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School of Pharmacy News for 2014

Read news articles for the current year about University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumni, faculty, staff, researchers, and students. We invite you to also check out past news articles on the News Archives webpage. The school distributes both a quarterly electronic newsletter, the News Capsule, and an annual report and newsletter, Wyoming Scripts. Current and past issues of these newsletters can be found on the Newsletters webpage.


Second Quarter

2014 Pharmacy Frolic 5K Results

April 15, 2014 — The 2014 Pharmacy Frolic 5K, sponsored by the Wyoming Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (WSSHP), was very successful, with good weather and a high turnout. The race was held April 5, 2014, at Optimist Park/Laramie River Greenbelt in Laramie, Wyoming, with proceeds split between the Laramie Interfaith-Good Samaritan and WSSHP. See the full article for results and times.

First Quarter

University of Wyoming Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Gives Medication Safety Presentation to the Boy Scouts of AmericaPhi Delta Chi Gives Medication Safety Presentation to the Boy Scouts of America

March 27, 2014 — The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Alpha Mu chapter of Phi Delta Chi recently gave a medication safety presentation to a Laramie Boy Scout troop as part of a community outreach service project. Members (pictured L to R) Nathan Holcomb, Charlie Morrison, Karsten Josie, and Brandon Anderson gave a thirty-minute presentation to a group of approximately 30 children and adults and provided each scout member with a handout to take to home to their parents.

University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Alumna Sharon Durfee Elected 2014 BPS ChairUW School of Pharmacy Alumna Sharon Durfee Elected BPS Chair for 2014

March 25, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumna Sharon M. Durfee (B.S.P. '76), R.Ph., BCNSP, was elected by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) to serve as the 2014 chair. She succeeds Joseph Saseen, Pharm.D, FASHP, FCCP, BCPS. UW alumnus John A. Pieper (B.S.P. '77), Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, was voted the chair-elect. Durfee is the director of Poudre Infusion Therapy, an infusion therapy company that is part of Columbine Health Systems in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

 

Mary Onysko Published in American Family PhysicianMary Onysko Published in American Family Physician

March 21, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy faculty Mary Onsyko, Pharm.D., BCPS, and former faculty member Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS, had an article published in the March issue of American Family Physician titled, "Common Questions About Clostridium difficile Infection."

 

 

 

University of Wyoming School of PharmacyAssessment Committee Spotlight

March 19, 2014 — Committees at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy are a very important part of the administrative structure of the school. Faculty, staff, and student members of these committees work very hard behind the scenes throughout the year. The Assessment Committee is in the spotlight this month showing how the committee is positively impacting our program and our students. In December 2013, the Curriculum and Instruction Committee was featured.

 

Career Pathway Opportunities by UW Pharmacy Alumnus Joseph BrunoCareer Pathway Opportunities by UW Pharmacy Alumnus Joseph Bruno

A Letter to the Students at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy

March 18, 2014 — In this letter to UW School of Pharmacy students, alumnus Joseph E. Bruno, Pharm.D., R.Ph., shares experiences and insights from his amazing 29-year career and how pharmacy career opportunities have opened in many different alternative paths from the traditional retail or hospital avenues. Bruno (B.S.P. '85) lives in Savannah, Georgia, where he is the clinical director for AriVan Research and the director of the Dominion Research Center.

 

Lori Allen, R.Ph.UW Pharmacy Alumna Lori Allen Shares Career Insights about Compounding Pharmacy

March 18, 2014 — UW pharmacy alumna Lori Allen, R.Ph., (B.S.P. '91) shares career insights about her work in the unique specialty of compounding pharmacy for the benefit of current students and prospective students. Allen is the owner of Mixtures Pharmacy & Compounding Center, with two locations near Phoenix, Arizona. Mixtures' compounding specialties include, but are not limited to, anti-aging, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, dental preparations, dosage forms, flavoring, pain management, and veterinary care.

 

Witzeling Scholarship Endowment will Benefit University of Wyoming Pharmacy StudentsWitzeling Scholarship Endowment Benefits UW Pharmacy Students

February 21, 2014 — Alumnus Kenneth Witzeling (BSP '51) and his wife, Elizabeth, from Powell, Wyoming, have donated his extensive coin collection to the University of Wyoming to create the Kenneth and Elizabeth Witzeling Pharmacy Scholarship endowment. For more information, read the UW Foundation's article about the Witzelings titled, "More than Money."

