Winter 2011 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Winter 2011 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Focus on Pharmacy Winter 2011



A Publication of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy


University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

789 S. Limestone

Lexington, KY 40536-0596

Timothy S. Tracy, PhD, RPh


Dean’s Office

Phone: (859) 323-7601

Fax: (859) 257-2128

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A Publication of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

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David Melanson

Kristi Lopez

Ann Blackford

Keith Hautala


Karl Lawrence

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A Publication of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy













External Relations


On the Cutting Edge of

Alcoholism Research

Center Recruits

First Trainees From Pharmacy

Pharmacy Fur-turnity Brothers

Love Making People Smile


2 Message from the Dean

4 Administrative Changes

9 Faculty Spotlight: Rohr

10 Alumni Perspective

11 Faculty Spotlight: Divine

12 Outstaning Alumni

19 College Briefs

22 Alumni Photo Gallery

26 In Memoriam

29 Upcoming Events

Winter 2011


Message from Dean Timothy S. Tracy

Dear Alumni and Friends,

In our mission statement, we state that, “As a flagship unit of

the University of Kentucky, the College of Pharmacy creates

knowledge and develops pharmacy practitioners and research

scholars to improve patient outcomes and human health.”

The UK College of Pharmacy lives that mission each and every day. Our

students, faculty, staff and alumni are constantly working to positively

impact communities across the state, nation and the world.

Timothy S. Tracy, PhD, RPh


We will spend more time spotlighting those impactful stories in Focus on

Pharmacy. We will tell our Pharmacy success stories from a variety of angles.

For instance, in this issue, our cover story tackles the light side of student life

here within the College, while highlighting the impact our students have

on people. Two first-year students happen to share a passion for pharmacy

and collegiate spirit. Ross Turner and Josh Pruitt are both college mascots in

the Commonwealth, a story that shows how our students make a difference

across the campus community.

You will also learn about the research of Kim Nixon, assistant professor in the

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nixon was one of 85 researchers

recently announced as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards

for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the

United States government on science and engineering professionals in

the early stages of their independent research careers. Nixon was the only

pharmacy faculty member of the recipients to receive the award. Nixon

received the award for her groundbreaking work in how long-term alcohol

abuse affects the human brain.

Finally, I hope you are prepared to hear more from the College during the

weeks and months ahead. I will be taking part in a statewide tour, visiting

alumni and friends in communities across our Commonwealth. You can view

my itinerary on the following page and I hope to see you at one of the stops.

You also will be receiving a survey from us this year. The impetus for this

assessment is simple: We want to hear from you. We want to know how we

can better serve your needs – how we can advance the practice of pharmacy

in Kentucky, across the nation and around the globe.


Timothy S. Tracy, PhD, RPh


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Dean Tim Tracy and other members of the

UK College of Pharmacy family will be taking

the College on the road during March and April.

We hope to hear from you and find out how we

can better serve our alumni and friends on this

statewide tour. Please mark your calendar.

We hope to see you!

Each tour stop will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will

feature a light buffet. Dean Tracy also will be

providing a Continuing Education course.

March 8

March 9

March 10

March 17

March 21

March 22

March 23

March 29

March 31

April 5

April 14

Tour Schedule




Bowling Green






Northern KY


Check our website for complete information

or contact Amber Bowling at

(859) 218-1305,

Keep In Touch

Make sure we have your

current contact information

(email, phone, etc.).

Take a moment to

complete our online form.


Let Us Know

The College of Pharmacy would like to know

how we can better serve our alumni and

friends. To that end, we will be sending out a

survey in the weeks ahead to solicit feedback

from you. We want to know how we are serving

you and find out what needs you may have. It

is our hope that we will use this data to craft

programs and services to meet your needs. We

hope that you partake in the survey and that

you are open and honest when doing so. We

look forward to working with you to improve

this already world-class college.

Winter 2011


Patrick J. McNamara

Named Senior Associate Dean

Patrick J. McNamara, Chair

of the Department of

Pharmaceutical Sciences

and former Interim Dean

of the College of Pharmacy, was

named Senior Associate Dean by

Dean Tim Tracy in January. In this

new position, Dr. McNamara will

serve as chief operating officer for

the College, managing academic

and administrative functions and

Patrick McNamara, PhD

assisting the Dean as requested. This Senior Associate Dean

move will help Dean Tracy become

more accessible to students, faculty, staff and alumni

allowing the Dean to concentrate on strategic initiatives and

building better relationships with members of UK College of

Pharmacy family.

Connecting Generations

of the

College of Pharmacy Family

Dr. McNamara, who joined UK’s faculty in 1980, will

oversee College operations and administrative services

as well as provide oversight of the College graduate

education and research missions.

“Dr. McNamara has a wealth of experience in leadership

that makes him ideally suited for this role, and I am

delighted he has accepted this new position,” said Dean

Tracy. “I have leaned on him quite a bit since I started at

UK, and I will continue to do so as we build a stronger and

more dynamic College of Pharmacy.”

Dr. McNamara received his PhD in Pharmaceutical

Sciences from the State University of New York at

Buffalo in 1979. Prior to his appointment as chair of

Pharmaceutical Sciences in January 2003, he served in a

number of administrative positions within the College.

Dr. McNamara has a joint appointment in the Graduate

Center for Toxicology and is a member of the Markey

Cancer Center. He is a Fellow in American Association of

Pharmaceutical Sciences and the American Association for

the Advancement of Science.

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One organization

that you will have

the opportunity

to interact with

on the Dean’s tour is the

UK College of Pharmacy’s

Office of Alumni and External

Relations. The unit combines

departments formerly

known as the Office of

Communications and Office

of Alumni Affairs into one


From the public relations

perspective, the office will

work with students, faculty,

staff and alumni to help tell

the College’s dynamic story

across multi-media platforms

(print and digital media). At

the same time, we will engage

our alumni and friends to

find out how we can better

serve you and determine

what the College needs to be

doing to create the type of

pharmacy graduates that will

serve as change agents in our


And, of course, we will work

alongside the outstanding

students, faculty and staff that

call the UK College of Pharmacy

home. We seek to provide them

with the support and tools

they need to create a healthier

Kentucky, nation and world.

David Melanson


In January, David came to the College from UK’s Office

of University Relations, where for the past seven years he

served as UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr.’s speechwriter.

Born and raised in New Hampshire, David found his way to

the Bluegrass in the most traditional way – through London,

England. During a semester of study abroad, he would meet

his eventual wife, Sarah, a Kentucky native who was then a

student at Transylvania University. After completing his college education at the

University of New Hampshire, David moved to central Kentucky. And though he

and Sarah resided in St. Louis for a few years, their mutual love for Kentucky

particularly Lexington – drew them back in 2003.

Karl Lawrence

Communications Specialist

Karl Lawrence found his way to the College in 2006. In

his position, he strives to maintain the high standards of

communication with the College’s constituents through the

design and production of publications and website.

Karl was born in Texas while his father was working on his

MA in Architecture at Texas A&M. His family eventually

settled in Frankfort, Kentucky after his father left the Air

Force. Karl moved to Lexington to study Art History and Photography at the

University of Kentucky. Although he makes the occasional trip to explore the

world, including archaeological digs, Karl always returns to the Bluegrass to be

with his family and friends.

Amber Bowling

Alumni Program Coordinator

Amber joined the College in October 2009. Originally from

southeastern Kentucky, Amber grew up in Northern Virginia,

just outside of Washington D.C. She graduated from James

Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. For her, Kentucky

was always considered “home” and she was grateful for

the opportunity to return to the Bluegrass in 2003.

In her role in the Office of Alumni and External Relations,

Bowling coordinates alumni programs, special events for the College and

serves as a liaison to alumni and friends. She has focused on College events

such as “Our New Kentucky Home” building dedication held in January

2010, Spring Alumni & Friends Weekend in April, and Reunion Weekend held

in October. Fundraising for the College is also one of her concentrations

with events such as the Scholarship Golf Outing and Phonathon.

William Lubawy, PhD, RPh

Professor, Faculty Liaison to Alumni

Dr. Bill Lubawy has been a faculty member at the College of

Pharmacy since 1972. He has served in many positions including

Interim Dean (twice), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,

Executive Associate Dean and now Faculty Liaison to Alumni.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from

Butler University in Indianapolis and his M.S. and Ph.D. in

pharmacology from The Ohio State University. In addition, he

was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) as the

2008 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator.

