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A message from Gary M. Pollack

September 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

September is here and classes are well underway. In addition to welcoming back our continuing students, over the last couple of weeks our faculty and staff have had the pleasure of welcoming 167 new students into our Doctor of Pharmacy program and 9 new students into our Doctor of Philosophy program. In addition to a variety of orientation events, white coat ceremonies in Spokane and Yakima to welcome our first-year Pharm.D. students into the ranks of health care professionals, and commencing with classes, the department chairs and the college’s staff joined me in flipping several hundred burgers for our College of Pharmacy family at our annual BBQ to start the school year.

The most significant event for the college in the coming month is a focused site visit from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, scheduled for September 26 and 27 on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima. We continue to be extremely pleased with the quality of the students who have elected to pursue their pharmacy education in Yakima—37 first-year students have joined the 30 second-year students that composed our inaugural cohort on the PNWU campus. We are continuing to extend and refine our active- and collaborative-learning curricular delivery strategy, with second-year courses being added to the list this academic year. That strategy was a key element of our approach to extending the degree program to Yakima. We have much of which to be proud, and I am looking forward to meeting with the site visit team. I am confident that they will be impressed with the quality of our students and the educational experience they are receiving, and am just as confident that the team will provide us with constructive advice for continued improvement.

Wishing you all a happy and productive academic year,
signature: Gary M. Pollack




Gary M. Pollack
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Washington State University

UPCOMING EVENTS
9/9/16 Graduate Research Seminar
PBS 101, 12:10 p.m.
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10/15/16 Homecoming Football
Game Tailgate Party

Wegner Hall parking lot
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10/16/16 NCPA Annual Meeting
CougaRx Reception

New Orleans, La.
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11/4/16 125th Anniversary Gala
Spokane Club
5:30 p.m.
Register
More college events »

COLLEGE NEWS
Kathryn Meier

Meier receives recognition for inspiring curiosity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine announced that Washington State University’s Kathryn Meier is one of 65 scientists from across the country to receive the 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. Read more »

Campus

Four pharmacy administrators named to new roles
The Washington State University College of Pharmacy announced four new administrative roles effective July 1. Read more »

Nick Bruck

Alumnus returns to welcome the College of Pharmacy class of 2020
Alumnus Nick Bruck delivered the keynote address at WSU Doctor of Pharmacy white coat ceremonies August 19 in Spokane and August 26 in Yakima. Read more »

125th Anniversary Gala – Join us!
A message from Linda Garrelts MacLean

Dear Alums, Colleagues and Friends of Pharmacy,

I hope you are enjoying our improved newsletter! These changes were made to keep you updated with current college news and events without overflowing your inbox. I also wanted to say “Thank you!” to all who took our survey last month. Your feedback was incredibly helpful as we moved forward with these newsletter changes.

Another school year is off to a great start. We were happy to welcome the Class of 2020 to our Spokane and Yakima campuses with orientation and white coat ceremonies in August. With the new school year also comes some exciting events! See our Upcoming Events section for all the details, but now is the time to register for our 125th Anniversary Gala at the Spokane Club. We would love to see you all there as we celebrate our past, present and future! To honor the high standards of past, current and future deans, we established the Dean’s Endowed Professorship. This new fund will support initiatives such as student pharmacist scholarships, advance the practice of pharmacy, and position WSU for the future as a top-tier pharmacy school.

With Cougar pride,
Linda Garrelts MacLean
Linda Garrelts MacLean, BPharm, RPh
Vice Dean of External Relations
Clinical Professor


ALUMNI NEWS
Kathryn Rand STUDENT HIGHLIGHT

Kathryn Rand, class of 2018, was the student speaker for the 2016 white coat ceremonies. Spokane event photos »
Yakima event photos »

wave the flag COUGAR PRIDE

The wave the flag for pharmacy competition is back. Submit your photo here for a chance to win Cougar Gold cheese.

Gerald Danquist GENEROSITY

Gerald Danquist, class of 1965, recently named a conference room in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building, the “Gerald A. Danquist Innovator’s Conference Room."

