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    July 2018

    University Joins Pharmaceutical Research Collective

    Tablet courseJuly 16, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi is the newest member of an elite group of 18 universities that make up the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology & Education.

    NIPTE is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the design, development and manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products by connecting members of the pharmaceutical industry with top-ranked pharmaceutical educational programs.

    Read more: “University Join Pharmaceutical Research Collective”


    UM Pharmacy Welcomes Tougaloo College to Preferred Admission Program

    Kris Harrell and David Allen at TouglaooJuly 13, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– In an effort to expand access to pharmacy education within the state, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has completed its third admission agreement in a year with a Mississippi college.

    Tougaloo College and the UM School of Pharmacy have partnered in a Preferred Admission Program that offers admission to the pharmacy school for Tougaloo freshmen who excel in pre-pharmacy classes and demonstrate a passion for service activities.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Welcomes Tougaloo College to Preferred Admission Program”


    June 2018

    UM Pharmacy and Alcorn State Partner in Admission Program

    Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyJune 29, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has signed an agreement with Alcorn State University to offer admission to qualified Alcorn State students who excel in freshman pre-pharmacy courses and participate in service activities.

    This partnership, called the Preferred Admission Program, is part of both the School of Pharmacy’s and Alcorn State’s more-than-century-old traditions of dedication to the health of the state and its communities.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy and Alcorn State Partner in Admission Program”


    A Pharmacist in France

    Dominique Dairion in the labJune 29, 2018

    DIJON, France ­– This is a series of entries from rising second-year student pharmacist Dominique Dairion. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Dairion is currently abroad in France with the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) Student Exchange Program through the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.

    Read more: “A Pharmacist in France”


    Alice Clark Retiring as UM Vice Chancellor for University Relations

    Alice Clark / Photo by Robert JordanJune 28, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Alice Clark, a senior University of Mississippi administrator whose nearly four decades of visionary leadership have driven major advancements, is retiring at the end of June. Clark is an F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy and the university’s vice chancellor for university relations.

    Clark earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacognosy at UM and joined the university as a research associate and faculty member in 1979. She later served as the first director of the university’s National Center for Natural Products Research.

    Read more: “Alice Clark Retiring as UM Vice Chancellor for University Relations”


    Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship

    Erik HodgesJune 27, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Erik Hodges, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Virginia Dolores Cantú Fellowship.

    “I was elated when I heard I was selected,” Hodges said. “It always feels good to be recognized for your efforts. The topic is one I am very passionate about, and it is nice to know that I was able to convey my thoughts effectively to the reviewers.”

    Read more: “Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship”


    UM Pharmacy Team Places Third in PQA Healthcare Challenge

    Students at PQA Healthcare ChallengeJune 25, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– A team from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy placed third out of 22 teams in the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Healthcare Quality Innovation Challenge last month in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The four-student group consisted of third-year student pharmacists Mariah Cole of Meridian, Mississippi, and Anna Crider of Brentwood, Tennessee, as well as Pharmacy Administration graduate students Sushmitha Inguva of Hyderabad, India, and Siddhi Korgaonkar of Mumbai, India.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Team Places Third in PQA Healthcare Challenge”


    Faculty, Researchers Honored at Pharmacy School Annual Retreat

    David Colby (left) and Dean David AllenJune 18, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy presented four faculty and researchers awards for their excellence in and commitment to research, teaching and service at its annual faculty retreat on June 14.

    “We are fortunate at our school to have talented faculty and scientists committed to our mission, so it’s a privilege to award them for their outstanding efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy.

    Read more: “Faculty, Researchers Honored at Pharmacy School Annual Retreat”


    Ole Miss Student Pharmacists Receive AFPE Research Scholarships

    Mary Paige ThrashJune 17, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Austin Fitts and Mary Paige Thrash, both rising second-year professional students at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, were named recipients of the Gateway to Research Scholarship by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

    The award provides students an opportunity to work on faculty-mentored research projects while improving the students’ knowledge of clinical skills.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Student Pharmacists Receive AFPE Research Scholarships”


    UM ‘Corpse Flower’ Will Soon Bloom with Smell of Death

    June 14, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Just keep watching – that’s the best advice for witnessing the soon-to-blossom, towering titan arum housed in the atrium of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Faser Hall. The odd-looking plant, which has the largest unbranched flower cluster in the world, is expected to bloom any hour now.

