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September 2017

Jimmie Valentine Named 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

John Rimoldi presents Jimmie Valentine with awardSeptember 21, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jimmie Valentine, a 1968 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

Valentine holds degrees in both biology and chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in medicinal chemistry from the UM School of Pharmacy. Retiring from the University of Arkansas in 2008 after 19 years as a professor of pediatrics, pharmacology and myeloma research, Valentine is now a consultant in medical pharmacology and toxicology.

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Endowment Will Provide Scholarships to Pharmacy Students

September 21, 2017

MOSS POINT, Miss. – Karen Redmond is seated on a swivel stool at the soda-fountain counter of Burnham Drugs in Moss Point, Mississippi, enjoying a plate lunch and a chocolate shake. The local woman and her husband, David, are regular customers of this timeless place.

With cozy red-vinyl booths, a checkered floor, Coke floats made with hand-dipped ice cream and servers who’ve never met a stranger, it could just as easily be 1950 as 2017.

“I love the hamburgers and my husband loves the ham sandwiches,” Redmond says. “I don’t know what it is that makes them so good.”

A cook who doesn’t mean to eavesdrop says in passing, “It’s the love we put in them.”

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Pharmacy Administration Names Alumnus of the Year

Steve Blackwell accepts award from John BentleySeptember 18, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – On Wednesday, Sep. 13, the Department of Pharmacy Administration honored Steve Blackwell with its 2017 Alumnus of the Year award.

Blackwell earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the School of Pharmacy in 1998. For nearly the past 20 years, he has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Social Science Research Analyst with the Research and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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Pharmacy Professor Wins UM Faculty Achievement Award

September 7, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second consecutive year, a pharmacy professor has won the University of Mississippi’s Faculty Achievement Award.

Kristie Willett, chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology, was presented the 2017 award at the Aug. 25 fall faculty meeting.

“This is an amazing honor,” Willett said. “There are so many truly outstanding faculty at the University of Mississippi. I really appreciate the recognition, especially considering the accomplishments of the previous awardees, who are all people I have looked up to over my years here.”

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Pharmacy Alum’s Hometown Honors 60 Years of Service

Leroy Boatwright and his children at the street renaming ceremony.

September 6, 2017

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – For the few people in Millington, Tenn., who don’t know where Boatwright Pharmacy is, Leroy Boatwright can now give them directions using his own name.

 A 1949 graduate of the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy, Leroy Boatwright, now 91, opened his pharmacy in 1957. Last month, the city honored his service by renaming the street where the pharmacy has stood for 60 years to “Leroy Boatwright Street.”

Read more: “Pharmacy Alum’s Hometown Honors 60 Years of Service”


UM Cancer Institute Researchers Receive International Recognition

David Pasco (right), scientist at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, with his co-researchers

September 5, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – For two decades, David Pasco has pursued the discovery of plants that can enhance a person’s immune system.

Pasco, a pharmacognosist, is a longtime researcher and associate director of the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research and director of the Drug Discovery Core at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute.

Read more: “UM Cancer Institute Researchers Receive International Recognition”


State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors

September 4, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi professors from the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice were honored at the annual Mississippi Society for Health-System Pharmacists meeting.

Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor at the pharmacy school, was the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award winner, chosen for her outstanding service, collaboration and significant contributions to the profession.

Read more: “State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors”


August 2017

Staff Spotlight: Crystal Chancellor

Crystal Chancellor, program coordinator at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

August 30, 2017

Crystal Chancellor is a program coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice on the Jackson campus of the School of Pharmacy, where third-year pharmacy students take classes. She has been with the University of Mississippi since 2011.

 

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Faculty Profile: Jamie Stewart

Dr. Jamie Stewart, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

August 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jamie Stewart, associate professor of pharmacology in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, joined the faculty of the School of Pharmacy this summer after teaching at Mississippi State University.

Stewart earned a B.S. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Auburn University before completing post-doctoral internships in South…

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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…

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First Year Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats

August 15, 2017

 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…

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NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University

August 10, 2017

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…

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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

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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…

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

 

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 group associated with…

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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…

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February 2017

U.S. Pharmacopeia CEO to Deliver Hartman Memorial Lecture

Ronald Piervincenzi, 2017 Hartman lecturerFebruary 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ronald T. Piervincenzi, CEO of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, will deliver the 2017 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is set for 11 a.m. March 3 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Piervincenzi will discuss “Scientific Stewardship in the Age of Drug Resistance.”

