2012 October eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
October 2012
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to our October edition of eNotes. This issue showcases two very important events: the dedication and grand opening of John and Editha Kapoor Hall, and the orientation and White Coat Ceremony for our incoming class of 2016. Members of the Class of 2016 are the first to be welcomed to Kapoor Hall. We eagerly look forward to their presence here in our new home and welcome back our returning students to continue their studies here.


Please stay in touch. Send updates of your personal and professional accomplishments to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, PhD,
professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Ribbon cutting ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


Class of 1987 at the gala dinner dance.
Kapoor Hall Grand Opening
Three days of special events celebrating the grand opening of Kapoor Hall culminated with the official dedication ceremony on Sept. 28. We were pleased to welcome more than 350 people for this momentous occasion. Along with esteemed building donor John Kapoor, ’72, we were honored to have New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other state and local officials on hand to assist with the dedication. A reception and tours were held after the dedication.


In addition to the official dedication events, alumni and friends were invited to participate in a continuing education program on pain management. The Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lecture in Pharmaceutical Sciences featured a presentation on the “Pharmacogenomics of Acute Leukemia Treatment” by William Evans, CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our gala dinner dance and alumni reunion activities in the Statler City on Friday evening were a wonderful conclusion to our three days of programming.

The school would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who participated in our events for making the dedication and grand opening of Kapoor Hall such a success. We look forward to showcasing our new home to all our alumni and friends.

  • The Pike Company
  • UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association
  • Tim Hortons
  • Collegiate Village


Grand opening video

Photo gallery

Print Links:
Dedication overview
UB Reporter story
Buffalo Business First

Video link:

White Coat Ceremony
Members of the Class of 2016 White Coat Ceremony.
2012 Orientation and White Coat Ceremony
Orientation activities welcoming the Class of 2016 took place on Aug. 23 and 24; Thursday’s events taking place on the North Campus, while Friday’s events took place in the new John and Editha Kapoor Hall on the South Campus.

Orientation for 126 new P1 students was part of two days of programming and included information for both students and their parents. Thanks to a request from PharmD students, this year’s orientation also included a session for P2 students to assist them in the transition from P1 to P2 requirements. Both orientation events included presentations from faculty and staff within the school and other departments throughout the university to help students adjust to the professional program and introduce them to Kapoor Hall. Among the sessions:

  • An overview of PharmD courses, advising and program requirements
  • Tour of John and Editha Kapoor Hall
  • Overview of the Student Wellness Team
  • Workshop on academic stress
  • Student and alumni mixer
  • Information on the scholars program and the clinical research program
  • Panels by the Dean’s Student Ambassadors
  • Overview of financial aid
  • Overview of professionalism standards


Our White Coat Ceremony, during which students are “robed” with their white lab coats and inducted into the profession of pharmacy, was attended by more than 300 family members and friends of our new P1 students. Also in attendance were faculty, staff, alumni and honored guests from the Willis G. Gregory Society and Dean’s Alumni Ambassadors.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Tops Markets, Walgreens, Rite Aid, PAWNY and the Pharmacy Society of Rochester, for their support of our orientation and white coat activities.

Leung Fung Receives UB Distinguished Professor Award
UB held its ninth annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Excellence in which faculty and staff are recognized for outstanding accomplishments in research scholarship and creative activities. Leung Fung, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was recognized for being named a UB Distinguished Professor in honor of his many years of dedicated service to the school and his leadership in the pharmaceutical sciences via his internationally recognized research focused on the PK/PD of nitric oxide donors and nitric oxide synthase inhibitors.
Thinking about Pursuing an MBA?
The UB School of Management is interested in talking with our alumni about the opportunities available for career diversification though UB’s MBA program. If you have been considering the benefits of adding an MBA degree to your professional credentials, visit the School of Management or contact Meghan Felser, associate director of admissions and marketing for the MBA program, at mpwood@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3204 for additional information.


In Memoriam:
Beverly Gordon, ’52
James Buckley, ’53
Charles Blinkoff, ’58
Samuel Cohen, ’61
Imelda Osten, ’82
Jack Brown Interviewed By Medical Device Daily Regarding MRSA/MSSA
Jack Brown, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, medicine and public health, recently was interviewed by Medical Device Daily on the use of the KeyPath test to differentiate between methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).

Read Article

Edward Bednarczyk and Peter Brody
Smith, D.M., Hyland, A.J., Rivard, C., Bednarczyk, E.M., Brody, P.M., & Marshall, J.R. (2012). Tobacco sales in pharmacies: A survey of attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of pharmacists employed in student experiential and other worksites in Western New York. BioMed Central Research Notes, 5(412), 16.


Marilyn Morris
Juba, K.M., Wahler, R.G., & Darin, S.M. (2012). Morphine and Hydromorphone-Induced Hyperalgesia in a Hospice Patient. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(0), 4.

Robert Wahler
Juba, K.M., Wahler, R.G., & Darin, S.M. (2012). Morphine and Hydromorphone-Induced Hyperalgesia in a Hospice Patient. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(0), 4.

Marilyn Morris was elected executive council president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Her term will take effect following her installation at the AAPS’s annual meeting and exposition this month in Chicago.


New Hires
Denise Pikuzinski, Staff Associate, Office of Research Administration.

Barbara Catalano, Senior Staff Assistant, Office of Research Administration.

Sara Robinson, Academic Adviser, Office of Admissions.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak Sponsors Wellness Clinic
Students and faculty attended the annual All Ages WelIness event held in conjunction with the Lancaster Fire Department’s recent fire prevention and safety event, one of the largest health-and-safety events in the area. Students conducted brown bag medication reviews, patient education counseling and blood pressure screenings.


Yeonwoo Jung, ’15, participated in a medical mission through Global Assistant Partner/UNICEF, assisting with patient education and blood pressure screenings.

Karen Louie, ’16, is a recipient of a 2012 Grace C. Capen Academic Award from the UB Women’s Club. Karen was one of 63 undergraduate sophomores at UB who completed three semesters of work with a GPA of 3.95.

Khadeeja Saleh, ’14, is the recipient of the 2012 Ruth Davies Flaherty Service Award from the school’s Lambda Kappa Psi chapter. Recipients are chosen by chapter members for their outstanding chapter service and loyalty.

Pharmacy Professional Practice Review Series: October and November 2012


ASHP Mid-Year Reception: Dec. 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Luxor, Las Vegas. All alumni and friends are welcome. Further information: juliekop@buffalo.edu

See our video: "Better Health Starts Here."

I Love UB Store: Gifts and novelties. Pharmacy apparel and other items also are available.

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