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Updated September 26, 2019

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Gear Up for Fall in the HSOP School Store

The Harrison School of Pharmacy has launched a school store in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore. Apparel, drinkware, and other items are available for purchase online. All proceeds from the HSOP store will be used to support student success through various programs. To learn more, click HERE or visit

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HSOP Hosting Football Tailgates

The HSOP Office of Development and Alumni Affairs will host four football tailgates during the 2019 season. All alumni and friends are invited to join. Tailgates will take place in the Walker Building lawn and will start three (3) hours prior to kickoff. For more information on tailgates, visit the Development and Alumni Affairs website.

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HSOP Faculty Speaking as Part of Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series

Auburn University will host the Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series each Friday before home football games for fans wanting to learn more about Auburn people, programs and research. This year's series will feature nine speakers over the course of six events during the 2019 football season. Prior to the Auburn vs. Samford football game in November, HSOP faculty members Drs. Brent Fox, Karen Marlowe and Haley Phillippe will speak at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at the Auburn Alumni Center at 910 South College Street. The trio will speak on the opioid crisis in Alabama and the success of their Opioid Training Institute, a program that includes 16 workshops around the state for community leaders and healthcare providers. Learn more about the Auburn Family Speaker Series and the Opioid Training Institute.

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HSOP Welcomes Class of 2023

The Harrison School of Pharmacy welcomed 148 new student pharmacists to the Auburn Family with the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 16. The Class of 2023 includes 148 students with 124 in Auburn and 24 in Mobile. The class hails from 10 different states and represents 24 different colleges and universities. Read more on the HSOP website.

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HSOP Alum is Recession Angel

Danny Cottrell, a member of the HSOP Class of 1979, created his own stimulus plan during the recent recession. With $16,000 in $2 bills, Cottrell instructed his employees to support the local economy and charities. Learn more about Cottrell and his plan in this story from the Brewton Standard.

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Pharmacy Family Reunion Set for March 27-28

Mark your calendars for a weekend on The Plains! Come back to Auburn and enjoy a reunion with the pharmacy family, March 27-28. The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association and the HSOP Office of Development & Alumni Affairs welcome graduates back for a weekend of fun. Come home and spend a weekend socializing with other alumni and participate in a free continuing education opportunity. See a full schedule for the weekend and RSVP for this great event.

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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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38 Inducted Into Rho Chi Society

The HSOP chapter of the Rho Chi Society inducted 38 new members this fall. Rho Chi is an international honor society for pharmaceutical sciences that seeks to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership. To be invited to join, students must rank in the top 20 percent of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have not been disciplined for violations of academic integrity or professional standards, and must be elected by a vote of the current chapter members. Auburn’s Zeta Chapter was established in 1925 as the sixth Rho Chi chapter in the country. Read more and see the photos on the HSOP website.

NCPA Chapter Places Among Best in Nation

The HSOP chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association recently placed second runner-up in the NCPA Chapter of the Year competition. It marks the third year in a row for the chapter to finish in the top three, including a second runner-up finish in2017 and chapter of the year in 2018. 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. The chapter will be recognized at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego on Oct. 27.

NCPA Chapter Wins Legislative Advocacy Challenge

The HSOP chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association recently took top honors in NCPA’s Legislative Advocacy Challenge. The competition was an evaluation of chapter activities based upon the criteria of major events planned, day-to-day contact, education and creativity, and innovation. The chapter was graded on how politically active it is on a state and national level, fundraising, and legislative event planning. Day-to-day contact included contacting local legislators about PBM/Mail Order, state, and CMS issues. The chapter will receive a monetary prize, which will be presented at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego on Oct. 27.

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Class of 2020 Students Published on Vaccinations

Ashley Flowers and Maria Jasser, members of the HSOP Class of 2020, were recently published in Pharmacy Times with their article titled, “Keeping Up with Recommended Vaccinations in Early Adulthood, Part 1” and "Keeping Up with Recommended Vaccinations in Young Adults with Special Circumstances, Part 2." August was National Immunization Awareness Month, with adults encouraged to learn more about their immunization status and remember that immunizations do not stop at your 18th birthday. Both articles were written with faculty member Dr. Marilyn Bulloch.

