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2017 News and Media

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


November 2017

Natural Products Center to Collaborate with Beijing Hospital

Khan and military officials met at 302 Hospital to sign the agreement.November 28, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and Beijing 302 Hospital of China have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the quality of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Institute of Chinese Herbal Medicine Beijing, located at the hospital, analyzes traditional medicines taken by hospital patients and screens for any contaminants that may have contributed to a patient’s condition. As per the agreement, NCNPR will use its technology and expertise to help with the chemistry-related needs of this analysis.

Read more: “Natural Products Center to Collaborate with Beijing Hospital


UM Pharmacy Professor Murthy Named AAPS Fellow

S. Narasimha MurthyNovember 15, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy pharmaceutics professor S. Narasimha Murthy was elected as a Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists last weekend, one of the highest honors given to its members.

At its annual conference in San Diego on November 12, AAPS honored eight recipients, including Murthy, who have demonstrated a sustained level of professional excellence in fields related to its mission. Murthy conducts research to develop noninvasive technologies for the treatment of chronic disorders. He also founded a non-profit research organization in his home country of India to foster research that addresses unmet medical needs.

Read more: “UM Pharmacy Professor Murthy Named AAPS Fellow


Pharmacy Professor Wins Grant to Improve Pharmacy Practice

Ole Miss Pharmacy professor Anastasia Jenkins accepted an ASHP grant for Mississippi.November 6, 2017 

JACKSON, Miss. – Clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice Anastasia Jenkins received a grant from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation to help advance and improve pharmacy practice and ambulatory care in the state of Mississippi.

ASHP’s Ambulatory Care State Affiliate Workshop grant, which Jenkins accepted on behalf of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will support a workshop for pharmacy leaders in Mississippi to share ideas about how the state can improve the pharmacy care it provides. As part of the workshop, a representative from ASHP will present information to attendees about what is needed to develop an action plan and identify top areas of potential impact.

Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Wins Grant to Improve Pharmacy Practice


UM Pharmacy Student Alex Gochenauer Receives NCPA Scholarship

Alex Gochenauer accepts awardNovember 2, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – The National Community Pharmacy Association recognized University of Mississippi third-year student pharmacist Alexandria Gochenauer with a Presidential Scholarship during its annual convention’s awards ceremony last month.

The $2,000 award will go toward Gochenauer’s academic endeavors, as the organization selects scholarship honorees based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and an interest in independent pharmacy. The NCPA represents the employees of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies across the country, which dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.

Read more: “UM Pharmacy Student Alex Gochenauer Receives NCPA Scholarship”


UM Graduate Eman Ashour Joins Pharmacy Faculty

Eman AshourNovember 1, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – It seems Eman Ashour can’t stay away from Oxford. Last month, she joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as a research assistant professor after various stints within the school, and she’s happy to be sticking around.

“I like Oxford and this environment,” Ashour said. “I believe that the University of Mississippi has a very strong School of Pharmacy. When I found this opportunity, I knew I had to apply.”

Read more: “UM Graduate Eman Ashour Joins Pharmacy Faculty”


October 2017

Attendees Participate in First Natural Products Training Lab Course

Natural Products Training Lab courseOctober 30, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and its National Center for Natural Products Research conducted their first course recently in the Natural Products Training Lab, covering various aspects and techniques of botanical authentication.

“I am very pleased with how the first training lab course went,” said Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR director. “This will be a great resource moving forward, and I’m looking forward to many more courses in the future.”

Read more: “Attendees Participate in First Natural Products Training Lab Course”


NCPA Student Group Earns Most Improved Chapter of the Year

NCPA Student Chapter accepts awardOctober 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association was recognized as the Most Improved Chapter of the Year at the NCPA Convention in Orlando from October 14-18.

“Our chapter is devoted to promoting independent pharmacy in Mississippi,” said fourth-year student Lily Van. “It is an avenue of pharmacy that some people forget about, but it is such a vital part of our communities.”

Read more: “NCPA Student Group Earns Most Improved Chapter of the Year”


UM Pharmacy Faculty Members Named ACCP Fellows

Kayla Stover, Katie McClendon, Seena Haines

October 25, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. –Seena Haines and Kayla Stover, two University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members, were inducted as 2017 Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at the organization’s annual meeting on Oct. 8 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The ACCP is devoted to the advancement of clinical pharmacy, which focuses on the science and practice of medication use. Fellowship in the ACCP honors those with a history of exemplary service and achievement in the pharmacy profession for at least 10 years.

