Longhorn Pharmacy Focus – Fall 2017
Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our news magazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.
Enjoy our most recent edition of Focus, Fall 2017.
Gonzales named AAAS fellow
Professor Rueben Gonzales of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished contributions to the field of alcohol research.
Pharmacy alumni arrived to the UT Austin campus in October to talk of years past, watch some Texas Longhorn football, and be awarded for their vast accomplishments in the world. Read more.
Williams named Inventor of the Year
Bill Williams was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.
Longhorn Pharmacy Focus
Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our newsmagazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.
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The college’s latest innovative study program, the Lester Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, seeks applicants to its 2017-2018 class. Learn more about the Lester Scholars Program.
Tom and Beverly Gerding – friends we will miss
Tom and Beverly Gerding, longtime friends of Longhorn pharmacy, walked hand in hand through a life well spent and died 10 days apart this summer.
Read more about Tom and Beverly Gerding.
Ginsburg is finalist for lifetime leadership award
Dr. Diane Ginsburg is one of three finalists for a lifetime leadership award sponsored by Pharmacy Times magazine and Parata Systems, a company that develops automated technologies for pharmacies.
Read more about Ginsburg’s nomination.
A new study identifies several natural compounds found in food, including numeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.
Read more about starving cancer cells.
A team of three UT student pharmacists placed among the elite programs in a national Clinical Research Challenge. The competition, sponsored by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, included a field of 80 competing teams.
Read more about the Clinical Research Challenge.
Students attend addiction program
Four student pharmacists will attend a summer program to study addiction and its treatment sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Read more about the summer addiction program.
A shared love of pharmacy – one family’s story
It didn’t take Donna Jermain, B.S. ’86 and Pharm.D. ’89, long in her pharmacy studies to determine that pharmacy was the career path for her. Yet she likely had no inkling that 30 years later, hers would be a family profession shared with both of her sons, Brian and Scott.
Read the Jermain family story.
DiGiovanni joins LIVESTRONG team
Dr. John DiGiovanni, the Coulter R. Sublett Endowed Chair in Pharmacy, has been appointed as associate director of basic research at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School effective May 1.
Read more about DiGiovanni’s appointment.
Wilcox named educator of the year
Dr. Richard Wilcox has been named 2017 Educator of the Year for the College of Pharmacy. He was one of several faculty cited to receive awards at the recent student-sponsored awards ceremony.
Read more about college teaching awards.
Research Day celebrates discovery
The art and science of discovery took center focus as the college observed Research Excellence Day 2017.
Read more about Research Day.
Longhorn student pharmacists Jade Fitzsimmons, Hannah Bustillos and Christine Burundi captured first place in the National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition conducted in Florida during Spring Break.
Read more about the compounding competition.
Dr. Maria Croyle is one of three researchers selected to receive funding from the Texas Health Catalyst to help move projects from technology in the research lab to products on the market.
Read more about Croyle’s work.
Dr. James McGinity has been named as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors. He is one of three named to the honor from UT Austin this year in recognition of his distinguished work which includes 27 patents including his work to reformulate Oxycontin to an abuse-deterent composition.
Read more about McGinity’s honor.
Study suggests enzyme safely starves cancer cells
An enzyme developed and tested in a UT lab by a team including Dr. John DiGiovanni offers promise in the fight against certain cancers by starving the cancer cells while creating no apparent side effects in the patient.
Read about DiGiovanni’s research.
Pope named professor of the semester
Dr. Nathan Pope, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named to receive the Professor of the Semester Award by The University of Texas at Austin’s Senate of College Councils.
Read about Dr. Pope’s recognition.
Student team wins business plan competition
A team of Longhorn pharmacy students has taken first place at a national competition designed to showcase business plans for independent pharmacies. Read more about the business plan competition.
Dr. Jamie Barner, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named as the new head of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice (HOPP). Her appointment is effective in September. She follows Dr. Ken Lawson in the role who returns to full time teaching and research after five years of administrative service.
Read about Dr. Barner’s appointment.
Dr. Kevin Dalby, professor of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, has received a nearly $5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to kick start drug discovery programs. The grant will support his Targeted Therapeutic Drug Discovery & Development Program, which is designed to develop small molecules that are precursors to cancer drug therapies. Read about Dalby’s CPRIT grant.
Vanessa Lopez, administrative manager in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was named to receive a University Outstanding Staff Award as several other staff members were honored for service anniversaries. The university-wide ceremony was held on May 13. The Tower was lit burnt orange to honor the staff awardees. Read more about staff awards.
Dr. Diane Ginsburg, assistant dean for student affairs and clinical professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been honored by Texas Exes and UT pharmacy alumni by being voted to the Texas Ten. Ginsburg and her fellow faculty honorees are featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Texas Exes’ Alcalde magazine. Read about Ginsburg and the rest of the Texas Ten.
Dr. Nile Barnes, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named Educator of the Year at a spring event hosted by Pharmacy Council. Read more about the Educator of the Year and other teaching awards.
Titiana Makhinova, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Jamie Barner, scored high marks at the recent American Pharmacists Association Annual meeting when she was the best podium competition. Read more about Makhinova’s honor and research.
The art and science of discovery takes center stage on April 26 as the College of Pharmacy hosts the 12th annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Research Excellence Day at the Student Activities Center on campus. Learn more about Research Day 2016.
The college has joined the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and education in pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing. Read more about the NIPTE collaborative.
P-3 student Sarah Rumbellow is recipient of the United States Public Health service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award. Rumbellow serves as co-chair of the college’s Project Collaborate which provides free health screenings to the public. Read about the public health award.
Longhorn pharmacy once again was ranked among the elite programs of pharmacy education in new rankings recently released by U.S. News and World Report. Read about our No. 3 ranking.
Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopashyay, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is one of five exceptional early career scientists selected to receive grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The awards are part of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES) program. Read about the ONES Award.
A study that focuses on the role of pharmacists in helping asthma patients stay healthy is the inaugural program supported by the Kloesel Endowment. Read about the asthma study.
Lam Nabs Third Teaching Award
Dr. Francis Lam has been named recipient of a 2016 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, his third recognition for teaching excellence within 12 months. Read more about Lam’s award.
Heating Up the Fight Against Cancer
Dr. Ted Mills and his team are helping to heat up the fight against cancer through research that targets cancer’s dependence upon fats as well as sugars to develop tumors.
Read more about the work coming out of Mills’ lab.
A research study by Dr. Maria Croyle, professor of pharmaceutics, has been cited as the best research paper of 2015 by the University Co-op. The study outlines work in her lab to demonstrate long-term protection against the most lethal strain of Ebola. Read more about Croyle’s research award.
It was a very good national meeting for the UT Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association. The group took home Chapter of the Year honors as well as several other awards. Read more about NCPA’s honors.