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    Student Selected for Medicinal Botany Fellowship

    June 17, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Hayley Prescott, a graduate student with the Department of BioMolecular Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany by the Garden Club of America.

    The fellowship, established in 1997, is administered by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Prescott received the award for her project, “Botanical Aphrodisiacs for Women’s Health.” She was awarded a $4,500 grant that will allow her to continue her research on botanical aphrodisiacs.

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    Loree Allen Remembered

    Loree Allen receives her flu shot from a female pharmacy student.June 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — Ask anyone who knew Loree Goheen Allen of Oxford, Mississippi, to share their memories, and the stories of Allen’s kindness, concern and support of other people start flowing.

    Likewise, the outpouring of gifts to the Loree Goheen Allen Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy now total more than $66,000 and reflect the love and appreciation family members, friends and colleagues had for her. The scholarships will be awarded to pharmacy students who exhibit a strong commitment to service.

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    UM Research Scientist Creates Award-Winning Images

    Colorized SEM image of a centric diatom

    June 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — The Microscopy and Imaging Center (MIC) at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is an important resource for the North Mississippi region, providing access to one of the most advanced Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) imaging services in the region.

    For Vijayasankar Raman, director of MIC and senior research scientist with the National Center for Natural Products Research, this has turned into a bit of an art form.

    Read More: “UM Research Scientist Creates Award-Winning Images”


    Faculty, Researchers Honored by School of Pharmacy

    Sujith Ramachandran

    June 11, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recognized four of its faculty members for their excellence in and commitment to teaching, service and research during its annual faculty retreat.

    “Our stellar faculty and research scientists go above and beyond to advance the mission of our school and profession,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “It’s truly a privilege to have the opportunity to recognize their efforts.”

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    Pharmacy School Dean Receives Distinguished Service Award

    Dean David D. AllenJune 4, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been named recipient of the George R. Spratto Biological Sciences Distinguished Service Award, honoring his vision, service and contributions to the biological sciences and pharmacy education.

    The award is presented by the Biological Sciences Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

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    Donna Strum Named Interim Dean at School of Pharmacy

    Donna StrumMay 25, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — Donna Strum, associate provost and professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, will serve as interim dean of the School of Pharmacy and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences effective July 1.

    Strum steps in for David D. Allen, current dean of the pharmacy school, who was named president of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. A national search for the permanent position will be forthcoming with the search committee being finalized and appointed in the coming weeks.

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    ‘Friend of the Student’ Recognized for Service to the School of Pharmacy

    May 24, 2021

    As Ole Miss Pharmacy students make their way through school, they are fortunate to receive guidance and assistance from the faculty and staff. One such staff member is Peggy Duke. As staff assistant for student services with the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Duke lends a helping hand to students at the school’s Jackson campus. Her willingness to help students has not gone unnoticed by them over the years. She first received the “Friend of the Student” award in 2013, and was selected once again this year by pharmacy students.

    Get to know Duke in this Q&A, where she told us all about her background and experiences at the school.

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    GlyCORE to Host Inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting

    Exterior of Thad Cochran Research CenterMay 12, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is set to host the inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting.

    The meeting is slated for July 19 at the Thad Cochran Research Center. The one-day event will be a venue for Mid-South glycoscience researchers and their trainees to feature their work, network and establish new opportunities for collaboration.

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    Asthma, COPD Research in AstraZeneca Fellowship Ahead for Pharmacy Graduate

    C.J. sits in a chair drinking coffee with a computer in his lap.May 10, 2021

    JACKSON, Miss. – C.J. Lowe knows the subject he will be researching well.

    Lowe, who will graduate this spring from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D., grew up with asthma. After graduation, he’ll research treatments for asthma and COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as a fellow with the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

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    Learning from Each Other

    Image: Shukria AkbarMay 4, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Being a new student in a new school can be a challenging experience. The same is true for new faculty members.

    For Shukria Akbar and Cole Stevens, these were experiences they shared.

    Akbar, a Ph.D. student, came to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2016 after receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Punjab in Pakistan. She found a position in the lab run by Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, where she has conducted research into myxobacteria, a group of bacteria that live in the soil and feed on organic material.

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    Starting a New Tradition

    Rasha Elkanayati holds up her dry mouth strip product with lab equipment in background.May 1, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Commencement is far from a new tradition, but becoming the first graduate of a new program is a tradition Rasha Elkanayati is excited to make.

