The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Division of Medicinal Chemistry

Joseph Sam Distiguished Alumni Award

An award honoring Emeritus Professor Joseph Sam

The Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumni in Medicinal Chemistry Award has been established at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy to recognize the longtime department chair, Graduate School dean and associate vice chancellor for research.

Joseph Sam image Dr. Gary Rankin
Dr. Joseph Sam Dr. Gary O. Rankin

2012-13 Joseph Sam Distiguished Alumni Award Lecture


Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 11 am: TCRC 1000

Dr. Rankin (PhD, 1978) received his BS in chemistry from the University of Arkansas before enrolling in our PhD program at the University of Mississippi. His PhD research, which was directed by Dr. Thomas Riley and signed off by Dr. Sam as the Dean of the Graduate School, included the design, synthesis, and pharmacologic evaluation of cyclic arylethanolamines. Upon completion of his degree he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. In 1978 he joined the faculty at Marshall University and was promoted to full professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology. In addition to serving as the chair of the Department of Pharmacology of Marshall University he is the principal investigator and director of the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award (IDeA) IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) for the State of West Virginia. The mission of the INBRE is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher learning in the State in order to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research. Through this NIH Center award that Dr. Rankin has had a notable impact on biomedical research in West Virginia; he has developed the research and leadership abilities of scores of scientists and hence his imprint on research in the US is vast.

Topic: Role of Phase I and Phase II biotransformation in N-(haloaryl)succinimide nephrotoxicity

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How can you show your support?

The Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumni Award endowment is open to gifts from other individuals and organizations. To donate, mail a check, with the name of the fund noted, to the University of Mississippi Foundation (P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677), visit or contact Raina McClure at (800)340-9542.

2011-12 Joseph Sam Distiguished Alumni Award Lecture

The inaugural recipient of the award was Dr. Michael Rogers (PhD, 1972) of Vienna, Va., director of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences. While Dr. Rogers was earning his doctorate, Dr. Sam served as his dissertation director. Dr. Rogers has worked at NIH-NIGMS since 1980 and served on numerous NIH committees. He also served on the advisory board of Chemical and Engineering News from 2002-05 and serves on the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the NIH Merit Award in 1991 and the NIH Director's Award in 1989 and 2011.

Joseph Sam image Dr. Michael Rogers
Dr. Joseph Sam Dr. Michael Rogers

Press Release for 2011-12 Joseph Sam Distiguished Alumni Award Lecture