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Updated May 4, 2018

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Commencement Set for May 8

The Harrison School of Pharmacy 2018 Commencement Ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the Auburn Arena. The school will award 141 Pharm.D. degrees, eight master's degrees and seven Ph.Ds. Serving as the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony is Dr. Dell Barker Walker, a member of the HSOP Class of 1985. Dr. Walker is currently the Executive Director for the Medical Outcomes Specialists (MOS) at Pfizer Inc. More information on the 2018 Commencement is available on the HSOP website.

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More Than 50 HSOP Students Accepted to Residencies

HSOP had another record-breaking year in residency placement with a total of 58 moving on to PGY1 and PGY2 programs and another student moving on a post-graduate fellowship. Of the PGY1 residencies, there are 39 members of the Class of 2018 with two others from previous classes. In all, 16 HSOP graduates have been accepted to PGY2 programs. Check out the full listing of residents and their sites.

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HSOP Receives $20,000 NACDS Award

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation distributed $220,000 in scholarships and grants as part of an ongoing commitment to advancing patient care through pharmacy education May 5 as part of the 23rd Annual NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program. HSOP was among the award winners with $20,000 presented for Excellence in Pharmacy Education. The award will go toward implementing pharmacist-led transitions of care program in rural Alabama to examine the impact on medication adherence, readmission rates and emergency room visits among uninsured patients. The project is planned for the Mercy Medical Clinic.

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HSOP Educates First Responders

Addiction to opioids is an epidemic in the United States with people abusing both prescription and illegal drugs. The problem is growing in the state of Alabama and a group within Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is working to combat the problem through education and preparation. Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd is heading a team that has created the Naloxone Rapid Response Program. This year, the project was even the subject of HSOP's Tiger Giving Day campaign, raising 102% of the $10,000 goal. Read more about the program and its goals.

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P2s & Team 11 Take Hargreaves Day Honors

The Harrison School of Pharmacy held its annual Hargreaves Day on March 28 with students on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses competing in various events. On the Auburn campus, students competed in a food drive, tug of war, volleyball, kickball, Kan Jam and the pentathlon with the P2 Class of 2020 (top picture) coming out the victors. On the Mobile campus, students donated to the Salvation Army and competed in volleyball, dodgeball, cornhole, and the triathlon. Students were grouped by their PPE team with Team 11 (bottom picture) taking top honors. To see pictures from Hargreaves Day, check out the photo gallery. To learn more about Haargreaves Day and see some highlights, check out the video on HSOP YouTube channel.

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We Want to Hear from You

One of our favorite things around the Harrison School of Pharmacy is when we hear from our alumni and friends. We would love to hear from you with updates on your practice, career, or life in general. Please send any updates or news items you have to

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Alumni Take Active Role in New Curriculum

As part of the new Practice Ready Curriculum, students take an integrated approach to learning the disease states and drugs, and how they play into every-day practice. An example of this came recently when HSOP alum Dr. Jacob Johnson, co-owner of Marble City Pharmacy, returned to the classroom to introduce the P1 students to compounding pharmacy. Learn more about his day in the classroom and how it exemplifies the integrated approach to the curriculum.

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The Auburn Pharmacist

The latest edition of The Auburn Pharmacist hit mailboxes in late March/early April. If you did not receive your copy, we may need updated information from you. To update, you can fill out the form on the Auburn University Development website or contact Natalie Vedder at 334-844-8352 or

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Bloemer Named One of Auburn’s 10 Outstanding Doctoral Students

Jenna Bloemer was recently selected as one of Auburn University’s top-10 doctoral students, the Graduate School announced. A 2016 Pharm.D. graduate from HSOP, Bloemer is the inaugural student in the school’s Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program. She was officially recognized at the Graduate Student Awards Brunch on April 24.

