Updated February 25, 2016

The Auburn Pharmacist Monthly is a monthly electronic newsletter providing news, events and updates from the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Have something you would like included? Email hsopcomm@auburn.edu.


Construction Begins on Health Science Sector
The construction fence is up and the site is being prepared for work on the Health Science Sector at Auburn. Located at the corner of Lem Morrison and South Donahue, next to VCOM, the site will house the AU School of Nursing and the Pharmaceutical Research Building. Read more about the work being done in this Opelika-Auburn News story. Project information is available on the Auburn Facilities Management website.

AU InforMed: New Drugs
Check out the February edition of AU InforMed, focusing on new drugs in 2015. Au InforMed is an electronic bulletin published by the HSOP Drug Information Center. Read February's edition HERE. Archives can be found HERE.

Connolly Takes New Position With Massey Drugs
Tim Connolly, a member of the HSOP Class of 1981, recently took a new position with Massey Drugs in Florence, Alabama. Connelly had spent the previous 33 years with Rite-Aid. Read more about it in this story from the Shoals Insider.

Right Place, Right Time: Learn About HSOP Alum Daniel Mims
Daniel Mims (HSOP Class of 1999) started out in retail pharmacy, but a chance run in with a former preceptor led him on a path to running his own business. Now president of Montgomery-based Mims Management Group, he is thankful for the education and support from the Harrison School of Pharmacy that led him to this point. Read more HERE.

HSOP Mourns the Passing of Ami Sumners Pearson
Ami Sumners Pearson, a native of Ashland, Alabama and a member of the HSOP Class of 2011, passed away on Feb. 22 after a two-year battle with cancer. Her life will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at First Baptist Church in Ashland. Pearson leaves behind her husband, T.J., and their two children, Harper and Hattie. Her full obituary can be seen HERE.

Bhattacharya Seeks to Help Those Plagued With Fear Memories
When soldiers come home from war and return to their lives as they were before, sometimes something as common as the shutting of a car door or the running of a lawnmower can trigger strong memories of combat, weapons firing, and bombs. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a problem haunting millions of individuals worldwide. What if there was a way to suppress those fearful memories of warfare? What if we had access to a drug that kept those memories at bay once a soldier returned to his or her life back home? These are questions Subhrajit Bhattacharya, a doctoral student in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, is trying to answer. Read more HERE.

Robinson Selected for NCPA National Student Leadership Council
Chris Robinson, a P2 from Dothan, Alabama, was recently selected to serve on the National Community Pharmacists Association National Student Leadership Council. He was one of 16 students nationwide chosen for this prestigious and competitive position. The Student Leadership Council is a two-year commitment where members serve in a number of capacities by promoting the role of independent pharmacy to NCPA Student Chapters and the NCPA Steering Committee. Robinson is the sixth consecutive HSOP student selected to serve on the Student Leadership Council. Learn more about the National Student Leadership Council on the NCPA Website.

SNPhA-Auburn Ranks 8th Nationally
The Auburn SNPhA chapter was recently recognized by the national office as being ranked eighth out of 92 chapters. The rankings come from a point system that recognizes involvement in events such as community outreach, health fairs, high school recruitment, health initiatives projects (HIV/AIDS, Power to End Stoke, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Operation Immunization), and legislative activism. Along with the national ranking, the chapter also placed fourth in its region.

Stringberg Wins Patient Counseling Competition
Ali Stringberg, a P3 from Lees Summit, Missouri, recently won the HSOP Patient Counseling Competition. She will move on to the national competition, representing Auburn at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 4-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal of the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator. Learn more about the competition HERE.

New Student Council Officers Elected
HSOP students elected new Student Council Officers last week. Elected as President was Paul Paratore, a P2 from Charlotte, North Carolina. Jacob Parker, a P2 from Enterprise, Alabama was elected as Vice President-Auburn while Josh Francis, a P2 from Lake Charles, Louisiana, was elected as Vice President-Mobile. Tiffany Mumford, a P2 from St. Mary’s, Georgia was elected Secretary with Stephen Caton, a P1 from Andalusia, Alabama, elected as SGA Senator. Gladys Tucker Heard, a P1 from Vacaville, California, was elected Treasurer-Auburn with Nathan Browning, a P2 from Daphne, Alabama, elected Treasurer-Mobile.

NCPA Officers Elected
The HSOP Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association has elected its officers for the 2015-16 year. They are: Anne Saunders (President), Rebecca Mann (Vice President), Brittany Brannon (Vice President-Mobile), Leane Reynolds (Secretary), Carolyn Wood (Treasurer), Cassie Curry (Historian), Kaci Shuman (Fundraising Chair), Dong Pyon (Legislative Chair), Lexi Burkard (Business Plan Chair), and Shelby Newton (Health Initiative Chair).

