May 17, 2013
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy classses recognized their outstanding teachers and preceptors during awards day and commencement ceremonies this spring.
May 16, 2013
Two Doctor of Pharmacy graduates have been selected by their peers to be inducted into the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Hall of Fame.
Miranda Jordan of Jackson and Laura Luther of Hattiesburg were inducted into the Hall of Fame during recent commencement ceremonies. They were recognized for their significant scholastic and professional contributions to the school.
May 13, 2013
When it comes to illicit drugs, especially marijuana, Mahmoud A. ElSohly has tests to reveal how potent they are, whether they are contaminated, from where they might have come and whether someone is using them.
When it comes to legal drugs, ElSohly has a knack for formulating new ones. His name is on 31 patents issued in this country and abroad, and on 23 more pending patents. Companies have licensed several of those formulations, which include a prophylactic treatment for poison ivy dermatitis, compounds for treating malaria and cancer, and precursors to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for treating a variety of conditions.
May 9, 2013
The world's oceans are filled with diverse plant and animal life that promise to yield new drugs and other products that could dramatically improve quality of life. Scientists are studying potential sources of these products, but the research can be challenging.
Marc Slattery, professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi, presented a seminar on this topic May 2 at the United Nations Intersessional Workshop on Marine Genetic Resources in New York.
May 7, 2013
For almost 20 years the Frist Student Service Award has recognized University of Mississippi employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate their commitment to students.
Two of these employees, Marvin C. Wilson, associate dean for academic and student affairs at the School of Pharmacy, and Amy Saxton, operations supervisor for summer school and online programs at the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, are being presented with this award for their exceptional service.
April 22, 2013
Kenneth A. Jacobson, chief of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry and the Molecular Recognition Section at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will deliver the Department of Medicinal Chemistry's ninth annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture.
Free and open to the public, the April 30 lecture is set for 11 a.m. in Room 1000 of the Thad Cochran Research Center. Jacobson plans to discuss "Structure-Based Discovery of Novel Ligands of GPCRs: Focus on Adenosine and P2Y Receptors."
April 19, 2013
According to the World Health Organization, malaria kills an estimated 660,000 people worldwide, most of them children under five years old living in the tropics of sub-Saharan Africa. More than 200 million cases occur each year, most of which are never tested, registered or treated.
To energize the world's commitment to fight malaria and continue investing in malaria prevention, treatment and control, the WHO instituted World Malaria Day in 2007. This year, it is set for April 25.
April 18, 2013
Khaled Elokely, a doctoral student in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi, was selected third runner-up in a research-based competition sponsored by the American Chemical Society. He presented his winning project at the society's April 7-11 spring meeting in New Orleans.
Called "Teach-Discover-Treat," the competition involved creating computational chemistry tutorials that can be used for education and discovering drugs to treat diseases neglected by pharmaceutical companies.
April 16, 2013
Seven students associated with the School of Pharmacy, as well as the school's dean, David D. Allen, were initiated Thursday (April 11) into the University of Mississippi chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society during a ceremony in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
April 9, 2013
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's National Center for Natural Products Research is hosting the 12th annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals April 15-18.
The conference draws scientists from around the world to discuss medicinal plants and dietary supplements as well as the latest research innovations in such areas as natural products chemistry, pharmacognosy and botanicals.
April 8, 2013
Pharmacists can play a major role in educating the public about health care issues, a concept that University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students often learn and practice. Embracing this concept, Emily Carrell of West Salem, Wis., is creating a series of community discussions on health issues.
Free and open to the public, the Community Health Café series is begins Thursday, April 11, from 6-7 p.m. at Oxford's Lusa Café. The series provides an opportunity for community members to learn about and discuss health issues in a relaxed environment.
April 8, 2013
Lois Margaret Nora, president and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to deliver the 2013 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture on April 12 at the University of Mississippi.
Sponsored by the UM School of Pharmacy, the 2013 Hartman Memorial Lecture begins at noon in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Nora's lecture is titled, "Leadership During Transformation: An Imperative for Healthcare Professionals."
April 4, 2013
By design and its very nature and purpose, the new Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden complex at the University of Mississippi is the "greenest" facility on its Oxford campus.
Energy-efficient features of the complex's new structures include natural lighting, a 20,000-gallon tank to collect rainwater running off the roofs and green "walls" of climbing medicinal plants to shade its laboratory building in summer. The complex also boasts construction that complies with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly known as LEED, building practices.
April 3, 2013
University of Mississippi pharmacy professor S. Narasimha Murthy is taking pharmaceutical research to new heights.
