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Updated January 29, 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

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Auburn Pharmacist Available Online
The Fall 2015 edition of the Auburn Pharmacist magazine is now available online. Inside you can read feature stories on HSOP alums Daniel Mims, David Serota, and others. Also inside are updates on notes on students, faculty, staff, alumni, and general news. You can read online HERE.

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Board of Trustees Approves Pharmaceutical Research Building
The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the construction of the first two buildings in the university’s new Health Sciences Sector, including the Pharmaceutical Research Building. The area at the corner of Lem Morrison Drive and South Donahue Drive is being deemed as such because it will house a new Pharmaceutical Research Building for the Harrison School of Pharmacy, as well as a new building for the AU School of Nursing. Both facilities are deliberately being located near the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to bolster interdisciplinary collaborations. Read the full release HERE.

Former Dean Samuel Coker Passes Away
Former Harrison School of Pharmacy Dean Samuel T. Coker passed away on Dec. 7. Dr. Coker served as Dean of Auburn’s School of Pharmacy from 1960 until 1972. During his time, the curriculum was revamped to reflect changes in the pharmaceutical industry and the course of study was extended to five years and reflected a new emphasis on clinical pharmacy. By 1966, Auburn’s School of Pharmacy boasted the largest enrollment of any pharmacy program in the southeast. Learn more about Dean Coker and his time at Auburn HERE.

Mobile Gala Set for Feb. 13
Join us for "A Night on the Delta." The event will begin at 5 p.m. as you watch the sunset over the Delta. The evening will include a full dinner with a carving station. The night continues with dancing, games, and a cash bar offering signature cocktails served in souvenir mason jars. It will be a night you won't want to miss. Students, faculty, affiliates and alumni, come help us celebrate the Mobile campus and the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Tickets are $25 for individual and $45 for couples.

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Alison Baker Joins AU Employee Pharmacy
Dr. Alsion Baker, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2010, recently returned to The Plains to fill the position as Pharmacy Manager in the AU Employee Pharmacy. Learn more about Dr. Baker and what drew her to Auburn in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

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HSOP Well-Represented at ASHP Midyear in New Orleans
More than 80 HSOP students, faculty members and residents presented posters this week at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in New Orleans. In what is believed to be a record student turnout, more than 40 HSOP students are presenting posters at the conference. You can see a listing of the posters HERE.
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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Travis Whiteside
Travis Whiteside joined the United States Army in 1999 and made his way onto the Auburn campus in 2003. After earning a bachelor of science degree from Auburn, he went on to pursue his Pharm.D. at the HSOP Mobile campus, graduating in 2011. Whiteside is a pharmacist in the United States Army and is currently completing a PGY-1 residency at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Learn more about him in this Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

Jessica Jackson
Opinion: Pharmacists Could Be The Answer
According to HSOP Class of 2011 member Jessica Jackson, the pharmacist could be the answer to Alabama's healthcare accessibility problem. Read more in this opinion piece from

Eric Morgan
Morgan Offers Advice to Current HSOP Students
Dr. Eric Morgan, HSOP Class of 2002, recently returned to The Plains to speak to student members of the Auburn University Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy chapter as part of their "Lunch With a Leader" series. Morgan is currently the interim CEO and Pharmacy Manager at the Prattville Baptist Hospital.
Nancy Merner
Merner Receives New Investigator Award
Dr. Nancy Merner, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, was recently recognized with a New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Merner earned the award for her project entitled “Gaining Insight Towards Breast Cancer Disparities Through Gene Discovery Efforts.” This New Investigator Award program provides start-up funding for new pharmacy faculty’s research programs. Each grant up to $10,000 maximum to individual faculty early in their academic careers at U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy that are accredited by ACPE and whose institution is a regular institutional member of AACP.

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Brad Wright
Cherry Jackson
Cherry Jackson
Wright and Jackson Assume AlSHP Offices
At the recent Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists meeting, Drs. Brad Wright and Cherry Jackson were installed in officer positions. Wright, who just completed a term as AlSHP President, was installed as Past President while Jackson was installed as President. A listing of AlSHP officers can be found HERE.

