Although our students have a tremendous amount of respect for our faculty as teachers and scholars, they often don’t fully appreciate the quality of the faculty they interact with each day. Esteemed research universities, such as the University of Connecticut, are fortunate to count among its faculty some of the premier individuals in their field in the world. Our two endowed chairs, Drs. Michael Pikal and Urs Boelsterli, are premier researchers in the areas of lyophilization and mechanistic toxicology, respectively. Dr. Diane Burgess, a past president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and current president of the Controlled Release Society, conducts state-of-the-art research in nanotechnology. Dr. John Morris, a National Academy panel member, is an internationally recognized expert in inhalation toxicology. Drs. C. Michael White and Craig Coleman are the first pharmacy faculty in North American to have received an Evidence-based Practice Center from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. Nevertheless, our students are surprised when one of their faculty has a paper published in a premier journal, authors a book, or appears on national television. It is only then that they—and we—realize how fortunate we are to have these exceptional individuals in our midst.
Connecticut Stem Cell Grant
Dr. Ben Bahr has received approval of a $450,000 grant from the State Stem Cell Advisory Committee.
CMS Medicaid Transformation Grant
Dr. Marie Smith, Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and the Connecticut Pharmacists Association have been awarded a grant from the Connecticut Department of Social Services to fund their proposal, The E-Prescribing Medication Information Exchange Project. The $781,000 project is part of a CMS Medicaid Transformation Grant on Implementing Health Information Exchange and E-Prescribing for the Medicaid population.
Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health
Dr. Megan Ehret has been accepted to present a lecture entitled, “Opiate Detoxification Treatment Options in Connecticut Department of Corrections and Community Samples” at the 3rd Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health.
ASHP Foundation Award
Dr. Craig Coleman is the recipient of the 2008 ASHP Foundation Literature Award in the category of Drug Therapy Research for his article, “Impact of Statin Dosing Intensity of Transaminase Creatine Kinase.”
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement
P4 students Andrew Bzowyckyi and Jennifer Scholle received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement in December. Jen and Andrew were honored for their work in educating pharmacists in how to work more effectively with patients with low health literacy.
Pharm.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
Lindsy Murphy became the first student in our new Pharm.D./M.B.A. joint degree program. Lindsy would have been a P3 student this year, but chose to defer her third professional year to enroll for the year as a full-time M.B.A. student. She will complete her P3 year next academic year and will graduate one year later than her classmates, but with both degrees. Lindsy is seeking a health care-oriented business internship for this summer.
As we approach mid-February, the cold spell has finally broken; perhaps, despite the groundhog’s prediction, spring is just around the corner!
Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor