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    February 2017

    John Bentley Named Pharmacy Administration Chair

    February 15, 2017

    Pharmacy administration professor John Bentley became the chair of the Department of Pharmacy Administration in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy at the beginning of the spring semester.

    Bentley received his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from the UM School of Pharmacy in 1998 and began working as an assistant professor in the department upon graduating. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Donna West-Strum, the previous chair, became one of…

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    Pharmacy Professor Co-Authors Winning Paper

    Meagen Rosenthal, University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy AdministrationFebruary 8, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Meagen Rosenthal, assistant professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, is co-author of a report that won the 2016 Best Paper award from the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

    The paper, titled “Confronting inequities: A scoping review of the literature on pharmacist practice and health-related disparities,” reviews and summarizes research on interactions between pharmacists and patients from potentially marginalized groups, including illicit drug users...

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    Wally Guess Remembered as ‘Superior Teacher and Outstanding Researcher’

    Fourth dean of the School of Pharmacy Wally Guess

    February 2, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Wallace L. “Wally” Guess, fourth dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, serving from 1971 to 1989, died Monday (Jan. 30).

    A funeral service for Guess is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) at College Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at College Hill Cemetery.

    Guess is remembered as a friendly, steady presence who was supportive to his faculty and dedicated…

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    January 2017

    Ikhlas Khan Becomes NCNPR Director

    Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR director at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyJanuary 24, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan became director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy on Jan. 1.

    After receiving his doctorate in pharmacy from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich Germany, Khan joined the School of Pharmacy in 1988 as a postdoctoral research fellow and became NCNPR’s associate director in 2015. Founded in 1995, NCNPR is one of the

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    Kristie Willett Named Chair of Department of BioMolecular Sciences

    Kristie Willett was named the chair of BioMolecular Sciences at Ole Miss Pharmacy January 12, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Kristine Willett, professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology, has been chosen as chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

    Several members of the department nominated Willett, a native of Wooster, Ohio, as a candidate for the position and encouraged her to pursue the opportunity. The Department of…

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    Pharmacy School Seeks Input for Diabetes Self-Management Project

    January 10, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are inviting health care professionals from the Oxford, Saltillo and Charleston areas to help brainstorm research questions for a study on diabetes self-management.
    The project, titled “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management Research Collaborative: A Conference Series,” will build on research that shows improvement in the health of diabetes patients when they are able to…

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    December 2016

    UM Natural Products Center Designated as Center of Excellence

    December 30, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has renewed the National Center for Natural Products Research’s designation as a Center of Excellence in recognition of its work in botanical dietary supplement research. This is the 15th consecutive year the NCNPR has received this recognition.

    As part of its partnership with the FDA, which began in 2001, the NCNPR focuses on developing…

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    Pharmacy Students Win NCPA Presidential Scholarships


    December 28, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi pharmacy students have won presidential scholarships from the National Community Pharmacists Association. Ashley Culbertson and Lily Van, both third-professional year students, are among only 25 students nationally who received the $2,000 awards.

    The NCPA represents the employees of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies across the country, which dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines. The organization selects presidential scholarship recipients…

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    Larry Walker Retires as NCNPR Director

    December 23, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – On Dec. 31, Larry Walker retires as director of the National Center for Natural Products Research after 35 years of service to the University of Mississippi.

    Walker began his career at Ole Miss in 1981 as a research assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy. In 1987, he led a natural products discovery biological screening program, setting him up…

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    USDA Renews Drug Discovery Grant for Natural Products Center

    December 21, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed a grant for the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for the discovery and development of bioactive products that have potential to become pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals or alternative crops for small farmers.

    The grant project, “Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pharmaceutical and…

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    USDA Mosquito Repellent Research Featured in “Chemical and Engineering News”

    December 14, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Chemical and Engineering News, a journal of the American Chemical Society, interviewed natural products chemist Kumudini Meepagala about her research of natural products-based mosquito repellent. Meepagala works at the USDA, which partners with the School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research. The ongoing research hopes to produce a repellent that lasts longer and is more environmentally friendly than DEET…

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    Pharmacy Administration Chair Named Associate UM Provost

    University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Donna West-StrumDecember 9, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Donna Strum, chair and professor of the University of Mississippi’s Department of Pharmacy Administration and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, will become associate provost in 2017.

