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Incoming Pharmacy Students Honored at White Coat Ceremony

August 27, 2014

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's Class of 2018 participated in the school's White Coat Ceremony Aug. 15 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

The annual ceremony marks the students' completion of their pre-pharmacy curriculum and entry into the professional program. The school has 120 first-professional-year students enrolled this fall.

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Pharmacy Practice Professors Named ASHP Fellows

August 9, 2014

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Two Mississippi pharmacists were named fellows of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists this summer.

Kristopher Harrell, director of experiential affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and Wesley Pitts, clinical pharmacy manager at North Mississippi Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at the pharmacy school, were presented with the title at the ASHP Summer Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

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Pharmacy Residency Program Graduates Fifth Class

August 1, 2014

Elizabeth Cannon, Lauren Freeman and Erin Latendresse are the most recent graduates of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's Community Pharmacy Residency program.

The graduates completed their year of postgraduate residency training in June and received certificates of program completion.

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Natural Products Center Hosts Joint Pharmacognosy, Botanicals Events

July 31, 2014

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Nearly 500 scientists from around the world will travel to Oxford this weekend to attend the joint American Society of Pharmacognosy Annual Meeting and International Conference on the Science of Botanicals.

"The 55th annual ASP meeting will showcase a number of disciplines relating to natural medicines, including the discovery, characterization, synthesis, biosynthesis and mechanism (of action) of natural product chemicals with druglike properties from a diversity of natural resources, including plant botanicals, which is the focus of ICSB," said Bradley S. Moore, ASP president. "By joining these conferences, we hope to synergize these two natural product communities that naturally overlap and foster new research opportunities."

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Valentines Provide Unrestricted Gift to Pharmacy School

July 29, 2014

Jimmie and Carrie Valentine of Ocean Springs have pledged $25,000 in unrestricted funds to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

"My wife and I are at a position in life where we wanted to share our financial blessings with the school that gave me an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to have an exciting career in science," said Jimmie Valentine, who graduated in 1968 with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry.

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Ross Garners Third Medal for Scientific Collaboration

July 21, 2014

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Samir Ross, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a Bronze Medal from Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The honor was presented to Ross for scientific collaboration with the university's pharmacy school, which includes giving seminars and supervising graduate students. Ross traveled to Kazakhstan in April to accept the prestigious award.

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Research Program Has Staying Power

July 10, 2014

What began in 1984 as a contract to screen compounds for activity against opportunistic infections that threaten the lives ofpeople with suppressed immune systems has become one of the longest continually funded antifungal research programs in the history of the National Institutes of Health.

The program's principal investigator is the University of Mississippi's vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, Alice Clark, who first received funding for the work from NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, 30 years ago.

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Raising the Bar

July 7, 2014

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Before becoming the University of Mississippi's vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, Alice Clark spent 22 years working in the university's School of Pharmacy, where she helped establish one of the longest continually funded antifungal research programs in the history of the National Institutes of Health.

She also achieved several professorial, research and administrative milestones, becoming one of UM's elite Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professors and director of the National Center for Natural Products Research, one of the university's internationally renowned research institutes.

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Pierron Gift Establishes Scholarship for Pharmacy Students

June 27, 2014

Walter J. Pierron Jr. has a longtime appreciation for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi.

"I have many fond memories from the pharmacy school," said Pierron (BSPh 54), a native of Monroe, Louisiana. "I made a lot of friends with the faculty and students. The university has an atmosphere that is so enjoyable, and that's one of the things I remember most."

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UM Pharmacy School Introduces New Structure

June 25, 2014

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A process to evaluate research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has come full circle with a reorganization of the school's departments. The school recently changed from six departments to four.

"The School of Pharmacy is continually finding ways in which we can better support our world-renowned research enterprise," said David D. Allen, the school's dean. "We discovered that reorganizing was the perfect way to do just that. I applaud our faculty members for their efforts in making this vision a reality."

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Plant with World's Largest Inflorescence Blooms at UM

June 11, 2014

Visiting the Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden at the University of Mississippi can feel like stepping into a tropical rainforest – their greenhouse is filled with rare and unusual florae.

One of these species, the titan arum, is among the most extraordinary in the garden's collection. The plant has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. One of the garden's 21 titan arum plants recently bloomed and another is blooming now.

