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Happy Birthday Auburn Pharmacy

The Auburn Pharmacy program turned 130 years old on Thursday, Aug. 27. A resolution by the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Alabama Board of Trustees on Aug. 27, 1885 established a course of study in pharmacy. That course of study became a stand-alone program in 1895 and was elevated to a school in 1941. Check out this story on the HSOP website to learn more and read some of the original documents.


War Eagle Weekend Set For Nov. 13-15

The weekend of Nov. 13-15 will be an HSOP-packed time with big events going on each day to bring students, alumni, faculty and staff together. The weekend kicks off Friday with the 19th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, followed that night with the 3rd Annual Apothecary Ball. Auburn and Georgia meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday with CVS sponsoring an HSOP tailgate before the game. The weekend winds down Sunday with a Continuing Education program: Prescription Drug Monitoring.


Welcome Class of 2019

The HSOP Class of 2019 hit campus August 10 to begin the Foundations of Pharmacy Course. The Class of 2019 is made up of 148 students with 124 on the Auburn campus and 24 on the Mobile campus. The class includes students from 13 different states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and 34 different colleges and universities. The Class of 2019 has an average cumulative GPA of 3.4 and an average science GPA of 3.2. The class also has a cumulative average in the 68th percentile on the PCAT. Of the 148 in the class, 95 enter HSOP with a bachelor's degree and five students are HSOP legacies. Check out a video from the White Coat Ceremony as well as photos from Foundations of Pharmacy Week.


AU InforMed: September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, learn more about this disease in AU InforMed, a publication of the HSOP Drug Information Center, HERE.


Alumni News


HORP Looking For New Graduate Students

Interested in a new direction in your pharmacy career?  Are you interested in work that impacts large populations of patients as opposed to focusing on one patient at a time? Are you inquisitive and creative? If you answered yes to any of these, then consider pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn. The Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy is actively pursuing Ph.D. students to begin studies as early as Spring, 2016. The Department is recruiting potential Ph.D. students with a pharmacy background that could fill open research assistant positions on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Merck Foundation. Positions come with a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and the opportunity to defer payment of existing student loans. Eligible students also are eligible to apply for loan repayment programs. For more information, contact Richard Hansen at


HSOP Alum Recognized in Labor Day Feature

Dr. James Temple, a 1950 graduate of Auburn’s pharmacy program, was the first person to come to mind among many Alexander City residents when they were asked about someone who served the community. Learn a little more about him in this story in the Alex City Outlook.


HSOP Alum Has One of the Oldest Pharmacies in the Region

John Beasley, a member of the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame and a 1955 alum of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his pharmacy next month in Columbia. Learn more about Beasley and his start as a soda jerk in this Dothan Eagle feature story.


Faculty News


Welcome New Faculty Members

The Harrison School of Pharmacy would like to welcome seven new faculty members beginning the 2015-16 school year. New faculty in Drug Discovery and Development are Dr. Miranda Reed and Dr. Dmitriy Minond, both associate professors. In Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Rebecca Maxson and Dr. Sarah Vest Cogle have come on as assistant clinical professors while Drs. Jessica Corman, Michael Morgan and Corrie Stewart have joined the School as facilitators. Most are no stranger to Auburn as Drs. Cogle, Corman, Maxson, Morgan and Stewart earned their Pharm.Ds at Auburn. Dr. Reed earned her bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. at Auburn.


Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Dr. Miranda Reed

Dr. Miranda Reed is a new faculty member in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. She comes to Auburn after stints at Minnesota and West Virginia but is no stranger to The Plains as she is a three-time Auburn graduate. Learn more about her HERE.


Merner Invited to Speak at Meeting

Assistant Research Professor Nancy Merner has been invited to speak and serve as a poster judge at this year’s New Principal Investigators’ Meeting in Montreal, Canada. As a speaker, she will serve on a panel entitled “Being in Charge of a Research Program.” Learn more about the meeting HERE.

Merner Invited to Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Dr. Nancy Merner, Research Assistant Professor in Drug Discovery and Development, has been invited to participate in a pair of Breast Cancer Awareness events. She was been asked to be a part of the Susan G. Komen North Alabama Research Roundtable on Sept. 22 in Homewood, Alabama. Additionally, on Oct. 17, she has been asked to be a part of an “Ask the Experts” panel as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Birmingham.


Reed Receives NIH/NIA Award

Dr. Miranda Reed, Associate Professor in Drug Discovery and Development, has received a $255,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging for her project entitled “Determining the Roles of Aging and Extrasynaptic NMDARs in Tau Pathology.” The proposed studies will provide greater insight into possible mechanisms by which aging increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.


Amin and Suppiramaniam Labs Receives NIH Grant

Dr. Raj Amin and Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, both of HSOP’s Department of Drug Discovery and Development, recently received a $361,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “Novel PPAR-gamma agonist selectively activate the ligand binding domain of PPAR-gamma and improve pathology and memory deficits in a 3xTg-Ad mouse model.” The research was conducted entirely within HSOP with additional work by Dr. Rusty Arnold. The research with this drug looks for ways to improve memory deficits and synaptic plasticity in Alzheimer’s patients.


