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
Phone: (859) 323-7601
Fax: (859) 257-2128
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A Publication of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
A Publication of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
C O N T E N T S
F E A T U R E S
On the Cutting Edge of
First Trainees From Pharmacy
Pharmacy Fur-turnity Brothers
Love Making People Smile
D E P A R T M E N T S
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
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.
Check our website for complete information
or contact Amber Bowling at
(859) 218-1305, email@example.com.
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.
Patrick J. McNamara
Named Senior Associate Dean
Patrick J. McNamara, Chair
of the Department of
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
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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that you will have
to interact with
on the Dean’s tour is the
UK College of Pharmacy’s
Office of Alumni and External
Relations. The unit combines
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Aaron and Terri Cook
Class of 2000 and 2006
The UK College of Pharmacy
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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The Divine Experience
A PATH OF DIVERSITY
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
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.
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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
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
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."
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
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.
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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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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
"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
"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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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
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/
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
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 (www.innovations.ahrq.gov). 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.
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Professional Year One
Professional Year Two
Professional Year Three
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Wurth and Johnson
Assume New Roles
Stephanie Wurth has
been named Director of
Admissions and Student
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.
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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,
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
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
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
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.
Join us for the
21 st Scholarship Golf Outing
September 19, 2011
University Club of Kentucky
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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Thomas S. Foster
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
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
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,
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."
"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.'"
"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.
a Career in
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Director of Admissions and
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
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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APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition
March 25-28 • Seattle, Wash.
Alumni and Friends Spring Weekend
Main Campus Events
Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing
September 19 • University Club of Kentucky
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
Pharmacy Tailgate- All Alumni & Friends Welcome
Homecoming Football Game
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
December 4-8 • New Orleans, La.
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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.