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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight

Periodically, the Harrison School of Pharmacy will highlight one of its students, faculty members, staff members or alums. For March, we featured HSOP alums Chris (’98, ’99) and Kami (’97) Borden. Learn more HERE.


Second Annual Apothecary Ball - April 10

You are invited to the Second Annual Apothecary Ball on Friday, April 10 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Alabama. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for couples. Click HERE to buy your ticket today. CLICK HERE


Mobile Alumni Event: April 30

Mobile-area alumni, mark your calendars for Thursday, April 30 for an alumni event at Legacy Bar & Grill (9 Du Rhu Drive, Mobile, AL 36608). We would love to see everyone out and take this opportunity to spend some time with our HSOP Family. The event is set to start at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kori Caldwell at


AU InforMed: Sleep

The latest edition of AU InforMed, an electronic publication of health related news produced by the HSOP Drug Information Center, is out. The March edition features healthy sleeping tips, information on National Sleep Awareness Week, common sleep disorders and information on recently FDA-approved drugs. Check out AU InforMed: CLICK HERE


Hargreaves Day Set For April 10

HSOP’s Annual Hargreaves Day is set for Friday, April 10 on the Intramural Fields on Auburn’s campus. All are invited to come out and join us for a day of fun and games. Classes will compete against each other in events like tug of war, kickball, wiffle ball, and more. Festivities begin at 12 p.m. We hope to see you all there!


Faculty News


Faculty Earn Promotion, Tenure

Congratulations to Karen Marlowe, Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Emily Armstrong, Marilyn Bulloch, and Nathan Pinner on earning promotions and Rusty Arnold for being granted tenure. Marlowe and Suppiramaniam have been promoted to Professor while Armstrong, Bulloch and Pinner have been promoted to Associate Clinical Professor. The promotions will take effect on Oct. 1, 2015. We are all very excited for you for this great honor! Read more HERE.


HSOP's Jan Kavookjian Selected to Two Groups

Kavookjian Selected For Pharmacy Quality Alliance
Dr. Jan Kavookjian has been selected for an appointment to a satisfaction measure development team for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. She will be the APhA-APRS section representative for the Measure Development Team that will develop Patient Satisfaction Survey following CMR Completion for MTM-Part D. This will be a small team of measure development experts representing various PQA constituents for the development of the specific patient satisfaction measure to be included among the PQA quality assessment measures initiative.

Kavookjian To Be A Part Of Expert Panel
Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been invited to be a part of an expert panel with the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC’s National Diabetes Education Committee is developing a national webinar to be presented in May on the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in diabetes intervention. She will be a part of a three-member MI expert panel to talk about intervention projects using MI for behavior change in diabetes disease management.


Merner Receives Grant From Joy To Life Foundation

Dr. Nancy Merner from the Department of Drug Discovery and Development was recently awarded a grant from the Joy to Life Foundation. This award will support a project entitled “Community based recruitment through a partnership between SISTAs Can Survive Coalition and Auburn University for African American breast cancer genetic research.” The project will provide a strategic mechanism to recruit African American individuals into Merner’s breast cancer research study, which aims to find genetic risk variants that are contributing to certain breast cancer disparities. Through this collaboration, Merner will be introduced to African American breast cancer patients/survivors within the community in order to provide education about breast cancer risk factors, including genetics, as well as the benefits of research. These individuals will also be given the opportunity to participate in Merner’s research study. Study participants will be given the opportunity to receive the genetic information collected during the study; this information will, in the very near future, be used to assess breast cancer risk in individuals who have yet to develop breast cancer.  In the future, this information will also lead to the development of more personalized breast cancer therapies.


Calderon Has Book Chapter Published

Dr. Angela Calderon recently had a book chapter published in Analyzing Biomecular Interactions by Mass Spectrometry. She authored the chapter titled “entitled Metabolic Profiling Approaches for the Identification of Bioactive Metabolites in Plants.” It was written in collaboration with her former undergraduate student Emily Pipan, a 2014 Auburn graduate with a degree in biomedical sciences.


Student News


Weigartz Named to ASHP Student Forum Executive Committee

Congratulations to P3 Katie Weigartz on being named to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee! She was one of five students in the nation selected for this position, which will run through the 2015-16 academic year. She will begin her term in June. The ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee is comprised of five students appointed by the ASHP President. The Executive Committee is responsible for advising the ASHP Board of Directors and staff on the overall direction of the Forum, including member benefits and services. Each Executive Committee member serves as chair of one of the five Forum advisory groups: Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Career Development and Education Community and eCommunication Leadership Development Policy and Legislative Advocacy Student Society Development The Executive Committee also assists in building relationships between ASHP and all of the U.S. colleges of pharmacy by serving as liaisons, providing information to student society leaders, and helping to strengthen the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) activities and programs on each campus. Learn more about the committee and the position HERE.


