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A message from Gary M. Pollack

September 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is difficult, and maybe inappropriate, to begin any commentary on any subject today without acknowledging the devastation experienced by the residents of Houston and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We have reached out to our two sister programs in the region, the University of Houston and Texas Southern University, to explore ways in which we might assist their students and faculty as the area recovers. Residents of the Gulf Coast are obviously kept closely in our thoughts these days.

We had the distinct pleasure of welcoming our new first-year students in Spokane and Yakima with White Coat ceremonies on August 17 and 18. This is an extremely deep and talented class of young professionals. In my “other job” as a member of the faculty, I have greatly enjoyed interacting with our Spokane-based students as they begin to learn the mysteries of pharmacokinetics, and am looking forward to my next trip to Yakima to interact with our students there. I also have been extremely impressed with our newest batch of students in the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program. Enrollment of Ph.D. intending students now stands at 30, which represents significant program growth over a short period of time.

It often is difficult for faculty to look at a class of students and view them as individuals instead of simply as members of a larger group. It is not uncommon to hear faculty colleagues from around the country comment that students do not appear to be fully engaged with their studies, that students “game” the learning process, or that students simply are not sufficiently “professional”. (I might also express my disappointment that students today do not write on wax tablets or know the intricacies of using a slide rule, but that’s just me.)

There was a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times that, while focused on students pursuing associate and baccalaureate degrees, is relevant for understanding contemporary students pursuing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (and other professional doctorates as well). The author, Gail Mellow, presented some truly surprising statistics, among which are: about 25 percent of undergraduates are 25 years of age or older, more than 40 percent of students work a minimum of 30 hours per week outside of school, and approximately 25 percent of students are single parents. We do not have accessible comparative data for pharmacy students, but the overall profile rings true: our students are increasingly more mature, have increasing out-of-school responsibilities, and have suffered, perhaps disproportionately, from lingering economic pressures associated with the Great Recession. Taken together, these factors suggest that students today will behave differently than students from past generations. And it is time that we faculty concede that those differences are ok, because that is recognizing the world for what it is as opposed to what some of us might wish it to be.

I wish all our students well as they begin a new academic year. We have a great deal of pride in them, and look forward to celebrating with them as they continue along their individual educational journeys.

Best wishes,
signature: Gary M. Pollack




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

Thank you!



UPCOMING EVENTS
10/15/17 CougaRx Nation Reception
at NCPA

Kissimmee, FL
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10/20/17 Crimson Gala
Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend
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10/21/17 Football Tailgate
Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend
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11/14/17 and 11/15/17 Career Fairs
Yakima & Spokane
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COLLEGE NEWS
Pharmacy practice

WSU College of Pharmacy continues to align for future success
Google. Amazon. Warby Parker. These disruptors of business and industry have some common characteristics: innovation in thinking, transformation of the status quo, flexibility in their growth. Read more »
 

Cadwell Building

New teaching faculty join WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program extension in Yakima
As the new cohort of student pharmacists begin classes at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy, there are also four new faces among the teaching faculty at the Doctor of Pharmacy program extension in Yakima, Washington. Read more »

Nawsheen Zarar

Student Spotlight: National foundation awards two WSU student pharmacists research grants
Two students in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at Washington State University received Gateway to Research Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). Read more »




Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend A message from Linda Garrelts MacLean

Dear Alums, Colleagues and Friends of Pharmacy,

We are looking forward to seeing you in just a few short months at our Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend that kicks off on Friday, October 20, in Spokane with the Crimson Gala.

We have been working with an outstanding group of alumni who serve on our host committee, and it is shaping up to be an evening you will not want to miss!

Our class captains are doing a phenomenal job of reaching out to classmates to “rally the troops!” We have learned that one class, thank you to CJ Cahoon and Anne Henriksen, will be initiating a challenge to their class to consider a contribution of “$2002” in honor of the year they graduated. John Oftebro, class of 1965 has challenged his class to once again have the highest attendance; remember, the class of 1965 won this distinction at the 125th Gala last November! We will provide more updates on all of these challenges in the next newsletter, so make sure to respond to your class captain and make your class “PROUD!”

I also want to say thank you to our event sponsors who are making a real impact on our ability to name our applied patient care lab in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell, who is our Lifetime Achievement Award gala honoree this year. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please see our sponsorship information and contact Kelly Sylvester to get involved.

It would be impossible to mention Keith without also adding our deepest condolences to him and his family. Please see our alumni updates section below for complete details, and thank you to those in our amazing Cougar pharmacy family who have already reached out to us or Keith with your love and support.