Read more: “UM Pharmacy Faculty Members Named ACCP Fellows”


Wu Juggles Studies, Job and Leadership

Joanna WuOctober 5, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. –There’s no doubt that a student’s life is busy. Between class, studying and sleeping, sometimes the hours in a day can get away.

But for students with jobs, family responsibilities and extracurricular activities, time management can be especially tricky.

For School of Pharmacy student Joanna Wu, all of this—and more—is a reality. The second-year student pharmacist not only has to focus on the demands of classes, but she also helps her parents at their restaurant, Ming’s Kitchen, in Oxford.

Read more: “Wu Juggles Studies, Job and Leadership”


Mullins Named Independent Pharmacies Grant Recipient

Hoby MullinsOctober 4, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. –Hoby Mullins, a first-year student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, received a $1,000 grant from the 2017 EPIC Pharmacies student grant program.

EPIC Pharmacies is a national group of more than 1,400 independent pharmacies that annually provides grants to pharmacy students who plan to practice in independent pharmacy after graduation.

Read more: “Mullins Named Independent Pharmacies Grant Recipient”


September 2017

School of Pharmacy Expands Residency Program

September 29, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. –For recent pharmacy graduates looking to continue their education, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has expanded its residency program to five positions, with three focused in community pharmacy and two in ambulatory, or outpatient, care.

The expansion is partly due to an increased demand for residency opportunities. In 2017, 69 percent of the 6,027 pharmacy graduates nationwide who applied were accepted to a residency program, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Read more: “School of Pharmacy Expands Residency Program”


Alumna Chosen for Pharmacy Organization’s National Committee

Jordan Kelley headshotSeptember 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jordan Kelley, a 2017 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the first Ole Miss alumna to become a member at large of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s National Resident Advisory Committee.

During the 2017-18 cycle, she will develop programming and services for post-graduate pharmacy students. Kelley, who earned her Pharm.D. from UM in May, is a post-graduate student in a pharmacy residency program at the University of Kentucky.

Read more: “Alumna Chosen for Pharmacy Organization’s National Committee”


Jimmie Valentine Named 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

John Rimoldi presents Jimmie Valentine with awardSeptember 21, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jimmie Valentine, a 1968 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

Valentine holds degrees in both biology and chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in medicinal chemistry from the UM School of Pharmacy. Retiring from the University of Arkansas in 2008 after 19 years as a professor of pediatrics, pharmacology and myeloma research, Valentine is now a consultant in medical pharmacology and toxicology.

Read more: “Jimmie Valentine Named 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”


Endowment Will Provide Scholarships to Pharmacy Students

September 21, 2017

MOSS POINT, Miss. – Karen Redmond is seated on a swivel stool at the soda-fountain counter of Burnham Drugs in Moss Point, Mississippi, enjoying a plate lunch and a chocolate shake. The local woman and her husband, David, are regular customers of this timeless place.

With cozy red-vinyl booths, a checkered floor, Coke floats made with hand-dipped ice cream and servers who’ve never met a stranger, it could just as easily be 1950 as 2017.

“I love the hamburgers and my husband loves the ham sandwiches,” Redmond says. “I don’t know what it is that makes them so good.”

A cook who doesn’t mean to eavesdrop says in passing, “It’s the love we put in them.”

Read more: “Endowment Will Provide Scholarships to Pharmacy Students”


Pharmacy Administration Names Alumnus of the Year

Steve Blackwell accepts award from John BentleySeptember 18, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – On Wednesday, Sep. 13, the Department of Pharmacy Administration honored Steve Blackwell with its 2017 Alumnus of the Year award.

Blackwell earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the School of Pharmacy in 1998. For nearly the past 20 years, he has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Social Science Research Analyst with the Research and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Read more: “Pharmacy Administration Names Alumnus of the Year”


Pharmacy Professor Wins UM Faculty Achievement Award

September 7, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second consecutive year, a pharmacy professor has won the University of Mississippi’s Faculty Achievement Award.

Kristie Willett, chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology, was presented the 2017 award at the Aug. 25 fall faculty meeting.