Winter 2011


Kim Nixon:

On the Cutting Edge of Alcoholism Research


tiny neuron, one-sixth the size of a grain of sand, found in the human

brain damaged from long-term alcohol abuse could potentially reverse

or ward off significant damage if pharmaceutical scientist Kim Nixon's

theories prove true. Nixon, assistant professor in the Department of

Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky's College of Pharmacy, is

currently focusing her research on alcoholic neuropathology in follow-up to the

discovery that neural stem cells produce two-fold more newborn neurons in the

adult brain after alcohol-induced damage.

It has been a long-held belief that alcohol abuse over a long

period of time destroys brain cells that were not completely

recoverable, even if the abuse stops.

"We've known for some time now that when an alcoholic

becomes abstinent, some brain mass recovers," Nixon said.

"What researchers in the field haven't considered is that new

neurons could be born and help in this recovery, which is the

focus of our work right now."

The belief that the number of nerve cells in the adult brain

are fixed early in life has given way to the theory that new

neurons are generated in adulthood through a process called

neurogenesis. The new cells originate from stem cells, which

Dr. Kim Nixon (center), with Dr. Jim Anderson, Director of the NIH Division of Program Coordination,

Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, and Dr. Kenneth Warren, Director of NIAAA at the NIH ceremonies.

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are cells that can divide indefinitely, renew themselves, and

give rise to a variety of cell types.

A major goal of Nixon's research is to identify and understand

the effect of alcohol on the environment surrounding the

stem cells, or “neurogenic niche” following binge-induced

brain damage. Secondarily, she hopes to identify factors

that influence the niche and how that endogenous pathway

may be harnessed for pharmacological treatment of alcoholinduced

neurodegeneration and/or alcoholism. Currently,

Nixon's lab has two National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded

projects that are investigating different aspects of alcohol and

neural stem cells.

If new neurons can be induced to form in the

alcohol-damaged brain, some regions could

be repopulated with healthy cells to stave

off significant impairment. Nixon's complex

research focuses on the interaction between

supporting cells of the nervous system, glia,

and the neural stem cells, which are able to

become a range of cells found in the nervous

system. The challenge is the structure and

function of the brain itself. Only two regions

of the brain can regenerate - the hippocampus

and the subventricular zone – but several

types of cells besides the supporting cells of

the nervous system and the neural stem cells

manufacture various brain chemicals and

growth factors. Trying to identify and describe

the functions of both types of cells and how

these functions interact and lead to the birth

of new neurons is another hurdle in Nixon's

work. The hippocampus is primarily involved in

learning and memory; the subventricular zone,

continued on page 18

Winter 2011



Nanotech Center Recruits First

Trainees From Pharmacy

Two advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences

students at the University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy, Christin Hollis and Kyle

Fugit, are the first trainees to be chosen for

the UK Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center.

UK's is one of only six such centers

to be selected for a five-year funding

award last year by the National

Cancer Institute, with first-year,

direct-cost support in the amount of

$335,580. Bradley D. Anderson, PhD,

the Harry B. Kostenbauder Professor

in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is

co-principal investigator of the center,

along with Mark Evers, MD, director

of the UK Markey Cancer Center.

The center will provide a research

education program to develop a

multidisciplinary nanotechnology

workforce capable of pursuing cancer

research. As a member of the NCI

Alliance for Nanotechnology, the center

will also generate opportunities for

collaboration with an elite group of

other leading institutions in the field.

The training center will eventually

have seven or eight spots available for

graduate students and postdoctoral

research fellows. Its current goal is

to fill half of those positions in the

first funded year. The initial round

of recruitment was highly selective

and focused on internal applicants.

Hollis and Fugit are both recent

"graduates" of the NSF-funded

interdisciplinary Integrative

Graduate Education and Research

Traineeship (IGERT) program at UK

on Engineered Bioactive Interfaces

and Devices. The program, based in

the UK College of Engineering, is a

natural fit for the nanotechnology

training center, Anderson says.

"Nanotechnology is one component

of IGERT, so having that program

here on campus gives us a select

pool of advanced graduate students

who already have some experience

and training in this area," Anderson

said. "That enabled us to set the

bar very high from the outset."

The UK Cancer Nanotechnology

Training Center will pair trainees with

experts in both nanotechnology and

clinical oncology on research projects

involving faculty from the UK colleges

of Medicine, Pharmacy and Engineering,

and the Department of Chemistry.

Projects will be composed of

multidisciplinary focus-area teams

with the goal of training future

leading researchers in four areas:

early detection and diagnosis in lung,

colon, and ovarian cancer; treatment

of gastrointestinal tumors and

metastases; lung cancer treatment;

and glioma (brain cancer) therapy.

Trainees will also attend specialized

seminars and complete coursework

and workshops outside of their

primary cognate areas. Since

the emphasis is on translational

research, every trainee will also do a

rotation with a clinical oncologist.

"The idea is to give the trainees an

idea of where their work will fit within

the world of cancer treatment, so

that they will be mindful of practical

considerations concerning the

uses of their technology outside

the laboratory," Anderson said.

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Developing More than the

Next Generation of Drugs

Faculty Member Takes Great Pride in

Grooming Academic Leaders of Tomorrow

As Director of the Division of Drug Discovery in

the UK College of Pharmacy, there is no surprise

that Jürgen Rohr is passionate about research.

His work in creating next-generation, anticancer

natural products is at the leading edge in the field.

Jürgen Rohr, PhD

Director, Division of Drug


But it is another natural product that causes

Rohr to perk up. When you hear him discuss

how his students achieve success and are

changing the world of pharmacy, then

you will see a special twinkle in his eye.

“I love to teach,” said Rohr, who has

served as a Professor in the Department

of Pharmaceutical Sciences since 2002.

“My pharmacy students probably don’t

know how much I enjoy teaching.”

Rohr admits he demands a lot from his

students, which might give them a sense that

he is a “tough” professor. It is his contention,

however, that students need to be challenged.

“UK Pharmacy students are the best. They

are so smart – so talented,” said Rohr. “We

need to make sure we are helping them

fulfill their potential by stimulating their

interest in research and teaching.”

Rohr’s lab at UK is doing just that. Three of

Rohr’s recent UK graduate students have

gone on to become faculty members at

other Colleges of Pharmacy thus far, and he

expects more to continue along that same

path. Rohr believes it is UKCOP’s ability to

provide a sound scientific education combined

with the College’s ability to encourage

students to disseminate that knowledge

that differentiates a UKCOP education.

A Pathway to UK

Rohr started his scientific career in his native

Germany, where he studied organic chemistry

and microbiology. He was an Assistant and

Associate Professor at the Department of

Chemistry of the University of Göttingen,

Germany before accepting a position as

Associate Professor at the Department of

Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Medical

University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

He was drawn to pharmacy because of

his affinity for pathways and how natural

products could be developed to help treat

a wide-array of human diseases. UK’s strong

natural product group, which includes

experts from the Colleges of Pharmacy,

Agriculture and Medicine, helped attract

him to the UK College of Pharmacy.

His commitment to excellence is alive and well

in his laboratory. Once in that setting, students

know they are learning alongside one of the

world’s premier pharmaceutical researchers.

Rohr’s current research focus is in the area

of polyketides, a diverse family of natural

products that has rich clinical history and

continues to show new drug candidates with

promising pharmacological applications. He is

currently the lead investigator on two National

Institutes of Health R01-type grants, which are

continued on page 18

9Faculty Spotlight

Winter 2011

Aaron and Terri Cook

Class of 2000 and 2006

Alumni Perspective

The UK College of Pharmacy

Impacting Lives

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy started having an impact

on our lives when we were merely high school students. As teen-agers,

we both had heard about the College’s sterling national reputation. We

had the good fortune of meeting one of the College’s great champions,

Dr. John Piecoro, who served as the pre-pharmacy advisor at the time. He recruited

us prior to our college years, making an impression that would last a lifetime.

Dr. Piecoro showed us the flexibility of a pharmacy degree. In fact, by the time we

were done talking to Dr. Piecoro, we were both convinced that the UK College of

Pharmacy would be our home.

Aaron made the journey to the UK COP from out of state, whereas Terri stayed in

her native Kentucky to receive her pharmacy training.