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Kimberly Garza
Hansen and Garza Named to Journal Editorial Board
Drs. Richard Hansen and Kimberly Garza, both of the Department of Health Outcomes, Research and Policy, were recently appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial advisory Board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, the APhA's peer-reviewed journal. Hansen and Garza will begin their term at APhA2016, March 4-7 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jana Pisarcikova
Visiting Scholar Joins Calderon Lab
Jana Pisarcikova, a Ph.D. student from Slovakia, has joined Dr. Angela Calderon’s lab as a visiting scholar. Pisarcikova attends the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Animal Physiology and is at HSOP through funding from the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic. She will assist Dr. Calderon on a research project entitled “Validation of LC-MS method for quantification of thymol metabolites in broiler chicken plasma and tissues.”

Angela Calderon
Calderon Lab Receives Gift
The lab of Dr. Angela Calderon has received a $30,000 gift from Santalis Pharmaceuticals in San Antonio, Texas, supporting research on screening for her project entitled “Plasmodium falciparum thioredoxin reductase and Mycobacterium tuberculosis shikimate kinase inhibitory activities and metabolism studies of East Indian sandalwood oil (EISO), a traditional plant medicine.”
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Elizabeth Wood Earns Darden Scholarship
Elizabeth Wood, a P4 from Vestavia Hills, will be recognized Jan. 30 as a recipient of the Darden Scholarship. The award is presented annually to outstanding students enrolled in an advanced health degree (Medicine, Advance Practice Nursing, Pharmacy, or Physical Therapy). Criteria for the award are scholarship, activities, and character. Applicants must also express a desire to meet the needs of the underserved in the East Alabama area. Wood will be recognized Saturday at the J.W. Darden Foundation Black-Tie Legacy Gala at the Grand National Ballroom. For more information on the gala and Dr. J.W. Darden, read this Opelika-Auburn News story.

Warren Smith Newsletter
Smith Combines Research and Practice in New Program
Warren Smith, a P2 from Tallassee, was recently named an Express Scripts Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Smith is also part of a unique group of HSOP students pursuing both a Pharm.D. degree and a Ph.D. Learn more about Smith and his path in HSOP's newest program.

HSOP Students Recognized by Phi Kappa Phi
HSOP Students Recognized by Phi Kappa Phi
Ten HSOP P2s were recently recognized by Phi Kappa Phi for having top academic marks at the end of their P1 year. The mission of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Those recognized this year were Leanna Barker, Frances Hoffman, Rachel Howorth, Brooke Jaramillo, Miyoung Kim, Madeleine King, Jenna Lee, Walker Mason, Anthony Todd and Morgan Tyus.

Kassandra Watson
Auburn Family Supports Student After Tragedy
P2 Kassandra Watson and her two younger siblings received devastating news Christmas morning as their mother passed away in a car accident. Since that time, the Auburn Family has rallied around Watson and her family, donating more than $60,000. Learn more about her story in this feature from the Auburn Plainsman. This interested in contributing can do so HERE.

Anthony Todd
Todd Earns RESPy Award
Anthony Todd, a P2 from Tallassee on HSOP’s Mobile campus, was recently selected as the recipient of the RESPy Award (Respect, Excellence, and Service in Pharmacy). The RESPy Award began as a recognition of extraordinary humanitarian work in the community, and has become a continuing way of saluting the service of pharmacy students all over the country. Whether it’s improving access to medicine for the homeless, developing adherence programs for care facilities or coordinating responses to natural disasters, past RESPy winners inspire future pharmacy leaders with their actions. A feature story on Anthony and his work with the PAWS student-run free clinic will be published in the February issue of Pharmacy Times.

Paws Newsletter
PAWS Clinic Raises More Than $5,000 on Tiger Giving Day
More than $5,000 was raised for the PAWS Student-Run Clinic in Mobile as part of the inaugural Tiger Giving Day. At the Student-Run Free Clinic in Mobile, HSOP students work alongside South Alabama medical and nursing students, as well as several from other disciplines, to offer a full spectrum of treatment for patients. To learn more about the PAWS Clinic, you can read this story on the HSOP Website or watch this story by WKRG TV in Mobile. If you are interested in giving to the clinic, please get in touch with Kori Caldwell at (334) 844-3624 or

Mobile Campus to Host PharmaFIT 5k
The HSOP Mobile campus will host the PharmaFIT Lucky Ducky 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Mobile at the SGA Pavilion and Intramural Fields. Tickets are available now with all proceeds going to the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy.
Kandi Dawson
Kandi Dawson, a long-time member of the HSOP administration, retired at the end of December. Kandi was with HSOP since 1998 and had been with Auburn University since 1987. Congratulations Kandi!

About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. In 2014, the school adopted the slogan, “Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care.” For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

Last Updated: April 18, 2017