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Congratulations Class of 2015

More than 140 Harrison School of Pharmacy students cross the stage in Auburn Arena on May 12. The school handed out 133 Pharm.D. degrees, eight Ph.D.s and two Master’s Degrees. Watch a replay of the graduation and read up on the graduates in the commencement program HERE.


Football Season is Right Around The Corner

To show gratitude to our donors that contribute $1,200 or more annually to HSOP, we offer the opportunity to purchase season parking near the Walker Building.  For the donors that qualify, ParkWiz will be sending out an email the week of June 1.  If you have any questions regarding the qualifications, please email Kori Caldwell at You can check out the full 2015 Auburn Football Schedule HERE.


Auburn Kicks Off "Because This is Auburn" Capital Campaign

Auburn kicked off its $1 billion “Because This is Auburn” capital campaign this weekend. The campaign focuses on student support, faculty support, program support, and facilities support. The Harrison School of Pharmacy is charged with raising $10 million as part of the campaign. Learn how you can help make an impact HERE. Pictured at the Campaign Kickoff event at A Day are (from left) Angie Martin, Tim Martin, Billy Cox, Stacy Giles, Bobby Giles, David Darby, Laura Darby, Dean R. Lee Evans and Grayson Toeneboehn.


Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Erin McCreary

Among those who earned their degrees on May 12 was 2013-14 Student Council President Erin McCreary. She served as the student marshal for the ceremony and gave the student address. Learn more about Erin McCreary in this month’s Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.


P4/Faculty/Staff/Graduate Students Win Hargreaves Cup

Even though it was a rain-shortened event, the P4/Faculty/Graduate Student team took top honors at the annual Hargreaves Day. You can read about it HERE and check out the photo gallery HERE.


Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at Hargreaves Awards

Outstanding Harrison School of Pharmacy students and faculty members were recognized April 9 as part of the 55th Annual Hargreaves Awards Program. Check out a full listing of the awards, the awards program, photos and video HERE.


Auburn-Originated Phi Lambda Sigma Celebrates 50 Years

The Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Started in 1965 on Auburn's campus, it was the idea of HSOP graduate Charlie Thomas. Learn more about Phi Lambda Sigma and its Auburn beginnings HERE.


Faculty News


Panizzi Selected as Outstanding Graduate Mentor

Dr. Peter Panizzi of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development has been selected as one of just four Auburn University Outstanding Graduate Mentors, the graduate school announced last week. Panizzi was one of 41 nominees for the and was nominated by graduate students Andrew Brannen, Richard Davis, Jiansheng Huang, and Amber Milton. Dr. Panizzi will be recognized at 5 p.m., tonight as part of the 2015 Mentor Recognition Reception in the Student Center Ballroom. He will also be recognized on April 23 as part of the Graduate School’s ceremony. This marks the fourth time in the last five years a HSOP faculty member has been selected for the honor. Others include Murali Dhanasekaran (2014), Rajesh Amin (2013) and Jaychandrababu Ramapuram (2011).


Pharmacy Practice Faculty, Former Students Published

HSOP faculty members Miranda Andrus and Lea Eiland, along with HSOP graduates Jeanne Forrester and Kenda Germain, were recently published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. The title of their article is “Accuracy of Pharmacy Benefit Manager Medication Formularies in an Electronic Health Record System and the Epocrates Mobile Application.” You can check it out HERE.


Shen and Ramapuram Receive OVPRED Awards

The Auburn University Vice President for Research and Economic Development has announced the recipients of 2015 Intramural Grants Program (IGP) awards. HSOP’s Jianzhong Shen and Jayachandra Ramapuram are among the recipients. Professor Shen’s project is entitled “Endothelial P2Y2 receptor/tissue factor axis in inflammation-induced thrombosis”. This project will advance our understanding of how drugs based on P2Y2 receptor biased signaling may be better anti-thrombotic agents than existing nucleotide receptor antagonists. Professor Shen’s IGP award is valued at $99,804 and will allow Professor Shen to obtain critical in vivo preliminary data using transgenic mice. Professor Ramapuram’s project is entitled “Codelivery of doxorubicin and ceramide as a nanoparticle-based system.” This project will explore the loading of both ceramide and doxorubicin into a liposomal nanoparticle formulation for the purpose of treating metastatic melanomas. Professor Ramapuram’s IGP award is valued at $80,000 and will allow Professor Ramapuram to evaluate novel strategies for treating the disease that accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.


Calderon Presents at Natural Products and Dietary Supplements Summit

Dr. Angela I. Calderon was invited as an expert to the Natural Products and Dietary Supplements Technology Summit organized by Waters and held from April 27-19 in North Bethesda, Maryland. She was also able to present an update on the status of her research on Botanical dietary supplements through a poster presentation.


Eiland Selected as Fellow for Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group

Dr. Lea S. Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG, was recognized as a Fellow in Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (FPPAG) at the 24th PPAG Annual Meeting on Friday May 1. As a PPAG Fellow, she is recognized for her sustained and distinguished contributions to the profession of pediatric pharmacy through her practice, education, and professional development activities.