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Pharmacy School Competes in National Medication Adherence Challenge

May 30, 2014

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A student-developed awareness campaign at the Jackson Free Clinic aimed at educating patients on the importance of taking medication as prescribed has won an award as part of a national competition.

The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge, sponsored by the National Consumers League, challenges students in health professions to use creative campaigns to promote medication adherence in their communities. The School of Pharmacy won a Chronic Condition Outreach Award for its 2013 campaign.

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Amanda Waters Receives Inaugural Charles D. Hufford Award

May 22, 2014

Created to honor the achievements of a longtime University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy professor and administrator, the inaugural Charles D. Hufford Graduate Student Award was presented this spring to Amanda Waters, who graduated in May with a Ph.D. in pharmacognosy.

Waters, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, received the honor from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences at its graduate student award ceremony. The award, which consists of a plaque and $500, honors Charles D. Hufford, professor of pharmacognosy and the school's associate dean for research and graduate programs.

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Pharmacy School Names Distinguished Teaching Scholars

May 21, 2014

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Three faculty members in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy have been honored by its Distinguished Teaching Scholars Program, which recognizes excellence in teaching and dedication to student achievement.

Erin Holmes, assistant professor of pharmacy administration; Daniel Riche, associate professor of pharmacy practice and medicine; and Kristine Willett, professor of pharmacology, have been named the school's new Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

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Pharmacy School Honors Distinguished Alumnus

May 21, 2014

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recently honored alumnus Syed Abidi, CEO of Phaharmaceutics International Inc., for his outstanding career and service to the school.

Abidi, who earned a doctoral degree in pharmaceutics in 1980, was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award April 5 during the school's annual Alumni Weekend awards banquet.

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Two Students Inducted into UM Pharmacy Hall of Fame

May 20, 2014

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Two Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at the University of Mississippi were inducted into the School of Pharmacy Hall of Fame during spring commencement ceremonies.

Geremy Carpenter of Jackson and Michael "Andy" Kennedy of Quitman were selected by their classmates for their scholastic and professional contributions to the school.

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Pharmacy Student Attends National RxIMPACT Program

May 2, 2014

A University of Mississippi pharmacy student was selected to attend the 2014 National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxIMPACT program in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Lirette of Waynesboro, a fourth-year professional pharmacy student, or PY4, was among 300 advocates from around the country who met with lawmakers and other pharmacy professionals March 12-13 to discuss issues and legislation.

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NCNPR Assistant Director Invited to Prestigious Seminar Series

May 1, 2014

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Ikhlas Khan, assistant director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, recently delivered an invited lecture on traditional medicine and botanicals at a South African university.

"It's an honor to be selected for the Vice-Chancellor's Seminar Series at Tshwane University of Technology," Khan said. "It's a very prestigious event, and they select only one speaker each year."

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UM Technology Management Division and Research Partners Land National Award

April 21, 2014

A collaboration formed by the University of Mississippi's Division of Technology Management, the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Natural Products Utilization Research Unit and natural products company ChromaDex Corp. has won a national award for excellence in technology transfer.

The three organizations have won a Federal Laboratory Consortium 2014 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for their work to develop, study and bring to market pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, grapes and other small fruits. In studies, pterostilbene has demonstrated promise for improving cardiovascular health, glucose levels and cognitive function.

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Program Coordinator Works Year-Round on Annual Botanicals Conference

April 15, 2014

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If the 13th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals is as successfully staged as the previous 12, it will be due, in large measure, to the efforts of Jennifer S. Taylor, program coordinator in the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

Putting the ICSB together "is a huge undertaking," said Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR's assistant director and director of its FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Center for Excellence in Botanicals.

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Leading Drug Discovery Scientist to Give Borne Lecture April 15

April 14, 2014

Chris M. Ireland, distinguished professor and dean of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, will deliver the 10th annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

Hosted by medicinal chemistry faculty, the April 15 lecture is set for 11 a.m. in Room 2066 of the Thad Cochran Research Center. It is free and open to the public. Ireland plans to discuss "Three Decades of Evolution in an Academic Drug Discovery Program: Then and Now."

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Natural Products Center Hosts Annual Botanicals Conference April 15-17

April 14, 2014

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The Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, the premier annual event for discussing medicinal plants and dietary supplements, is taking a new twist this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, or DSHEA, of 1994.

