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April 2015 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Tarun B. Patel has been appointed new provost. He is a professor and former chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Auburn University


Wesley Lindsey has entered into an agreement with the Alabama Pharmacy Association to publish continuing pharmacy education articles for the Alabama Pharmacy Association Research and Education Foundation.


Nancy Merner received a grant from the Joy to Life Foundation to focus on breast cancer genetics research to identify mutations that contribute to breast cancer and provide insight to current breast cancer challenges.

William R. Ravis has been awarded a three-year contract from Fast Track Drugs and Biologics to perform population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics analysis for data obtained in clinical trials to investigate the relationships among dose, plasma concentration and effect.

Salisa C. Westrick received a grant from the Alabama Department of Senior Services to assist with the local implementation of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.


Emily M. Armstrong, associate clinical professor

Marilyn N. Bulloch, associate clinical professor

Karen F. Marlowe, professor

Nathan A. Pinner, associate clinical professor

Vishnu Suppiramaniam, professor

Duquesne University


Suzanne Higginbotham was presented with the President's Distinguished Service Staff Award at the annual staff holiday luncheon.

Melanie N. Horvath joined the Mylan School of Pharmacy as business manager for the Office of the Dean.

Ohio Northern University


Metta Lou Henderson has been installed as the 2015 America Pharmacists Association honorary president.


Natalie A. DiPietro Mager, principal investigator. Co-Investigator, David R. Bright, Ferris State University. The Community Pharmacy Foundation, $32,442. To fund a Pharmacist Provision of Preconception Care Through Medication Therapy Management study.

Phillip Zoladz, principal investigator. Boyd Rorabaugh, co-investigator. The National Institute of Mental Health, $423,776. Details: The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded Ohio Northern University an Academic Research Enhancement Award to conduct research that could provide new insight into traumatic memory formation.

Roosevelt University


Kelli Covington, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Daniel Majerczyk, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Ibraheem Rajab, research lab manager

The University of Arizona


Serrine Lau, 2015 chair of the Division for Toxicology of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics


Brian L. Erstad, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions

Jeannie K. Lee, ASCP Presidential Coin award

Terri L. Warholak, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, fellow


Georg Wondrak, The University of Arizona Cancer Center, $75,000, Director's Challenge Award for Therapeutic Development, “Autophagy-Directed Anti-Melanoma Intervention Using Amodiaquine”

The University of Tennessee


Bradley A. Boucher received the honorary title of master of critical care medicine at the American College of Critical Care Medicine Convocation in January.

Rex Brown and Roland N. Dickerson each received the designation of Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

G. Christopher Wood was selected in February 2015 as a preceptor for the American Society of Health-system Pharmacy critical care traineeship program.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Nicole Avant, assistant professor of experiential education

Angie Choi, director of admissions

Geoff M. Curran, director of the UAMS Center for Implementation Research and professor of pharmacy practice

Stephanie F. Gardner will transition to become UAMS Provost, effective July 1.

Drayton A. Hammond, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Alex B. Holladay, student recruiter

Narsimha R. Penthala, research instructor of pharmaceutical sciences

Lin Song, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences


Nicki L. Hilliard received the 2015 American College of Nuclear Medicine Mentor of the Year Award presented at their annual meeting in San Antonio.


Marjan Boerma led a research team that received a three-year, $4.4 million grant by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to investigate the degenerative or long-term health effects of space radiation on cardiovascular health.

Geoff M. Curran, principal investigator, and Bradley C. Martin, co-investigator, recently received funding from the National Institute for Drug Abuse for their study that focuses on decision-making processes used by prescribers and pharmacists when prescribing and dispensing opioids. The total grant is for $1.3 million, with $538,781 as a sub-award to the College.

Nicki L. Hilliard received funding on two grants from the Mallinckrodt Foundation, one for $30,555 for Department of Transportation Training for Shippers and Transporters of Radiopharmaceuticals, and $50,000 for the development of Radiation Safety Officer Training educational materials and additional continuing education programs.

Bradley C. Martin, Qayyim Said, Chenghui Li and Nalin Payakachat received funding from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-Arkansas Medicaid project subcontract. The project, the Arkansas Health Care Independence Program (Private Option) Evaluation for Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver, will provide approximately $160,000 in 2014 to the PEP division and is renewable annually through 2017. Martin serves as the director of quality and utilization evaluation.

Jacob T. Painter was selected by the South Central Veterans Affairs Health Care Network to receive $100,000 in funding for his project titled Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Telemedicine-Based Collaborative Care for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.


J.D. Gannaway, associate professor and co-director of Arkansas Drug Information Center, retired in December, after 35 years with the College.

Jan Hastings, professor and associate dean for development, retired in December after 21 years at the College.

Kathy Orear, registrar and director of admissions, retired in December after 31 years at the College.

University of Pittsburgh


Neal Benedict, AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Kim C. Coley was appointed to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Pennsylvania Pharmacist.

Scott Drab, 2014 Pharmacist of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

Sandra Kane-Gill and Pamela Smithburger, Giving Your Patients M.O.R.E: Implementing of a Non-pharmacologic Protocol to Prevent ICU Delirium, Patient and Family Support Specialty Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress.

Sandra Kane-Gill and Pamela Smithburger, A Multicenter Evaluation of Off-Label Medication Use and Associated Adverse Drug Reactions in Adult Medical Intensive Care Units, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Sections Medication Safety Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress.

Melissa A. Somma McGivney was awarded the 2015 Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.


Kerry M. Empey, Immature Infant Alveloar Macrophage Clearance of Cell Debris During RSV Infection, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, NIH.

Paul Johnston (co-principal investigator), STAT Mediated TGF-a/EGFR Signaling in Squamous Cell Carcinomas of Head & Neck., NIH (principal investigator: Jennifer Grandis).

Olufunmilola Odukoya, OTC Sleep Aids: Older Adult Medication Taking Behavior and Safety Risks, Academy Health.

Olufunmilola Odukoya (principal investigator) and Lucas Berenbrok (co-investigator), Engaging Pediatric Patients in Counseling and Medication Therapy Management Services in Urban and Rural Community Pharmacies, Community Pharmacy Foundation.

Olufunmilola Odukoya, Pharmacist-led Improvements to Care Coordination for Patients on Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Transitioning from Hospital to Home, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.


Samuel M. Poloyac was promoted to professor of pharmaceutical sciences, effective March 1.


Randy P. Juhl, vice chancellor of research regulation and compliance, distinguished service professor of pharmaceutical sciences, effective July 1.

University of the Sciences


Adeboye Adejare was presented with the Faculty Award of Merit during the University of the Sciences Founders’ Day Ceremony.

Daniel Hussar was inducted as an honorary member of the Lancaster County Pharmacists Association.

Alice Lim was elected treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy for 2015.

Sarah Spinler was named to the American College of Cardiology Anticoagulation Initiative Work Group and the American College of Cardiology Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Bridging Anticoagulants Writing Group.

Virginia Commonwealth University


Dave L. Dixon is an editorial board member and social media editor for iForum Rx. He also has been appointed to the American College of Cardiology’s Credentialing and Membership Committee.

Amy L. Pakyz was appointed to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.

Emily P. Peron was inducted into the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma.

Victor A. Yanchick was appointed to the Executive Leadership Board, The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.


Patricia W. Slattum will receive the VCU School of Pharmacy’s 2015 Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award.


Yan Zhang, National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1.9 million, “Non-Peptide Mu Opioid Receptor Selective Antagonists.”

Wayne State University


Christine A. Rabinak, National Institute of Mental Health, $594,117, Cannabinoid Control of Fear Extinction Neural Circuits in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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