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BlouInsight, March-April 2014


MarchApril 2014
Vol. 7, No. 2

CAPS APhA 2014 AwardsCAPS Captures APhA-ASP Chapter of the Year

The Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students received the 2012-2013 APhA-ASP Chapter of the Year Award at the 2014 APhA Annual Meeting held March 27–31 in Orlando, Florida. The award is the highest honor an APhA-ASP chapter can receive.

CAPS was also the first runner-up for the APhA-ASP Operation Heart National Award and for the APhA-ASP Operation Self-Care National Award as well as second runner-up for the Generation Rx National Award.

More than forty students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy attended. The group included fourteen students from the School's Asheville campus. Macary Marciniak, PharmD, serves as the group's adviser along with Dennis Williams, PharmD, and Phil Rodgers, PharmD. CAPS is also supported by two new practitioner mentors, David Steeb, PharmD, and Megan Smith, PharmD.

Click here for a complete account of all the APhA-ASP awards and honors, posters, and presentations.

School Honors Annual Award Recipients

Emily Peedin 2014 Burrus Award
Emily Peedin receives the 2014 Burrus award.
The School held its annual Awards Ceremony on April 13 at the Rizzo Center.

Click here for a complete list of all academic, professional, activity, and service awards. The School thanks Rite Aid (silver sponsor) and Kroger (bronze sponsor) for their support of the event.

Marsico Hall 496x313IRB Dedicated, Named Marsico Hall

The construction project we’ve known as the Imaging Research Building is complete and was dedicated on March 27. Its new name is Marsico Hall and is one of the largest buildings on campus. Over the next few months, we’ll be moving the labs of approximately two dozen faculty members to Marsico. This group includes the members of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery. [READ MORE]

Justin Arnall white coatArnall Named APhA Luna Scholar, Receives Leadership Award

The American Pharmacists Association named PY4 Justin Arnall as the recipient of the 2014 Juan and Esperanza Luna Scholarship. The APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Program recognizes students who invest their time in their school’s APhA-ASP chapter to help shape the future of the profession while managing the demands of a full-time pharmacy curriculum. Arnall is also the recipient of a 2013–2014 Student Leadership Award from APhA. [READ MORE]


Liz Billings, MEdBillings Moves to OSPA as Assistant Director

Liz Billings, MEd, is now the assistant director of the School’s Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment. Billings came to UNC in 2011 as the executive assistant to Vice Dean Russ Mumper and to Rick Wernoski, executive associate dean for administration and chief financial officer. She has also served as the coordinator for strategic planning and special projects.




CronaCrona Wins School’s GSK Fellowship

DPET graduate student Dan Crona has been chosen as the recipient of the School’s one-year GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship. The award provides $12,000 to support graduate students who have advanced to their dissertation research. Recipients must have made an outstanding contribution to the graduate program, demonstrate evidence of outstanding research accomplishments, and have the potential for a highly successfully career that will have a major impact on advances in health care.

BurkhartBurkhart Receives NCPA Geriatrics Award

Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, has been awarded the Dale Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatrics from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. She received the award from the NCAP Chronic Care Forum in recognition of her extensive efforts to promote quality patient care in the elderly population. Ivey is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education.


KashubaKashuba to Advise NIH on Women’s Health Research

Angela Kashuba, PharmD, has been named to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. The members serve four-year terms and provide guidance to the director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. Kashuba is the first representative of pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences to join the group. The ORWH works with the twenty-seven NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women’s health and gender differences research is part of the NIH scientific framework. The ORWH also works to ensure that women and minorities are included in clinical research. Kashuba is the John A. and Deborah S. McNeill Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics and director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core.

KhanovaPostdoc Khanova Joins PACE to Explore Technology and Pedagogy

Julia Khanova, PhD, recently joined the School as a postdoctoral fellow for assistant professor Jacqui McLaughlin MS, PhD. Khanova received her PhD from the UNC School of Information and Library Science in August 2013 and brings a wide range of experience, including work in information technology, online education, and educational and health informatics. Her primary research focus has been the fusion of technology and pedagogy from the faculty perspective with her dissertation exploring the role of online teaching experience in pedagogical innovation. Her main research expertise is in the holistic analyses of multifaceted problems, qualitative methods, and survey research.

Khanova has also been an active participant in the recent development of health-informatics programs at UNC. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will contribute to the School’s scholarship of education efforts and plans to extend her educational research expertise into assessment of learning outcomes and quantitative evaluation methods.

Betsy Bryant ShillidayShilliday Named ASHP Fellow

Betsy Shilliday, PharmD, has been named a 2014 fellow by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program recognizes excellence in pharmacy practice and promotes public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. Shilliday is part of a class of twenty-six inducted this year.



Amy SloaneSloane to Manage Educational Initiatives in the Academy

Amy Sloane, MEd, has joined the Academy as manager of educational initiatives in the Academy. She will help to advance the work of the Academy and will also serve as project manager for the curricular transformation. Sloane has been with the School since June 2011 when she joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment as assessment coordinator.


robertsDPOP Grad Student Roberts Wins AFPE Predoc Fellowship, APhA-APRS Best Paper

Drew Roberts, PharmD, a graduate student in DPOP, is the winner of the 2014 APhA-APRS Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences Section Best Podium Paper Award. His presentation was titled, “Implications of Washout Period Duration in Incident User Study Designs in Commercially Insured Populations.” Roberts will receive a $500 honorarium and certificate. His coauthors on the paper are associate professor Joel Farley, PhD, and Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, a research assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine and a DPOP alumna.

Roberts has also been awarded a 2014–2015 predoctoral fellowship from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Erin TuringanTuringan Elected Vice Chair of APhA-ASP Committee

PY3 Erin Turingan has been selected to serve as vice chair of the APhA-ASP Communications Standing Committee.




New Faculty and Staff

Kirsten Leysieffer

Kirsten Leysieffer, MA, (pronounced KISS-ten) has joined the Office of Research Administration as training program coordinator and grants manager. Among other duties, she will be managing the North Carolina Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology T32 Postdoctoral Training Program based in DPET. Leysieffer comes to the School from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases where she had served as fellowship and training administrator for the past twelve years. She received her BA from Florida State University and earned a master’s degree in organizational communication from Purdue University.

Nicolle Mynhier is a new administrative assistant in DPET. Before coming to the School, she worked in the physics department at the University of Michigan five and a half years, first as an administrative associate and then as a purchasing clerk. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

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