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Anthony Todd Earns President’s Award

Anthony Todd was recently recognized as the HSOP recipient of the President’s Award. The award is given annually to a graduating student in each school or college who possesses outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and promise of professional ability. Following graduation, Todd will complete a fellowship at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He will work under Dr. Nicole Slater in the Department of Family Medicine and will receive clinical training in ambulatory care providing chronic disease state management and patient/provider/interprofessional education with a strong emphasis on developing research skills for a career in academia.

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Calahan Selected for NCPA Leadership Council

Jacob Calahan, a P2 from Fairview, Alabama, has been selected by the National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA) to serve for the upcoming year as a member of the NCPA Student Leadership Council. Only eight students are selected each year to serve on SLC from chapters across the country. HSOP’s chapter has been honored to achieve top 1-3 chapter in the country for the past several years, and has had several students over the past several years on SLC.

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Lauren Lucas Receives Presidential Fellowship

Lauren Lucas, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in the pharmacology option, was recently named a recipient of an Auburn University Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship. The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship program is a tool for significantly enhancing the profiles of Auburn University’s doctoral and professional degree graduates as academic and societal leaders. This fellowship program and related efforts are a part of a focused initiative to enhance Auburn University’s research and scholarly profile. The fellowships are to be offered annually to a select number of highly-qualified students. Fellowship recipients will bring exemplary levels of scholarship and innovation to the academic departments who host their study and research.

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Okerberg and Archer Receive Schweitzer Fellowships

Carl Okerberg and Adam Archer, both members of the Class of 2020, recently received Albert Schweitzer Fellowships. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship immerses a select group of students in an experiential learning and leadership development program designed to increase and sharpen their skills and abilities to more effectively address the health needs of underserved people. Okerberg and Archer have teamed up on a project that aims to increase vaccination rates and address barriers to medication access and adherence for patients in a free clinic in Lee County, Alabama.

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Bloemer, Hohmann and Setti Receive AFPE Fellowships

Graduate students Jenna Bloemer, Natalie Hohmann and Sharay Setti recently received pre-doctoral fellowships from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. For Setti, she is receiving it for a second year after initially earning the fellowship in 2017. The primary goal of the AFPE Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship program is to positively impact patient and public health by supporting high performing students who possess the skill and aptitude to become outstanding scientists and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and the government/nonprofit sectors. Hohmann, Bloemer and Setti are pursuing a Ph.Ds in pharmaceutical sciences with Hohmann in the health outcomes research and policy option, and Bloemer and Setti in the pharmacology option.

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Bolina, Hohmann, and McCarron Named Walmart Scholars

Three HSOP students were among 85 recently named AACP Walmart Scholars. The trio, along with their faculty advisor, will receive a stipend to attend the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting, July 21-25 in Boston, Massachusetts. Earning the honor this year were Jasleen Bolina (Dr. Taylor Steuber), Natalie Hohmann (Dr. Jingjing Qian), and Hayley McCarron (Dr. Nicole Slater). The goal of this scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.

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Sarah Vines Named APA Student Representative

Sarah Vines, a member of the Class of 2020, has been selected as HSOP’s student representative to the Alabama Pharmacy Association. A native of Tallassee, Alabama, she will hold the position through the 2018-19 academic year. The APA Student Representative is a non-voting member of the APA Board of Trustees and serves as a representative of the student membership on issues reviewed by the Board. The representative also serves as a liaison between the APA and student membership on issues impacting pharmacy.

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HSOP Student Researchers Win Symposium Awards

HSOP student researchers had a standout showing at the This is Research: Student Symposium, including several award winners. The Symposium was held March 26 in the Auburn University Student Center with an awards program following on April 3. Undergraduate and graduate students presented oral and poster presentations in a variety of subject areas, including drug discovery, health outcomes, pharmacology and pharmacy. Top-three awards were given in two categories: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Science and Creative Scholarship in Design, arts and Humanities. Awards were also given to a top presented in each college and school. Check out the full listing of winners and photos.