“This is an amazing honor,” Willett said. “There are so many truly outstanding faculty at the University of Mississippi. I really appreciate the recognition, especially considering the accomplishments of the previous awardees, who are all people I have looked up to over my years here.”

Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Wins UM Faculty Achievement Award”


Pharmacy Alum’s Hometown Honors 60 Years of Service

Leroy Boatwright and his children at the street renaming ceremony.

September 6, 2017

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – For the few people in Millington, Tenn., who don’t know where Boatwright Pharmacy is, Leroy Boatwright can now give them directions using his own name.

 A 1949 graduate of the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy, Leroy Boatwright, now 91, opened his pharmacy in 1957. Last month, the city honored his service by renaming the street where the pharmacy has stood for 60 years to “Leroy Boatwright Street.”

Read more: “Pharmacy Alum’s Hometown Honors 60 Years of Service”


UM Cancer Institute Researchers Receive International Recognition

David Pasco (right), scientist at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, with his co-researchers

September 5, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – For two decades, David Pasco has pursued the discovery of plants that can enhance a person’s immune system.

Pasco, a pharmacognosist, is a longtime researcher and associate director of the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research and director of the Drug Discovery Core at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute.

Read more: “UM Cancer Institute Researchers Receive International Recognition”


State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors

September 4, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi professors from the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice were honored at the annual Mississippi Society for Health-System Pharmacists meeting.

Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor at the pharmacy school, was the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award winner, chosen for her outstanding service, collaboration and significant contributions to the profession.

Read more: “State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors”


August 2017

Staff Spotlight: Crystal Chancellor

Crystal Chancellor, program coordinator at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

August 30, 2017

Crystal Chancellor is a program coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice on the Jackson campus of the School of Pharmacy, where third-year pharmacy students take classes. She has been with the University of Mississippi since 2011.

Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Crystal Chancellor”


Faculty Profile: Jamie Stewart

Dr. Jamie Stewart, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

August 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jamie Stewart, associate professor of pharmacology in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, joined the faculty of the School of Pharmacy this summer after teaching at Mississippi State University.

Stewart earned a B.S. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Auburn University before completing post-doctoral internships in South…

Read more: “Faculty Profile: Jamie Stewart”


NCNPR Director Named Honorary Member of Pharmacognosy Society

Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research

August 18, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

Pharmacognosy, the study of medicinal drugs made from plants and other natural sources, is at the heart of Khan’s more-than-25-year career at the natural products…

Read more: “NCNPR Director Named Honorary Member of Pharmacognosy Society”


First Year Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats

August 15, 2017

 For 115 first-year pharmacy students, the school year unofficially began Thursday (Aug. 10) at the White Coat Ceremony, where each received his or her white coat, a symbol of professionalism.

The annual event is an opportunity to formally impart the seriousness of a pharmacist’s responsibility to new pharmacy students. The students will wear their white…

Read more: “First Year Pharmacy Students Receive White Coats”


NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University

August 10, 2017

The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Australia, making the NCNPR part of research collaborations on every inhabited continent.

The agreement will allow the two entities to work together on research and other scholarly…

Read more: “NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University”


Alumni Insight: Montez Carter, ‘98

Montez Carter, UM School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. class of 1998.

August 4, 2017

Montez Carter, UM School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. class of 1998, is the president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga., and the recently elected chair-elect of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. He will serve as chair-elect until November 2017, and then as chair the following year. The School of Pharmacy spoke with him about pharmacy’s role in his evolving career…

Read more: “Alumni Insight: Montez Carter, ‘98”


Pharmacy School and Diabetes Patients Collaborate on Research

August 2, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Capping off nearly a year of discussions with people who have diabetes and diabetes stakeholders across the state, researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy invited them all to a meeting in Oxford to generate diabetes research questions as part of a research initiative.

Researchers involved in the project, called “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management Research Collaborative: A Conference Series,” invited people with diabetes to a series of meetings throughout

Read more: “Pharmacy School and Diabetes Patients Collaborate on Research”


July 2017

Staff Spotlight: Sheri Conner

July 28, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Sheri Conner is the School of Pharmacy’s coordinator of clinical affairs on the school’s Jackson campus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She began her career at UM on the pharmacy school’s Oxford campus in 2010, and in 2011, had the opportunity to move to Jackson and serve in her current position.