We hope that our Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend will be an opportunity for us to reconnect, share in our support, and to celebrate together. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

With warmest regards,

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

Crimson Gala Event Sponsors
Cougar sponsors:
Douglas Crafton ‘78 | Medication Review, Inc.
Wayne ’70 and Pamela Clemens
Rick ’71 and Jacquelyne Doane ’72
Greg ’82 and Doris Gibbons | Gibbons Pharmacies LLC.
Yvette Grando Holman ’90 and Steve Holman
Mark ’82 and Robyn Johnson | Tick Klock Drug
R. Grant MacLean ’73 and Linda Garrelts MacLean ’78
Sue Merk ’76
John Nguyen ’89
John ’65 and Deborah Oftebro
Chris Pierce ’00 | Costco Wholesale
William Sorrels ’73
Jill Kerrick Walker ’87 and John Walker

Crimson sponsors:
Harry Chinchinian
Matt Cox ’05 | South Bend Pharmacy
Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA)

ALUMNI NEWS
Tory Knebel STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Tory Knebel, class of 2019,
was appointed to a two-year term on the Student Leadership Council for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).
Read more »

White Coat WHITE COAT

During August we welcomed our class of 2021! White Coat Ceremonies were conducted in Spokane and Yakima for the incoming class.
View Spokane photos »
View Yakima photos »

WSU-PNWU Partnership Reception THANK YOU

Our Pharm.D. program became fully implemented on the PNWU campus as we welcomed the third cohort of students. A reception was held to celebrate the partnership between WSU and PNWU. View event photos »


ALUMNI UPDATES

  • In Memoriam: Nicole Campbell, daughter of Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell, class of 1964, unexpectedly passed away in August. Our condolences to the whole Campbell family. View obituary »
  • Huy Hoang, class of 2014, recently accepted a position as the coordinator for experiential advancement at the rank of assistant professor with Pacific University School of Pharmacy. Congratulations Huy!
  • Kayla Hensley, class of 2011, checked in with us recently from Oregon City, Oregon. She works for Fred Meyer and has just been named their new division clinical sales manager! In this role she will be involved in the vision and delivery of innovative clinical pharmacy services at Fred Meyer. Congratulations Kayla! View photo »

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

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Senthil Natesan and two co-authors published, “Determination of alternative ceftolozane/tazobactam (C/T) dosing regimens for patients with infections due to pseudomonas aeruginosa with MIC values between 4 and 32 mg/L,” in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2017, a peer-reviewed journal of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read abstract »
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Megan N. Willson and three co-authors published, “Toolkit for US colleges/schools of pharmacy to prepare learners for careers in academia,” in the Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning journal in August 2017.
  • Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Joshua J. Neumiller and six co-authors published, “Medication discrepancies and potential adverse drug events during transfer of care from hospital to home,” in Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on August 21, 2017. Read article »
  • Joshua J. Neumiller published the book chapter, “Micronutrients and diabetes,” in American Diabetes Association Guide to Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes, third edition.
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor Terri L. Levien and Pharmacotherapy Professor and Associate Dean for Professional and Continuing Education Danial E. Baker published, “Drug evaluation – Deutetrabenazine (Austedo): updated evaluation,” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in July 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – Valbenazine (Ingrezza): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in July 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Terri Levien published, “Drug evaluation – house dust mite (Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) allergen extract tablet for sublingual use (Odactra),” in The FMS in July 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Specialty Resident in Drug Information Zaynah Ali published, “Drug evaluation – Dupilumab (Dupixent): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in July 2017
  • Danial Baker and Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Anne Kim published, “Drug evaluation – Safinamide (Xadago): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in July 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug utilization evaluation – Safinamide (Xadago),” in The FMS in July 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Insulin degludec/liraglutide,” in the journal Hospital Pharmacy.
  • Danial Baker published, “For sale: FDA priority review vouchers,” in the journal Hospital Pharmacy.
  • Danial Baker published, “Naldemedine,” in the journal Hospital Pharmacy.
  • Danial Baker and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – telostristat ethyl (Xermelo): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – Naldemedine (Symproic): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug Evaluation – Desmopressin acetate nasal spray (Noctiva),” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Zaynah Ali published, “Drug evaluation – neratinib: preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “drug evaluation – romosozumab: preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug utilization evaluation – naldemedine (Symproic),” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – avelumab (Bavencio),” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – cerliponase alfa (Brienura),” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Zaynah Ali published, “Drug evaluation – niraparib (Zejula),” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Zaynah Ali published, “Drug evaluation – ocrelizumab (Ocrevus): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – abaloparatide (Tymlos): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker published, “Drug utilization evaluation – abaloparatide (Tymlos),” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • Danial Baker and Anne Kim published, “Safinamide,” in the journal Hospital Pharmacy.