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School of Pharmacy Partners to Create New Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. Narasimha Murthy, professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, in his labFebruary 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – As part of its roster of scientific research, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will join technology group STEERLife in a four-year collaborative project to revamp pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing

STEERLife designs, creates and implements technology and processes for improving the quality of pharmaceutical products. The company approached Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, and Michael Repka, professor and chair…

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Pharmacy Practice Professor Wins Mentoring Award

February 20, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been recognized by the American Pharmacists Association. She will receive APhA’s 2017 Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award.

The role of a preceptor is to mentor postgraduate student pharmacists in workplace situations. As part of the School of Pharmacy’s residency programs, Fleming, who is also a pharmacy practitioner, works alongside students…

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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…

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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

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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”

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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

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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…

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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

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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 Professor Earns Health Care Hero Award, Professional Certification

October 12, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. – Daniel M. Riche was honored with Mississippi Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Heroes award, which recognizes contributions to health and well-being, on Sept. 29. The associate professor in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice was chosen as one of 33 winners from around the state..

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Author Returns to Oxford for School Reunion, Book Signing

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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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September 2016

Pharmacy Practice Professor Wins Professional Service Award

September 27, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Stuart Haines, director of the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development and professor of pharmacy practice in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will receive with the Robert M. Elenbaas Service Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) for his service to the organization.

The award, named for the founding executive director of ACCP, is given to someone who has devoted exceptional time and energy to the organization, which works to advance clinical pharmacy. Haines was president of ACCP…

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Phi Lambda Sigma Hosts Annual Leadership Retreat

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September 8, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – The Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society hosts its annual Leadership Retreat Friday, Sep. 9 for student leaders in the School of Pharmacy. Guest speaker Mandi Stanley will deliver a presentation on public speaking, and a panel of faculty and pharmacy leaders will advise on student leadership skills.

Phi Lambda Sigma is a national society dedicated to preparing student pharmacists to be leaders in their profession. The retreat, which began at the school in 2010, is a chance for… 

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August 2016

Pharmacy Professor Wins UM Faculty Achievement Award

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OXFORD, Miss. – The School of Pharmacy is delighted to announce that John P. Bentley, professor of pharmacy administration, is the recipient of the 2016 University of Mississippi Faculty Achievement Award.

At the fall faculty meeting on Friday, Aug. 26, Morris Stocks, UM provost and executive vice chancellor, called Bentley one of the university’s finest.

“His pharmacy research helps the world understand the roles that pharmacists play in…

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SOP Awarded for Innovation, Service, Excellence at MSHP Annual Meeting

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August 23, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – A research program and two faculty members of the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy were honored at this year’s meeting of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists in late July.

The Innovative Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Award went to the School of Pharmacy’s Community-Based Research Program, which provides counsel to underserved areas of the state, especially in the Delta..

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School of Pharmacy Graduate Student Wins $10,000 Fellowship

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August 18, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Dennis Carty, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental toxicology from Dallas, received a 2016 North American Graduate Fellowship from the American College of Toxicology.

Five of these prestigious national fellowships are awarded each year by ACT, and include a two-year stipend of $5,000 per year to be used toward the recipient’s education, as well as financial assistance to attend ACT’s annual meeting…

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NCNPR Scientists Awarded for Parasitic Diseases Research

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August 12, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Babu Tekwani, principal scientist in the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research and professor of pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy, was honored for his outstanding research contributions to global health drug discovery in tropical parasitic diseases at an international conference in León, Spain, on July 15.

He received the Distinguished Scientist Award at the inaugural…

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July 2016

PY4 Student Delivers Medical Care to Peru

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July 21, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – In late June of 2016, PY4 student Caroline Bobinger traveled to Peru with ten people, including four other PY4 students from the School of Pharmacy and a preceptor from Jackson. The mission of the trip was to deliver and administer medicine and medical supplies to people of Peruvian and Quechuan descent living in the Peruvian Andes mountains. First Baptist Church of Jackson sponsored the trip, so the group also shared messages of faith with the people…

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UM Pharmacy Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

Meghan Wagner. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss CommunicationsJuly 12, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi pharmacy student Meghan Wagner has been named a 2016 Fellow of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence in higher education.

