2009 May eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
May 2009
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the May SoPPS Dean’s e-Notes.

It is with mixed emotion we say goodbye to the Class of 2009. It is always difficult to see such highly talented and respected colleagues depart, but we know we send them forward well prepared to embrace their future career paths. We congratulate all our graduates and eagerly prepare to welcome the Class of 2013 in August.

Please stay in touch. Forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will hear from us again in July.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
2009 Commencement
(l-r) Deanna Cartenuto, Professor Alfred Reiman, Lisa Imbrogno
School News
More than 120 pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences students attended the SoPPS commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, in Slee Hall. John Rodgers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Independent Health Association, delivered the commencement address. Nicole Paolini-Albanese received the SoPPS Teacher of the Year Award. Best wishes to all our graduates!
SoPPS faculty assist Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy
A group of SoPPS faculty played a key role in developing a resource paper, “Scope of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice: Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians,” for the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy. SoPPS faculty contributors were Nicole Paolini-Albanese, Edward Bednarczyk, Tammie Lee Demler, Karl Fiebelkorn, Robert Wahler and Gene Morse.

The faculty were supported in this work by community colleagues Susan Ksiazek and Lee Klevens as well as 2006 graduates Cindy Amabile and Marc Luxemburg.

2009 SoPPS Award Winners
2009 award recipients
2009 SoPPS Awards
On April 23, the school stopped to recognize many outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and students at its fifth annual awards ceremony, where the following awards were presented:

Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award
Mario Rocci ’76, ’81

Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award
Tammie Lee Demler ’92, ’02

Daniel H. Murray Memorial Professional Development Award
Liliana Yohonn ’09

Teacher of the Year Finalists
Gayle Brazeau; Nicole Paolini-Albanese; and Erin Slazak

Staff Recognition Awards
Patricia Grace, Juliet Warrick and Robin DiFrancesco

United States Public Health Service Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Award
Kristen Zeitler ’11

Respect, Excellence and Service in Pharmacy Student Award
Alina Eisen ’09

Nigerian medical academic at SoPPS
Fatai Adewale Fehintola, M.D., clinical pharmacologist, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, is visiting the school for an eight-week clinical pharmacology training module, emphasizing HIV treatment and clinical pharmacology research in the area of HIV and malaria. During his visit, Fehintola will train in how to design, conduct and analyze data from clinical pharmacology studies of HIV and malaria medications. He will also shadow the core laboratory in the areas of HPLC and mass spectrometry, as well as pharmacogenomics.
Alumnus stops to give back
Ken Yee, ’75, found his profession in a pamphlet.

“When I was looking through a career opportunity booklet, I realized that the pharmacy profession would allow me to own my own business,” Yee said. He also learned that the profession required knowledge of math and science, subjects he had enjoyed at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School.

So Yee came to UB to study pharmacy. He first worked in retail pharmacy, where he learned the business side of the trade, then for several years in hospital pharmacy. Finally, after a decade of working for others, it was time to strike out on his own. When he did, success followed success and he opened one store after another.

“Now I have six pharmacies and a wholesale business,” he said. “Recently, I opened a Chinese restaurant, too, just to diversify.”

Having achieved so much, Yee decided it was time to give back to UB. He donated $50,000 for a patient assessment room that will bear his name in John Kapoor Hall, the pharmacy school’s new South Campus home that is slated for completion in 2012.

Read more.
Linda Thomas-Glover
Linda Thomas-Glover, '79
Alumni Notes

Linda Thomas-Glover, ’79, has been appointed president, Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, Va.

Brian Sweet, ’88, has been appointed president-elect of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Joseph Couto, ’08, a pharmacoeconomics and outcome research fellow at the Jefferson School of Population Health, published “The Evolving Pharmaceutical Industry” in Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health.

Faculty/Staff Notes
Jennifer Hess presented “100K Prospects, 50K Applications – And Now You Want Me To Manage That?” and also presented “Successfully Managing Staff: A Workshop for Professionals with Supervisory Responsibilities” at the 2009 NYSACAC Annual Conference.

Donald Mager presented "Mechanistic Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Models" as part of the Clinical Pharmacology Curriculum Review Course at the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Patty Havard published S.D. Joy, R. O'Shaughnessy, N. Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, M.M. Leland, P. Frost, P. Fan-Havard “Fetal blood sampling in baboons (Papio spp.): Important procedural aspects and literature review (p)” Published Online: Apr 5 2009 10:26PM DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0684.2008.00334.x

Gayle Brazeau was promoted to professor, Pharmacy Practice and was also chosen to participate in the 2009 Air Force Recruiting Service Health Professional Tour.