    When it does, the 5-foot-tall flowering plant (Amorphophallus titanum) will appear even more otherworldly, with its now-lime-green spathe unfolding to display a dark burgundy. The species also emits a decomposing flesh odor when it blooms, a smell intended to attract pollinators but a putrid smell nonetheless that has earned titan arum the nickname “corpse flower” or “corpse plant.”

    Read more: “UM ‘Corpse Flower’ Will Soon Bloom with Smell of Death”


    UM Pharmacy Student Named Winner of IACP Writing Competition

    Alex Gochenauer June 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Alexandria Gochenauer, a student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was named one of the winners of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists’ Spring Writing Competition.

    The winning essay has also been accepted for publication in the July/August issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Student Named Winner of IACP Writing Competition”


    UM Scientists Work Toward Natural Remedy for Bed Bugs

    Junaid Rehman in bed bug lab June 8, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– It’s a fear for children that monsters reside under the bed. But those monsters could be living on the mattress or in the sheets. They’re called bed bugs.

    However, scientists with the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are searching for a natural remedy to stop the insect from not only biting, but growing in rapid numbers.

    Read more: “UM Scientists Work Toward Natural Remedy for Bed Bugs”


    May 2018

    Student Pharmacists Shine at the Jackson Free Clinic

    Lauren Pohl working at the Jackson Free ClinicMay 29, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. ­– Imagine, if you will, a place where medical students and pharmacy students give up their Saturdays to work collegially, teach and learn from each other, and provide uninsured patients with vital medical care. That place is the Jackson Free Clinic (JFC) in Jackson, Miss.

    The clinic is a nonprofit organization run by students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Its mission is to provide high-quality health services — including exams, treatment, testing, prescription medications, education, and preventive care — to uninsured community members. The JFC also provides an innovative environment where pharmacy students can demonstrate the value pharmacists bring to an interdisciplinary care team.

    Read more: “Student Pharmacists Shine at the Jackson Free Clinic”


    As Technician, Pharmacy Graduate Learns Profession First

    Elizabeth HargroveMay 22, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. ­– When Elizabeth Hargrove decided to study pharmacy at the University of Mississippi, she entered the program more familiar with the profession than most.

    The Grenada resident, armed with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Tougaloo College, began studying for a master’s degree in forensics in 2007.

    “I hated it,” she said. From there, she got a job as a pharmacy technician.

    Read more: “As Technician, Pharmacy Graduate Learns Profession First”


    Pharmacy Administration Grad Student Receives Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    Ashley CrumbyMay 21, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Ashley Crumby, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student, was named a recipient of the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences given by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

    Crumby will use her fellowship to continue research for her dissertation entitled “Valuation of mentorship in pharmacy education and the impact of perceived involvement,” as she measures the value student pharmacists place on mentorship.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Administration Grad Student Receives Pre-Doctoral Fellowship”


    UM Pharmacy Professor Selected for Nelson Order

    Scott Malinowski (left) is congratulated by Rob Rockhold, deputy chief academic officer for UMMC, during the 2018 Nelson Order ceremony.May 16, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Scott Malinowski, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was inducted into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on May 7.

    Named for Norman C. Nelson, who served as UMMC’s vice chancellor for health affairs for 21 years, the award honors faculty members from each of UMMC’s six schools. Awardees are selected based on their dedication to students through innovative teaching, engagement, mentorship and setting expectations for professional behavior.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Professor Selected for Nelson Order”


    Pharmacy Early Entry Student Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarship

    Cameron Hammers with Rod West, the President of the Sugar Bowl CommitteeMay 15, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Cameron Hammers, an incoming freshman in the Early Entry program at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has won a $10,000 Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarship from the Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

    Archie Manning, the foundation’s national chairman, honored 36 high school football players from the New Orleans area for their academic and athletic achievements. Hammers was among six of these students who were then chosen to receive a $10,000 scholarship based on essays they submitted.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Early Entry Student Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarship”


    Marc Slattery Receives Top UM Research Award

    Marc Slattery receives award from Josh GladdenMay 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Marc Slattery was a little conflicted about being honored for his research achievement at the University of Mississippi.