School of Pharmacy: Can you talk about your background?

Sheri Conner: I have a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in business education. I started my teaching…

Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Sheri Conner”


Pharmacy Faculty: Marie Barnard

Marie Barnard, assistant professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

July 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Marie Barnard began work as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration on July 1, 2017.

Barnard most recently served as interim director of the UM Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. She has also worked as assistant dean in the UM School of Applied Sciences and executive director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.

Originally from Drexel Hill, Penn., she earned her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science from the School of Pharmacy

Read more: “Pharmacy Faculty: Marie Barnard”


School of Pharmacy Professor Retires After 32 Years of Service

Rachel Robinson, retiring assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice, and her grandchildren at her retirement ceremony in June 2017.

July 20, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Rachel Robinson, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, retired on June 30, 2017, after 32 years of teaching and mentoring at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

Robinson received both of her degrees from the UM pharmacy school, earning a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1978 and her Pharm.D. in 1997.

She began working at the School of Pharmacy in 1985 as a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacy…

Read more: “School of Pharmacy Professor Retires After 32 Years of Service”


Pharmacy Professor Honored with Educational Innovation Award

Jamie Wagner, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

July 18, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Jamie Wagner, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, received the 2017 Innovations in Continuing Pharmacy Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy at its annual meeting Sunday, July 16 in Nashville, Tenn.

The award honors an individual who develops and demonstrates an original technique to promote

Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Honored with Educational Innovation Award”


Pharmacy Friend: Cliff Osbon

Cliff Osbon, 2017-2018 president of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association

July 12, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Cliff Osbon is the president of Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., an independent specialty pharmacy provider in Flowood, Missisisppi. He is also the newly-installed president of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association.

Osbon graduated from University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy in 1984

Read more: “Pharmacy Friend: Cliff Osbon”


UM and Jackson State Partner to Further Pharmacy Education

July 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – In an effort to provide more opportunities for aspiring pharmacists, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and Jackson State University have collaborated to create the Preferred Admission Program, which offers qualified JSU students admission to

Read more: “UM and Jackson State Partner to Further Pharmacy Education”


Staff Spotlight: Kordarius Parker

Kordarius Parker works at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

July 7, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Kordarius Parker began as the new Records Coordinator for the School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in June 2017.

School of Pharmacy: Can you tell us about your background?

Kordarius Parker: I am a Mississippi native from a small ­­town called Goodman. I am the only…

Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Kordarius Parker”


June 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers

Dr. Kristie Willett won the 2017 Instructional Innovation Award at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy Faculty Retreat

June 19, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy recognized four professors and researchers for their excellence in and commitment to service, research and teaching at the annual faculty and research scientist retreat on June 15.

“Our faculty and scientists are consistently recognized externally for their efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “I was honored to present them with awards…

Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers”


NCNPR Director Wins Medicinal Plants Award

Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

June 16, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy, will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award in Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis and Standards from the Society for Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmaceutical Analysis.

The award recognizes Khan’s work at the NCNPR on quality assessment methods…

Read more: “NCNPR Director Wins Medicinal Plants Award”


Record Number of UM Pharmacy Students Matched with Residencies

June 7, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s 2017 graduating class included 31 graduates who will go on to complete a pharmacy residency – the largest number in school history.

Of those who applied for residencies, 72.5 percent were matched, compared to the national average of 69 percent, as reported by National Matching Service Inc.

Read more: “Record Number of UM Pharmacy Students Matched with Residencies”


Meet Lindsey Cooper, Early Entry Admissions Counselor

Lindsey Cooper, admissions counselor for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

June 5, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – On May 30th, 2017, the UM School of Pharmacy welcomed Lindsey Cooper as its new admissions counselor for Early Entry students. Originally from Fulton, Miss., Cooper graduated from Ole Miss in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and got her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Mississippi State in 2011. After six years as a guidance counselor at an elementary school, she spent a year in the Ole Miss Office of Admissions…

Read more: “Meet Lindsey Cooper, Early Entry Admissions Counselor”


Staff Spotlight: Lela Chalmers

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy administrative assistant Lela Chalmers

June 1, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Lela Chalmers is an administrative assistant in the Department of Pharmacy Administration. She has been at the School of Pharmacy since July of 2016…

Read more: “Staff Spotlight: Lela Chalmers”

 


May 2017

Pharmacy School Remembers Associate Dean Emeritus Charlie Hufford

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy associate dean emeritus research and graduate programs Charlie Hufford

May 17, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Charles D. Hufford, associate dean emeritus for research and graduate programs and professor emeritus of pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, died Monday (May 15) at the age of 72. His career at Ole Miss spanned 1972 to 2015.

