June 2013 News Articles
University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy news for the second quarter of 2013
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Second Quarter 2013
Pharmacy student and former cross country and track and field member Greg Miller is one of three UW student-athletes who have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships to continue their studies. In 2012, Miller was the first University of Wyoming student to be named a Mountain West Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
University of Wyoming senior student-athletes, pharmacy student Chaundra Sewell (women's basketball) and Luke Ruff (football), received the highest honors the Mountain West Conference presents to student-athletes as they were named the 2013 Mountain West Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
UW Trustees Approve School of Pharmacy Faculty Promotions
The School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved promotions of the following faculty effective July 1: Linda Gore Martin, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, to Professor; Janelle L. Krueger, M.S., R.Ph., to Clinical Associate Professor; Mary Onysko, Pharm.D., BCPS, to Clinical Associate Professor; and Melissa L. Hunter, Pharm.D., to Associate Research Scientist with an extended-term appointment.
An invited review written by UW School of Pharmacy student Jennifer B. Steiner, Zhenbiao Wu (with the Department of Clinical Immunology, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China), and Jun Ren, UW School of Pharmacy Professor of Pharmacology, has been accepted for publication in the journal of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology July 2013 issue. The article titled, "Ticagrelor: Positive, negative and misunderstood properties as a new antiplatelet agent," is available online from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1440-1681.12097/abstract.
The School of Pharmacy class of 2013 received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees during the UW College of Health Sciences commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Many graduates shared their future plans which include residencies, hospital, retail, and community pharmacy, and spending time with family.
View more photos of the Class of 2013 at commencement on May 11. Watch the UWTV "Go the Distance" video on You Tube of the 2013 College of Health Sciences Commencement.
UW School of Pharmacy Announces 2013 Preceptors of the Year
Erica Wang and Kelli Gibson have been selected as the 2013 Preceptors of the Year for their significant contributions to the education of UW School of Pharmacy students. The announcements were made at the Annual Honors and Awards banquet in May. Kelli Gibson, Pharm.D., BCPS, with Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, teaches an Introductory Hospital rotation for P2s. Erica Wang, Pharm.D., BCPS, is also with Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and teaches a Critical-Care elective for P4 students. Dr. Wang is an alumna of the UW School of Pharmacy where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2006.
Glaucia Teixeira, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutics, and Cara Harshberger, Pharm.D., BCOP, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, were selected as Faculty of the Year by the UW School of Pharmacy class of 2013.
(L to R) Class of 2013 President Pam Darrow, Vice President Kara Springer, Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty of the Year Award recipient Dr. Glaucia Teixeira, and Dean Linda Martin.
(L to R) Class of 2013 President Pam Darrow, Vice President Kara Springer, Pharmacy Practice Faculty of the Year Award recipient Dr. Cara Harshberger, and Dean Linda Martin.
Each year, the UW School of Pharmacy confers several student recognition awards to students based on nominations from the entire faculty and criteria set by each award donor. Outstanding student and faculty award recipients for 2013 were honored recently at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet.
2013 Scholarship Recipients Honored
The School of Pharmacy announced the 2013 scholarship recipients at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet in May. Thanks to the generosity and support from donors, 56 students received scholarships.
Student Organizations Present Awards for 2013
UW School of Pharmacy student organizations presented awards during the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet in May.
2013 CHS Awards Honor Outstanding Faculty and Staff
UW School of Pharmacy faculty and staff were honored during the College of Health Sciences award ceremony in April. Bruce Culver, Janelle Krueger, Jennifer Petrie, and Chloe Jones were recognized for outstanding teaching and/or service.
The UW School of Pharmacy welcomed new faculty Becky Linn and Antoinette Brown this spring. Becky Linn, Pharm.D., BCPS, joined the faculty at the UW School of Pharmacy in March as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Antoinette Brown, R.Ph., joined the faculty at the UW School of Pharmacy in April as the coordinator of experiential education primarily focusing on the fourth year professional rotations.
Angela Thompson Article Published in The Consultant Pharmacist
Angela M. Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, recently had an article published in The Consultant Pharmacist titled, "Evaluation of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Medication Management and Control in Older Adults."
Carol Kobulnicky and Mary Anne Purtzer Publication in Palliative and Supportive Care Journal
Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky, Ph.D., R.Ph., associate professor of social and administrative pharmacy, and Mary Anne Purtzer, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing assistant professor, have a new publication (in press) in the Palliative and Supportive Care Journal titled, "'How I kept track of it of course was my business': Cancer patient self-monitoring as self-stylized work."
