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College Connections

An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

February 2014

Joseph D. & Millie E. Williams Science Hall: New name for a new era

Joe & Millie Williams


The existing College of Pharmacy building will enter its new era bearing a new name: the Joseph D. & Millie E. Williams Science Hall.

The new $35 million Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery, set to begin construction in February, also will feature two auditoriums named for the couple.


Joe Williams is a distinguished alumnus and 1950 graduate of the College of Pharmacy. He rose through the ranks of the pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis. After a merger, he was elected president, then chairman and CEO of Warner-Lambert. ...read more 


Faculty Spotlight                           
Kim Scarsi, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, is a new faculty member at the College of Pharmacy.
Interests: Dr. Scarsi practices as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist as part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center HIV Program.  She is the principal investigator of an NIH grant that supports her work.  Her research focus is the clinical pharmacology of antiretroviral agents, as well as the safe and effective management of medications frequently used in combination with antiretroviral therapy. Ongoing projects include investigator initiated and AIDS Clinical Trial Group collaborative studies in both domestic and international sites, with an emphasis on women infected with HIV.  Dr. Scarsi also works on HIV clinical care and Medication Therapy Management demonstration projects in both sub-Saharan Africa and the US to improve access to high quality HIV care throughout the world.
Teaching Activities:
Dr. Scarsi teaches in the Pharmacotherapy course on topics related to HIV infection and associated opportunistic infections. She is also a preceptor for the Ambulatory HIV Clinic rotation beginning in the summer of 2014.
Previous positions: Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Chicago, IL; Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Education: Pharm.D., Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Honors: Panel Member, US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents; Editor, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; International Advisory Council, Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Young Alumna Achievement Award, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
UNMC's Fletcher part of groundbreaking HIV research study
Antiretroviral drugs developed by some of our nation's leading scientists have been extraordinarily effective against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. 

These treatments have turned what used to have been a death sentence into a manageable, chronic condition. Thousands of people who previously likely would have died have instead gone on to live long, full, otherwise largely normal lives. ...read more
Rapid Diagnostic Testing
The UNMC College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., are collaborating on a study with several Midwest community pharmacies that make them among the first pharmacies in the United States to offer customers rapid-diagnostic influenza or Group A Streptococcus tests.
Hy-Vee stores in Omaha and Papillion are among 60 sites throughout three states to have trained pharmacists administering these tests...read more 

Student Spotlight - Carolyn Corn                          

Education is one of the four pillars of UNMC's mission and our students are the lifeblood of that aspect of campus life.
In UNMC Today's Student Spotlight, we get to know some of these students, who will become tomorrow's health care professionals. ...read more

Student News                        

Ashley Neumann (P3) and representatives from the SHARING Clinics presented posters at the 2014 conference of the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend.
The SSRFC promotes and supports student-run clinics, advocating for resources and health policy that benefit patients....read more

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Faculty Development Seminar - Dr. Ed Stein
February 26, 2014, Noon
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March 12, 2014, Noon
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April 21, 2014, Noon
Spring Honors Convocation
May 9, 2014, 10AM
Preceptor Retreat
August 7-8, 2014
White Coat Ceremony
August 20, 2014, 7PM
First Day of Classes
August 25, 2014
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January 2014
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