The emphasis placed on patient care beginning in the first year of the curriculum

at the COP planted a seed for both of us, and the many faculty mentors we were

fortunate to have helped cultivate that seed over the years of our training. We

both made the decision to pursue residency after pharmacy school: Aaron at UK

Chandler Medical Center from 2000-2002 and Terri at Saint Joseph Healthcare from

2006-2008. The clinical and professional foundation that we gained through the

PharmD curriculum served us both well during our training and played a large role

in motivating us to be active, vocal members of the profession.

After residency the fun really started. In our professional careers, the UK College of

Pharmacy alumni community kept bringing the two of us together. Eventually, our

friendship spawned into a courtship, culminating in our marriage in 2009.

Together we continue to be involved with the UK COP in a variety of ways. We

teach, serve as preceptors, and remain involved in student organizational activities.

The impact of the foundation of nationally-recognized clinical and professional

excellence built by pioneers such as Robert Rapp, Tom Foster, Paul Parker and

others has made a lasting impression on both of us, and we strive to do our part to

ensure that success continues.

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10 Focus on Pharmacy

The Divine Experience


As a young girl growing up in the small Western Kentucky

community of Dawson Springs, Holly Divine loved being

outdoors riding four wheelers, fishing and just about

anything that was sports related and allowed her to

get out and do different things. It wasn't until she was in middle

school that she began to think about choosing pharmacy as a

career and perhaps even owning her own pharmacy someday.

Holly Divine, PharmD

Clinical Associate Professor

Divine, clinical associate professor in the

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

at the University of Kentucky College of

Pharmacy, comes from a long line of business

owners in her family and one day during

her middle school years her grandfather

suggested that she ought to think about

going into pharmacy, perhaps due to her

strong interest in science. That suggestion

led Divine to UK and on to a career path

that has fostered her love of diversity, both

in her career and in her personal life.

In 1993 when Divine had just finished her first

year of pre-pharmacy classes, , her grandfather

unfortunately died of an adverse drug reaction.

His death reinforced to her the valuable

role of the pharmacist in identifying drug

therapy problems and educating patients.

"My first job was in a small pharmacy in

Princeton," Divine said. "I loved community

pharmacy and the relationships with

the patients in my community. I also

had an interest in teaching, and once I

entered pharmacy school, I learned about

opportunities to provide patient care and

teach student pharmacists. I took that

passion for teaching and pharmacy and

ended up on an academic career path."

And the rest, as they say, is history. Not so

for Divine.

Upon graduation from the UK College of

Pharmacy in 1998, Divine's first position with

the college was as adjunct assistant professor

at Kentucky Clinic North, now known as the

Polk-Dalton Clinic, where she administered

patient assistance programs and provided

patient education. However, as her time in

the clinic progressed, she started to notice

the large number of patients with diabetes

and she naturally migrated to diabetes

patient education. Her work with patients

with diabetes and her own experience with

diabetes in her family further piqued her

interest in pursuing diabetes care leading to

her certification as a diabetes educator in 2001.

Soon thereafter, a new opportunity opened up

that allowed Divine to return to her community

pharmacy roots and further explore teaching

opportunities in the newly-developed UK

College of Pharmacy Residency Program.

In 2001, Divine was hired to design and

implement the Community Pharmacy

Residency Program. Currently, there are sites

at the Kroger Pharmacy Patient Care Center

and American Pharmacy Services Corporation

(a cooperative of independent pharmacies

based in Frankfort) with Wheeler Pharmacy in

Lexington and they have taken residents at the

PharmacistCARE site as well. As director, Divine

coordinates learning experiences and precepts

residents at all sites as well as oversees the

entire program. She remains director of the

Community Pharmacy Residency Program

but the responsibilities of the job have not

stopped Divine from pursuing other interests

offered through the College of Pharmacy.

Divine never lost her passion for working

directly with patients and another opportunity

to do just that opened up in 2002.

continued on page 12

Faculty Spotlight

Winter 2011


Outstanding Alumni

Gillespie Named Outstanding Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumnus

Mark N. Gillespie, PhD, of Daphne, Al., has

been named the 2010 University of Kentucky

Outstanding Graduate Program Alumnus for

the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Gillespie

received his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences

from the UK College of Pharmacy in 1981

under the direction of Dr. Louis Diamond.


Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Cardiovascular-

Pulmonary Research Lab, Dr. Gillespie returned to the

University of Kentucky in 1982 as an assistant professor at

the College of Pharmacy. He served as associate professor

and division director for the Division of Pharmacology and

Toxicology from 1987-1992 and as professor and division

director of the Division of Pharmacology and Experimental

Therapeutics from 1992-1994. While at UK he served as

mentor for numerous graduates including current COP faculty

member, Dr. Trish Freeman. In 1995 Dr. Gillespie left UK to serve

as Professor and Chair in the Department of Pharmacology

at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Gillespie's major research interests include lung vascular

cell biology and pathology; signal transduction pathways in

regional vascular disease; and novel pharmacotherapeutic

approaches in respiratory and cardiovascular disease. He has

garnered extramural funding through the National Institutes of

Health and currently is the principal investigator on three NIH

supported grants with total funding of more than $3 million. In

addition, he is the author of numerous scientific publications

and serves as reviewer for many scientific journals.

Established in 2006, the goal of the award is to honor

graduates of the program in recognition of their

accomplishments and contributions to scholarship, education

and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Gillespie and

Dr. Joseph Fleishaker, 2009 Outstanding Graduate Program

Alumnus, were honored at the Symposium on Drug

Discovery and Development presented by the Department

of Pharmaceutical Sciences October 15, 2010 in Lexington.


continued from page 11

In 2002, a workgroup was formed with

several pharmacists from UK HealthCare

and the College of Pharmacy. It

birthed an innovative patient care

service for UK Health Plan Members

that eventually became known as

PharmacistCARE. PharmacistCARE is a

medication management and diabetes

disease management service located in

Kentucky Clinic. Divine helped launch

this program along with her colleagues,

Dr. Amy Nicholas and Dr. Carrie Johnson.

Although Divine is no longer the director,

she still remains actively involved with

the program providing patient care in

the clinic several days each month.

"Dr. Divine is a nationally recognized

leader in training outstanding community

pharmacy practitioners through her

innovative clinical practice and her

residency program that partners with

Kroger and the APSC," said Jimmi

Hatton, professor and chairman in the

Department of Pharmacy Practice and

Science. "Her ideas and training skills are

now also utilized in her faculty role in

the Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

Experience programs offered by our

College. We are excited about the future

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growth of practice throughout our state

as a result of her contributions to our

educational programs."

Divine's path to where she is today may

look like a carefully laid plan to some

but in reality, opportunities have led to

new interests and new opportunities.

Her career with the UK College of

Pharmacy has afforded her the variety

and diversity she seems to crave.

"There are so many opportunities within

the profession of pharmacy. If you

choose pharmacy, you don’t have to

work in the same practice area all your

life. It’s fun to see the diversity that's

there," she said.

Divine has described herself as wearing

several hats in the college and the

same could be said for her personal life.

Divine's faith plays a large part in her

life and she says she has always been

involved in her church and her Christian

faith, teaching Sunday School and

working with kids. What many people

may not know, is that like her mother,

Divine is a credentialed minister and she

serves at King’s Way Assembly of God in

Versailles, Kentucky, where she lives with

her husband, Kevin, and 18-month-old

daughter, Reese.

Divine admits she may not fit the

stereotypical image people may have of

a pharmacy college professor. On her off

time, she continues to enjoy a very active

life that includes water skiing, playing

piano and bass guitar, fishing, golfing,

and riding motorcycles, an interest she

has had since she was 7 years-old when

her dad purchased her first motorcycle.

The only thing she has given up recently

is motorcycle riding. "I decided when I

put on the 'mommy hat' and had Reese

that I'd sell my motorcycle!"

Divine has indeed worn many hats in

her adult life. She says she loves doing

something new every day whether it

is teaching students in a classroom or

developing new programs.

"The thing I love most about pharmacy

is the difference we make in patient

care," Divine said. "We are the drug

therapy expert and I love teaching that

in the classroom. It's very rewarding

when that clicks for students and I see

their love of the profession too."

Outstanding Alumni

2010 Paul F. Parker Award

Jeffery N. Baldwin, PharmD, R11

Jeffrey N. Baldwin, PharmD, a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy and R#11 in the UK Pharmacy Residency program, was

honored with the 2010 Paul F. Parker Award at a luncheon Dec. 7, 2010, held

in conjunction with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in

Anaheim, California. Dr. Baldwin is the first pediatrics practitioner to win the

Paul F. Parker Award.