Since earning his Ph.D. in 2003, Murthy has published more than 75 research papers about drug-delivery methods. Forty of those papers have been published since joining the Ole Miss faculty six years ago.
March 20, 2013
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will honor three alumni for their outstanding careers and commitment to service during the school's Alumni Weekend awards banquet this Saturday.
The school's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Akerman native D. Montez Carter, and Wendy I. McKinney and John A. McKinney of Moss Point will share the school's 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
March 14, 2013
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will host its first Community Pharmacy Forum to bring pharmacists, educators and students together to discuss the state of community pharmacy April 1 in Jackson.
Sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, the event will be held on the UM Medical Center campus in the Pharmacy Building's Wells Auditorium. The session will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude with lunch at 1 p.m.
March 13, 2013
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will provide free health screenings during the month of March in conjunction with its Million Hearts Initiative partnership.
The screenings will provide information about patients' personal risk factors for heart disease and stroke, as well as information on heart-healthy behaviors.
March 11, 2013
On behalf of health care teams in Yazoo City and Canton, University of Mississippi pharmacy faculty members traveled to Arlington, Va., to accept two awards presented by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, or PSPC.
The two Integrated Medication Management Services awards are for improving the health and safety of diabetic patients by integrating medication therapy management, or MTM, services into care provided at the G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center in both Yazoo City and Canton.
March 7, 2013
Students at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are taking action to educate high school students about diabetes.
"It's no secret that Mississippi is the highest-ranked state for people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes," said Ashley Hale, a student in her second professional year of pharmacy school, or PY2. "We think the best way to increase awareness and prevent more cases of Type 2 diabetes in our state is to reach out to young people."
March 4, 2013
The School of Pharmacy is inviting all its graduates to return to the Oxford campus March 22-23 for Pharmacy Weekend 2013, which includes a mix of class reunions, golf, continuing education and presentation of alumni awards.
Celebrating reunions in conjunction with the event are the school's classes of 1963,'73,'83, '88 and '93, and the Pharm.D. Class of 2003.
March 1, 2013
Sidra Sarker, in only her first professional year of pharmacy school at the University of Mississippi, will advance to a national patient counseling competition after winning a local competition sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.
"It is truly a great honor to be representing the School of Pharmacy in a national competition," Sarker said. "I never imagined that I would qualify for this competition, but I am so grateful to have the opportunity. I know that I have significantly less experience in the field of patient counseling as compared to other students, but I am glad that my enthusiasm for the patient encounter can be observed."
February 28, 2013
It's not often that a dozen of a community's published authors gather for a book launch, but that's exactly what happened when retired University of Mississippi pharmacy professor Ronald F. Borne's latest book made its debut.
"It was a damn magical night," said Neil White, who published Borne's Beginnings & Ends, a compilation of the first and last lines of works penned by 29 Oxford writers whom Borne considers friends or acquaintances.
February 27, 2013
The original Oliver Drug Store in Whitehaven, Tenn., holds a special place in the hearts of siblings Steve Oliver, Anita Drury and JoAnne Oliver. Established by their father, Joseph G. "Joe" Oliver, the store had an old-fashioned soda fountain, cosmetics counter and sections with toys and gifts.
Many of the siblings' fondest memories of the store are connected with its soda fountain, where their mother, Martha, often worked. As a child, Anita, a 1981 graduate of the University of the Mississippi, liked to spend her time sitting on the fountain's round, spinning stools.
February 26, 2013
Donna West-Strum, chair of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, has been elected as chair-elect of the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," West-Strum said. "This position will allow me to support the profession and to work with colleagues across the country. It also brings visibility to the School of Pharmacy here at Ole Miss. I am thankful to my family and colleagues for their support."
February 19, 2013
Mallory Washington of Water Valley is pursuing a pharmacy degree at the University of Mississippi with hopes of practicing in a health care setting, such as a children's hospital. "Helping children is my passion," said Washington, who has worked with children through church-related activities. "After I earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, my dream is to work somewhere like St. Jude or LeBonheur children's hospitals."
Washington is also the seventh recipient of the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship, which was established to pay tribute to the life of Joey Embry, an Ole Miss student and an offensive lineman on the Rebel football squad. Embry drowned in 1998, but not before he, too, built a legacy of caring for others.
February 18, 2013
Three graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology were awarded top prizes in a recent student poster competition sponsored by the Ole Miss section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Pharmacology students Krishna Nagalla and Monica S. Gole won first and second prizes, respectively. Pranapda Aumsuwan, also a pharmacology student, tied with Praneeth Reddy, a chemistry graduate student, for third place.
