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General News


We are excited to start another year here at the Harrison School of Pharmacy! Learn more about what our faculty, staff and students are doing on campus with this new video. War Eagle! VIDEO LINK 

The Class of 2018 has officially made it to The Plains! The class is made up of 149 students with 127 on the Auburn campus and 22 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 16 different states and nearly 40 different universities. Read the full release and check out photos from the White Coat Ceremony here.
The Auburn Alumni Association now has three ways to book away-game travel. Go to the website for overnight packages along with game day travel, including motor coach and charter bus trip options. Among the options offered is the BIG GAME BUS, a round-trip charter bus service from Atlanta and Birmingham that was started by HSOP alum Patrick Greene (Class of 2013). For more information and rates, check out
Check out the latest editions of Pharmacy Phacts, put together by Pharm.D. students working in the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center. June Twiggs put together information on Pediatric care while Kourteney Pierce provided tips on beating the summer heat. Mitchell Norris covered immunization awareness.
The latest edition of AU Informed, an electronic bulletin of drug and health-related news highlights - a service of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center is out. July's topic is Hepatitis. Click here for the PDF.

Faculty News

HSOP's Dr. Salisa Westrick presented her Medicare Outreach Program at the 2014 AACP Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Learn more about how she and HSOP students assisted seniors in the community:. To learn more, read the full story here.
Dr. Paul Jungnickel, Dean Lee Evans, Anjana Fuangchan, Dr. Salisa Westrick and Dr. Kristen Helms are in Baltimore May 28-30, participating in the US-Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy in Thailand. You can learn more about the meeting and the program here.
Nancy Merner, a new faculty member in the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Drug Discovery and Development, had her work in epilepsy research published in last week’s issue of EMBO Reports, a scientific research journal that includes all areas of molecular biology. The report implicates the KCC2 protein and its association with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. To learn more about the study and read the full report, click here.
Dr. Jingjing Qian, HSOP faculty member in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, presented her research project, titled “Trends and patterns of psychiatric prescription and emergency department utilization among young Medicare beneficiaries in 2002-2009,” at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 8-10, in San Diego, California. This project was funded by Auburn University Intramural Grants Program and HSOP. Her co-authors are Dr. Richard Hansen, doctoral candidate Saranrat Wittayanukorn, and previous research associate Juan Gao.
Dr. Qian also presented her research project, titled as "Psychiatric health services utilization and spending among young Medicare beneficiaries," at the AACP annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas. This project was funded by the AACP New Investigator Award. Her co-authors are Dr. Richard Hansen, doctoral candidate Saranrat Wittayanukorn, and previous research associate Juan Gao at HORP as well as the HSOP recent Pharm.D graduate Grant McGuffey. The study estimated annual trends of and identified factors associated with any psychiatric prescription utilization, psychiatric hospitalization, and total Medicare spending among Medicare beneficiaries younger than 65 years old. Study findings highlight the special psychiatric healthcare needs of disabled Medicare beneficiaries and warrant the attention of policy makers and clinicians to this understudied population.
Two Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty members were among 33 nationwide elected recently as Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Allison Chung and Dr. Jessica Starr will be recognized for the honor at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the College’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. For more information, go here.
Congratulations to Dr. Lea Eiland on her election to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board of Directors! She will begin her three-year term in June 2015. Learn more about ASHP and its Board of Directors here.