Graduate Students Win Poster Awards

HSOP graduate students Ishwor Poudel and Josh Davis recently took poster awards at the NanoBio Summit in Atlanta. Poudel took first place in the graduate student poster competition with his poster titled, “Design of Hispolon and Doxorubicin Nanoparticles for Melanoma Treatment.” Davis’ poster titled, “3D Tumor Spheroid Models Demonstrate More Realistic Drug Response to Metronomic-like therapy,” placed third. Poudel and Davis, a 2017 HSOP Pharm.D. graduate, are pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the pharmaceutics option.

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Chou Named Fulbright Specialist

Dr. C. Edward Chou, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was named a Fulbright specialist and will travel to Taiwan in December to consult at China Medical University Hospital. The Fulbright specialist program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for up to six weeks, according to the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about this prestigious honor and his appointment on the HSOP website.

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Dr. Raj Amin Receives NIH Funding for Alzheimer’s Research

Dr. Raj Amin, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, has received $449,000 from the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research program to pursue a novel drug treatment to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the project on the HSOP website.

HSOP Announces Professors of Practice

To support the curriculum and experiential education, HSOP has hired four faculty members as Professors of Practice. These positions will work with the curricular coordinators and IPPE and IPE activities in Clinical Health Services. Assuming these new positions, along with their particular area are Dr. Courtney Gamston (Experiential Programs), Dr. Catherine Loosier (P1), Dr. Megan Roberts (P2), and Dr. Brittany Bethea (P3). Bethea (’13), Gamston (’13) and Roberts (’17) are all HSOP graduates.

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Lindsey and Natalie Hohmann Join Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Lindsey Hohmann and Dr. Natalie Hohmann were recently selected to fill two new research faculty positions in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. They will begin their new duties Oct. 1. Both recently earned their Ph.D.s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from HSOP, pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option. Lindsey and Natalie completed their undergraduate work at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2008 and went on to pharmacy school at the University of California-San Diego, graduating in 2012.

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Review by Dr. Penzak Selected for JCP Anniversary Issue

The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, the journal has selected its most influential paper for each year. A review by Dr. Scott Penzak, department head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was selected as the most influential paper of 2019. Titled “4β‐Hydroxycholesterol as an Endogenous Biomarker for CYP3A Activity: Literature Review and Critical Evaluation,” the article was published in the journal originally in February, 2019.

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Hester Published in Contagion

Dr. Kelly Hester, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently published in Contagion, an infectious disease newsletter. Co-authored with Dr. Celeste Caulder from the University of South Carolina, the article discusses the safety of antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy. Learn more on the Contagion website.

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Kavookjian Studies Diabetes Education Impact on Hypoglycemia Outcomes; Speaks at AADE Meeting

Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recently published in The Diabetes Educator with her article titled, “Diabetes Education Impact on Hypoglycemia Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Evidence and Gaps in the Literature.” The article was featured in the DiabetesPro SmartBrief from the American Diabetes Association.

At the American Association of Diabetes Educators Meeting in Atlanta, Dr. Kavookjian was a featured speaker in the session titled, “Interprofessional Core Competencies for Obesity Treatment and Conversations about Weight.” Dr. Kavookjian spoke on obesity and its relationship with diabetes. She presented to an over-capacity crowd of more than 800 people on the topic. Read more about her talk on the AADE Meeting website.

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Whitley and Smith Published in The Lancet

Dr. Heather Whitley and Dr. Warren Smith were recently published in the journal The Lancet with their article titled “Sex-based differences in medications for heart failure.” Additionally, their work was referenced in an article for Cardiovascular Business magazine. Dr. Whitley is an associate clinical professor at HSOP and Dr. Smith is a member of the HSOP Class of 2018 who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.

New Residents Join CHS

Clinical Health Services, a division of HSOP’s Clinical Affairs and Outreach, welcomed four new PGY-1 residents for the 2019-20 year. Joining the CHS team are Dr. Seth Blankenship (Louisiana-Monroe ’19), Dr. Megan Ealey (Shenandoah ’19), Dr. Ondrea Kelly (Louisiana-Monroe ’19), and Dr. Alison Manjerovic (Pittsburgh ’19). Learn more about the residents on the CHS website.

Last Updated: September 26, 2019