February 18, 2013
Recognized for her outstanding work with pediatric infectious diseases and commitment to student mentorship, University of Mississippi pharmacy alumna Ashley Crumby has been named the 2013 American Pharmacists Association Distinguished New Practitioner.
"This is such exciting news," Crumby said. "I've been a member of APhA for a really long time and I'm so humbled that they chose me as the Distinguished New Practitioner. It also humbles me that my fellow coworkers appreciated me enough to nominate me for this award."
February 14, 2013
The University of Mississippi schools of Pharmacy and Nursing have developed a collaborative health care simulation program that is unique among university liberal arts campuses.
"Patient simulation is increasingly used in health care education today, and we have a great opportunity for nursing and pharmacy students to work and learn together on our Oxford campus," said Matthew Strum, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice.
February 14, 2013
A University of Mississippi pharmacy professor has been elected a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for his pioneering work on hot-melt extrusion, a technology which is shaping advanced manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Michael A. Repka, professor and chair of pharmaceutics, was nominated for fellowship status by a retired pharmaceutical industry executive.
February 8, 2013
Andrew Smelser has a passion for helping students succeed.
"It's a really great experience to see students enjoy Ole Miss and really thrive in our program, especially those that you help to recruit," said Smelser, a native of Owens Cross Roads, Ala. who is enrolled in the third year of the University of Mississippi's early entry pharmacy program.
February 7, 2013
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has received a $50,000 Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project, or Community PREP, grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.
"The number of students seeking residency opportunities in their first post-graduate year increased 13 percent last year, and this number is expected to increase," said Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs for the school.
February 6, 2013
Krutika Jariwala, a UM graduate student pursing a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration, recently published a paper on electronic prescribing in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
"I am extremely thrilled about the acceptance of my paper and am honored to have it published in such a competitive and prestigious journal," Jariwala said.
February 4, 2013
Because of his exceptional teaching talent and kind spirit, Thomas R. Brown's influence on his students continues long after their classes with him are over.
"As a person, Dr. Brown is a wonderful friend, someone you can always call on for help, guidance and support," said Burnis Breland (BSPh 74, MS 76), director of pharmacy at The Medical Center Inc. in Columbus, Ga. "As a professional and a scholar, he is the epitome of a mentor."
January 25, 2013
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to quickly grasp what a University of Mississippi professor's research could mean to the millions of people addicted to hardcore narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and morphine.
School of Pharmacy faculty member Christopher R. McCurdy has made it his mission to find and develop compounds to unlock the shackles that bind people to addictive drugs.
January 24, 2013
Scientists at the University of Mississippi are receiving national recognition for their research on the immune-enhancing effects of echinacea.
David S. Pasco, assistant director of UM's National Center for Natural Products Research, presented a poster on this research in December at the National Institutes of Health.
January 9, 2013
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the University of Mississippi have entered into a Strategic Inter-Institutional Partnership Agreement that creates a range of collaborative research and innovation commercialization initiatives, including marine biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, single cell genomics technology, aquatic optical flow cytometry and bioinformatics, among other emerging research fields.
"The agreement establishes a framework that facilitates collaborative R&D activities between our two institutions across a broad spectrum of shared interests," said Mark Bloom, Bigelow director of corporate alliances and technology transfer.
January 2, 2013
David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been selected by his peers as chair-elect of the Council of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
"I've been involved with AACP for years, and being elected to chair the Council of Deans is a tremendous honor for me," Allen said. "I am very excited about my new role and looking forward to working with the council to positively impact pharmacy education."
December 15, 2012
An innovative delivery method for tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis, is being developed at the University of Mississippi.
School of Pharmacy faculty members Michael A. Repka, Soumyajit Majumdar and Mahmoud A. ElSohly have developed a transmucosal THC patch to overcome problems related to taking the drug in pill form. The patch is administered above the gum line."
December 14, 2012
Robert Salmon opened a drugstore, Southern Discount Drugs, across the street from a clinic in Charleston in 1980. Fifteen years later, he and his pharmacy technician began packaging diabetic testing supplies in a back room of the drugstore and mailing them to patients.
Since then, the University of Mississippi alumnus has moved that once-small diabetic supply business three times to accommodate ever-expanding services, inventory and employees and grown that back-room operation into Tallahatchie County's third-largest employer. The Diabetic Shoppe has an economic impact of $13 million annually.
December 14, 2012
A University of Mississippi pharmacognosy professor has been awarded a $1.6 million Research Project Grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct studies on potential drugs for hepatitis C.
"There is a significant need for new drugs to treat hepatitis C," said Mark T. Hamann, principal investigator on the project. "Based on recent data suggesting that endophytes are actively involved in the biosynthesis of established drugs, we are focusing on the bacteria and fungi that live inside the tissues of plants."