Student News

More than 50 HSOP students participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 25, raising more than $1,000 for the ALS Association. Check out the full release and see the video here.
A group of 14 HSOP students traveled to Houston in June for the PCCA’s compounding boot camp. Learn more about their trip here.
For the third year in a row, HSOP students teamed up to win the Self Care Challenge at the Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Convention in Point Clear, Ala. Representing HSOP in the Challenge were Sierra Schmidt, Meredith Ginn, Natalie Gist, Matthew Song and Erin McCreary. Congratulations to those on the winning team.
Shravanthi Mouli, a second-year Ph.D student in the Harrison School of Pharmacy under Rajesh Amin, recently took first place campus-wide at Auburn’s Research Week. A native of Chani, India, who comes to Auburn from Leeds University in England, she studies how and why many cancer patients including breast cancer and prostate cancer develop pathological cardiac hypertrophy that progresses the heart to fail. Learn more about her research here.
Six members of the Auburn National Community Pharmacists Association chapter were recently selected for Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence from the NCPA Foundation. Earning the scholarships were Adam Patterson, Gavin McNatt, Matthew Savoie, Erin McCreary, Namita Vashi and Ross Woods. Read the full release here.
Three Auburn undergraduate students that have worked in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab have recently received grants and awards for their work. Connor Dobson, a chemical engineering major, was selected for the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Auburn University, a $3,000 award. Audrey McCandless, a microbiology major, won the 2014 AU Cellular Molecular Biology Summer Fellowship as part of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a $5,000 award. Christina Pickering, a chemical engineering major, recently picked up a third place award for her paper and podium presentation at the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Southern Regional Conference in Puerto Rico. She also received the 2014-15 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Auburn University in the amount of $1,800. Additionally, Pickering is spending her summer at the National Institutes of Health as part of the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program.
Congratulations to the Auburn chapter of Kappa Psi for being named a Top-5 chapter among the fraternity's 112 international chapters.

Staff News

Dan Surry, an education professional with more than 20 years experience in the classroom, has been hired by the Harrison School of Pharmacy as its Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment. Learn more about Dr. Surry here.
Channing Ford has been hired as the Assistant Director of the Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA), the Harrison School of Pharmacy. She comes to Auburn following eight years in various positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Get to know Channing Ford here.
Dr. Paul Jungnickel, National President of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, has been busy lately as he recently installed two new Rho Chi chapters. On April 30, he installed the Delta Phi Chapter at the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio. On May 16, he installed the Delta Upsilon chapter at the California Northstate College of Pharmacy in Rancho Cordova, California.

School News

Auburn took home a big haul from the Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Awards in June. Of the 10 awards given, eight went to Auburn students, faculty or alums. Get the full run-down of the awards here.
Auburn pharmacy and engineering students and faculty toured Pharmavite in Opelika on June 12. Learn more about their visit and see the photos here.
HSOP students and faculty attended the Southern Pharmacy Administration Conference in Oklahoma City, June 20-22. Several students gave podium and poster presentations. Learn more about the trip here.

HSOP was well-represented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting held in Grapevine, Texas in July with more than 30 faculty, staff and students in attendance. In addition, HSOP had three student-faculty pairs attend the meeting as Walmart Scholars. More than 10 posters were presented by members of HSOP, and Auburn faculty and staff members participated as presenters of workshops, special sessions and mini-sessions. Some faculty also served as Chairs of special interest groups.

Dean Pat Chase from West Virginia University stepped into her role as the 2014-2015 President of AACP. The message of her welcome address was to focus on access, affordability and accountability to drive AACP’s initiatives in the coming year. Ian Morrison, PhD was the keynote speaker of the opening general session and discussed the quest for value and preparing for the future of healthcare in the current political and economic environment. Atul Butte, MD, PhD gave an engaging presentation as the speaker of the Science Plenary. The focus of his talk was “big data” and how it will change the future of healthcare and its impact on practice, research, and education.


Alumni News

SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 24 - 26, the Harrison School of Pharmacy will host War Eagle Weekend! A full weekend, including golf, tailgating and even a little classroom time. Please like and share as we would like to see as much of our HSOP Family as possible. Check out all the details here.
The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association is excited to announce Dell South-Walker and Charles Woosley as its award winners for 2014. South-Walker won the Distinguised Alumnus Award while Woosley claimed the Distinguished Service Award. Learn more about the award winners here.
The American Pharmacists Association wrote a great tribute on pharmacy pioneer and HSOP alum Charles Walton. Check it out at the APhA website.
Longtime Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Hunter Peak recently left HSOP and has been named Director of Development for the Turner College of Business at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

Renaissance Rx is looking to fill four positions in Chicago, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The full-time position includes travel to meet with physicians to go over PharmD reports from Renaissance Rx. The candidate would need to have knowledge of pharmacogenomics. When not traveling, the candidate would work as a member of the PharmD team reading reports and responding to questions from the physicians. Salary for the position is $150,000. Those interested should address resumes and inquiries to Sara Reese at


Walgreens has several open positions in southeast Alabama. If you would be interested in a position with Walgreens in the Dothan, Troy, Enterprise and Montgomery areas, please contact Ryan Teal ( for more information.

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