Dr. Baldwin is a native of Sidney, New York, near the Catskill Mountains.

He received his Associate of Science degree (1967) from Jamestown (NY)

Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1970) from the

State University of New York at Buffalo before traveling to Kentucky. He earned

his Doctor of Pharmacy (1973) from the University of Kentucky where he

completed a concurrent ASHP Residency Program under the preceptorship of

Paul F. Parker, MS, DSc, Director of Pharmacy Central Supply. Dr. Baldwin joined

the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy in 1973 and developed clinical

pharmacy services in concert with the Pediatrics Department at the University

of Nebraska Medical Center. He has served the College of Pharmacy in

numerous capacities, including extensive involvement in faculty development,

promotion and tenure. Dr. Baldwin is currently Professor and Vice-Chair of

Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy and

holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Medicine with the University of

Nebraska College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

He has published over 50 articles and abstracts, 27 book chapters, 50

audiovisual or computer-based educational materials, and made more than

130 professional presentations. Dr. Baldwin was the founding President of

the Nebraska Council for Continuing Pharmacy Education and has served as

President of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association. He has been a pioneer

in substance abuse prevention, education and pharmacy recovery network

assistance programs. In addition to his contributions in the medical literature,

his message relating the perils of substance abuse has received local media

attention through television and radio. He is the co-founder of the Heartland

Pharmacist Recovery Network and has served as co-chair of the Nebraska

Pharmacist Recovery Network since 1988.

Dr. Baldwin is a recognized national leader in pharmacy education, having

completed his term as President of the American Association of Colleges of

Pharmacy in 2010 where his main agenda item was the pharmacist's role in

primary care. He served as Chair of the American Society of Health-System

Pharmacists committee charged with establishing the initial standards for

pediatric pharmacy residency training. Dr. Baldwin's contributions to research,

education and practice have been recognized by election as a fellow of the

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP) and the American

Pharmacists Association (FAPhA). He has received the American Red Cross

Certificate of Recognition, the State of Iowa's Governor's Recognition for

Bravery, the Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal, and

the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms from the Boy Scouts of America for his

extraordinary heroism during a disastrous tornado at Little Sioux Scout Ranch

in Iowa in 2008, among numerous other professional and community awards.

Each year, the Paul F. Parker Award is

given to a former resident of the UK

Pharmacy Residency Program or an

individual associated with the success

of the program. It recognizes someone

who has displayed a contribution to

the profession, teaching or research.

The recipient has a commitment to

high ideals and excellence in their

chosen field and encourages the

personal and professional growth of

others. The award honors the legacy of

Paul F. Parker who came to UK in 1960

and was essential in the establishment

of the UK Hospital, first serving as

its Director of Pharmacy and Central

Supply. Parker developed the nation's

first hospital-wide unit dose system

and drug information center. He was

also instrumental in the development

of clinical pharmacy practice and

teaching programs in the UK College

of Pharmacy.

Winter 2011


Pharmacy "Fur-turn

Ross Turner, PY1, Russell, Ky.

Trying out for the UK mascot was sort

of a joke at first. Ross Turner played

basketball in high school and he had

offers to play at several small schools,

but at the urging of a friend and

former back-up to UK's Scratch, the

UK Wildcat Kid's Club mascot, Turner

tried out with 35 others and made it.

"It's every kid's dream to play

basketball in Kentucky," he said. "I say

I have the second best thing to being in a jersey. I'm the

Wildcat mascot!" Being the mascot for the UK Wildcats

turned out to be much bigger than Turner ever imagined.

Being the UK mascot has truly been a passion for Turner

for the past four years and he obviously takes the

entertaining aspect of the role seriously. Over-the-top

antics are what the Wildcat is best known for, whether it

be the push-ups he does every time Kentucky scores in

football or when he is standing high up in the air at the

top of the cheerleader's pyramid at any game. He readily

admits he doesn't physically train and says after football

games, "my arms feel like jello!" And the pyramid? "I've

never been so scared in my life as the first time I was on

top of the pyramid."

Apparently, Turner overcame his fear. Earlier this year,

the Wildcat mascot placed fourth overall in the Universal

Cheerleading Association's Division 1A Mascot National

Championship, the highest ranking for any UK mascot in

the 11 years UK has been participating at the event.

continued on page 16

14 Focus on Pharmacy

ity" Brothers Love

Making People Smile

Josh Pruitt, PY1, Hanson, Ky.

When you first meet Josh Pruitt,

he is quiet, a little reserved even.

However, once he starts talking

about taking on the role of "Big

Red," a smile crosses his face that

is as big and bold as the red furry

creature that excites the masses at

Hilltopper games. Pruitt tried out

for the mascot position at the end

of his freshman year at WKU and

was trained by a friend who was a former "Big Red."

"I wanted to do it because everybody loves Big Red,"

Pruitt said. "Big Red's very mischievous, animated

and playful." Pruitt adds that Big Red is in the National

Mascot Hall of Fame. "Big Red's respected and I'm proud

to say that I was part of that program along the way."

Pruitt easily slips into the role of Big Red because

he says he enjoys making people laugh and smile,

characteristics he says he gets from his dad. "Although

it is hard to tell by his demeanor, Josh has always

enjoyed being in the spotlight," said Byron Pruitt,

Josh's dad. "His role as Big Red allowed him a stage to

display his passion for WKU and his love for others."

Interacting with the crowd verbally is not an option

when you're wearing a big red furry suit, however.

When Ross Turner was a kid, his parents

told him not to talk to strangers. What's

the first thing Turner always did? Talk to

strangers. He hasn't stopped since. In

fact, any game day in Wildcat Country,

one can see Turner talking to thousands

of strangers who come together as one

big family of Wildcat fans, making them

laugh, smile and keeping them pumped

up over their University of Kentucky

Wildcats. Turner, a 22 year-old UK

first-year pharmacy student from Russell,

Ky, is the official UK Wildcat mascot.

Josh Pruitt, 21, of Hanson, Ky., also a

first-year- UK pharmacy student, is set

to graduate from Western Kentucky

University in May 2011 after having

completed his first year of course work

at the UK College of Pharmacy. That

in itself is quite remarkable, but just

as remarkable is like Turner, Pruitt was

part of the WKU mascot program as a

"Big Red" for the WKU Hilltoppers his

sophomore and junior years until he

came to UK in 2009. There are striking

similarities and differences between

the personalities of the two pharmacy

students, but the common characteristic

that links the two students is, once

the mascot suit is on, so are they.

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continued from page 14

just may be the perfect fit for the multi-dimensional

Turner, the academic and the person who likes reaching

out and making a difference in the lives of others.

Like Pruitt, Turner did an internship as a college freshman

at a pharmacy in his hometown and fell in love with

the community aspect of pharmacy, the idea of giving

back and the ability to work closely with people. He

was also influenced as he watched his sister, Amie, go

through UK's pharmacy program ('00) and go on to

enjoy her job as a Kroger pharmacist in Nicholasville.

Turner believes pharmacy is more personal than the

other medical professions. "What's missing in the medical

profession is communication," he said. "In pharmacy, I'll be

able to connect with people on a more personal level."

Interacting with the crowd seems to be

what Turner loves most. "I'm a keen communicator and

I can make a 7-year-old smile or a 70-year-old," he said.

Turner's already abundant energy is further fueled by

the enthusiasm of the crowd. "I get chills every time the

lights go out and I run out onto the court or field with the

players," he said. "It's cool to see the pride the university

has for the sports programs and that pride carries on."

Like Pruitt, Turner can't talk to his legion of fans so he has

to find creative ways to communicate without words. In a

large place like Rupp Arena or Commonwealth Stadium,

every gesture has to be exaggerated. "I can't simply

wave to the crowd, I have to do this," he says as he leaps

forward like a cartoon character with arms open wide

and waving madly. "Somebody is always watching the

Wildcat. I like being able to touch people in that way.

There are no words to describe how awesome it is."

And watch him, they do. One night after a game, Turner

and some of his friends went to Wendy's to eat. At the

next table sat a family who had been to the game and

they were talking about what the Wildcat did that night.

The parents said to their kids, "we'll have to go to another

game to see what the Wildcat does." Turner seems genuinely

amazed as he recalls the night and said, "Wow, this is the

men's basketball team and they want to see the Wildcat?"