 

 

 

Winners of the 2014 ASP Patient Counseling Competition AnnouncedWinners of the 2014 ASP Patient Counseling Competition Announced

February 20, 2014 — Winners of the local chapter of the American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) 2014 Patient Counseling Competition at the University of Wyoming pictured at left: first place, Cassandra Hardester (center), from Bakersfield, California; second, Kali Autrey (left), from Kimball, Nebraska; and third, Brandon Anderson (right), from Andover, Minnesota. All three students are members of the School of Pharmacy class of 2015.

 

 

University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Workshop Provides Opportunities for CollaborationInterprofessional Education Workshop Provides Opportunities for Collaboration

February 7, 2014 — On January 9, 2014, 72 faculty, 2 senior students and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Wyoming gathered for a very successful one-day Interprofessional Education (IPE) Workshop facilitated by Brenda Zierler and Peggy Odegard from the University of Washington Center for Health Science Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice. Twenty-two faculty from the School of Pharmacy (SOP) attended the workshop and four SOP faculty serve on the CHS IPE Committee.

 

Mary Onysko Jeremy Vandiver

Mary Onysko

Jeremy Vandiver

Mary Onysko and Jeremy Vandiver Published in Journal of Family Practice

January 29, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy faculty Mary Onsyko, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Jeremy Vandiver, Pharm.D., BCPS, had an article published in the January issue of the Journal of Family Practice titled, "Is a novel anticoagulant right for your patient?"

 

 

 

UW Pharmacy P4 Student Omo Oisamoje Presents Poster at ASHP MidyearUW Pharmacy P4 Student Omo Oisamoje Presents Poster at ASHP Midyear

January 28, 2014 — Omo Oisamoje, a University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy P4 student from Laramie, Wyoming, gave a poster presentation titled, "Providers' Perception on the Correlation between Vitamin D Levels and Pain," at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting December 6–10 in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

UW Pharmacy Student Tracey Le Presents Poster at ASHP MidyearUW Pharmacy P4 Student Tracey Le Presents Poster at ASHP Midyear

January 28, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy P4 student Tracey Le, from Anaheim, California, attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting December 6–10 in Orlando, Florida, where she gave a poster presentation titled, "Assessment of the Knowledge and Awareness of Diet and Other Weight Loss Strategies in Patients Enrolled in an Anticoagulation Clinic."

 

 

UW Pharmacy P4 Student Andrew Grothen Presents Poster at ASHP MidyearUW Pharmacy P4 Student Andrew Grothen Presents Poster at ASHP Midyear

January 28, 2014 — Andrew Grothen, a University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy P4 student from Merrimack, New Hampshire, gave a poster presentation titled, "Community Use of Metformin in Patients without Diabetes Taking Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers," at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting December 6–10 in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

Jenna Allais

Drew Mcmillan

Jenna Allais

Drew Mcmillan

Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Student-Led Research Project

January 28, 2014 — Jenna Allais, P4 pharmacy student from Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Drew Mcmillan, ASPIRE-pre-pharmacy student from Cody, Wyoming, collaborated on a poster presentation at the 2013 American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Florida, in December.

 

 

 


Xihui (Alex) Xu Receives 2013 C-CRAM Outstanding Researcher AwardXihui (Alex) Xu Receives 2013 C-CRAM Outstanding Researcher Award

January 16, 2014 — Xihui (Alex) Xu, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is the recipient of the 2013 UW Center for Cardiovascular Research and Alternative Medicine (C-CRAM) outstanding researcher award. Xu is also the first graduate student from the UW Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

 

 

 

 

University of Wyoming C-Cram Newsletter December 20132013 C-CRAM Newsletter

January 16, 2014 — The UW Center for Cardiovascular Research and Alternative Medicine (C-CRAM) has released its 2013 newsletter. Read news highlights of publications, manuscripts, meetings and presentations, and other news from C-CRAM.

 

 

 

Cara Harshberger Completes the

Cara Harshberger Completes the "Dopey Challenge" at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 14, 2014 — Cara Harshberger, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, completed the Dopey Challenge at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. She ran a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and full Marathon all in four days, for a total of 48.6 miles!

 

 

 

Travis Brown Receives Prestigious 2014 AACP New Investigator AwardTravis Brown Receives Prestigious 2014 AACP New Investigator Award

January 10, 2014 — Travis Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science, is one of seventeen recipients of the highly competitive American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award for 2014. Brown will receive start-up funding from AACP for his research program, "The Role of Cathepsin K in Mediating Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity and Memory."

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