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School News

Graduation The Harrison School of Pharmacy held its 2014 Commencement on Tuesday, May 6 at Auburn Arena. Two students earned a Ph.D while 150 earned their PharmD. You can read more about the ceremony, watch a recording and read the graduation program here.
Dean Lee Evans welcomed faculty visiting HSOP from Thailand on May 23. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the facilities and programs at HSOP, along with opportunities for collaboration, research and exchange opportunities. For more information on their visit and the US-Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy Education, go here. Thailand Visit

Faculty News

Murali Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran was selected as an Outstanding Graduate Mentor by the Auburn University Graduate School. He was one of just four recipients of the award. Read more about it here.

Dr. Randall Clark has been invited to present a keynote address at the 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, set for Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 in Adelaide, Australia. The presentation entitled “Forensic Chemistry of Substituted 1-Alkyl-3-Acylindoles: Isomeric Synthetic Cannabinoids,” deals with the challenges associated with the forensic identification of designer drugs related to synthetic marijuana. The keynote address and two other lectures will be presented by Professor Clark to the Illicit Drugs and Clandestine Laboratories section during the week-long meeting. Dr. Clark has also been selected to present his study in a poster at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Aug. 10-14 in San Francisco, California.

Randall Clark
Salisa Westrick HSOP's Dr. Salisa Westrick is on the ballot this year for APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Chair-Elect. You can check out her bio here and see the full ballot here. Members will have the opportunity to submit an online vote starting May 21, 2014, with elections closing at noon on July 9, 2014. The 2014 APhA election results will be announced in early August and successfully elected candidates will be installed at APhA2015 in March 2014. For more information on APhA Elections, please visit

Dr. Rajesh Amin recently had his abstract accepted to present at the American Heart Association Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference in Las Vegas in July. Entitled “Regulation Of Frataxin By HIF-1 In The Ischemic Diabetic Heart,” his study examines how HIF1 regulates frataxin and helps better understand how mitochondrial energetics is altered in the diabetic ischemic heart. This information would greatly advance the knowledge base for improving outcomes from heart failure in diabetic patients.

Rajesh Amin
The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association published work by HSOP Ph.D candidate Benjamin Teeter and faculty members Dr. Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, Dr. Brent Fox and Dr. Salisa Westrick in its May/June issue. “Adoption of a biometric screening service in community pharmacies: A qualitative study,” is a study the group worked on to explore differences in perceived attributes of biometric screening services and organization characteristics among community pharmacies that adopt, outsource, or do not adopt biometric screening services that assess patients’ blood pressure, blood glucose, serum cholesterol, and body mass index. For more information, check it out here.

Dr. Cherry Jackson recently gave a talk at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition on March 29 in Orlando, Florida. Entitled “Managing the Ups and Downs of Depression and Bipolar Disorder,” it was a two hour program given in conjunction with Kelly Lee from University of California, San Diego. Lee did the first hour on depression while Jackson focused on bipolar disorder in the second hour.

Cherry Jackson

Student News

Kristin Hillman Motivated by her brother's illness, a former Auburn volleyball player returns to Auburn to earn a pharmacy degree. Read this feature story on recent HSOP graduate Kristin Hillman.
Congratulations to HSOP Ph.D student Saranrat Wittayanukorn for being recognized by the Auburn University Graduate School with the Master's Thesis Award. The topic of her thesis was "Evaluation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease." Her primary advisor was Salisa Westrick. Other members of the committee include: Brent Fox, Kimberly Garza, Kimberly Braxton-lloyd, Nedret Billor and Richard Hansen. Wittayanukorn was also recently recognized as the Outstanding International Graduate Student by the International Student Organization at Auburn. Saranrat Wittayanukorn
NCPA Attendance Award For the second year in a row, the HSOP chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association won the Dennis Ludwig Memorial Scholarship in Government Affairs for having the highest student attendance at the NCPA Legislative Conference. The conference was held May 7-8 in Washington, D.C. Those in attendance from HSOP were Erin McCreary, Leborah Smith, Joe Cotton, Aimee Patterson, Matt Savoie, Namita Vashsi, Sarah Sanders, Kaelee Harris, Kaitlyn Bonds, Lindsey Ellison, Annya Plotkina, Matthew Song, Jeremy Burgess, Brittany Dine, Shalyn Creel, Morgan Gwynn and Lauren Linna. Check out the photo gallery from the trip here.