Although his friends encouraged him to go over and

introduce himself, he didn't. As personable and outgoing

as Turner is, both in and out of the Wildcat uniform,

he is also quite down-to-earth. "Being associated with

UK sports, people put me, the Wildcat, on a pedestal

and I use this to talk about my faith, self-esteem and

setting goals," he said. "Kids will listen to me."

At games, Turner's friends don't see the Wildcat, they see

their friend Ross. Some have even wondered why Turner

decided to go into pharmacy because they just don't see

the profession as fitting with his exuberant personality.

However, community pharmacy, which is his interest,

This is Turner's fourth year as

the Wildcat mascot. He is also completing his first year

in pharmacy and realizes he is going to have to devote more

time to academics for the remainder of his time at the College

of Pharmacy.

"It's going to be hard to hang it up and I'm going to miss it and

the fur-turnity of the other mascots," he said. The "furr-turnity"

that Turner refers to are his back-ups, Scratch, Stitches, the

Kentucky Children's Hospital mascot, and his mascot friends

all over the NCAA and NBA. "It's going to be a totally different

perspective being in the stands and not on the floor."

Turner has his eye on the future. You see, the Wildcat wants

to be a pharmacist. You may not see him prancing around

Rupp Arena or doing push-ups on a board high up in the air,

but look for him making people smile at a local pharmacy,

maybe near you.

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"You have to find new ways to communicate with people

because you can't talk to them, so everything you do

becomes exaggerated," Pruitt said. "You also have to

learn the popular moves of 'Big Red,' the belly slide and

belly shake. The crowd always wants to see these two

things. One of the most challenging things was to learn

the Big Red autograph. It is especially hard to hold and

write with a sharpie when you only have four fingers."

It's not just entertaining that Pruitt loved so much

while at Western. He really enjoyed the community

service work that comes along with being a collegiate

mascot, perhaps because his parent's raised him to be

community-minded. Pruitt, as Big Red, made appearances

at weddings, heart walks, golf scrambles and his favorite

— WKU's annual run for the Kelly Autism Program.

Pruitt's community work didn't start with Big Red, though.

There were several pharmacists who attended his church

in Hanson and he used to deliver prescriptions for one

who owned a community pharmacy. He always had

a strong interest in medicine and chemistry in school

and he did an internship at Regional Medical Center in

Madisonville, Ky. Pruitt developed a particular interest

in clinical pharmacy and can see himself someday

working in a hospital pharmacy. "I decided on UK's

College of Pharmacy because it's a top-notch school

and because it's only three hours away from home."

Playing Big Red, attending community events, and juggling

college classes at Western kept Pruitt very busy but he was

happy doing it. However, leaving his Western Kentucky

home for Lexington to attend UK meant giving up Big Red.

You can see it in Pruitt's face before he even says the

words, "I like making people

laugh and smile,

and I miss it very much."

Pruitt hung up the red costume for a white

pharmacist's coat. Chances are pretty good that the

Big Red personality that is also Josh Pruitt lives on and that

passion for connecting with people will no doubt only serve to

enhance his career in pharmacy.

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which is less defined in humans, serves

as a source for neural stem cells in the

front of the brain.

Using animal models that closely mimic

the binge drinking of a true alcoholic,

team members introduce alcohol via

a tube at 8-hour intervals for four days

that results in a blood alcohol level of

0.30, nearly four times the legal driving

limit for humans. An agent called

Bromo-deoxy-Uridine (BrdU) is injected

to label dividing cells in living tissues,

before, during or after the alcohol binge

so any dividing cell can be visualized

after being exposed to alcohol.

Using a technique called

immunohistochemistry – detection

of antigens on proteins in tissue with

antibodies that bind specifically to your

antigen of choice – Nixon attaches a

color to these antibodies (sometimes

up to four colors in order to detect

the antibodies bound to four different

proteins) in the brain tissue sections

that her team studies, and these colors

announce themselves brightly through

a microscope.

"The cool thing about BrdU is that it

permanently labels these dividing cells,

so we can track how many cells are being

born and which ones survive or remain

and then what types of cells these neural

stem cells become," Nixon said.

So far, Nixon and her team have shown

that the proliferation of neural stem

cells leads to a two-fold increase in the

number of new neurons generated

after alcohol dependence. The next

challenge will be to determine how and

why this reactive neurogenesis occurs.

"We hypothesize that it is related to the

fact that after two days in abstinence

these microglia induced by damage to

the brain can release growth factors

that promote neurogenesis," Nixon said.

"But we'll see. We're getting closer to the

answers every day."

Nixon was one of 85 researchers

recently announced as recipients of

the Presidential Early Career Awards for

Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the

highest honor bestowed by the United

States government on science and

engineering professionals in the early

stages of their independent research

careers. Nixon was the only college

of pharmacy faculty member of the

recipients to receive the award.

PECASE candidates are nominated

by one of 10 federal agencies for

their pursuit of innovative research

and commitment to community

service. Nixon’s nomination came

from the National Institutes of Health

(NIH). In 2007, Nixon received a fiveyear

$1.6 million grant from the

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse

and Alcoholism to understand

how endogenous neural stem

cells contribute to recovery during

abstinence from alcoholism.


continued from page 9

both analyzing how nature creates such

molecules and how these pathways can

be re-engineered towards new products

that can be utilized to destroy tumors.

His research in this field has led to

local and international collaborations.

Rohr is currently developing two drugs

with EntreChem, a company based

in Spain. More recently, he signed

a confidentiality agreement with

the National Cancer Institute, who

has shown a great deal of interest in

Rohr’s engineered anticancer drugs.

Such national and international

collaboration has sparked some interest

here on campus as well. Rohr is excited

about collaborating with Younsoo Bae

in the College of Pharmacy to further

develop some of his drugs. In this

context, he also started collaborating

with Vivek Rangnekar, a researcher in

the UK College of Medicine Department

of Radiation Oncology and with Jeff

Moscow, a pediatric oncologist in the

UK College of Medicine. It is planned

to hire a joint postdoctoral fellow to

conduct research that might lead to

some future collaboration between

these researchers. The postdoc will start

in May on this collaborative project.

Rohr is looking forward to that postdoc

joining his team. And if history has

taught us anything, we can look forward

to that individual serving on faculty at a

College of Pharmacy in the near future.

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when it is happening,

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College Briefs

Crooks, DeLuca and Zhan Recognized by AAPS

Three University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy faculty members were recognized

for their contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences at the Opening Session of the

2010 International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmaceutical Sciences World

Congress in association with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

(AAPS) recognized.

Dr. Peter A. Crooks, Professor in Drug Design and Discovery

at the College of Pharmacy, received the AAPS Research

Achievement Award in Drug Design and Discovery. Crooks is

known internationally for his research on the discovery of new

drug entities and their development as clinical candidates. He

is particularly well recognized for his work on the discovery of

new therapeutic agents to treat drug addictions such as tobacco


dependence, alcohol dependence and psychostimulant abuse.

Several of these novel drug entities are currently being evaluated in human clinical

trials both in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Patrick P. DeLuca, Professor in the Department of

Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, received

the AAPS Community Service Award. DeLuca is past-president

of the AAPS and an AAPS Fellow. He has been instrumental in

the founding and running of Faith Pharmacy in Lexington, Ky, an

organization that helps people who don't have prescription drug

coverage. DeLuca's efforts at securing donations, managing the


operations of the pharmacy, and recruiting volunteers have been

critical to the success of this community resource for over 11 years.

Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in

the College of Pharmacy, has been named an AAPS Fellow. An

individual is granted the honor of being named an AAPS Fellow

after making sustained remarkable scholarly and research

contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences such as original

articles, scientific presentations at AAPS Annual Meetings, and/

or patents.


Zhan is an internationally-recognized scientist in modern drug

design and discovery. He has developed unique computational drug design approaches

that have been proven reliable and efficient in the rational design of therapeutic

candidates. For a particular application of his computational drug design approaches,

his research team has successfully designed and discovered highly efficient cocaine

hydrolases that are recognized as novel, promising therapeutic candidates for

treatment of cocaine overdose.

Fink Appointed to Editorial Advisory Board

Joseph L. Fink III, Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy at the

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has been selected

to serve as Vice Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for the

Food and Drug Policy Forum of the Food and Drug Law Institute

(FDLI). This is a new bi-weekly periodical about food and drug

law policy. Topics related to food, drugs, medical devices,


tobacco, cosmetics, animal drugs and biologics are covered as

well as discussion of policy related to regulation of such items on the federal, state,

local and international levels. The FDLI, based in Washington, D.C., has as its mission

providing education, training and publications on topical food and drug law; act as

a liaison to promote networking as a means to develop professional relationships

and idea generation; and ensure an open, balanced marketplace of ideas to inform

innovative public policy, law and regulation.

