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Updated February 12, 2020

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Tiger Giving Day Set for Feb. 19

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 19 for Auburn’s 2020 Tiger Giving Day. This year, the Harrison School of Pharmacy is bringing attention to low immunization rates for preventable disease like tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, meningitis and Human Papilloma Virus. HSOP is asking for support to provide educational materials on vaccination to healthcare providers and patients while also purchasing vaccines to administer in underserved areas. Keep an eye on to learn how you can be part of the solution.

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New Items Available in the HSOP School Store

New items are available in the HSOP School Store, including an 8x10 picture frame that is ideal to display your state pharmacy license. Launched in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore, the online store also includes apparel, drinkware, and other items. 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 Establishes Center for Opioid Research, Education, and Outreach

In an effort to combat a public health crisis that affects those in Alabama and throughout the country, Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy has established the Center for Opioid Research, Education and Outreach (COACH). The center unifies a variety of existing programs and research going on at HSOP. Learn more about this exciting new center and the outstanding work by HSOP faculty.

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HSOP Awards 2020 Pharmacy Fellowships

Five HSOP faculty members are recipients of the school’s Pharmacy Fellowships. The fellowships, established in 2019, recognize the accomplishments by outstanding faculty across a variety of areas, including research, teaching, outreach and collegiality. The 2020 Pharmacy Fellows are Dr. Jessica Starr, Dr. Lucinda Maine Pharmacy Education Fellow; Drs. Miranda Reed and Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Jack and Lillian Clift Pharmacy Fellows in Research; Dr. Kelly Hester, Mahlon G. Turner Pharmacy Fellow in Outreach; and Dr. Lori Hornsby, Graduates of the 1980s Pharmacy Fellow. Read more about this year’s recipients.

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What is Coronavirus?

With the appearance of the coronavirus in the United States, there are a number of questions regarding what the disease is, how it is transmitted, who is vulnerable and how it is treated. Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in HSOP’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, provides comments on what is known about coronavirus. Learn more about this disease.

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HSOP Hosting Neuroscience Retreat

The inaugural Center for Neuroscience Initiative Retreat is scheduled for Feb. 28 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Industry and academic professionals from the neuroscience field or those working with diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, Tay-Sachs, PTSD, ADHD and others are encouraged to attend this one-day retreat that will feature leaders in the field from around the country. Along with speakers and poster presentations, the day will cap off with a banquet and awards presentation with featured speaker Walt Woltosz. Learn more at

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Sign Up Now for the 2020 Pharmacy Family Alumni Reunion

The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association and the HSOP Office of Development & Alumni Affairs welcome graduates back for a weekend of fun on The Plains. Come home to The Plains and spend a weekend socializing with other alumni and participate in a free continuing education opportunity. Learn more on the reunion webpage and connect on Facebook.

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Childress Becomes Board Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist

Dr. Darrell Childress, a member of the HSOP Class of 2007, recently became the newest Board Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist in the state of Alabama. Childress has been at East Alabama Medical Center for the last 12 years. Read more about him and his role at EAMC.

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Recent Graduate Catches Entrepreneurial Spirit

Taking a dream and turning it into reality, recent Harrison School of Pharmacy graduate Chris Finley, along with wife Nicole, celebrated the opening of their new independent Pharmacy, Auburn Pharmacy, in November. Located on North Dean Road in Auburn, the business is a combination of Chris’ pharmacy background along with Nicole’s marketing background and their combined entrepreneurial spirit. Chris earned his Pharm.D. from HSOP in 2018 while Nicole earned her B.A. in communications and sociology in 2007. Learn more about the Finleys and their new business.

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Class of 1979’s Joe Money Retires

Joe Money, a member of the HSOP Class of 1979, recently hung up the white coat after 41 years behind the counter. Money spent his entire career with Revco and CVS in Northwest Georgia. Read more about him in this feature in the Northwest Georgia News.

