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Updated October 26, 2018

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Visits HSOP

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is working to combat the national opioid epidemic through innovative and collaborative research, teaching and outreach programs spanning detection, prevention, treatment and emergency response. Last week, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the country, was on campus and participated in presentations from several HSOP faculty members. Read more about his visit to Auburn.

Scott Penzak

Penzak Named Pharmacy Practice Department Head

Dr. Scott Penzak has been named the department head and professor for the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, Dean Richard Hansen announced Aug. 28. Dr. Penzak has 13 years of experience as a researcher with the National Institutes of Health and nine years of academic experience at the University of North Texas and Mercer University. He will officially take his new post on Dec. 1, 2018. Since 2014, Penzak has been on faculty at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in the College of Pharmacy. Since his arrival, he has served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy while also serving as interim associate dean for academic affairs from 2016-17. Read more about Dr. Penzak.

Anne Marie Liles

HSOP Alumna, Former Faculty Member Anne Marie Liles Passes Away

The Harrison School of Pharmacy Family is deeply saddened by the passing of Anne Marie Liles on Aug. 23, 2018. Liles was a 2005 graduate of HSOP and served on faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice from 2006-14. Liles was beloved by students and colleagues and recognized by her peers as a national leader in pharmacy practice. Colleagues and classmates of Ann Marie have set up a scholarship fund in her name. Gifts to the fund can be made online.

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AUPCC Receives President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award

The collaborative efforts between the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center and AU Human Resources were recognized last week by President Steven Leath with the President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award. The AUPCC, headed by Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, has become a model in high education for establishing the first free-standing, university-based pharmaceutical care center in the nation. Through its partnership with Human Resources, headed by Karla McCormick, it has established unique health and wellness programs that provides reliable patient care and advocacy to the Auburn Family.

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Linwood Moore Honored During Black Alumni Weekend

Retired Col. Linwood Moore, a member of the HSOP Class of 1977, was recognized as part of Auburn University’s Black Alumni Weekend. The first African-American Plainsman, a prestigious group of Auburn student ambassadors, he also made history as Auburn’s first African-American cheerleader. Read more about Moore and his career on the HSOP website. You can also learn more about his journey to becoming an Auburn cheerleader on

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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Edward Reynolds

The job of a pharmacist is a tough one. Add on the duty of mayor of your hometown and you have HSOP Class of 1989 member Edward Reynolds. Read more about Reynolds and his balancing act of pharmacist, business owner, and mayor of Bainbridge, Georgia on the HSOP website.

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Young Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jessica Jackson

A 2011 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jessica Jackson was recently recognized with the Alabama Pharmacy Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Currently working on her master’s in public health, she is working to find ways to help those in need access health care. Read more about her in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

Three HSOP Alums Earn ALSHP Service Awards

Three HSOP alums, two of which are also faculty members, recently earned service awards from the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Recognized were Dr. Rebecca Maxson (Class of 2008 and assistant clinical professor), Dr. Katelin Lisenby (Class of 2013 and assistant clinical professor), and Dr. Sarah Bryant Blackwell (Class of 2011).

Brianna Foster

Brianna Foster Joins HSOP Staff

Brianna Foster has joined the HSOP staff as the Development Coordinator in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. A 2010 Auburn graduate, she comes to HSOP following stints in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn University Club. You can contact her at

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NCPA Chapter Named Chapter of the Year

The HSOP chapter of National Community Pharmacists Association was selected as the 2017-18 National Chapter of the Year. The chapter finished second runner-up last year, but rebounded to take the top honor, beating out more than 150 chapters from around the country. Along with a monetary award, the chapter was recognized at the 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show Oct. 6-9 in Boston, Massachusetts. The chapter was evaluated on activities such as program originality, innovation, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, the benefit to student chapter members, and collaboration with independent pharmacies and healthcare organizations.

Tessa Hastings

Hastings Receives AHRQ Award

Tessa Hastings, graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently received a R36 dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She is the first-ever Auburn University student to receive R36 funding. The award will support her as she completes my dissertation, “Assessing Barriers and Increasing Use of Immunization Registries in Pharmacies: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” She is working under the direction of her advisor, Dr. Salisa Westrick.

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HSOP Welcomes Class of 2022

The HSOP Class of 2022 made its way to campus in early August, completing orientation week and the White Coat Ceremony. The Class of 2022 is made up of 153 students with 127 on the Auburn campus and 26 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 13 different states and Puerto Rico, and 40 different colleges and universities. Read more about the class on the HSOP website.

33 Students Initiated Into Rho Chi

Thirty-three students were inducted into the Zeta Chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society on Tuesday, September 11. The initiation ceremony was held in the Walker Building at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Founded in 1922, Rho Chi is an international honor society for pharmaceutical sciences that seeks to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership. Auburn’s Zeta Chapter was established in 1925 as the sixth Rho Chi chapter in the country. Read more about the initiates.

