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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.


Third Quarter

UW School of Pharmacy Dean to Advise International JournalUW School of Pharmacy Dean to Advise International Journal

July 28, 2014 —University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Dean Linda Gore Martin has been named to serve a three-year term on the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.

UW's Megan Saunders Named Finalist for National Pharmacy AwardUW's Megan Saunders Named Finalist for National Pharmacy Award

July 17, 2014 — Recent University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy graduate Megan Saunders of Chinook, Washington, has been selected as a finalist for the Next-Generation Pharmacist award.

Pharmacy Association Chooses UW Faculty Member for Leadership ProgramPharmacy Association Chooses UW Faculty Member for Leadership Program

July 14, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Associate Dean Tonja Woods is among 30 faculty members nationwide selected for the American Association of College of Pharmacy’s (AACP) 2014 Academic Leadership Program.



Second Quarter

Bobbie Cesko Receives UW College of Health Sciences Dean’s AwardBobbie Cesko Receives UW College of Health Sciences Dean’s Award

June 24, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Staff Assistant Bobbie Cesko has received the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Award. The Dean’s Award is the highest award in the college and is given to someone who has an outstanding career devoted to their division and the college.



Bruce Culver Receives UW College of Health Sciences Career Achievement AwardBruce Culver Receives UW College of Health Sciences Career Achievement Award

June 24, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Professor Bruce Culver, Ph.D., has received the 2014 College of Health Sciences Career Achievement Award. Culver was recognized by the college for the impact he has had throughout his 37-year career of teaching, research, and service.



The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Admissions CommitteeAdmissions Committee Spotlight

June 20, 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 Admissions Committee is in the spotlight this month showing how the committee is positively impacting our program and our students. The Curriculum and Instruction Committee and the Assessment Committee were featured previously.

Jodi Johnson and Forrest Floyd Featured in UW Go for Gold Banner Campaign

University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumna Jodi Johnson (Pharm.D. ’11) and Pharm.D. Candidate Forrest Floyd (class of 2015) are featured on banners in the UW Go for Gold Campaign. University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumna Jodi Johnson (Pharm.D. ’11) and Pharm.D. Candidate Forrest Floyd (class of 2015) are featured on banners in the UW Go for Gold Campaign.

June 24, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumna Jodi Johnson (Pharm.D. ’11) and Pharm.D. Candidate Forrest Floyd (class of 2015) are featured on banners in the UW Go for Gold Campaign. UW has placed Go for Gold banners in numerous locations around campus. Johnson’s and Floyd’s profound and meaningful quotes will inspire many students during the two years of the campaign.




Jaime Hornecker, Pharm.D., BCPS Michelle Hilaire, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE

Jaime Hornecker

Michelle Hilaire

Jaime Hornecker and Michelle Hilaire Present at STFM Conference

June 10, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy faculty Jaime Hornecker, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Michelle Hilaire, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, recently presented at the 48th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio, Texas, May 3–7, 2014. Their lecture-discussion was titled, "Coming Full Circle with Pain Management: Involving Residents, Integrating Disciplines, and Improving Patient Care.”

Cowboys and Cowgirls Set Program Records for All-MW HonorsCowboys and Cowgirls Set Program Records for All-MW Honors

UW Pharmacy Student Taylor Gardner Earns All-MW Honors in Track and Field

May 19, 2014 — The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams set two program records Monday, as 15 Cowboys and Cowgirls collected 22 All-Mountain West honors when the league office announced the accolades. Sophomore Kereston Thomas and senior Taylor Gardner highlighted the honorees for the Cowgirls with three apiece.

Sreejayan Nair Promoted to ProfessorSreejayan Nair Promoted to Professor

May 12, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy faculty member Sreejayan Nair, Ph.D., director of the UW Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research and Alternative Medicine, was promoted to professor by the UW Board of Trustees in May. Nair joined the School of Pharmacy in 2002 as an assistant professor of pharmacology and was promoted to associate professor in 2008.



Members of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy class of 2014 received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees during the UW College of Health Sciences commencement ceremonies May 10.Congratulations to the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Class of 2014

May 10, 2014 — Members of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy class of 2014 received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees during the UW College of Health Sciences commencement ceremonies May 10. As the class members finalized their plans following graduation, many shared their future plans, which include residencies, hospital, retail and community pharmacy, and spending time with family. (see photos of the class of 2014 commencement)

UW Pharmacy Student Misty O’Lexey Selected for Leadership ConferenceUW Pharmacy Student Misty O’Lexey Selected for Leadership Conference

May 7, 2014 — Pharmacy student Misty O’Lexey (class of 2016) was selected to attend the 15th Annual Cardinal Health Student Leadership Conference May 15–17, 2014, in Houston, Texas. The all-expense paid conference joined the top pharmacy students from across the nation for a special two-day program to better prepare them for assuming future leadership roles in health-system pharmacy.



UW School of Pharmacy Honors 2014 Preceptors of the YearUW School of Pharmacy Honors 2014 Preceptors of the Year

May 3, 2014 — Alumni Natasha Gallizzi (Pharm.D. ’01) and Lee Smith (B.S.P. ’75) were selected as the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy 2014 Preceptors of the Year. Gallizzi and Smith were recognized at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet for their significant contributions to the education of UW pharmacy students.