Armstrong Elected PRN Chair

Dr. Emily Armstrong, Associate Clinical Professor in Pharmacy Practice, was recently elected Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (PRN). The Ambulatory Care PRN is dedicated to improving patient care and clinical practice in ambulatory and family practice settings. To learn more about the ACCP’s PRNs, click HERE.


Maxson Elected PRN Chair

Dr. Rebecca Maxson, Assistant Clinical Professor in Pharmacy Practice, was recently elected Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Nephrology Practice and Research Network (PRN). The Nephrology PRN is a group of pharmacists interested in practice and research related to patients with renal disease. To learn more about the ACCP’s PRNs, click HERE.


Jackson and Hester Named ACCP Fellows

Drs. Cherry Jackson and Kelly Hester from the Department of Pharmacy Practice were recently named Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and will be recognized as such during a special ceremony on Oct. 18 at the ACCP 2015 Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, California. Recognition as a fellow is awarded to ACCP members who have shown a sustained level of excellence in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research. Fellows can be recognized by the initials “FCCP” as part of their title. Learn more HERE.


Kleppinger Completes Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program

HSOP’s Dr. Erika Kleppinger of the Department of Pharmacy Practice recently completed the 2015 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) held in Atlanta, Georgia by the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL). Sixty-four academic administrators from institutions from the U.S. and abroad attended this interprofessional, open-enrollment program designed for leaders managing an academic department or program. CAAMP was created in 2009 to address the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by department chairs and other academic administrators within colleges and schools of the health professions..


Student News


Burkard Has Article Selected for Publication

A research article written by P1 Lexi Burkard, a native of Hampton Cove, Alabama, has been accepted for publication by the journal Biomedical Chromatography. The article entitled “Development of a functional assay to detect inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum glutathione reductase utilizing liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry” is based on her undergraduate research project carried out under the supervision of Dr. Angela Calderon in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Also listed as second authors are Alexis Scheuermann and Johayra Simithy. The abstract and a link to the full-text PDF can be found HERE.


Wood Receives ACCP Futures Grant

Elizabeth Wood, a P4 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was recently awarded a Futures Grant from ACCP. She was one of just two Students/Residents in the nation to receive the award. Through its Futures Grants Program, the ACCP Research Initiatives Board of Trustees is especially interested in supporting the development of research skills among student, trainee, and early-career ACCP members with a goal of establishing sustained interest and careers in clinical pharmacy research. Wood’s research project, which is mentored by Dr. Allison Chung, is titled “Vitamin D Supplementation in Critically Ill Children: A Prospective Trial and Dose Evaluation.”

Wood Receives ACCP Global Conference Student Travel Award

Elizabeth Wood, a P4 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was recently selected as a recipient for the ACCP Global Conference Student Travel Award. The award includes a $500 stipend to help defray the cost of attending the 2015 Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 17-21 in San Francisco, California.


Kappa Psi Members Attend National Meeting

Julianne Willis (P4), Adam Harnden (P4), Nicholas Gillespie (P3), and Emily Hailstone (P3), attended Kappa Psi’s national meeting as delegates in Denver, Colorado from August 4-9. The professional pharmaceutical fraternity meeting is held every two years and updates legislative policies as well as elects new officers to the national executive committee. The conference allows members of the fraternity from both U.S and international chapters to come together to vote on new policies and procedures as well as garner new friendships and learn how to become better leaders/role models in the community, work, and school. Scholarships and awards to top chapters and provinces are also given out. The Auburn chapter, Delta Gamma, was ranked in the top 85th percentile in the fraternity.


P1 Students Participate in Mock Trial

P1 students participated in a mock trial last week as part of the Foundations of Pharmacy course. Serving as jurors, the students were able to participate in a trial that highlighted the consequences of a simple mistake made by a pharmacist. You can learn more about the mock trial in this Opelika-Auburn News story.


P1 Has Auburn Football Connection

Jamie Tillman is no stranger to the football field, specifically Auburn Football. The P1 from Birmingham is the daughter of Auburn legend Lawyer Tillman, who played wide receiver for the Tigers from 1985-88. With football season under way, learn more about Jamie and her Auburn Football connection in this Opelika-Auburn News story.


Staff News


Allen Joins HSOP Staff

Cole Allen, HSOP’s new Manager of Information Technology, officially joined the staff Sept. 14. Allen comes to Auburn after serving as IT Network Administrator at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He will replace Barry McConatha, who will retire as Manager of Information Technology at the end of October.


Coffman Joins HSOP Staff

Joni Coffman, HSOP’s new Financial Associate, officially joined the Accounting staff last week. Coffman comes to HSOP after serving as an Administrative Support Associate at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She replaces Madhumalini Karuppiah, who left HSOP for a similar position in the Library.

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