting.

    “The course work and the rigor of it at our pharmacy school has really made me confident in my ability to say ‘Yes…

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Student Accepts Internship at Mayo Clinic”