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DEAN'S UPDATE

Greetings from Dean Rick G. Schnellmann

As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we have much to be thankful for at the UA College of Pharmacy.

This year, more than 250 alumni, faculty, students and friends attended Homecoming on the Health Sciences campus. I know a great many more of you celebrated with us in spirit. I’m grateful to everyone who helped make the weekend a success.
 
As thrilled as I am about the event itself, I’m even happier that so many of our students choose to participate in Homecoming activities. The College’s legacy is kept alive by students who are engaged in all aspects of their College experience and who stay connected with us as they progress throughout their careers.
 
Our students are the future of the pharmacy profession and will one day have the opportunity to impact and inspire future PharmCats, pharmacists, health practitioners and scientists. I deeply appreciate these students, as well as the alumni and volunteers who give their time, talent, and financial support to keep our College on the leading edge of pharmacy education and research.
 
Prior to Homecoming, the College hosted our National Advisory Board, which is comprised of pharmacy leaders, alumni and friends of the College. This important group advises me and our leadership on strategic initiatives for the college. We had a lively discussion around student and alumni engagement and brainstormed ideas to help mentor students earlier in their career. Ideas included coordinating NAB and alumni-hosted networking events after hours and at national conferences, and increased alumni mentorship programs or guest speakers. College staff will be working to facilitate many of these ideas in the future and we hope you will participate.
 
Homecoming and NAB photos are now online; click here to view them.
 
You are representatives of our College and I appreciate your enthusiasm and participation in these important events.  I hope you feel a sense of pride and excitement when you reflect on your experiences at our College.  Thank you for the impact you help us make throughout Arizona and beyond.

Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD
Dean and Professor
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

ACADEMICS

College Launches PharmD Forward Program




The initiative includes evolving PharmD course curriculum and providing specialized training through certificates and dual-degrees in key areas where additional expertise is needed: health law, public health, health care management and regulatory sciences.

ALUMNI

Graduate Alumna Alexandria Lau, PhD '12, Finds Success in Non-Conventional Career Settings
 



Dr. Lau, who studied under professor Donna Zhang, PhD, has worked for SC Johnson, the Hershey Company, and now, E&J Gallo Winery. She was most recently recognized by the UA Alumni Association as the 2018 Alumni of the Year for the UA Honors College. 

AWARDS

Glenn Sipes Graduate Student Travel Award Established




Named in honor of Dr. Glenn Sipes who served as a faculty mentor for graduate students, the award will enable its graduate students to advance their research by participating in scientific meetings. The award has received $24,565 to date and the College is still working to grow this gift with support from generous friends and alumni.

RESEARCH

Preparing for the Financial and Economic Impact of Biosimilars




Though there are currently only 12 biosimilars approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are many more in the pipeline, and the oncology world is bracing itself for their impact. How will they be incorporated into practice?  What will it mean for the health care ecosystem?
 
A panel of experts—including clinical assistant professor and alumni Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCPS; graduate student Nimer Alkhatib, PharmD, MS, PhD (candidate) as well as Marc Earl, PharmD, BCOP and Kashyap B. Patel, MD, gathered at a preconference presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers 35th National Oncology Conference in Phoenix, to exchange their thoughts on the practical and theoretical considerations involved. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Pharmacy People, Programs and Updates

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Alumni & Friends Reunion!
 

Join the college in Anaheim to connect with fellow PharmCats on Dec. 2.

Marty Baker Announces Retirement
 

After 26 years, Marty Baker is retiring from the College of Pharmacy.  View photos.

Dr. Hurley Celebrated as Innovator of the Year
 

Dr. Hurley received the recognition on behalf of the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Research News
 

Read about research updates and accomplishments on behalf of the Pharmacy Practice and Science Department and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department.

New UA Endowed Professorship in Pharmacogenomics
 

The Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science is seeking a translational scientist to lead a vigorous, highly collaborative research program focused in pharmacogenomics.

Homecoming 2018: A Reason to Celebrate!
 

The College welcomed the National Advisory Board to the College of Pharmacy and celebrated the event with alumni from across the years, faculty, staff and students! View photos.

FINAL THOUGHT



The College of Pharmacy Student Services Team in Tucson celebrated Marty Baker, who is retiring after working here for more than 26 years, with campus colleagues and students. 

 
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