Martin Named Pharmacist of the Year

Dr. Craig Martin, Adjunct Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice

and Science, was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Kentucky

Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP). The award was

presented during the 2010 KSHP Annual Meeting in October. This

award recognizes an individual pharmacist for his or her leadership,

vision and continuous contribution to the practice of pharmacy.


Martin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UK

College of Pharmacy in 1999, completed an Infectious Disease Specialty Residency at

UK in 2002, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree. He has been a

practicing Pharmacist for 11 years, specializing in infectious diseases.

Martin serves as the clinical pharmacist for UK Hospital's Antimicrobial Management

Team. The AMT serves to provide patients of the UK Chandler Medical Center with

appropriate, cost-effective antimicrobial therapy through formulary management

and patient-specific interventions. The Antimicrobial Management Program has

been successful in reducing both resistance rates and expenditures on antimicrobial

agents. Martin serves as a lecturer on infectious diseases and counter-terrorism in

the first, second and third professional year curriculum at UK College of Pharmacy. He

also provides experiential education to fourth professional year students through the

antimicrobial management and infectious diseases rotations. He directs PGY2 Infectious

Diseases pharmacy residency program at UK.

Divine and Ryan Selected as

APhA Fellows

Drs. Holly Divine and Melody Ryan are

among the newest Fellows that will be

recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting,

March 25-28, 2011 in Seattle, Wash.

The honor as a Fellow recognizes APhA



members with a minimum of 10 years of

exemplary professional experience and achievements in professional practice, who

have rendered outstanding service to the profession through activities in APhA and in

other organizations. Examples of service to organizations may include having held an

elected or appointed office, service on a committee, expert panel or review board, or

other relevant activities. The selection of Fellows is done by the respective academies,

with APhA-APRS presenting about 10 Fellow designations each year.

Residency On-Call Program Featured by AHRQ

The on-call program that is a signature feature of the UK HealthCare pharmacy

residency program has been recognized as an innovative approach to improving

the quality of patient care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

profiled the program in its November 24, 2010 AHRQ Health Care Innovations

Exchange ( The program is a long-standing component

of the pharmacy residency program jointly offered by UK Chandler Medical Center

and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. The postgraduate year one

(PGY1) program was recognized in 2007 by the American Society of Health-System

Pharmacists with its Award of Excellence.

Building Receives Architectural Design Honor Award

The Kentucky Society of Architects presented building projects across the state with

its annual Excellence in Architectural Design awards. The group was chosen from

43 entries received.

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Biological Pharmaceutical Complex

was one of four projects to receive an honor award, the group's highest distinction.

continued on page 20

Winter 2011


Samantha Allen

Danielle Antis

Wade Barton

Abraham Bekele

Bethany Benyo

Matthew Boggs

Brittany Bowen

Mitchell Brown

Brad Carper

Courtney Carter

Renee Chiu

Rachel Clark

Jessica Cox

Emilee Feldpausch

Kathryn Flores

Katy Garrett

Megan Goetz

Kristi Hammond

William Hankinson

Jennifer Adams

Kathleen Balling

Julia Brenneman

Allison Butts

Brittany Carter

Casey Combs

Dana Cunningham

Ashley Diamond

Bradley Doering

Sarah Dyer

Yvonne Egbudin

Jina Estridge

Elise Fleishaker

Monica Foster

Kelly Glover

Laura Atchison

Carrie Bearden

David Blandford

Christopher Case

Hannah Chandler

Joseph Eiler

Deborah Engelbrecht

Chad Glasser

Christina Hatfield

Fall 2010

Dean's List

Professional Year One

Gavin Howington

Mark Huffmyer

Bridgette Kanz

Kelly Karrick

Haiping Kou

Nicholas Ledgerwood

Bethany Lega

Rachael Lewis

Theresa Link

Brittany Livingston

Timothy Marr

Anthony Massarone

Alexander Meier

Lindsey Minnick

Zachary Noel

Dana Parrott

Krista Parrott

Micah Pepper

Jonathan Perdue

Professional Year Two

Leanne Hewlett

Hillary Johnson

Nayon Kang

Krista Kemp

Brittany Kidwell

Marissa Lambert

Jami Mann

Layla Marefat

Sarah Meade

Jamie Moline

Kathleen Monson

Laura Mudd

Kristen Mullen

Meghann New

Wesley Palmer

Professional Year Three

Mary Hayes

Whitney Henderson

Holly Huff

Britni Isbill

Amy Lovell

Brian Martin

Jennifer Meyer

Chelsea Owen

Lyndsey Partin

Stephen Polley

Travis Prewitt

William Reesor

Anna Remley

Stella Roman

Jason Russell

Ashley Saling

Benjamin Scott

Jonathan Shaw

Meghan Smyth

Ramandeep Sohi

Andrew Stacy

Jessica Stokes

Megan Taylor

Robert Thompson

Molly Trent

Amber Zembrodt

Benjamin Powell

Nicholas Russell

Milad Sanati

Victoria Sansom

Steven Sheldon

Kelley Singer

Courtney Smith

Kristen Soden

Tyler Stewart

Jana Stiles

Sarah Thomas

Alana Wade

Alyssa Wilson

David Wittmer

Xin Zhang

Amanda Peters

Courtney Queen

Drew Redden

Ryan Shely

Brian Spencer

Justin Thomas

Megan Welch

Mary Wheeler

College Briefs

continued from page 19

Wurth and Johnson

Assume New Roles

Stephanie Wurth has

been named Director of

Admissions and Student

Diversity. Stephanie

previously served as



Director of Recruitment

for the PharmD program and has served in the Interim Admissions

Director role since February.

Danielle Johnson has been named Coordinator of Admissions and

External Programs in the UK College of Pharmacy. In this new role,

she adds coordinating the service learning (e.g., community service

requirement) activities of the PharmD program to the primary

support she gives to the PharmD program’s admissions process and

international and residency outreach programs.

Residents Receive Grants from APhA Foundation

Drs. Clark Kebodeaux and Chris Harlow, 2010-11 UK COP

Community Pharmacy Residents at Kroger and APSC, respectively,

have both received $1,000 incentive grants from the APhA

Foundation for 2011.

Only 14 residents in the country received these awards, two of

them being rewarded to UK Pharmacy residents, one each for

their research projects. Dr. Kebodeaux’s project is entitled “Chain

Community Pharmacists’ Willingness, Attitudes, and Barriers

in Providing Over-The-Counter Medication Recommendations.”

Dr. Harlow’s project is entitled “Impact of a Pharmacist-Based

Medication Management Program on Quality of Life and

Medication Adherence in the Independent-Living Older Adult.”

Development Division Presents First Pre-Qual

Graduate Student Scholarship Award

Andrei Ponta was awarded the Drug Development Division Pre-

Quals Graduate Student Scholarship Award. The purpose of the

award is to stimulate early research productivity by rewarding

publication of high quality research papers by graduate students

in the Drug Development Division. Ponta’s mentor, Younsoo Bae,

assistant professor, coauthored the paper “PEG-poly(amino acid)

block copolymer micelles for tunable drug release,” which was

published in Pharmaceutical Research in November 2010.

Milewski & Narayanaswami Receive Glavinos

Graduate Student Travel Award

Mikolaj Milewski and Vidya Narayanaswami were recipients of the

Peter G. Glavinos Jr., PhD Graduate Student Travel Award. Named in

memory of the late Dr. Peter G. Glavinos Jr., a 1991 graduate of the

UK Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program, the purpose of this

award is to provide one or two outstanding students in the program

with the opportunity to present their research at a major national


Milewski, a graduate student in the lab of Audra Stinchcomb,

associate professor, presented his poster “Maximizing the Flux of

Naltrexone Through Microneedle-Treated Skin: the Salt Approach”

at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual

Meeting in New Orleans on Monday, November 15, 2010.

20 Focus on Pharmacy

Narayanaswami, a graduate student in the lab of Linda Dwoskin, associate dean

for research and Endowed Professor in Pharmaceutical Education, presented her

poster, “Diet-induced Obesity: Decreased Dopamine Transporter Function, Increased

Motivation for High Fat Food Reward, and Behavioral Predictors of Obesity” at the

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego on Sunday, November 14,

2010 .