Faculty and alumni remember him as an encouraging and effective leader who quietly supported the careers of many throughout his 43 years at the school. Colleagues called…

Read more: “Pharmacy School Remembers Associate Dean Emeritus Charlie Hufford”


Pharmacy Professor Inducted into Nelson Order

University of Mississippi Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs LouAnn Woodward inducts School of Pharmacy professor Josh Fleming into the Nelson Order for teaching excellence.

May 17, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – Joshua Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was inducted last week into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Named for the former vice chancellor for health affairs Norman C. Nelson, the award honors faculty at UMMC who demonstrate commitment to…

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How a Scholarship Became a Lifelong Bond for a UM Student and Alumnus

May 11, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Seven years ago, Jasmine Turner was a senior in high school trying to decide what her future held. A self-described, small-town girl from Tippo, Mississippi, Turner was unsure whether she wanted to stay close to home or go a bit further and attend Ole Miss. With dreams of attending pharmacy school, she chose the latter. But only one issue remained… paying for tuition. 

After reading about different scholarship opportunities, Turner applied for the “Ole Miss

Read more: “How a Scholarship Became a Lifelong Bond for a UM Student and Alumnus”


Pharmacy Professors Named Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Dr. Kim Adcock of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

May 11, 2017

OXFORD and JACKSON, Miss. – UM School of Pharmacy professors Kim Adcock, Robert Doerksen, Erin Holmes and John Rimoldi have been recognized as Distinguished Teaching Scholars for a three-year term beginning this year. This honor recognizes faculty members who have proven to be exceptional teachers and colleagues and who…

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Natural Products Center, USDA Team to Create Natural Insect Repellents

Research scientists work to find natural products that can be used as insect repellents at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

May 3, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – A decades-long partnership between the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit at USDA and the National Center for Natural Products Research at the UM School of Pharmacy is looking to nature to develop environmentally safe chemicals to manage pests.

The collaboration includes roughly a dozen research projects dedicated to creating natural agrochemicals, such as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Charles Cantrell, a research…

Read more: “USDA and NCNPR Partner to Create Natural Insect Repellents”


April 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet

April 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two Ole Miss chapters of pharmacy honors societies will co-host a banquet this Friday to initiate new members into both societies and recognize the outstanding academics and leadership of existing society members.

The UM chapter of the Rho Chi Society, which honors pharmacy academic achievement, will induct 22 second-year pharmacy students, 15 graduate students and two faculty members. Pharmacy students must be academically in the top 20% of their class to be considered for Rho Chi…

Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet”


UM School of Pharmacy Named Smart Financial Value

April 25, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was recently named one of the best financial values in the country among pharmacy programs in a study by personal finance and loan refinancing company SoFi.

The School of Pharmacy ranked twelfth nationwide based on the ratio of its graduates’ average salary to average student loan debt. The study used data from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy on first-year tuition and fees and student loan debt from…

Read more: “UM School of Pharmacy Named Smart Financial Value”


UM Pharmacy Students to Present at Veterinary Conference

Alexandria Gochenauer, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student, will speak at the 2017 Veterinary Pharmacy Conference.

April 21, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two UM School of Pharmacy students are to speak this weekend at the Annual Veterinary Pharmacy Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted by the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

Second-year pharmacy students Robert Ross and Alexandria Gochenauer, who are both interested in veterinary pharmacy, were recommended to speak at the April 20-22…

Read more: “UM Pharmacy Students to Present at Veterinary Conference”


Pharmacy Dean Shares School’s Dedication to Science

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Dean David D. AllenApril 20, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – As the April 22 March for Science approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the impact and potential of the scientific work that takes place around me at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. The research my colleagues conduct at the pharmacy school’s campuses in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is essential, life-saving work that reaches from residents in the Mississippi Delta without access to a pharmacy to those infected with malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The School of Pharmacy is fortunate to be home to the National Center for Natural Products Research, which seeks…

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Pharmacy Students Prepare for Rotations at Annual Conference

April 18, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – Third-year pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi will have the opportunity to meet their preceptors, or the professional pharmacists they’ll work with during their fourth-year rotations, at the annual Preceptor Conference on Thursday, April 19, at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

At the conference, students will be able to ask their preceptors questions to prepare for…

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Pharmacy Associate Dean to Lead to Pharmacy Publications Group

Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyApril 17, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Pharmacy, has been appointed as the chair of the board of directors of Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc. PPI oversees the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s publication, Pharmacotherapy. She succeeds Edith Nutescu, who served as the chair for two years.