Rather than the latest science on botanical ingredients, the 13th annual ICSB will focus on "how companies can take the lead on raising the bar for quality and safety in the dietary supplement industry," said Larry Walker, director of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's National Center for Natural Products Research, the conference's host since 2001.

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Student-Created Policy Addresses Emerging Field of Pharmacogenomics

April 8, 2014

A University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student has created an innovative policy proposal for a national organization that addresses the emerging field of pharmacogenomics.

Cody Clifton, a second-year professional student, created the proposal for the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists. He serves as policy vice president for the organization's local chapter.

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Pharmacy Student Selected for National Council, Competitive Internship

April 3, 2014

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Lauren Lyles, a second-year professional pharmacy student at the University of Mississippi, has been selected for two prestigious opportunities with the National Community Pharmacists Association.

The Jackson native recently learned that she was designated to serve on the NCPA Student Leadership Council and was also chosen to fill the organization's summer internship.

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UM Researchers, Physicians Cite Benefits of Harper Grace's Law

March 28, 2014

A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide researchers at the University of Mississippi an opportunity to develop a cannabis-derived treatment of seizures in children with a form of epilepsy.

The proposed Harper Grace's Law exempts a specialized cannabis preparation from the state's Controlled Substance Law. Now that legislators have agreed to the measure, it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for final consideration.

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Designer of HIV Drug Abacavir to Give UM Hartman Lecture

March 20, 2014

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Recognized for designing the HIV drug abacavir, medicinal chemist Robert Vince is to deliver the 2014 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

Sponsored by the School of Pharmacy, the lecture will be held at 11 a.m. April 2 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Vince, professor and chair of the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota, plans to discuss "Adventures in Drug Design."

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UM Pharmacy Student Advances to National Competition

March 12, 2014

After winning a local patient counseling competition sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, a University of Mississippi pharmacy student will advance to a national competition later this month.

Kayla Snow, an Okolona native in her second professional year of pharmacy school, will attend APhA's annual meeting March 28-31 in Orlando, where the next level of competition takes place.

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Pharmacy Alumni Weekend Scheduled for April 4-5

March 11, 2014

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The School of Pharmacy is encouraging all its graduates to register for Pharmacy Alumni Weekend, to be held April 4-5 in Oxford.

"I am greatly looking forward to reconnecting with our alumni during Pharmacy Weekend," said David D. Allen, the school's dean. "It's always a wonderful time of fun and fellowship."

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Planned Gift Honors Pharmacy Alumnus

March 7, 2014

Setting foot on the University of Mississippi campus brings back countless memories for Nashville native Gladys Garrett.

"In the '40s, Ole Miss was nothing like it is now, and neither was Oxford," Garrett said. "We didn't even have a hotel. When my husband graduated, the neighbors put his family up so they could come to graduation. That's how far we have come."

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UM Participates in Pharmacist Day at the Capitol

March 6, 2014

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Students at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recently visited the Mississippi State Capitol to raise awareness of their chosen profession.

"Pharmacist Day at the Capitol is a chance to meet with legislators and speak about pharmacy, serve the community through health screenings and to see our beautiful capitol building," said Katie McClendon, the pharmacy school's interim assistant dean of student services. "It's also an opportunity to bring together several pharmacy organizations, as well as a chance to catch up with pharmacists from around the state."

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Scholarship Benefits Pharmacy Students, Honors Classmate

February 27, 2014

Nearly 10 years after University of Mississippi pharmacy student Amie Ewing was killed in a tragic accident, a memorial scholarship is honoring her legacy by supporting students.

The Amie Ewing Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards $1,000 per academic year to pharmacy students exhibiting traits she exemplified while enrolled in UM's School of Pharmacy.

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Professor Aims to Advance Education, Health Care via Leadership Group

February 6, 2014

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Ashley Ellis, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, is serving her community in a unique way as a member of the Leadership DeSoto Class of 2014.

Leadership DeSoto helps develop residents as potential leaders by enabling them to learn more about the county and its communities, said Ellis, a resident of Southaven.

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Professor Contributes to Japanese Educational Project

February 4, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science has named University of Mississippi pharmacy professor Donna West-Strum a 2014 APhA Fellow.