    Elkanayati is a member of the inaugural graduating class for the master’s program in industrial pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Created in 2018, the two-year program in the School of Pharmacy focuses on the applied knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce, while equipping students to specialize in quality assurance, regulatory affairs, formulation development or manufacturing.

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    Helping His State Through Pharmacy

    Tate Pepper and his girlfriend at a Mississippi State football gameApril 28, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Tate Pepper grew up as a Mississippi State fan. Going to “The School Up North” probably wasn’t on his radar.

    However, when his interest in chemistry and biology led him to choose pharmacy as a career path, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy moved into his sights. Now the former MSU student is making a difference at his new school by volunteering at the university’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

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    Pharmacy Student Named 2021 UM Hall of Fame Inductee

    Victoria GreenApril 9, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2020-21 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at UM.

    The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated Student Body. Selections are based on outstanding contributions in all aspects of campus life.

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    Homeless Patient Care Focus of UMMC Students’ Lesson

    Female student takes notes while overlooking simulated patient bedMarch 29, 2021

    JACKSON, Miss. – Pete Price Jr. is a 60-year-old homeless veteran with an addiction and PTSD. Today he’s having trouble breathing. He’s well-known to the team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Emergency Department, but today his usual COPD seems worse.

    His nurses are concerned, as is his pharmacist, who found out Pete’s prescriptions from his most recent ED visit last week were still in his shirt pocket, unfilled. His doctors think Pete needs to be admitted, but one of their colleagues, Dr. Paine, thinks Pete’s looking for a warm place to stay and isn’t really sick.

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    Graduate Students’ Research Aided by Pharmacy School Resources

    Outside of Thad Cochran Research CenterMarch 29, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – At the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, students have opportunities to get hands-on experience to prepare them for careers in pharmacy. It’s no different for graduate students, who undertake research at the school that can make a real difference in lives around the state and region.

    Fortunately for students, they’ll have plenty of help along the way.

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    Pharmacy is More than Skin-Deep for Emogene & Co. Founder

    Allyson BrennanMarch 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Allyson Gregory Brennan didn’t set out to be a business owner or entrepreneur. However, it was the turn her pharmaceutical career took when she wanted a solution to better ingredients in her skin care products.

    That passion had University of Mississippi alumna Brennan starting Emogene & Co., a skin care line that provides clean ingredients to improve skin functionality and promote healthier skin.

    Read More: “Pharmacy is More than Skin-Deep for Emogene & Co. Founder”


    Faculty, Staff Lauded for Innovation in Inclusion

    Katie McClendonMarch 10, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi is recognizing four faculty and staff members who are leaders in making campus a more equitable environment for all.

    The 2021 recipients of the Diversity Innovator Award are Laura Antonow, George Dor, Katie McClendon and Arthur Doctor, who also received the 2021 IHL Diversity Educator of the Year Award.

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    Health Care Law Expert to Deliver Hartman Lecture

    Alice P. MeadFebruary 26, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — Alice P. Mead, senior adviser for Greenwich Biosciences, will deliver the annual Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture on March 5 via Zoom Webinar.

    The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is hosting the free virtual event at noon CT, as the Zoom link can be found at pharmacy.olemiss.edu/events. Mead, whose work focuses on domestic and international drug control laws and policy issues affecting cannabis, will present “Is There A Future For Cannabis-based Medicines?”

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    Allen Named President at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

    Dean David D. AllenFebruary 23, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Dean David D. Allen has been named the next President of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, effective July 1. Additional information is forthcoming as transition plans are determined.

    “My time at the University of Mississippi has been nothing short of amazing,” Allen said. “The stellar students, faculty, staff, scientists, alumni and school stakeholders make up a truly remarkable community. With their support, along with both campuses’ leadership, I’m proud of all that we accomplished in advancing pharmacy education and research, as well as the profession.”

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    UM Professor Helps Underserved Communities Through Pharmacy

    Meagan BrownFebruary 17, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — For Meagan Brown, a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, serving the underserved has been the driving force in her career.

    Since joining the UM School of Pharmacy faculty in 2011, Brown has been involved in the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative. The project, funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focused on providing clinical pharmacy services in the Mississippi Delta.

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