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Ellison, Holt, and Shuman Win SCCP Clinical Challenge

Carrie Ellison, Matthew Holt, and Kaci Shuman were recently selected as the team that will represent Auburn in the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The trio were named to the team by virtue of winning the local SCCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition. Teams of three students compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a “quiz bowl”–type format. Serving as alternates for the HSOP team are John Russell and Carl Okerberg. Preliminary rounds of the national competition will be conducted virtually in August and September. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be held live at the ACCP Global Conference in Seattle, Washington, October 20-23, 2018.

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Students Compete in 10th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition

Pharmacists wear several hats. Chief among them are healthcare providers, but for many they are also entrepreneurs and are responsible for all aspects that come with owning and operating your own business. To prepare students for at least one of those aspects, Dr. Jan Kavookjian created the Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition as part of her management class. Learn more about this year’s competition and and winners.

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Hastings Receives PhRMA Foundation Fellowship

Tessa Hastings, graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the PhRMA Foundation. The mission of the PhRMA Foundation is to support young scientists in disciplines important to the pharmaceutical industry by awarding them competitive research fellowships and grants at a critical decision point at the outset of their careers. The aim is to encourage young scientists who will be the leaders of tomorrow to pursue careers in research and education related to drug discovery.

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PharmaFIT 5K Supports Ozanam Pharmacy

Students from the Mobile campus recently presented the proceeds from the annual PharmaFIT 5K to Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. The pharmacy serves the needs of the underserved in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia Counties in southern Alabama with prescription medication assistance. Since the inception of the PharmaFIT 5K in 2013, more than $9,000 has been donated to Ozanam. The date for the next 5K has been set for August 25, 2018.

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Amin Lab Students Win Poster Awards

Two undergraduate research students from Dr. Raj Amin’s lab took home poster awards at the 11th Annual Boshell Research Day. Nikhil Patel took first place and Amanda Fang took second place in the category of best poster in the undergraduate section.

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Calderon Lab Students Earn ASP Awards

A pair of students from the lab of Dr. Angela Calderon recently received awards from the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP). Graduate student Yilue Zhang received the ASP David Carew Travel Award and will present her poster at the ASP Meeting, July 21-25 in Lexington, Kentucky. Undergraduate student Madison Patrick received the ASP Undergraduate Research Award to further her research in dr. Calderon’s lab.

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HSOP Students Initiated Into Phi Kappa Phi

Eighteen HSOP students were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi on April 24. Established in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study and to promote the "unity and democracy of education.” Those initiated into Phi Kappa Phi were: Rachel Allgood, Jillian Davis, Carolyn Ellison, Kristen Herr, Frances Hoffman, Miyoung Kim, Hallie Knight, Kelsey Ladd, Shelby Lawrence, Tiffany Mead, Hibah Missoum, Emily Murray, Kiara Parker, Alexis Skarupa, Warren Smith, Anthony Todd, William Towers, Caroline Welch, and Melanie Whitmore.

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Helmer Receives Hargreaves Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Bobby Helmer received the 2018 Hargreaves Faculty Mentor Award March 30 at the annual Hargreaves Awards. Student awards and the Hargreaves Award were also presented at that time with P4s (May 7) and Faculty/Staff (May 8) holding separate awards programs. For photos of this year’s award winners, check out the photo gallery on the HSOP Flickr page.

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Panizzi Project Funded Through LAUNCH Competition

Dr. Peter Panizzi, associate professor in Drug Discovery and Development, won more than $31,000 in funding as part of the LAUNCH competition. The LAUNCH Program's specific goal is to advance the commercial potential of Auburn innovations and bring them closer to commercialization. Dr. Panizzi was one of three winners of the 2018 competition. His project is “Clot-in-a-Can,” a new class of hemostatic agents that can be used to stop bleeding in patients after acute trauma or severe burns. It also could be used to stop bleeding in cattle during dehorning. His research indicates an agent produced by staph bacteria will cause immediate blood clotting. Dr. Panizzi (center) is pictured with Cary Chandler (left), Auburn's Director of Business Development and Startups, and Will Colthorpe (right), a student from his lab.