Presentations

  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly McKeirnan presented, “Implementing tuberculin skin test training in a skills lab,” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. in July 2017.
  • Kimberly McKeirnan and one co-author presented the poster, “Training pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations: phase 1,” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. in July 2017.
  • Pharmacotherapy Academic Fellow Taylor Bertsch and Kimberly McKeirnan presented the poster, “Implementing student pharmacist tuberculin skin test training using team-based learning,” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. in July 2017.
  • Pharmacotherapy Professor and Chair John R. White, Jr., presented, “Incorporating changing paradigms in diabetes care: approaches to improve glycemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus,” as a continuing medical education activity provided by Haymarket Medical Education on July 12, 2017, at the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Antiviral agents,” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel - Working Group Meeting at the United States Pharmacopeia on May 23, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Blood glucose regulators,” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel - Working Group Meeting at the United States Pharmacopeia on May 23 and June 2, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Respiratory tract & pulmonary agents,” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel - Working Group Meeting at the United States Pharmacopeia on June 26, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “USP drug classification project,” during the USP Healthcare Quality Expert Committee at the United States Pharmacopeia on June 30, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Dermatological agents,” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel - Working Group Meeting at the United States Pharmacopeia on July 21 and 28, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Combination policy for USP drug classification (USP DC),” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel at the United States Pharmacopeia on August 23, 2017.
  • Danial Baker presented, “Otic & ophthalmic agents,” during the All Marketed Products Expert Panel - Working Group Meeting at the United States Pharmacopeia on August 30, 2017.
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Cheyenne Newsome presented, “TRANSforming pharmacy practice to care for patients of the gender revolution,” as a webinar hosted by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) on August 15, 2017.

Service

  • Joshua J. Neumiller was interviewed by Diabetes Core Update, a monthly audio podcast produced by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The podcast is titled “Standards of medical care in diabetes 2017 – part 2: pharmacologic therapy,” posted on July 6, 2017. Listen here »

Awards

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Anil Singh was awarded first place in the oral presentation category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for his presentation “IL-1β induces IL-1α production and stabilizes its endogenous expression in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts.”
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Jeevan GC was awarded second place in the oral presentation category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for his presentation “Outside-in activation of integrin αVβ3 by 25-hydroxy cholesterol – probed by molecular dynamics simulation.”

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

  • Panshak Dakup, pharmaceutical sciences (Gaddameedhi lab), was awarded first place in the graduate student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for his poster, “Chronopharmacology of cisplatin: role of the circadian rhythm in modulating cisplatin-induced toxicity in melanoma mouse models.”
  • Tarana Arman, pharmaceutical sciences (Clarke lab), tied for second place in the graduate student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for her poster, “Microcystin-LR hepatotoxicity in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”
  • Sihan Wang, pharmaceutical sciences (Z. Wang lab), tied for second place in the graduate student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for her poster, “Bacterial membrane-formed nanovesicles as a vaccine prevents bacterial infections.”
  • Shannon Kozlovich, pharmaceutical sciences (Lazarus lab), tied for third place in the graduate student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for her poster, “Menthol exhibits stereospecific inhibition of the major tobacco carcinogen, NNAL.”
  • Ana Vergara, pharmaceutical sciences (Lazarus lab), tied for third place in the graduate student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for her poster, “Characterization of UDP-glycosyltransferase 3A (UGT3A) enzymes and their role in tobacco carcinogenesis.”

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students

  • The WSU College of Pharmacy Kappa Psi chapter, Beta Pi, won the Top Performing Chapter Award for the northwest province at the Grand Council Convention (GCC). View photo »
  • Uzoma Mbogu with faculty co-author Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – telostristat ethyl (Xermelo): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in June 2017.
  • Alice Knotts with faculty co-author Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – abaloparatide (Tymlos): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in August 2017.
  • James Nguyen was awarded first place in the professional student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for his poster, “The effects of ATF5 hepatocyte ploidy and morphology.”
  • Ila Srivastava was awarded second place in the professional student category at the WSU College of Pharmacy Research Day for her poster, “Mechanism of enzyme inactivation in succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) mutants: a constant pH molecular dynamics simulation study.”




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