ALUMNI UPDATES

  • Keith Campbell, class of 1964, was honored with the Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award from the Washington State Pharmacy Association.
  • Josh Akers, class of 2007, received the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award from the Washington State Pharmacy Association. Josh serves as the manager of the Kelley-Ross Clinical Pharmacy Institute, where he oversees the division of the company dedicated to innovation and creating new practice models.

Want to be listed in our alumni updates? Send us your career information or let us know what you’ve been up to! gocougs@pharmacy.wsu.edu

FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP
Publications

  • Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Joshua Neumiller and Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Education Brian Gates co-authored with 10 others, “Medication interventions for chronic kidney disease patients transitioning from hospital to home: study design and baseline characteristics,” published in the American Journal of Nephrology on August 4, 2016 (2016;44:122-129). Read abstract
  • United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries Associate Research Professor Sergei Y. Tolmachev and one co-author published the peer-reviewed abstract, “Estimation of actinide skeletal content from a single bone analysis,” in the July 2016 issue of the radiation safety journal Health Physics, the official journal of the Health Physics Society (111(1): S40; 2016).
  • United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries Research Associate Maia Avtandilashvili and Sergei Tolmachev published the peer-reviewed abstract, “Updating ICRP 70 skeleton weight vs. body height equation,” in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S40; 2016).
  • Maia Avtandilashvili, Sergei Tolmachev and two co-authors published the peer-reviewed abstract, “USTUR Case 0785: Modeling Pu decorporation following complex exposure,” in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S41; 2016).
  • United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries Research Associate George Tabatadze, Sergei Tolmachev and one other published, “Digital autoradiography of 241Am spatial distribution within trabecular bone regions,” in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S41; 2016).
  • Maia Avtandilashvili, United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries Associate in Research Stacy L. McComish, and Sergei Tolmachev co-authored with one other, “USTUR Case 0846: Modeling americium biokinetics after intensive decorporation therapy,” published in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S58; 2016).
  • Stacy McComish and Sergei Tolmachev co-authored with one other, “Reanalysis of radiation and mesothelioma in the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries,” published in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S42; 2016).
  • Sergei Tolmachev co-authored with two others, “The importance of plutonium binding in human lungs,” published in the July 2016 issue of Health Physics (111(1): S58; 2016).
  • Stacy McComish and Sergei Tolmachev co-authored with four others, “The pseudo Pelger-Huet cell as a retrospective dosimeter: analysis of a radium dial painter cohort,” published in the July issue of Health Physics (111(1): S57; 2016).
  • Stacy McComish and Sergei Tolmachev co-authored with four others, “Red marrow dosimetry for former radium workers, “published in the July issue of Health Physics (111(1): S56; 2016).
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Nahid Akhtar (Ahmed lab), Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Anil K. Singh (Ahmed lab) and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed published, “MicroRNA-17 suppresses TNF-α signaling by interfering with TRAF2 and cIAP2 association in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” in the Journal of Immunology, a publication of the American Association of Immunologists (DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1600360).
  • Salah-uddin Ahmed and two co-authors published, “Transforming growth factor β activated kinase 1: a potential therapeutic target for rheumatic diseases,” in the journal Rheumatology, the international peer-reviewed journal of the British Society for Rheumatology (DOI:10.1093/rheumatology/kew301). Read abstract

