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College Celebrates Convocation
A total of 183 professional and graduate students members of the Class of 2002, were recognized at the College of Pharmacy Convocation. Nearly 2,100 students, faculty, friends and relatives attended the May 2 ceremony conducted witnessed the in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom andin distribution of Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Science degrees. Graduate students received masters degrees in Forensic Sciences and doctoral degrees in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacy Administration, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmacognosy. The 2002 valedictorians Kimberly Gasrud, Kimberly Menard, Shannon Sommer, and Patricia Wang, all newlyhooded PharmDs, spoke to the graduating class about friendships, hard work, and gratitude for family and friends. Dean Rosalie Sagraves and alumnus Janet Engle, PharmD, associate dean for academic affairs and president of the America Pharmaceutical Association, addressed the graduates about the responsibilities of being a pharmacist in the 21st century. During the ceremony, representatives of the PharmD Class of 2002 presented the College with their gift of a stained glass window which will be displayed in the Deans Office. The ceremony concluded with the PharmD graduates reciting the Pharmacists Oath.
Application deadline for Fall 2003 PharmD admissions
Doctor of Pharmacy program applicants will have a new deadline when applying for admission into the College, due to a move that changed the application deadline from the December 1 date which had been used for many years, to February 1 of the spring prior to admission. In instances when the new deadline falls on a weekend, the cut-off date will be on the first weekday after February 1. Prospective students seeking Fall 2003 admission, for example, must submit all applications to the College no later than Monday, February 3. "Given that most other schools of pharmacy in the nation have spring application deadlines, I see changing our deadline as a very positive move. It can only make us more competitive," said Thomas TenHoeve III, PhD, associate dean for student affairs. Continued on page 3
In the Spotlight
Introducing the College of Pharmacys 2002 Golden Apple Award and Preceptor of the Year recipients..
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Accolades and News Grants and Contracts Awarded Calendar of Events
Marieke Schoen, PharmD
John Garofalo, PharmD
Accolades and News
Janet Engle, PharmD, associate dean, Academic Affairs, and clinical professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, was featured in an April 2002 issue of the Daily Southtown newspaper in an article titled Prescription for Success. The article discussed the high demand for pharmacists. Harry Fong, PhD, professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, was recently appointed to the International Advisory Board on Hong Kong Regulatory Standards for Chinese Medicinal Herbs, Health Department, Hong Kong, SAR, China. Dr. Fong was also recently appointed to the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Chinese Medicine. Richard Gemeinhart, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, was invited to moderate a session on Drug Delivery Systems at the Society for Biomaterials annual meeting in Tampa, Fla., April 24-27. Michael Johnson, PhD, professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognososy and director, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Alexander Neyfakh, PhD, associate professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, and the Center for Biotechnology, were selected as participants in the recent University of Illinois i-emerging program, a showcase of emerging technologies in pharmacy, engineering and medicine. Drs. Johnson and Neyfakh, co-founders of Influx, Inc., are developing techniques to fight the growing drug resistance to antibiotics. As a result of their participation, several potential investors are following up for a review of InFlux, Inc.s business plan, which is the first step in the tracking of investment capital. Donna Kraus, PharmD, FAPhA, associate professor and director, Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, Department of Pharmacy Practice, received continuing accreditation for the Pediatric Pharmacy Practice residency program from the American Society of
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Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing. Charles McPherson III, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, received the Urban Health Program Faculty Recognition Award on April 13, during the annual Student National Pharmaceutical Association banquet, in recognition of his dedication to urban health student education. Mary Lynn Moody, RPh, clinical assistant professor and director, Drug Information Practice Residency, Department of Pharmacy Practice, received continuing accreditation for the Drug Information Practice residency program from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing. Adam Negrusz, PhD, assistant professor of forensic sciences, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, received a D.Sc. degree from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, in December 2001. Additionally, Dr. Negrusz was invited to present a lecture entitled "The Pharmacology of Drugs Commonly Encountered in Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases" at the PITTCON 2002 conference in March 2002 in New Orleans. Frank Paloucek, PharmD, clinical associate professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, received continuing accreditation for the Pharmacy Practice residency program from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees recently approved a motion to change the name of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacodynamics to the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. 2
Grants and Contracts
