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    Meet Annie Piperno

    Annie Piperno smiles for camera in front of Faser Hall building signSeptember 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Annie Piperno joins the School of Pharmacy as its newest academic advisor.

    She’s ready to explore Oxford after moving her during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has lived in seven states. Learn more about her in this Q&A.

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    Pharmacology Graduate Student Striving for Excellence

    Salahuddin Mohammed

    September 15, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Salahuddin Mohammed, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has always sought to make his mark on the research and science world. As a young student with an interest in neuroscience, that desire led him to pursue a career in pharmacy and has taken him across the globe.

    While receiving his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Osmania University in India, Mohammed developed a passion for research. He followed that passion to the United Kingdom, where he received his Master of Science in Pharmacology from Aston University.

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    Meet Margaret Hatcher

    Margaret HatcherSeptember 1, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Margaret Hatcher joins the School of Pharmacy as its new admissions counselor.

    She may be new to the school, but she has been around pharmacy her whole life. Learn more about her in this Q&A.

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    Pharmacy Graduate Students Win AAPS Student Chapter Award

    Group of graduate students in masks holding a signAugust 31, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientistshas been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Student Chapter Award by the national organization.

    The award is given to chapters that demonstrate exceptional commitment to service and outreach. Up to three chapters nationwide are selected for the award each year.

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    University Kicks Off Semester with Vaccination Clinics

    Faculty member Lauren Bloodworth gives a female student the COVID-19 vaccine.August 27, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, the University of Mississippi is working to ensure that members of the university community have plenty of opportunities to be vaccinated at convenient times and locations.

    Over the course of four days near the beginning of the semester, volunteers from the School of Pharmacy administered more than 200 Pfizer vaccinations on campus to employees, students and students’ families visiting campus.

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    Faculty Receive First Science Education Partnership Award

    Marie BarnardAugust 9, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – A team of University of Mississippi faculty members has received a prestigious $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award program.

    This is the first SEPA grant awarded to the university. It brings together faculty from across the university to participate in Project SCORE, which stands for Student Centered Outcomes Research Experience.

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    Pharmacy Professor Modernizes Classroom with Discord App

    Discord chat on desktopJuly 27, 2021

    JACKSON, Miss. – A messaging application popular with video gamers is helping a University of Mississippi pharmacy professor spark interaction among students in his classroom.

    Discord, which allows users to create communities around common interests, has seen its popularity grow wildly since its launch in 2015, and it boasts more than 150 million monthly users.

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    Pharmacy Alumnus Honors Former School Administrators with Scholarship

    Raye and David Newton wearing cold-weather gear with mountains behind them in Antartica.July 23, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — Of those who crossed paths with University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy administrators Charles Hartman and Mickey Smith, many will say what a great impact each had on their lives and careers. David Newton is one of those who is quick to note the influence each had on him personally.

    As a result, Newton is making a difference for future pharmacists and educators with the Raye R. and David S. Newton Scholarship Endowment. This unique gift will help students in both the UM School of Pharmacy and School of Education.

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    UM, Community Partners Organize Bilingual Health Fair in Pontotoc

    Pharmacy students sit at a table and talk with patients at a health fair.July 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students are working with health care and public service providers to start meeting the health care needs of Pontotoc’s underserved Spanish-speaking community.

    The UM McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, as well as representatives from the School of Pharmacy, are partnering with providers to host a bilingual health fair at the Pontotoc Gateway Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon July 24.

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    UM Researchers Working to Protect Mississippi’s Environment

    Two people inspecting an oysterJuly 15, 2021

    Preserving the health of the Mississippi Coast is important for the health of the state as a whole. Fortunately for the state, the researchers at the Environmental Toxicology Research Program are here to help.

    At ETRP, graduate students work alongside University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty, research scientists and staff to resolve problems related to environmental and human health. Their research provides valuable resources for state and local decision-makers. With events such as extreme storms putting pressure on the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, those resources are more important than ever.

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    LandshaRx Swimming at Full Speed in New Academic Year

    Two people standing beside sign that says 'LandshaRx'July 12, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — The 2021-2022 academic year will be an important one for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. The return to full on-campus activities will be welcomed by all students, faculty and staff. This year will also see the LandshaRx curriculum implemented in full.

    The curriculum was introduced in 2018, but 2021 will see all classes of student pharmacists learning from LandshaRx. Students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will be going through the curriculum in a face-to-face class setting for the first time after a year of virtual learning.

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    Graduate Student Council Research Grants Further Range of Research

    Samir SenapatiJuly 2, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – With projects ranging from service robots in the hospitality and tourism industries to a novel treatment of dry eye disease to relationship ghosting, 20 University of Mississippi graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.

    The $1,000 grants, funded by the university’s Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, or ORSP, will support projects that contribute to the university’s research mission while also helping the students develop their research and grant-writing skills.

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    Pharmacy Professor Retires After 27-Year Career

    Randy PittmanJune 30, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Randy Pittman’s path at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy took him from graduate to resident to faculty member. Now Pittman is set to retire on June 30 after a 27-year career at the school.

    “I will miss the people I worked with the most,” Pittman said. “They have truly been my workplace family. We have laughed and cried together, suffered losses together, celebrated achievements together, but always worked with each other to make pharmacy education in the state the best for our students.”

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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.

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