“Dr. Nutescu provided extraordinary leadership as chair of the PPI board of directors,” Ross…

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School of Pharmacy Begins Clinical Study of Antimalarial Drug

April 11, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Research Clinic is looking for students and residents in the Oxford and Lafayette County area to participate in a clinical study for the antimalarial drug primaquine.

The World Health Organization lists primaquine as one of the safest and most essential medications in the world. The study begins later this month and will coincide with WHO’s…

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Pharmacy Professor Wins Prestigious Elsie M. Hood Teaching Award

John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of the 2017 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.April 11, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of the 2017 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

This award recognizes one Ole Miss professor each year who embodies teaching excellence and exceptional student engagement. Students and faculty submit letters of nomination, and honorees are usually nominated many times over before winning.

“I am deeply humbled to be in the company of past Elsie M. Hood award recipients, many of whom I…

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Alan McKay Named UM Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year

April 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Alan McKay, founding dean emeritus of the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, has been named the 2017 University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

McKay accepted the award April 8 at the annual School of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend banquet.

McKay completed his master’s and Ph.D. in health care administration, now called pharmacy…

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UM School of Pharmacy Prepares for Busy Weekend

April 5, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is gearing up for one of its biggest weekends of the year, as both alumni and students gather for a full slate of competition, fellowship and awards.

The school’s annual Alumni Weekend is set for Friday and Saturday (April 7-8), complete with class reunions, a golf tournament, a cookout and an awards banquet. Meanwhile, student teams will be facing off against one another in the annual…

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UM Natural Products Center Director Wins Prestigious Botanical Award

April 4, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississppi School of Pharmacy, was honored Monday (April 3) night with the 2016 Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award from the American Botanical Council.

The presentation came at the 17th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, hosted by NCNPR this week at the Oxford Conference Center.

The American Botanical Council focuses on using science-based and traditional information to promote and educate about the responsible use of herbal medicine. The Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder…

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March 2017

School of Pharmacy Hosts International Botanical Conference

March 31, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Oxford is again the destination for scientists and other visitors from around the world gathering to discuss the ancient, yet rapidly evolving, study of botanical medicines.

The 17th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is set for April 3-6 at the Oxford Conference Center. The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy…

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Pharmacy Student Wins Kappa Epsilon Foundation Scholarship

Alix Cawthon, student at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyMarch 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Alix Cawthon, a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Mississippi, is the winner of a Kappa Epsilon Zada M. Cooper Scholarship.

Kappa Epsilon is a professional pharmacy fraternity founded in 1921 with the mission to serve women pharmacists, and now champions women’s health issues. The fraternity’s Foundation promotes scholastic and professional advancement among its members with awards, fellowships and scholarships like the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship, a $750 award given to five students each year.

Cawthon became a member of the UM chapter of Kappa Epsilon as a sophomore in the Early Entry pharmacy program…

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UM Pharmacy Administrator Named APhA Fellow

Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyMarch 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is being named a 2017 fellow by the American Pharmacists Association this weekend.

The designation honors those with a history of exemplary service and achievement in the pharmacy profession for at least 10 years. Ross will receive the award Saturday (March 25) at the APhA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Ross is also a professor of pharmacy practice and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical…

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Rho Chi Hosts Annual Research Day

March 17, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy chapter of the Rho Chi Society, a pharmacy academic honor society, is hosting a research day on Mar. 21 for pharmacy students to present posters detailing their ongoing research. Judges will evaluate the posters and choose three winners from among the displays.

Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration at UM and treasurer of the chapter, said the event is a great way to learn about the pharmacy students’ research.