Kavookjian Slated for AADE Board of Directors Election

Dr. Jan Kavookjian, Associate Professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been selected by leaders in the American Association of Diabetes Educators to be slated for election to the AADE Board of Directors. AADE is a 15,000-member organization that includes diabetes educators and members from across health professions, with pharmacy being one of the fastest growing membership segments of the organization. The AADE election opens May 15 and ends June 15.


Student News


HSOP Students Match With Residency Programs

More than 40 Harrison School of Pharmacy students have been accepted for residency programs next year! Find out, who, where and what kind of work they will be doing HERE.


Arnold Lab Undergraduates Named Goldwater Scholars

A couple of undergraduate research students in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab, Christy Pickering and Connor Dobson, got some good news this Spring 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 Christy and Connor HERE.


Liu Takes second Place at ASPET

Congratulations to Yiwei Liu, who was awarded second place by the Division for Cardiovascular Pharmacology of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for Yiwei’s oral presentation at the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts (March 28 – April 1). Yiwei’s presentation, titled “P2Y2 Receptor Control of Tissue Factor Transcription in Human Coronary Artery Endothelial Cells: New AP-1 Site and Negative Regulator”, was selected from 27 applications. These applications were submitted from investigators throughout the United States, including those at several prestigious medical schools. Yiwei is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program (Pharmacology option) and is pursuing dissertation research under the direction of Prof. Jianzhong Shen of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.


Owensby Receives Pre-Doctoral Award

Justin Owensby, a doctoral student pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, has received a Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. The very competitive award will give Owensby $10,000 to fund his dissertation project.


Three HSOP Students Named Walmart Scholars

Three HSOP students and their faculty mentors have been selected as 2015 AACP Walmart Scholars. Erin McCreary (Dr. Pamela Stamm), Sierra Schmidt (Kristen Helms), and Elizabeth Wood (Lee Evans) were among 85 students who will receive $1,000 travel scholarships to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in National Harbor, Maryland, July 11-15. The trio tied Auburn for the most recipients this year as the Harrison School of Pharmacy, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Pittsburgh each had three recipients. In all, just 24 schools had multiple recipients. More information on the AACP Walmart Scholar Program can be found HERE.


Undergraduate Students Awarded Fellowships

Three undergraduates have been awarded fellowships funded by the AU Office of Undergraduate Research, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, and the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Leah Bostany will be working with Prof. Peter Panizzi of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Nate Johnson will be working with Prof. Vishnu Suppiramaniam of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, and Taylor Young will be working with Prof. Rajesh Amin of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Two undergraduates have been awarded fellowships funded by the AU Office of Undergraduate Research, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, and the Harrison School of Pharmacy.  Connor Dobson and Christina Pickering will be working with Prof. Robert “Rusty” Arnold of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Finally, Anna Boling has been awarded a fellowship funded by the AU Cellular and Molecular Biosciences program.  Anna will be working with Prof. Peter Panizzi of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.


HSOP Takes Three Awards at This Is Research Symposium

Three students connected to the Harrison School of Pharmacy picked up awards at the This Is Research Symposium. Saranrat Wittayanukorn, a graduate student in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, took first place in the Graduate Poster Presentation in Science and Engineering. The title of her poster was “Cardiotoxicity in tyrosine kinase inhibitors: a study of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).” Matt Eggert, a graduate student in the Pharmaceutics option, received second place in Graduate Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, titled: “Revealing the Effect of sPLA2 Enzymes and PLA2R receptors on the ability of responsive liposomes nano particles to target prostate cancer within in vivo and in vivo models”. Eggert works in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab on understanding biology underlying intracellular uptake of lipid based nano particles. Audrey McCandless received third place in Undergraduate Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, titled: “Effects of metronomic topotecan on prostate cancer metabolism”. McCandless is an honors undergraduate majoring in Microbiology and a member of the cellular and molecular biology program at AU. She works in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab, determining the effects of low-dose continuous exposure profiles of topotecan using conventional 2D and 3D hydrogel systems to improve dosing schedules and treatment of cancers.


APhA-ASP Wins Excellence in Practical Application Award

HSOP’s APhA-ASP chapter won the Excellence in Practical Application Award last Thursday at the AU Involved Awards. It was one of three awards the group was nominated for, including Outstanding Media Organization and Outstanding Academic/Professional Organization. Additionally, P3 Tyler Dalton was a finalist for the Male Student Leader of the Year Award. For a full list of winners, click HERE.


More Than 100 HSOP Students Attend APA Legislative Day

More than 100 HSOP students made the trip to Montgomery in April to participate in the annual APA Legislative Day. The day was an opportunity to educate lawmakers about the issues that affect the pharmacy profession, including a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management bill and a PBM Transparency/MAC Pricing bill. Photos from the event can be found HERE and the video can be seen HERE.