Merner Recognized for Work in Breast Cancer Disparities
Dr. Nancy Merner, assistant research professor in Drug Discovery and Development, was recently recognized with a New Investigator Award from AACP. Learn more about her work in this story from the Auburn News. Additionally, Merner is part of a team of investigators that recently learned they had won the 2016 Auburn University Competitive Scholarship Grant Award. The $25,000 award is for their project entitled “Translational Cancer Genetics Research Provides Telegentic Counseling Through Video-Conferencing to Underserved and At-Risk Individuals in Rural Alabama.”

Vishnu Suppiramaniam Takes Position in Graduate & Research Programs
The Harrison School of Pharmacy is thrilled to announce the promotion of Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam to Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Programs. Suppiramaniam joined HSOP full time more than 15 years ago and has served in vital roles in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. “Vishnu will be a valuable asset to the enhancement and expansion of our graduate program offerings and extramurally-funded scholarly activity,” said David Riese, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs. “We are very excited to have him on board as we grow our department.” Vishnu brings a wealth of experience to his new role, most recently as interim Department Head in Drug Discovery and Development. In his new role, he will assist in promoting the engagement of School of Pharmacy faculty in all research endeavors within the school, across campus and external to this university. Please join us in congratulating Vishnu on this esteemed position.

Cogle Receives A.S.P.E.N. Award
Dr. Sarah Vest Cogle, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently recognized with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Pharmacy Practice Section New Practitioner Award for research entitled, “Sliding Scale Regular Human Insulin in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Nutrition Support.” She received the award during the Pharmacy Practice Section Community Forum during A.S.P.E.N.’s Clinical Nutrition Week in Austin, Texas on Jan. 17. The award recognizes the achievements of a new practitioner of nutrition support of A.S.P.E.N., who is involved in furthering the science and practice of nutrition support.

Westrick Selected as APhA Fellow
Dr. Salisa Westrick, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recently recognized by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and science as a Fellow. Fellows must have a minimum of 10 years professional experience. To become a Fellow, members must have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations. Learn more about the honors, as well, as other 2016 awards on the APhA Website.
Westrick Published in JAPhA
Dr. Salisa Westrick was recently published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (Vol. 56, Issue 1, Pages 29-36). Also serving as co-authors on the article were HSOP graduate students Justin Owensby and Thanasak Lertpichitkul. Entitled "Impact of the RxVaccinate program for pharmacy-based pneumococcal immunization: A cluster-randomized controlled trial," the objective was to evaluate the impact of the RxVaccinate program on the structure, process, and outcome measures and to assess team leaders' perceptions of the program. You can read the full article on the Journal's website.

Marlowe Speaks on Addiction
Dr. Karen Marlowe, assistant dean of HSOP's Mobile campus, recently spoke at the Drug Education Council in Mobile on heroin addiction. Read more about her visit in this story from FOX 10 in Mobile.

Ford Moves Into Faculty Role
Channing Ford, recently the Assistant Director of OTLA, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy-Administration. In her new role, she will remain in the Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Ford is charged with the design and delivery of an evidence-based faculty development curriculum pertaining to instruction and assessment; peer assessment of teaching; identifying, developing, refining, validating and administering learning, teaching, and program assessments and evaluations; analyzing assessment and evaluation data with the goal of continuous improvement of effectiveness and efficiency; assisting the Professional Education Committee in formulating conclusions and recommendations from collected data; and providing administrative support for integrated learning experiences.

Merner and Whitley Receive Outreach Scholarship Grants
Dr. Nancy Merner (Drug Discovery and Development) and Dr. Heather Whitley (Pharmacy Practice) have each been awarded grants through the Auburn University Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant competition. These grants are designed to support faculty outreach activities, particularly those activities that target underserved populations. Merner received the award for her project entitled "Translational Cancer Genetics Research Provides Telegentic Counseling Through Video-Conferencing to Underserved and At-Risk Individuals in Rural Alabama." Whitley was recognized for her project entitled "Implementing Multidisciplinary Diabetes for Improved Patient Care." Fore more information on the program, visit the Outreach Website.

Brinda Lisano
Lisano Returns in Temporary Role
Recently-retired staff member Brinda Lisano will be returning to HSOP in a temporary role this semester. She will be working in the Office of Experiential Learning, filling the role that Kathy Kyle held until that position is permanently filled. Welcome back Brinda!

Last Updated: February 25, 2016