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BlouInsight, August 2011


August 2011
Vol. 4, No. 6

It has been a busy summer here at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome our students back for another year.

Our new satellite campus in Asheville is up and running with seventeen students joining those in Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City. I would like to thank Kevin Almond, who has served as interim executive associate dean for Asheville, for his leadership over the past year.

With the job done, Almond will be returning full-time to his roles as associate dean for advancement. Effective September 1, Mollie Scott, PharmD, will be the new regional associate dean, Asheville campus. Scott is a clinical associate professor at the School and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Greene Shepherd, PharmD, will assume the post of director of professional education in Asheville currently held by Scott.

Along with Almond and Scott, I would like to single out the efforts of Wendy Cox, PharmD; Casey Emerson; Scott Jackson; Pam Joyner, EdD, MS; Elizabeth Michalets, PharmD; and Wayne Pittman, MS — along with Keith Krumpe, PhD, dean of natural sciences at UNC Asheville — for the outstanding work they have done in getting this new program up and running.

For our professional students in Chapel Hill, the Office of Student Services has moved to a new location in the remodeled office space in 109 Beard Hall. A new entrance has been created on the main hallway in Beard. Andrew Clapper, Pam Goldston, and Dama Keck are now in this new space as is our new director of professional student services, Brad Wingo, MEd.


nastaranPY3 Nastaran Gharkholo served as the School’s first educational renaissance intern this summer. Our newest class of pharmacy students will experience her work this spring in PHCY 411 Basic Pharmaceutics 2 taught by Russ Mumper, PhD, vice dean and John McNeill Distinguished Professor. The class has been converted from a traditional lecture-based model to one that is all active learning.

Mumper has boiled down all his lectures and videotaped them for students to watch outside of class along with their reading. Class time will be devoted to a mix of four types of exercises Gharkholo has designed to encourage discussion and critical thinking and to measure comprehension.

  1. Clicker questions use the audience response system to gauge how much the class as a whole learned from the taped lectures and readings.
  2. There will be three types of pair-and-share exercises that focus on discussing the answers given to questions posed to student pairs.
  3. Students will present material to the rest of the class. Three groups will be assigned a certain amount of material from the reading and one of the groups will be chosen to present. This will help reduce the amount of reading the entire class needs to do while given valuable presentation experience.
  4. Every class comes with a quiz to measure how much the students have learned. Some will be graded, some will not, and the students will be told which is which.

While Gharkholo says the class will certainly be challenging, she believes our students will enjoy it more and get more out of it. It can be difficult to remain focused for a seventy-five-minute lecture, and the focus on active learning will keep students involved.

Fourteen students and two faculty advisers from the UNC Student National Pharmaceutical Association chapter represented the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy extremely well at the 2011 SNPhA/NPhA National Convention held in Atlanta from July 22 to July 26. PY4 Jennifer Harris was elected into a national office as Region 2 facilitator. PY3 Andrea Yuen won the Jimmy Barnes Book Award. Two teams of students participated in the SNPhA National Clinical Skills Competition: Sefakor Fudzie (PY4), Nikita Stephens (PY4), Andrea Yuen (PY3), and Angela Kim (PY2). Postdoctoral fellow Davon Townsend, PharmD, participated in the SNPhA career roundtables panel and discussion and the poster presentation session (“Impact of Student Led PCAT Reviews on Admissions”).



Steve Dedrick, MS, has been named to the board of Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit dedicated to helping senior citizens have better outcomes with their medications. Senior PharmAssist celebrated its seventeenth anniversary on June 23. Dedrick is the School’s director of postgraduate and continuing education and a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education.


Gang Fang, PharmD, MS, has joined the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy as an assistant professor. He comes to us from the University of Iowa, where he received his master’s degree in pharmaceutical socioeconomics and will receive his PhD in epidemiology. He received his PharmD from the University of Maryland.


Roy Hawke, PharmD, PhD, has been named assistant dean and director of graduate studies. Hawke will oversee the graduate program and take the lead in improving quality of teaching and managing the review and assessment process for the program. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics and has been with the School since 1998.


Craig Lee, PharmD, PhD, has been named as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Lee is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.


Macary Marciniak, PharmD, is the featured guest in WebMD’s “Ask the Pharmacist” series that will run through November. Marciniak is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education.


Associate professor Scott Singleton, PhD, has been named vice chair of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products. Singleton’s research into antibiotic resistance generated a spin-off company in 2010, and he has won a number of teaching awards from our students. He has been with the School since 2003 and came to us from Rice University.


Latasha Weeks, PharmD, director of the UNC/ECSU PharmD Partnership Program, has been awarded the National Pharmaceutical Association’s Young Pharmacist Award.


Kristina Wolf, PhD, has joined the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics as a research assistant professor.