HSOP Students Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi

Twelve HSOP students were inducted into Auburn’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society on April 27. Congratulations to Courtney Baker, Katherine Fuller, Aaron Garrett, Martha Huey, Rhyan Hurn, William Johnson, Katie Lyons, Joe Rambo, Sierra Schmidt, June Twiggs, Katie Webb and Elizabeth Wood on receiving this honor.


Fuller, Wingler and Wood Win ACCP Clinical Challenge

Katherine Fuller, Mary Joyce Wingler and Elizabeth Wood took first place at the local ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. They will represent HSOP during the national online competition this fall. The top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals to be held live at the 2015 ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, California.


HSOP Students, Faculty Receive SGA Awards

Megan Zeek, Amanda McKinney and Dr. Susie Thomas were awards recipients recently at the Auburn SGA Awards Banquet. Zeek received the President’s Award while McKinney was selected as the SGA Outstanding Student. Thomas was named the SGA Outstanding Teacher.


Lauren Smith Named APA Representative

Lauren Smith, a P2 from Montgomery, was recently selected as a Student Representative to the Alabama Pharmacy Association Board of Directors. “I am honored to be selected as APA student representative and have the opportunity to expand my pharmacy experience outside of the Harrison School of Pharmacy,” said Smith. “It's such an exciting time to be a part of an organization advocating for our profession, especially with the recent introduction of HB494. I'm really looking forward to acting as HSOP's liaison and getting our students even more involved in the future of our profession.”


HSOP Students Recognized at AU International Banquet

Three Harrison School of Pharmacy students were recognized last month at the AU International Student Banquet. Mi-young Kim was recognized as the Outstanding International Pharm.D. Student while Jiansheng Huang was recognized as the Outstanding International Graduate Student in Drug Discovery and Development. Saranrat Wittayanukorn was recognized as the Outstanding International Graduate Student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy.


Graduate School Spotlight: Richard Davis

After graduating from Auburn with a double major in musical theater and microbiology, Richard Davis stuck around to do research with HSOP’s Dr. Peter Panizzi. Get to know the Ph.D.-candidate HERE in the Graduate School Spotlight.


Committee of 19 Volunteers at Food Pantry

HSOP's Committee of 19 chapter volunteered in April at the AUMC food pantry. The AUMC food pantry provides emergency assistance to the hungry families of Lee County, and donates hundreds of pounds of food weekly. Several HSOP students took blood pressure, blood glucose, and gave a presentation on immunizations. They also got the chance to help these families “go shopping” and pick out the foods they would be taking home with them.


Staff News


Brinda Lisano Retires From HSOP

After nearly 30 years at Auburn University, with more than 20 of it served in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, longtime Assistant to the Dean Brinda Lisano retired in early May. She was honored at a reception at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn on May 11. She was a valued member of the school's administrative team and was instrumental in creating a generalized team approach amongst staff and faculty alike. Lisano’s attention to detail led her to be integral in facilities improvements and additions. Her positive outlook and can-do attitude will be genuinely missed.


Patty Liverance Joins HSOP Staff

Patty Liverance became the newest member of the HSOP Family in April. She is the new Administrative Assistant I in the Dean’s Suite. Liverance comes to Auburn after stints in Texas and Michigan, but is no stranger to The Plains as she has three children that are currently Auburn Students. Learn more about Patty HERE.


Jungnickel Presides Over Rho Chi National Meeting

Dr. Paul Jungnickel, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and National President of the Rho Chi Society, presided at the Society’s 91st Annual Meeting which was held on March 29, 2015 in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association’s Annual Convention in San Diego. The Meeting marked the retirement of Professor A. Wayne Pittman of the University of North Carolina, who had served the Society as Executive Vice President since 1998. At the meeting Dr. Michael Wincor of the University of Southern California was installed as the new Executive Vice President. As National President, Dr. Jungnickel chaired the search committee that led to Dr. Wincor’s appointment as the new Executive Vice President for the Society.


Jungnickel Speaks at Initiation Ceremony

On April 12, 2015, Dr. Paul Jungnickel, the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, presented the keynote address at the Initiation banquet of the University of Nebraska’s Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Rho Chi Society. The title of Jungnickel’s presentation was “8 Keys to Success.” Jungnickel currently serves as the National President of the Rho Chi Society. Prior to joining HSOP in 1997, he served for 14 years as a faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Pharmacy.


Alumni News


HSOP Alum Connects With Local World War II Vet

Larry Kelley (HSOP Class of 1971) has worn several different hats as a pharmacist over the years, but one he wears when away from the office is that of a pilot, fueling his passion for aviation. Kelley has amassed a large plan collection over the years and even founded the Delaware Aviation Museum. One piece of his collection is his B-25 bomber, one of the work-horses of World War II. A chance meeting brought him to Auburn last week where he flew in his B-25 in for a meeting with Auburn-area WWII vet Buford Robinson. You can read the story of their meeting in this Opelika-Auburn News story or in this report from WTVM News. He was also featured on the Auburn Website and in this Video.

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