    Slattery, a professor of biomolecular sciences in the School of Pharmacy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award during the university’s 165th Commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 12) in the Grove.

    Read more: “Marc Slattery Receives Top UM Research Award”


    Khan Recognized as University Creates Distinguished Professor Honor

    Ikhlas Khan selected as a Distinguished Professor with Chancellor Vitter and Provost WilkinMay 11, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three University of Mississippi faculty members were appointed as Distinguished Professors during the spring faculty meeting Friday (May 11) in Fulton Chapel.

    The honorees are John Daigle, director of the Center for Wireless Communications and professor of electrical engineering; Donald Dyer, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of Russian and linguistics; and Ikhlas A. Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research and professor of pharmacognosy.

    Read more: “Khan Recognized as University Creates Distinguished Professor Honor”


    Vazzana’s Generosity Helps Strengthen Health Care

    Dean Allen visits with Anthony S. VazzanaMay 10, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– A mortar and pestle; a balance; a graduated cylinder; species jars; faience or majolica drug jars; eye-wash cups; Bowls of Hygeia fashioned into ornate candelabra; pill bottles labeled opium, poison and heroin; and various show globes that once contained elixirs, tonics, powders and other medicines.

    These pharmaceutical artifacts line the shelves at the entrance to the dean’s office in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. They were a gift from UM alumnus Anthony S. Vazzana of Leland, Mississippi, and are now on permanent display as treasures of an era past.

    Read more: “Vazzana’s Generosity Helps Strengthen Health Care”


    Sisters Earn Pharmacy Degree Three Decades after Mother

    Kelsey, Dolly, Ashley and Charles Lock at 2018 Who's WhoMay 9, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– In May 1987, Dolly Mah graduated from the University of Mississippi with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and began working as a staff pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

    Thirty-one years later, Mah, now Dolly Lock, will again attend the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy graduation ceremony, this time for her two daughters.

    Read more: “Sisters Earn Pharmacy Degree Three Decades after Mother”


    UM Pharmacy Grad Student Earns Student Exchange Award

    Ann Fairly Barnett divingMay 7, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Ann Fairly Barnett, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student, received the Student Training Exchange Opportunity award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

    The award will allow Barnett to conduct research in the Shoemaker Toxicology Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs this summer under the guidance of Joe Griffitt, chair of USM’s Division of Coastal Sciences and associate director of its School of Ocean Science and Technology.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Grad Student Earns Student Exchange Award”


    Ole Miss Pharmacy Places First in Formulations Competition

    Alexandria Gochenauer, Mary O’Keefe and Emily Lewis at SPCC.May 2, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– A team of three School of Pharmacy students placed first in the formulations portion of the eighth annual National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition and sixth overall, in what was Ole Miss Pharmacy’s first ever appearance in the competition in Aventura, Florida in March.

    The team consisted of third-year student pharmacists Alexandria Gochenauer, Mary O’Keefe and Emily Lewis.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Places First in Formulations Competition”


    UM Pharmacy Students Earn Pharmacists Mutual Scholarships

    Erin HoevelmannMay 1, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Alex Gochenauer and Erin Hoevelmann, both University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students, were each named recipients of the Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship.

    Gochenauer and Hoevelmann were selected based on their interest in practicing pharmacy in an independent setting, a community setting or in an underserved community. The scholarship is given to just 20 recipients each year nationwide.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Students Earn Pharmacists Mutual Scholarships”


    April 2018

    UM Division of Pharmacy Professional Development Launches New Website

    Laurie Fleming, Joshua Fleming and Stuart Haines helped to create the PharmacyForward podcast.

    April 29, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. ­– The UM School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacy Professional Development has created a new online portal for continuing professional development programs at pharmacycpd.org.

    The DPPD spent the past year developing the site that will deliver online educational programs to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The online offerings will help combat the cost of conference travel and time away from work, contributing to practice advancement in Mississippi and beyond.