This marks the second year in a row that a student from the University of Mississippi has won a fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi, which is the oldest honor society that recognizes all academic disciplines, honoring 57 students each year from around the country…

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Pharmacy Administration Department Wins Excellence in Inclusiveness Award

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OXFORD, Miss. – The department of pharmacy administration received the 2016 Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award at the doctoral hooding ceremony in May. The award, which includes $2,000 for the recipient to continue the inclusiveness efforts, was established by the University of Mississippi Graduate School in 2004 to recognize individuals or programs that demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting a diverse and… 

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June 2016

School Honors Four at Faculty Retreat

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OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy honored four of its faculty members for their excellence in and commitment to research, teaching and service at its annual faculty retreat in June.

Dr. Donna West-Strum, professor and chair of Pharmacy Administration, won the Faculty Instructional Innovation Award for her..

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May 2016

O’Bannons Writing a Script for Success

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OXFORD, Miss. – On any given day, a visitor to Chuck O’Bannon’s home in Parsons, Tennessee, might find the retired pharmacist planting a garden, making preserves from blackberries and muscadines he grows or feeding the two canine “fur babies” who have adopted him and his wife, Linda.

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Ikhlas Khan Receives UM Distinguished Researcher Award

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OXFORD, Miss. – External recognition is always appreciated, but being honored internally by peers is far better. So says Ikhlas A. Khan, who received the University of Mississippi’s 2016 Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award on Saturday, May 14.

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April 2016

UM Dedicates Natural Products Training Center 

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OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and National Center for Natural Products Research, in partnership with Waters Corp., dedicated a state-of-the-art natural products training center including laboratories, an informatics suite and lecture space on Wednesday, April 13.

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March 2016

Alumnus Establishes Pharmacy Scholarship to Honor Mentor

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If you ask Sidney Gerald “Jerry” Morgan about why he chose pharmacy, he’ll tell you about his mentor and champion of the career, John Dewey Owings Jr.

“(Owings) was like a father figure to me,” Morgan said. “He was a great influence, and I would probably not have gone to pharmacy school if it weren’t for him.”

Morgan and his wife, Susie, have created the John Dewey Owings Memorial Scholarship at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy to honor the man who first steered Morgan toward his longtime profession.

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UM Collaboration Leads to New Research Center in Poland

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A new center devoted to natural products research has been dedicated at Bialystok University of Technology in Poland, due in part to collaboration with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

Located in Hajnowka and funded by the European Union, the state-of-the-art Scientific and Research Centre is overseen by Bialystok’s Faculty of Forestry. The center is strategically located near one of the oldest forests in Europe. Bialowieza Forest, which is 7,000 years old, holds great potential for the discovery of new natural products that could be used to develop medicines to treat abroad range of ailments.

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UM Pharmacy Graduate Student Partners with St. Jude

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Through a relatively new fellowship, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is working at one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nick Keeling, who is pursuing a doctorate in pharmacy administration, is working under the hospital’s chief patient safety officer, James Hoffman, Pharm.D., and a team in St. Jude’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Keeling’s work is specifically focused on patient safety and medication outcomes.

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February 2016

UM Professor Elected to National Environmental Toxicology Board

February 19, 2016

Kristine Willett, professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been elected to the board of directors for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

SETAC is a not-for-profit global professional organization that promotes research related to environmental contaminants, education in environmental sciences and the use of science in environmental policy. Its board of directors represents the tripartite membership of the society, which includes academic, industry and government representatives.

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Cardinal Health Signs on as School’s First Platinum Sponsor

February 15, 2016

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 donation from Cardinal Health, designating the company as the school’s first platinum-level Professional Business Partner.

The School of Pharmacy’s professional business partners play an integral role in providing continuing professional development opportunities to students. Opportunities include new student orientation activities, participation in leadership institutes, travel to professional society meetings, legislative events, student professional research competitions and poster presentations, and town hall meetings.