November 27, 2012
Two students from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are scheduled to compete in a national clinical skills competition.
"This is a great opportunity to use all the theoretical knowledge we gained from years of pharmacy education and apply it to patient cases," said Eugene Lukienko, who is enrolled in the fourth year of UM's professional pharmacy program. "It will give us the chance to represent our school and to show our competitiveness to other teams. I believe with enthusiasm, initiative and a great clinical skills experience, anything is possible."
November 19, 2012
A University of Mississippi pharmacy professor is working to shape health care in Mississippi by serving on the Mississippi Division of Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.
"It is our job to make sure that the Medicaid population is utilizing their drugs in the most effective way possible so they receive the greatest health benefit," said Allison Bell, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. "We want to be sure that the medications are being used correctly and that they are cost-effective."
November 9, 2012
The School of Pharmacy and its National Center for Natural Products Research hosted a campus-wide research poster session Thursday to encourage discussion and collaboration in the university's scientific community.
"Since completing our Research Visioning process, which served to identify our research strengths and target areas, highlighting our scientific enterprise has been a high priority for the School of Pharmacy," said David D. Allen, the school's dean. "This expanded poster session was an outcome of that process and a wonderful way to engage our students, faculty and research scientists about their current interests and projects."
November 9, 2012
Courtney Davis, who is working to demonstrate how pharmacists play an important role in diabetes care, was invited to discuss the topic at the American Diabetes Association's recent fifth annual Disparities Partnership Forum in Washington, D.C.
At the Oct. 22-23 forum, the University of Mississippi clinical assistant professor of pharmacy presented a poster about her involvement with Project IMPACT: Diabetes, a national multi-site demonstration project supported by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. The project's goal is to improve diabetes care in underserved communities, such as the Mississippi Delta.
November 1, 2012
If Mary Claire Jarrell could use just one word to describe David McCaffrey, a University of Mississippi professor of pharmacy administration, it would be "encouraging."
"Throughout my tenure at Ole Miss, Dr. McCaffrey has been my support system and the one faculty member I knew I could go to with any question or concern," said Jarrell, a pharmacy student in her first professional year. "It is very noticeable that Dr. McCaffrey loves his job and the people he is surrounded by on a daily basis. He makes his students feel like they are the most important thing in his day."
October 31, 2012
The University of Mississippi and its School of Pharmacy have received a five-year, $10 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, grant from the National Institutes of Health.
"This is an exciting time for the School of Pharmacy and the University of Mississippi," said David D. Allen, the pharmacy school's dean. "The COBRE grant will allow us to further our mission of researching natural products neuroscience. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of what we have achieved so far in our program."
October 23, 2012
The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation selected Samantha Arrants to receive a Presidential Scholarship and recognized her at an awards ceremony Sunday, Oct. 14, during NCPA's annual convention in San Diego.
The University of Mississippi pharmacy student received an award certificate during the ceremony, and her School of Pharmacy dean will receive a $2,000 check for her tuition and books. The NCPA Foundation also provided Arrants with complimentary conference registration and a stipend for her travel expenses.
October 16, 2012
More than 100 leaders from pharmacy practice, academia, industry and various organizations were recently invited to participate in a conference on pharmacy accreditation standards. David D. Allen, dean of the UM School of Pharmacy, was one of those leaders.
"It was a privilege to be invited as a participant for this conference," Allen said. "Accreditation is such an important part of pharmacy education and it was wonderful to be able to discuss the next iteration of the standards by which our programs will be measured."
October 15, 2012
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy has selected Barbara G. Wells, professor and dean emeritus of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, as its 2012 Paul F. Parker Medalist and will honor her Oct. 21, during the opening session of its annual meeting in Hollywood, Fla.
Wells was nominated for the Parker Medal because of her commitment to developing leaders within the pharmacy profession. Named for one of clinical pharmacy's most influential proponents, the Parker Medal recognizes those who have helped improve or expand the pharmacy profession, said ACCP Executive Director Michael S. Maddux.
October 15, 2012
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has recognized four faculty members for excellence in research, instructional innovation and service.
The awards, announced during the school's recent annual fall faculty retreat, went to Jordan Zjawiony, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the university's Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Rahul Khanna, assistant professor of pharmacy administration and research assistant professor in RIPS; Robert Doerksen, associate professor of medicinal chemistry; and Michael Warren, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice.
October 12, 2012
Current technology has given community pharmacies a unique opportunity to reinvent the way they do business, and an Oct. 19 workshop is set to show Mississippi pharmacists a system that can change their traditional model.
"Community pharmacy is at a crossroads," said Benjamin F. Banahan, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. "We need to move community pharmacy from the traditional model of dispensing product to a patient-care model."
