Updated September 30, 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.


HSOP Welcomes Class of 2020
The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2019 joined the Auburn Family on Saturday, Aug. 13 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony. The class represents 12 states, two foreign countries and 35 colleges and universities. Read about these and even more facts about the newest group of P1s HERE.

Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Paul Paratore
He can wear a lot of different hats: journalist, radio voice, political commentator, pianist, dancer, traveler, Renaissance Man, student-pharmacist, and many others. Among them is HSOP student council president. Get to know a little more about this year’s president, Paul Paratore HERE.

36 Initiated Into Rho Chi Society
Thirty-five students and a faculty member were inducted into the Zeta Chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society on Thursday, September 8. Initiation ceremonies were held simultaneously on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses. Find out who was initiated HERE and see pictures from the event HERE.

Pharmaceutical Research Building Update
Framing and duct work are going up at the new Pharmaceutical Research Building. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017, construction is moving forward on schedule. Check out the PHOTO GALLERY to see some of the progress.

HSOP Leads Program to Help Alabama Medicare Patients
HSOP and the Alabama Department of Senior Services have teamed up to form the CARES Pharmacy Network to assist Medicare patients who may be available for assistance. Learn more about this program spearheaded by Dr. Salisa Westrick HERE.

New Award Highlights HSOP Representation at APA Awards
Harrison School of Pharmacy students, staff and alumni took home several from the Alabama Pharmacy Association 135th Annual Convention held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, this summer. Among the award recipients were Lauren Smith, Hamp Russell, Valerie Oakley, Charlie Thomas, Darrell Craven, Jared Johnson, Charles Woosley, Joshua Hollingsworth. Among them was a new award named for Dean R. Lee Evans. Read more HERE.

Teel Wins CVS Paragon Award
Katie Teel (pictured on the right), a 2012 HSOP graduate, was recently recognized with the CVS Health Paragon Award for Area 9. The award, the highest honor achieved within CVS, is reserved for individuals who make remarkable contributions on the job or in their community.

Why You Should Attend a Pharmacy Conference
Lucinda Maine, a 1980 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and current CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, encourages students to take advantage of the professional development opportunities at pharmacy conferences. Read more in this spotlight from Pharmacy Times.

Turk Recognized by ACCP
P3 Ashley Turk has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her poster titled “Comparison of the incidence of pneumonia in patients with multi-trauma and TBI versus those without TBI” was selected to be presented in the "Original Research" category at the 2016 ACCP National Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 23-26. She completed her research under Dr. Kaitlin McGinn, assistant clinical professor in Mobile. McGinn practices at the Trauma/Surgery ICU team at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama. Turk’s research will be published in the journal Pharmacotherapy. Additionally, she was awarded a Critical Care PRN Student Travel Award to attend the meeting. The grant is awarded to a student member of ACCP who completed research under a current PRN member. Along with presenting her poster at the meeting, she will present during the Critical Care PRN Networking and Business Meeting.

Squires Receives ACA Foundation Scholarship
Christopher Squires, a current P3 from Grove Hill, Alabama, recently received the Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence from the American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation. The scholarship is annually given to a student with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, who shows leadership qualities, extra-curricular activities, and a high level of academic success. Read more about Squires and the award HERE.

Phi Delta Chi-Mobile Raising Money for St. Jude
The Phi Delta Chi chapter on the Mobile campus has raised more than $3,100 in honor of cancer survivor Broox Middleton, as part of the St. Jude Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer in Baldwin County. Operating under the team name “Strides for St. Jude with Broox,” the group currently ranks No. 4 in the region for fundraising. While the event has passed, the opportunity to give to the cause will be open until the end of November. You can give to their effort on their team page here: http://walkrun.stjude.org/pdcgammalambda. For more information, contact Lindsey Trotter at lrt0008@auburn.edu.

Laxson Earns RESPy Award
Kristi Laxson, a P4 from Baltimore, Maryland, 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 Kristi will be published in Pharmacy Times.

Five Graduate Students Receive AURIC Fellowships
Five HSOP graduate students received fellowships over the summer from the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). Andrew Brannen, working under Dr. Peter Panizzi, was awarded a fellowship for his project “Multi-angle acquisition of bioluminescence, fluorescence, and X-ray images in murine models.” Madison Chandler, working under Dr. Nancy Merner, was awarded a fellowship for her project “Identifying Novel Genetic Risk Factors of Hereditary Breast Cancer in an African American Cohort in Alabama.” Ning Cheng, working under Dr. Richard Hansen, was awarded a fellowship for her project “Cancer and Comorbid Condition Prescriber Continuity Before, During, and After Acute Cancer Treatment.” Richard Cullum, working under Dr. David Riese and Dr. Allan David from engineering, was awarded a fellowship for his project “Targeted Nanoparticles for Delivering Drugs to Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer.” Shanese Jasper, working under Dr. Rusty Arnold, was awarded a fellowship for her project “To Determine if Differences insPLA2 Expression can be Exploited to Selectively Trigger Degradation and Drug Release in Primary and Metastatic Breast Cancers.”

