Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome to our summer edition of eNotes. We have just ended our 2016-17 academic year and we wish a fond farewell to our 149 BS, BS/MS, MS, PharmD and PhD graduates. We are very proud of all they have accomplished and look forward to seeing them begin their professional careers.
The spring semester brings many end of year celebrations and activities. I encourage you to scroll through the articles and pictures below to see the strength and scope of our student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments—they are truly outstanding and the reason our school enjoys such an impressive national reputation.
Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for our next edition of eNotes in the fall.
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor
On April 6, we proudly recognized outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni who, over the past year, have contributed significantly to the school's mission, the profession of pharmacy and scholarly achievements.
On behalf of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association, C.K. David Chu, '75, was honored with the prestigious Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award in recognition of his lifelong work in drug discovery, and Tricia Lee Wilkins, ’08, received the Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award in recognition of her national work in health information technology.
Congratulations to these SPPS members for recognition of their professional leadership and superior service to the State University of New York (SUNY), the University at Buffalo and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:
William Prescott, '02, department vice-chair and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, is the recipient of the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Donald Mager, '91, '00 & '02, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Jennifer Rosenberg, associate dean for admissions, enrollment planning and pre-pharmacy advising, is the recipient of the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
William Jusko, '65 & '70, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the 2017 awardee for the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) William B. Abrams Lecture. This lecture honors scientists who have excelled in their specialty areas and are some of the most highly esteemed clinical pharmacologists in the field.
The University at Buffalo has been awarded $4.5 million to hire world-class scholars whose work will boost UB’s research enterprise and educational offerings while enhancing innovation in the Buffalo Niagara region.
The funding is comprised of three grants from the State University of New York’s Empire Innovation Program, which helps institutions recruit senior faculty members with track records of significant scholarly achievement and externally-funded research projects.
UB will receive $1 million to add researchers to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, specifically the field of systems pharmacology.
The UB SPPS Annual Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 12, at the Lockport Town and Country Club. Over 70 golfers participated.
The following students were recognized for exemplifying the high standards of our school:
Mercede Siu, '20
Rachael Cardinal, '18
Taylor White, '18
Anthony DeGelorm, '18
Kevin Lavery, '19
Kaitlin Landolf, '18
Justin Bui, '19
1st Place Foursome (with a score of 62):
Bill Prescott, '02
2nd Place Foursome (with a score of 64) and winners of the Acura College Alumni Team Championship qualifier:
Steve Giroux, '81
Third Place Foursome (with a score of 65):
Rochester Drug Cooperative
Rite Aid Pharmacy
McKesson, RX Health Mart
Dean Salyer, Class of '85, and Brian Loucks, Class of '86
J. Rutowski and Sons Pharmacies, Inc.
Middleport Family Health Center
Quality Care Pharmacies
Geoff Brown, a PharmD student in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' Clinical Research Program, and Peter Okozoro, BS '16, and a student in the PharmD/MBA program, were awarded prestigious Western New York Prosperity Fellowships to further economic development and growth, especially in the Western New York region. Each fellow received a $25,000 in scholarship and internship support.
An abstract submission authored by Fiona Yau, a PhD candidate in the lab of Sathy Balu-Iyer, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, received the 2017 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Innovation in Biotechnology Award at the National Biotechnology Conference (NBC).
The UB chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) won first prize in the national SNPhA 60-Second Video Challenge for its video on seasonal influenza vaccination.
Third-year students at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences presented projects focused on clinical, experimental and translational research as part of the school's innovative Clinical Research Program. The program is an opportunity for third- and fourth-year PharmD students to elevate themselves for placement in fellowships and residencies via individualized research programs focused on excellent original clinical and translational research.
First-year pharmacy students are getting hands-on training in administering naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose situations. The practicum for the Self Care Therapeutics couse was developed by Robert Wahler, '00, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Michael Burns, '16, a community pharmacy resident at Middleport Family Health Center.
Fifty-two residents representing SPPS, Kaleida Health, Upstate Medical University Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, WNY VA Medical Center, Syracuse VA Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Center/Syracuse, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute presented their research projects to over 100 attendees at the 13th annual Resident Project Presentation Day on April 20.
In addition, nine SPPS Scholars Program students, under the leadership of William Prescott, '02, department vice-chair and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, presented research posters at the event.
UB SPPS is partnering with Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart to develop creative and inspired real-world solutions for issues facing the field of pharmacy. The Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), is a national competition where high school students and pharmacy students collaborate to identify medication or health-related problems in their communities and explore innovative solutions to solve those problems.
Margaret Hempling McGlynn, '82, received an honorary doctorate of science at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ commencement ceremony on May 20. McGlynn is a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, and in research and advocacy for an HIV vaccine, as well as for a rare genetic disease that affected her family. She serves as founder of the Hempling Foundation for Homocystinuria Research and was a former chief executive officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and former president of the Global Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Merck.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017 where 149 PharmD, BS, BM/MS, MS and PhD students were recognized. Margaret Hempling McGlynn, '82, was the commencement speaker.
The SPPS Alumni Association honored the graduating class of 2017 with a cocktail reception at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery on Friday, May 19.
Class officers Angeline Walker, Connie Liu and Becca Martin offered comments to their classmates and presented many of them with achievement awards. Ashley Woodruff, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was presented with the Class of 2017 Faculty Recognition Award.
The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2017 Reunion Weekend will take place Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7. Activities currently planned include alumni panels, continuing education program, tours of our building and Buffalo, dinner at the Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter, tours of UB's impact on downtown Buffalo, and UB Bulls football and tailgate party.
The classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 will be celebrated.
Annette (Bentley) Jackson, '43
Francesco Stramaglia, '52
M. Donald Pritchard, '53
Wayne Anderson, professor and dean emeritus of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award.
The award is given to individuals and groups whose contributions advance the University at Buffalo for a specific purpose or who have advanced UB’s quality of life by serving in a voluntary capacity for a significant period of time.
With the support of a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Javier Blanco, Clin. Biochem., PhD, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, will investigate how therapeutic antibodies are handled in the human lung.
Joseph Balthasar, '91 & '96, professor and associate dean for research, pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Gene and Drug Delivery Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review.
In the fight against super bacteria, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences researchers are relying on strength in numbers to win the battle against drug resistance. The team, led by Brian Tsuji, associate professor, pharmacy practice, found that combinations of three antibiotics—that are each ineffective against superbugs when used alone—are capable of eradicating two of the six ESKAPE pathogens when delivered together. Collaborating with Tsuji are Justin Lenhard, '14, and Zackery Bulman, '15.
A unique experience for high school students!
July 10 - July 13, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
4350 Seneca Street
West Seneca, NY 14224
Recognizing the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012
October 6-7, 2017