October 9, 2012
Jillian Foster (BSPh 02, PharmD 04, MBA 08) of Oxford will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, one of the Alumni Association's highest annual honors, as part of Homecoming 2012.
The award recognizes alumni who have shown exemplary leadership throughout their first 15 years of alumni status in both their careers and dedication to Ole Miss.
October 3, 2012
Student members of the University of Mississippi chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists recently got some hands-on experience while helping to raise awareness of immunizations.
"Working with Operation Immunization was a great learning experience," said Kayla Hawkins, a second-year professional student and APhA-ASP vice president of clinical affairs. "I was able to interact with my patients and learn the proper technique of giving an immunization."
September 27, 2012
The School of Pharmacy is presenting its first Wellness Week (Oct. 1-5), a series of events designed to raise awareness of wellness among pharmacy students.
"The purpose of Wellness Week is to promote all aspects of wellness in our student population," said Chelsea Bennett, assistant dean of student services for the school. "It can be so easy for our students to get caught up in the rigors of the curriculum, so we want to make sure that they know how important it is to take time out for themselves, as well. We also want our students to be aware of all the resources that are available to them on and off campus."
September 25, 2012
Margaret Murphree was a firm believer in the importance of education.
"My mother believed in education, both as a means of improving one's self and as a way to get ahead in life," said Robert Murphree, Margaret's son and a University of Mississippi alumnus. "I largely owe my own education to my mother's persistence and encouragement."
September 20, 2012
A form of pterostilbene, a compound found naturally in blueberries, reduces blood pressure in adults, according to results of a clinical trial presented today at the American Heart Association's 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research in Washington, D.C.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted by University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine researchers to determine whether pterostilbene (tero-STILL-bean), an ingredient being marketed as pTeroPure®, improves cardiovascular health.
September 17, 2012
Scientists are discovering more about the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States: marijuana.
September 10, 2012
A University of Mississippi researcher has been honored for his research leadership by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, known as CFSAN.
Ikhlas A. Khan, assistant director of the UM School of Pharmacy's National Center for Natural Products Research and director of its FDA Center for Excellence in Botanicals, received the CFSAN Director's Special Citation Award for his "outstanding leadership, dedication and teamwork in support of CFSAN's dietary supplement and cosmetics regulatory programs."
September 6, 2012
In a state that has the nation's highest mortality rate from cardiovascular disease, or CVD, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is doing its part to assist with prevention by conducting community health fairs in key areas across the state.
September 06, 2012
Drs. Catherine Black and Rosemary Call are the most recent graduates of the School of Pharmacy's Community Pharmacy Residency Program, which is designed to advance Doctor of Pharmacy graduates' patient care, patient care services, practice management, and research and teaching skills.
August 31, 2012
To drive research collaboration and focus within the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, as well as the broader university and its Medical Center in Jackson, the pharmacy school has developed a Research Visioning Strategic Plan.
Its missions range from drug discovery to public health research.
August 28, 2012
For their ongoing commitment to students and pharmacy education, two School of Pharmacy faculty members were in May inducted into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
August 17, 2012
A record-breaking 112 pharmacy students received their white coats during an Aug. 9 ceremony at the University of Mississippi's Ford Center for Performing Arts.
The UM School of Pharmacy ceremony, a decade-old tradition, marked completion of the students' pre-pharmacy curriculum and their entry into the first year of the school's professional program, known as PY1.
July 20, 2012
Recognized for her dedication to community pharmacy, University of Mississippi pharmacy professor Ashley Ellis has been named a member of the inaugural class for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation's Faculty Scholars Program.
Whether Through Pharmacy, Art or Public Speaking, UM Alum Larry Wamble Finds Way to Connect with People
July 13, 2012
Larry Wamble and his wife were hopping from one nightspot to the next, sampling the music and visiting with acquaintances on a brisk November day in 1995. While huffing their way up the steep hill from the Gin to Proud Larry's and the Oxford Square, she said, "Wouldn't it be great if all our favorite nightspots were in one block? It would be 'The perfect block.'"
The comment sparked Wamble, who has "always been able to draw things, even from the time someone put that first fat crayon in my hand," to incorporate all those lively landmarks into a piece of art titled "The Perfect Block."
June 28, 2012
David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2012 University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate Program Alumnus for the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Allen, who received both his bachelor's and Ph.D. from the UK College of Pharmacy, will be honored at the college's annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development, set for Sept. 20.
