Your weekly update from ACPHS  


Feb. 26 - March 2

USCAA National Basketball Tournaments
Uniontown, PA

March 4
Deadline for PRI Nanotech/Biotech
Internship Applications 

March 7
"Science of Meditation"
SC 202, 7 pm 

March 9
Accepted Student Day

March 18-22
Spring Break

March 22-23
Continuing Education: 
Pharm. Practice Institute

April 6
Accepted Student Day

April 12
Relay for Life

April 13
Continuing Education:
Immunization Delivery

April 19-20

April 20
Accepted Student day

April 27
Medication Takeback Event (Albany Campus)

April 28
Continuing Education: Nephrology Symposium

May 11
Continuing Education:
Barbara M. DiLascia Oncology Lecture Series 

May 18
Albany Campus (1 pm)

May 19
Vermont Campus (1 pm)
And the Oscar for the best e-mail communication, delivered to the ACPHS community, on a Monday afternoon, between 3:30-4:30 pm, goes to ... the e-Pulse! What can we say except thank you from the bottom of our newsletter? Read on to see if we are worthy of such an honor.
Students Discuss Cardiovascular Meds with "Mended Hearts" Patients

Four ACPHS students, along with Assistant Professor Kate Cabral, recently gave a presentation on cardiovascular medications for the Mended Hearts support group at St. Peter's Hospital. The group is made up of patients who have had heart procedures, such as coronary bypass surgeries or valve replacements. Each of the students presented on a class of heart medications and then took questions from the group. The session was so well received that the College has been invited back in the fall to do one-on-one medication counseling with the patients. 

APhA-ASP Vermont Students Conduct Blood Pressure Clinics at Kinney Drugs

Like the Albany Campus, students on the Vermont Campus are very active in the local community. On February 9 and then again on February 16, a total of eight APhA-ASP students from the Vermont Campus visited the Kinney Drugs store in Essex Junction. With the support of faculty advisor Clayton English, the students organized blood pressure clinics each weekend and successfully screened 67 patients over the two days.  

3 Questions With ... Susan Ludeman

Associate Professor Susan Ludeman teaches organic chemistry on the Albany Campus. Her research is focused on developing drug candidates for treating cancer.


Why is organic chemistry so hard? 

Organic chemistry is very visual, but it's also very abstract. Things such as orbitals and the movement of electrons are abstract concepts to begin with, and then you have to learn to visualize them. It takes time. 


What is the state of cancer drug development today? 

Remarkably, at least half of the most commonly used cancer drugs have been around 40 or 50 years. Rather than looking to replace these drugs, much of the research today is being directed to how we can deliver them better. This is a key application for nanotechnology.


What's something most people don't know about you? 

A few years ago I wanted to do something that would put me outside of my comfort zone, so I took a classes in ballroom dancing and line dancing. If these had been graded, I would have ended up with failures. But I wound up socializing with a lot of people whom I would have never otherwise met.


Click here to read more about the Madame Curie position in Dr. Ludeman's lab and how modern chemotherapy was born out of chemical warfare in World War I.

Vice Provost Mousa Delivers Lecture on Nanotechnology at UAlbany

Vice Provost of Research Shaker Mousa was invited to speak at UAlbany on February 19 as part of a seminar hosted by the school's Department of Chemistry. The event featured six speakers culminating with Dr. Mousa's presentation on "The Future of Nanotechnology in Medical Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Various Disorders with a Focus on Cancer." Pharmacy students interested in pursuing a nanotechnology internship this summer at the College's Pharmaceutical Research Institute are encouraged to request an application from Laura Stellato. The deadline for applications is March 4.

ACPHS Basketball Teams Primed for USCAA National Championships 

The seedings have been announced for this week's USCAA national basketball championships. The ACPHS men are seeded 8th (out of ten teams) and will play their first game on Wednesday at 6:00 pm vs. Warren Wilson College, which is based in Swannanoa, NC. The ACPHS women's team is seeded 3rd (out of eight teams). Their first game is Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm vs. Univ. of Cincinnati-Clermont. You can follow the Panthers' entire journey through the tournament at the ACPHS Athletics web site starting on Tuesday.

Fine print

We'd like to start by acknowledging the other nominees in the e-mail communication category: Missing Glove, Used Couch for Sale, and Leftover Food in Conference Room. It's an honor to be included with such a group. But more than anything, we'd like to thank the ACPHS community members who read us each week. You are why we do this. That, plus we'll get fired if we don't.