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May 2015


University at Buffalo
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
159 Kapoor Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033


On Apr. 16, 2015, we recognized faculty, staff, students and alumni who have contributed to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' mission and the profession of pharmacy.

Message from the Dean

May 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is our end-of-the-academic-year edition and we have much to be proud of and recognize: commencement, awards and many other noteworthy accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students.  

I am very proud of the dedication, creativity and productivity of the members of our school which have resulted in many teaching, scholarship and service accomplishments. These achievements are often attained by working in many team-based environments that also include our alumni and community partners. I thank you all for your efforts and look forward to the new innovative programs and activities these efforts will produce. 

Congratulations to our 153 BS, BS/MS, MS, PharmD and PhD graduates who received their degrees from the school on May 16. We wish you the best and look forward to your partnership as our newest alumni. Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by emailing phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

I hope you enjoy this edition of eNotes. Please look for our next edition in July. 

Warm regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor

Top Stories

Commencement 2015


The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences conferred 153 degrees at its Annual Commencement. Gene Morse, '83, PharmD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, pharmacy practice, and associate director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, was the guest speaker.
View the program book.  |  Watch the school's entire 2015 commencement ceremony.

12th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament


Registration is now open for our 2015 Scramble Tournament to support UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student scholarships. Join us for a great day of golf at the Lockport Town and Country Club.  Registration closes May 29. Click here for information and registration.

Annual Awards Ceremony


On Apr. 16, we recognized faculty, staff, students and alumni who have contributed to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' mission and the profession of pharmacy. Read more.

Kapoor Hall earns LEED Gold

Kapoor Hall

John and Editha Kapoor Hall has been certified gold under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Read more.

2013-2014 Annual Report

Annual Report

The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Report is produced every spring and is a compilation of the previous year's accomplishments. View the report now.

Residency Project Presentation Day

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its 11th Annual Resident Project Presentation Day on Apr. 16. Ambulatory care presentations were offered during the first programming session with community pharmacy during the second.  

There were 43 residents in total presenting. They represented the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaleida Health, Upstate Medical University Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center (including Highland Hospital), WNY VA Medical Center, Syracuse VA Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Center/Syracuse, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Also part of the Presentation Day were seven SPPS scholars students who presented their research posters as part of the program.

Alumni Notes

Save the date for our 2015 Reunion

The SPPS Alumni Association is pleased to announce 2015 reunion activities will be occurring in conjunction with UB’s Homecoming events, Oct. 2–3, 2015. The SPPS Alumni Reception will take place, Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Guest speakers, tours and UB Bulls football will all be part of our programming.

Every 5 year class from 1955-2010 will be recognized!  If you are interested in assisting and reaching out to your classmates, please contact the Office of External Affairs at phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3340.

Alumni Guest Speakers

The UB Pre-Pharmacy Student Association Club held a panel discussion with pharmacy alumni to discuss career choices on Apr. 8. Participating alumni were Joseph Sterman, ’52, Lisa Nelson, ’92, Mark Stramaglia, ‘81, and Heidi Polek, '89. Alumni provided the students insight into why they chose pharmacy as their career path and how their career paths changed over time. Students asked great questions about how pharmacy has evolved and what types of change might occur in the future.

Tammie Lee Demler, ’92, presented to the Pre-Pharmacy Club as a guest speaker on Apr. 13, to a rapt audience of students. She discussed her career path and provided a great deal of insight into the field with the students.

The Office of Admissions and Advisement thanks these alumni for their support of the Pre-Pharmacy Club. If you are interested in talking to our pre-pharmacy students, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advisement.

Class Notes

Gregory Koopman, ’14: Promoted to pharmacist-in-charge at CVS in Laurel, MD

Herbert Lubick, ’58: Since retiring in 1999, Herbert has been a volunteer with the San Diego Police Department, working with people who have been involved in driving infractions. “It is quite different than being a pharmacist!” he said.

