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Updated April 30, 2016

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School News
Tim Moore
Tim Moore Returns to Auburn as Department Head
Auburn University alum and longtime medical professional and researcher Dr. Timothy Moore has joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy as its department head for the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Moore joins the Harrison School of Pharmacy after spending the last seven years with the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Moore and his work HERE.

Hargreaves Award
HSOP Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at Hargreaves Awards
Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students were honored March 31 at the annual Hargreaves Awards. A total of 61 awards were given with more than 100 winners recognized. Read more about the night and see a full list of the winners HERE. Photos from the ceremony can be seen HERE.

CVS Check
CVS Selects Auburn as College Partner of the Year
The Harrison School of Pharmacy was honored April 15 for being the 2015 CVS Health College of Pharmacy Partner of the Year. HSOP was recognized for being a strong partner in creating clinicians, managers and leaders for the profession and CVS Health. As a reward, HSOP was presented with a $25,000 award. Officials from CVS Health traveled to Auburn for the presentation and spoke to students as part of the Professional Seminar Series.

Stephen Davis
Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Stephen Davis
TStephen J. Davis, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2008 was recently honored by the Auburn Alumni Association, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Development as one of 14 recipients for the Black Alumni Weekend Awards Program. Davis is currently in his fifth year as the Pharmacy Operations Manager at Texas Children's Hospital. Read more about him HERE.

Golen Eagles Invite
Golden Eagle Luncheon Set for May 19
The Harrison School of Pharmacy is excited to welcome back the Class of 1966 for this year's Golden Eagle Luncheon. The Auburn University Alumni Association will hold the Golden Eagles Reunion, May 18-20. As part of the celebration, HSOP will hold a Golden Eagles Luncheon at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19 at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center. Invitations are being mailed out to members of the Class of 1966. To RSVP or to ask for more information, contact Leslie Beech at or call (334) 844-8352.

McCreary Residency
Record Number of HSOP Students Selected to Residencies
More than 40 members of the HSOP Classes of 2015 and 2016 will be completing residencies in the upcoming year, setting a new school record. In all, 34 members of the Class of 2016 have been accepted to PGY-1 residencies while another has been selected for a fellowship. Ten members of the Class of 2015 (2 PGY-1, 8 PGY-2) have also been accepted to residencies. Read more and check out the full list HERE.

Haley Porter
Porter Wins 4th Annual HSOP Research Symposium
Haley Porter, a Ph.D. candidate in her second year at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, took top honors in the 4th Annual HSOP Research Symposium on April 8. Runners-up were selected in each of the five categories: Drug Delivery/Interactions, Neuroscience, Clinical/Implementation Sciences, Cancer, and Cardiovascular. Those taking runner-up honors were Mansour Altkurki (pharmaceutical sciences graduate student), Holly Hunsberger (visiting scholar), Anna Plotkina (pharmacy student), Shravanthi Mouli (pharmaceutical sciences graduate student), Richard Cullum (chemical engineering graduate student), Connor Dobson (chemical engineering undergraduate), and Christina Pickering (chemical engineering undergraduate). Read more about the winners and see a full list of entries HERE. Photos from the day can be found HERE.

Au Symposium
Nearly 30 HSOP Students Compete in This is Research: Student Symposium
Nearly 30 HSOP students and undergraduate researchers presented April 13 at the 2016 This is Research: Student Symposium. The symposium program can be viewed HERE. Abstracts of poster presentations can be found HERE. Among those presenting were visiting scholar Holly Hunsberger and Pharm.D. students Jennifer Huynh and Ryan Wong. Undergraduates who conduct research in HSOP that presented were Anna Boling, Connor Dobson, Madison Jarrard, Roger Johnson, Christina Pickering, Kasey Shepp, Stephanie Spina, and Taylor Young. Graduate students presenting are Abdullah AlAsmari, Mohammed Aldawsari, Ahmad Alhowail, Hamad Alrbyawi, Ahmed Al Saqr, Mansour Alturki, Andrew Brannen, Madison Chandler, Richard Cullum, Matthew Eggert, Lindsey Hohmann, Natalie Hohmann, Yann-Huei Lee, Ben Nie, Priyanka Pinky, Haley Porter, Sharay Setti, Pattanin Yooket, and Lingxin Zhang. Of 315 abstracts presented for the symposium, the Harrison School of Pharmacy was listed on 35.

Carrie Ellison
Ellison and Wren Selected for Comparative Effectiveness Program
P1s Carrie Ellison and Christopher Wren have been selected for an eight-week program in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research at UAB. The program provides an opportunity for a hands-on research experience leading to the generation of research products, all within a supportive, mentored research environment.
Christoper Wren

Walmart Schoolars
Three HSOP Students Named Walmart Scholars
Three HSOP students and their faculty mentors have been selected as 2016 AACP Walmart Scholars. Tessa Hastings (Jan Kavookjian), Justin Owensby (Kimberly Garza), and Mary Stuart (Nathan Pinner) were among 85 students and faculty mentors who will receive $1,000 travel scholarships to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Anaheim, California from July 23-27, 2016. The trio tied Auburn for the second-most recipients this year as the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Arkansas, California-San Francisco, Maryland, Minnesota, Thomas Jefferson and Western New England each had three recipients. Oklahoma led with four recipients. In all, just 20 schools had multiple recipients. More information on the AACP Walmart Scholar Program can be found HERE.

