2012 March eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
March 2012
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to our March eNotes.

In this edition of eNotes, we highlight local, regional and national "good press" that our faculty and students have received for their scholarly accomplishments. By the time you receive our next edition of eNotes in May, the school will have begun its transition to John and Editha Kapoor Hall. I look forward to sharing feedback with you on this highly anticipated process as we begin life in our new home.

Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by email to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, PhD, professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Illustration of Kapoor Hall
Grand opening for Kapoor Hall set for Sept. 27-28.
Kapoor Hall Grand Opening
Please "save the dates" of Sept. 27-28 for our dedication and grand opening of John and Editha Kapoor Hall. Programming on Thursday, Sept. 27, will include the Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lecture in the afternoon, followed by the lectureship dinner banquet. On Friday, Sept. 28, we're holding late-morning and early-afternoon dedication ceremonies, tours and other celebratory activities. A gala dinner celebration will be held at the historic Statler City in downtown Buffalo.

Those classes celebrating milestone reunions—55th (1957), 50th (1962), 25th (1987) and 10th (2002)—will be recognized on Friday at Statler City.

"Save the date" postcards will be mailed in a few weeks, with invitations following in July. Anyone with questions should contact the Office of External Affairs at phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3340.

School Selected to Participate in 'APhA-TV'
UB was among a group of select schools chosen by the American Pharmacists Association to participate in "APhA-TV," a new program being launched. Short video segments were produced highlighting unique and creative programming at each school. These videos were released at the APhA national meeting, as well as to targeted APhA members. They also will be posted on APhA's home webpage.

Each school has individual ownership of its video production. Look for the UB video on the school's homepage in the coming months.

Walgreens, UB work to certify HIV Centers of Excellence
Walgreens has certified more than 500 of its pharmacies as HIV Centers of Excellence, with staff receiving clinical HIV/AIDS training provided through UB's Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

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Prescription drugs collected during the first week of the drop box program
The "drop box" provides a safe place to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs.
UB Hosts First Permanent Prescription Dropoff Box in WNY
With guidance from Karl Fiebelkorn, associate dean, and Student Affairs, along with information garnered from the school's work with many local drug-disposal programs, the UB Police Department has installed a permanent drug disposal box at its headquarters in Bissell Hall on the North Campus.

Read the Reporter article.
Watch the report on WIVB.

Alumni Association Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to Robert Miller, '59, and Bharati Bhardwaja, '01, for their selection as the Alumni Association's 2012 award recipients.

Miller, recipient of the Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award, and Bhardwaja, recipient of the Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award, will be recognized at the school's annual awards ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst.

Those interested in attending should contact the Office of External Affairs at phm-alumni@buffalo.edu for further information

Samuel Aitken, '11, accepted a three-year fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Houston, beginning in July 2012.


Shreen Beshures, '96, recently was featured in The Buffalo News as the featured "Cook of the Month" for her Atkins' cooking.

In Memoriam:
Richard Lazerson, '48
Donald Cadwallader, '53
Russell Alessi, '60
Charles Barney, '77
Linda Cantara-Thrush, '77
Dennis Gaffney, '81
Gail Palmgren, '90

Straubinger and Balu-Iyer Recognized for Inventions
Congratulations to Professors Bob Straubinger and Sathy Balu-Iyer for being recognized by the university for their scholarly contributions at the UB STOR Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception.


Both were recognized for their work on these patents issued in 2011:
Patent # 7,875,288: Method for Treating Blood Coagulation Disorders
Patent # 7,875,289: Compositions for Less Immunogenic and Long-Circulating Protein Lipid Complexes

Erin Slazak and Nicole Albanese are part of a new program that helps students participate as members of health care teams in community settings.
Residency Training Improves Health Outcomes
Nicole Albanese and Erin Slazak, both clinical assistant professors, discuss in a recent article in the UB Reporter how residency training enhances clinical skill development so pharmacists can improve patient outcomes while decreasing health care costs.
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Javier Blanco
Cheng, Q., Kalabus, J.l., Zhang, J., & Blanco, J.G. (2012). A Conserved Antioxidant Response Element (ARE) in the Promoter of Human Carbonyl Reductase 3 (CBR3) Mediates Induction by the Master Redox Switch Nrf2. Biochemical Pharmacology, 83(1), 139-48.


