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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

September, 2015
Welcome Class of 2019
Our Annual White Coat Ceremony took place on August 19 at the Michael F. Sorrell Events Center.

Sixty-three 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.

Dean Courtney Fletcher welcomed the students. Linda Sobeski, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, delivered the keynote presentation on "doing the right thing."

Stephanie Nitz, P4, also shared her reflections as a Pharmacy student.

Charles Krobot, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Christopher Shaffer, Pharm.D., welcomed the class of 2019 to the Ceremony and 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.

College of Pharmacy climbs in national grant rankings
Dr. Fletcher The UNMC College of Pharmacy climbed, yet again, in the latest American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Faculty Research Grant Institutional Rankings.  Full Article

UNMC team leads fight against 'snail fever'
Jonathan Vennerstrom, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is getting the old gang back together again.  This time, to take on schistosomiasis or "snail fever."  Full Article

Collaboration eyes improved cancer drug delivery
Dr. Bronich
Dr. Bronich
UNMC and University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill nanomedicine researchers received a five-year grant to study whether the properties of certain nanomaterials can improve the delivery of cancer treatments to their tumor targets.  Full Article
Spinoff company to test H1N1 vaccine
Dr. Sanderson
Sam Sanderson, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is working on an H1N1 vaccine.

This H1N1 vaccine developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will enter a definitive round of testing this month, and researchers hope to establish its ability to ward off the virus. Full Article

Faculty News
Dr. Scarsi
Kim Scarsi, Pharm.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) office.  Full Article

Rongshi Li, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, was co-organizer of the symposium "Evolution of Natural Product Research in Drug Discovery" in Boston, Massachusetts, August 16-20.  The symposium was sponsored on behalf of the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry at the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting.

Pharmacy Practice

Dean Collier, Associate Professor
Paul Dobesh, Professor
Pat Fuller, Adjunct Associate Professor

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yuxiang Dong, Research Associate Professor
Jered Garrison, Associate Professor with Tenure
Xiaofang Wang, Research Assistant Professor
Norman Elected to Committee Chair of AACP
Kimberly Norman, education program coordinator in the College of Pharmacy, was elected national chair of the Experiential Education Membership Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) at the AACP's annual meeting this past summer at National Harbor, Md. Norman said she is excited about the opportunity. So is her dean, Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D. "All of the College of Pharmacy faculty and staff take seriously our commitment to professional and public service," Dr. Fletcher said. "Kimberly's election is evidence of the national leadership the UNMC College of Pharmacy continues to provide and, importantly, a clear illustration that this leadership is not just among our faculty but within the ranks of our staff."
Alumni News
Jayanth Panyam, Ph.D., a graduate of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program, was named Pharmaceutics Department Head in August at the University of Minnesota.  Full Article

Progress continues
View inside Pharmacy building, September 2015


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