May 23, 2012
As children growing up in Pascagoula, Kenny Clark and his sister, Rhonda Clark, experienced firsthand the golden age of the small-town drugstore – those idyllic days of cherry Cokes served from soda fountains, milkshakes in tall, curved glasses and a kindly, wise pharmacist who knew every customer by name.
For Rhonda and Kenny, that pharmacist was their father, McKinley Clark, a 1960 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. And when they grew up, they wanted to be just like him.
May 21, 2012
Doctor of Pharmacy students Katie Sims of Athens, Ala., and Scott Hicks of New Albany were inducted into the Hall of Fame for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy during recent commencement ceremonies.
They were selected by their classmates for their significant scholastic and professional contributions to the school.
May 16, 2012
This year's graduating classes at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recognized their outstanding teachers during spring commencement and awards program ceremonies.
Students in the first year of the pharmacy program, or PY1 chose Soumyajit Majumdar, associate professor of pharmaceutics, as their Teacher of the Year. PY4 students graduating with Doctor of Pharmacy degrees selected Bridgett H. Chisolm, pharmacy manager at the UM Medical Center, to receive the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year award and G. Phillip Ayers, chief of clinical pharmacy services at Baptist Health System in Jackson, as their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year.
May 11, 2012
Two scientists from the University of Mississippi recently spoke at the U.S. Capitol about the university's scientific and technological advances in the field of malaria research.
"Malaria research is important because it causes close to 1 million deaths every year," said Babu Tekwani, principal scientist and professor of pharmacology for the UM School of Pharmacy's National Center for Natural Products Research. "Half of the globe is under the risk of getting exposed to malaria."
May 5, 2012
Pharmaceutics International Inc. has made a gift to the University of Mississippi to support pharmaceutical education for graduate students and create a center devoted to research related to hot melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies.
The Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology will collaborate with private industry, government agencies and other universities to conduct research aimed at developing novel, cost-effective, patient-friendly and efficacious formulations for delivering new and existing pharmaceutical products.
April 30, 2012
Christopher R. McCurdy wonders if his plate could get any fuller. The University of Mississippi pharmacy professor has spent the year planning the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' 2012 annual meeting.
McCurdy is co-chair of AAPS's program committee and is responsible for securing the meeting's keynote speaker, as well as speakers for its plenary sessions. Along with the committee chair, he is also overseeing all of the scientific and programming logistics of hosting nearly 5,000 members at the Chicago meeting.
April 23, 2012
Andrew Loeffler, a student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is among a handful of students selected from around the country to work at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., this fall.
The New Jersey native will be working in the FDA's Division of Nonprescription Regulation Development, which oversees over-the-counter, or OTC, products.
April 16, 2012
Diane B. Ginsburg, immediate past president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is to deliver the 2012 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture on Friday (April 20) at the University of Mississippi.
Ginsburg plans to discuss "Practice Beyond the White Coat: Staying Focused on What Matters" at 11 a.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts. The lecture, sponsored by the UM School of Pharmacy, is free and open to the public.
April 12, 2012
Two of six students selected to work at the headquarters of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation's capital this fall are from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
Robin Parker and John Michael Segars, both enrolled in the third year of the professional pharmacy program at Ole Miss, were selected from applicants across the country and are looking forward to acquiring association management experience.
April 10, 2012
Thanks to the generosity of the late Madeline O. Sciacca of Slidell, La., who remembered her alma mater in her will, generations of pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi will receive scholarship support.
Sciacca, who obtained her pharmacy degree from UM in 1953, left $400,000 to the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy to create the Madeline Occhipinti Sciacca Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
April 9, 2012
Scientists from around the world will convene in Oxford to discuss botanical quality and safety issues during the 11th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, set for April 16-19 at the Oxford Conference Center.
The conference is hosted by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
April 4, 2012
Three University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy alumni were honored for their outstanding careers and contributions to the school during Pharmacy Alumni Weekend (March 30-31).
Recipients of the school's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Kristie Gholson of Tupelo, William B. Harlan of Brandon and Richard Allen Jackson Sr. of Sarasota, Fla.
March 28, 2012
Michael Owens, director of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is set to deliver the annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Mississippi.
The lecture, at 11 a.m. April 10 in the Thad Cochran Research Center auditorium, is free and open to the public. Owens plans to discuss "Therapeutic Antibodies for the Treatment of Addiction – At the Interface of Chemistry and Biology."
March 26, 2012
Hapten Sciences Inc. of Memphis, Tenn., has licensed a compound developed by ElSohly Laboratories Inc. and University of Mississippi pharmaceutical researchers to prevent reactions to poison ivy, oak and sumac.
The compound, HPT-721, is being developed for the prevention of contact dermatitis secondary to poison ivy, oak and sumac. The molecule contains chemical derivatives of urushiol (u-ROO-she-ol), the oily substance in the plants that causes dermatitis.