Graduate Program Hands Out Annual Awards

The Harrison School of Pharmacy Graduate Program recognized its best and brightest on October 2 with its annual awards ceremony. The HSOP graduate program has more than 60 students enrolled in the four options of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology. See a full listing of award winners and photos on the HSOP Website.

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Abbott and Roe Take Top Honors With Diabetes Video

This semester, P2 students in the Exploring Diabetes elective created videos describing the learning experiences they have had in the class. After more than 90 faculty, staff, and students voted on the videos, winners were determined in four categories. Coming away with the Most Informative award was Understanding Diabetes on Campus by Abbey Harvard, Allis Hamby, Anna Katheryn Priest, and Samantha Wood. Winning Best Concept, Most Entertaining and Best All-Around was Five Simple Guidelines by Kaity Abbott and Taylor Roe.

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Majrashi Wins Poster Competition

Mohammed Majrashi, a graduate student working under Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran, took first place at the 2018 Science & Technology Open House Student Poster Competition hosted by Tuskegee University and sponsored by Alabama NSF EPSCoR. Majrashi’s poster was titled “Designer Drugs (TFMPP-Derivatives) Can Increase the Risk for Dementia” and took the top honor in the Ph.D.-Biological Division.

Lauren Speakman

P4s Working With Indian Health Service

Lauren Speakman, Cason Daniel and Gray Plunkett, members of the HSOP Class of 2019, are currently doing rotations with the Indian Health Service. Speakman is in Montana while Daniel and Plunkett are both in Wyoming. Speakman, who is currently at a clinic that serves the Chippewa Cree tribe in Montana, is maintaining a blog on her experience at Daniel and Plunkett are currently in Arapaho, Wyoming and are maintaining a blog on their experience at

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Rodriguez and Potter Win HSOP Clinical Skills Competition

Samantha Rodriguez and Sarah Potter took top honors in the local American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition. The competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital and health-system pharmacists. By virtue of winning the local competition, Rodriguez and Potter will represent HSOP December 2-6 at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, California.

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Amanda Boyer

Bailey and Boyer Published in Pharmacy Times

Matt Bailey, a member of the HSOP Class of 2020, and Amanda Boyer, Class of 2019, were recently published in Pharmacy Times with an article titled “Renal Carcinoma: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.” The pair are working under Dr. Jerry Barbee at HCA West Florida Healthcare in Pensacola.

Natalie Hohmann

Hohmann Published in Value in Health

Natalie Hohmann, a graduate student pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, was the first author in a study published in the journal Value in Medicine. Co-authors include Dean Richard Hansen and Drs. Kim Garza and Jingjing Qian from the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Titled “Association between Higher Generic Drug Use and Medicare Part D Star Ratings - An Observational Analysis,” the study found that prescription formulary benefit design targeting increasing generic drug use appears to be associated with improved member experience and higher Medicare Part D plan star ratings. Read the full article on Value in Health’s website.

Three HSOP Students Advance to 3 Minute Thesis Finals

Three HSOP graduate students advanced out of the opening round of the Auburn University 3 Minute Thesis competition and will compete for a cash prize in the finals on Nov. 15. Lindsey Hohmann (Health Outcomes research and Policy option) advances with her presentation titled “Empowering pharmacists to prevent opioid overdose deaths by dispensing naloxone.” Two students in the Pharmacology option, Priyanka Pinky and Thamer Alqurashi, are advancing as well. Pinky’s presentation is titled “Mary Jane and Your Baby's Brain,” while Alqurashi’s is “Role of CXCR7 in Restenosis.”

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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Ngorsuraches Joins Health Outcomes Research and Policy

Dr. Surachat Ngorsuraches, who goes by Dr. Chat, joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy this summer as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Dr. Chat comes to HSOP after four years at South Dakota State University. With a masters degree and Ph.D. from the University in Wisconsin in social and administrative pharmacy, his main area of interest in pharmaceutical economics and policy. Read more about Dr. Chat in his HSOP bio.

Katelin Lisenby

ASHP Spotlight: Dr. Katelin Lisenby

Dr. Katelin Lisenby, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice was recently highlighted by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Ambulatory Care Section. Dr. Lisenby holds a faculty position with HSOP and practices at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Northport, Alabama. Learn more about Dr. Lisenby on the ASHP website.

Salisa Westrick

Westrick Receives CDC and ADSS Funding

Dr. Salisa Westrick, department head in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently received a grant worth nearly $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is working to develop new and innovative education programs for pharmacists, ultimately improving vaccination processes and standards, and potentially saving lives through increased vaccination rates. Read more about her project on the HSOP website.

Westrick and her team also received $10,000 from the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Together, Westrick’s team and the State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP) will offer a Medicare Outreach Program during the Medicare open enrollment in 2018. For this year, there will be seven events in Opelika, Tuskegee, Phenix City, Grand Bay and Bayou La Batre. Student pharmacists will help Medicare beneficiaries select appropriate Medicare Part D plans. The program saved, on average, $1,500 per beneficiary in 2017. For this year, this program marks the sixth year of the continuing collaboration between HSOP and SHIP.