Blanco, J.G., Sun, C.L., Landier, W., Chen, L., Esparza-Duran, D., Mays, A., Friedman, D., Ginsberg, J., Hudson, M., Neglia, J., Oeffinger, K., Ritchey, A., Villaluna, D., Relling, M., & Bhatia, S. (2012). Anthracycline-related Cardiomyopathy after Childhood Cancer: Role of Polymorphisms in Carbonyl-Reductase Genes--A report from the Children's Oncology Group. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Gene Morse
Gruber, V.A., Rainey, P.M., Moody, D.E., Morse, G.D., Ma, Q., Prathikanti, S., Pade, P.A., Alvanzo, A.A., & McCance-Katz, E.F. Interactions between buprenorphine and the protease inhibitors darunavir-ritonavir and fosamprenavir-ritonavir. Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2012 Feb 54(3): 414-23. PMID: 22100576 PMC3258270.

Robert Wahler and Scott Monte
Latuga, N., Wahler, R.G., & Monte, S.V. (2012). A National Survey of Hospice Administrator and Pharmacist Perspectives on Pharmacist Services and the Impact on Medication Requirements and Cost. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Javier Blanco
Pharmacogenetics of Pediatric Cancers. Genetic Determinants of Efficacy and Late Toxicity (Farmacogenetica de Canceres Pediatricos. Determinantes Geneticos de Eficacia y Toxicidad Tardia). Extraordinary Athenaeum, Catamarca's Province Central Children's Hospital, Catamarca, Argentina (2/23/12).


William Jusko received the 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacology Distinguished Investigator Award. This award is given annually to recognize superior scientific expertise by a senior investigator in the distinct area of research for which the individual is internationally known. Jusko will receive the award in September at the ACCP national meeting.


Cindy Konovitz was named a "Woman of Distinction" by the Jewish Federation of Buffalo.

Ashley Webb received board certification as a clinical toxicologist. As a diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology, she is one of only 100 pharmacists in the United States and Canada to receive this certification.

New Hire
Sharon Harezga has been hired as a senior research support specialist.


SPAWNY Career Workshop Huge Success
The Student Pharmacists Association of Western New York led by Christine Trezza, '13; Maria Di Guglielmo, '13; Yi Yang, '14; Sarah Farr, '14; Wesley Kufel, '15; and Rebecca Campbell, '15, organized a career workshop to help students with their interviewing skills and learn more about career development.

Invited guests included:

  • Tammie Lee Demler, PharmD, MBA, director of pharmacy services, Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Demler conducted a seminar on appropriate etiquette and dress for job interviews.
  • Amanda McEvoy, PharmD, preceptor, Community Pharmacy Residency Program clinical coordinator, Middleport Family Health Center. McEvoy met with students interested in pursuing residency training, performed mock interviews, and reviewed CVs.
  • Cindy Konovitz, assistant dean for recruitment and advisement, and Karl Fiebelkorn, MBA, associate dean for student affairs and professional relations. Konovitz and Fiebelkorn conducted mock interviews and answered student questions about job applications and resume writing.
  • Todd Martino, PAWNY president elect, Tops pharmacist. Martino reviewed CVs and led a discussion about how students can distinguish themselves when applying for pharmacy positions.


Halfway Gala
Class of 2014 officers present a check to the Kids Escaping Drugs campaign.
Halfway Gala Raises Funds to Support Kids Escaping Drugs
The Class of 2014, led by officers Kayla Maxwell, Gina Sutedja and Nick Hopwood, organized the annual Halfway Charity Gala in February. The event raised more than $8,000 for Western New York's Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) campaign. Ronn Tritto, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services Foundation, attended the event and accepted a check on behalf of KED. An alumnus from the KED program also spoke at the event, providing a firsthand account of how KED helped change his life.