The designation, which is awarded to only 20 individuals annually, honors APhA members who have demonstrated exemplary service and achievements in their professional area.

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Pharmacology Names Pritchard Award Recipient

January 23, 2014

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Dr. Tahmineh Tabrizian, a graduate student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2013-14 Edith Pritchard Pharmacology Award.

The Pritchard Award recognizes pharmacology Ph.D. candidates with outstanding records of academic and research performance.

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Professor Contributes to Japanese Educational Project

January 21, 2014

Scott Malinowski, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, traveled to Japan in December to visit Okayama University School of Pharmacy as part of an educational project that may lead to deeper future partnerships.

The project was designed to foster collaboration on research and idea sharing between American and Japanese pharmacy faculty.

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A Chronic Case of the Blues

January 7, 2014

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In the early 1960s, some of the hottest groups booked for parties at the Pi Kappa Alpha house at Ole Miss were black rhythm and blues bands. They were brought in by the fraternity's social chairman, Tommy Couch Sr., and Gerald "Wolf" Stephenson, then partners in Campus Attractions, a band-booking business.

The two pharmacy students used a little chicanery to get popular artists to the house. Sometimes they'd find out who the Phi Delts were bringing in on Saturday night, then call the band's agent and arrange to get them to Oxford a little earlier, so they could do a show at the Pike house Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

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Pharmacy Students Organize Vitamin Angels Fundraiser

December 21, 2013

University of Mississippi pharmacy students are doing their part to help combat global malnutrition by raising funds for Vitamin Angels, a charitable organization that helps at-risk populations gain access to micronutrients.

The organization's mission is to mobilize and deploy private resources to increase availability, access to and use of these micronutrients, particularly vitamin A.

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Professor Awarded Chinese Distinguished Professorship

December 9, 2013

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Dale Nagle, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been awarded an Overseas Distinguished Visiting Professorship from the Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Pharmacy.

The professorship involves two separate two-week trips to Hunan, where Nagle will present seminars, exchange research findings and partake in other activities designed to build UM and Hunan collaboration.

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Pharmacy Students Advance to National Competition

November 21, 2013

Two University of Mississippi pharmacy students have been selected to compete in a national clinical skills competition at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Midyear Clinical Meeting, coming up Dec. 7-8 in Orlando, Fla.

"Words cannot describe how excited we are," said Jennifer Hockings, a Columbus native and student in her third professional year of pharmacy school. "This is one of the highlights in my pharmacy education so far. It is an honor to be able to represent the School of Pharmacy at a national competition."

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UM, USDA and DOD Join Forces to Protect Troops Deployed Abroad

November 8, 2013

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Wherever U.S. troops are deployed, they must guard not only against their country's human foes but also whatever Mother Nature throws at them from her well-stocked arsenal.

Her weapons include a barrage of blood-feeding arthropods – mosquitoes, lice, sand flies, ticks, mites, stable flies and bed bugs – and the diseases they transmit. Among the chief threats are malaria, yellow fever, typhus, dengue fever, encephalitis and leishmaniasis.

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Pharmacy School Constructs New Research Building

October 28, 2013

Closures of All American Drive and several parking lots this week may be frustrating to those navigating the University of Mississippi campus, but the inconvenience is contributing to a greater cause. The School of Pharmacy is constructing Phase II of its Thad Cochran Research Center, a project that will double the school's available research space.

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UM Scientists Receive Grant to Purchase Supercomputer

October 25, 2013

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Researchers and students in Mississippi soon will have access to a highly advanced supercomputer, thanks to a grant funded by the National Science Foundation and awarded to a consortium of scientists led by researchers at the University of Mississippi.

"This grant is extremely competitive," said Robert J. Doerksen, an associate professor of medicinal chemistry and co-principal investigator on the grant. "Only two proposals can be submitted from each university, and it is even more challenging to attain an approval at the national level. We are very pleased that ours was accepted."

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UM Pharmacy Students Organize Jackson Outreach Event

October 24, 2013

Reaching out to provide service and assistance to the Jackson community, University of Mississippi pharmacy students recently organized a health awareness event at Parham Bridges Park.

During "Pharm at the Parham," about 30 students provided a number of services to the public, including measuring blood glucose, blood pressure and body mass index, and medication use counseling.

