BlouInsight, January-February 2014
Vol. 7, No. 1
School Hosts December Symposia to Address New Curriculum
On December 17 and 18 , the School hosted the Second Annual Educational Renaissance Symposium and the Inaugural Preceptor and Partnership Symposium. During these meetings, we highlighted the framework of the new doctor of pharmacy curriculum and the proposed new admissions model. This provided an opportunity for faculty, preceptors, and students to engage in a thoughtful review and discussion of the proposed foundational courses. We also presented the plan to immerse students in early patient-care experiences and provided an opportunity for all attendees to engage in a thoughtful review and discussion of the early patient-care experiences. READ MORE
Blalock Appointed to FDA Risk Communication Committee
Sue Blalock, MPH, PhD, has been appointed to the Food and Drug Administration's Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Her term will run through 2017. The fifteen-member committee helps ensure that drugs and other products regulated by the FDA are safe and effective. The committee advises the commissioner of the FDA on ways to communicate the risks that are associated with products the agency regulates. Blalock is a professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and vice chair of the division.
Blouin to Chair AACP Deans Council
Dean Bob Blouin, PharmD, is the chair-elect of the AACP Council of Deans. The council identifies and addresses major issues related to the conduct of education, research, and service in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. The group does so by creating programming for regional and national meetings, acting through its representatives on the AACP board of directors, and developing various reports for use by pharmacy schools and colleges.
APhA Selects Farley as Fellow
Joel Farley, PhD, an associate professor in DPOP, has been selected as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Farley has a long history of service to the APhA. He has been a postgraduate officer of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, served on the policy committee in the House of Delegates, and chaired a number of educational planning committees for the annual meeting. He was recently elected to chair the Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences Section of APhA beginning in 2015.
Hurtt Receives First Walgreen's Diversity Leadership Scholarship
PY3 Melanie Hurtt is the first recipient of the $5,000 Leadership and Diversity Engagement Scholarship sponsored by Walgreens in collaboration with Carolina Athletics.
The award goes to a PharmD student who demonstrates exceptional academic achievement, exemplary moral character, and a strong desire to be an agent of change. Candidates must exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives, to a continuous pursuit of academic excellence, and strong leadership abilities.
Top Graduate Student Award Goes to DPOP’s Lauffenburger
Julie Lauffenburger, PharmD, a graduate student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, is the 2013 recipient of the Kathryne A. Brewington Graduate Student Research Award. The award recognizes the most outstanding student in the School’s graduate program each year and provides a $1,500 grant to further the student’s work in the pharmaceutical sciences.
Drew Lee Promoted to Professor
Andrew Lee, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of full professor. Lee joined the School in 2001 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. He is in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry and also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine. Lee uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the role of structural dynamics in protein function for a variety of proteins that play important roles in metabolism and signal transduction.
Liu Named a McNeill Distinguished Professor
Jian Liu, PhD, is the recipient of a $1,000,000 endowed professorship created by alumnus John "Sandy" McNeill Jr. and his wife, Deborah McNeill. Sandy McNeill is a 1972 graduate of the School. Liu is a glycobiologist who studies the biological functions of carbohydrates. His focus is on a creating a synthetic version of the blood thinner heparin that is safer and more effective than the natural variety. He earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2000.
University of Kentucky Presents Alumni Award to Mumper
Russell Mumper, PhD, has been named as the 2013 recipient of the University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate Program Alumni for the Pharmaceutical Sciences award. The award recognizes graduates of the UK graduate program for their accomplishments and contributions to scholarship, education, and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. Mumper is the vice dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the John A. McNeill Distinguished Professor in the School's Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics.
Mumper Review Article Receives Molecules Best Paper Prize
Russell Mumper, PhD, is the recipient of a 2014 Molecules Best Paper Award for a 2010 review of plant phenols, chemical compounds that can have potent antioxidant properties. The paper looked at the extraction, purification, analysis, and quantification of phenols, as well as the marked effects they can have in preventing of various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer.
Sheps Center Taps Sleath to Direct Children’s Health Program
Betsy Sleath, PhD, has been named as the new director of the Program on Child Health Services at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The program focuses on ways to ensure the development, implementation, and evaluation of high quality, evidence-based services for children and for women in their childbearing years. Sleath is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. She succeeds Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, as director of the program.