Finally, I had the pleasure of appearing on Good to Great at Carolina, a video series hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor emeritus James Moeser, over the summer to discuss academic leadership and the School's rise. Here's the video of our discussion:




Jubina Bregu has joined the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics as an administrative support specialist supporting the faculty and grad students of the division. She recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with bachelor’s degree in biology.


Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson, MEng, has joined us as our new director of educational technology research and development. Davidson comes to us from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he served as data manager and then project manager for that school’s United Arab Emirates Environmental Health Project. He holds a master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering and a BS in computer engineering from the University of Florida.

Harris Ford, MMB, MPM is the new project manager for multiple small-molecule research projects in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. He has spent the last decade as a project manager for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Immunoanalysis Core Laboratory. He holds a master’s degree in microbial biotechnology from North Carolina State University and in project management from Western Carolina University.

Liz Hayes

Liz Hayes, MEd, is the new executive assistant to Vice Dean Russ Mumper, PhD, and Rick Wernoski, executive associate dean for business. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Delaware, where she was assistant director of athletics marketing and, prior to that, director of basketball operation.


Lauren McQuillan has joined the School as executive assistant to Dhiren Thakker, PhD, and Alex Tropsha, PhD. McQuillan has spent the past six years working in law firms in Australia, Washington, D.C., and most recently in Chicago where she spent two years as an executive administrator for the firm of Patzik, Frank & Samotny, LTD.


Michelle Gibeault is now an administrative support specialist for DPET in the Genetic Medicine Building, where she works with Frederico Innocenti, MD, PhD; Tim Wiltshire, PhD; and Bill Zamboni, PharmD, PhD. She joined the School in November as an assistant to Innocenti and previously worked for human resources in the UNC School of Education.


Dave Dombek has joined the School’s information-technology team as lead technician, where he leads helpdesk operations.

Brad Wingo

Brad Wingo is our new director of professional student services. He was previously director of the Student Success and Advising Center and coordinator of advising for the College of Education at North Carolina State University. He also served as director of the Student Support Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He holds a master’s degree in education from NCSU and majored in chemistry as an undergrad at Wesleyan.


Staff Profile: Angela Lyght

angela lyght_496-313In this issue, I want to recognize Angela Lyght, a development and employment specialist in our Office of Human Resources. She is responsible for two brand new initiatives here at the School: identifying and meeting the training needs of faculty and staff and overseeing our new orientation program. Topics for upcoming training and lunch-and-learn sessions Lyght is developing include stress management, the University Ombuds Office, international scholars, and conflict resolution.

Lyght has been employed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for nearly nineteen years. She began her career on a temporary assignment for the Area Health Education Centers, which led to a position in the Department of Psychiatry of the UNC School of Medicine. She worked there for two years, followed by two years in the Department of Cardiology, and then ten years in the Department of Radiology where she was promoted three times.

In October 2005, Lyght moved to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to work for Leaf Huang, PhD, chair of the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics. In June 2010, she made the move to HR. She is a recipient of the School’s Staff Award for Excellence.

Lyght holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Shaw University.

Faculty Spotlight: Angela D. M. Kashuba, PharmD

Angela Kashuba, PharmD

This year marks a turning point in the effort to stop the HIV epidemic. A clinical trial in Africa aimed at preventing infection had to be halted not because it was failing but because it was so successful that withholding the treatment from those in the control group would be unethical. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has put $32 million toward finding a cure in the next five years, believing that for the first time in thirty years it is actually possible. In addition, NIAID has poured another $5 million recently into the University’s efforts to prevent HIV infection.

Angela Kashuba, an associate professor of pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, has been at the center of all of these efforts. She is director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core and director of the Pharmacology Core for the UNC Delaney Collaboratory Cure AIDS Project. She has also been recently awarded a U01 grant from NIAID — the first ever to a PharmD — worth nearly $2.2 million, and a $500,000 shared instrumentation grant from NCRR. She is also a collaborator on a $3 million R01 using the humanized mouse model to develop next-generation HIV prevention.

Kashuba's research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of antiretroviral agents used in the treatment of HIV infection. Specifically, she is investigating the role of antiretroviral therapy in preventing the transmission of HIV, determining optimal dosing and drug combinations for the treatment of HIV infection, understanding and predicting drug-drug and drug-cytokine interactions and adverse effects, and role of gender and ethnicity in drug disposition. Her innovative methods and approach to drug development have resulted in her being named chair of the HIV Pharmacology Best Practices Working Group within the NIAID, Division of AIDS.

Kashuba earned her BS in pharmacy from the University of Toronto and her PharmD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and spent time as a clinical hospital pharmacist before completing a pharmacology fellowship at the Clinical Pharmacology Research Center at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. She joined the School in 1997 as an assistant professor.

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