Rho Chi Receives National Project Proposal Award

The Alpha Xi chapter of Rho Chi at the UK College of Pharmacy has once again

received the national Project Proposal Award for their project entitled "Pharmacy

Residency Evaluation Preparation (PREP)." This program will help prepare PY4

students for residency interviews by simulating the interview environment.

Participants will have mock interviews with actual residency preceptors and receive

oral and written feedback as well as a recording of the interview for self-evaluation.

"Rho Chi is pleased to assist our PY4 students prepare for their interviews, we feel

this furthers the mission of Rho Chi," said Melody Ryan, PharmD, Rho Chi faculty

advisor. According to the Rho Chi Society mission statement, Rho Chi will achieve

universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy.

As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual

excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

The Alpha Xi chapter has received the Project Proposal Award five times and this is

their 4th straight year to receive the award.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Receives

Prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award

Melissa Howard, a UK pharmaceutical sciences doctoral student, is the only recipient in

the state of Kentucky to have been awarded the prestigious Philanthropic Educational

Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Award for 2010-2011. From over 700 nominees from the

United States and Canada, 85 students received the Scholar Award.

Howard, a Louisville, Ky. native, graduated summa cum laude from Asbury College

in May 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry prior to joining the graduate

program. She is currently pursuing her PhD under the direction of IGERT advisors,

Michael Jay, the Fred N. Eshelman Distinguished Professor, University of North

Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Thomas Dziubla, assistant professor in

UK’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Her research is focused

on the development of a solid lipid nanoparticle formulation designed to provide

targeted delivery of Dexamethasone to tumors in order to enhance its potential for

use as a chemotherapeutic adjuvant. Upon completion of her work at UK, she plans

to pursue a postdoctoral position with the ultimate goal of obtaining a tenure-track

faculty position.

Brogden and Liput Receive NRSA Fellowships

Nicole Brogden, PharmD, has been awarded a National Research Service Award

Fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Daniel Liput has been

awarded a National Research Service Award Fellowship from the National Institute

on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Brogden, a graduate student in the Clinical and Experimental Track of the PhD

program, is mentored by Audra Stinchcomb, associate professor. Her project is

translational in nature, encompassing both animal and human studies to develop

novel methods of extending the lifetime of pores created following microneedle

treatment of the skin. Effective transdermal delivery would be an excellent

alternative to the current oral and parenteral formulations of naltrexone. Following

completion of her PhD, Brogden plans to pursue a position in academia as a tenuretrack

faculty member in a college of pharmacy where she can continue her work in

the clinical and translational sciences.

Liput, a native of Colorado is a graduate student in the lab of Kim Nixon, assistant

professor. His project focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of alcohol

toxicity on the brain and investigating novel drug targets and pharmacotherapies

to prevent alcohol-induced brain damage. He is specifically interested in the effects

of alcohol exposure on endogenous cannabinoid signaling. Central cannabinoid

receptors are under investigation for the treatment of a variety of neurologic

disorders including obesity, addiction and neurodegeneration. He is currently

testing the efficacy of this strategy for preventing alcohol-induced brain damage.

Upon completion of his dissertation, Liput plans to pursue a postdoctoral position in

alcohol dependence and drug abuse. His ultimate goal is to develop his own research

program in the aforementioned fields.

AAPS Recognizes UK's Student Chapter

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) has recognized

the University of Kentucky AAPS Student Chapter for outstanding performance

during 2009-10.

Some of the chapter's achievements considered in the recognition include outreach

efforts, such as Engineering-Day participation, initiated by the chapter for the

first time in 2009. That year was also the first time they collaborated with the UK

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Student Chapter for an

outreach event. The effort was repeated successfully again this year. The chapter also

had four Young Scientist seminars(YSS) in 2009 (a record number for one year) that

dealt with important topics and fresh new ideas in pharmaceutical research. They

also had an additional YSS in the spring of 2010. AAPS was especially appreciative of

the fact that they consistently welcomed suggestions and feedback through the use

of questionnaires from the graduate students and made efforts to implement their

suggestions. AAPS also received excellent reviews for the chapter from the 2009

AAPS visiting scientist, Dr. Cao. Another achievement was the successful industrial

trip to Elli Lilly (Indianapolis, Ind.) in 2009 after a gap of over 5 years.

Walsh Named Resident of the Year

Kelly Walsh, PharmD, was named Resident of the Year by the Kentucky Society of

Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP). The award was presented during the 2010

KSHP Annual Meeting in October. The award recognizes an individual pharmacy

resident for their contribution to the practice of pharmacy through contributions and

improvements at their institution/practice site and throughout the state.

In 2000, Dr. Walsh received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fairfield University in

Connecticut. In 2003, she earned a Master of Science in teaching from Iona College in

Rochelle, New York. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2009 from the University

of Southern Nevada. She completed her PGY1 Residency at UK HealthCare and is

currently in her PGY2 year in Internal Medicine at UK HealthCare. Dr. Walsh is an

accomplished resident with consistently positive evaluations. She was selected as the

chief resident for the 2010-2011 year which underscores her leadership capabilities.

Dr. Walsh is involved in ongoing process improvement initiatives. She serves as an

active member of the venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention committee which is

charged to develop protocols and educational initiatives to decrease incidence of VTE

within the organization. Her current research is looking at identification of risk factors

for VTE in a subset of patients with cirrhosis and end stage liver disease. Results of this

project could impact the way that we provide care for this patient population.

In addition to her outstanding research, Dr. Walsh has been identified as an excellent

teacher. She has developed lectures within the advanced pharmacotherapy module

at UK College of Pharmacy and has provided presentations at KSHP in the past. At

this year's Fall Meeting, Dr. Walsh presented a Pearl Presentation on "The End of an

Era! Will Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Replace Continuing Pharmacy

Education (CPE)?"

Winter 2011


Golfers from throughout the UK College of Pharmacy

family displayed their prowess on the fairways and

greens during the 20th annual UK College of Pharmacy

Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing.

Our dedicated alumni and friends helped us raise a

record $20,000 at this year’s tournament, which also

featured a silent auction. Over the past two decades,

the tournament has helped raise more than $300,000

for pharmacy student scholarships.

A new competitive division was created during the 2010

tournament, as co-ed teams had a chance to compete

against each other for top honors. That move was quite

a success and we hope to see more co-ed teams sign up

in the years ahead.

Thanks to everyone who made the 2010 UK College of

Pharmacy Annual Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf

Outing a success. We hope to see you in September.

20 th




Join us for the

21 st Scholarship Golf Outing

September 19, 2011

University Club of Kentucky

Winter 2011



Alumni Friends

Fall Weekend


A Day at the


Fall 2010 offered a different feel at the UK College

of Pharmacy. Class reunions were in full swing as

they always are and alumni and friends made their

annual autumnal pilgrimage to Keeneland.

Last Fall also provided the College an opportunity

to launch a new, College-wide tradition: A tailgate

party before a UK football game. All members of

the UKCOP family were invited to take part in the

event, and we experienced a record turnout. (For the

record, the Pharmacy tailgate was held prior to the

UK-South Carolina game, the football team’s biggest

win of the season. We are taking as much credit as we

can for the victory).

The all-College tailgate party will be back and better

than ever in 2011. Mark your calendar for October

22, 2011 when UK takes on Jacksonville State on

Homecoming Weekend.



Class of 2005

Class of 1960

Class of 2000

Class of 1970

Class of 1985



2011 class reunions will be held on October 21, 2011.

Classes to be honored include:

1961, 1971, 1986/PharmD 1987,

2001 and 2006.

If you would like to be involved in planning your

class reunion or would like more information about

reunion activities, please contact Amber Bowling

at (859) 218-1305,

In Memoriam


Alfred H. Pence Sr.,

Class of 1942, died September 30, 2010

George E. Countzler, II

Class of 1949, died October 11, 2010


George Karem, Jr.

Class of 1950, died October 22, 2010

William M. Edwards

Class of 1951, died November 7, 2010

Leslie L. Bivin, Jr.

Class of 1952, died December 7, 2010

Leonard L. Kilgore, Jr.

Class of 1952, died November 27, 2009

Thomas J. Bilotta

Class of 1953, died November 21, 2010

George Gaines, Jr.

Class of 1953, died February 23, 2010

Charles E. Morris

Class of 1953, died March 13, 2010

Robert C. Cole, II

Class of 1957, died June 11, 2010


Jack R. Osman, Sr.