    A native of Germantown, Tennessee, Strum earned three degrees from UM, including a doctorate…

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    Pharmacy Student Finds Passion for Treating HIV Patients

    Kandis BackusDecember 2, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. – Kandis Backus, a fourth-year student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, found a volunteer experience to be inspiring. She not only discovered a career path but also will have a paper published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, the journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association in February 2017…

     

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    Natural Products Training Center Featured in “HerbalGram”

    HerbalGram journalDecember 1, 2016

    HerbalGram, the journal of the American Botanical Society, profiled the Natural Products Training Center, a newly-dedicated space of 3,000 square feet in the Thad Cochran Research Center for the purpose of testing natural products. The Natural Products Training Center is the result of a partnership between the National Center for Natural Products Research and Waters Corporation…

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    November 2016

    Two Pharmacy Students to Test Clinical Skills in National Competition

    Colleen RileyNovember 29, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two students from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will participate in the annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition, where student pharmacists demonstrate their ability to analyze and respond to clinical pharmacy scenarios.

    PY4s Colleen Riley from Kansas City, Missouri, and Cody Taylor from Booneville,Mississippi, were chosen based on their performance in a local, similar competition hosted by the university’s student…

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    Student Wins Independent Pharmacies Grant

    Jasmine Turner of University of Mississippi School of PharmacyNovember 17, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Jasmine Turner, a fourth-year pharmacy student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, received a $1,000 grant from the 2016 EPIC Pharmacies student grant program in November.

    EPIC Pharmacies is a national group of independent pharmacies that annually provides grants to pharmacy students who plan to practice in independent pharmacy after graduation. This is the second year in a row… 

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    School of Pharmacy’s Poster Session Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    November 10, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Every year, School of Pharmacy scientists present their research findings at the school’s poster session to explore one another’s work and create partnerships. Now in its 20th year, the poster session is a well-attended forum for scientific conversation, thanks to the efforts of Julie Mikell…

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    UM Pharmacy Graduate Student Wins Drug Discovery Award

    November 2, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – Vedanjali Gogineni, a doctoral candidate in medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a 2016 Graduate Student Research Award in Drug Discovery and Development Interface from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. AAPS gives four of these awards…

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    October 2016

    Clinical Pharmacy Pioneer to Give UM Waller Lecture

    john_murphy_5x7October 24, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – John E. Murphy, professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, will deliver the 2016 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi. The Nov. 4 lecture,“Pharmacy World Domination,” will be presented at the Gertrude…

     

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    Clinical Pharmacy Professor Awarded ACCP Fellowship

    Dr. Katie McClendon, associate dean for student affairs on the Jackson campus.October 21, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Katie McClendon, assistant dean for student services in the School of Pharmacy on the Jackson campus, was elected as a 2016 Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). The ACCP is devoted to the advancement of clinical pharmacy, which focuses on the science and practice of medication use. Fellowship in the ACCP indicates demonstrated excellence by… 

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    Faculty and Friends Remember Ron Borne as ‘Quintessential Educator’

    Ronald F. Borne, University of Mississippi School of PharmacyOctober 20, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi faculty, staff and alumni are remembering Ronald F. Borne, 77, beloved professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry, who died Tuesday (Oct. 18). He was known as a friend to all and a constant source of encouragement to his students.

    A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 23) at Paris-Yates Chapel on the UM campus. The family will receive friends in the chapel from 1 p.m. until service time. A private inurnment will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery…

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    School of Pharmacy Awarded Funds for Diabetes Self-Management Project

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    October 17, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute granted a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award of $214,084 to a team of University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy researchers to support a project that aids patients’ self-management of diabetes…

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    Pharmacy Professors Earn Health Care Hero Awards

    October 12, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. –Daniel M. Riche and Phil Ayers were each honored with Mississippi Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Heroes awards, which recognize contributions to health and well-being, on Sept. 29. Riche is an associate professor and Ayers is clinical associate professor in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice. They were chosen as two of 33 winners from around the…

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    Author Returns to Oxford for School Reunion, Book Signing

    robert-magarianOctober 5, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. – An alumnus of the University of Mississippi school of pharmacy who has built a flourishing career as a crime novelist will sign copies of his latest thriller Saturday evening (Oct 8) in Oxford.

    Robert Magarian will sign copies of “You’ll Never See Me Again, A Crime to Remember” at 7 p.m. at the Summit Lodge Bar…

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