HSOP held its Research Symposium on April 11 with students and faculty presenting more than 30 posters. Awards were given for the top two in each the Professional Student and Graduate Student categories. Erin McCreary took first place in the Professional Student category with her poster “Development of an Inter-professional Practice at an Established Student-Run Free Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.” Jenna Bloemer came in second with her poster “What Memories are Made of: The Role of ILK in Synaptic Plasticity.” In the Graduate Student category, Gayani Nanayakkara took top honors with her poster “PPAR-gamma Activation Improves the Molecular and Functional Components of Ito Remodeling by Angiotensin II.” Richard Davis came in second with his poster “Genomic and Patogenic Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus Tager104, a Historic and Potent Endocardial Pathogen.”

Research Symposium
SCCP Clinical Challenge Auburn’s SCCP chapter held its Clinical Pharmacy Challenge on Friday, April 11 with the team of Frances Johnson, Natalie Gist and Amanda Kremer taking top honors. The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition in which teams of three student pharmacists compete in a "Quiz Bowl" type challenge. The team will represent HSOP in the online challenges in September. The top eight teams from the online challenges with move on to compete at the annual ACCP meeting, Oct. 11-13 in Austin, Texas.
Auburn’s APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists was recognized by Auburn University at its Involvement Awards Banquet on April 17. The group was recognized as the Outstanding Honor/Professional Society on campus. APhA Award
Morgan Burch Roehm HSOP’s Morgan Burch Roehm was honored on April 17 by Auburn President Dr. Jay Gogue with the President’s Award. The President’s Award recognizes one graduate in each school or college who has completed at least three semesters at Auburn with a minimum grade point average of 3.40, and possesses outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and promise of professional ability. Roehm was one of 13 honorees to receive the award this year. Read the full release here.
Christina Laird was recognized by Auburn’s NCPA chapter as its Outstanding Chapter Member for the 2013-14 year. The award criteria included commitment to community service, creating new members, promoting independent community pharmacy, and advocating legislative action. Christina Laird
Drug Take Back Students from the Harrison School of Pharmacy participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26. Setting up drop-off locations all over the state, including Auburn, Beauregard/Opelika, Mobile and Montgomery, HSOP students combined to collect nearly 400 pounds of drugs as part of the program.
HSOP's Thomas Achey recently attended the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists' Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat in Bethesda, Maryland. The only student in attendance among pharmacy leadership from around the country, the goal of the meeting was to discuss current and emerging health care trends and their influence on practice and professional policy. Topics included ambulatory care and the health care marketplace, among others. He is pictured here with Dr. Christina Martin, Chair of the New Practitioners Forum. ASHP Retreat
Matt Brown Recent HSOP graduate Dr. Matthew Brown was also recognized this month for his work on the Auburn ePortfolio Project. He was selected as a finalist for the first Outstanding ePortfolio Awards, hosted by the provost.

Staff News

Sustainability Award Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability held its award program on April 22, 2014 with the Healthy Tigers program earning a Spirit of Sustainability Award. Tammy Hollis, the program coordinator, accepted the award alongside Dr. Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, Assistant Dean of Health Services, and Karla McCormick, Director of Payroll and Employee Benefits. For a full list of the winners and more information, check out the Office of Sustainability's website.
Dr. Paul Jungnickel, newly-installed national president of Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, installed his first new chapter on April 26, 2014. He is pictured with members of the new Delta Tau Chapter at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. NDMU Rho Chi Installation

School News

Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter, Senior Program Manager/Pharmacist Reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration, spoke to HSOP students, staff and faculty at the April 18 PSS. Hunter, a 1978 Auburn graduate with a B.S. in pharmacy, is on the controlled substance staff, in the office of the center director and works in the center for drug evaluation and research at the FDA. He spoke on the FDA from a regulatory perspective and on emerging strategies to develop abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription drugs that possess high abuse potential. He also discussed opportunities for HSOP students and faculty to get involved with the FDA.


HSOP has two Continuing Education opportunities available this summer. Learn more about them below:

2014 New Consultant Certification and Consultant Update (Brochure | Registration):
If you are a community or institutional pharmacist, we invite you to attend the 2014 AUHSOP Summer CE Program. The new consultant certification option includes a 4 hour program on Friday, July 18 and 8 hours on Saturday, July 19. The Consultant Update is offered as a 6 or 8 hour option on Saturday, July 19. All 12 hours are ALBOP and ACPE approved. For more information or to register online, please visit

HealthWatch 2014 (Click here to register):
The Health Watch certificate training program is a training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a provider of biometric screenings within the Alabama Pharmacists Network. The program consists of a 10 hour home-study and 8 hour live study on Saturday, July 12 for 18 total CE hours. Participants should be registered no less than one week prior to the live program. For more information, please visit or email

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