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FDA Expert in Product Quality to Give Waller Lecture

February 8, 2016

Mansoor A. Khan, professor and vice dean at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, is slated to deliver the 2016 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

The Feb. 12 lecture, “Pharmaceutical Product Performance after Approvals – Need for Clinical Observations and Connection,” will be presented at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 11 a.m.

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January 2016

Dean Calls on Pharmacists in 100 Towns

January 23, 2016

Several pharmacists greeted David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, as he walked into Rose’s Super Discount Drugs in Hazlehurst. The professionals reminisced about their days in pharmacy school and smiled for a photo.

“It was great to have the opportunity to reflect on our time in Oxford,” said Mike Rose (BSPh 76), who owns the drugstore with his wife, Kathy (BSPh 76). “We have a lot of Ole Miss ties in our family. I’m thankful to the dean for stopping by.”

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Horticulturist Applies Knowledge from Farm to Garden

January 18, 2016

As a senior research and development horticulturist for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden, Ed Lowe brings years of farming knowledge to the table.

“Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, I was able to learn a lot about farming and the fundamentals of how it all works,” Lowe said. “Dr. Charles Burandt (former research botanist for the National Center for Natural Products Research) hired me in 2003 to work at the medicinal plant garden based on my 10 years of farming experience as well as my studies in farm management.”

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Professor Receives Third Honor from Kazakh University

January 6, 2016

A professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was awarded a Silver Medal from Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Samir Ross, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was honored with the medal on Oct. 2. Ross received the medal for his long history of scientific and collaborative work with the university, which includes supervising graduate students and writing grant proposals with Kazakh researchers.

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West-Strum Honored for Commitment to Pharmacy Quality

January 1, 2016

A University of Mississippi department chair and professor in the School of Pharmacy has been recognized for her efforts to improve pharmacy practice through medication safety and quality.

Donna West-Strum, pharmacy administration chair and professor, helped create the Educating Pharmacists in Quality program, which was selected as the 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Award winner by the Academy for Healthcare Improvement. The EPIQ program is used as a tool to improve the teaching of pharmacists, pharmacy students and other health care providers regarding measuring, reporting and improving pharmacy practice.

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December 2015

Plant Physiologist Keeps Project Growing

December 17, 2015

Since 1995, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy‘s inaugural research center has been When senior research scientist Suman Chandra first came to the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research in 2001, he had no idea that he would be involved in one of the most pivotal programs in the School of Pharmacy’s history.

Chandra, who has extensive training in medicinal plant physiology and biotechnology, carries out a variety of research activities dealing with cannabis as part of the Marijuana Project.

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National Center for Natural Products Research Marks 20th Anniversary

December 10, 2015

Since 1995, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy‘s inaugural research center has been setting the bar in the areas of natural products chemistry, botanical supplements development and marijuana research – and more.

“We’re delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Center for Natural Products Research this year,” said Larry A. Walker, NCNPR director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our growth and successes over the past two decades.”

The center was created to discover, develop and commercialize natural products as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. It is the only university-affiliated research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from natural products.

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Professor’s Research Protects, Restores Marine Ecosystems

December 10, 2015

Marc Slattery was trained as a marine biologist, so pharmacy may have been somewhat foreign when he was hired at the University of Mississippi. Two decades later, however, his efforts have made quite a splash at the School of Pharmacy.

The professor of pharmacognosy got his start at the school under the direction of associate dean emeritus Charles Hufford.

“I wasn’t a traditional pharmacist, but I came here and found collaborations I normally wouldn’t have and applications for my work that I would have never really considered,” Slattery said.

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Pharmacy Alumnus Recognized for 30 Consecutive Years of Giving

December 4, 2014

Francis CernigliaSupporting the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is second nature to Francis Cerniglia of Cordova, Tennessee. It is so second nature, in fact, that he didn’t realize he had been giving to the school every year for three decades.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long,” said Cerniglia, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the school in 1959. “I’m gratified to know that my money is doing good things for students.”

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Students Conduct Research in Ancient Polish Forest

December 3, 2105

Bialowieza ForestA 7,000-year-old forest in Poland could hold the key to solving some of the world’s major health problems, and several University of Mississippi researchers and students are working to unlock the potential of the forest’s ancient ecosystem.

