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October 2015 

Cedarville University


AACP recognized students from the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy with the 2014-15 Student Community Engaged Service Award at its annual meeting in National Harbor.

Drake University


Ann Burkhardt, professor and director of occupational therapy

Kathleen Griner, academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor of occupational therapy

Jayna Fischbach, assistant professor of occupational therapy

Cassity Gutierrez, associate professor of health sciences; pre-professional director

Nihal Mulla, assistant professor of pharmaceutics

Beth Diehl, assistant instructor of pharmacy practice

Lynn Kassel, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Katie Shields, interim director of student programs


Charles R. Phillips, interim associate dean for assessment & academic affairs

Jill Batten, interim assistant dean for student affairs


Brian Gentry, principal investigator. Project Title: Infection Mitigation During Space Flight: Combination Pharmacotherapy to Combat Herpes Viral Infections, Curtail Drug Resistance, and Decrease Incidence Rates of Adverse Effects. Co-Principal Investigators: Pramod Mahajan, Ron Torry, & Marc Busch Funding Agency: Iowa NASA EPSCoR. Award Amount: $20,000

June F. Johnson, principal investigator. Project Title: Prescribing patterns for canaglifozin (Invokana) in a specialty endocrinology group practice: Patient characteristics and outcomes Project Summary: Funds will be used for research study to examine and describe actual canagliflozin (Invokana) prescribing patterns and patient outcomes in a specialty endocrinology group practice, the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. Funding Agency: Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Award Amount: $31,200

Duquesne University


J. Douglas Bricker, Janet K. Astle, Suzanne Higginbotham, Terri Kroh, and Christine K. O’Neil accepted the American Pharmacists Association Foundation 2015 Pinnacle Award on behalf of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. The award highlights the accomplishments of the school’s pharmacy service centers and academic partners program.

Keck Graduate Institute


Andrea L. Cooper, assistant dean for pharmacy and industry relations and professor of practice 

Farzad Daneshvar, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Michelle Hughes, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Jeany K. Jun, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences


Connie Kang, Gail G. Orum-Alexander, Armen Simonian, and Robert L. Stein, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, $250,000, Patient-Focused Clinical Skills Laboratory and Medication Management Technology Center

Midwestern University/Downers Grove


Nancy Fjortoft has been named associate editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy Education.

Jacob P. Gettig is now immediate past chair, Continuing Professional Education Section for AACP.

Milena McLaughlin has been named a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine’s inaugural Pharmacist Committee.

Anne Mischer is now vice chair, Resident Advisory Committee, AACP.

Karen M. Nagel-Edwards is now chair, Pharmaceutics Section, AACP.

Ana C. Quinones-Boex is secretary, Social and Administrative Sciences Section, AACP.

Timothy J. Todd is now chair-elect, Pediatrics Special Interest Group, AACP. He has also been named Co-Chair of the Board Recertification and Program Development for the Pediatrics Pharmacy Advocacy Group.


Christie Schumacher is now a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Carrie A. Sincak graduated from Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP), AACP.

Ohio Northern University


Cardinal Health has awarded the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy a $113,000 grant to provide increased support for current and future pharmacy students with an interest in community and independent pharmacy. 

The University of Arizona


Caitlin K. Cameron, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

Jason J. Karnes, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

Heidi M. Mansour has been elected co-chair for drug delivery of the New Devices and Emerging Therapies Group of the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine.

Asad Patanwala was elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Hanna Phan is one of the chairs of board recertification and program development for the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist Recertification Program.


Brian L. Erstad will be one of six people recognized at South Dakota State University as Distinguished Alumni from SDSU on Oct. 24.

Jeannie K. Lee recently received a Certificate for Outstanding Contribution from the Arizona Geriatric Education Center.

Terri L. Warholak served as the lead developer of the EPIQ program, which has been selected for the 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement by the Academy of Healthcare Improvement. Ana Hincapie (University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy) was also part of the team.


Jeannie K. Lee, assistant head, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

The University of Tennessee


Justin Gatwood’s application to the NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program was recently approved for funding by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Touro College of Pharmacy–New York


Heidi Fuchs was appointed Touro College of Pharmacy director of admissions recruitment and external relations.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


Robert Bies, as associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences

Terry E. Dunn clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice


Marilyn E. Morris received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 2015 Innovation in Biotechnology Award.