In Memoriam

John Evans, ‘51

Samuel Piazza, '52

Faculty/Staff Notes

Blanco’s NIH R01 grant renewed

Javier Blanco, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, announced the renewal of his NIH R01 grant. “Contribution of CBRs and AKRs to the Pharmacodynamics of Anthracycline Drugs” is a collaborative project also involving Dr. Tracey O’Connor (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Dr. Vijay Iyer (Buffalo General Hospital/ UB School of Medicine), and Dr. Rachel Hageman-Blair (UB School of Public Health and Health Professions). Total project funding for all years is $1,238,910.

Healthcare Champion

Gene Morse, '83, professor, pharmacy practice, and SUNY Distinguished Professor, was recently recognized as a “Healthcare Champion” by Buffalo Business First. Dr. Morse also attended and co-presented “SUNY Global Health Institute: A cross-campus global health initiative” at the Sixth Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference held this past March in Boston, MA.

Outstanding Academic Advising Award

Sara Robinson, academic advisor and assistant director of SPPS Admissions and Advisement, is the winner of a 2015 Outstanding Academic Advising Award from the UB Undergraduate Advisement Council. Awardees embody the mission and spirit of academic advising at UB. The council said this about Sara:

[Sara] is a highly empathetic advisor who has nurtured networks across the university community and is able to harness those to benefit her students. She is highly invested in creating a positive student experience and exemplifies the best of the UB community.

Hempel featured speaker at Accepted Students Day

Carolyn Hempel, ’11, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, spoke at UB’s Accepted Students Day. “The crowd was able to connect with her and her story was interesting and compelling,” said Stephanie Lichtenthal, coordinator of special events in UB’s Office of Admissions.

Tornatore-Morse receives fellow designation

Morse FAST

Kathleen Tornatore-Morse, ’81, professor, pharmacy practice, was designated a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST). The FAST designation recognizes AST members who have demonstrated both an exceptional commitment to the field of transplantation and outstanding service to the AST.


Ceacareanu wins award, selected as keynote speaker

Alice Ceacareanu, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, received the United University Professions (UUP) Professional Development Award from the University at Buffalo UUP Health Sciences Chapter. Dr. Ceacareanu was also a keynote speaker at the Annual Congress of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Surgery, in Bucharest, Romania. Her presentation topic was “Determinants of Hormone-Receptor Status in Women with Diabetes Mellitus and Breast Cancer."

Student Notes

Class of 2015 Farewell Celebration

Class of 2015

On May 15, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association hosted the 2015 graduating PharmD class as they celebrated their graduation at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo. James O'Donnell, dean, and Karl Fiebelkorn, senior associate dean, provided comments and distributed Class of 2015 pins to the soon-to-be alumni.  

Class officers Jinhee Park, president, Caitlin Hoar, vice president, Brittany Slocum, treasurer, and Nicholas Ladziak, curriculum coordinator, offered comments to their classmates and honored Joshua Sawyer, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, with the Class of 2015 Faculty Recognition award.

PharmD candidate “Leading by Example”

Madeline Waldron, ’15, was featured in the April issue of Pharmacy Times. The profile focused on her natural aptitude toward leadership through her role as president of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Association and numerous volunteer and leadership efforts.

Alternative Spring Break

Members of the UB Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO) organization spent their spring break in Chicago participating in an Alternative Spring Break (ASB), where student pharmacists learned about the homeless and helped the medically underserved. Check out their itinerary:

  • Day 1: Team members served meals at Pacific Garden Mission, one of Chicago's largest homeless shelters.
  • Day 2: SPGO students worked at Pacific Garden Mission Health Clinic educating residents on chronic disease states like high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
  • Day 3: The team assisted at a homeless shelter and traveled to the outskirts of the city to learn about the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). This experience included a free health clinic delivering primary health care to the largely uninsured and under-insured populations of Chicago's South Side. SPGO students focused on heart health education and observed medical examinations.
  • Day 4: Our SPGO students traveled to the Children of Peace Elementary School to teach students about poison prevention. Members interacted with hearing-impaired students; teachers used sign language to relay content to their students.
  • Day 5: SPGO students visited UIC College of Pharmacy to attend a lecture on telemedicine which focused on the value and role of a clinical pharmacist as part of the healthcare team. UIC faculty and staff provided campus tours as well as tours of nearby hospitals, clinics and other health professional schools. A networking dinner with UIC students ended the program.