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Report Reveals Human Health Potential of Endangered Plant Species

October 23, 2013

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Many plant species facing extinction may contain metabolites that can fight human disease, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The article – which reports work conducted by scientists in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and other collaborators – describes the human health implications associated with the protection and assessment of threatened and endangered plants.

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Pharmacy Students Organize 'Operation Immunization' for Oxford Campus

October 3, 2013

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, getting one before this year's flu season will be a breeze, thanks to pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi.

In conjunction with Operation Immunization, members of the local chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, will provide flu shots in multiple locations on the Ole Miss campus during the first two weeks of October.

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Renowned Oceanographer to Present Annual Waller Lecture

October 1, 2013

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Studying the world's oceans has proven to be a promising avenue for discovering new plant and animal life that can be gleaned for compounds to vastly improve human health.

This unique type of pharmaceutical research is the topic of the School of Pharmacy's 2013 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

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National Pharmacy Association Honors UM Professor

September 30, 2013

Ashley W. Ellis, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been chosen by the National Community Pharmacists Association to receive its 2013 Adherence Educator Award.

"I was very excited to hear that I had received this award," Ellis said. "There are so many extraordinary pharmacists who are making great strides in the area of adherence, so I feel honored to have been selected."

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Pharmacy School Honors Faculty for Research, Innovation and Service

September 27, 2013

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The School of Pharmacy recently recognized four faculty members for excellence in research, service and instructional innovation during its annual faculty retreat.

"I am very pleased to present our faculty awards to these outstanding individuals," said David D. Allen, the school's dean. "We are so fortunate to have them on the School of Pharmacy's team. Their work helps make this school the great institution that it is."

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Research Program Offers Unique Opportunity for Undergraduates

September 25, 2013

Ten undergraduate students from across the country gained a wealth of research experience this summer at the University of Mississippi, thanks to a new program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Moreover, some students helped further UM research programs that are searching for new drugs to treat a range of human ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder and some cancers. Others focused on projects that expand knowledge in several chemistry disciplines.

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UM Student Donates Bone Marrow Through 'Be The Match' Program

September 20, 2013

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Impacting the health of patients is something for which all pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi strive, but after learning his bone marrow was a match for a 12-year-old with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, that goal took a new twist for Adam Marshall.

"Not a lot of people can say that they donated bone marrow," Marshall said. "I knew that it was going to help somebody, and everyone I talked to was really supportive."

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UM Offers Hands-on Course in Pharmaceutical Tablet Technology

September 3, 2013

Some 30 to 60 very nontraditional students are expected to gather at the University of Mississippi in September for a weeklong course that will teach them how to make and evaluate tablets used to deliver medicines or dietary supplements.

Mostly from the pharmaceutical industry and the agency that regulates it, the students are coming from across the country and elsewhere to take UM's new "Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology," which will be offered three times a year and bring 100 to 200 pharmaceutical scientists to the Oxford campus.

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Alumni Couple Pledges $50,000 Toward Faser Hall Renovations

August 30, 2013

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University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy alumni Wendy McKinney (BSPh 88) and John McKinney (BSPh 88) have pledged $50,000 to the school's Faser Capital Campaign.

The $8 million campaign was launched earlier this year to attract funds to help renovate portions of Faser Hall, one of the pharmacy school's main buildings, to meet the needs of students for years to come. The building houses faculty offices, research laboratories and a skills lab for students.

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Pharmacy Student Selected for National Committee

August 23, 2013

A former attorney enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's professional program and the Graduate School's pharmacy administration program has been selected to serve in an advisory capacity to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

James Parrett is among 10 pharmacy students from across the U.S. chosen to serve on the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group of ASHP's Pharmacy Student Forum.

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White Coat Ceremony Inspires Record Number of New UM Pharmacy Students

August 21, 2013

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A record 120 students are enrolled this fall in the first professional year, known as PY1, of the University of Mississippi's professional pharmacy program; 115 of them received white coats during a recent ceremony at the university's Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts.

The School of Pharmacy ceremony, a decade-old tradition, marked completion of the new students' pre-pharmacy curriculum and their entry into the school's professional program.

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David Gregory Named Pharmacy School's Associate Dean

August 12, 2013

After a national search, University of Mississippi alumnus and Vanderbilt University administrator David F. Gregory has been named associate dean for academic affairs at the UM School of Pharmacy.