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A Natural Collaboration to Fight Alzheimer’s

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi’s, professor in the Department id Drug Discovery and Development, is leading interdisciplinary research into oleocanthal, a compound found naturally in extra-virgin olive oil, and its application as a therapy for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Read more about her work and the collaborative nature of the research, involving investigators from various disciplines within HSOP and Auburn University on the HSOP website.

Haley Phillippe

Phillippe Named ASCP Fellow

Dr. Haley Phillippe, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has been selected as a Fellow by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). ASCP is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults. ASCP recognizes selected active members with Fellowship status in the Society. This recognition honors the Fellow’s excellence in pharmacy leadership, practice, and education as demonstrated by their sustained involvement with and contributions to ASCP on a state and national level, the ASCP Foundation and the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP).

Vishnu Suppiramaniam

Suppiramaniam Appointed to Editorial Board

Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, acting associate dean for research and graduate programs, has been appointed to the editorial board for Frontiers in Neuroscience as a review editor for Neural Technology. The most cited neuroscience journal in the world, Frontiers in Neuroscience has more than 248,000 citations all-time according to Journal Citation Reports. The journal has more than 21,800 published articles and has more than 114,000,000 article views and downloads from around the world.

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Paul Jungnickel

Eiland and Jungnickel Published in Pharmacy Education

Drs. Lea Eiland and Paul Jungnickel were recently published in the journal Pharmacy Education. Titled “Differences in predictors of academic success using multi- and individual year student admissions data,” the study analyzed student data to identify factors in student success in pharmacy school. To learn more and read the article, visit the Pharmacy Education website.

Brent Fox

Does Blockchain Have a Place in Pharmacy?

When most people hear the term “blockchain,” they almost automatically think of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. But, does blockchain have a place in pharmacy? Dr. Brent Fox, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, and Dr. Josh Hollingsworth, a double HSOP grad and adjunct faculty member, provide some thoughts in this article on

Salisa Westrick

Westrick Published in Vaccine

Dr. Salisa Westrick, department head in Health Outcomes Research and Policy has teamed up with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals to conduct a national survey of pharmacy-based immunization services in April through July of 2017. The results are now published in the journal Vaccine. This study sought how and to what extent immunization services are offered, promoted, and documented in community pharmacies; reasons for referral to other locations for vaccination; and perceived barriers to immunization services.

Faculty Members Published in AJHP

HSOP faculty members Erika Kleppinger, Kristen Helms, Channing Ford and Allison Chung, along with former faculty member and HSOP alum Amy Donaldson, were recently published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. The report, titled “Evolution and expansion of a resident teaching and learning program sponsored by a school of pharmacy,” took a look at the program offered by HSOP to pharmacy residents in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Read the full report on the journal website.

Angela Calderon

Calderon Visits Indonesia; Receives Funding

Dr. Angela I. Calderón, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, was invited as a visiting professor by Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya, Indonesia in July. While there, she gave a series of guest lectures and had the opportunity to discuss potential academic, scientific and outreach partnership opportunities with HSOP and Auburn University. During her visit, she gave an invited presentation on “Quality and safety assessment of botanical dietary supplements” at the Bromo Conference, a Symposium of Natural Products and Biodiversity in Surabaya. Calderon was also invited to give a seminar on “Discovery and characterization of inhibitors of shikimate kinase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis by LC-MS” at the Department of Pharmacy of the Universitas Islam Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Calderón is also a member of a collaborative team led by Dr. Emefa Monu from the Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture that has received Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Award for Interdisciplinary Research (AAES-AIR). Funded for fiscal year 2019, the project is titled “Developing tropical plant extracts as natural sources of food antimicrobials for use on fresh produce.”

Rusty Arnold

Arnold Lab Included in Fellowship Grant

The United States Department of Education recently awarded Auburn University a $960,600 grant to further graduate fellowships in biomaterials engineering and biomanufacturing. Among the faculty included in the grant is Dr. Rusty Arnold, professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Dr. Arnold’s lab regularly includes engineering students working on new therapeutics and drug delivery systems.

Rebecca Maxson

Maxson Graduates from Teaching and Learning Program

Dr. Rebecca Maxson, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, recently graduated from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Teaching and Learning Academy. The academy is an effort to assist in the recruitment, motivation, and preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy.

Faculty Present at ALSHP Meeting

The Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists (ALSHP) held its annual clinical meeting Oct. 4-5 in Birmingham. Several HSOP faculty presented as part of the program. As part of a session focused on students applying to residencies, Dr. Taylor Steuber presented on letters of intent while Dr. Lea Eiland presented on interviewing skills. As part of the main ALSHP meeting, Dr. Jessica Starr opened the day with “Update on Treatment of stroke. As part of a discussion on collaborative practice in Alabama, Drs. Brad wright and Cherry Jackson served as panelists. Drs. Allison Chung and Sarah Cogle closed out the day with a presentation titled “Delirium in the ICU.”

Last Updated: October 26, 2018