Class of 1962, died February 2, 2010

Lawrence J. Allgeier, Jr.

Class of 1963, died September 3, 2010

Gary A. Perry

Class of 1967, died October 11, 2010


Thomas S. Foster

Class of 1973, died October 14, 2010

Curtis A. Johnson

Class of 1975, died January 16 , 2011

Dorothy Skaggs Deaton

Class of 1979, died November 27, 2009

26 Focus on Pharmacy

Thomas S. Foster

PharmD, R13

Thomas Scott Foster, 63, husband of Marijo Foster, departed this life

on October 14, 2010 following a brief illness. Born in Gloversville, NY,

on May 25, 1947, he was the son of Charles and Evelyn Foster.

Tom was a professor at the UK College of Pharmacy, and he

continued to be active in teaching, research and service roles at

UK until shortly before his passing.

He held joint faculty appointments as professor in the UK College

of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, and the UK College

of Public Health, Department of Health Services Management.

Dr. Foster served as executive chair of the Human Subjects

Institutional Review Board for over twenty years.

Dr. Foster enjoyed many roles with the United States Pharmacopeial

Convention, the national body that establishes standards for

medications distributed within the U.S. This year he received the Beal

Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service to the U.S.P., the highest

award of that important non-governmental standards agency.

He was a pioneer in using his pharmacy knowledge to address drug

product selection issues for the benefit of the public in Kentucky,

ultimately chairing Kentucky's Drug Formulary Council and Drug

Management Review Board. He was appointed to the Kentucky

Board of Pharmacy, the licensure agency for pharmacists, and

chaired the group. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Food and

Drug Administration as well as to the Office of Human Research

Protection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tom was a man of many talents, a man of many friends. His number

of friends was almost matched by his number of bowties, his

sartorial signature.

An avid sailor, he was happiest when with his grandchildren sailing

on Seneca Lake in New York's Finger Lakes Region where his family

has a summer home. Two Airedales, Commander and Chief, were his

constant companions.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Megan (David)

Sullivan, Isle of Guernsey, UK; his son, Thomas Scott (Courtney)

Foster, Jr., Ocean City, NJ; six grandchildren, the Sullivan boys -

Davey, Charlie, and Tommy and the Fosters - Jack, Van, and Jane

Scott; as well as a sister, Bonnie (Bob) Bruss, Braselton, GA.

The family requests that contributions to commemorate the life

of this true friend who gave so unselfishly to many be directed to

the Paul F. Parker Professorship with checks, bearing a notation of

Dr. Foster's name, drawn payable to the University of Kentucky and

sent to the UK College of Pharmacy, 789 S. Limestone, Lexington,

KY 40536.

Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

“Tom had a significant impact on me as a young,

energetic, aspiring clinician-scientist when I arrived

at UK in 1978. He was way ahead of his time in drug

product evaluation, and he influenced the lives of

so many residents and pharmacy students at UK

throughout his career. I am grateful for his many

contributions to clinical pharmacy. His enthusiasm,

contagious smile and optimism live on in all of us

whom he touched. Cheers to the “bow tie” guy for a

life well lived!”

-Kim Brouwer, R103

"The first time I ever saw Tom was when I was a

5 th year student and he was 'Dr. Foster'. He bounded

into our classroom, beamed at all of us, wrapped

everything in enthusiasm, and left. I remember

thinking, 'I'm not sure what just happened; but it was

great!' Several years later when I joined the faculty,

I benefitted from his enthusiasm and excitement

about the profession and his words of advice."

-Melody Ryan, '93

"Tom recruited me into the residency program and

then on the faculty. Working with him throughout

a 37-year span is something I will always cherish

professionally. But I will cherish even more what

Tom shared with me personally. I will always

remember with great fondness our first 'deep sea'

fishing trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina,

the many trips to Cave Run Lake for an afternoon

of sailing and the invitation to play music with

the kids. Tom has truly been a lifelong friend and

inspiration. He will always have a place in my heart."

-Ken Record, R63

"Thoughts on Tom:

The elder statesman, the oft-parlimentarian, the

avid sailor, the universal beacon of the college and

residency program, the USP super hero, all things

IRB and wise counselor. We were all blessed to have

counted him as a colleague and friend, and we're

all the better for having spent time with him."

-Kelly Smith

"I remember some of his favorite sayings – 'Why

would I retire? I've got the best job in the world!' When

asked how he was doing or how your day/week was

going, his reply was always, 'Just living the dream.'"

-Peggy Piascik

"Tom’s legacy of excellence, persistence and vision

will continue in the lives of those fortunate to have

known him as a teacher, clinician, colleague and

friend. My memories of Tom and the standards he

set remind me of the greater purpose underlying

what we do daily as pharmacy faculty."

-Jimmi Hatton, R151

For more rememberances and a

memorial video of Tom, visit the

U.S. Pharmacopeia Web site.


Winter 2011


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Interested in

a Career in


Contact the

University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Admissions Office

Stephanie Wurth

Director of Admissions and

Student Diversity

The Alumni-Student

Mentorship Initiative

The 2011 American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held in Seattle,

Wash. March 25-28. The UK College of Pharmacy, the

Kentucky Pharmacists Association and Sullivan University

are hosting the annual “Kentucky Breakfast” on March

27, 2011 at 7 a.m. at the Washington State Convention Center.

The UK College of Pharmacy is launching a new program at this year’s APhA Meeting

in Seattle. The Alumni-Student Mentorship Initiative seeks to pair UKCOP alums

with students who are attending the meeting. We hope the program will help our

students begin to form a network with other professionals in the field. We need

alumni volunteers to help us make this project a success. If you are a UK College of

Pharmacy alum and you are attending the APhA Meeting in Seattle, please contact

Dave Melanson in the Office of Alumni and External Relations at 859-323-3450,

Dean Tracy’s Gift Pushes UK Phonathon

Over the Million-Dollar Mark

(859) 323-2755

An Equal Opportunity University

The University of Kentucky Phonathon

celebrated an important milestone

when Dean Tim Tracy of the College

of Pharmacy made a gift on January

31, putting the Phonathon’s

fundraising total over the $1 millionmark

for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Dean Tracy’s gift was made in

conjunction with the UK College of

Pharmacy’s annual Phonathon drive.

So far this fiscal year, the UK Phonathon

has obtained more than $116,000 in

commitments from about 800 College

of Pharmacy alumni and friends.

The UK Phonathon is a part of the

University’s Central Development Office,

Annual Giving division, and conducts

annual campaigns for all the University’s

Colleges and several Programs on the

UK campus. The 2010-11 fundraising

goal for the Phonathon is $1.6 million

in pledges. If reached, this will be an

all-time record for the University.

This is the earliest in the fiscal year

this benchmark has been reached in

the 19-year history of UK’s telephone

fundraising efforts. Last year, this

dollar amount was not reached until

February 14. And the first time the

UK Phonathon secured $1 million in

pledges in a single year was 2006.

“Private giving is critically important to

our efforts in the College of Pharmacy as

well as to the University’s Top-20 goal,”

says Dean Tracy. “I’m thankful for the

generosity of our alumni and friends

and I’m appreciative of the hard work

done by our College’s advancement

staff and the staff of the University’s

Central Development Office.”

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the Date!


Upcoming Events

APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition

March 25-28 • Seattle, Wash.

Alumni and Friends Spring Weekend

April 15-17

Open House

Main Campus Events


Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing

September 19 • University Club of Kentucky


October 21

Classes of 1961, 1971, 1986, PharmD 1987, 2001 and 2006

AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition

October 23-27 • Washington, D.C.

For more information about alumni events,

please contact Amber Bowling at (859) 218-1305,

Alumni and Friends Fall Weekend

October 21-23

Pharmacy Tailgate- All Alumni & Friends Welcome

Homecoming Football Game


ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

December 4-8 • New Orleans, La.

Nonprofit Org

U.S. Postage Paid

Lexington, KY

Permit 51

College of Pharmacy

Goes Red

University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

789 S. Limestone

Lexington, KY 40536-0596

There was a glimmer of red throughout Big Blue Nation in February,

as those from throughout the UK community sported red to help

fight heart disease in women and promote the American Heart

Association Go Red for Women campaign. In this photo, you can see

that the UK College of Pharmacy’s students, faculty and staff wore

red to support this noteworthy cause.

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