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Core Value: Creativity

Posted on: June 17th, 2018 by herman

June 19, 2018

This is part two of an eight-part series, as the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy focuses on its eight core values.

“The values we uphold are the heart of who we are, the Ole Miss Pharmacy phamily, a community of educators, researchers and student pharmacists working together for our community, our patients and our profession.” –Dean David D. Allen

Learn more about the mission, vision and core values of Ole Miss Pharmacy:

Creativity:  We seek to encourage and support resourcefulness, originality, imagination, ingenuity, and vision in our students, faculty, and staff.

Student pharmacist Miranda Craft on creativity…

Miranda Craft“By nature, I love being creative.  My hobbies include painting and calligraphy, but I also have a science and math mind.  While I have been a student here at the pharmacy school, I have seen the ways that a pharmacist can be creative.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I want to combine these two areas, and I am really starting to lean more towards the research and drug development side of things.  I would love for my creativity to shine through in my research.  I still want patient interaction, so I think clinical trial work would be cool.”


Creativity at Ole Miss Pharmacy…

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”

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

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 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”

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”

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”

View more of our core values series

Week of June 11: Collaboration

Week of June 18: Creativity

Week of June 25: Excellence

Week of July 2: Knowledge

Week of July 9: Leadership

Week of July 16: Learning

Week of July 23: Learning

Week of July 30: Professionalism

Week of August 6: Social Responsibility