Director for education, drug policy, research and clinical pharmacy services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gregory succeeds Marvin C. Wilson, who recently retired after nearly 43 years of service to the school.

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Tri-State Educational Foundation Establishes Pharmacy Scholarship

July 30, 2013

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The Tri-State Educational Foundation has established the James Robert Haines Memorial Scholarship at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

TSEF has pledged $5,000 per year to the scholarship, starting with the 2013-14 school year. The scholarship will be awarded to pharmacy students in good standing who demonstrate financial needs, with first consideration going to Iuka and Tishomingo County residents.

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UM Professor Honored by Czech University for Research Contributions

July 26, 2013

Samir Ross, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, was recently awarded a Silver Medal from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno in the Czech Republic.

The highest award given by the faculty of pharmacy at the university, the medal is awarded to researchers and scientists who have contributed greatly to the area of natural products research. Ross traveled to the Czech Republic June 4-11 to accept the prestigious award.

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A Passion for Haiti

July 24, 2013

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When University of Mississippi students Andrew Smelser and Wesley Youngblood traveled to Haiti for the first time, they encountered what could only be described as an "eye-opening experience."

"I really was able to understand what a third-world hospital was like," said Smelser, a native of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., who is entering his first professional year of pharmacy school. "It was shocking. No air conditioning, very limited care, only one small cabinet of medications – it was unlike anything I'd ever seen."

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Pharmacy Professor Selected for National Faculty Scholars Program

July 21, 2013

Meagan Brown, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation's Faculty Scholars Program.

The 2-year-old program is designed to mentor junior faculty at pharmacy schools across the country through pharmacy-based patient care research. The initiative also seeks to connect participating scholars with experts in the fields of community pharmacy and research.

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UM Researcher Receives International Group's Lifetime Achievement Award

July 19, 2013

The International Cannabinoid Research Society presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to a University of Mississippi researcher during its annual symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mahmoud A. ElSohly, a research professor in UM's National Center for Natural Products Research and a professor of pharmaceutics, as well as president of ElSohly Laboraties Inc. of Oxford, received the award during the symposium's June 25 awards banquet.

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Pharmacy Student-Athletes in a League of Their Own

July 16, 2013

Studying pharmacy successfully requires exercising a measure of intellect and self-discipline every day. Studying pharmacy successfully while competing in intercollegiate athletics also requires daily megadoses of determination, commitment, time management and focus, plus a passion for both pharmacy and sports.

"As a starter in basketball, (I) played 36 to 40 games a season," said former Ole Miss Lady Rebels basketball standout Kimsey O'Neal Cooper (BSPh 94) of Carthage. "When some of the other athletes were sleeping on the way back from playing a game, I was up studying for tests." Being a student-athlete wasn't easy, Cooper said.

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Marvin C. Wilson Retires as Pharmacy School's Associate Dean

June 30, 2013

When budding pharmacists gather each spring to receive their coveted Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the moment is especially sweet for Marvin C. Wilson, the man who recruited many of them to the University of Mississippi. As he calls the graduates' names, summoning each to cross the stage and receive their degree, Wilson beams as broadly as any proud father watching his children graduate from college, prepared to make their way in the world.

By the time they graduate, Wilson has worked with many of these students for seven years, helping them navigate three years of pre-professional and four years of professional curricula.

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Pharmacy School Creates Scholarship to Honor Retiring Associate Dean

June 27, 2013

When he officially retires Sunday (June 30) from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi, Marvin C. Wilson will leave a legacy that includes not only topnotch academic and student affairs programs but also a scholarship endowment to benefit future Ole Miss pharmacy students.

The pharmacy school created a scholarship bearing Wilson's name in April to honor his nearly 43 years of distinguished service, first as a pharmacology professor, then as chair of pharmacology and finally as associate dean for academic and student affairs. The school then sought gifts from his Ole Miss colleagues, family members and former students.

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Retired Professor Publishes Book on Pharmacy Legend

June 24, 2013

A University of Mississippi professor emeritus has published a book on the late Charles W. Hartman, dean of the UM School of Pharmacy from 1961 to 1970.

