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    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”

    June 2019

    Adam PateJune 28, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and North Mississippi Medical Center renewed a faculty support partnership that will continue to provide care to patients with chronic conditions throughout the region.

    The North Mississippi Medical Center/Health Services Faculty Support allows Adam Pate, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice, to work twice a week at the New Albany Medical Clinic, an ambulatory care center affiliated with the medical center.

    Read more: “UM School of Pharmacy and NMMC Extend Faculty Support Partnership”

    University Obtains New Patent for Poison Ivy, Oak Vaccine

    Poison IvyJune 18, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has been issued its fourth patent for a product that could prevent the painful itching and rash due to exposure to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

    The compound is based on research conducted in the UM School of Pharmacy and at ElSohly Laboratories IncHapten Sciences, a Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company, obtained a worldwide, exclusive license for the technology from the university in 2010 and has conducted extensive preclinical and clinical development work since then.

    Read more: “University Obtains New Patent for Poison Ivy, Oak Vaccine”

    When Faculty Give Back: Former Department Chair’s Gift to Benefit School of Pharmacy

    Mickey and Mary SmithJune 6, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – A former University of Mississippi faculty member – known globally as a leading pharmaceutical marketing expert – has made a major investment in the department he once led at the School of Pharmacy, increasing educational experiences for students.

    With a $350,000 IRA transfer, Dr. Mickey Smith established a pharmacy administration endowment named for him and his late wife, Mary. The generous resources will provide funding for graduate student support, faculty development and seed funding for research projects. It will also help cover conference travel expenses and provide support for guest speakers and lecturers among other needs.

    Read more: “When Faculty Give Back”

    Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization

    S. Narasimha MurthyJune 3, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – S. Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, delivered a lecture at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 20.

    His talk was titled “Topical Products for Dermal and Transdermal Delivery of Pain Medications” and focused on challenges in formulating topical pain creams. NASEM invited Murthy and other stakeholders to provide expert opinions on topical pain creams as part of its study on the safety and effectiveness of ingredients used in compounded topical pain creams.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization”

    May 2019

    Pharmacy Class President to PGY1, Elizabeth Hearn Continues Growth at UMMC

    Elizabeth Bell HearnMay 23, 2019

    JACKSON, Miss. – Elizabeth Hearn started the journey to her Doctor of Pharmacy where she completed it: in Mississippi.

    “Ole Miss Pharmacy has really become my home away from home – first in Oxford, then in Jackson,” she said. “My classmates and the supportive faculty serve as daily reminders that I made the right choice with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.”

    Read more: “Pharmacy Class President to PGY1, Elizabeth Hearn Continues Growth at UMMC”

    Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts

    Kai-Wei Wu at poster sessionMay 17, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-one University of Mississippi graduate students, including six from the School of Pharmacy, have been awarded Graduate Student Council Research Fund grants to support their research, study and creative scholarship.

    The $1,000 competitive research grants, funded by the UM Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are for projects conducted through April 2020.

    Read more: “Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts”

    Pharmacy Graduate Named Walmart Scholar

    Lauren Pohl headshotMay 17, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Recent graduate and new pharmacist Lauren Pohl, who earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy on May 11, was named a 2019 Walmart Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Walmart Scholars Program.

    The honor and accompanying $1,000 scholarship are given to student pharmacists who are committed to a career in academic pharmacy. The scholarship will allow Pohl to attend the 2019 AACP annual meeting and teachers seminar in Chicago this July.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Graduate Named Walmart Scholar”

    PQA and School of Pharmacy Establish Medication Quality Research Partnership

    Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyMay 14, 2019

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. ­– The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy have established a three-year research partnership to develop and evaluate measures of prescription medication quality.

    The University of Mississippi team will support PQA’s measure research and development work by evaluating quality measures using CMS Medicare and Medicaid administrative claims data.

    Read more: “PQA and School of Pharmacy Establish Medication Quality Research Partnership”

    Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor

    Repka UM Distinguished Professor with Noel WilkinMay 10, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three University of Mississippi professors – with a combined more than eight decades of service to UM – were appointed Distinguished Professors during the end-of-the-semester faculty meeting Friday (May 10) in Fulton Chapel.

    The professors are Charles Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Karen Raber, professor of English and executive director of the Shakespeare Association of America; and Michael Repka, chair and professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and director of the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology.

    Read more: “Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor”

    School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding

    Associate research and development biologist Nisha Mishra works in one of the UM School of Pharmacy’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence labs.May 7, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy rose to sixth in the nation in external research funding for 2018, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Research funding reached $21.2 million in 2018, placing the School of Pharmacy second in the SEC and among the top 5 percent of pharmacy schools nationwide.

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding”

    Sacrificing for Success

    Aaron White with his FamilyMay 7, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– There are no limits to the sacrifices parents will make for their families. Just ask Aaron White.

    The first-year student pharmacist from Madison makes a tough choice every Sunday evening as he drives the two-and-a-half hours from Madison to Oxford after spending the weekend with his wife, Lauren, and their 3-year old son, Walter.

    Read more: “Sacrificing for Success”


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