Research Symposium Winners Announced

Katelyn Parrish, Saranrat Wittayanukorn, Richard Davis and Jenna Bloemmer took the top honors at the Second Annual Harrison School of Pharmacy Research Symposium, the Department of Research Programs announced Monday. Read more about the winners, other participants and check out photos HERE.


HSOP Students Selected to Free Clinic Leadership

Anthony Todd and Austin Cook, both P1s on HSOP’s Mobile campus, were elected to leadership positions with the University of South Alabama Student-Run Free Clinic. Cook, from Sterrett, Alabama, was selected as the Pharmacy Discipline Liaison, while Todd, from Montgomery, was named the Risk Management Chair. Todd (left) and Cook (right) are pictured with South Alabama President Dr. Tony Waldrop. You can learn more about the clinic HERE.


Team Victorious Secret Wins Mini Self-Care Challenge

The team of Namita Vashi, Sarah Sanders, Liz Steadman, Jenna Bloemer, and Kelly Hedman took top honors at the 2015 Alabama Pharmacy Association Mini Self-Care Challenge on March 4. The competition consists of answering a series of over-the-counter pharmacy questions. By virtue of winning, the team will represent HSOP against Samford at the Alabama Pharmacy Association Convention in Destin, Florida, June 21-24. The HSOP team has won the competition the last three years, looking for four in a row with Victorious Secret.


Pickering and Dobson Named Goldwater Scholars

A couple of undergraduate research students in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab, Christy Pickering and Connor Dobson, got some good news on March 31 as they found out they had been named Goldwater Scholars. Pickering and Dobson are both currently in their senior years in the Chemical Engineering program. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Auburn University had one student earn this honor in each the 2013 and 2014 classes. Pickering and Dobson are the only Auburn students to earn this honor in 2015 and it is even more impressive for them to come from the same lab. Learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship HERE.


Graduate Students Earn Research Fellowships

HSOP pharmaceutical sciences graduate students Subhrajit Bhattacharya and Madison Chandler were recently awarded 2015 Summer Cellular and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) Graduate Research Fellowships. Bhattacharya is pursuing doctoral research under the direction of Prof. Vishnu Suppiramaniam in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Chandler is conducting master’s degree research under the direction of Prof. Nancy Merner in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. The CMB fellowships are awarded by the Auburn University interdepartmental Cellular and Molecular Biosciences program and provide a summer stipend to outstanding graduate students.


Huang Has Paper Published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Jiansheng Huang, a graduate student in Dr. Peter Panizzi’s lab, recently had his research published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Titled “Inactivation of myeloperoxidase by benzoic acid hydrazide,” it is also co-authored by HSOP faculty members Peter Panizzi and Forrest Smith. You can read the full article HERE.


HSOP Receives Nominations For AUInvolved Awards

The Harrison School of Pharmacy was represented in four categories when finalists for the AUInvolved Awards were announced last week. Tyler Dalton was named a finalist for Male Student Leader of the Year while APhA-ASP was a finalist in three different categories: Outstanding Media Organization, Excellence in Practical Application, and Outstanding Academic/Professional Organization. The winners will be announced at a banquet at 6 p.m., April 23 in the Student Center Ballroom. For a full list of finalists, click HERE.


Gordon Has Paper Published in Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry

Sara Gordon, a third-year pharmacy student, recently published a review paper on “Selective Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase Inhibitors as Potential Antibacterials” in the journal Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Angela I. Calderon. You can read the article HERE.


Alumni News


Iyer Wins Award for Best Postgraduate Paper

Dr. Ranjani Iyer, a Ph.D. graduate from HSOP in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, won the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) award for the Best Postgraduate Paper in the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section. Dr. Iyer completed her research under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Barker, Emeritus Professor of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. The paper, entitled "The Effect of Illumination on Medication Preparation Errors in a Long Term Care Facility," was a result of Dr. Iyer's dissertation. Co-authors and also members of her dissertation committee include Dr. Elizabeth Flynn, Dr. Kristen Helms of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Salisa Westrick of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Dr Robert Thomas and Dr Nathan Dorris from the Auburn University, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. This award is prestigious and highly competitive. Dr. Iyer is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Pharmacogenomics at Shenandoah University.

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