Travis Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science, recently had an article titled, "Loss of interneuron LTD and attenuated pyramidal cell LTP in Trpv1 and Trpv3 KO mice," published in the neuroscience journal of Hippocampus.
Christy Weiland, Pharm.D., BCPS, former clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Michelle Hilaire, Pharm.D., CDE, BCPS, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice, recently had an article published in American Family Physician titled, "Bromocriptine Mesylate (Cycloset) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus."
Evgeniy Panzhinskiy Awarded MCLS Ph.D. Degree
This spring, Evgeniy Panzhinskiy was awarded a Ph.D. degree in the University of Wyoming Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) graduate program for his thesis titled, "Role of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B and endoplasmic reticulum stress in obesity-induced insulin resistance." Panzhinskiy worked under the supervision of Dr. Sreejayan “Sree” Nair (Associate Professor of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy) and his graduate committee members were Dr. Jun Ren (Professor, School of Pharmacy), Dr. Bruce Culver (Professor, School of Pharmacy), Dr. David Fay (Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Program) and Mark Stayton (Associate Professor and Head, Department of Molecular Biology).
Carol Kobulnicky Conducts Workshop on Motivational Interviewing at Idaho State University
Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky, Ph.D., R.Ph., associate professor of social and administrative pharmacy conducted a workshop on Motivational Interviewing for about 20 faculty at Idaho State University (ISU) June 3–4.
2013 Grand Rounds/Research Day
The College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds/Research Day on April 12 featured research presentations by School of Pharmacy students and faculty. Yinan Hua placed third in the oral presentations and Jenna Allais placed third in the competitive student poster award submissions. Other award-winning posters in the student category were Xihui (Alex) Xu and Ben Pacheco.
Dawn Anne Davison, a fourth year Pharm. D. student gave oral and poster presentations of her research titled, "Cathepsin K Inhibition Alleviates Antimycin A-Induced Cardiomyocyte Apoptosis," during the Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day on April 17, 2013. Davison worked in the lab of Dr. Sreejayan Nair and was supervised by Yinan Hua (student in the Biomedical Graduate Sciences program).
by Kendra Whalen
On April 17, 2013, the UW School of Pharmacy’s NCPA chapter and APhA-ASP chapter co-sponsored the first legislative letter writing campaign in a push to gain recognition of pharmacists as providers. The organizations hope the personal appeals from voting constituents will encourage the legislature to finally recognize pharmacists and the skilled, patient-care services they provide.
Jeremy Vandiver, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, recently had an article published in the April issue of Hospital Practice titled, "A Comparative Trial of Anti-Factor Xa Levels Versus the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time for Heparin Monitoring." This retrospective trial added to literature supporting the advantages of using an anti-Xa assay rather than the aPTT to monitor the parenteral anticoagulant, unfractionated heparin, in hospital settings.
Alumnus John Darnell Receives National Pharmacy Research Grant
BETHESDA, Md. (May 17, 2013) ― John C. Darnell, Pharm.D., has been awarded a 2012-2013 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant. Dr. Darnell is a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at Kaiser Permanente in Denver. Dr. Darnell is a graduate of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.
UW's Bruce Culver and Kristy Isaak Receive James C. Hurst Awards
April 15, 2013 — Bruce Culver, director and professor in the School of Pharmacy, and Kristy Isaak, accounting associate, senior, in ASUW, were named the 2012-2013 recipients of the University of Wyoming’s James C. Hurst Each Student-A Person award.
Alumnus Travis Walthall's Custom Rx Pharmacy Receives National Accreditation
KUNA, Id. (April 14, 2013 ― Custom Rx Pharmacy in Kuna, Idaho, owned by alumnus Travis Walthall, R.Ph. (B.S.P. '98) and his wife Tina, was recently accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB). The accreditation is awarded in recognition of the pharmacy’s commitment to meeting and/or exceeding national quality standards. As such, they are currently the only nationally accredited compounding pharmacy in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and the second in the state.
The 2013 Pharmacy Frolic 5K, sponsored by the Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP), was held on April 14, 2013 at Optimist Park/Laramie River Greenbelt. Despite very cold temperatures, strong winds, and icy roads, thirty-one runners finished the race. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Laramie Interfaith-Good Samaritan and SSHP. Read the official results and times.
Interprofessional Education Workshop
Save the date on Thursday, January 9, 2014 (before the start of spring semester) for what promises to be a very worthwhile one-day CHS Faculty Retreat. An Interprofessional Education Workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Facilitators from the University of Washington are Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Peggy Odegard, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE. Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky, Ph.D., R.Ph., is the chair the CHS Interprofessional Education Committee.