2007 July eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
July 2007
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the July edition of Dean's eNotes. Over the past two months, we have celebrated the accomplishments of our 130-plus student graduates, as well as the graduates from our residency and fellowship programs. We are spending the summer months planning the 2007-08 academic year as well as launching the design phase of planning for our move to the South Campus on Main Street. We have just confirmed an occupancy date of fall 2011. Our new building will be a state-of-the-art school and provide our students, faculty and staff with an environment that supports excellence in research, education and service. We will continue to keep you informed about our progress as we enter this new stage of design.

Please stay in touch with us. We encourage you to forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will hear from us again in September.


With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Chiedza Maponga
Chiedza Maponga
School Notes
UB SoPPS Helping Zimbabwe Researchers
An article in Science magazine on the economic crisis facing universities in Zimbabwe looked at the efforts by researchers to continue their work there and reported they're receiving help from institutions abroad, including the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. SoPPS is participating in an NIH-funded program to help monitor drugs to treat HIV and tuberculosis infections. Chiedza Maponga '88, a research associate in the school, (along with the UB SoPPS Pharmacotherapy Research Center) helps Zimbabwe conduct its drug-monitoring program. Maponga, the main contact in Zimbabwe, helped plan the 2002 rollout of Zimbabwe's free antiretroviral therapy program. Read the Science article.
Read a UB Today profile of Chiedza Maponga.
2007 Commencement
On May 12 in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus, the school graduated 132 students: 108 Pharm.D. students and 24 students from the undergraduate and graduate pharmaceutical sciences programs. Twenty-eight students received 40 awards at the ceremony.More
Pharmacy Practice Fellows Research Day
The Department of Pharmacy Practice hosted its annual Fellows Research Day on June 8. The participating fellows were Yoriko Harigaya, Pharm.D.; Ying Hong, Ph.D.; Ahmed Amer, M.D., Ph.D.; Yseult Brun, Pharm.D.; Sarah McCabe, Pharm.D.; Jenny Yang, Pharm.D.; Jurgen Bulitta, Ph.D.; and Patcharporn Sudchada, Pharm.D., BCPS.

The event marked the end of training for many of the fellows. We wish them much future success!

Pharmacy Practice Residency Project Presentation Day
The Department of Pharmacy Practice hosted its annual Residency Project Presentation Day on April 20. The winner of the project presentations was "Clinical Application of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Atazanavir in HIV Infected Patients," presented by Neha Sheth, Pharm.D., a PGY2 HIV/ID resident.
Award recipients
2007 Awards Ceremony
The 2007 SoPPS awards ceremony recognizing faculty and alumni was held on April 19 at UB's Center for Tomorrow.
The 2007 awards recipients are:
  • Teacher of the Year: Bill Prescott '02
  • Teacher of the Year finalists: Karl Fiebelkorn '78, William Prescott '02 and Walter Schroeder
  • Preceptor of the Year Award: Michelle Lewis '04
  • Daniel H. Murray Memorial Professional Development Award: Stephanie McCutcheon '08
  • Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award: Dean Trzewieczynski '98
  • Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award: Susan Ksiazek '82
Jordan Csati P4
2007 Student Scholarship Golf Tournament
Ninety-six golfers participated in the Fourth Annual SoPPS Student Scholarship Golf Tournament. The event raised $30,000 to benefit the scholarship program. We would like to thank our generous sponsors whose support makes this scholarship program possible.
  • Gold: Kinney Drugs and Rite Aid
  • Silver: CVS, McKesson, Rochester Drug Cooperative, and J. Rutkowski Pharmacies
  • Bronze: Brooks/Eckerd, Fillmore Pharmacy/Fisher's Pharmacy/Cuba Pharmacy, Forster's Pharmacy, Hannaford Supermarkets, Middleport Family Health Center, Niagara Hospice, and Washington/Kenmore Prescription Centers.

2007 Winning Foursomes:

  • First place: Terry Bellnier, Tulio Ortega, Chris Coyne and Robert Weismann
  • Second place: Andrew Burruano, Marty Burruano, Bob Fiorella and John Carlo

2007 Edward J. Hempling Community Wellness Competition
Two student organizations, Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Sci, were awarded first and second prize, respectively, in the 2007 Edward J. Hempling Community Wellness Competition. The student organizations' proposals for community wellness programs were judged for their quality, creativity and proposed outcomes.

The Edward J. Hempling Community Pharmacy Fund, which sponsors the competition, was made possible through the support of Margaret McGlynn '82 in honor of her late father, Edward J. Hempling, B.S. '50, who owned and operated Hempling's Pharmacy in South Buffalo.

Kathleen Tornatore
Kathleen Tornatore
Faculty Notes
Gayle Brazeau was selected to be a leadership fellow by the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
Gene Morse and Charles S. Venuto (P2 student) received an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Gateway to Research scholarship from the AFPE board of grants.
Gene Morse, Quing Ma and Sara McCabe published "Drug Interactions Between Proton Pump Inhibitors and Antiretroviral Drugs" in Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology.
Gene Morse and Jerry Schentag were recognized as UB authors at a university reception in May.More
Judianne Slish began her term as president of the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York.
Kathleen Tornatore received a grant from Novartis-Investigator Initiative for "The Relationship of Drug Exposure and Immunodynamic Responses During CellCept(R) Conversion to Myfortic(R) in Stable African-American and Caucasians Renal Transplant Recipients."
Student Notes
Ethel J. Heath Award Recipients:
Julia Markov, Lauren Maroni, Kari Mergenhagen and Julie Tracey, all members of the Class of 2007, received the Lambda Kappa Sigma Ethel J. Heath Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship and is given to graduating collegiate members in the top 10 percent of their class.
Tricia Wilkins
2007 AMCP/Pfizer Managed Care Internship
Tricia Wilkins (Class of 2008) received the 2007 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)/Pfizer Managed Care Pharmacy Student Internship. She will intern at the VA Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will also spend five days with a Pfizer clinical education consultant and a week at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy in Alexandria, Va. The internship experience will conclude with a poster presentation of her work at the AMCP's Educational Conference in October.
Daniel DiCenso '02 received the 2007 Recognition Award for Service with the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York and the Pharmacists' Society of the State of New York.
Thomas Marsilje '00 received the Second Place award at the 32nd Annual Western New York Inventor of the Year Award Banquet.
John Rodgers '83 was selected as 2007 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York.
James Walsh '01, '04 was selected the 2007 Distinguished Young Pharmacist by the Pharmacists' Society of the State of New York.
Sandra Walters '85 received the CVS Regional Preceptor of the Year Award.
In Memoriam
Esther Eddy '48
Esther Eddy was a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the school from 1976 to 1991. She was the former director of pharmacy services at Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the New York State Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Western New York Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York. She also served as the chairperson of the New York State Board of Pharmacy and was an active member of the New York State Department of Health Advisory Council of Poison Prevention and Control. Her impact on the school was profound, as was her lifelong impact on the Western New York community she served.
Donald Arthur '57
Donald Arthur was a great local, state and national pharmacy leader. He served as president of the Erie County Pharmaceutical Association, the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York, as well as the National Association of Retail Druggists. He also served on policymaking committees for the American Pharmaceutical Association.
Upcoming Events
Alumni Reunion and Dinner Dance: September 29, 2007, Classics V Banquet Facility
UB Homecoming: Saturday, October 6, 2007
Career Pathways Program: October 22-24, 2007
For additional information, please see our news and events listings at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/school_news.shtml.
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