Apa Leg Day
More Than 100 Students Attend APA Legislative Day
More than 100 HSOP students traveled to Montgomery on April 6 to participate in the annual Alabama Pharmacy Association Legislative Day. Students learned about upcoming legislation that will have an impact on the pharmacy profession and met with legislators during a luncheon and later at their offices. Learn more about the day in this VIDEO and check out the pictures HERE.

Elizabeth Wood
Wood Recognized at President’s Luncheon
Elizabeth Wood, a P4 from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was recently recognized at the President’s Luncheon with the President’s Award and the W. James Samford Foundation Award. The awards recognize 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. Along with Wood, Christina Pickering, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab, received the same award for the College of Engineering. Read more and see all the award winners HERE.

Pickering Symposium
Pickering Wins Symposium Award
Christina Pickering, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Rusty Arnold’s lab in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, took second place in the This is Research: Student Symposium in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math division. Pickering, who studies chemical engineering, earned the honor for her poster entitled “Development of gold-lipidic nanocomposites for cancer improved chemotherapeutic delivery.” Read more about the Symposium and the winners HERE.

Students Compete in 8th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition
Executives from Rite Aid were in town on April 11 to judge the 8th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition. In the competition, P2 students in the Pharmacy Management II class develop a marketing plan for an advanced care service. Winners are chosen in a Most Creative category and a Best All-Around/Most Feasible category. Taking first place in the Most Creative Category were the Shine Sleep and Insomnia Program team of Brittney Arnett, Melissa Burns, Kiersti Jones, Hallie Knight, Randi Pruett, Vicky Sommerville, Rachel Wood, and Reshay Wood. For Best All-Around/Most Feasible, the Little Heroes Pediatric Disease Management and MTM team of Jasleen Bolina, Paul Paratore, Anna Rose Abagnan, Emily Tsiao, Emily Arzonico, Jacob Parker, Miyoung Kim, and Dong Pyon took top honors. See pictures of the other winners HERE.

Wesolowski Receives Gateway to Research Scholarship
Alec Wesolowski, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Peter Panizzi’s lab in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, recently was awarded a Gateway to Research Scholarship from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. The primary goal of the Gateway to Research Scholarship program is to help students gain an understanding of the importance of research by enabling them to apply that knowledge to improve their clinical skills. The $5,000 scholarship will help him work on his project titled “Non-invasive Method of Tracking Infections in Vivo with the Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography Imaging System.”

Angela Calderon
Calderon Selected to Advisory Board
Dr. Angela Calderon, of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, has been appointed as a member of the new Advisory Board of Planta Medica. Planta Medica is the official journal of the Society of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research and is one of the leading journals in the field of natural products. Learn more about the journal HERE.

Eiland Award
Eiland Receives Auburn Author Award
Dr. Lea Eiland of the Department of Pharmacy Practice was recognized last week for winning the 2016 Auburn Author Award. The Auburn Author Awards program, jointly sponsored with Auburn University Libraries, recognizes graduate faculty and library staff members who have published a book-length scholarly work during the 2015 calendar year. Eiland was recognized for her two publications, Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics and Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment. Learn more about the award HERE.

Moore Receives ATS Pulmonary Circulation Leadership Award
Tim Moore, HSOP’s new department head in Drug Discovery and Development, was recently recognized with the Pulmonary Circulation Leadership Award from the American Thoracic Society. The award is given annually in appreciation of “decades of leadership and devoted service to the pulmonary circulation research community.” Moore is being recognized for his work at the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lunch, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He will be formally recognized at the ATS International Conference on May 16 in San Francisco.

Jan Kavookjian
Kavookjian to Represent AACP in Obesity Initiative
Dr. Jan Kavookjian, of the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been selected to serve as the AACP representative for pharmacy education in an interdisciplinary initiative to develop health professions curricular content for teaching health professions students how to initiate conversations with patients about the prevention and treatment of obesity. Selected by AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda Maine, Kavookjian will be a part of a joint endeavor of the Obesity Solutions division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. The interdisciplinary panel she will be a part of is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will bring experts in behavior sciences and in provider training and education together twice a year during the two-year appointment to develop a consensus on interprofessional competencies for obesity prevention and management.

Calderon Lab Has Recent Publications
The lab of Dr. Angela Calderon in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development has recently had a pair of articles published. The first one, Chemical Adulterants in Herbal Medicinal Products: A Review, was prepared as a collaborative effort with undergraduates Jacob Calahan and Dylan Howard, and graduate student Ahmad Almalki under the supervision of Dr. Calderon. Calahan, currently an animal science major, will enter HSOP as a P1 in the Fall. The other article, Preliminary LC-MS Based Screening for Inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum Thioredoxin Reductase (PfTrxR) among a Set of Antimalarials from the Malaria Box, is a product of a team composed of undergraduate Neil Tiwari and current P3 Priscilla Jingshu Reynolds under the guidance of Dr. Calderon.


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