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    November 2019

    Early Entry students celebrating ThanksgivingNovember 15, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – When Marvin Wilson introduced the idea of an early entry program to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1994, he didn’t do so to help student pharmacists find best friends. His goal was to attract more academically ambitious future pharmacists to Ole Miss, not to create cohorts of students that felt like a family within a family.

    But in the end, Wilson, who retired as associate dean for academic affairs in 2013, contributed to all of that and more when he designed a program that would allow high-performing high school seniors to secure their spot in the pharmacy professional program right out of high school.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Early Entry Program Celebrates 25 Years”


    Ole Miss Pharmacy Surpasses $1 Million in Private Support

    Three students stand outside of building, talkingNovember 4, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy accomplished an ambitious goal during the 2018-19 fiscal year as it surpassed $1 million in private support.

    Supporters contributed $1.1 million in gifts and commitments, marking the fifth time since 1982 the school moved past the seven-figure benchmark.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Surpasses $1 Million in Private Support”


    October 2019

    Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth with four AstraZeneca Health Foundation representativesOctober 29, 2019

    JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science is one of 11 innovative, community-based organizations across the country awarded a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program to help improve heart health.

    The $125,000 grant will provide continued funding for CCTS to administer “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City,” a program that offers free health screenings, classes on heart health and medication therapy management services in partnership with Families First for Mississippi and other community organizations in the Jackson area.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Center for Clinical and Translational Science Working to Improve Heart Health”


    Eli Lilly Scientist Named Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

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

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

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

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


    Opioid Researcher to Deliver 2019 Waller Lecture

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

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

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

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


    Student Pharmacist Abroad: Sophie Durham in Hungary

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

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

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

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


    Student Pharmacist Abroad: Harshin Sanjanwala in Taiwan

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

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

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

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


    September 2019

    Closeup picture of Matthew Wittman smiling at cameraSeptember 27, 2019

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

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

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


    Student Pharmacists Support Dental Mission in the Delta

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

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

    Nowell detailed her experience with the clinic.

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


    Stamps Scholar Sets Sights on Cancer Research, Community Care

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

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

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

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


    August 2019

    Girl smiles in posed pictureAugust 19, 2019

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

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

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


    Four Pharmacy School Faculty Recognized for Innovation, Service

    Two people, award presentation, shaking handsAugust 9, 2019

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

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

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


    Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness

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

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

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

    Read more: “Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness”


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