UW School of Pharmacy Honors 2014 Award RecipientsUW School of Pharmacy Honors 2014 Award Recipients

May 3, 2014 — Each year, the University of Wyoming 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 award recipients for 2014 were honored at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet in May. (see photos of the 2014 award recipients)



During the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Annual Honors and Awards Banquet in May, recipients of the Fun and Fabulous Class of 1977 Scholarship (center, L to R) Nathan Holcomb, Taler Steir, and Forrest Floyd were congratulated by members of the class of 1977 Jennifer Nevins (L) and Kathleen Derr (second from R), with Dean Linda Gore Martin.UW School of Pharmacy 2014 Scholarship Recipients Honored

May 3, 2014 — The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy announced the 2014 scholarship recipients at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet in May. Thanks to the generosity and support from donors and friends of the school, many students received scholarships, which not only recognize the students’ academic achievements, but will assist them in their educational goals. (see photos of the 2014 scholarship recipients)



UW School of Pharmacy Student Organizations Honor 2014 Award RecipientsUW School of Pharmacy Student Organizations Honor 2014 Award Recipients

May 3, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy student organizations announced their 2014 members of the year and achievement awards during the school’s Annual Honors and Awards Banquet May 3. In addition to honoring the award winners, the organizations also recognized honor cord and certificate recipients. (see photos of the 2014 student organization award recipients)



Weber Family Scholarship Helps Future PharmacistsWeber Family Scholarship Helps Future Pharmacists

April 29, 2014 — The pharmaceutical industry gave so much to alumnus Allan Weber (BSP ’63) and his wife, Sharon, it was only natural of them to want to give something back. Using their estate, they will create the Allan E. and Sharon J. Weber Family Memorial Scholarship at the UW School of Pharmacy to help foster excellence and to provide financial support to students entering the program.

Antoinette Brown Gives Presentations on Prescription Drug AbuseAntoinette Brown Gives Presentations on Prescription Drug Abuse

April 29, 2014 — In April, Antoinette Brown, R.Ph., UW School of Pharmacy coordinator of experiential education, gave three presentations on prescription drug abuse to groups in Casper, Wyoming.

Guanglong He Receives UW and CHS Faculty Grant-in-Aid AwardsGuanglong He Receives UW and CHS Faculty Grant-in-Aid Awards

April 23, 2014 — University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Guanglong He, Ph.D., has received two Faculty Grant-in-Aid Awards—one from UW and one from the College of Health Sciences.

Lanae Fox, Pharm.D., BCPS Jaime Hornecker, Pharm.D., BCPS

Lanae Fox

Jaime Hornecker

Lanae Fox and Jaime Hornecker Article Published in U.S. Pharmacist

April 22, 2014 — An article by University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy faculty Lanae Fox, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Jaime Hornecker, Pharm.D., BCPS, was published in U.S. Pharmacist April 18, 2014. The article is titled, “Pneumococcal Vaccination: Optimizing Preventive Strategies and Reducing Disease Burden.”

Jodi Schilz Presents BMS Ph.D. Dissertation DefenseJodi Schilz Presents BMS Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

April 17, 2014 — In April, Jodi Schilz, a graduate student in the University of Wyoming Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Ph.D. Program, defended her doctoral dissertation titled, “Investigating the Ability of Cupric Oxide Nanoparticles to Adsorb Metal Contaminants from Uranium in-Situ Recovery Production Bleed Water and Assessing the Associated Changes in Cytotoxicity.”

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.


Reshmi Singh Selected for 2014 Ellbogen Summer InstituteReshmi Singh Selected for 2014 Ellbogen Summer Institute

April 14, 2014 — Reshmi Singh, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy assistant professor of social and administrative pharmacy, was selected to participate in the 2014 John P. Ellbogen Summer Faculty Institute “Designing Your First-Year Seminar” May 19–22, 2014.

2014 College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds/Research Day2014 College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds/Research Day

April 11, 2014 — The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy (SOP) was well-represented at the 2014 College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds April 11, 2014. The 20th Annual Research Day showcased the exciting research and work of faculty, researchers, and students. A highlight of the event was the Otis L. Hoy Memorial Seminar, which featured a presentation by keynote speaker David Pollock, Ph.D., from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, titled, “The Genesis of Our Genomes: Repetitive Elements and the Origin of Function.” (See photos from the 2014 CHS Grand Rounds/Research Day)

First-Year Pharm. D. Students Present Posters during CHS Research DayFirst-Year Pharm. D. Students Present Posters during CHS Research Day

April 11, 2014 — It was great to witness first-year Pharm. D. students present six posters on drug interactions (DIs) during the CHS Research day on April 11, 2014. Each poster described a specific interaction of drug with food, disease, or another drug. These posters were presented as part of the PHCY6102 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics course taught by Dr. Baskaran “Baski” Thyagarajan, M. Pharm., Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. (See photos of the student presentations)

Students Attend APhA-ASP National MeetingStudents Attend APhA-ASP National Meeting

April 10, 2014 — University of Wyoming American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter members (L to R) Presley Legerski, Kali Autrey, and Jessica Potthoff attended the APhA-ASP National meeting in Orlando, Florida, March 28–31.

Lisa Ohnstad and Rebecca Pullos Finalists in UW Business Plan CompetitionLisa Ohnstad and Rebecca Pullos Finalists in UW Business Plan Competition

April 4, 2014 — Lisa Ohnstad (class of 2015), Rebecca Pullos (class of 2014), and their fellow team members were awarded “Most Creative Business Plan” in the 2014 University of Wyoming John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition.


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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