Provost Announces Tenure and Promotion for 2018

Auburn University Provost Bill Hardgrave has announced the names of faculty who have been awarded promotion, tenure or both for 2018. In the Harrison School of Pharmacy, eight faculty members were recognized. In Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Drs. Kimberly Garza and Jingjing Qian are now tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. In Drug Discovery and Development, Drs. Rusty Arnold and Murali Dhanasekaran are promoted to Professor. In Pharmacy Practice, Drs. Kristi Kelley, Dana Carroll, and Miranda Andrus are promoted to Clinical Professor while Dr. Amber Hutchison is promoted to Associate Clinical Professor.

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Garza Receives Graduate Mentor Award

Dr. Kim Garza, assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been selected for one of the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Awards from the Auburn University Graduate School. Faculty are nominated by students with selections made by a committee of graduate students who review the nominations and pick the winners based on the strength of the nominees’ letters of support. The awards recognize graduate faculty members who go above and beyond their duty as teachers, advisors and mentors. She is pictured with Heba Aref and Natalie Hohmann, two of the students who nominated her.

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Kisselev Advances to Alabama Launchpad Finals

Dr. Alexei Kisselev, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, and his startup InhiProt, were one of six teams that advanced to the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Finals. The Auburn Regional Alabama Startup Competition was an expansion of Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, where startups across the state competed for a share of funding and receive valuable mentoring. Dr. Kisselev’s program was a novel treatment for multiple myeloma.

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Kavookjian Receives Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant

Dr. Jan Kavookjian was the recipient of a 2018 Auburn Competitive Outreach and Scholarship Grant. The $25,000 award will go to her program “Motivational Interviewing Communication Skills Training for Parents of Adolescents with Diabetes: Training Development and Assessment of Parent Perceptions and Outcomes.” She was recognized Monday at the Outreach and Engaged Scholarship Luncheon. The purpose of the Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants Program is to encourage and support faculty engagement addressing critical societal needs in Alabama and beyond.

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Dr. Jungnickel Completes Term With Rho Chi

Dr. Paul Jungnickel (left), professor and associate dean for academic and student affairs, recently completed his six-year term as a national presidential officer with the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. His term included two years each as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. For his service, Dr. Jungnickel was recognized at the Rho Chi National Meeting, March 19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Eiland Co-Authors Pediatric Care Guidelines

Pediatric patients in hospitals and health systems have special needs. To help pharmacists and pharmacy departments in meeting these special needs, the ASHP Section of Clinical Scientists and Specialists and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, including HSOP’s Dr. Lea Eiland, developed a set of guidelines that supplement the ASHP Minimum Standard for Pharmacies in Hospitals and offer additional recommendations.

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Clark Lab has Recent Publications

Dr. Randall Clark, Gilliland Professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development has three recent journal publications. In Journal of Chromatography B, he has an article titled “Analytical studies on the 2-naphthoyl substituted-1-n-pentylindoles: Regioisomeric synthetic cannabinoids.” In Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, his article is titled “Correlation of vapor phase infrared spectra and regioisomeric structure in synthetic cannabinoids.” And, in the journal Forensic Chemistry, he has an article titled “Differentiation of methylated indole ring regioisomers of JWH-007: GC–MS and GC–IR studies.

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Rogers Elected to AECT Position

Dr. Sylvia Rogers, curriculum administrator in OTLA, has been elected President-Elect of the Culture, Learning, and Technology Division in the Association of Educational Communication & Technology (AECT). AECT is one of the largest professional organizations for instructional design and technology faculty and staff working in higher education.

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Fowlin Has Paper published by ACJE

Dr. Julaine Fowlin, Assistant Director of Curriculum Development and Implementation, recently had her paper “Gaining a Global Criminal Justice Perspective: A Computer-Supported Collaboration Between Students in Sweden and the United States” published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. ACJE is a Routledge/Taylor & Francis journal and an official publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The paper can be read on the journal’s website.

Last Updated: May 4, 2018