School of Pharmacy News & Media Center

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    Recent News

    October 2019

    John Rimoldi presents Maria Alvim Gaston with an award plaqueOctober 15, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Maria Alvim Gaston, a 2000 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, was named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2019 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

    Gaston, a principal research scientist at Eli Lilly and Company, delivered the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture on September 23 with a presentation titled “A Scientist Journey—Moments of Truth.”

    Read more: “Eli Lilly Scientist Named Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”


    Opioid Researcher to Deliver 2019 Waller Lecture

    Closeup picture of Laura Bohn with computers displayed in background.October 8, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Laura M. Bohn, professor of molecular medicine and neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, will deliver the 2019 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

    The Oct. 11 lecture, “Refining Opioid Receptor Signaling to Improve Therapeutic Potential,” will build on her nearly three decades of research into the impact of opioids on the brain. The School of Pharmacy and its Department of BioMolecular Sciences are hosting this free event at 11 a.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

    Read more: “Opioid Researcher to Deliver 2019 Waller Lecture”


    Student Pharmacist Abroad: Sophie Durham in Hungary

    Sophie smiles with hand in the air with city view behind her.October 7, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – This is the second of two entries from University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students who participated in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Student Exchange Program through the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.

    Sophie Durham, a second-year student pharmacist from Germantown, Tennessee, traveled to Hungary this summer. Read more about her journey below.

    Read more: “Student Pharmacist Abroad: Sophie Durham in Hungary”


    Student Pharmacist Abroad: Harshin Sanjanwala in Taiwan

    Sanjanwala poses for a selfie with a group of students in labOctober 2, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – This is the first of two entries from University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students who participated in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Student Exchange Program through the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.

    Harshin Sanjanwala, a second-year student pharmacist from Madison, Mississippi, traveled to Taiwan this summer. Read more about his journey.

    Read more: “Student Pharmacist Abroad: Harshin Sanjanwala in Taiwan”


    September 2019

    Closeup picture of Matthew Wittman smiling at cameraSeptember 27, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student Matthew Wittman was one of nine students nationwide selected to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program.

    The program is designed to support student interest in performance management and quality improvement while fostering student-mentor relationships. Wittman will work on a unique research concept with the assistance of a mentor and present the results at the PQA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, next May.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Student Selected as PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholar”


    Student Pharmacists Support Dental Mission in the Delta

    Eleven students and a female faculty member stand in two rows, smiling for the cameraSeptember 24, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Michaela Nowell is a second-year student pharmacist at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She and a group of other student pharmacists volunteered at the Mississippi Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy Clinic held in Greenwood, Mississippi, over the summer.

    Nowell detailed her experience with the clinic.

    Read more: “Student Pharmacists Support Dental Mission in the Delta”


    Stamps Scholar Sets Sights on Cancer Research, Community Care

    Male student Brandon Ashmore poses with backpack on shoulderSeptember 18, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – From the moment Brandon Ashmore’s brother brought home study notes from his pharmacy classes at the University of Mississippi, Brandon, then 11 years old, knew that pharmacy was in his future.

    Seven years later, Ashmore started his first day of school at Ole Miss as part of the pharmacy school’s competitive Early Entry program, a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and as one of 13 Stamps Scholars in the Ole Miss class of 2023.

    Read more: “Stamps Scholar Sets Sights on Cancer Research, Community Care”


    August 2019

    Girl smiles in posed pictureAugust 19, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council.

    Kennedy Dickson, a forensic chemistry major from Whittier, California, has been named a 2019 NCHC Portz Scholar. She is one of three recipients nationwide and will present her honors thesis, “Cannabinoid Conundrum: A Study of Anti-Epileptic Efficacy and Drug Policy,” in November at the NCHC conference in New Orleans.

    Read more: “UM Senior Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholarship”


    Four Pharmacy School Faculty Recognized for Innovation, Service

    Two people, award presentation, shaking handsAugust 9, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Four University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members were recognized for their innovative teaching, service and research at the school’s annual Faculty and Research Scientist Summer Advancement in July.

    “Ole Miss Pharmacy is fortunate to have stellar faculty and researchers,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “It’s an honor to celebrate their commitment to their field and our students.”

    Read more: “Four Pharmacy School Faculty Recognized for Innovation, Service”


    Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness

    Group photo of Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program participantsAugust 6, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Six University of Mississippi undergraduate students spent their summer exploring research opportunities in neuroscience and brain wellness as part of the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program.

    An initiative of the university’s Flagship Constellations, the program provided stipends for undergraduate students to engage in eight-week collaborative research with a mentor exploring neuroscience related to brain wellness.

    Read more: “Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness”


    July 2019

    Noelle StanleyJuly 29, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. –The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recently welcomed Noelle Stanley, its newest admissions counselor based out of the school’s Jackson campus.

    Originally from the Jackson area, Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She’s excited to help future student pharmacists through the school’s admission process.

    Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Noelle Stanley”


    For Research and Development: Mississippi Pharmaceutical Company Supports UM with Major Gift

    July 24Phlight Pharma group with Dean Allen and Provost Wilkin, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Impressive work by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) inspired a pharmaceutical company to make a major gift.

    Clark Levi, owner of Phlight Pharma of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Marc Fluitt, head of Strategic Initiatives, presented a $200,000 gift to the university, half of which will be used at the pharmacy dean’s discretion; the other half is designated to help discover medicinal properties in plants.

    Read more: “Mississippi Pharmaceutical Company Supports UM with Major Gift”


    Pharmacy Graduate Finds New Strengths through Weightlifting

    Emily Lewis lifting a weight above her headJuly 22, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires some heavy lifting with classes, practice rotations and campus involvement.

    While recent University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate Emily Lewis used her inner strength and work ethic to earn her Pharm.D. in May, she found her physical strength through her passion of weightlifting.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Graduate Finds New Strengths through Weightlifting”


    Staff Spotlight: Stacey Goliday

    Stacey GolidayJuly 16, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. –When students and visitors enter the administrative offices at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Stacey Goliday is ready to welcome them and answer their questions.

    After accepting the position as the school’s records coordinator one year ago, Goliday quickly made an impact on the school and its students, staff and faculty. In 2019, the student body awarded Goliday its annual Friend of the Student award.

    Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Stacey Goliday”


    School of Pharmacy Adds Millsaps to Preferred Admission Program

    Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyJuly 10, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is expanding its Preferred Admission Program opportunities, with Millsaps College becoming the fourth Mississippi institution to partner with Ole Miss.

    In this program, first year Millsaps students who perform well in pre-pharmacy coursework and demonstrate a passion for service activities may qualify for admittance to the UM School of Pharmacy after their first semester.

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Adds Millsaps to Preferred Admission Program”


    Pharmacy Alumni Recognized with UM Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Sly LeeJuly 9, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring eight recipients for its Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 in recognition of their service and accomplishments.

    Two of those honorees are School of Pharmacy alumni, as Kimsey O’Neal Bailey will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and Sly Lee will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Alumni Recognized with UM Distinguished Alumni Awards”


    Faculty Feature: Jordan Ballou

    Jordan BallouJuly 3, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – For three years, Jordan Ballou has served as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

    A 2015 Pharm.D. graduate of Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in North Carolina, Ballou was active in the pharmacy leadership society Phi Lambda Sigma throughout her time as a student pharmacist.

    Read more: “Faculty Feature: Jordan Ballou”


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