"'Visionary' is the term often used to describe Hartman," said Mickey Smith, author of the book and Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration. "However, he was more than just a man with good ideas. He was a doer. He wanted to see things through to their conclusion, even if it meant 'bending' a few rules. He had a kind of charisma that made people get on board with him."

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Residency Program to Graduate Fourth Class

June 12, 2013

In a few days, Jasmine S. McKee and Liza Wilson will become the most recent graduates of the School of Pharmacy's Community Pharmacy Residency program, which advances Doctor of Pharmacy graduates' patient-care skills, provides opportunities to implement patient-care services, and develops research and teaching skills.

McKee and Wilson completed the residency program's single year of postgraduate training and will receive certificates of program completion at a June 20 graduation luncheon in their honor.

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UM Pharmacy School Launches Campaign to Renovate Faser Hall

June 12, 2013

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is launching an $8 million capital campaign to support renovations in one of its main buildings, preparing the facility to meet the needs of pharmacy students for years to come.

The Faser Capital Campaign will attract funds to refurbish Faser Hall, home to faculty offices, research laboratories and a skills lab for students. The first and second floors of the building remain much as they appeared when first constructed in 1969.

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UM Pharmacy School Wins Script Your Future Team Challenge Award

June 11, 2013

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy hhas been recognized as a winner in the second annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge for health professions students.

Sponsored by the National Consumers League and its partners, this monthlong competition engages health professions students and faculty in developing creative ideas for raising awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.

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Pharmacy Student Competes in Miss Mississippi Pageant

June 4, 2013

University of Mississippi student Adrian Turner of Tupelo is set to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant July 10-13.

Turner, who is in her fourth professional year of pharmacy school, will be competing as Miss North Central Mississippi.

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Pharmacy Students Recognize Faculty for Teaching Excellence

May 17, 2013

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy classses recognized their outstanding teachers and preceptors during awards day and commencement ceremonies this spring.

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Two Pharmacy Graduates Inducted into Student Hall of Fame

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.

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Phytochemist Receives Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award

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.

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UM Professor Presents to United Nations on Marine Genetic Resources

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.

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Pharmacy Administrator, Outreach Supervisor Honored for Service to Students

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.

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World-Renowned Medicinal Chemist to Deliver Borne Lecture

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."

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UM School of Pharmacy to Host World Malaria Day Program (April 24)

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.

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Ph.D. Student Presents Winning Project at ACS Spring Meeting

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.

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School of Pharmacy Students, Dean Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

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.

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National Center to Host April 15-18 International Conference on Botanicals

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.

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Pharmacy Student Creates Health Café Series to Educate Community

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.

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ABMS President and CEO to Deliver Annual Hartman Lecture

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."

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Ole Miss to Dedicate New Medicinal Plant Garden Facilities

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.

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Pharmaceutics Professor Studies Innovative Drug Delivery Technologies

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.

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Pharmacy School to Honor Three at Alumni Weekend

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.

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First Community Pharmacy Forum to be Held April 1

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.

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Pharmacy School Provides Free Health Screenings

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.

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Mississippi Health Care Partners Receive National Awards

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.

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Pharmacy Students Participate in 'Operation Diabetes' Initiative

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."

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Pharmacy school announces Alumni Weekend activities

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.

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First-Year Pharmacy Student to Compete in National Competition

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."

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Retiree's book launch draws Oxford's writer denizens

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.

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Siblings and Their Families Establish Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment

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.

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Pharmacy Chair Wins APhA Election

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."

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Pharmacy Student Receives Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship

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.

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Pharmacology Students Win Top Prizes in Poster Competition

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.

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Pharmacy Alumna Named Distinguished New Practitioner

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."

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UM Pharmacy and Nursing Schools Develop Patient Simulation Program

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.

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UM Professor Becomes Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

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.

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Pharmacy Ambassadors Committed to Success of Future Students

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.

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UM Community Pharmacy Residency Program Receives $50,000 Grant

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.

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Graduate Student Publishes on Electronic Prescribing in National Journal

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.

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Retiree still impacting school, students and hospital practice

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."

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New Hope for Addicts

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.

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Pharmacy Professor Presents at National Institutes of Health

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.

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Bigelow Laboratory and University of Mississippi Form Strategic Partnership

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.

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UM Pharmacy Dean Wins AACP Election

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."

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