“I really enjoy seeing the diversity in their research,” Holmes said. “I think that summarizing their work into a poster and…

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Pharmacy Professor Volunteers for Heart Health

March 13, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. –Meagan Brown, UM School of Pharmacy clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, not only works to reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease in at-risk patients, she has also been a member for the past three years of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women organization that spreads awareness of the importance of heart health.

Through volunteering with Go Red for Women, Brown became part of the Jackson chapter of Circle of Red, a group associated with…

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UM Pharmacy Student Accepts Internship at Mayo Clinic

Anna Crider, student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, wins a summer 2017 internship at the Mayo Clinic.March 2, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Anna Crider, first-year UM pharmacy student, accepted a pharmacy inpatient summer internship through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester partner to allow interns exposure to clinical pharmacy while they gain a better understanding of the pharmacist’s role and intervention in the hospital setting.

“The course work and the rigor of it at our pharmacy school has really made me confident in my ability to say ‘Yes…

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February 2017

U.S. Pharmacopeia CEO to Deliver Hartman Memorial Lecture

Ronald Piervincenzi, 2017 Hartman lecturerFebruary 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ronald T. Piervincenzi, CEO of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, will deliver the 2017 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is set for 11 a.m. March 3 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Piervincenzi will discuss “Scientific Stewardship in the Age of Drug Resistance.”

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School of Pharmacy Partners to Create New Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. Narasimha Murthy, professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, in his labFebruary 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – As part of its roster of scientific research, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will join technology group STEERLife in a four-year collaborative project to revamp pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing

STEERLife designs, creates and implements technology and processes for improving the quality of pharmaceutical products. The company approached Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, and Michael Repka, professor and chair…

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Pharmacy Practice Professor Wins Mentoring Award

February 20, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been recognized by the American Pharmacists Association. She will receive APhA’s 2017 Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award.

The role of a preceptor is to mentor postgraduate student pharmacists in workplace situations. As part of the School of Pharmacy’s residency programs, Fleming, who is also a pharmacy practitioner, works alongside students…

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John Bentley Named Pharmacy Administration Chair

February 15, 2017

Pharmacy administration professor John Bentley became the chair of the Department of Pharmacy Administration in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy at the beginning of the spring semester.

Bentley received his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from the UM School of Pharmacy in 1998 and began working as an assistant professor in the department upon graduating. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Donna West-Strum, the previous chair, became one of…

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Pharmacy Professor Co-Authors Winning Paper

Meagen Rosenthal, University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy AdministrationFebruary 8, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Meagen Rosenthal, assistant professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, is co-author of a report that won the 2016 Best Paper award from the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

The paper, titled “Confronting inequities: A scoping review of the literature on pharmacist practice and health-related disparities,” reviews and summarizes research on interactions between pharmacists and patients from potentially marginalized groups, including illicit drug users...

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Wally Guess Remembered as ‘Superior Teacher and Outstanding Researcher’

Fourth dean of the School of Pharmacy Wally Guess

February 2, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Wallace L. “Wally” Guess, fourth dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, serving from 1971 to 1989, died Monday (Jan. 30).

A funeral service for Guess is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) at College Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at College Hill Cemetery.

Guess is remembered as a friendly, steady presence who was supportive to his faculty and dedicated…

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January 2017

Ikhlas Khan Becomes NCNPR Director

Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR director at the University of Mississippi School of PharmacyJanuary 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan became director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy on Jan. 1.

After receiving his doctorate in pharmacy from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich Germany, Khan joined the School of Pharmacy in 1988 as a postdoctoral research fellow and became NCNPR’s associate director in 2015. Founded in 1995, NCNPR is one of the

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Kristie Willett Named Chair of Department of BioMolecular Sciences

Kristie Willett was named the chair of BioMolecular Sciences at Ole Miss Pharmacy January 12, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Kristine Willett, professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology, has been chosen as chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

Several members of the department nominated Willett, a native of Wooster, Ohio, as a candidate for the position and encouraged her to pursue the opportunity. The Department of…

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Pharmacy School Seeks Input for Diabetes Self-Management Project

January 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are inviting health care professionals from the Oxford, Saltillo and Charleston areas to help brainstorm research questions for a study on diabetes self-management.
The project, titled “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management Research Collaborative: A Conference Series,” will build on research that shows improvement in the health of diabetes patients when they are able to…

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