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Dr. Lynn Stevenson Featured

Dr. Lynn Stevenson, associate clinical professor and executive director for experiential learning, was featured over the weekend for her battle against cancer and her time as a member of the Auburn women’s basketball team. The Auburn Athletics Department profiled Dr. Stevenson prior to the Feb. 1 and 2 basketball games. The men’s team held its annual AUTLIVE cancer game while the women’s team played in its annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness. The Opelika-Auburn News also featured Dr. Stevenson, previewing the women’s game. Dr. Stevenson played basketball from Auburn from 1986-91, earning her B.S. from HSOP in 1992. She continued on to complete her Pharm.D. at Auburn in 1994.

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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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Moore Earns Schweitzer Fellowship

Harley Moore, a P2 from Decatur, Alabama, was recently selected for the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She will now work with a mentor to identify a project to help address health disparities in the Lee County area. It marks the second time in three years for an HSOP student to earn a Schweitzer Fellowship, following Adam Archer and Carl Okerberg in 2018. Learn more about Moore and her potential projects. Read more about Moore and the fellowship.

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McDaniel Selected for UAB CCTS Trainee Program

Cassidi McDaniel, a Ph.D. student pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, was recently selected as a trainee with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Pre-Doctoral Clinical/Translational Research Program (TL1) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The immersive program provides 12 months of protected time for fellows to develop projects focused on reducing health disparities and/or diseases that disproportionately affect the Deep South. It marks the second year in a row for an HSOP graduate student to be selected to the program as Brandy Davis was selected a year ago.

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Pinky Awarded PhRMA Foundation Fellowship

Priyanka Pinky, a Ph.D. student pursuing the pharmacology option, was recently awarded a 2020 Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation. The award provides $26,000 per year, up to two years, to support career development activities of scientists embarking on research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, in experimental animal or clinical studies or both. Pinky is co-advised by Drs. Vishnu Suppiramaniam and Miranda Reed.

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Simmons Wins Local Patient Counseling Competition

Victoria Simmons, a P3 from Florence, Alabama, won the local APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition. She will represent the Auburn chapter at the national competition at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland in March. P2 Harley Moore took second place while P3 Amanda Altstatt finished third. The goal of the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.

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Peng Receives ASPET Travel Award

Qianman Peng, a graduate student pursuing the Pharmacology option, recently received a travel award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) to attend its annual meeting, April 4-7, in San Diego, California. Peng will now present her research at one of the largest biological scientific meetings in the world. Working under Dr. Jianzhong Shen, Peng will present her poster titled “The P2Y2 Nucleotide Receptor Mediates Tissue Factor Expression in Human Monocytes,” at the meeting.

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Four Faculty Members Earn Breeden Grants

Four HSOP faculty member across three different projects were awarded 2020 Daniel F. Breeden Grants by Auburn’s Biggio Center. The grants fund projects that seek to impact student learning and enhance teaching excellence across Auburn’s campus. Drs. Kevin Astle and Allison Chung were awarded one of the grants for their project titled “From Exam to Practice: A comparison of student pharmacist performance on standardized patient cases during OSCEs and in the community pharmacy setting.” Dr. Jeanna Sewell earned a grant for her project “Friday Night at the ER for Interprofessional Education." And, Dr. Sean Smithgall earned a grant for his project “Let's Talk About It! Enhancing Educational Experience through Podcasts.”

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Hester Dedicated to Helping Those with HIV/AIDS

For more than 15 years, HSOP’s Dr. Kelly Hester has provided tireless care and innovative clinical services to a population not normally seen. For those living with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, the complex disease can be a physical and emotional strain. To help those in need, Hester works with the Copeland Care Clinic in Montgomery, Alabama, and Unity Wellness Center in Opelika, Alabama. Learn more about Dr. Hester’s work.

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Kelley Named AACP Pharmacy Practice Section Chair-Elect

Dr. Kristi Kelley, clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently elected as Chair-Elect of the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section. As Chair, she will represent the Section in the Council of Sections, which is composed of the administrative officers (chair-elect, chair, immediate past chair) of all Sections. The primary focus of the Council is to represent the collective interests of the academic disciplines within pharmacy education to the Association and its Board of Directors.

Last Updated: February 12, 2020