UM researchers often travel to exotic locations, such as tropical rainforests or deep beneath the ocean, to search for plants and creatures that contain compounds that can be used against a variety of human illnesses. This Polish forest might seem an unlikely place to search for new medications, but it actually is a perfect spot, said Jordan Zjawiony, native of Poland and UM professor of pharmacognosy.

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November 2015

Hapten Sciences to Begin Clinical Trials for Poison Ivy Vaccine

November 20, 2105

Poison IvyHapten Sciences Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, will soon conduct a Phase I clinical trial of its lead product candidate, a compound based on research conducted at the University of Mississippi and ElSohly Laboratories that could prevent contact dermatitis due to exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac.

The company obtained a worldwide, exclusive license for the technology from UM, submitted an Investigational New Drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is able to initiate dosing of the compound, PDC-APB, in healthy volunteers

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October 2015

Vanderbilt Researcher to Deliver Borne Lecture

October 30, 2105

Lawrence J. Marnett, a cancer researcher and administrator at Vanderbilt University, is set to deliver the 11th annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture, coming up Nov. 2 at the University of Mississippi.

Marnett is director of the A.B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, senior associate dean for biomedical sciences, associate vice chancellor for research, professor of cancer research and professor of biochemistry, chemistry and pharmacology at Vanderbilt.

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More than Just Counting Pills

October 27, 2105

Marisa Pasquale. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications“Pharmacy school? Why would you want to count pills for the rest of your life?” my mother asked incredulously. This was her initial reaction to me saying I wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy.

You see, I was not the traditional type of student that changed majors multiple times before deciding on a career path. My path was decided for me my junior year of high school, when I visited a pharmacy for my school’s allied health program and shadowed a pharmacist. Some would call it luck, some would call it divine intervention – I would consider it a calling.

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October Proclaimed American Pharmacists Month in Oxford

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Mayor George “Pat” Patterson has declared October as American Pharmacists Month in Oxford. Patterson recently signed a proclamation in support of the American Pharmacists Association’s national campaign “Know Your Pharmacist – Know Your Medicine.”

“We are very pleased to recognize the important work that pharmacists provide to our community,” Patterson said. “As one of the oldest and most trusted professions, pharmacists do a great deal to improve the health and well-being of our citizens.”

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Students, Recent Graduate Present at National Conference

October 22, 2105

A team from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Administration presented a poster at a national health care conference after winning a case study competition conducted this summer.

Graduate students Sujith Ramachandran, Nilesh Gangan and Kaustuv Bhattacharya, as well as recent Ph.D. graduate Zainab Shahpurwala, gave a presentation related to their competition-winning abstract at the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group’s 2015 Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5.

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UM Professor Eager to Use Program’s Lessons to Tackle Obesity

October 8, 2015

A University of Mississippi pharmacy professor is working to address one of the state’s primary health issues, obesity, by participating in a program funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Lori Ward, an assistant professor of pharmacy administration, was selected as a research training and mentorship fellow for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research.

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September 2015

UM Pharmacy Students Provide Care in Honduras

September 15, 2015

Boarding the plane to Honduras, Mary Claire Jarrell’s mind raced with emotions and questions: “What will I actually be doing? Will I know enough? Will my Spanish be good enough?” the fourth-professional-year pharmacy student wondered.

Upon landing in the city of San Pedro Sula, the Tupelo resident boarded a school bus with fellow fourth-year students Tate Davis, also of Tupelo, and Christine Hayden, of Birmingham, Alabama. The students were joined by David Gregory, their mentor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

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Incoming UM Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats at Annual Ceremony

September 15, 2015

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2019 participated in the school’s White Coat Ceremony recently at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

The ceremony, an annual tradition, marks the completion of the students’ pre-pharmacy curriculum and their transition to the school’s four-year professional program. The school has 118 first-year students enrolled this fall.

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Medical Center Selects Pharmacy Professor for Nelson Order

September 11, 2015

A University of Mississippi clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice has been inducted into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.