    Read more: “UM Division of Pharmacy Professional Development Launches New Website”


    Pharmacy Early Entry Program Offers Living-Learning Community

    April 24, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy pioneered the Early Entry program to offer high school seniors early acceptance into the professional pharmacy program more than 20 years ago, and it has become a model for numerous similar programs across the country.

    One of the most popular aspects of the program is its Living-Learning Community, which allows freshman Early Entry students to live on the same floor of a residence hall. This option allows first-year Early Entry students, known as EE1s, to form a community with classmates they will study alongside for the next seven years.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Early Entry Program Offers Living-Learning Community”


    UM Student Pharmacist Named Walmart Scholar

    Mallory PullmanApril 23, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Third-year student pharmacist Mallory Pullman, a native of Pearlington, Mississippi, was named a 2018 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.

    Read more: “UM Student Pharmacist Named Walmart Scholar”


    Pharmacy Student Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Fundraiser

    Meghan WagnerApril 19, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. – Meghan Wagner isn’t taking the traditional route to raise money for Friends of Children’s Hospital. The University of Mississippi third-year student pharmacist is rappelling down a 14-story building instead.

    Wagner, from Grenada, will rappel down the Trustmark corporate office building in downtown Jackson on April 21 as part of the Over the Edge event, for which she has raised over $1,000. Friends of Children’s Hospital is hosting the event to support Batson Children’s Hospital, and the organization is aiming to raise $200,000.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Student Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Fundraiser”


    Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe

    Chalet TanApril 19, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The use of nanotechnology in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of human diseases is the topic of the University of Mississippi’s next monthly Science Cafe.

    Chalet Tan, associate professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and research associate professor in UM’s Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will discuss “NanoMedicine: Less is More” Tuesday (April 24) at the fourth and final Science Cafe of the semester. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Admission is free.

    Read more: “Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe”


    Pharmacy Students Win UMMC Research Poster Competition

    Austin MorrisonApril 18, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi fourth-year student pharmacists Austin Morrison and Taylor Loper will have their research poster displayed at the Rowland Medical Library in April after winning the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Research Poster Competition for March.

    Morrison’s and Loper’s winning poster is titled “Impact of Total Body Weight on Clinical Outcomes of Obese Patients Treated with Beta-Iactams.” The UM School of Pharmacy students focused their research on how two common hospital antibiotics, ceftriaxone and cefepime, affect the body in obese versus non-obese patients.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Students Win UMMC Research Poster Competition”


    Botanical Experts Gather in Oxford for International Conference

    John Finley at ICSBApril 13, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Scientists and visitors from around the globe gathered in Oxford this week (April 9-12) for the 18th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals.

    Organized and hosted by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, the conference welcomed 280 registrants from universities, government and business institutions who explored the topic of synergy between natural products and human health. Participants discussed current research topics related to natural products research, development, safety, quality and regulations.

    Read more: “Botanical Experts Gather in Oxford for International Conference”


    Pharmacy Practice Chair Elected as Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow

    Seena HainesApril 13, 2018

    JACKSON, Miss. – Seena Haines, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy, a subgroup of NAP.

    Fellowship in NAP is reserved for those who have spent 10 or more years of their career in the practice and delivery of health care services and who are judged by their peers to have made enduring contributions to their professions.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Practice Chair Elected as Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow”


    Pharmacy School Introduces Application Option for Rising Sophomores

    White Coat CeremonyApril 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is providing university freshmen a new way to secure their spot in its professional pharmacy program with the Sophomore Advanced Standing Program.

    The program allows qualified UM freshmen to earn a guaranteed seat in the School of Pharmacy’s professional program, thereby avoiding the competitive selection process for regular entry admission that normally occurs during a pre-pharmacy major’s junior year. Upon completion of three years of pre-pharmacy courses and one year of professional courses, students also will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Introduces Application Option for Rising Sophomores”


    Summer College Offers High Schoolers Pharmacy Experience

    Summer College participants at Chaney'sApril 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – While many high school students’ summers consist of summer jobs and waiting for vacation, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering them a way to jumpstart their college and professional careers by participating in the UM Summer College Pre-Pharmacy Program.