Gene Morse was the panel moderator for "Personalized Medicine and Genetic Testing and Its Emerging Role in Specialty Pharmacy” at the 2009 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit.

New Funding/Grants
Robert Straubinger received a $238,157 shared instrumentation grant from the National Center for Research Resources for a high-performance computational cluster to support research in proteomics in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Core Instrumentation Facility. Jun Qu, Latif Kazim and Thomas Furlani are co-investigators on the project.

Congratulations to Jean Costanzo and her husband, Chris, on the birth of their son, Ryan Christopher Costanzo.

Pharmacy Day in Albany
SoPPS students with Larry Mokhiber, NYS Board of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Day in Albany
On March 31, faculty and students attended Pharmacy Day in Albany. SoPPS members had the opportunity to meet with local legislators, tour the assembly chamber and discuss policies related to health care.
Phi Lambda Sigma inducts new members
Congratulations to the following individuals who were initiated into Beta Omicron Chapter, Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy Leadership Society in the school.

Student Inductees: Samuel Aitken, Kirsten Butterfoss, Michael Grota, Carolyn Hempel, Matthew Schnupp, Andrew Stivers and Kristen Zeitler

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Inductees: Peter Brody, ’02, Daniel Brazeau, Jean Costanzo, Stephen Giroux, ’81 and David Pysz, ’76

PLS would also like to congratulate William Prescott, recipient of the first PLS Alumni of the Year Award and Gayle Brazeau, recipient of the 2009 PLS Faculty Service Award.

PhiDelta Chi Community outreach
Phi Delta Chi students at Relay for Life
Phi Delta Chi community outreach
Members of Phi Delta Chi provided community outreach and support during the past semester through a variety of projects.

• Penny Wars with the other professional pharmacy fraternities to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The event was held in Alumni Arena and members stayed up all night to raise money.

• Annual dinner at Gilda's Club of Western New York, which was themed “Little Italy.” Members spent the afternoon in the kitchen cooking up pasta favorites and handing out appetizers to guests.

• Continued national effort to raise $200,000 for the St. Jude Hospital Pharmacy through our Prescription for Hope Letter Writing Campaign.

Annual Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences poster day winners
Congratulations to the following students and their advisors for their outstanding poster presentations:

Pharmaceutical Sciences:

1st Place: Mehwish Ghauri; Gene Morse, mentor

2nd Place: Katherine Gancasz; Sathy Balu-Iyer, mentor

3rd Place: Anas Fathallah; Dr. Sathy Balu-Iyer, mentor


Outstanding P4 Poster: Liliana Yohonn; Brian Tsuji and Curtis Haas, mentors

Outstanding P3 Poster: Andrew Tong; Patty Havard and Dan Brazeau, mentors

Outstanding P3 Poster: Charles Venuto; Gene Morse and Qing Ma, mentors

NYSCHP student essay winner
Susan Chang, Class of 2010, won the 2009 New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists student essay contest.
Pillars Exemplary Leadership Award
Jamie Chin, Class of 2012, received the 2009 University at Buffalo Pillars Exemplary Leadership Award.
Cardinal Health Student Leadership Conference nominee
Kristin Gawronski, Class of 2010, is the SoPPS nominee to attend at the 10th Annual Cardinal Health Student Leadership Conference. The conference provides a forum for the future leaders of pharmacy to develop leadership skills while interacting with their peers from over 25 colleges of pharmacy.
2009 AFPE Gateway to Research Scholarship
Kristin Kielar, Class of 2012, received a $5,000 scholarship from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. The scholarship is awarded through a national competition and supports Kristin’s AFPE-sponsored research project, “Modulation of Paclitaxel Pharmacodynamics,” which she is conducting under the direction of Robert Straubinger, professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences.
2009 APhA One-to-One Counseling Recognition Program
Gauri Rao, Class of 2011, has been selected as one of five pharmacy students nationwide for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2009 One-to-One Counseling Recognition Program. This program honors pharmacists and student pharmacists who have proven themselves outstanding in the field of one-to-one patient care.

Rao was recognized for her efforts last summer to educate people living in Karnataka, India, on the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.

Upcoming continuing education programs

Student Scholarship Golf Tournament: June 8, 2009, Lockport Town and Country Club. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Kapoor Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony: September 11, 2009. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance: September, 12, 2009, Grand Island Holiday Resort and Conference Center. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.
For additional information, please see our news and events listings at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/school_news.shtml.

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