Keith Rowe, '10, Independent Health's representative, also attended and presented a check to KED from an Independent Health fundraiser. A local DJ company, Extreme Illumination and Sound, as well as UB's Jam Band, provided music for the event free of charge. Everyone who attended had a great night and the class officers thank everyone for their support.

APhA-ASP Student-Faculty Auction
The annual American Pharmacists Association--Association of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Student-Faculty Auction was another huge success. This fundraising event, which raises money to help students attend the annual national APhA meeting, took place in February at Transit Lanes. After three months of preparation, APhA-ASP received 31 faculty-donated and 29 student-donated items for the auction. Among the donations were such unique items as three beginner/intermediate-level golf lessons with Bill Prescott, a go-kart session with Pete Brody, a half-day harbor tour with Ed Bednarczyk on his boat, a picnic at Burch Farm with Pat Burch, a ping-pong tournament and pizza party with Nick Norgard, a pheasant hunting trip with Fran Gengo and his two dogs, a seven-day trip to Maine with accommodations provided by Gayle and Dan Brazeau, and numerous lunch/dinner dates with other faculty members.

The most creative auction items were provided by students, including hand-beaded bracelets by Yip-kee Zhou, '15; three swing-dance lessons by Jamie Chin, '13; hand-knit arm warmers by Sophia Min, '15; an "impossibly rare" beer tasting by Scott Coon, '13; a pharmacy-themed decorative wood box made by Sarah Farr, '14; a hand-knit scarf by Kristina Chmiel, '15; an oil painting by Tara Castleman, '14; a clock made of recycled medication bottles by Steve Wolff, '13, and many others.

Sixty students and faculty members came out to Transit Lanes to enjoy bowling and socializing, with pizza and wings provided by Karen Shin, '13. Pete Brody was this year's bowling champion with a score of 221, followed by Jennifer Adams, '13, and Matt Dailey, '12. Gene Morse led the faculty in purchasing the most student raffle tickets and Kyle Ma, '13, won the most items donated by faculty members. The event raised almost $1,800--$800 more than originally targeted. Ali Datoo, co-president of APhA-ASP, noted that the goal for the event was about $1,000. "I am very happy that more students can now benefit from this fund for the upcoming trip to New Orleans for the national APhA meeting," she said.

This auction was not just a day of student and faculty socializing. All winners of auction items are looking forward to spending a day, or several days, with faculty members outside of school. APhA-ASP appreciates everyone's kind donations and participation.

Winners of local Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2011 UB Student Pharmacists Compounding Competition:
Amy Wojciechowski, '12
Amanda Paxton, '13
Andrew Rumpf, '13
Georgia DiFiore, '14 (alternate)


These students will travel to the University of Florida-Gainesville this month to compete in the SPCC national competition.

Daly Profiled for Work in PharmD/MBA Program
Chris Daly, '12, was featured in a recent article in Buffalo Business, the UB School of Management's alumni magazine, for his work in the PharmD/MBA program and how past professional connections have helped him on his career path.


Dustyn Miller, '13, is the recipient of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital LOVE Award (Living Our Values Effectively) for demonstrating effort above and beyond that which is expected. This marks the first time a member of the pharmacy school has received this award.

Lindsey Feuz, '14, was elected to the National Community Pharmacists Association Student Leadership Council.

Nicholas Hopwood, '14, is a recipient of the 2011 Rx Portfolios Achievement Award from RX Insider. Award recipients are chosen from among more than 9,000 portfolios. Recipients will receive national coverage via Rx Portfolios' website.

Annual Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Amherst. RSVP: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu


Commencement: Saturday, May 12, Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall

Ninth Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament: Monday, June 11, 2012, Lockport Town and Country Club.

Kapoor Hall Grand Opening: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Sept. 28

See our video: "Better Health Starts Here."

I Love UB Store: apparel, gifts, novelties; pharmacy-specific items will be available soon

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