    During this four-week program running from June 27-July 27, prospective School of Pharmacy students experience university life and begin earning college credits at Ole Miss. Attendees will participate in exciting hands-on projects and pharmacy site visits, live in Ole Miss dorms and explore the Oxford community.

    Read more: “Summer College Offers High Schoolers Pharmacy Experience”


    Student Pharmacists Present Research at National Conference

    Victoria Miller presenting at APhAApril 11, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Five University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students each presented their own research at the recent American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The students are Anna Crider, Erin Hoevelmann, Yiran Rong, Victoria Miller and Kelsey Raymer.

    Read more: “Student Pharmacists Present Research at National Conference”


    Former Arkansas Senator Percy Malone Named UM Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year

    Percy MaloneApril 10, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – State senator, state representative, pharmacist and UM alum – of all Percy Malone’s (BSPH 65) titles, the one he is most proud of is advocate.

    The former Arkansas state senator and 1965 pharmacy graduate is the School of Pharmacy’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year. He has spent his career fighting to represent the interests of those who may be otherwise overlooked – namely children, sick or incapacitated people and those living below the poverty line.

    Read more: “Former Arkansas Senator Percy Malone Named UM Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year”


    Ole Miss Pharmacy Student Appointed Speaker of National Pharmacy Society

    Regan Tyler and Kathy Lee BarrackApril 9, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Regan Tyler, a third-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was elected as Phi Lambda Sigma’s Speaker of the House during the organization’s national meeting, held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting Mar. 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Phi Lambda Sigma is a pharmacy leadership society that aims to develop leadership qualities among student pharmacists in order to strengthen the future of the pharmacy profession.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Student Appointed Speaker of National Pharmacy Society”


    UM Pharmacy Student Wins National Leadership Scholarship

    Alex GochenauerApril 6, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Alex Gochenauer, third-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was awarded the American College of Apothecaries Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence.

    The $500 scholarship honors student pharmacists interested in independent pharmacy based on their leadership qualities, accomplishments and involvement in extracurricular activities. ACA also invited winners to the annual conference earlier last month to accept the scholarship.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Student Wins National Leadership Scholarship”


    March 2018

    Alumnus Surprises Student Pharmacist by Covering Tuition

    Lee Jennings, Blake Thompson, Hartman LectureMarch 29, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Blake Thompson, the 2018 Hartman lecturer for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, surprised a crowd of student pharmacists, faculty, friends and family at the March 9 lecture by offering to cover a semester’s worth of tuition for one student.

    Thompson, a UM alumnus who is vice president for government affairs at Ohio State University, delivered a lecture focused on the importance of taking career risks. To demonstrate, he asked any student to come onstage and speak to the nearly-full Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts about his or her own career goals.

    Read more: “Alumnus Surprises Student Pharmacist by Covering Tuition”


    Pharmacy Early Entry Program Offers Unique Living-Learning Community

    Burns HallMarch 28, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Over 20 years ago, the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy pioneered the Early Entry program to offer high school seniors early acceptance into the professional pharmacy program. Since then, the Early Entry program has become a model for numerous similar programs across the country.

    Through the program, high-performing high school seniors apply to secure their spot in the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program. If accepted, they will not have to go through the competitive application process that normally would occur during a pre-pharmacy major’s junior year.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Early Entry Program Offers Unique Living-Learning Community


    Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program

    Pharmaceutics graduate students Tabish Mehraj (left) and Corinne Sweeney (right) work with equipment that will be integral to the new Master’s of Industrial Pharmacy program.March 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a new non-thesis track master’s program this fall that will focus on preparing students with a science or engineering background to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

    The two-year program is geared toward graduates with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, biology and chemistry who want to go directly into the pharmaceutical industry. By focusing mainly on the applied knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce, graduates will be better prepared to make an immediate impact on the job.

