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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

April 28, 2015
UNMC friends remember Nolan Hannan
Classmates, instructors, administrators and family members came together last week to remember Nolan Hannan, a fourth-year College of Pharmacy student who died earlier this month.

"We're a small family," said College of Pharmacy Dean Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D. "We take only 60 students a year, so by the fourth year, the students have really bonded with each other and become very close."

His death touches everybody in the College of Pharmacy family -- the students, staff and faculty and our external preceptors. We wanted to take an opportunity to get together and celebrate his life and accomplishments."

The group gathered on the Ruth & Bill Scott Student Plaza to share stories of Hannan, and afterward had burgers and brats at the ice rink.

"The goal today is to celebrate Nolan's life, and there is a lot to celebrate," said Chris Shaffer, Pharm.D., who spoke at the ceremony. "I want us to share our experiences with Nolan and come together to allow Nolan's spirit to keep living on."

Justin Lane, a pharmacy student and Hannan's roommate, said the gathering was a celebration of Hannan's life.

"I feel like Nolan touched all our lives," he said. "He was someone you could always go to, to talk about anything. He could always put a smile on your face."

Lane said the ceremony also was a way to show support for Hannan's family members, several of whom spoke Thursday night.

"I would like for his family and friends to know that he is always part of our life," Dr. Shaffer said. "And so they are always part of our life, as well." 
Dr. Dering-Anderson recognized
Her vital contribution to the UNMC College of Pharmacy's innovative projects studying the evolving role of community pharmacists in patient-centered health care has resulted in a national award for Ally Dering-Anderson, Pharm.D.
Dr. Dering-Anderson is one of two recipients for distinguished achievement in pharmacy practice as part of the 2015 American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Awards. She is among those to be honored at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, March 27-30.  Full article.
Dr. Yee named top 25 pharmacy professors
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Gary Yee, has been name one of the nation's top 25 pharmacy professors by MedicalTechnologySchools.com.
Dr. Courtney Fletcher, Dean, said: "I was delighted to see Gary recognized as one of this nation's top 25 pharmacy professors. These 25 professors were selected based on several criteria including teaching, research, thought leadership and extracurricular activities. Gary has consistently achieved excellence in all of these areas. This excellence is seen, for example, in his editorship of, Pharmacotherapy, which is a standard text in virtually all colleges of pharmacy in the United States, and his election as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, which is the national leadership organization focused on advancing clinical pharmacy practice and research. His recognition as one of the top 25 pharmacy professors in the country is truly well deserved. Gary's recognition also exemplifies why the UNMC College of Pharmacy is regarded as one of the best in the country - because of the dedication and commitment of our faculty to education, research and service."
Dr. Lyubchenko named 2015 Nanoscience Leader
Lyubchenko Dr. Yuri Lyubchenko, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been named the 2015 Distinguished Nanoscience Research Leader Award recipient by Publishing Division of Cognizure. The Awards Committee selected Dr. Lyubchenko based on his publications viewed in Scopus.
Dr. Lyubhcenko has been asked to write a featured article (research or review) which will be published later this year when formal award announcements are made.
Nebraska Health Network names new CEO
The Nebraska Health Network (NHN) announced Wednesday that Lee Handke, Pharm.D., will serve as its new chief executive officer.
A 1999 graduate of the UNMC College of Pharmacy, Dr. Handke comes to the NHN after a tenure at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, including his most recent role as senior vice president of providers and products, where he oversaw provider networks, pharmacy, medical management and product development functions.  Full article.
NACDS Point-of-Care Testing Tour - 1st stop UNMC
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate program kicked off this weekend at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska. This is the first stop on a national multi-city tour that will continue at colleges and schools of pharmacy during 2015.  Full article.
Student News
P2s Logan Franck, Kailey Frenzel and P3 Denae Wolken competed against Creighton students at the spring Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy (MCCP) meeting's annual intercollegiate Pharmacy Quiz Bowl Challenge.  They won and will go on to compete in the national ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge starting in September 2015.


Over spring break, nine* College of Pharmacy students, traveled to Jamaica and Nicaragua for medical service trips.  "The students on the Jamaica trip did very well. The doctors were impressed and at ease with them. The Pharmacy students established a good rapport with their medicine counterparts," said Dr. Dean Collier, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and faculty mentor.
Sara Pirtle, Outreach Program Specialist, International Health & Medical Education shared, "the pharmacy students on our recent Nicaragua trip were super! I worked the most with Gelen Navejas; her native fluency in Spanish was most valuable."

Meagan Doyle, P3, has served as president for the Student Alliance for Global Health (SAGH) this past year (2014-15).  This is the first time that a non-medical student was elected president since SAGH began in 1995.

*Jamaica participants:  P3s Emma Jones, Annie Kraatz, Denae Wolken, Megan Zegers , P2s Liz Dudley and Logan Franck
Nicaragua participants:  P3s Breann Baker and Helen Navejas and P2 Renae Heuermann
Five College of Pharmacy student pharmacists presented the "Top 10 New Drugs" at the Nebraska Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 24.

Front row:  Dr. Krobot, Mr. Ridgway, P4s Sarah Paasch and Ashley Schenk
Back row:  P3s Michaela Hruska, Stephanie Nitz, Shayla Bigley and Dr. Dering-Anderson
New College of Pharmacy Building to Open March 2016
Aerial view of the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education
UNMC Center for Drug Discovery building, April 2015. Opening March 2016.

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