Judy Bolton, PhD, associate professor, Department of Medicinal Chenistry and Pharmacognosy (Co-Investigator Dr. John Pezzuto) received new funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH-HHS) in the amount of $304,031, for the project titled, "Biotransformation of Estrogens to Carcinogenic Quinoids". Dr. Bolton also received new funding from Health Research Incorporated in the amount of $62,888, for the project titled "Carcinogenicity of B-Ring Unsaturated Estrogens. Richard Gemeinhart, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biopharmaceutics, recently one became of three recipients of the 2002 American Brain Tumor Association Translational Research Grant. This grant, in the amount of $50,000, will support a project entitled "Microparticle-Drug Conjugates as Novel Chemotherapeutic Agents." Scott Franzblau, PhD, professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, and director, Institute of Tuberculosis Research, received new funding from the University of Arizona in the amount of $25,000, for the project titled "Bioactive Agents from Dryland Biodiversity of Latin America. Edith Nutescu, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, received new funding from Genecom Llc in the amount of $10,000, for the project titled "DVT Free." Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, professor, Department of Biopharmaceutics Sciences, received new funding from the Army Medical Research and Material Command in the amount of $467,502, for the project titled "TC -99M Labeled and VIP Receptor targeted Liposomes Effective Imaging of Breast Cancer ." Steve Swanson, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, received new funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging in the amount of $77,935, for the project titled "Role of Growth Hormone in Prostate Cancer: Rodent Models." The new application deadline will benefit prospective students by enabling them to submit scores from either the October or January Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) exam and ensure receipt of those scores before the admissions decision-making process begins. The new deadline will also enhance the College's admissions process by allowing the inclusion of applicants' fall semester grades in the review process. In the past, fall grades were unavailable by the application deadline and therefore not considered. In addition to extending the application deadline, the College also assumed the responsibility of performing all grade point average calculations for applicants inhouse. The Office of Admissions and Records, which used to complete those calculations on behalf of the College, discontinued that service in 2002 as a costsaving measure. However, on the bright side, eliminating the Colleges need to pass filed on to campus Admissions and Records will allow a more expeditious approach to getting application files ready for review," TenHoeve explained.
Faculty Enrichment Days
Nearly 80 faculty members and administrators attended the Colleges annual, two-day Faculty Enrichment Days in early May. The retreat, conducted at the Anderson Worldwide Education Center in St. Charles, Ill., presented participants with opportunities to network across departments, brush up on their technology skills and hear about the latest trends and practices for protecting human subjects and expanding the scope of research beyond the laboratory. This years retreat was particularly successful because of our facultys strong commitment to the discipline of pharmacy and all of its elements, including teaching, research, and clinical practice, said Susan Peverly, PhD, assistant dean for academic affairs. She added that the event created a positively-charged atmosphere and a unique opportunity for faculty members to build camaraderie which will hopefully lead to future clinical and research collaborations.
Calendar of Events
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Annual Meeting, will take place in Baltimore, Md, June 2 through 5.
In the Spotlight
Who: Marieke Schoen, PharmD Position: Clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice, course coordinator and lecturer in Principles of Drug Action Therapeutics 405 and a P-2 team leader . What she likes most about teaching: I really like teaching things that students might think are difficult or hard to understand. I had a great role model (Dr. Jerry Bauman) who showed me how to take difficult material and translate it to the student level. Teaching philosophy: Everybody is fascinated by health, thats why were here. You have to show students why the intricacies of their subject matter is interesting. Marieke Schoen, PharmD, was selected by the graduating class of 2002 to receive this years Golden Apple Award. This award recognizes Dr. Schoen as that classs favorite teacher over the course of its four-year program.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Annual Meeting, will take place at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo, July 12 through 17.
UIC College of Pharmacy will dedicate the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Garden on July 19. Celebrate the official opening of the garden located in the sunken courtyard between the College of Pharmacy and the Administrative Office Building at the corner of Wood and Polk Streets.
National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Pharmacy and Technology Conference, will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Ca, August 10 through 14.
Fall Semester Begins, August 26
Illinois Pharmacists Association, Annual Meeting, will take place in St. Louis, Mo, September 19 through 22.
Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Annual Meeting, will take place in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill, October 17 through 19.
Who: John Garofalo, PharmD Position: Clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, team leader for the Critical Care Section, director of the Specialty Residency in Critical Care. What he likes most about teaching: "I like facilitating the transition as students grow from a point where they don't know anything about the ICU and feel intimidated to the point where they are able to work with doctors and feel quite comfortable doing so." Teaching philosophy: "It is a big leap from studying a textbook to treating a person who doesn't fit the ideal case. Seeing patients and watching them respond to drug therapy is the best way to reinforce what they've learned in the classroom. John Garofalo, PharmD, was honored by the graduating class of 2002 with a Preceptor of the Year Award. This award recognizes Dr. Garafolo as that classs favorite preceptor during their last year of study.
National Community Pharmacists Association, Annual Meeting, will take place in Nashville, Tenn, October 19 through 23.
American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Annual Meeting, will take place in Albuquerque, NM, October 20 through 23. American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Annual Meeting, will take place in Toronto, Canada, November 10 through 14.
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 33rd Annual Meeting/Exhibition, will take place in Anaheim, Ca, November 13 through 16.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 37th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, will take place in Atlanta, Ga, December 8 through 12.
Fall Semester ends, December 14