Participating students: Jovin Panthapattu, '16, Erin McEwen, '16, Jonathan You, '17, Brenda Yu, '17, Hao-Min (Howie) Chang, '18, Crystal Diep, '18, and Kaitlin Landolf, '18

VALOR program

Kerry Archer, ‘16, and Ryan St. James, ‘16, were accepted into the summer 2015 VALOR Program at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont. The VALOR program is designed to attract academically successful students of doctor of pharmacy programs to work at a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) facility. This program gives outstanding students the opportunity to develop competencies in clinical pharmacy while at an approved VA health care facility. The White River Junction VA Medical Center is a 74-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of primary, secondary and specialty care for 75,000 veterans in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Albany Day

Karl Fiebelkorn, ’78, professor, pharmacy practice, traveled with a group of students to Albany on Apr. 21, for a day devoted solely to student advocacy on issues they will face as pharmacists.

The group met with assembly member Robin Schimminger and Lawrence Mokhiber, executive secretary of the NYS Board of Pharmacy. Ryan St. James, '16, president of the Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, addressed 800 pharmacists and student pharmacists. 

SPPS students shine at UB’s Celebration of Academic Excellence

  • PhD candidate Sheryl Trueman-Fathallah won the top award for UB’s Sigma Xi Graduate Research Competition. Her winning poster, authored with Robert Straubinger, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, was titled “Optimization of pancreatic tumor priming by dovitinib to enhance gemcitabine uptake and efficacy.”
  • Kemji Eke, '16, and Sara DiTursi, '16, presented posters in the Collegiate Sciences and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP).
  • Negin Salehi, '15, was recognized with UB’s Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Research at the Celebration of Excellence for his paper “Optimizing Combination Chemotherapy of Trastuzumab with Paclitaxel in HER2-positive Breast Cancer.” His faculty mentor was Sihem Bihorel, research assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences.

ASCP students helping in the community

On Apr. 2, the UB student chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) held a falls risk wellness clinic, headed by Robert Wahler, '00, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice. This 5-hour wellness clinic included patient education on falls risk with increased age, how to prevent falls and which medications may contribute to falls.

The ASCP student chapter also held two STAMP Out Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse information sessions, which included nationally-prepared presentation to elderly adults to prevent medication misuse and abuse, including proper storage, disposal and administration of prescription medications.

Participating PharmD students: Dustin Anderson, '16, Danielle Davide, '16, Adam Heiermann, '16, Karen Louie, '16, Rebecca Nazaro, '16, Michelle Schlomberg, '16, Natalie Winters, '16, Gabrielle Cozzi, '17, Michelle Falcone, '17, William Gavin. '17, Elisa Torres, '17, and Kylee Gross, '18

APhA-ASP Health Fair at Cornerstone Community Church

Pharmacy Cornerstone

Jennifer Kilinskas, '16, and Amy Shaver, '17, of The American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), set up a family-friendly health fair at Cornerstone Community Church. APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes provided information on healthy eating through their cookbook, information on carbohydrate counting through their informational pamphlet, helped explain the effects of uncontrolled diabetes to children through interactive models, and played diabetes trivia.

APhA-ASP Operation Self-Care provided information on eczema, psoriasis and skin care. Operation Immunization provided information on zoster and pneumococcal vaccinations. Operation Heart provided information on women's and children's heart health. Generation Rx provided information on prescription and OTC drug abuse. Vial of LIFE and blood pressure testing was provided, as well as testing children's pulse both before and after bouncing in the bounce house to give them an idea of how exercise affects cardiac health. 