Gina M. Prescott, selected as a faculty mentor for the 2015 AACP Walmart Scholars Program

William A. Prescott Jr. received a 2015 UB Teaching Innovation Award.

Robert G. Wahler, 2015 University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Preceptor of the Year. He was also recognized as a certified pain educator by the American Society of Pain Educators.

Ashely Woodruff, 2015 University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year


Dhaval Shah was awarded a five-year $1.4M NIH RO1 grant to study “Translational Systems Pharmacokinetic Models of Novel Anticancer Biologics.”

University of Connecticut


Philip M. Hritcko has agreed to serve as the associate dean for admissions and student services. 

Lauren S. Schlesselman has agreed to serve as the associate dean for academic affairs. 

University of Illinois at Chicago


Richard van Breemen received $1,880,380 in funding for the NIH “Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research,” a project that has been continuously funded since 1999.

Guido Pauli received $260,000 in new funds from NIH/NCCIH to establish “UIC Natural Products Technology Center” that will serve as a national resource and provide leadership for the advancement of innovative technologies and methods used in natural products research.

Larry Danziger received funding from The Medicines Company for preclinical testing of compounds against multidrug resistant bacteria.

Jimmy Orjala received $335,212 and Joanna Burdette $190,484 in continuation funding as subcontract PIs on NIH/NCI funded P01 grant “Discovery of Anticancer Agents of Diverse Natural Origin”.

Joanna Burdette received $48,482 from Northwestern University as a subcontract PI on NIH/NCATS funded cooperative agreement “Ex Vivo Female Reproductive Tract Integration in a 3D Microphysiologic System.”

Alexander Mankin and Nora Vazquez-Laslop, co-principal investigators, received $303,050 in continuation funding from the NIH/NIGMS for R01 grant Programmed Translation Arrest Controlled by Nascent Peptides and Antibiotics.

University of Maryland


Sophia L. Johnson has joined the School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research.

Raymond C. Love was named vice chair of collaborative initiatives in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Joey Mattingly has been appointed to the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition for 2015-2016.

Neha Pandit has been elected secretary/treasurer of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s HIV Practice and Research Network.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been named the Schools associate dean for clinical services and practice transformation.


Brent N. Reed was named the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists Preceptor of the Year and received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s New Educator Award.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner received the American Pharmacists Association Foundations 2015 Pinnacle Award for Career Achievement.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Madan K. Kharel, EPA P3 Program, $15,000, Development of Aromatic Dehalogenases as a Tool to Remediate Halogenated Aromatic Pollutants

Frederick R. Tejada, Maryland State Dorchester County Health Department, $10,000, Medication Management & Health Awareness. He also received $4,376 for Somerset Opioid Misuse Prevention (Prescription Drug Take Back Boxes) and $9,723 for Somerset Opioid Misuse Prevention (Evaluator).


Victor Hsia, professor

Patrice L. Jackson-Ayotunde, associate professor

University of New England


George P. Allen has assumed the role of chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Virginia Commonwealth University


Dave L. Dixon was granted advanced qualifications in cardiology by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Leticia R. Moczygemba has been named director of the school’s new Center for Pharmacy Practice Transformation.


MaryPeace McRae and Patricia W. Slattum, Alzheimer’s and Diseases Research Fund, $45,000, “Relationship Between Benzodiazepines Medications and Development of Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction as Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s”

Dayanjan S. Wijesinghe and colleagues, National Institutes of Health, $4.2 million, “Developing Paradigm-Shifting Innovations for In Vivo Human Placental Assessment in Response to Environmental Influences”

West Virginia University


Patricia A. Chase, dean emeritus

Marina Galvez-Peralta, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mark Garofoli, adjunct assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, and manager, Medication Therapy Management Program

Lori Hazlehurst, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and co-leader, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Alexander B. Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program

Mohammed Nayeem, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mary K. Stamatakis, interim dean

Xi Tan, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy


Jon P. Wietholter is part of a WVU School of Nursing research project seeking to reduce complications and improve health outcomes in older adults and cardiac surgery patients in rural West Virginia. The project was funded by HRSA for almost $1.4 million over three years.


Jennifer Confer, clinical associate professor

Paul R. Lockman, professor

Mary K. Stamatakis, professor

Jon P. Wietholter, clinical associate professor

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