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Winter 2021 School News

Margaret Hempling McGlynn.

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recently received a major gift as part of the Boldly Buffalo campaign from alumna and South Buffalo native Margie Hempling McGlynn to create the Margaret Hempling McGlynn Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacy.

The new endowed chair position established by McGlynn’s gift will enable UB to create and implement innovative, far-sighted programs providing pharmacy and other health sciences students with the opportunity to experience the importance of interprofessional care firsthand. UB will recruit a scholar to the role who will mentor students, explore new avenues of discovery for patients and families struggling with rare pediatric disorders, and will help elevate the care provided to children with metabolic and other genetic disorders in Western New York.

The rescheduled 2020 Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomed Yuichi Sugiyama, PhD, head of the Sugiyama Laboratory at the RIKEN Innovation Center. His talk, held Feb. 9, was titled "Albumin-mediated Hepatic Uptake of Organic Anion Transport Polypeptide 1B (OATP1B) Substrates and its Translational Implications."

School Notes

  • Gina Prescott, PharmD, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, and director of Global Health Initiatives, was featured in AACP's December 2020 issue of Academic Pharmacy Now. She discussed how medical mission trips help broaden students' perspectives on public health. 
  • An article in The Buffalo News explored how health care workers are weighing what's known about the COVID-19 vaccines, the effects of the virus and their sense of social responsibility in deciding whether to get vaccinated. The story featured Raymond Cha, BS '97 and PharmD '00, clinical associate professor, and Kimberly Zammit, BS '86 and PharmD '00, adjunct associate professor.
  • Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean for Professional, Community and Student Affairs, penned a letter to The Buffalo News about the complexity of mail order medications.

New hires, promotions and retirements

  • Nicholas Smith, PharmD '18, MS '18 & PhD '20, was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Winter 2021 Student News

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Management and School of Nursing partnered with the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana to offer students a virtual medical mission trip during the Fall 2020 semester.

The “trip” was comprised of four immersive experiences that allowed students to work with others internationally through educational and clinical projects, and learn how cultural differences impact patient care.

Student Notes

  • The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy Student Association (SPSA) held its annual Fall Networking Event on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Over 100 first-year students attended the virtual event.
  • The UB chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) hosted its annual Cultural Night virtually for 2020. The event gave students an opportunity to experience one another’s culture through food, music and clothing.

Winter 2021 Alumni News

Jamie Latko, BS ’89, knew she had an obligation to the community. Her business, Niagara Apothecary, was already registered as a limited service laboratory for COVID-19 point-of-care (POC) testing. She had the supplies, the staff and the skill. She spent her Thanksgiving holiday planning a testing model for the schools, bringing nurses, technicians and support staff on board.

Family Medical Pharmacy in Williamsville, NY, was one of the first local pharmacies to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Alumni Dennis Galluzzo, BS '76, and Michael Rossi, BS '84, were glad to see the overwhelming interest in the vaccine, but encourage the community to be patient.

Reunion 2021.
2021 Reunion Update

Our planning for a combined 2020 and 2021 reunion is continuing. Working with campus partners, we plan to offer virtual alumni programming June 2-5 and are evaluating opportunities for Fall 2021, in compliance with health and safety guidelines.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check here for updates.

Jennifer Wiafe, PharmD '15, an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in New York City, was recently featured in Claudia Paul's "Faces of Resilience" project. The photos "capture the resiliency of healthcare workers during the pandemic."

  • The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists featured Gauri Rao, PharmD '11, MS '15, in their women's spotlight series.
  • Kathryn (Jones) Seelman, PharmD '07, and the story behind her independent pharmacy in Rochester, NY, were on the cover of the December 2020 issue of America's Pharmacist magazine, a publication from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).
  • Alex Schepart, PharmD/MBA '14, created a podcast in partnership with the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) to help support young pharmacists to make more informed career decisions.
  • Kristin (Mikolin) Krajewski, PharmD '05, published a children's book titled "Mimi the Uni-Raffe," available on Amazon.
  • Anthony Bonacci, BS '66, published his first book titled "Faith, Family and Formation," available on Amazon.
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In Memoriam

  • Nancy (Finch) Thompson, BS '60
  • John Zintl, BS '63
  • Clayton Merlihan, BS '64
  • Norrine (Smith) McMillan, BS '65

Upcoming Events


Thank you for reading our Winter 2021 edition of Buffalo Pharmacy eNotes. Please stay in touch! Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments by filling out our alumni update form.

Look for our next edition of eNotes this spring.

James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor