Your weekly update from ACPHS  


April 5

Multi-cultural Festival
(Albany Campus)

April 6
Int'l Fusion Show
(Vermont Campus)

April 10
iPad Users Group
LIB 307/VT 310, 1 pm

April 12
Relay for Life
(Albany Campus)

April 12
White Coat Ceremony
Student Center, 4:00 pm

April 13
Continuing Education:
Immunization Delivery

April 13
Dance Show 
(Albany Campus)
6:00 pm

April 16
Pharmacy Legislative Day
(Albany Campus)

April 19-20

April 19
Relay for Life
(Vermont Campus)

April 25
Town Hall Meeting on
Prescription Drug Abuse
OB 218, 6:30 pm
[Open to the Public]

April 27
Nat'l Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 

April 28
Continuing Education: Chronic Kidney Disease Pharmacy Practice Inst.

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

May 18
Albany Campus (1 pm)

May 19
Vermont Campus (1 pm)
The poet T.S. Eliot wrote, "April is the cruelest month," but had he read this week's e-Pulse, he may have felt differently. We're celebrating the first day of April with a slate of stories that are guaranteed to inform, inspire, and ignite the imagination. Plus, we're debuting our first-ever reader contest. With a tease like that, you'd be a fool not to read the rest of the newsletter.
Professors Malone and Bailie Speak at International Pharmacy Conference

Professors Meg Malone and George Bailie were invited to speak at the recent Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition (DUPHAT 2013). Dr. Malone gave two presentations: New Drugs for Weight Management and Nutritional Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Bailie presented on the Toxicities of Intravenous Iron Preparations. Both Drs. Malone and Bailie also moderated sessions and evaluated student and professional posters. Now in its 19th year, the annual DUBPHAT conference attracts 13,000 visitors and participants.

ACPHS Team Places Second in Student Compounding Competition

The ACPHS team of Melanie Blais, Dan Corwin, and Alison DeGennaro placed second in the "Quality Compounding Poster Presentation" portion of the 3rd Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition. This national event, which is open to all schools of pharmacy, took place March 22-24 at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville. Pharmacy Practice Lab Instructor Lee Anna Obos helped prepare the team for the event and accompanied them to the competition.

Asst. Professor Nimish Patel Assists Kazakhstan University with HIV Study

Assistant Professor Nimish Patel recently returned from Kazakhstan as part of a collaboration with researchers at Kazakh National Medical University and the Almaty AIDS Center. Dr. Patel, along with UAlbany Associate Professor Louise-Anne McNutt, is assisting with a multi-phase research study of 1,000 HIV patients, half of whom also suffer from Hepatitis C. The first part of the project will examine the relationships between HIV, Hepatitis C, and Vitamin D levels in the blood. Dr. Patel expects to return to Kazakhstan two more times in the next year to see the study through to completion.

Vermont Students Discuss Poison Prevention with Area Schoolchildren

A group of students from the ACPHS Vermont Campus presented a poison prevention program to kindergarteners at the Chamberlin School in South Burlington. The presentation was coordinated by members of the student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in cooperation with Kinney Drugs. Through the use of rhymes, games, and visual aids, the program seeks to educate young students to "ASK FIRST" when it comes to questions about the safety of medications, plants, insects, and household items.

Report: ACPHS Preparing for Move to Division I Athletics?

The e-Pulse has learned that the College is in discussions to purchase 55 acres of land in Rensselaer County at a cost of nearly $40 million. The land is being designated for the construction of a football stadium, a major step in what is believed to be the school's move towards Division I athletics. A source close to the negotiations shared this rendering which shows an initial concept design for the stadium. Director of Athletics and Recreation Ryan Venter would not confirm the rumor, but did say, "The success we enjoyed in just our first year in the USCAA speaks volumes about the potential of ACPHS athletics. I'm not saying we're going D-I, but I'm not saying we're not." Stay tuned.

Fine print

As promised, today we are launching our e-Pulse Final Four contest. To enter, just pick the total number of points scored by the four teams in this Saturday's Final Four games. The five closest guesses - over or under - will win a special gift from the e-Pulse prize vault. Just to be clear, we are not playing by "Price is Right" rules, so don't outsmart yourself by picking 1 point. You will lose. E-mail your guesses to epulse@acphs.edu. Winners will be announced in next week's newsletter. Good luck!