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program”


    Ole Miss Pharmacy Faculty Elected as MCCP Officers

    Seena HainesMarch 14, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is well represented within the Mississippi College of Clinical Pharmacy organization, as four UM faculty members were elected as officers of the state chapter of American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

    Seena Haines, Katie Barber, Jamie Wagner and Melissa Reilly, all with faculty appointments in the school’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, will serve as MCCP officers during 2018. Haines, chair of the pharmacy practice department, is the organization’s president. Barber, assistant professor, is president-elect, while Wagner and Reilly, both clinical assistant professors, serve as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Faculty Elected as MCCP Officers”


    NCNPR Scientist Honored for Cannabis Research

    Suman ChandraMarch 14, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Suman Chandra, senior research scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research, was honored with an Outstanding Scientist Award at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences in New Delhi, India.

    The Society of Tropical Agriculture gives this annual award to a scientist who has contributed to the study of agriculture and horticulture. Chandra works with NCNPR’s Marijuana Project, housed within the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, studying the propagation of cannabis intended for research purposes.

    Read more: “NCNPR Scientist Honored for Cannabis Research”


    Pharmacy Administration Professor Named APhA Fellow

    Erin HolmesMarch 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association at the organization’s annual meeting Mar. 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    “When I think of those who are current APhA Fellows and those who are being inducted in my cohort, I am absolutely humbled,” Holmes said. “This is an incredible honor, and I am grateful to those who nominated and supported me.”

    Read more: “Pharmacy Administration Professor Named APhA Fellow”


    Ohio State Executive to Deliver Pharmacy’s Hartman Lecture

    Blake ThompsonMarch 7, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Blake Thompson, vice president for government affairs at Ohio State University and a University of Mississippi alumnus, will deliver the School of Pharmacy’s 2018 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture.

    Thompson, who is also secretary to Ohio State’s board of trustees, will speak on “Risk and a Prospective Payment System,” drawing from his background in health care policy and university leadership and governance.

    Read more: “Ohio State Executive to Deliver Pharmacy’s Hartman Lecture


    NCNPR Receives Award to Research Common Military Dietary Supplements

    Bharathi AvulaMarch 1, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The National Center for Natural Products Research received an award of over $225,000 from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation to study the ingredients found in popular dietary supplements used by military personnel.

    As a result, NCNPR will conduct collaborative research, known as Collaborative Analytics for Safer Supplements, in conjunction with the Consortium for Health and Military Performance at the Uniformed Services University.

    Read more: “NCNPR Receives Award to Research Common Military Dietary Supplements


    February 2018

    Sandy and John Bentley Hit Love Out of the Park

    John and Sandy BentleyFebruary 28, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – When Sandy and John Bentley began dating, they knocked love right out of the park. Almost 30 years later, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members continue to show their relationship is a grand slam.

    Sandy and John met as undergraduate student workers in Drake University’s dining services. The pair didn’t really know each other until John, now UM School of Pharmacy’s chair and professor of pharmacy administration, spilled a five-gallon bag of chocolate milk as he tried to refill the container. It was a good thing he didn’t cry over spilled milk.

    Read more: “Sandy and John Bentley Hit Love Out of the Park”


    Two Pharmacy Faculty Win New Investigator Awards

    February 27, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two assistant professors in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, both from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, have won prestigious 2018 New Investigator Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Hoang Le, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, and Cole Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, each won one of only 16 new investigator awards bestowed by AACP this year.

    Read more: “Two Pharmacy Faculty Win New Investigator Awards


    Kristen and Adam Pate Cook Up A Successful Relationship

    Kristen and Adam PateFebruary 26, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – There may not be a specific recipe for love, but Kristen and Adam Pate might have come pretty close to one, and it comes in the form of banana caramel pie. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members have been cooking up a successful partnership for the past 11 years.

    Both natives of Natchez, the clinical associate professors of pharmacy practice didn’t know each other until meeting in between classes in Faser Hall as student pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy.

    Read more: “Kristen and Adam Pate Cook Up A Successful Relationship


    Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research

    Purnendu Sharma and S. MurthyFebruary 23, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Purnendu Sharma, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, received an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his research on the natural product, Resiniferatoxin, or RTX.

    Sharma’s project, titled “Effect of Resiniferatoxin, a TrpV1 Receptor Agonist on Neuronal Cells and evaluating it In vitro Neurotrophic Activity for Neurodegenerative Disorders,” showed the potential of RTX to help in the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

    Read more: “Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research”


    Former Pharmacy Chair Remembered for Integrity, Leadership

    Frank GilmoreFebruary 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Frank Gilmore, former chair and professor emeritus in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, died Feb. 14 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

    A visitation for Gilmore is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 24) at Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford, where a celebration of his life will immediately follow.