Given to faculty members from the six schools at the Medical Center, Meagan Brown was among 19 inductees chosen for the honor. The selection is based on dedication to students through innovative teaching, engagement, mentorship and setting expectations for professional behavior.

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Students Help Protect UM, Community During Flu Season

September 9, 2015

Operation ImmunizationThe dreaded flu season is fast approaching, so it’s time to get an annual flu shot. Students at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are making it easy to stay healthy this year without leaving campus.

In conjunction with the national Operation Immunization campaign driven by the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Ole Miss chapter of the organization has coordinated multiple opportunities for university faculty, staff, students and community members to get flu shots.

Read more: “Students Help Protect UM, Community During Flu Season”


UM Pharmacy School Ranks in Top 10 for Funding

September 1, 2015

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has landed in the nation’s top 10 for total extramural funding, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Ranked No. 7 for the 2014 calendar year, the school jumped from No. 12 in 2013.

The school received $15.6 million in total extramural funding, which includes $4.7 million awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The funds garnered by the school support a variety of research projects including drug discovery and development.

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 Oxford Public Relations Professional Earns Accreditation 

September 1, 2015

Erin Garrett, communications specialist for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Oxford, has successfully completed her Accreditation in Public Relations certification.

“Pursuing my accreditation has been a challenging, but highly rewarding journey,” said Garrett, a native of Oxford. “I first knew that I wanted to become accredited after speaking with my former public relations professor and APR mentor, Robin Street. I am honored to now be included among a group of stellar practitioners who are striving to uphold the standards of our profession.”

Read more: “Oxford Public Relations Professional Earns Accreditation”


August 2015

Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone

August 20, 2015

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will celebrate the 50th Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology Sept. 13-18.

“We are very excited to commemorate this milestone in our program,” said Ed Brunson, course director. “The success of the Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been outstanding. With 20 to 40 participants per course, our reach has greatly expanded since the first class in 1998.”

Read more: “Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone”


Ole Miss School of Pharmacy Honors Senior Scientist

August 14, 2015

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy honored its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at the annual Alumni Weekend Awards Banquet and Reunion Dinner.

Jeffery Steevens, senior scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was recognized for his involvement in student service and professional achievement.

 

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Fourth-Year Pharmacy Student Lands National Scholarship

August 12, 2015

Cody Tawater, a fourth-year professional pharmacy student at theUniversity of Mississippi, has been chosen to participate in theAmerican Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Walmart Scholars Program.

In its 11th year, the prestigious program awards $1,000 scholarships to 85 student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend select seminars and annual meetings.

Read more: “Fourth-Year Pharmacy Student Lands National Scholarship”


UM Students Get Pharmacy Experience in Peru

August 3, 2015

Arriving around midnight in Lima, Peru, six University of Mississippi pharmacy students began an arduous drive up the Pan-American Highway. After traversing mountain roads for eight hours, they arrived at their home base in Pomabamba.

From there, they ventured out to the remote villages of Pallahuasi, Chogo, Piscos and Vinauya. Their mission: reach the unreachable.

“We had very strenuous riding conditions,” said Jennifer Reid, a third-year professional student from Madison. “We traveled throughout the Andes Mountains on gravel roads – they were terrible for our trucks. In fact, we had two different trucks break down. We traveled these hard, dangerous roads because we wanted to reach people where no other mission teams have ever been before.”

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Staff Member Keeps Pharmacy School’s Equipment in Working Order

August 3, 2015

A leap of faith brought Lowndes County native Derek Oglesby to the University of Mississippi.

“I hail from ‘Bulldog country,’” Oglesby said. “Ole Miss was never really on my list as one of the places I expected to work when I grew up.”

That changed, however, when Oglesby applied for a position with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Marijuana Research Project 14 years ago. Hired as a groundskeeper, he eventually transitioned to the National Center for Natural Products Research’s Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden and served as an associate research and development horticulturist.

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 Steadfast Retiree Continues to Have Impact on Pharmacy School

August 2, 2015

When looking back over his nearly 50 years at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Robert Bishop remembers his friends the most.

“I made some very good friends at the pharmacy school,” he said. “I’ve had a really wonderful time here. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.”

Bishop, who was hired in 1968 as a stockroom clerk and eventually promoted to buyer, performed a variety of tasks to support the school.

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