Presentations

  • Joshua Neumiller and one co-presenter delivered, “ADA 2016 coverage: perspectives of a pharmacist on modern T2D management,” for Medscape Education Diabetes & Endocrinology, published online February 19, 2016.
  • Joshua Neumiller and two co-presenters delivered the PowerPak web-based continuing education program, “Clinical updates in Type 2 diabetes: new strategies for insulin replacement therapy,” provided by the Global Education Group and Integritas Communications and published online August 5, 2016.
  • Joshua Neumiller and two co-presenters delivered, “Achieving partnerships and improving outcomes in your diabetes patients,” at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 2016 Annual Meeting on August 14, 2016, in San Diego, California.
  • Joshua Neumiller delivered, “Can SGLT2 inhibitors raise my chance of fractures?” for WebMD Education, published online February 19, 2016.
  • Joshua Neumiller delivered, “How do non-insulin shots for diabetes differ?” for WebMD Education, published online May 13, 2016.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor Connie Remsberg and Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation Brenda Bray presented the poster, “Evaluation of teaching innovations within a pharmacy calculations course,” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, on July 24, 2016.
  • Connie Remsberg and Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Student Success Jennifer Robinson presented the mini-session, “Moving the needle: a novel way to support student success and decrease attrition,” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, on July 26, 2016.
  • Connie Remsberg presented, “Flipping the classroom: lessons learned from a pharmacy faculty,” at the Education Technology Workshop in Spokane, Washington, on August 9, 2016.
  • Sergei Tolmachev and one co-presenter delivered, “Estimation of actinide skeletal content from a single bone analysis,” at the 61st Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Spokane, Washington, on July 19, 2016.
  • Maia Avtandilashvili, and Sergei Tolmachev presented, “Updating ICRP 70 skeleton weight vs. body height equation,” at the 61st Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Spokane, Washington, on July 19, 2016.
  • Maia Avtandilashvili, Sergei Tolmachev, and two co-presenters delivered, “USTUR Case 0785: Modeling Pu decorporation following complex exposure,” at the 61st Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Spokane on July 19, 2016.
  • George Tabatadze, Sergei Tolmachev and one co-presenter delivered, “Digital autoradiography of 241Am spatial distribution within trabecular bone regions,” at the 61st Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Spokane on July 19, 2016.
  • Salah-uddin Ahmed presented, “Novel targeted therapeutics for regulating synovial inflammation in RA,” for the rheumatology grand rounds at the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 14, 2016.

Grants

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Research Professor Gang Chen received $5,000 over one year from the WSU Office of Research for the project titled, “Pharmacogenetics of THC-COOH glucuronidation in human liver microsome and human intestine microsome.”
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhaokang Cheng received $747,000 over three years from the National Institutes of Health for the project titled, “Promoting chemoresistance in the heart.”
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Research Professor Hui Zhang received $453,000 over three years from the National Institutes of Health (R15) for the project titled, “Mechanism of chronic alcohol consumption-induced cancer associated cachexia.”
  • Experimental and Systems Pharmacology Professor Jean-Baptiste Roullet and Experimental and Systems Pharmacology Professor and Chair K. Michael Gibson received $125, 521 over one year from the National Institutes of Health through a collaboration with Speragen Inc. for the project titled, “Preclinical evaluation of NCS-382 in succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase.”

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students

  • Sara Dumit (Tolmachev lab, pharmaceutical sciences) with faculty co-presenters Maia Avtandilashvili, Sergei Tolmachev, and one other presented, “USTUR Case 0785: Modeling Pu decorporation following complex exposure,” at the 61st Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Spokane on July 19, 2016. The peer-reviewed abstract of the presentation was also published in Health Physics (111(1): S41; 2016).
  • Sabrina Fechtner (Ahmed lab, pharmaceutical sciences) was first author with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed and one other on the review article, “Transforming growth factor β activated kinase 1: a potential therapeutic target for rheumatic diseases,” published in the journal Rheumatology (DOI:10.1093/rheumatology/kew301). Read abstract

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students

  • The WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program welcomed 167 student pharmacists into the class of 2020 during white coat ceremonies held in Spokane and Yakima this August.
  • Kathryn Rand delivered the welcome address to the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2020 on August 19 in Spokane and August 26 in Yakima, Washington.



125TH ANNIVERSARY TRIVIA
Great job to everyone that answered our trivia question! Congratulations to our winner Kelly Groth, class of 1998, who correctly answered that the most common last name for WSU College of Pharmacy graduates is Nguyen.

In case you missed it, each month we will post a college trivia question in this newsletter. Those who answer it correctly will be entered in a monthly drawing for two complimentary tickets to our 125th Anniversary Gala on November 4.

When did the College of Pharmacy open their Pharm.D. extension program in Yakima, Washington?

A. 2010

B. 2000

C. 1990

D. 2015

Click here to answer »



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