    Read more: “Former Pharmacy Chair Remembered for Integrity, Leadership”


    Love Takes Flight for Seena and Stuart Haines

    Seena and Stuart HainesFebruary 20, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Seena and Stuart Haines didn’t have any trouble building up their frequent flyer miles during their courtship. Long before each joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty in Jackson, the two were traveling between Maryland and Florida to see each other.

    Although Seena and Stuart don’t have to go too far to see each other anymore, their love continues to take flight 13 years later.

    Read more: “Love Takes Flight for Seena and Stuart Haines”


    Pharmacy Practice Shapes Flemings’ Love Story

    Fleming Family PictureFebruary 14, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – It was easy for Laurie and Josh Fleming to connect – they spoke the same language. They both specialized in ambulatory care and diabetes management as University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members on the Jackson campus, and the two easily formed a bond over work talk.

    Then their love story began to take shape.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Practice Shapes Flemings’ Love Story”


    Natural Products Center Director Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    February 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of AOAC International’s 2018 Harvey W. Wiley Award, which recognizes lifetime scientific achievement.

    AOAC International develops global quality standards for microbiological and chemical materials, ranging from food to pharmaceuticals in an effort to ensure public health. Khan, who has been with the university since 1992 and directed the natural products center since 2017, has spent much of his career developing standards for dietary supplements.

    Read more: “Natural Products Center Director Wins Lifetime Achievement Award”


    Community Health the Focus of 2018 Waller Lecture

    C. Daniel MullinsFebruary 6, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – C. Daniel Mullins, professor and chair of the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, will deliver the 2018 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

    The lecture, “Patient-Centered Discovery,” at 11 a.m. Friday (Feb. 9) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, will focus on ways in which scientific and medical knowledge are translated into workable health solutions for patients. The School of Pharmacy and its Department of Pharmacy Administration are hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.

    Read more: “Community Health the Focus of 2018 Waller Lecture”


    Pharmacy School Hosts Browse Fair for Aspiring Pharmacists

    February 2, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will host pharmacy showcases across the state this spring to educate aspiring pharmacists about the over 600 career paths available in the field of pharmacy.

    The pharmacy showcase events, sponsored in part by Walgreens Diversity Initiative, are designed to be meet and greets with the School of Pharmacy’s dean, faculty, staff and current students, as well as pharmacy practitioners from different areas of practice.

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Hosts Browse Fair for Aspiring Pharmacists


    January 2018

    University Wins NSF Award for Electron Microscope

    Vijay Raman, Jit Majumdar, Kevin LewellynJanuary 29, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – A collaborative effort by researchers from multiple schools and departments earned the University of Mississippi a $346,641 Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a new field-emission scanning electron microscope.

    The state-of-the-art microscope will enhance research capabilities for the School of Pharmacy, the School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts. Expected to arrive in October, the instrument will be housed in the School of Pharmacy, a convenient location for many of the departments involved.

    Read more: “University Wins NSF Award for Electron Microscope


    Pharmacy Faculty Create Podcast to Inspire Pharmacists
    Laurie Fleming, Joshua Fleming and Stuart Haines helped to create the PharmacyForward podcast.

    January 26, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – In the first few weeks of 2018, a small group of faculty from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy launched PharmacyForward, a new podcast that features interviews with pharmacy experts and leaders about pharmacy practice, patient care and health care delivery in every setting.

    The podcast, which has a tagline of “Transforming Knowledge into Action,” is dedicated to engaging and motivating pharmacists. The school’s Division of Pharmacy Professional Development produces the episodes, which are geared toward veterans and newcomers in the field.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Faculty Create Podcast to Inspire Pharmacists”


    University Hosts SEC Pharmacy Deans’ Meeting

    Thad Cochran Research Center at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyJanuary 23, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Deans from pharmacy schools across the Southeastern Conference will gather Jan. 30-31 at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy to discuss issues and opportunities in pharmacy education.