Wingo Honored with First Phyllis Smith Award
Brad Wingo, MEd, is the recipient of the first Phyllis Smith Staff Award for Excellence given by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Wingo is the School's director of student affairs.
The Smith award honors the career of Phyllis Smith, the School's director of facilities, who will retire in 2014 after more than thirty years of service. It goes to a staff member who is committed to the School’s pursuit of excellence through its business practices. The winner demonstrates leadership and enthusiasm, is an effective team member, and has a positive attitude.
Shavon Carey, MA, is the new administrative assistant in DPOP. Carey has spent nearly seven years in administrative and support roles in higher education environment, first at East Carolina University and then at North Carolina State University. For the last two years, she served as administrative manager of the Construction Facilities Laboratory at NCSU. Carey holds a master’s degree in English from ECU and also earned her bachelor’s degree in communications there.
Shuqin Xu, PhD, has joined the School as a postdoctoral research associate in CBMC working in the lab of Jian Liu, PhD. Xu earned her doctorate in natural polymers and polymer physics from the Wuhan University in China.
Bing Yang, MS, is a new research specialist in MOPH working in the lab of Rudy Juliano, PhD. Yang came to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 when he joined the Department of Physiology as a research associate. Since 1995 he has been the lab manager for Kenan Distinguished Professor Ken Jacobson in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. Yang holds a master’s degree in experimental medicine from the Capital Institute of Medicine in Beijing, China.
Stefanie Ferreri is a clinical associate professor and the executive vice chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. Upon earning her BS in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1997, Ferreri completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She then earned her doctor of pharmacy from Campbell University in 2000. She joined the School in 2001 after completing a PGY1 community pharmacy residency in Nashville, North Carolina.
In 2004, Ferreri became director of the School’s community pharmacy residency program. The program prepares pharmacists to guide the profession as innovative clinical practitioners who create change and advance patient-care services in community pharmacy practice. Ferreri has supervised and mentored more than sixty residents in the program since 2001, first as a preceptor and then as the program director. In 2011, the American Pharmacists Association presented Ferreri with its Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award in recognition of her leadership as a preceptor and mentor and her dedication to the advancement of community pharmacy practice.
For eleven years, Ferreri practiced at Kerr Drug (now Walgreens) in Chapel Hill, which is one of the School's six community pharmacy residency sites. She provided medication therapy management for prescription and nonprescription medications. She educated patients about medical conditions such as diabetes and administered immunizations. All of the residency sites serve as research laboratories where she tests new services for community pharmacy practice.
Ferreri is an associate editor for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. She has served as course coordinator for self-care and nonprescription medications since 2001 and also offers an elective in self-care therapeutics. She is an active member in the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. In 2009-2010 she served as chair of the Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section. In 2008 she was named a fellow of the APhA. On the state level, Ferreri is active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. In 2010 she completed a three-year elected term as member-at-large for the board of directors. In 2007 she received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award.
Ning Sun joined the School in 2011 as executive assistant to the chair of the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics.
The role of EA is a relatively new one for Sun: by trade and by training, she is an architect. She majored in architecture at Hunan University in China and received a master’s degree in architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her career in Cleveland with the firm of Freemont & Associates, where she designed more than thirty projects over two years, including offices, shopping centers, restaurants, and condominiums.
In 2005 Sun joined Ghafari Associates in Chicago and began managing the planning and construction of large facilities in both the U.S. and in China, such as FedEx sorting centers in Indianapolis and Guangzhou. Two years later, she made the move to North Carolina and began working for O’Brien Atkins Associate in Research Triangle Park as a project architect. There she focused on laboratory, information technology, and research and development buildings. One project of hers that some within the School may know is the Institute for Drug Safety Sciences in the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences. She was also responsible for the NetApp Data Center and the Cisco office building in RTP. Sun is also a LEED AP certified in the design of green buildings.
Sun moved to her current position with the School as a way to gain more experience in project management and business administration. As the division EA, she manages processes such as the recruitment and appointment of faculty, postdocs, students, and visiting scholars, as well as the hiring of division staff. Her responsibilities include overseeing the division’s budget and spending and tracking and preparing reports on division performance and finances. She also supports the administrative, academic, and instructional activities of division chair Michael Jay, PhD.