HSOP Team Participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s
A group of HSOP students have put together a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning on the Campus Green by Jordan-Hare Stadium. Several of the patients seen by HSOP student-pharmacists are dealing with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. As future pharmacists, this is a way students can assist in finding a way to change the course of this disease through research, education, and patient care. You can get involved by giving to and/or joining the team. You can give or sign up on the team page at http://act.alz.org/goto/AUpharmacy.

Kelley Receives ACCP Award
Dr. Kristi Kelley, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently recognized with the Education Award from ACCP. The Education Award recognizes an ACCP member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the professional or the postgraduate level. At the time of Dr. Kelley’s nomination, she had published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written or co-written seven book chapters, and presented extensively at professional and scientific meetings (including ACCP meetings). She has also served as the chair of ACCP’s Education and Training PRN and as a member or chair of numerous ACCP committees. She was elected as an ACCP Fellow in 2012.

Faculty Participate in Research Symposium
Auburn University held its This is Research Faculty Symposium on September 16 at The Hotel at Auburn University. Several HSOP faculty members were on hand presenting, including Dr. Salisa Westrick from the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Dr. Westrick was selected for one of the Auburn Talks Presentations and spoke on "Improving Healthcare Access Through Pharmacy-based Innovations." You can read the full program HERE.

Marilyn Bulloch

Zach Riley
Bulloch and Riley Publish in Pharmacy Times
Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and Zach Riley, a P4 from Quitman, Mississippi, recently had an article published in Pharmacy Times, “Latest Advancements in Antimicrobial Therapy.” Read the full article HERE.

Marilyn Bulloch

Kathryn Chappell

Kara White
Therapeutic Approach to Community and Nosocomial Pneumonia
Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, along with P4s Kara White and Kathryn Chappell, were recently published with their findings on treatment of pneumonia. Read more HERE.

Angela Calderon

Richard Hansen

Jingjing Qian
Calderon, Hansen and Qian Receive AURIC Award
Drs. Angela Calderon, Richard Hansen and Jingjing Qian have collaborated to receive a $200,000 award as part of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) Major Grants Program. Entitled “Evaluation of the Safety of Concomitant Use of Botanical Dietary Supplements and Anticancer Drugs,” the project seeks to provide a more accurate assessment of the safety of botanical dietary supplements used with anticancer drugs, and develop a more predictive preclinical approach for the identification of clinically relevant interactions.

Chou Joins HORP Faculty
C. Edward Chou, Ph.D., recently joined the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy as an associate professor. Dr. Chou is one of the cluster hires, filling the Health Disparities cluster. Those hired in Health Disparities seek to improve health care for disadvantaged segments of the population. Chou comes to Auburn following appointments at the University of Chicago and Northeastern University. He also completed a fellowship in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Learn more about Edward HERE.

Jeanna Sewell

Sean Smithgall

Taylor Steuber
Pharmacy Practice Adds Three Faculty Members
Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice beginning the 2016-17 academic year. Jeanna Sewell, a 2014 HSOP graduate, is an assistant clinical professor on the Auburn campus. Sean Smithgall, a 2014 graduate of East Tennessee State, is an assistant clinical professor on the Mobile campus while Taylor Steuber, a 2014 graduate of Missouri-Kansas City, is an assistant clinical professor working from a clinical site in Huntsville.

Richard Hansen

Nancy Merner
Faculty Members Receive AURIC Seed Grants
Two HSOP faculty members received three Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) grants over the summer. Of the four $20,000 grants awarded, HSOP investigators are involved in three. Dr. Nancy Merner is a con-investigator in a project titled “Building Alabama Cancer Cohorts: Evaluating Community-Based Recruitment Efforts for Genetic Counseling and Consenting.” Dr. Richard Hansen is the PI in a project titled “Appropriateness and Coordination of Medication Prescribing Across Cancer Patients Seeing Multiple Different Healthcare Providers,” while Dr. Merner was the PI in a project titled “A Comparative Genomics Approach to BC Susceptibility Gene Discovery Using Canine Pedigrees.”

Walden Joins PHS Staff
Garrett Walden, a 2014 Auburn graduate, recently joined the Pharmacy Health Services staff as Health and Wellness Specialist. As the Health and Wellness Specialist, Walden provides administrative support for the Pharmacy Health Services staff. That includes Healthy Tigers, research grants, and outreach activities, such as Healthy Tigers Lunch and Learns. Learn more about Garrett HERE.

HSOP Staff Stripes the Office
While the Auburn football team did not come out victorious against Texas A&M, the HSOP staff did. Staff members (clockwise from top) Patty Liverance, Shannon Jones, Paige Patterson, Amber Thomas, Tamika Fields, John Folmar, Julaine Fowlin, Carolyn Campbell, Charlotte Cheatham, Don Davino, Laurie Gann, and Amanda Fowler teamed up to Stripe the Office in a competition put on by the Auburn University Trademark and Licensing Office. The HSOP team came out victorious with the best Stripe the Office photo on campus.

Last Updated: September 30, 2016