    Among the topics slated for discussion are educational metrics, sharing educational resources, course consortiums and funding for pharmacy education. Ten of the conference’s 14 universities have pharmacy schools.

    Read more: “University Hosts SEC Pharmacy Deans’ Meeting”


    Alumnus Makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List of Leaders

    Sly LeeJanuary 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – As technological advances continue to rapidly turn yesterday’s fiction into today’s facts, a University of Mississippi alumnus finds himself at the forefront of the burgeoning virtual and augmented reality revolution.

    Sylvester “Sly” Lee, co-founder of Emerge Inc., an independent technology company in Los Angeles, recently made Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list of rising entrepreneurs in manufacturing and industry.

    Read more: “Alumnus Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List of Leaders”


    December 2017

    University Begins Cooperation with University of Chile Faculty

    Dean Allen and Pablo CaviedesDecember 20, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Chile’s Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences to collaborate on graduate education and research.

    Although details of the collaborations are yet to be finalized, the MOU will initially focus on research collaborations and graduate and post-doctoral student exchanges between the School of Pharmacy and the University of Chile’s Santiago campus.

    Read more: “University Begins Cooperation with University of Chile Faculty”


    Pharmacy Alums Match Medications with Need at Dispensary of Hope

    HHS Sec Price Visit Dispensary of HopeDecember 20, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy alums Hillary Blackburn and Edward Woo know that everyone needs a little help now and then. That’s why they work with Dispensary of Hope to provide necessary medications to patients who may not be able to otherwise afford them.

    Based in Nashville, Dispensary of Hope is a charitable medication distributor that connects supplies of unused medications to pharmacies and clinics serving low-income and uninsured patients across the nation. Blackburn and Woo both found their staff roles after volunteering with the company, and are now two of the 24 team members working directly for Dispensary of Hope.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Alums Match Medications with Need at Dispensary of Hope”


    Pharmacy Group Earns ASHP Professional Development Award

    Allie Funderburk and Mary O'KeefeDecember 19, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists earned ASHP’s Outstanding Professional Development Project Award for its work at the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic.

    The group was among 28 national recipients of the award, which third-year pharmacy students Allie Funderburk and Mary O’Keefe accepted at the ASHP Midyear Student Showcase in Orlando in early December. The UM student chapter of ASHP volunteered at OMM every Tuesday of last year, with two students assisting in filling prescriptions each week. OMM provides services to uninsured and employed patients, and is regularly staffed with volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners from the community.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Group Earns ASHP Professional Development Award”


    Universities Take on Health Care Challenges on Many Fronts

    Vijayasankar RamanDecember 18, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – It is no secret that many Mississippians face health challenges, but the University of Mississippi and the state’s other public universities are attacking these challenges on many fronts.

    Universities treat patients, train the next generation of health care providers and conduct research that will help prevent disease and improve outcomes. While Mississippi’s health issues cannot be solved overnight, progress is being made every day.

    Read more: “Universities Take on Health Care Challenges on Many Fronts”


    Pharmacy Professor Becomes Graduate School Associate Dean

    Robert DoerksenDecember 12, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – Robert Doerksen, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, is the new associate dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. As of Monday (Dec. 11), he will manage the Office of the Graduate School and assist with expanding graduate education initiatives.

    A faculty member in the School of Pharmacy since 2004, Doerksen has mentored graduate students for many years. He spent the last year as the director of the graduate program of the medicinal chemistry division within the school’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Becomes Graduate School Associate Dean


    University Researchers Discover Key Ingredient for Skin Care Line

    David Pasco and Nirmal PughDecember 11, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Scientists at the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research spend much of their time working to discover new pharmaceutical products, botanical dietary supplements and agrichemicals. Once in a while, however, discoveries made at the center benefit something a little more cosmetic.

    Among other things, ongoing NCNPR research on botanicals led to the launch of a skin care line called Sustainable Youth brand products, owned by Woodcliff Skincare Solutions Inc. The key ingredient is Alasta brand aloe product, a patent-pending ingredient that includes aloeride, an immune-enhancing extract patented by the university.

    Read more: “University Researchers Discover Key Ingredient for Skin Care Line


     

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