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College Connections

An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

September 2013

Class of 2017

Class of 2017

Our Fourteenth Annual White Coat Ceremony took place on August 21 at the Michael F. Sorrell Events Center.


Fifty-eight students received their professional white laboratory jackets provided by friends of the College of Pharmacy and the University of Nebraska Foundation and took the pledge of professionalism.


Nancy Sloan, Pharm.D., Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy Practice, and 2013 Preceptor of the year, delivered the keynote presentation.


Josh Bauer, P4, also shared his reflections as a Pharmacy student.


Dean Courtney Fletcher welcomed the class of 2017 to the Ceremony.  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Gary Yee, Pharm.D., and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Charles Krobot, Pharm.D., assisted with the presentation of the white coats to the students.


The College of Pharmacy Open House followed where the new students and their families and friends were invited to mingle with faculty, students and staff. 


Click here for a list of the Class of 2017.


Dr. Bronich COBRE Renewal Awarded

UNMC has been awarded more than $11.2 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, funding that will allow the university to continue and expand its cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into nanotechnology...read more.


Dr. Li Welcome Rongshi Li

Rongshi Li, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is a new faculty member at the College of Pharmacy.


Interests: Dr. Li's research focuses on fragment-based and structure-guided design of enzyme inhibitors and protein-protein interaction disruptors; hit-to-lead optimization using natural products chemistry and high-throughput medicinal chemistry; drug design and development in anticancer and anti-infective therapeutics. 

Previous positions:
Associate Professor, Department of Drug Discovery at Moffitt Cancer Center; Senior Vice President, Discovery Chemistry, Pharmaron Inc. 

Ph.D., Dalhousie University, Canada. 

: Co-Chair, Symposium of "Natural Product-based Drug Discovery", Pacifichem 2015, The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, December 15-20, 2015; Guest Editor, a special issue on "Natural Product-based Drug Discovery" in Medicinal Research Reviews (Impact Factor: 10.7) to be published 2014; Co-Editor, Kinase Inhibitor Drugs, Wiley Series in Drug Discovery and Development, Wang, B. Series Editor, 2009. 


Faculty News                             
First, Yuri Lyubchenko, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical science in the College of Pharmacy, has a question: Are you familiar with the concept of a record player?...read more.
Dering-Anderson Ally Dering-Anderson, Pharm.D., Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice, was one of three finalists for the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards 2013 Civic Leader of the Year by Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times...read more.
Jered Garrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was cited as one of the top stories in the Aug. 1 edition of molecularimaging.net. ...read more.
Dr. Matt Kelso's article, "Long-term in vivo imaging of viscoelastic properties of the mouse brain after controlled cortical impact", was published in the September 1, 2013 issue of the Journal of Neutrotrauma. The cover of the journal featured an image from Dr. Kelso's research.  Matt Kelso, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacy Practice.


Fall Continuing Education Program for
Pharmacists, Preceptors and Alumni 

The College of Pharmacy will be offering a continuing education program on October 11 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  CE program attendees are also welcome to attend these optional events: Student Groundbreaking Ceremony/Luncheon at Noon; and Reception at 7:00PM.  Click here to register.



Contact Us
Upcoming Events
Faculty Development Seminar - Dr. Kim Galt
September 25, 2013
12:00 PM
COP Room 1038
Student Groundbreaking Ceremony/Luncheon
October 11, 2013
12:00 PM
Student Plaza
October 11, 2013
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COP Room 1038
October 11-12, 2013
Fall Honors Convocation
October 18, 2013
3:00 PM
Sorrell Events Center
Career Day
November 22, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Student Life Center
New COP Building Timeline
March 2013
Architect Selection
June 2013
Funding Substantially Complete
January 2014
Design Complete
February 2014
Start Construction
July 2015
Complete Construction
August 2015
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