APhA-ASP collaborated with the UB School of Nursing (Nursing Student Organization), providing blood glucose testing and informational pamphlets. The School of Public Health (Graduate Student Organization) provided the Harvard Heart Survey. Peter Brody, '02, director of experiential education and clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, alongside Dr. Max Bacher, provided bone density testing.   

APhA-ASP Generation Rx Presentation

Generation Rx

In collaboration with Kids Escaping Drugs, the American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Generation Rx group presented at Orchard Park High School using their PowerPoint presentation on the severity of prescription drug abuse. Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance House brought a social worker and former student patients to the program and these students spoke in each class about how they started with prescription drugs, moved on to illicit drug abuse and ended up in Renaissance House rehabilitation.

APhA-ASP Annual Conference

APhA-ASP Annual

SPPS students attended the American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Annual Conference in California, which included the APhA-ASP House of Delegates, leadership and patient care project workshops and CE programming. Ciera Patzke, '16, competed in the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition against 126 other students. Mia Magliazzo, '16, represented the school in the House of Delegates as the UB SPPS chapter delegate. Olivia Dioguardi, '17, the Region 1 Delegate, sat on the resolutions committee to answer questions about proposed resolutions and sat in the APhA House of Delegates as one of APhA-ASP's 28 delegates to that body. Additionally, the awards that SPPS' patient care projects received at the Midyear Regional Meeting were recognized. 

Participating Class of 2016 students: Brittany Bratek, Sara DiTursi, Adam Heiermann, Jennifer Kilinskas, Meghan Logue, Mia Magliazzo, Mike Mauri, Erin McEwen, Debbie Moss, Tyler Mullen, Kendra Nielsen, Joe Palumbo, Bhumi Patel, Ciera Patzke, Pat Rose, Craig Sauers, Natalie Winters

Participating Class of 2017 students: Olivia Dioguardi, Amy Shaver

Participating Class of 2018 students: Jessica Klingelsmith, Nancy Lin, Taylor White

APhA-ASP Student/Faculty Auction

Student Faculty Auction

The student/faculty auction and bowling event is an annual fundraiser for the UB chapter of the American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) organization. In addition to bowling, eating and socializing, a silent auction takes place with items donated and bid on by both students and faculty. Students won a myriad of gift baskets as well as outings donated by faculty, including a tour of the Buffalo Zoo with Mark Wrobel, director of advisement and clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice; a round of golf with Nicholas Fusco, '10, and Chris Daly, '12, clinical assistant professors, pharmacy practice; a pheasant hunt with Francis Gengo, '77, associate professor pharmacy practice; cross country skiing with Edward Bednarczyk, '84, department chair and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice; and dinners by an assortment of other faculty. 

Thirty students attended the event along with faculty members Peter Brody, '02, director of experiential education and clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Mark Wrobel.

Rho Chi OTC safety presentation

On Apr. 8, the UB Student Chapter of the Rho Chi Honor Society held an event with a senior group at St. Edmund's Church in Tonawanda, NY. The event was centered on OTC safety and competency and was followed by a blood pressure and informal medication question session. Students Sarah Issa, '16, Andrew Reidy, '16, and Raheal Boadi-Yeboah, '16, attended.

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmacy honor society whose main purpose is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their P-2 year in the School.

Patzke selected as AACP Walmart Scholar Program Recipient

Ciera Patzke, '15, has been selected as a 2015 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholar Program Recipient. The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships to 85 student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in National Harbor, Maryland from July 11-15, 2015.

UB Student Society of Health-System (SSHP) Pharmacists election results

The SSHP 2015-2016 executive board will be:

  • President: Maya Holsen, '17
  • President-elect: Rachael Cardinal, '18
  • Treasurer: Faisal Minhaj, '17
  • Secretary: Rachel Meyer, '18
  • Director of Communications: Nick Servati, '17