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July 2013

Items on the “save the date list” include:

  • The 2013 Annual AACP Conference is coming up, starting on July 13 in Chicago.  Warren Rose (PPD) is the faculty delegate this year, and Beth Elliott (PPD) will be honored as the UW Teacher of the Year, as selected by the Pharmacy Student Senate.  Andrea Porter (PPD) is organizing a Badger dinner get-together, on Monday, July 15 at Rosebud on Rush, 720 N. Rush St., at 8:00.  RSVP to
  • Get ready for the 50th anniversary of the UWHC Pharmacy Residency Program, August 9-11!
  • Yup, it’s orientation!  The incoming PharmD students have orientation events between August 26-28, and the BS and grad students will have sessions as well.  Welcome to all our new students!
  • Our annual All-School Retreat has been scheduled for Thursday, August 29 at the UW Arboretum.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • The 2013 PSW Annual meeting will be held September 5-8 in Green Bay.
  • New:  The 2013/14 Executive Committee meetings have been scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 in room 1128: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10, February 11, March 11, April 8, and May 13.
  • New:  The 2013 School of Pharmacy Reunion Weekend will be held on November 8-9!  On Friday evening, we’ll have an event at the School celebrating our Citation of Merit and Alumnus of the Year recipients.  As usual, SOP faculty and staff are invited as my guests. On Saturday, we’ll have our festive tailgate and raffle, then watch the Badgers pummel the Cougars from BYU.  (Sorry…rivalry left over from my years at the University of Utah.)  Football tickets are limited.  Stay tuned for a link to the registration form and join in on the fun.

The 15th Annual Pharmacy Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Tournament was a huge success!  Even the weather cooperated.  Eighty-eight golfers took over the course at University Ridge (a new venue this year) and had a blast.  The Dean’s Team of students (Grant McCullough, Dominic Peeters, Trevor Schmidt, and Ryan Stanke) held their own!  It looks like the event will provide at least $15,000 in scholarship next year.  Thanks to all the players and sponsors and to everyone who made the outing a tremendous day on the links! Remember to contact your division chair or unit supervisor to talk about committee work for next year.  I’ll connect with everyone to do my best to construct committees and charges to be manageable and meaningful for all involved.  Thanks in advance for sharing the governance of the School.  Also, a ballot for CASI elections will be coming to you in a day or so. I’ve been asked to run for the Chair position of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Members, I ask for your vote!   Recent faculty highlights that have crossed my desk:

  • Two new R01 grants from the NIH to PharmSci faculty!!  Congratulations to May Xiong and Tim Bugni for this success, especially in the worst funding situation in history.
  • Susie Barnett’s (PPD) recent paper in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning was highlighted on AHRQ’s website.  See
  • Warren Rose (PPD) was among three UW-Madison faculty experts who shared his views on "A World without Antibiotics" at a recent Science Cafe.
  • It’s official!  Michelle Chui (SAS) was reappointed as an ICTR KL2 scholar for another year, and Robert Thorne (PharmSci) joins her as a first-year KL2 scholar.
  • Promotions for faculty on a 12-month appointment start today.  Congrats to Paul Hutson, Marty Kieser, and Beth Martin (all PPD) on their recent promotions!
  • All the core PPD faculty who used to carry clinical titles have been retitled to the CHS track to align with the practices of the School of Medicine & Public Health and the newly adopted appointment and promotion guidelines.
  • And welcome once again to two new faculty members starting with the School today: Olayinka “Yinka” Shiyanbola (SAS) and Joe Zorek (PPD).

Notable notes from our staff:

  • Michael Gitcho’s (PharmSci, Johnson group) patience has paid off!  He was just notified that his K01 award from NIH will be funded…woohoo!
  • This just after Tracie Baker (PharmSci, Heideman/Peterson group) was also awarded a K01.  Nice work!

From students, residents, and trainees:

  • Congratulations to PharmSci grad student Si-Wei Zhang (Yu/de Villiers group) who won the 2013 AAPS Graduate Student Symposium Award in Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics.  Big!  The award will be given out at the AAPS Annual Meeting coming up in November in San Antonio.
  • We enjoyed great presentations from the “graduating” Community Pharmacy Residents who are moving on to bigger and better things: JJ Allen, Ronay Bjerke, Jenny Lee, and Kevin Stutt.  And welcome once again to the new residents starting their experiences today: Patrick Baranowski, Rachel Branson, Zachary Hovis, Katie Scarpace, Dimmy Sokhal, and Brianna Wiechman.

Not to mention our amazing alumni and friends:

  • Congratulations to alum Bill Reay for his new position with SMRxT, which focuses on realtime medication adherence technology.
  • And to alum Heidi Mansour on her new faculty position at the University of Arizona.
  • Congrats also to alum Neil MacKinnon, who was recently named dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.
  • And to alum Mahendra Patel who was one of six Indian-Americans to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  The medals are awarded annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves in their respective ethnic communities and exemplified the American way of life.  Mahendra’s company, Navinta LLC, provides low-cost medications to needy patients in India, and the Patel Charitable Foundation supports educational and medical concerns in both the US and India.
  • After attending a workshop in the Baltimore area, I had the pleasure of visiting with SOP alums in the Washington, DC area: Ken Miller, John Swann, and Bill Zellmer and friends John and Inara Apinis.  John’s father was an SOP alum, and the Apinis have established now three scholarships with us in his honor.
  • It was great to spend some time with alum Marla Ahlgrimm at the recent Van Hise Society event run by the UW Foundation.  There was an informative panel discussion about the four new MOOCs UW-Madison is launching this year, followed by a wonderful dinner at the Chazen Museum last Friday.  Saturday involved tours of new facilities on campus, followed by a brunch at the Pyle Center.
  • Six UW alums were named fellows of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) this year: Terry Audley, Sara Beis, Dave Ehlert, Jim Hoffman, Arlene Iglar, and Sue Kleppin.  Now that’s a lot of Badgers!

Happy Fourth!  Jeanette