March 22, 2012
An international expert on dietary supplements and pharmacognosy professor at the University of Mississippi has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Hamdard University in New Delhi.
Ikhlas A. Khan, who also serves as assistant director of the UM School of Pharmacy's National Center for Natural Products Research and director of its FDA Center for Excellence in Botanicals, received the honorary Doctor of Letters during recent ceremonies in India.
March 19, 2012
Last year's graduating class of pharmacists at the University of Mississippi was perfect – literally. Every one of the May 2011 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination on their first attempt.
The perfect score is part of a report posted on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website. The report, which includes pass rates for all accredited schools and colleges of pharmacy over the past five years, also reveals that UM School of Pharmacy graduates' cumulative pass rate is the nation's fifth-highest and the Southeastern Conference's second-highest.
March 12, 2012
Laurin Dixon, a student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a Taro Research Foundation Scholarship.
The $5,000 award is part of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation's student scholarship program, which supports development of future leaders in the chain community pharmacy industry and recognizes students with a strong interest in pursuing careers in chain community practice.
March 7, 2012
More than 60 players and some two dozen sponsors of last spring's University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Scholarship Golf Tournament raised more than $17,000.
Officials of the pharmacy school and the UM Alumni Association are hoping for a repeat performance at the 2012 tournament, because proceeds from it could fully endow a scholarship created by the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter with proceeds from two previous tourneys.
March 1, 2012
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is inviting all its graduates to return to the Oxford campus March 30-31 for Pharmacy Weekend 2012.
Celebrating their class reunions in conjunction with the event are the school's 1962, '72, '82, '87, '92 and 2002 graduates.
February 27, 2012
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy celebrated the completion of a new education and research building on the campus of the UM Medical Center with a dedication ceremony Thursday (Feb. 23).
The new facility gives the Oxford-based school a central home in Jackson.
February 20, 2012
University of Mississippi pharmacy students look forward to being able to stay in closer touch with classmates when they relocate to Jackson, thanks to a new facility being dedicated this week at the UM Medical Center.
The School of Pharmacy dedicates its new education and research building at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23). Instead of dividing their time between the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center, the School of Medicine and other locations at UMMC, pharmacy students and faculty are all housed under the same roof in the new structure on the Medical Center campus.
February 15, 2012
A National Institutes of Health official will deliver the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH, will address the role of pharmaceutical scientists in health outcomes. The lecture is free and open to the public.
February 6, 2012
With funding from Walgreens, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is continuing an initiative that is dramatically increasing diversity among its student body.
The funds enable the school to provide students at Jackson's Murrah High School and Bailey Magnet High School with opportunities to learn about the pharmacy profession and to allocate a scholarship to one of those students. This is the third consecutive year that Walgreens has provided support for the program.
January 30, 2012
A University of Mississippi faculty member is among 18 recipients of New Investigator Awards announced today by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Rahul Khanna, assistant professor of pharmacy administration and research assistant professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will use the award to study the relationship between the health and well-being of caregivers of autistic children and the emotional and physical stress they experience.
January 4, 2012
Michael A. Repka, chair of pharmaceutics at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the new vice chair of the Formulation Design and Development Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Repka was elected vice-chair in October during AAPS's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. His election – a precursor to terms as chair-elect, chair and past-chair – represents a four-year commitment.
December 27, 2011
The University of Pittsburgh has named Mahmoud A. ElSohly, a University of Mississippi researcher, as one of its 16 new Legacy Laureates, alumni recognized for their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments.
ElSohly, a professor of pharmaceutics in the UM School of Pharmacy and research professor in the school's National Center for Natural Products Research, "has commanded a distinguished career in biochemical pharmacology," said a Pitt news release.
December 20, 2011
For its life-changing work in 12 Delta communities, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has won the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's 2011-12 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award.
AACP presents the award annually to one pharmacy school that not only demonstrates a major commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research but also serves as an example of social responsiveness for others.
December 15, 2011
Scientists at the University of Mississippi, together with colleagues at a number of other institutions around the country, have developed new resources poised to unlock yet another door in the hidden garden of medicinally important compounds found in plants.
The resources were developed by the Medicinal Plant Consortium, led by Joe Chappell, professor of plant biochemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. They grew out of a $6 million initiative from the National Institutes of Health to study how the genes of plants contribute to production of various chemical compounds, some of which are medicinally important.
|Richard and Barbara Wells|
December 8, 2011
After more than a decade as dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Barbara Wells, 66, is retiring to spend more time with her family and pursue some long-delayed interests.
Wells became UM's pharmacy dean in summer 2001. Under her leadership, the school's facilities have been greatly improved and expanded, its curriculum has been revised, its research enterprise has nearly doubled and its programs have become more nationally and internationally prominent.
November 19, 2011
The Department of Pharmacy Administration in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy reached a milestone recently, when the pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma, installed new officers for its executive committee.
Four of the officers, who were installed at the end of the society's 36th annual House of Delegates meeting in Seattle, have ties to Ole Miss, and three of them are pharmacy administration graduates.The department has a great tradition of producing professionals who are committed to advancing the practice of pharmacy by assuming leadership roles within national organizations, said Donna West Strum, chair and associate professor of pharmacy administration.
|Albert Sanderson of Nashville, a native Mississippian, has established a scholarship to honor the life of his son, Ross, and assist pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi. On hand to thank Sanderson for his gift to the School of Pharmacy is Raina McClure, left, director of development for pharmacy, and Barbara Wells, dean of pharmacy. Eligible recipients will be Ole Miss pharmacy students from Jones and Warren counties.|
November 3, 2011
When Ross Sanderson was around 5 years old, his dad, Albert Sanderson, introduced him to the University of Mississippi on a fall Saturday afternoon, and the youngster received a football from Ole Miss cheerleaders. In years to come, selected UM pharmacy students will receive scholarship support from a fund named in tribute to Ross Sanderson's life.
Sanderson, who attended Warren Central High School, died in a car accident in 2002 at age 19. Describing his son as "outgoing and personable," Albert Sanderson, a Nashville pharmacist, said he thought of his own alma mater and the days on campus he enjoyed with his son. He has committed $75,000 to an endowed scholarship, honoring his son's life by providing assistance to Ole Miss pharmacy students.
October 31, 2011
A University of Mississippi pharmacy professor and an academic counselor for athletics have been chosen as recipients of the annual Excellence in Advising Awards.
David J. McCaffrey, professor of pharmacy administration, and Drew Clinton, assistant director of athletics academic support, were recognized for their outstanding efforts to provide academic advising, said Kyle Ellis, assistant director of the Academic Support Center. "The Academic Advising Network is grateful for the impressive number of nominations for the Excellence in Advising Awards," Ellis said. "This is the second year of the award, and we were pleased with the quantity and quality of the nominees. David and Drew were nominated by multiple students and colleagues. They are wonderful representatives of our campus advising community."
October 21, 2011
A University of Mississippi pharmacologist will discuss how UM scientists use so-called "HeLa" cells to search for new cancer drugs during a public lecture Tuesday (Oct. 25) evening.
Kristie Willett, an associate professor of pharmacology, in the UM School of Pharmacy, will present "Use of HeLa and Other Cancer Cell Lines on the Ole Miss Campus" at 6 p.m. in Bryant Hall, Room 209. The free event also will highlight the historical scientific advances that have been made using HeLa cells. A light reception sponsored by the Office of the Provost follows the talk.
|Sarah (left) and Jim Ainsworth of Hernando meet the first recipients of the UM scholarship they created in their names: Laura Luther of Hattiesburg (second from left) and Katie Sims of Athens, Ala. Both students have assumed leadership roles while Ole Miss pharmacy students.|
October 12, 2011
The Jim and Sarah Ainsworth Leadership Award Fund has been created to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
Funded by the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation, the scholarships go to students in their third or fourth year of the professional pharmacy program who have demonstrated leadership throughout their careers as Ole Miss students.
October 7, 2011
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy will present Daniel M. Riche with its New Clinical Practitioner Award during its annual meeting Oct. 17 in Pittsburgh.
The award honors a new clinical practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the health of patients and/or the practice of clinical pharmacy.
|Pharmacy faculty members (from left) Daniel Riche, Robert Doerksen, Mahmoud ElSohly, and Soumyajit Majumdar, received honors at the recent School of Pharmacy fall faculty retreat.|
September 28, 2011
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recognized four faculty members for research, instructional innovation and service during its annual fall faculty retreat.
Mahmoud A. ElSohly, research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was presented with the Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. Research Award, and Soumyajit Majumdar, associate professor of pharmaceutics, received the New Investigator Award. Daniel Riche, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and medicine, received the Faculty Instructional Innovations Award, and Robert Doerksen, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, received the pharmacy school's Faculty Service Award.
September 22, 2011
The University of Mississippi has selected Kentucky native David D. Allen as the new dean of its School of Pharmacy after a national search to replace Barbara G. Wells, who retires Dec. 31.
Allen, 49, is founding dean of pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Northeast Ohio Medical University and professor of physiology and pharmacology in NEOMED's College of Medicine.